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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

sourcerror C64 (115 comments)

There were a lot of "enterprise" software written for the C64 in the late 80ies in the communist block because it didn't fell under the import ban.

It also supported a lot of peripherals, like floppy disk, hard drive and mouse. It also had a lot of documentation in German, which was easier to learn in the Eastern block.

about a month and a half ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

sourcerror Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

Then how come Asians are lactose intolerant?

about 4 months ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

sourcerror Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

No. Energy generation is a very difficult thing in that entire grid must stay within certain tolerance levels. We're talking about gigawatts per hour, so your swimming pool would have to be a size of a large lake or two and would obviously not be worth the cost.

Or you need a lot of small swimming pools. My water boiler uses so called "night current" which is sporadic excess electricity sold at a discounted price. (I live in Hungary.)

about 7 months ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

sourcerror Re:Buzzzzz word compliant. (232 comments)

So you had a developer who doesn't know about Java's garbage collection, and the solution is to teach him C?

about 8 months ago

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

sourcerror Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (179 comments)

Have you tried to upgrade a Xubuntu installation? Mine fell apart spectacularly. (I guess there was a conflict between the graphical shells, because my window decoration disappeared.)

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

sourcerror Re:correction (197 comments)

Somebody who doesn't know the theory but has lots of "real world skills"

He will probably just resort to A* in every case.

about a year ago

Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

sourcerror Re:Homeworld should never be PD (360 comments)

One of those few games that is truly a work of art.

FYI "works of art" also can enter the public domain.

Do you think public domain was invented for crap?

about a year ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

sourcerror Re:Yet another reason.. (367 comments)

Maybe Google shouldn't have provided an API to do that in the first place.

about a year ago

On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

sourcerror Re:Why do dictactorships have hyperinflation? (121 comments)

or for that matter sometimes non-functioning governments of other forms, e.g. the Weimar Republic

They had to pay huge amounts of money for reparations. It had nothing to do with being non-functioning.

about a year ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

sourcerror Re:If only Guido hadn't blown it with Python. (505 comments)

I don't see how that is true. In Javascript you can add new methods to objects during runtime, so that's the same problem that prevents Python to be properly compiled, isn't it?

about a year ago

Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief

sourcerror Re:Is it just me... (138 comments)

Abraham Lincoln was deeply involved in overall strategy and in day-to-day operations during the American Civil War, 1861–1865; historians have given Lincoln high praise for his strategic sense and his ability to select and encourage commanders such as Ulysses S. Grant.[39] ... Harry S. Truman believed in a high amount of civilian leadership of the military, making many tactical and policy decisions based on the recommendations of his advisors— including the decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan, to commit American forces in the Korean War, and to terminate Douglas MacArthur from his command.[42]


about a year ago

Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

sourcerror Re:Eh, no one listens to me (397 comments)

To be honest, a proper green card immigrant is still preferable than H1-B, because a H1-B can be blackmailed with deportation by his employer. A green card holding immigrant is more likely to stand up for his rights than an H1-B (because the latter ties him to one specific employer).

1 year,9 days

Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

sourcerror Re:Basic Statistics (312 comments)

Check your math privilege!

1 year,11 days

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

sourcerror Re:People don't just "consume" (211 comments)

There are other forums than Twitter or Facebook, and not all have their own client. You're on on of them.

1 year,27 days

Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

sourcerror Re:How does advanced CS have any tie to culture? (612 comments)

CS culture is American male nerd culture. It's the culture of 20th century sci-fi, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, popular science, memorising digits of pi, tech gadgets, of course computers and coding.

Intrestingly most of my CS profs were unfamiliar with that culture. Maybe because they weren't Americans.

about a year ago

Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

sourcerror Re:Allow me to burn som Karma by saying (489 comments)

The European Parliament and the European Commission have much less power than the American federal government. We don't have the equivalent of FBI, CIA or NSA. We don't have a common army, or a federal income tax.

about a year ago

Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

sourcerror Re:classroom tools (210 comments)

In my university (not in US) textbooks counted a lot for promotion, so basically every prof wrote their own, even if a satisfactory one already existed.

about a year ago



Humble Synapse Bundle

sourcerror sourcerror writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sourcerror writes "A new edition of the Humble Bundle is out there: it includes Frozen Synapse, a turn based strategy game, and all the games from the Frozenbyte bundle."

Pay if you like adventure game

sourcerror sourcerror writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sourcerror writes "Independent developer Endre Baráth after a series of commercial games decided to release his new game as "pay if you like". The first episode of the sci-fi adventure game is free to download, and if enough donation comes in, he'll make new ones, that'll free as well. Another intresting fact is that the art assets were made in Blender, and the game runs in the Blender Game Engine.
IndieGames.com writes:
"The game is an exploration adventure title that sees you waking up in an unknown shuttle cabin, not knowing how you got there, or who was originally also in your cabin. By reading holocubes and figuring out puzzles that allow you to explore more of your surroundings, you'll be able to piece the situation together and work out what exactly is going on. Episode 1 is ready for you to grab, and episode 2 is half done, so I'd guess a release in roughly 3 months time. Download the game, and consider donating to Barath if you enjoy it."


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ACM censors Phd student

sourcerror sourcerror writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sourcerror (1718066) writes "Christer Ericson, Director of Tools and Technology at Sony Santa Monica (the God of War team) writes in his blog:

"The previous episode of the ACM saga had a powerful organization bully a young impressionable PhD student into deleting his fully legal web pages under an implied threat of legal action if he did not comply.

This weeks episode has ACM fighting against a US government initiative for open access to research papers supported by government funding! This is a highly important initiative. ACM is trying to kill it so they, and other greedy scientific publishers, can continue to make money on those papers that you paid for with your tax money.""

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