Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables
A quick 50 cent or $1 task on mturk could be the highlight of someone's afternoon, when one is stuck thinking in terms of relative value, after tens or hundreds of nickel and dime (or less) tasks.
Ear Grown From Van Gogh DNA On Display
Not even grown on a mouse's back? Come on!
Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches
I picked the game back up last weekend and had a pretty identical experience. Quality drops and interesting legendaries that affect skills and game mechanics in fun, useful but not really game breaking ways. I also found far more crafting recipes dropping than I remember. I'm definitely excited to get into the expansion as soon as I can.
Dinosaurs Done In By... Dark Matter?
Do you have any peculiar friends named for cars?
Make sure you have a good towel ready.
Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband
Haven't you seen Debbie Does Denisova?
The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line
I think Apple's iphone color chart looks something like this (albeit with rounded corners and a faux-beveled overlay)
Clear, Metal, Black, White, Gold
Reserved for dirt poor plebs:
Every other color
My SSID Is...
"I used a string of random characters as my SSID to reduce the risk of collisions."
I don't get it. What does your SSID have to do with driving?
What driving? He just wants to avoid huge ships.
I assumed he wanted to avoid the other bits that were clogging the tubes.
Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?
Your Wifi issues seem to me to be related more to your AP than the devices themselves.
I've had a similar wifi issue with my phone (Nexus S) maintaining a connection to a home network running one of those ISP provided all-in-one router/modems. The solution was to turn off "Avoid Poor Connections" in Settings > Wi-Fi> Advanced.
Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Dangerous Lines of Scientific Inquiry?
Why would teleportation lead to the collapse of civilization?
...he asked, oblivious to the nuclear bomb that had materialized on his coffee table.
The Three Flavors of Windows 8
I'd be happier without the media center add-on. I'd be using VLC or XBMC anyway.
How many robocalls do you get each month?
I'm in the US, I only have a cell phone, and my number is also registered on the Do Not Call list. I've gotten 2 in the past month from numbers in Washington state. Legality doesn't seem to stop them. Though it's hard to complain since there's never anyone on the other end by the time I answer.
The Elder Scrolls Return With Skyrim
I've only played through the intro, a bandit camp, and a cave full of bandits, but I definitely agree, so far magic is way more fun than Oblivion. Setting people on fire, or watching lightning arc across their skin is way more satisfying than almost anything in Oblivion. Additionally, more than once, when I've run across multiple enemies, I've shot some fire at them with my left hand, realized I should try to use my sword to level that too, but I kill them with fire before they even make it to me. That's how a mage should play! I also like the change to a constant stream of magic firing from my hands, since now I don't have to waste half of my magicka when my Big Powerful Spell misses.
Notion Ink's Adam Android Tablet Said To Ship This Week
There are several videos of it in portrait mode on the Notion Ink blog: http://notionink.wordpress.com/
Gawker Source Code and Databases Compromised
A few weeks ago I had my (2 years inactive) WoW account get owned and banned, possibly through my email account, so that was a major sign to sort out and properly tier all my passwords. I found firefox's list of saved passwords to be particularly helpful as a checklist of sites to change, as well as a reminder of how stupid I had been using my "good" password on far too many low priority sites in the past. Also a strong reason against having one "good" password.
Thanks to your post, however, I am also reminded that I shouldn't assume this list is complete, as I had completely forgotten about Ebay and Paypal passwords, which I must not have used in the past couple years.
Facebook Inbox Throws Blow At Google... No Flinch?
I use an app called "SMS Backup" which uploads all SMS messages I send and receive from my Android phone to my GMail inbox with a custom label (default is "SMS"). They show up properly as conversations between me and my contacts (To and From fields appropriately link to the correct contacts since the address book is shared between phone and GMail). I've found this extremely useful when I can't remember if I said something to someone via email, Google Talk (which already logs chats in GMail) or SMS, since a GMail search will find it. I suppose some may have privacy concerns with Google logging all their SMS, but I think this behavior would make an excellent addition to Android/GMail to keep GMail competitive with what Facebook is doing as well as to make GMail more attractive to "casual" Android users who only signed up for GMail as a requisite to getting an Android phone.
Boxee Box Pre-Orders Start At $229
You are correct about the windows version, however currently only the new beta (and previous nightly builds) support GPU acceleration. The beta seems pretty solid and has yet to give me any problems. I'm presently running it with win7 on an acer revo 3610, and it's working very well.
AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do
I tried that with a Vista sticker on my toaster. The day after putting the sticker on, the toaster died.
I suspect the toaster took it as a threat and just offed itself, lest it suffer a worse fate.
How Game Gimmicks Break Immersion
I was just thinking about this earlier tonight while playing Left 4 Dead. Tanks (big muscular zombies which are aptly described by their name) can punch really hard. They can send cars and dumpsters flying and crush people with them. But not all cars, only the ones it outlines in red for you. If you're going to introduce a mechanic like that, and teach players to use it, you've got to stick with it. Don't design a level set in a junk yard, filled with magically immobile cars.
Make the rules of your game consistent. Remembering a long list of exceptions just adds a layer of metagaming that I'm not interested in. The game world should be layer of abstraction atop a rule set, and the rules should flow naturally from the game world. This is a very delicate balance that I know is hard to come by, and I fully accept games that can just approximate this balance by never putting players into situations where the exceptions manifest themselves.
Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images
It's not necessarily hidden for just the first few seconds. It's based on mouse movement. If you mouse over the page, the text fades in. If you just open the site, the search box has an active cursor, so you type your query, hit enter, and you're off without ever seeing any of the clutter they've added.
Apple Announces iPhone 4
Kind of like how Cisco owned the trademark for iPhone as well?
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