top Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years
If you even have a passing interest in playing dwarf fortress... make sure you get PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack. In this pack you'll find useful tools such as "Dwarf Therapist", which make the game so much easier to play. Other addons also give amazing atmospheric music and sound effects! (Currently a lot of this only works the the previous version, but that will be fixed soon)
top Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century
After over 90% of all life was wiped out, for MILLIONS of years, there was only one dominant form of life. This ugly pig thing... Lystrosaurus. They were, seriously, everywhere. Very low biodiversity
.. This is what happens if a single animal in the food chain is left unchecked. Let Lystrosaurus be a warning!
top Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
If you believe you have an IQ above your shoe size, and like open world sandbox games, I beg you to try this game. Its free. The only problem is that all games seem like two dimensional shadows after playing (and understanding) dwarf fortress. Download the lazy newbie pack to get half decent graphics and sound.
top Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools
Any old God can do speciation. But a TRULY awesome God? He automates it...but... an even MORE truly awesome God would be one who didn't even have to EXIST for it to be automated. Now THAT'S awesome.
top When Does the Universe Compute?
That was a yummy SLIME MOLD!
I know Nethack was an old game, but I didn't know it was written with organics...
top How Should the Law Think About Robots?
Hell, even my Irobot Roomba has a random number generator to choose a random action when it hits something... So much for deterministic robots.
top Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate
CMB. That's it. I love that three small letters (well, and and enter key I suppose) typed into google can debunk most of this.
But seriously, its actually quite hard to debunk that there were talking snakes/donkeys/gods etc. Its like trying to debunk an invisible pink unicorn is standing behind you.. (But how can it be invisible and pink at the same time?.. ahhh thats beyond scientific understanding!)
top Doctor Who's Dalek Designer Dies At 84
...was in part mimicking the Nazis. Extermination
.... Supreme race..... and the Daleks look a bit like panzer tanks. I can imagine that 50 years ago, with WWII not such a distant memory, the Daleks would have been personally terrifying to a lot of Brits. about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
Hell, I like to make things run on WINE, that's a game in itself!, but untill Joe Sixpack can drop in DVD / Download-and-play-with-one-click, LINUX gaming will struggle. (Remember even WINDOWS gaming is too hard for a lot of people, with DX updates, various runtimes, licensing, etc,etc
.. thus, IMHO, console sales) about a year and a half ago
top Concept Aquatic Rover May Explore a Lake On Titan
I am still waiting for a Europa ocean-going mission. That's the best chance of finding other life in the solar system. We need some sort of easy way to melt through the ice layer, though. (Maybe slowly, though radioactivity?). I suppose that would make the probe more of a submarine than a boat though.
top iRobot's Robot Doc Is Ready To Heal You
..... I suppose it infringes if it's calibrated for male patients.
top Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors
Anyways, amazing so many people can "love" some deity when HE is holding a metaphorical gun to to their head, in the form of Hell. That ain't a deity I wanna worship. That's rape.
top "Brainput" Boosts Your Brain Power By Offloading Multitasking To a Computer
...I have a chance of WINNING a game of starcraft 2???.
Sign me up.
top 30 Years of the TRS-80 Model 100
All the big-names are 30 years old just now.
This includes the TRS80 Color computer (The computer that got me into this crazy field in the first place... OS9 for ever!)
, Commodore VIC 20, 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad They are all are / going to be in their 30's !!.
Who feels old now??
top Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle
Wifi? That's nothing!. For REAL world-changing Aussie IT, look no further than
Product Activation! , which won a massive $388 million payout (Mostly from from Microsoft). And then lost. And then won again, and then lost again, and then a sorta 25% win or something..
I mean, come on!. Imagine life WITHOUT product activation. Microsoft products just wouldn't "feel" the same. It's the core technology of their whole solution!
top 11-lb Robot Can Jump 30 Feet Into the Air
..DON'T welcome our giant jumping robotic flea overlords. (But I do welcome their even-more-giant robotic overlord dogs they live on)
top Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop
On a date, I broke out the Space Hulk
... but bear with me - it's instant romance - with some good mood lighting, a candleabra dripping with wax, a few good bottles of red wine (in metal goblets of course), some good gregorian chants on the stereo. . (The candlelight is important, as it means that she can't see the terrible paint job I did on the little figurines. I'm told chicks dig artists.)
top Ask Slashdot: Entry-Level Robotics Kits For Young Teenagers?
I read this waaay too late at night. I read it (twice) as "Entry level root kits for young teenagers".
I was going to offer my european promotional copy of Michael Jackson's 2001 single "You Rock My World". From Sony of course.
top Scientists Cryo-Freeze Coral Reef
I live near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It's bleached. Dead. Its one of the saddest things I have ever seen. Lots of tourists coming over asking where the "colorful" reef is, like in the brochure. I reply "oh, like in the 80's? Your 30 years too late". If you want proof of global warming / ocean acidification, look no further.
Well maybe not too late, but just in time.
top World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario
Today, Australia's government implemented a "Carbon Tax". Funnily enough, the ultra-right-wing opposition fearmongerers have been explaining the devistation to australia if we implement such a tax. (Coal companies will lose profits! Gasp!)
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