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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

hansamurai Still using it (155 comments)

Even though I've owned a copy of IntelliJ IDEA for over a year, I still use Eclipse everyday for Java development. Latest version is great and the extensions available for it make it even better.

about 10 months ago
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What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

hansamurai Re:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (322 comments)

I love the radio show too, and it was a real treat when I got to see Simon Jones in a play in Minneapolis a few years back.

about a year ago
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Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick

hansamurai Lawyers getting paid (296 comments)

How fast did their lawyers find that video that it only had 14 views on it when screenshotted, impressive.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

hansamurai Re:Why the anxiety? (807 comments)

Firefox Sync is pretty awesome if you use multiple computers, requires version 4 and above.

more than 2 years ago
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New Humble Indie Bundle Goes Live

hansamurai Re:Whoosh (159 comments)

Most people purchasing are using Windows, and most of those users will use the Steam key provided. I don't know if Valve will charge HIB for using their bandwidth or how any of that works at all, but most of the bandwidth costs are just running their server smoothly during the sale.

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

hansamurai Re:RAM's cheap (543 comments)

I picked up 16GB of 1600 DDR3 two days ago for $68 after Newegg Shell Shocker and promo code. I'd be fine with 8 GB but there's really no way to double it for only $35 more.

about 3 years ago
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Intel Launches Sandy Bridge-E Series Processors

hansamurai Re:$1000 processor vs the world (204 comments)

Because it actually provides context on how much better (or not how much better) that $1000 processor is. Plus, how many other desktop $1000 processors are out there to benchmark against? Certainly nothing from AMD.

about 3 years ago
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Modern Warfare 3 Released

hansamurai Re:horrid scores... (201 comments)

I've got no horse in this race but not also calling the user side pathetically biased is a disservice to your argument.

about 3 years ago
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Is the Apple App Store a Casino?

hansamurai Tragic losses? (542 comments)

Isn't the developer fee like $100 a year? That seems incredibly removed from tragic. Yes, a developer or team might spend some of their own money to develop an app or advertise it, but that money is going elsewhere, and not Apple (except for buying the required Macs to actually develop). So it doesn't seem like a casino to me, just inexperience or bad reading of the market.

about 3 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

hansamurai Re:How do we work this (988 comments)

Wait, iOS doesn't support widgets?

What year is this, again?

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

hansamurai Re:"you don't need to be a computer scientist" (645 comments)

My mother in law has an Android phone (along with her husband, my wife, her brother, my two sisters, and my mom) and she also runs Linux! She knows next to nothing about computers and I was sick of dealing with their Windows installation every time I visited, so a few years ago I installed Ubuntu and called it a day. Only questions I get now is when she accidentally drags the Gnome bar somewhere or there's a printer issue (and it has always been a physical printer issue, nothing with CUPS).

If my mother in law can run Android successfully, anyone can.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Project Scope For MLB Robot Umpires?

hansamurai Re:The strike zone *is* subjective, though. (141 comments)

Yeah, I pretty much agree with you. I like the semi-looseness of baseball: the phantom tags and such. Some of that has just been developed naturally for safety over the years and you would pretty much have to outlaw any kind of take-out slide to also eliminate phantom tags and such.

To me, baseball is what it is today from its history, nostalgia, and aura around the game. It might sound somewhat mystical, but in some ways, the umpires are as important to the game as the players. Plus, I don't want baseball to turn into football where they spend three minutes looking to make sure the feet land in bounds and all that, though I guess I don't mind instant replay for non-subjective things like foul balls and home runs.

more than 3 years ago
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Searching For Mark Pilgrim

hansamurai hmm (89 comments)

Well, way to help a brother out.

more than 3 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

hansamurai Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (699 comments)

I'm an adult with faith but his complaint seems more than warranted.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do In SW:TOR For Just 3 Days?

hansamurai No (211 comments)

I'm in the full beta test, not just weekend, and unless your TOS is different, there will be no discussion here. All beta testers can admit is:
1. The fact that the game exists
2. The fact that you are in the beta test

So yeah, umm... just try it out?

more than 3 years ago

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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hansamurai (907719) writes "U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa lifts threat of contempt of court against suspected child pornographer who has 80% of his 20 terabytes of data encrypted after his defense invoked his Fifth Amendment rights that protect him from self-incrimination. His attorney: "I will move heaven and earth to make sure that the war on the infinitesimal amount of child pornography that recirculates on the Internet does not eradicate the Fifth Amendment the way the war on drugs has eviscerated the Fourth Amendment."

The FBI field office in Milwaukee has spent 10 weeks attempting to decrypt the hard drives without success, but have evidence that the suspect used a peer-to-peer file sharing service to exchange files with filenames "suggestive" of child pornography.

The suspect originally had until the end of the day today to decrypt his hard drives."

