Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?
You're not supposed to entertain infants. You're supposed to keep them from dying. Anything you do or that they see should be intrinsically motivating for them. This is why they love super boring shit like seeing car keys or business reply cards. If they're bored give them a wooden spoon. All a tablet is going to do is frustrate them.
Am I saying you're a bad parent if you use devices to entertain your less-than-12-month-old infant? Yes, I am. I am straight up judging you and finding you lacking if, after hundreds of thousands of years of non-screen-based infant development, you suddenly are too weak and useless to raise a child without a tiny TV next to them. You're a disgrace to our species.
Source: raised kid without showing them TV until they were after 1 year old. I don't mean they never saw a TV, I'm just saying we never used it as a babysitter or were like "now's the time when you watch tv"
Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"
Way to defend rape. It's possible to be raped by someone you previously had consensual sex with.
Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"
OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Won't Support Some 64-bit Macs With Older GPUs
The thing I don't really get about this is that AFAIK the retina display Macbook Pros are functionally going to run at 1440 x 900 anyway; other than font rendering and videos it's not even clear to me what the extra pixels are for. Will you even be able to set your machine to let you individually address those pixels?
So why not let older machines just run at their native res, and don't tax the GPU?
Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?
RTFA. Chris Brown kept the phone. He grabbed it from someone's hand and drove away.
His privacy doesn't have value because he's a celebrity. That's settled law. The iPhone has value because some lady purchased it. Also settled law.
You can whine about how it's not right all you want, but then I'd counter with whining about how it's not right that a woman-beating piece of garbage like Chris Brown is still a celebrity.
And I'd further argue that only his celebrity kept him out of jail after that incident, so a) maybe he should calm down when someone takes a picture of him and b) maybe the fact that he can't calm down means he belongs somewhere where he can't hurt people.
Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?
This. Honest is the best policy. At my last job, I had a similar agreement, and I wanted to do something that was theoretically (but not practically) directly in my field -- I wanted to make an indie videogame, while working at a videogame company (that made macro games). I talked to my boss, explained the situation, came to a verbal agreement, sent him an email, and got an email response giving me the go-ahead to do the project (with a former co-worker who had gone to a competitor, no less).
It didn't go anywhere, but if it had been the next Limbo, I was protected. If I had been sneaky and made the next Limbo, I'd be in copyright/IP/legal purgatory.
Also, most jobs with this type of agreement will have an invention assignment form when you start the job, where you can specifically carve out previous inventions/IPs you've developed or are developing. I advise everyone in a creative endeavor to pay close attention to this and avail themselves of the ability to carve things out before they start a new job.
Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ
No offense, but... source?
Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State
I kind of agree with the grandparent. The whole problem with marriage in the United States is that it is a religious thing that is sponsored by the government. When I was forced to legally marry my partner of 15 years (for insurance reasons) we got a form from the state government telling us we needed to get our marriage "solemnized" by a priest or judge. Why was priest even an option? I can't get a priest to renew my drivers' license or notarize any other type of contract, so why do they have this magic power granted to them by the state for marriage?
In my opinion, civil marriage should be handled by the state only. If I need to "solemnize" the fact that I have a girlfriend and make our relationship a legal contract, let someone at the DMV do it.
If I want to get "married" in the eyes of God, that's a religious thing, and I can take it up with my church.
(Of course, this isn't the system we have, and given the system we actually have in the U.S., anyone should be allowed to marry anyone else in my opinion. If you're against same sex marriage, don't have one.)
Will NASA Ever Recover Apollo 13's Plutonium From the Ocean
Will NASA Ever Recover Apollo 13's Plutonium From the Ocean
Wow, that's a really poorly written article. From TFA:
The catastrophic risk came from the SNAP-27 radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), a small nuclear reactor that was going to be placed on the moon to power experiments, carrying Plutonium 238 Apollo 13’s lunar module.
What does that even mean? Anyway, if it was in the LEM, did the LEM even survive rentry? Since it had no heat shield, etc.? Is the LEM still attched to the CM during re-entry even? Pretty sure it's not.
The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...
The MLB is the biggest market for baseball and draws the best players from all over the world. It's a cinch to say that the winning team is the best single team in the world. There is a World Baseball Classic started after those jerks at the Olympics threw baseball out of the competition, and based on that you could say Japan is best at baseball, but the team that beat the Texas Rangers is probably the best team in the world at the moment. Other than the Oakland A's, who will win the world series next year. I hope! :)
Estimating Age With Kinect's 3D Camera To Filter Content
The Wii does indeed have a parental admin password, which you can require before going on the shop, or playing M rated games. All major consoles have this type of functionality now.
