Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From Developer To Executive?
Read your Machiavelli. Read Sun Tsu. Whatever works. Clown suits work (see Miyazaki).
Robot Walks Like a Human, Requires No Power
Explains soulless zombie walking.
Flowchart Guides Readers Through the 100 Best SF Books
Severe cognitive dissonance.
Neal Stephenson Says Video Games Are the Metaverse
And Jack Vance (languages of pao), for that matter. The theory is bunk, however popular, and however overwrought the leading contender might be, namely, Noam Chomsky's Universal Base Hypothese. SW is to UBH as alchemy is to the periodic table, so the cheerful sight of Stephenson refusing to take his own pompous bunk seriously is kind of fun.
Mozilla Issues Do-Not-Track Guide For Advertisers
What's wrong with issuing a browser that doesn't track in the first place? Then users could "Opt In" by downloading the pink version instead of the friendly orange version?
"Guidelines" are CYA, not serious concern about user privacy.
First Von Neumann Architecture Quantum Computer
It's not the one billion entangled bits so much. Its the terabyte of entangled kittens...
The Copyright Nightmare of 'I Have a Dream'
All that inconvenient history could put to far better use broken down and sold as aquarium ballast.
Ridley Scott To Direct New Blade Runner Movie
Film noire, please. No "international" version, just start with enough boobs and blood in the first place. No Harrison Ford, though? Really? Let's hope the story (if any) follows the idiotic Deckard-is-a-Skinjob like Rachel and Roy-Priss's boy comes down from Tannhauser Gate to discuss eugenics with Deckard-Rachel's twin girls. Rise of the planet of the grapes of wrath.
Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot
Not impressed here. Not even convinced.
Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?
Hardware gets cheaper and better by the minute. That means your choices are degrading your chances to recover archived information as soon as it enters storage. It's a paradox. I have no answer to that; I've been bitten by storage on Apple ][+ floppies which can't been read on any current hardware I've got. Hopefully, there's an aftermarket for people who can afford to read the obsolete hardware of the past and transfer it to the nonexistent hardware of the future. Maybe there's a standard that won't be intentionally subverted by market forces (emphasis on force), but I dunno what it is. Pray that all that expensive data remains decryptable, if its encrypted. Your best bet may be to pay for redundancy at every weak point in your system.
Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming
IIRC, Admiral Hopper was just as wired as the Professor, too.
Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth
I'm blowing 5 moderater points to contribute to this diatribe, but... Evolve? Really?
When I think evolution, I consider the slowly emerging symbiosis between wasps and dicotyledons during the Cretaceous, something that took about 80 million years to get right (and less than 200 to shove to the brink of extinction by apes).
When I think evolution, as well, I consider that "reason" is unreasonable about the forces that push plastic DNA into every available free space in a four dimensional ecosystem that owes far more to Yin than Yang. Malthusian drama? Puh-leez.
When I think of reason, I am most often reminded that most often it is not cogent appreciation, but barratry, that passes for intellect in the brains of apes. When reason finally annihilates the human race, I will suffer, but when I get to address Gaea about her mistakes this time around, I will suggest that next time, no brains for apes might be a good idea.
Steve Jobs: the Comic Book
"Jobs notoriously hates biographies..."
Depends, does it not, on Lisa 1 or Lisa 2. The machine version was notorious.
Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops
You're probably too young to remember when cops were pigs? Still are. They never got reeducated because the communes were owned by hippies instead of Commies. Good old Charlie Manson gave cops such a good name by comparison.
Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?
If it weren't Penrose, who'd care? Einstein already had a dice and universe dichotomy, and the rest of us approach these subjects in order to shelve them under My Opinion Exactly. Much gas, not so much Hindenberg either way.
Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010
Croft inherited her billions, rewrote her family pedigree, trashed the manse and has been in a smouldering petulant rage ever since. I think she's miffed because Amanda is straight, so we'll never see the old Tomb Raider again.
Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010
I would agree about FF 12. I've been waiting for Fran and Balthier to make a comeback in their own skins ("The gods are toying with us") for a couple of years, preferably on PS3, and preferably with fewer schizophrenic cliches about "crystals."
FF 13 had some gorgeous girl warriors, but I've seen enough smouldering lesbian rage in 67 years to last a lifetime. Give me a scathingly funny neurotic like Lady Ga Ga any day.
Why the New Guy Can't Code
We hired a couple of IBM guys who had trouble understanding how to hand assemble a relational inventory control system using Clipper's dBase II syntax. Maybe the problem was groupthink. It was certainly lack of imagination, and unwillingness to study the code. This latter fault was also why recent grads failed in our shop. Well, that and bad attitudes. Nothing is so conducive to good atmosphere as two libertarians battling by turning up the volume on their respective radios.
I tanked in my last cubicle, myself. Management had weird notions of shipping schedules. They expected their shrink wrap to leave the building around a box. They had no idea that their deadlines truncated elegance three weeks before the code was ready. Ironically, that shop bought their best products off the street, and didn't need programmers at all. A fact made abundantly clear when we ALL lost our jobs when we got sold out to Broderbund.
Smithsonian Unveils 'Art of Games' Voting Results
These choices seem understandable, but for the most part awfully old hat, so I'm not really sure what "art" means in this context. Art, as in "nice to look at"? Or art, as in "story-telling in amazing, tiny, full-immersion worlds"? Or art, as in "state of the..."?
Portal (2007) seems to hit all the marks. Ocarina of Time (especially the music, especially "Gerudo's Theme") and Windwaker are still great, but they have faded technically. But Final Fantasy X? Really, Ten??? And FF XIII can be marked down sharply for failure to provide a non-linear game experience (and for disappointing monster concepts). I would have nominated FF XII except for the decompression levels after beating the game -- some of those ideas are painfully second string vignettes by Square Enix benchwarmers.
Should have included Star Ocean (N64, PS1 and PS2, but not PS3), plus Umezawa Yukari's Yasashii Igo, i.e., "Easy Go" (PSP or NDS) for pleasant visuals, nicely competent tutoring and a cool Go engine sanctioned by Nihon Kiin. Can't expect everything, I guess.
Robots 'Evolve' Altruism
Robots 1, Asimov 0
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