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SirTicksAlot writes "Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the launch of a limited access beta for its new Steam for Linux client. Valve has announced today that it is currently targeting Ubuntu 12.04 but already there are stories of the Linux community already adapting Steam for other distributions. This is truly an exiting time for Open Source and gaming." Link to Original Source top
SirTicksAlot writes "I attended World Makerfaire 2012 NYC this past weekend and wanted to share some of the highlights of the faire. Makerfaire is a gathering of smart and talented groups and individuals who share their love for making things. And there is nearly no limit as to what ideas or projects on display. There is no age limit or restriction and kids of all ages are encouraged to interact with everything they can. If you ever go to shows and see, "DO NOT TOUCH" you did not see that here. Touching, inspecting and learning is very much warranted. There were many stations where kids could learn to use tools, assemble things, and even learn to solder." Link to Original Source top
Disney Adds A Bit Of Nonsensical Anti-Open Source FUD To Kid's Sitcom
SirTicksAlot writes "Walt Disney Corporation added a bit of nonsensical anti-open source FUD to a kid’s sitcom that it aired this past weekend. But the dialogue is so ridiculous that you have to wonder if they have any clue about what they are doing.
In an episode aired Friday on the Disney Channel, (YouTube Vid Here) the show Shake It Up features two teenagers who are begging the stereotypical geeky kid for help with a computer that has apparently gone down." Link to Original Source top
SirTicksAlot writes "Here is a funny analogy of Microsoft as compared to the Matrix. It's interesting to note that even while this transcript is near word-for-word, it illustrates an eerie similarity to our reality. Read and enjoy.
We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why? As children, we do not separate the possible from the impossible which is why the younger a mind is the easier it is to free, while a mind like yours can be very difficult.
SirTicksAlot writes "While many slashdot readers have snickered at the term, "Imagine a beowulf cluster of these....", Some scientists have actually done just that.
"Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.
Right now, a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s is busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star."" Link to Original Source top
SirTicksAlot writes "I have begun compiling a list of UNIX questions and answers that I have either asked candidates, or remember being asked during a technical interview. Given such a broad subject, What are some of the questions you would ask, or some really good ones you've been asked during a technical interview?" top
SirTicksAlot writes "Anyone who has used a computer in just about any situation has, at one time, had to make up a password to protect his or her identity. This in itself can be quite an art form. Choosing a good password that you would be able to remember can give long lasting safety to those who need to protect their data.
From the article:
"If you are old enough to remember the movie, 'War Games', You may recall a young Mathew Broderick who was eager to play a game from a remote computer. Unaware that the remote computer system was part of Norad's WOPR, or War Operation Plan Response computer. By doing a few hours of research he was able to easily guess the password (joshua) and gain access to the one machine that could cause World War Three. While hollywood always takes things to a whole new level of far-fetched, These are not far off from security breaches of today."
This article explains what makes passwords good, techniques on how to avoid the WOPR incident, and includes a section for web developers on how to enforce those techniques in their applications." top
SirTicksAlot writes ""Having a "bad" password could make it easier for someone to crack the site or account by using an easily guessable password or one that can be cracked in a short period of time using an automated program.....This article is three-fold. First, to give you an understanding of the need for good passwords. Second, if you develop or administer a password enabled site, I will explain how to add a few lines of PHP code to your site to force strong passwords. Lastly, I will share a common technique that will help remembering better passwords easier."
"Having a good password is ideal, but if you have to resort to writing them all on a sticky-note and pasting them on your monitor, you may as well just have a t-shirt with your passwords printed on them."" top
SirTicksAlot writes "Best Buy put the Zune on sale earlier than it should have — the Zune's supposed to be released in the U.S. next Tuesday — and some people took advantage of that to get their Zune early. Not everyone had as much fun with it, however, as one person reported a crashing installation sequence of the Zune software, and added various screenshots of the install routine. The crash screen itself is, well, questionable at best — in terrible taste at worst."