Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
I find Frank Herbert's view of humanity, as in "God Emperor of Dune" very pessimistic around human nature, requiring a 3000 years tyrannical ruling to save humanity from its own destructive and short term thinking. Havent read Destination: Void but seems like Herbert didnt hold fond of humanity.
Most civilization is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.
The Stolen Journals
and my favorite:
When I set out to lead humankind along my Golden Path, I promised them a lesson their bones would remember. I know a profound pattern which humans deny with their words even while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet, the condition they call peace. Even as they speak, they create the seeds of turmoil and violence. If they find their quiet security, they squirm in it. How boring they find it. Look at them now. Look at what they do while I record these words. Hah! I give them enduring eons of enforced tranquility which plods on and on despite their every effort to escape into chaos. Believe me, the memory of Leto's Peace shall abide with them forever. They will seed their quiet security thereafter only with extreme caution and steadfast preparation.
-The Stolen Journals
Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie
Ubuntu and Wubi work fine. Is almost as dual-booting. Just install the LTS Ubuntu (10.04). I have upgraded kernel many times, no problemo. I had some issues with Kubuntu and Wubi before so I guess Ubuntu's support is better than Kubuntu's.
Linux with VMware or Virtualbox, you can install and create a snapshot after install so if something goes wrong, you can return to the snapshot. That way you wont have some much problems with drivers, specially the wireless.
The Dark Side of Making L.A. Noire
Since the game isnt that great, I suppose you can say that Team Bondi wasted a long term oportunity with Rockstar, since a bad work environment usually affects initiative and creativity, crucial to develop a game beyond "meh".
Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance
But since rating companies lie Moodys and S&P arent regulated, when the whole thing happened and they were investigated, they just said that the ratings they give are "mere opinions" and its not their fault if someone was misguided by their ratings... so how does people rate investments after the 2008 crash? still based on "mere opinions". investment companies blame bad ratings and rating houses blame investment companies cause they werent diligent enough to doublechec ratings... and the federal regulations ignores the whole deal since they were part of these companies (and might come bac y the future...)
CS guys are tools in this finance mob. There wouldnt be any problem if derivatives were regulated, but they werent and they wont.
They aren selling out. If theres still ppl with money "all-in" mode on investment houses after all of this, they ll deserve whatever happens to their money.
Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?
I got Starcraft 2, played for about and hour and thought... its the same thing as SC with better graphic and some upgrades. Dropped.
Mafia 2. Started playing it. the story sound interesting, but after 2 times trying to complete a mission (the trade gas coupons) i got bored. Uninstalled
I was watching that movie Centurion and remembered I had Rome Total War (dropped after a couple of hours). I played it, then the expansion, now Im playing Medieval Total War 2. What hooked me in? I think is because a love history and the what if's... Napoleon TW is waiting for me now.
BTW I tried Civilization V but my i had installation problems in my XP 2 Gb Ram PC, worked fine in my brother's Windows 7 4 Gb Ram. Im not upgrading my PC or OS just because of a game.
A good story doesnt need good graphics, I still cherish Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (better plot than Oblivion) and Gabriel Knight 2, god! even Larry Quest 1