Wii Parental Controls
Xbox 360 Parental Controls
PlayStation 3 Parental Controls
Apple Nixes iPad Giveaways
There's some case law on this related to the Super Bowl, and whether or not I can buy two tickets to the SB and then do a "Win a trip to the Super Bowl!!" contest.
IIRC & IANAL If you're drafting too much off their brand and trademark, they may have some grounds. You can do whatever you want with your iPad, including giving it away, but if you do an ad campaign in which the free iPad is basically the main thrust of the campaign, you start to tread on tricky ground. If you were like "Win great prizes, such as an iPod, a new Mustang or a Nomad MP3 player!" you're on much better ground. If your contest ad looks like an Apple ad, well, you're in trouble.
Google Yanks Several Emulators From App Store
So Yong Zhang deserves to get paid... for putting hard work into violating license agreements and porting other people's emulators which are used for... what exactly? Certainly not playing stolen videogames!
Because then you might need to go up the chain a bit and feel bad for the software creators who weren't being paid.
But no one ever seems to give a shit about them when something gets in the way of playing stolen games.
Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks
I leave my wireless router unprotected. I keep my machines locked down and I don't really care if my nieghbors use my wifi, I don't suck down a lot of data anyway. Also, I think the world would be a better and more useful place if all wifi access points were open.
But what's scary to me now is if some neighbor used my router to do something illegal (proscribed porn, bot net, whatever) some moron might decide that I'm somehow culpable because the bad things passed through a box in my house. This case actually has me reconsidering my open access policy.
Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?
One has the right to get a stupid tattoo, or spout anti-Semitic nonsense, or do any number of things. That doesn't magically free you from the consequences of the action (such as having to wear long sleeves at work, or being fired for being a bigot.)
Apple Announces iPhone 4
It also has FOLDERS!!! Now that's a stunning achievement! Maybe by iOS7, you'll be able to nest folders inside of one another!
What Has Your Phone Survived?
I know a guy who tests phones (for a living) by (among other things) putting them in ovens at stupidly high tempatures. They still work afterwards.
The Science of Avatar
Having seen in in 3D, I can assure you, the visuals are not "a critical piece," they are "the critical piece." This is not a movie to watch critically for plot holes or bad dialog, The 3D is great, and the CG is just stunning.
When Developers Work Late, Should the Manager Stay?
Agree completely. When I was managing developers, I felt I had to be first in and last out. Not hovering (although, I confess, that happened occaisionally -- maybe six times in a brutal 8 month crunch, when we were getting close to a breathrough), but making sure everyone had everything they needed, whether it was food, laundry, software, dev support services, live rats for their pet snakes, or just someone to bitch to. No one likes putting in long hours when the "boss" is off golfing. If you're interfering with the team you're slowing them down, but you have to be there, even if you're just in your office miserably surfing the web (or sleeping -- I've had "first in, last out" schedules that kept me in the office from 8am to 4am for weeks, so sleeping under the desk was the only way to cope).
There's always something you can do, whether it's streamlining HR administrivia for people, hunting down the latest versions of SDKs and stuff, or whatever. When there was nothing I could do on the project (not testing or feedback or whatever), I just focused on quality of life issues. My big tip: buy a barbeque grill and cook for your team. Not only is it cheaper than any pre-cooked alternative, it tastes better and people seem to really like the fact that the producer is personally cooking for them. You can buy steaks and potatoes for less than the cost of pizza, and burgers and stuff trend towards less than $3 a person (versus ~$8 for pizza or ~$20 for Indian). A 10pm or 11pm run for ice cream, slim jims, fresh coffee, and cigarettes is also usually appreciated!
Bottom line, if you can't change the schedule so people can live normal lives, my feeling is you have a firm responsibility to share the pain and enable people to get the task at hand done as easily as possible. But, don't get in the way, don't micromanage, and DO NOT CHAT. If there are two producers there, bored, chewing the fat while they are "there with the team" they may as well go home. Everyone else is concentrating. Pretend you are too! And don't chat with the people doing the heavy lifting unless they are clearly in break mode! You cannot be a tool of procrastination!
clock tower 3
medical marijuanaand potheads
You never see some guy in a suit talking about he needs pot because of his back pain... it's always some person who looks like they just wandered out of Humbolt County. It's amazing to me how just as soon as medical marijuana was legalized in CA, all these burnouts suddenly developed medical-marijuan-requiring conditions...
Anyway, just for the record, my current thought is that I am pro-legalization of most recreational drugs. Using drugs is incredibly stupid and self-destructive, but since most drug users just self-select themselves out of the way of non-drug-users' lives and career paths, it's really no skin off my nose if they want to ruin their own lives. Criminalizing drugs just creates a black market and the attendent violent crime and lengthy, pointless, jail sentences for non-violent offenders.
