GMail Introduces Priority Inbox
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.
The Great Operating System Games
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.
Malware Can Download Child Porn To Your Computer
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.
ArenaLive, an Open Source MMOFPS
Last time I looked there were over half a million players. Small compared to WoW I agree, but 500K ain't that small, surely.
Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books
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.
How Software Engineering Differs From Computer Science
.. 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.
Quake Live Dev Says Mac and Linux Are "Top Priority"
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)
Apple Declares DRM War On Sneaker Hackers
'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.'"
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.