Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
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.
Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?
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.
Google+ Already At 10 Million Users
I'd like an invite, if you still have any.
tony.jewett at gmail
Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size
White is opposite yellow. Blue is opposite green. Are you sure you hadn't just forgotten how to solve a Rubik's Cubes?
White/yellow is the Western color scheme; White/Blue was more common in Japan, but I've had one or two of them here in the States, too.
My Camera ...
I need to come out of the basement more though, it's always running out of black.
Finding New and Unintended Ways of Playing Games
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.
In Defense of the Classic Controller
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.
Konami Announces a Game Based On a 2004 Battle In Fallujah
Because no one wants to play a first person SHOOTER where you have no gun, only a walkie-talkie.
Slashdot Launches User Achievements
You're right, better safe than sorry.
Favorite Sci-Fi Starship
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.