top How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?
10 PRINT CHR$ (47+45*INT(RND (1)+0.5));: GOTO 10 : REM USES ASCII
about a year and a half ago
top What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?
...what else? With a new Cantina scene including Lady Gaga appearing as an alien (or vice versa).
top Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long
How does he know if "gamers" are losing patience? Did he do any survey, or is he extrapolating from own opinion?
top Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?
...my University has its own Linux distro. While I am not very familiar with Linux, at least half of the workstations are running that. And actually, as I hear from my fellow researchers, the support for Linux workstations is better than for the windows ones. I had to do some work on a Linux server (updating the webpages of the department) and support excellent. I mean, I was asking Root some basic questions by email, and got detailed answer in 30 mins.
OTOH, there are some Linux specific problems that I dont have in Win7, so I don't judge which OS is better. They are just different OSes for different people. What I want to say is that Linux support in the campus is great.
top Tech-Unfriendly Cafes Say No Kindles Allowed
How about a kindle sleeve disguising it as a (non e) book?:)
top Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?
I am working as researcher/post-grad student, and computer is the number one research tool. Like is hammer for a blacksmith. No surprises there.
When in the same place I work should "forbid" the major research tool in the classrooms, this is an obvious sight that the teaching system I-speak-and-you-listen-and-take-notes is broken. Or at least obsolete. For most of the time I have been good student, and I am writing a doctoral dissertation now. One would expect I like lectures. Still, most of them are boring as hell. I didn't have smart phone/netbook when I was in high school (and I envy the nowadays students so much for having them), and guess what - when I got bored, I always find a way to distract myself. And the others. Chatting with a schoolmate during class is less distracting that launching a paper airplane, IMHO.
top Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012
What? No obligatory jokes about 2012, Mayan calendars, end of the world and stuff? Come on Slashdot, you can do better!
top The Mouse Vanishes
Exactly. When I "cup my palm" and start moving it on the table, my nails make the sound of... well, the sound of scratching wood with nails. Uffffff....
top Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones
Hello US, welcome to Bulgaria. Prepaid phones are registered, criminals still avoid being caught.
top How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?
I know two programming environments, designed specially for children. One is Stagecast Creator
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagecast_Creator, which is created in Apple, and was known as Cocoa before Apple reused the name for the Cocoa API. The other is Alice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_(software), created in Carnegie Mellon, by a group led by the late Randy Pausch (you might have seen "The last lecture" by Randy Pausch). Stagecast creator is a programming tutorial, disguised as a 2D game designer, and Alice is a programming tutorial disguised as 3D scene creator. I, being a keen NES gamer, tend to like Stagecast better.
top G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"
0.284604989 seconds, as you can see here
However, I heavily doubt you can calculate health standards like that. Or, OSHA would not allow you in a quiet library (35db) for more than 2853.88128 years <grin>.
top Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"
who doesn't see anything good having come from mammals.
top The Future Might Be BIOS and Browsers
all bets are off too. A lighting storm is all it takes to send cmdrtaco off to buy power generator.
top Hacker Destroys Avsim.com, Along With Its Backups
> I'd like to see you recover something that has been overwritten once.
You can't do it at home, but professional data recovery service can. Usually you can guess the previous data by precisely measuring the magnetic levels. The old values will influence the resulting intensity. Roughly (I'm not expert!) works like this:
was -- now -- result
0 -- 1 -- 0.9 1 -- 0 -- 0.1 1 -- 1 -- 1.1 0 -- 0 -- 0
That is why you should have MULTIPLE overwrites with RANDOM data.
top Would You Pay For YouTube Videos?
"will this draw viewers away to other video sites?"
You mean if other sites provide the same content for free, will I stay on youtube just because it is... pretty?
On contrary, if every second movie I click on leads me to a "not available in your country" text, I will eventually get bored and go to other site even if youtube provides the same content for free.
Avatar a 3D Drug Trip?
You should try a website called 3d6.org (clever name). I have tried the images there with sharp AL3DU stereoscopic laptop. They look quite nice.
top Analyzing YouTube's Audio Fingerprinter
Even better - upload the video backwards.
Someone should make backward youtube plugin for firefox. It even might autodetect backward songs and play them properly.
top Microsoft's "Pseudo-Transparent" and Fold-Up PCs
...interface where user points "behind" the display.
top How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?
...on the lid.
top Simonyi Arrives At the ISS After Shuttle Lands
shortest Slashdot article:
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