Building a Successful "Open" Game World
I partly agree with that. In some ways I think San Andreas was superior. I want to fly a plane, I want to strap on a jetpack, I also liked the handling of the vehicles better. Yes it wasn't as realistic but it was more fun. In particular the motorcycles.
Oprah Sued For Infringing "Touch and Feel" Patent
You know, maybe it's inane, but you really can't blame her. She's made quite a living off of it.
Besides, she need it for financing StedMAN
Long-Term Personal Data Storage?
It's a good point, though I think JPEG, or at least code to read it will be around in 30yrs.
I've recently hit this myself. I've been going through everything since the late 1980s and archiving it. Every floppy, every harddisk, everthing.
First PC was a tandy 1000 and I had a lot of drawings I did, PNT, files, nothing reads those. I also had a bunch of .art files, from a freeware long dead art program (VGA Art Studio) which supported no other format. Luckily, the latter install had some (partially wrong) info on the format, so I had to in both cases reverse engineer the formats and write some perl scripts to convert them to BMP. Luckily, they weren't too complex and it was an interesting process, but it also got me thinking too, I've got do wrap all this stuff up now because 10 yrs from now might be too late.
I also notice that USB enclosures do not like old IDE drives. I still have PCs with a PATA interface so that wasn't a big deal.
I was surprised that most of my floppies (hundreds) were fine (~95%)and they weren't well stored.
All my HDDs were good except my 386 laptop which crashed on boot.
So basically I made images of everything. Carbonite for it all, two 16g flashdrives (one offsite) for all the important stuff as well as an external HDD and DVD-R archives every few months. At the moment, I can't see how I can improve on it much.
I have a feeling the current generation of hardware will not hold up as well as the old iron.
Free Resources for Windows Perl Development
Actually, as far as linux, usually everything just works. I'm sure there's a lot of one off modules that never get anything but a first release and sit unloved but almost everything I've needed to install runs without issue and has done so for years. The only module I can think of on Linux that was a PITA was the SDL libraries, due to the different versions and many library dependencies.
As far as Windows, it depends, all the core stuff is fine, and if you can find it in a ppm repository, you're usually fine, other things that rely on c libs and such , well, YMMV.
Mystery Science Theater Turns 20
All good choices, but no love for "Girl in Gold Boots"? I love when the Regis looking "heavy" just magically appears in the middle of the shot in the diner.
X-Rays Emitted From Ordinary Scotch Tape
I'm not big on patents but seems to me they've taken a process, added a novel and non-trivial addition and made a "potentially" very practical invention. This is the kind of things patents were made for. If it were that obvious, wouldn't someone have done something with it in the last half of a century?
Now there may be other things that might speak to it's novelty, but from the article, seems fair to me.