rucs_hack writes "Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, has been Diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
He describes it as 'an embuggerance', and plans to continue writing his next two books, "Nation" and "Unseen Academicals" which are not based in the discworld universe.
I imagine the rest of the slashdot community will join me in extending our sympathy and hope for some means to mitigate the effects of the illness." top
rucs_hack (784150) writes "I'm trying to code a multi platform online game, and I've been involved in discussions on the viability of open source as a model for a games development house. I'm unconvinced as to its viability, after all, I'm thinking business here. I want to make money, but I'm also well aware of the power of the open source community. I'm a fan of open source, but I see no examples of profitable businesses emerging in the gaming sphere.
I don't have many people around with good understanding of game development and open source business models, so I throw the question open to the slashdot crowd, can a commercially viable game company be founded on the principles and practice of open source?" top
rucs_hack (784150) writes "I first encountered slashdot during an 'ethics in computer science' lecture in 2002, when the lecturer mentioned it, and a friend stared at me in disbelief when I said I hadn't heard of it. Now it's an essential part of my daily net routine (who doesn't have one of those..).
It took me a few tries to understand the way slashdot works (I'm a bit slow...), I rather stupidly was surprised at the way stories moved off the front page so quickly. I saw a story on speech recognition and went back in a week to find it gone (omg, such a noob).
rucs_hack writes "I'm in the UK and my son has started talking about choice of university. I've wondering how good a choice an american university would be for physics/mathematics, since those are his principle interests.
So the question is, what are ther good universities in the US for the sciences, any in particuler that stand out, and what sort of costs are associated with extra-mural activities (as I'll be having to shell out the cash for this)." top
rucs_hack writes "The Iconic pillars of Gas in a Stellar Nursery imaged by Hubble in 1995
that became an iconic image, even appearing in Star Trek Voyagers astrometrics lab, have
While some may mourn their passing, it was a predicted end to
structures in a stellar nursery, with newborn stars blowing away
surrounding gas. The breakup of the pillars won't be visible from earth for another thousand years." top
I'm way ahead of them on this though, my boy has his computer mounted on an old Singer Sewing Machine table, with the cast iron pedal and spinwheel system intact, so he can exercise his legs whilst gaming." top
I say use because in fact few own the bins themselves, they are provided by the councils who provide the rubbish collection services. However, I wonder if the possibility exists of being prosecuted for hacking a wheelie bin?"