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Open source game being resold on Mac Store

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hansamurai (907719) writes "Lugaru HD, developed by Wolfire and part of the first Humble Indie Bundle, had its souce code released and GPL'd last year as part of the promotion. Earlier this year, Wolfire released the game via the Mac Store under "Lugaru HD". Another company, iCoder, has compiled the Lugaru HD source and also released the game on the Mac Store under simply "Lugaru". While the source code itself was GPL'd, all the art assets remain under Wolfire's copyright. iCoder is refusing to take their release down and Apple is non-responsive."
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DOSBox available on the Apple App Store

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hansamurai writes "iDOS, a DOS emulator based on the open source gem DOSBox, has been approved and released on the Apple App Store. Being a fully featured emulator, users have already successfully installed Windows 3.0 on it along with a slew of classic titles such as Duke Nukem, Commander Keen, Gabriel Knight, Leisure Suit Larry, and most of the Ultima titles. There is speculation on whether or not Apple actually meant to approve the app as they have usually quickly dismissed any applications that emulated other software. So if you're looking for your portable DOS fix, get iDOS while it's hot for only 99 cents."
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Steve Jobs recommends Android for fans of porn

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hansamurai writes "After being asked about the App Store's recent ban on "sexy apps," Steve Jobs responded, "We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone. You know, there's a porn store for Android, you can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That's a place we don't want to go, so we're not going to go there." Apps such as Playboy's and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition are still available on the App Store, however, as they come from "more reputable companies.""
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Turing test built into a spy video game on its way

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hansamurai writes "An independent game developer is developing SpyParty, a two player spy simulation that is essentially a Turing test in the form of a video game. One player controls a guest at a dinner party and the other controls a sniper conveniently positioned outside the party's large window. The player at the party is among a group of A.I. controlled characters and must blend in with them and perform various tasks as inconspicuously has possible. The sniper is looking for the tell-tale sign that one of those characters is not like the other and has one shot to take them out. SpyParty was shown at the Game Developer's Conference, but is supposedly two years away according to developer Chris Hecker, a former Maxis developer who led the development of many procedural generated portions of Spore."
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Disgruntled ex-employee remotely disables 100 cars

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hansamurai writes "Over one hundred cars equipped with a Webtech Plus blackbox were remotely disabled when a former employee of dealership Texas Auto Center got hold of his employer's database of users. Webtech Plus is repossession software that allows the dealership to disable a car's ignition or trigger the horn to honk when a payment is due. Owners had to remove the battery to stop the incessant honking. After the dealership began fielding an unusually high number of calls from upset car owners, they changed the passwords to the Webtech Plus software and then traced the IP address used to access the client to its former employee."
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Game of Thrones is a go on HBO

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hansamurai writes "George R. R. Martin's popular fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is seeing its television dreams come true with HBO green lighting the first season of A Game of Thrones. The pilot was shot in Northern Ireland last year and shooting will resume now that nine more episodes have been approved. While no firm date for the premier has been set, speculation puts it at least a year away. Fans can only hope this does not affect Martin's writing schedule of A Dance with Dragons too much."
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Speed reader hired to read 932 pg bill to Congress

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hansamurai writes "Henry Waxman (D-CA) hired a speed reader to read the 932 page Cap and Trade bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee after Republicans demanded the bill be read aloud. While he only read for a few minutes, the committee had a good laugh at it, one even joked that the bill already created one job out of the speed reader. However, actually reading the bills Congressmen sign off on is a serious issue for some, including Downsize DC, a non-profit group attempting to get a bill passed that would require any Congressman who is approving a bill to actually have read it themselves."
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Left 4 Dead 2 Announced at E3 with Trailer

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hansamurai writes "Left 4 Dead 2 has been announced at E3 by Microsoft and a trailer for the game has surfaced. The game will be released November 17, 2009, just a year after the first. Gameplay changes include a new focus on melee weapons, especially the iconic anti-zombie weapon, the chainsaw. The cast of characters is brand new but appears to take place during the same zombie outbreak."
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Wolverine film leaked a month before release

