top Hacking Charisma
Taking the analogy a bit further, it's not so much as "reverse-engineering" as it is emulating it in software. Some people just have the hardware for it. Those who don't need to learn the algorithms involved before "rendering" charisma. For sure, it won't be as fast or fluid, but it'll mostly work for some tasks. Some of my socially-awkward, geeky friends took great pains in doing this, devouring self-help and socialization books, seminars, etc. The end result doesn't quite look natural, almost like running Crysis at 12 FPS with the lowest details, but passable enough.
top Largest and Most Intense Tropical Cyclone On Record Hits the Philippines
We localize the names to make them easier to remember, at least for us over here.
top For Your Inspection: Source Code For Photoshop 1.0
Shouldn't be too much of a stretch since
this was written using Free Pascal.
top J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII
Star Wars 7: Part I, then parts 2 & 3
before hitting Star Wars 8.
top Learn Linux the Hard Way
Linux From Scratch boosted my Linux knowledge about a hundredfold. I cut my teeth on a modified LFS 5.1. Following the instructions, while tedious, was doable and straightforward. What made it more difficult for me was that my host distro was a bit too old for the then-current LFS (5.1). With a slow and expensive internet connection, downloading an entire distro was out of the question. Downloaded the official tarballs, mixed and matched on my Celeron 366, and I eventually got it up and running.
top 48-Core Chips Could Redefine Mobile Devices
Speaking of 5 years ago, we're still waiting for
this to go commercial. about a year and a half ago
top should i convert a i686 with 256mb ram to linux or not?
Lubuntu 12.04 or Zorin Lite would run comfortably on 256MB, and the interface is close enough to XP, with a start button on the lower left corner. I'm using a stripped-down LFS on a 128MB PII machine. Don't give up till it really gives up the ghost.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
Vilcabamba by Harry Turtledove.
It's a short, good read. Made me think for days. It's analogous to the Europeans finishing the conquest over South American Indians.
"The story is set sometime in the 21st century, 50 years after an alien race called the Krolp conquered and occupied much of planet Earth. The story is told from the perspective of President of the United States, Harris Moffatt III, who rules a rump United States and Canada that runs along the Rocky Mountains. Moffat's father and grandfather were also presidents."
The online text is
here. about a year and a half ago
top I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:
Win 98 on a VM for running games? Just out of curiosity, what are you using to run it? QEMU doesn't even finish installing it. It also doesn't seem to like hardware acceleration on Virtual Box. Bochs maybe?
top Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop
top Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s
Wow, you too? I read somewhere that Eternal Dagger had an IBM PC port, though I've never really seen one. I loved the combat system, but I didn't like the quick combat option, especially for high-level encounters. I remember encounters dragging on and on as they got tougher. Would love to see a remake/clone of WC.
Below the Root was awesome! The graphics weren't that good even by that era's standards, but I breathed and lived it, even dreamed about it. No other game had quite captured my imagination like it after that.
top Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s
Yeah. Wish they'd bring back that game, plus its sequel, Eternal Dagger. I miss WC, with its complex turn-based tactical combat system.
top Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than
It had a smart-linker too. The executables were actually smaller than that of Turbo C. IIRC, TP's Hello World weighed in at 3-4K while TC's weighed in at around 6-7K, even with all the size optimizations on, using the tiny memory model. Turbo Basic's Hello World weighed in at around 30K!
top Carmack: Mobile Gaming To Surpass Current Consoles
So is history repeating itself. 5 years down the line your mobile phone costing same as a handheld console, will perform equally, if not better. Only the loyalists will still buy a console.
You could say the same thing about stand-alone mp3 players now. Back in the day, my friends and I would drool over those, with increasingly bigger capacities, etc. A 1 GB player was luxurious. My current phone's memory card can store 8 GB. Coupled with a good set of earphones, they've all but obviated my need for a dedicated mp3 player. I haven't seen anyone else in a long time want one either.
top Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate
LFS user here. Will 2.6.39 get the LTS treatment just like 2.6.35 down to 2.6.32? Would be nice to have a stable target for years to come. I have a box that's still using 2.6.16 (formerly LTS) and another that's 2.4.37. Moving up from "minor" releases, e.g. from 2.6.35 to 2.6.36 haven't really been as minor as they used to be. They tend to be somewhat nerve-wracking experiences. Personally sticking to 2.6.35 as long I can.
top Win 7's Malware Infection Rate Climbs, XP's Falls
Thought I was the only one. Chrome 11.0.696.65 and FF3.6 under Ubuntu 10.04.
I still remember Matrix, and later Objects Layout. It had a forms designer and a flowchart mode. It actually produced tight DOS
.exe files. One could also change the output to C, Pascal or even BASIC, if extra customization is needed. I got my copy for something like $200. Their tagline in Byte was "not a single damn line of code, ever" or something like it.
It had a Windows 3.1 version. Too bad it didn't take off. IIRC, its final incarnation was released around 10 years ago, Build-IT, which spitted out Java code. Those were the days.
top Egyptian Father Names His Daughter "Facebook"
I live in the Philippines. While we
do have a knack for coming up with smart-ass names, I have yet to meet someone here named Dildo, Thumper, or Flipper. Those are most probably names of pets. No Hitler either but we do have a lot of Adolfs. Lolita is pretty common, and we hardly think of it as dodgy. You'd hear Ding-dong a lot. A popular actor here goes by that as his screen name. A senator goes by "Ping". A former church head went by Cardinal Sin. Of course, except for Adolf, Lolita, etc, those are all nicknames, the way you'd use Slim, Spike or Mac. Repeating names are another novelty here.
top Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety
Slashdot friends you have, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the site.
top The Rise and Fall of Graphic Adventure Games
I recently purchased Myst, since I missed it the first time around. My machine back in the 90's wasn't up to the task. A ton of classic graphic adventure games on
GOG.com! Worth checking out for those who missed the classics the first time around. Cheap too!
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