Normally I'm not much of an RPG player -- I like action, fast games, racing, etc. RPGs take too much time for too subtle a pay-off (not to put too fine a point on it, but when I want stories, I read books). But every now and then, you do want a linear, structured, environment in which to experience success, and nothing fits the bill like an RPG.
RPG DAY -- a day when there's really nothing else to do -- fits the bill perfectly. Nothing else is calling your time, chores can still be put off to Saturday or Sunday, and there's a great feeling of holiday quiet that can't be duplicated any other day of the year. Oh, and left-overs and leveling up just go together in a way that can't be articulated.
So my advice to the world? Pull out Zelda, Final Fantasy, or even go old-school to Wizardry on your Apple II or emulator, and get ready to spend a whole day immersed in hacking, slashing, and mindless leveling up!
For me, this year, my poison of choice will be Gladius from LucasArts. Happy RPG day!
Teller and moderation
1) Comments bashing Teller because he ratted out Oppenheimer and/or because he was all about nuclear weapons.
2) Comments praising Teller for being a badass.
3) Comments that were praising his accomplishments, but taking note of the fact that he did some fucked up things and was a pretty complicated individual.
What irritated me though, was that comments in the first category were all at 5, and the other two were either at -1 Flambait/Troll or just 1 or 2. I fall in category 3, but I just feel like people who made/moderated comments in category 1 just are either naive or ignorant. The soviets are a big joke now, but back in the day -- when Teller was saying the only thing that would hold them back was the H-Bomb -- they really WERE bent on world domination, and you know, evil. Like, do some reading (gulag archipelago, the richard rhoades books, etc.) before you start saying the world would have been a better place if Teller was never born!
healthy fast food
Anyway, eliminate Burger King immediately. The Whopper is like 600C w/o mayonaise. If you're trying to keep under 2000 C a day, this is worthless, since the Whopper isn't even filling.
At McDonald's, a Big Mac is 590 C, which is a lot, but can be the basis of a 1000 calorie lunch, when paired with small fries -- the kids' size ones -- and a diet coke. But the smart money is on a Quarter Pounder with no cheese, at only 410 calories, and a fairly satisfying burger, especially with the onions. Don't fall into the siren song of getting two cheeseburgers -- at 330 calories each, they're worse than a Big Mac! The real Calories in fast food burgers are in the buns...
Wendy's is going to be your low-cal fast food savior. A Single, no mayo, no cheese, is only 380 C -- that's only 100 C more than a McDonald's hamburger! Make it a Double, which is a pretty satisfying burger, and you've only added 200C, still a tiny bit less than a Big Mac. Skip fries and replace them with 5 chicken nuggets (only 99c and 225 Calories) and you're either at 605 with a Single, or 805 with a Double. Finally, throw on a side salad with 1/2 pack of French dressing (35 and 45 C, respectively) to round out the edges and you have a pretty filling fast food meal thats under 700 or 900 Calories (again depending on whether you went with a Single or a Double). The salad is even sort of healthy, in a fiber way (it's long on lettuce, short on everything else), and the dressing is pretty good.
Come to my GDC speech
Saturday, March 8
Lecture: Designing Original Games Based on Licensed Properties
If you're up early, or more to the point, still up, and want to hear some GBA licensed game horror stories, stop by!
On the one hand I am bummed that I got such a crappy time, but on the other, anyone who shows up, I'll know really was interested in the topic.
Brio is so outrageously expensive that is clearly exists only for rich people to demostrate their wealth. A starter set in a figure 8 with 3 train cars (~20 pieces total) costs $40. A slightly larger set costs $100. The accessories are just vulgarly expensive: A crane costs $31 (this is one track length with a plastic crane); a small, matchbox sized cop car is $12, a 2 car and 1 engine Santa Fe branded passanger train is $46... and these are discount prices online.
The Thomas the Tank Engine trains, which feature the painful english license, are about 60% of the cost of the Brio trains. Still, a 45 piece set with bridges and crap runs $240 at retail.
From Target, I just bought a 140 piece set for $39 (it's actually $59 at target.com, but cheaper in the stores -- this is very common for Target). It's exactly the same stuff.
Anyway, it's fucking insane that Brio charges as much as it does, but it's even more insane that people pay those prices for their precious children.
I like what one woman I met did: her kid was bugging her for those trains at Christmas, while they were in one of those yuppie stores that sell them, and she was like "This train set costs as much as an Elephant. We don't have elephants at home, we go to the zoo. This store is like the zoo. You play with the trains here, and then we go home." I wish I had thought of that line of reasoning.
Anyway, no clue how the generic trains will go over, and my dad claims he will subsidize the purchase of Thomas trains to go on the track, so we'll see.
FWIW, a real HO scale electric train set runs $39 and up, with most coming in around $69. HO trains kick the ass of wooden trains.