Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Ricochet
I thought maybe he was the guy behind the Half-Life mod Ricochet.
Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
Embrace, extend and extinguish
'twas nice to know you while we did!
Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
Thanks to Gopher on YouTube for lots of awesome modding advice and hundreds of play-through videos!
Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player
Try the WD TV Live. I have one, and it's awesome. Plays MKV files ripped straight from a Blu-Ray.
I really like my WD TV Live. It plays a lot of formats and has a simple but usable interface. It definitely passed the "wife test" for ease-of-use. But it has one glaring omission: no Amazon Prime streaming (see: "Online Services"). They just released a 2.0 firmware update with a bunch of new "supports [service]" notes, but Amazon is not one of them. Western Digital, I am disappoint.
Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
At least in my world it's been declining. I was once an Ubuntu fanatic. "It's so easy," I would tell people. It passed my girlfriend test. It passed my parents test. I used Ubuntu every day for years. After 10.04 LTS, things started going downhill. Once 12.04 LTS hit the streets, things started going downhill faster. I have since switched to Ubuntu's upstream parent, Debian, with LXFE for the desktop. Clean, simple, elegant. I'll keep this.
Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered
This is how zombie movies always start. Some new "universal" vaccine that induces growth of one type of cell. No thanks. I like being un-undead.
Spacewalk Aborted When Water Fills Astronaut's Helmet
They're a few decades early...
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?
...(beyond develop hobbies, spend time with family)...
Develop hobbies and spend time with your family.
Programming (or learning to program if you don't already know how) is a productive hobby. Get a train set. Repaint your house. Buy and restore a classic car by hand (although that can be quite expensive). Go hiking/kayaking/skiing/biking/fishing. Learn to play the guitar/bass/drums/piano/sax/trumpet/sousaphone. Have a barbeque. Build a barbeque. Go geocaching. Go geohashing . And get your kids/parents/spouse/siblings/friends/neighbors involved.
I only wish I have free time for these things
Average latency to Slashdot.org?
We're on a big 50 Mbps pipe from a major provider in Toledo, OH.
If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...
Considering I suffer from dichromacy [wikipedia.org], I'd surely like to be able to see a "normal" range of colors.
Also, "specturm" really?
Apple and Amazon Flirt With a Market For Used Digital Items
"until there were no more authors anymore."
Yes, because this free market will somehow manage to write its own books. There will never be a need to generate new content, ever.
Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?
C and/or C++ will get you further than any other "modern" language.
Join an open source project that strikes your fancy, or find a niche and start your own.
Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
These are my top three franchises...
- Fallout 3 & New Vegas
- Borderlands 1 & 2
- BioShock 1 & 2 (and Inifinite, coming soon!)
Well, plus the entire Valve catalog, but I guess that goes without saying.
Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?
It's too bad Resara shut down. Hopefully someone will pick up its pieces.
Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?
We have a particular software from a particular vendor who only pushes an update once a year. We've already pointed out several bugs and quirks in the software that have become "feature requests" for the next release (due in January 2013). On the other hand, we also have software from a vendor who pushes an update every six weeks, and then we have to get that update installed for every user that has the software because every update changes the file format and it isn't ever backward compatible! . So, if you're a major software vendor, my suggestion would be to favor structure and stability over frequent and minor patches or releases, but not so infrequent that it doesn't seem like you're paying attention to your market.
Are you better off than you were four years ago?
Well, yes, I have a wife and kids, a mortgage, a car payment.
I wish I could afford a new or even slightly used car. And we've yet to start on the whole "having kids" thing.
I'm pretty much screwed either way...
Open WebOS Releases Core Apps; Reveals Touchpad Won't Be Supported
This news came to Slashdot via "The H Open".
Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?
Buy a Resara device (http://resara.com/) or roll you own (http://resara.org/).
You'll get file storage, an Active Directory-compatible domain, DNS, DHCP, etc.
Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution
Agreed! This is an opportunity for us to protest with our wallets. Not only will I be actively pursuing non-UEFI motherboards, but I will also be actively campaigning my colleagues, coworkers, friends, and family to not buy non-UEFI machines as well. Microsoft is trying to fix a system that isn't broken. They shouldn't have to rely on securities at the hardware and BIOS level to lock down their new operating systems. They should just, you know, build a more secure operating system...
Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?
I'm surprised I'm the only one suggesting this: Android Management
Phone calls are already encrypted. Text messages stored on the phone will be encrypted if the phone's system storage is also encrypted. Data traffic can be encrypted by forcing the use of VPN back to the company's local network (and as such, web filtering, etc. also applied).
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