in which i am a noob all over again
I love you too, man.
EVE Online Targeted By LulzSec
Since CCP Games is the owner of White Wolf Publishing (makers of RPGs like Vampire), a number of White Wolf's sites have gone down as well.
Main site: http://www.white-wolf.com/
Open development/info site for the 20th anniversary of Vampire: http://www.vampirethemasquerade.com/
Site for the annual World of Darkness fan convention: http://www.thegrandmasquerade.com/
New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again
marcan, long-time fan. Been running Homebrew since December-ish 2008, and having installed it on my dad's system, he loves it too. Keep up the excellent work!
5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England
Felt it here. Stuff rattled like a truck was going by, only without the rumble associated with an actual truck. Also, it persisted for far too long.
My first earthquake!
Russian Company Buys ICQ
Trillian Astra: http://trillian.im/
-Supports file transfer
-Communicates with AIM from ICQ
-Multiple options for what happens with new chat windows (show on desktop, show minimized, hide and notify via systray, with an additional "always show on top" toggle)
All ICQ-specific features: http://www.trillian.im/learn/tour-features.html#ICQ
Russian Company Buys ICQ
Also widely popular among spammers.
I still have my ICQ account (seven-digit UIN starting with 1, woo) but pretty much the only traffic it gets anymore is spammers trying to add me and trying to send me IMs. Trillian fortunately blocks the latter for me.
Nostalgic Elation — the Super Mario Crossover
Not quite the same, but we've got Super Mario War Wii for Wii Homebrew, which lets you select dozens of different sprites. They all do the same thing, though.
IEEE Introduces Mario Level-Generation Competition
1997, Blizzard - Diablo, Diablo: Hellfire
2000, Blizzard - Diablo II
Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?
I had no problem with the 0.5 release, but I also prefer an up-to-date Firefox over Ubiquity, so I downgraded.
Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?
Huh. At one point they made 1.9 (I believe) as a transitional release to 0.5, which had a different, mostly incompatible, command structure.
So they've updated 1.9 to be compatible with FF 3.6, but the latest release I have, 0.5.4, remains incompatible.
Odd decision, but if it works, it works. Thanks for the heads-up.
Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?
Damn shame. I used it all the time to create tinyurls, to translate text on the fly, and so on. It was a handy little utility, and I was excited with the direction they wanted to go it.
It'd be nice if they could even just do a version update so I could use it with Firefox 3.6.
75% of Enterprises Have Suffered Cyber Attacks, Costing $2M+ On Average
I think the more alarming statistic is that 75% of Enterprises have suffered Klingon attacks.
Open Source Could Have Saved Ontario Hundreds of Millions
... so I'm getting a real kick out of these replies.
Seriously, back in 2002 I was working at HHS, of which McMaster is a part. The pilot project I was on was looking for a solution to push out to relevant departments all over southern Ontario. It was a mess of completely unrelated databases and paper files. I remember looking at Oscar as a possible solution, and I was ooing and aaahing over it. Don't remember the details now, but it was really elegant and did everything it was supposed to be doing. I can only imagine what it looks like now, eight years later. I recommended it heartily to my superiors. Don't know what they did with it, if anything, once my contract ran out.
Good on ya, Mac!
a return which is long overdue (plus achievements!)
Welcome back, Wil. I read your blog and see you at Fark, but it's good to see you here again.
Blizzard Answers Your Questions and More
Well, to be fair, the Warcraft RPG was a licensed D&D product, and published under the d20 license. It was one of the few third-party games to actually bear the D&D logo.
The World of Warcraft RPG, conversely, was published under the OGL. I never picked them up, so I can't speak as to what was or wasn't updated between editions.
Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt"
Here we have at Tucker what is called the "hoe squad" and it is what it sounds like.
No... No it isn't.
Why Video Games Are Having a Harder Time With Humor
I've always enjoyed Sierra's Space Quest series. No other game series I can think of had "taste" and "smell" as valid commands. "This rough area tastes strangely like blood. Oh, that is blood. You've shredded your tongue. Your mother should've warned you about licking strange areas." Gary Owens was a great narrator.
For a more subtle brand of humour, Sierra's Quest for Glory series was great. The subject matter was often serious, but the developers threw in plenty of awful puns and simply bizarre non-sequiturs which really added to the world.
After that, I don't think I played anything genuinely funny for years until the Sam & Max episodes from Telltale. Their Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People had its moments, and I really enjoyed Episode 1 of PA's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (haven't played #2 yet).
What's the Importance of Graphics In Video Games?
I absolutely adore Wind Waker. I played the hell out of that game. I'd love to see more games done in the same style (well sure, Phantom Hourglass. But still).
RIAA Seeks Web Removal of Courtroom Audio
If it works for CSI, it'll work for me!
No wait, Visual Basic GUIs are only good for tracing IP addresses.
Hawking Says Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution
This is a pure ad-hominem attack. You show absolutely no understanding of the message, you don't even mention it with one single word, but you feel you can bash the messenger.
That word: I do not think it means what you think it means.
How is calling him a very smart man, whom I respect, bashing the messenger? All I'm doing is saying he's not the best person to be delivering this particular message.
The interesting fact is, Hawkings has not even taken on genetics itself (of which he is no expert), he states taht human evolution is determined by more than just genes, as we are a species that leaves behind us more information than just what is stored in our genes. So he wasn't even talking from the podium of a geneticist; his was a larger-picture stance looking at humankind as more than just an animal species.
Let me repeat what one of my friends -- a molecular biologist -- said in response to the question "Haven't humans somehow halted or artificially altered the course of evolution?"
Simply put? No, we haven't. This is a common misconception and you'll even see some biologists uttering it but it couldn't be further from the truth. Have we changed our fitness landscape with modern medicine and all that? Certainly. But there is still natural selection going on, we have just managed to alter those selective constraints. One could actually argue that because of modern medicine we now have more raw material for evolution in the human population. Genetic variants that would have been lethal 50 years ago (killed you before you reproduced) may not be now, this allows humans, as a population, to explore deeper "fitness valleys". Compensatory mutations may then turn these negative traits into net positives down the road, we really can't predict anything about the path evolution will take.
So no, all we have done is altered what is important and visible to natural selection through our ingenuity and shifted the emphasis of natural selection, not removed it from the picture.
Does that show sufficient understanding of the message for you?
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