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Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

Trunklebob William Sleator (726 comments)

As a kid/teen, some of my favorites were by William Sleator. A lot of sci-fi staples were introduced to me in his books (cloning, 4th/5th/nth dimensions, black holes, telepathy, time travel). My favorites were House of Stairs and Interstellar Pig.

I also enjoyed the Tripods series by John Christopher.

Also, I'm seconding the Danny Dunn and Tom Swift series. I think the series of Swift I read was the Tom Swift, Jr. from the 50's and 60's.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

Trunklebob Re:Let's compare this to Google's IPO (191 comments)

Don't worry, friend! Even though you "deleted" it, your Facebook account is never really deleted! For your convenience, of course! Just log back in and it's all still there, and now you're back whether or not you want to be! Hooray!

I deleted my account about a month and a half ago. Facebook said they would keep it for 15 days, then it would be truly deleted. I waited about a month before I tested it, but it now claims to have no record of my login. My brother also reports that I don't show up as an inactive friend, but I can't verify that.

Mind you, I have no doubt that all of my information is still archived for eternity on their servers, but my account is for all practical intents and purposes deleted.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

Trunklebob Re:post below (1223 comments)

I'd like an invite, if you still have any.

tony.jewett at gmail

more than 3 years ago
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My Camera ...

Trunklebob Mine's an iconograph (342 comments)

I need to come out of the basement more though, it's always running out of black.

more than 4 years ago
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Finding New and Unintended Ways of Playing Games

Trunklebob Re:Apple II Stock Trader (346 comments)

I used to do this with NetHack (back in the days when it was still just Hack), by writing a batch file that would change the system time. I had a list of the times that would give the best starting rings, wands, etc. for the Wizard, making me a filthy, cheating start-scummer.

Not sure if that still works or if the RNG is better these days. Save-scumming still works, though.

more than 5 years ago
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In Defense of the Classic Controller

Trunklebob Re:And a shout out to... (251 comments)

Not only did I test the whole "2 opposite directions at the same time", I rewired the joysticks. The Atari family, the TI 99/4A, and the Odyssey2 all used the same DB-9 connector, but with different pinouts. As our systems aged and joysticks died, we had to shuffle them from system to system.

My father taught me to use a multimeter to map out the different pinouts when I was 10 or 11. Radio Shack sold imitation Atari joysticks for like $5; with no eBay or Google, finding a replacement joystick for a dead console was a weeks or months long proposition. My friends with less technical upbringings would be shocked to find me playing Parsec or Munch Man with a 2600 controller.

more than 5 years ago
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Konami Announces a Game Based On a 2004 Battle In Fallujah

Trunklebob Re:Speilberg (644 comments)

Because no one wants to play a first person SHOOTER where you have no gun, only a walkie-talkie.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

Trunklebob Re:The April Fool (1582 comments)

You're right, better safe than sorry.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite Sci-Fi Starship

Trunklebob Yet Another Missing Option (665 comments)

Red Dwarf

Surely 6 miles by 5 miles by 4 miles is large enough to qualify as a starship. Not to mention the 3,000,000 year and counting flight.

more than 6 years ago

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