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hansamurai writes "The FBI are investigating the leak of an almost finished copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine a month before the film's cinema release. The movie was reported to have been downloaded several 100,000 times and has since been "removed." Viewers have called the movie incomplete, missing some special effects and music. Fox and the MPAA are still upset though, but say the copy is forensically marked and can be traced to the leak. The film is due out May 1st in the United States, and the leaked copy is marked March 2nd."
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hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hansamurai writes "Kotaku uncovers a computer game that describes itself as the "world's first (and hopefully only) universally inaccessible game." Game Over! is a Space Invader derivative in which each level exhibits an absolutely horrible design decision to frustrate the player. The game is meant to serve as a teaching tool in how not to design games. There are 21 levels in all where the violated guidelines range from having to press three keys simultaneously just to move left, to audio and visual frustrations such as no subtitles for important spoken commands. Along with each level, Game Over! provides tips and quotes on how to avoid design pitfalls. The game is available for download on Windows, OSX, and Linux."
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hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hansamurai writes "The PS3 Folding@Home client has been released and some early results are in. The total number of teraflops generated by the PS3 has already exceeded all other OS contributions combined and the entire project is heading towards one petaflop of distributed computing power. Stanford notes that their teraflops calculation is conservatively calculated so the total power could be under-appreciated. With the PS3 European release complete and the Folding client already available to them, the number of users will continue to grow for the time being, let's hope that the project does not run out of work units to pass out. Kotaku has some numbers that are a few hours old since the Stanford server is getting hit pretty hard with the renewed interest in the project."

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The First Hour - Game 10: The Curse of Monkey Island

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have just posted the tenth review on my video game review blog, The First Hour (a review site that reviews only the first hour of a game), The Curse of Monkey Island. The Curse of Monkey Island was released by Lucasarts on the PC and my personal favorite in this classic adventure series. I scored it an 8 out of 10 and I recommend it to everyone with a sense of humor.

Enjoy.

The Curse of Monkey Island

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The First Hour - Game 9: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

This Labor Day morning I posted my ninth review on The First Hour blog (a review site that reviews only the first hour of a game), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Symphony of the Night was released by Konami on the Playstation and is known as the definitive Castlevania game by fans. I scored it a 7 out of 10 and I recommend it to fans of the Castlevania series, if they somehow haven't played it yet.

Enjoy. Next week, along with the 10th review will be a special editorial.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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The First Hour - Game 8: Bully

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

This afternoon I posted my eighth review on The First Hour blog (a review site that reviews only the first hour of a game), Bully. Bully was released by Rockstar on the Playstation 2 and is essentially a Grand Theft Auto game based in a private school in the eastern United States. Bully's first hour is excellent and offers a large variety of gameplay. I scored it a 9 out of 10 and I recommend it to fans of Grand Theft Auto, the Harry Potter series, or other sandbox games. Bully is far less violent than Grand Theft Auto, but offers a lot more humor, much of it based off the cliques in the school.

Enjoy.

Bully

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The First Hour - Game 7: Diddy Kong Racing

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Yesterday I posted my seventh review on The First Hour blog (a review site that reviews only the first hour of a game), Diddy Kong Racing. Diddy Kong Racing was released by Rare on the Nintendo 64 and was a kart racer inspired (or copied) by the extremely popular Mario Kart 64. Diddy Kong Racing's first hour is decent but not too noteworthy. I score it a 6 out of 10 and I recommend it to those who are still playing Mario Kart 64 and are looking for something a little different... well, actually, it really has absolutely no appropriate fan base today. Unless of course, you're looking for the absolute origins of Banjo (from Banjo-Kazooie) and Conker (from Conker's Bad Fur Day).

Enjoy.

Diddy Kong Racing

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Introduction to the First Hour

hansamurai hansamurai writes  |  more than 7 years ago A few weeks ago, I began a new video game review blog called, The First Hour. I'm generally not a fan of regular reviews, they're either too short, too long, or they ignore the questions I'm actually interested in: is this game actually worth playing? The goal of The First Hour is to review the first hour, and only the first hour of video games.

Over the past few years, I've found that my time available to video games has decreased quite a bit. This has forced me to be more careful about which games I actually play, as I don't really have the time to waste on a game that is truly awful, or even mediocre. I received the game God of War 2 as a gift in May, and about a month later, I finally had time to sit down and play it. As I was playing it, I was thinking about just how good the beginning of this game was. It threw me into the action right away, gave me just enough story to get started, and presented a solid hour's worth of fun. As I was falling asleep that night, I realized that this information was both interesting, and important to me.

I had tried starting blogs before, with little success. I had trouble finding topics to write about, and realized that no one would want to read about... nothing. But The First Hour presented me with a unique way to share my video game experiences, while informing gamers on which games have a great first hour (and thus maybe a great rest of the game).

For the last six weeks, I reviewed one game a week. In a standard review, I provide a little background on the game and any interesting trivia that I may dig up inside my head. As I'm playing, I write down basically all interesting (and equally uninteresting) things that are happening, and the blog is basically a minute by minute description of the first hour. At the end, I rate the game in the standard categories: Graphics, Gameplay, Story, and Fun Factor. I also note "Minutes to Action", essentially how long it takes for the game to take off.

The games I've reviewed so far are: God of War 2, Earthbound, Beyond Good and Evil, Indigo Prophecy, Half-Life 2, and Harvest Moon. If you're interested in an atypical review site, please check out The First Hour.

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