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GMail Introduces Priority Inbox

mad zambian Thought it was me (242 comments)

Just clicked on the Metamod link, and foom. No Slashdot. Aaargh. I've broken Slashdot, boy am I going to be in trouble now.
The first time I have seen /. go bye byes for a very long time though. Must be phase of the moon or something.
You just don't realise how much you are used to something being there until it suddenly isn't.

more than 4 years ago
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The Great Operating System Games

mad zambian Reversi (145 comments)

was the first game I ever played on computer.
DEC-20 mainframe with a teletype as output.
It too a full minute to reprint the board after each move. With 60 moves per game it took a while to finish a game...
1979 it was.
I still have a soft spot for reversi. Found a fun clone on a Japanese game site a while back which I play when I feel the need for a bit of distraction.

more than 4 years ago
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Malware Can Download Child Porn To Your Computer

mad zambian In the UK (586 comments)

this defence would not work. In the UK the law is such that the authorities do not care where the porn came from. The fact that it is on your machine means that you are in possession of it, and therefore guilty.
End of story. No excuses. No counter arguments allowed.
Go directly to Jail, do not pass go.
Justice? Pfft. Missing, presumed dead, and has been for a while now.

more than 5 years ago
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ArenaLive, an Open Source MMOFPS

mad zambian Small? (95 comments)

Last time I looked there were over half a million players. Small compared to WoW I agree, but 500K ain't that small, surely.

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books

mad zambian The only way (219 comments)

that this sort of bullshit would be in any way acceptable would be if the book was free for the asking. Ads (for other books, or closely related areas) at the end of the book is entirely acceptable. Solid pages of ads for [whatever] in the middle of the text? And you expect me to pay for it? What substances are you abusing?
Note to Amazon. The printed page != web pages.
The world is covered in far too fucking many adverts as it is.

more than 5 years ago
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How Software Engineering Differs From Computer Science

mad zambian Software Engineering is trying (306 comments)

.. to become a rigorous engineering discipline. It's not quite there yet. I am not convinced that it ever will be. Writing software is a creative process, arguably even an artistic one. Well understood rules can be followed, provably correct algorithms applied, formal design methods used, but it is still a human creative process, and as such, I suspect inherently non-rigorous.
Computer Science compared to Software Engineering?
Think aeronautics. The science of aeronautics ponders the laws of aerodynamics and the laws of flight.
Engineering aeronautics is all about building the damn aircraft.

more than 5 years ago
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Quake Live Dev Says Mac and Linux Are "Top Priority"

mad zambian Part of the game, so live with it. (117 comments)

No, it is no fun turning the corner and coming muzzle to muzzle with someone who is on quad damage, but on the other hand, it is oh so satisfying to then splatter them with the good old shotgun.

The power ups and weapons are all part of the game. They do have limited shots and durations after all.
The game. Ah.
The highly addictive game.
That I have spent many, many hours playing.
That I am feeling an urge to log on to right now. (twitch, twitch.)
It is seriously cutting into my /. time, dammit.
I must work towards my 25K frags award. (gibber, gibber. twitch, twitch.)
Flags to capture. Opponents to fry. Or splash. Or perforate. (gibber, gibber. twitch, twitch. mumble, mumble)

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Declares DRM War On Sneaker Hackers

mad zambian If I paid money for it, it is mine, surely. (330 comments)

'Some people,' the patent application observes, 'have taken it upon themselves to remove the sensor from the special pocket of the [iPod-linked] Nike+ shoe and place it at inappropriate locations (shoelaces, for example) or place it on non-Nike+ model shoes.'"

So?
As has been observed on Slashdot many times in the past, if I have bought [whatever], I can do whatever the hell I want with it.
So I feel the urgent need to own a pair of iPod compatible sneakers, and duly buy a pair. I can now;
Paint them purple.
Shred them with a razor blade.
Change the laces.
Remove a sensor to see what it is and what fun I can have with it.
Apparently not. Apple seem to think that they have some say on what I can do with my shoes. What are they smoking? DRM'd sneakers. FFS, give me a break.

more than 6 years ago

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Does fast food make you stupid?

mad zambian mad zambian writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mad zambian (816201) writes "Given the modern Western diet features lots of fast and processed food, stuffed full of all sorts of additives, there is evidence that "This is not necessarily a Good Idea". The most obvious one is that it makes you fat, but it doesn't end there. A healthy diet on the other hand may make your brain work better.
This story over at Technocrat points to a study done at UCLA.
A quote from the author of the study;

"Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain," said Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science who has spent years studying the effects of food, exercise and sleep on the brain. "Diet, exercise and sleep have the potential to alter our brain health and mental function. This raises the exciting possibility that changes in diet are a viable strategy for enhancing cognitive abilities, protecting the brain from damage and counteracting the effects of aging."

The average slashdot denizen is probably more intelligent than average, and I suspect highly likely to have a bad diet. It may not be that good for your brain."
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mad zambian mad zambian writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mad zambian writes "Yet another comparison between operating systems. By a site that doesn't have a vested interest in either. Check out the detailed examination here;
Ubuntu vs Vista

Spoiler for those who can't be bothered to RTFA — Ubuntu wins."
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mad zambian mad zambian writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mad zambian writes "Early news on Vista SP1, taken from Personal Computer World. PCW
"Intel chief executive Paul Otellini has let slip the release date of the first service pack for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.
Otellini said during an earnings call for the chipmaker's first-quarter financial results that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 will probably arrive "in the October-November time frame".
Rest of the story here. Story"
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mad zambian mad zambian writes  |  about 8 years ago

mad zambian writes "From the Reg. Looks like the patent trolls are at it again. This time Nintendo are in the crosshairs. Interlink Electronics claim that Nintendo's Wii Remote infringes on their February 2005 patent, 6,850,221 for a "trigger-operated electronic device". Interlink Electronics wants lots of money and Nintendo to stop selling the offending item."

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