top The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face
I've heard that one of the main features of getting your Professional Engineer license is that you are then legally liable for your work. Lot of people working in IT with the title "engineer", so why not hold them to higher standards? I can see the point of view from the people who want just that.
top The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
A press has the downside that it can possibly elevate your cholesterol if you drink coffee regularly from it. Paper filters in the drip process absorb some of the oils present in the coffee (and thus, some of the flavor as well).
top WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies
I'm from WV, so I claim the right to tell another joke:
What do you call two bumblebees in a plastic coke bottle?
A West Virginia vibrator.
Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?
"This construction would not be physically possible in real life," Neil deGrasse Tyson grumbled, as he slid to square 5 in Chutes & Ladders.
(credited to @drewtoothpaste)
top AI System Invents New Card Games (For Humans)
It's not too difficult to conceptualize people creating a computer that can design games based upon numerical or statistical elements, such as a deck of 52 cards divided into numbers and sets. Show me a computer than can take a theme (let's say, WWII tactical), create abstract mechanics that reflect playable functionality within that theme (let's say combat rules for historically accurate factions/units/weapons) and then make it fun (
Combat Commander anyone?)....well, then I will bow to our new artificial overlords.
about a year and a half ago
top SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game
Four years ago I got a copy of the original Bioshock for my PC. I had just moved into a new place and didn't have internet yet, so I decided to install this single-player game for entertainment until I had connectivity. Lo and behold I couldn't install the game, as it required a phone-home.
I haven't purchased a computer game since. I've discovered hobby board gaming, which works great in the absence of power and internet connections.
The new way of doing things in the world of video games can go eat it's own asshole.
about a year and a half ago
top Layoffs Hit Washington Post Mobile Team
I wonder if CmdrTaco is the source.
top Nintendo Power To Shut Down
You are indeed right on target. It WAS propaganda to get you interested in buying their games. I got my NES when it first came out (I even had the damn Robot). I remember playing Duck Hunt and Gyromite at first, and then ignoring it briefly. Then, Nintendo Power came out, and around that time the supermarket in my town started renting movies and games. From that point on I had information and a supplier. All downhill from there!
Looking at some of those old covers brings back memories.
top Nintendo Power To Shut Down
Got it when I was in 3rd grade. Had a subscription for years afterward. That was a great time to be a kid and be fortunate enough to have access to high-tech gadgets like the NES/Super NES.
top Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus
She was saying stupid things, but you can bet the farm on this: everyone at that council table knows who dad is in Cupertino.
top Greenpeace Says the Internet Emits Too Much CO2
so it's going to be difficult to get my Earth Day tire fire started.
But I will keep trying. It's too important!
top Man Loses Millions In Bizarre Virus-Protection Scam
A friend of mine was renting a room in the house of a lady who lived down the street from me. She had been suckered into a Nigerian 419 scam, was convinced that the people she was communicating with were "Good Christians", and sent them about $30,000. When she took out a loan against her home, her daughters attempted to intervene with the courts to declare her incapable of managing her assets. She ended up losing the house and all her money, and my friend lost his room.
She was a nice old lady whose mind was starting to go, and unfortunately was taken advantage of by some cold bastards. Don't mock too hard, it could be someone you love or even you one day.
top Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04
On my laptop, the last three versions of Ubuntu that I have tried supported my wireless interface out of the gate. On the new 10.04 LTS version, it does not work. And of course, this is just a sampling of the BS I've had to endure when dealing with linux on my personal machine. The main thing I've learned is that if you get something working, turn off updates so that your machine doesn't automagically frack up. Gee, that seems similar to some other system i'm familiar with. Sorry, but I've had zero problems with Win7 and tons of problems with Ubuntu. Linux is great, but not on the desktop. I'm eager to have someone prove me wrong though.
top Microsoft Opens Source Code To KGB's Successor Agency
That was actually a Lenin quote.
top Extremists Warn
South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit
Muhammad can go suck a big, floppy donkey dick.
top Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns
....one of the chief things that is causing our country to fail. As an avid boardgamer, I am offended and disgusted.
top Yale Delays Move To Gmail
What you outline here makes me think that Microsoft will have an edge in cloud based email. Say what you will about MS, but they do have tremendous support resources from their company on down to solutions providers. If they are successful in putting exchange in the cloud, it will have a lot to do with them taking advantage of the current old-school knowledge base. I couldn't imagine Google trying to port my company's (complicated but works well) exchange system over to Gmail. It would be a nightmare.
top Filming For
The Hobbit Begins In July
1.2. What will be included in the two movies?
According to the Empire Online interview with PJ and GDT (link above), the two movies will include all of the iconic moments in the book, The Hobbit, as well as being expanded to follow other events that occur ‘offstage.’ This includes the White Council and Gandalf’s comings and goings to Dol Guldur. Pj: “We expanded out the universe a lot more so that we weren’t just staying with Bilbo and the Dwarves on their journey, as the book pretty much does. We started to expand some of what’s happening to Gandalf outside of that journey.” Things we know are included so far:
- backstory of Thrain, Thorin’s father
- The White Council
- Gandalf’s journeys to Dol Guldur
- The three trolls (Tom, Bert, William)
- Sauron ( including some of his history)
top Gates Foundation Plans To Invest $10B Into Vaccines
BillG is ten steps ahead of you. I heard him being interviewed by someone on TV (Larry King?) about his foundation a few years ago. He was talking about vaccines in the third world and was questioned why he was not addressing excessive childbirth in poverty-stricken countries. He pointed out that his foundation had researched this and had come to the conclusion that if you reduce human misery and high infant mortality rates, then quality of life goes up all across the board, and as a result of this, people reproduce more sensibly. I would say this is why he chooses to invest in vaccines instead of condoms.
top Google Applies To Become Energy Marketer
This vaguely reminds me of William Randolph Hearst's stake in the paper industry, which was a supported his main business, which was major print media.
Jack Herer and others argue that Hearst's paper empire (he owned hundreds of acres of timber forests and a vast number of paper mills designed to manufacture paper from wood pulp) in the early 1930s was threatened by hemp, which: 1) like wood pulp, could also be used to manufacture paper and 2) also had an advantage over wood pulp, because it could be regrown yearly as well.
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