At my place of employ, we track business data ...
I presume Free is "Free as in Freedom" Free and free is "free as in beer" free, which is how the FSF differentiates between the two.
Google Ups Bug Bounty To $20,000
Bogus reports; either in the form of some hack trying to grub money or somebody reporting a bug that wasn't a bug at all, perchance? Considering the amount of money on offer, I can see both being pretty goddamn prevalent.
UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration
they'd give me maybe 13GBP for it, or 16 if it wasn't "scratched". They'd then sell it second hand for 30GBP (or 28 if it doesn't come with instructions or a box).
Funny that you mention that game. The GAME nearest to me is selling it second-hand for £39.99. A quick search on Zavvi tells me that they're selling the Xbox360 version, brand new, for £36.95
The other big game that they're not selling new, Mass Effect 3, is also £39.99 second-hand in my local GAME branch. I'd check prices for that, but I'm lazy, and can confirm seeing new copies being sold for somewhere in the £30 range.
As for price reductions for copies of games without boxes or manuals... you're a funny man. Another example from my local GAME branch - Lego Star Wars 2 on Nintendo DS. £15 with the original box and manual. The same game, minus manual and in a generic "we do not have the cover for this game" box... £15. Hell, that price tag is no guarantee of me getting a working cartridge/disc, either - they do reduce trade-in values if your disc is scratched, but it's a total crapshoot whether they'll, you know, clean the discs before putting them on the shelves. If they don't, it sets the eventual buyer back another £3. Or in the case of cartridge games, leaves the buyer with a paperweight. To be fair, they probably don't clean the discs deliberately - it's £3 of pure profit on top of the already ridiculous mark-up; and at one point, they actively rewarded sales assistants who managed to upsell disc cleaning for pre-owned games.
Amiga Returns With Lackluster Linux-Powered Mini PC
Now, be fair. It's available for the low, low price of one thousand pounds or thereabouts, last time I checked. Bargain.
Cinnamon Gnome-Shell Fork Releases Version 1.2
I've given Cinnamon 1.2 a go over the course of a few hours. Sadly, the Mint Menu is mandatory, much to my own disappointment (it's usable, but I prefer the "proper" GNOME menu). That said, it's GNOME 3 done right - outside of a few incredibly minor gripes (the Super Key opens the menu rather than the activities pane; you have to move your mouse to the top left hand corner of the screen to open the activities pane though I'm sure it'll be easy enough to change that behaviour in a future version), I'm loving it so far, and can't wait to see what future releases will bring from both Clem and the wider mint community.
PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do
The Circle Pad Pro, as Nintendo have taken to calling it, is by no means required. Certain games (Ace Combat, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear, Monster Hunter and many others I'm too lazy to name) use it as a second analogue stick (optional camera controls, basically), but none of them -require- it. In fact, I play Monster Hunter on my Japanese 3DS without the Circle Pad Pro; and it works just fine.
On top of this, none of the games announced to have support for the peripheral actually -require- it, yet. That might change over the next year or so, but until then, the Circle Pad Pro is far from a required add-on.
New Qt Based Desktop Environment
Hell, why use computers at all? Let's go back to smoke signals!
New Humble Indie Bundle Goes Live
As a fellow Linux user, I was tempted to try out Desura thanks to the fact that most (if not all) of the bundles so far have Desura keys for those who want 'em. Not all of the games have had Linux builds added to Desura just yet (understandable - Desura's Linux version is just an Open Beta for the time being), but getting 75% of the HIB games in a "click install and play with no hassle" format is a sight to behold, especially considering all the wrangling it took to make Crayon Physics work on Debian - in the end I gave up and "borrowed" packages from Ubuntu.
30 Years of the BBC Micro
And there's now an Open Source remake/re-imagining, OOlite. I'd post a link, but I'm at work and I'm sure you can all use your search engine or package manager of choice to obtain it.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD
Tip - install gvfs-backends, then run
sudo dpkg-reconfigure thunar
To display and browse network shares in Thunar. There's also the rather unfortunately named Gigolo, which provides out of the box share access. It's a stupid workaround, yes, but it's worth mentioning.
Sprint Cutting Unlimited 4G Data Plans
They prefer to call it "enhancing the truth".
Britain's Broadband Censors: a Bunch of Students
sankakucomplex.com itself is NSFW, so why single out its *booru subdomain?
Not that any self-respecting human being would mind if sankaku was blocked by their ISP.
The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:
No, he's on a laptop. So... yeah, I feel sorry for the nut behind the keyboard.
I'd like to see Yahoo ...
Obviously, a lot of minds have been boggled by the conundrum of Yahoo's continued existence.
Looking Back On a Year of LibreOffice
Most of us comb our own neckbeards, you insensitive clod!
Indie Devs Upload Their Own Game To The Pirate Bay
I dunno, I'm actually half-tempted to buy this game because they're taking the inevitability of piracy, and getting a little bit of humour out of it.
That and, unlike the two companies you've mentioned, the developers of this game are not actively prosecuting pirates. If anything, they're rewarding you for pirating... if you like pirate-themed games.
Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?
I dunno, I use a PS2 controller for the vast majority of my emulation, and a modified Super Famicom controller for, well, Super Famicom/SNES games (and pretty much every other 8-bit/16-bit system, for that matter).
Point is, the PS2 controller suffices for Ocarina of Time (although using Wii64 with a classic controller on my modded Wii is my preferred method of playing N64 games these days).
Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010
I'd have to agree there, with some notable exceptions, Square-Enix's only good games post merger have been new IPs (The World Ends With You being the most notable) and... Dragon Quest. That's it.
This is, of course, excluding their constant re-releases of older games (mostly FF, Dragon Quest and a whole host of Square's PS1 games).
Over 7.5 Million Facebook Users Are Under 13
Exactly. I should probably have pointed that out in my comment. Still amuses me greatly that it's newsworthy when people *gasp* lie on the internet.
Over 7.5 Million Facebook Users Are Under 13
Kinda. The rules state nobody under 18 can browse 4chan, not that this is much of a deterrent for any actual underage users - the sensible ones just don't outright state their age.
Kind of like what they did on Myspace a few years back; and what kids do on facebook now. Then again, this is to be expected - most age-verification attempts online are quite pathetic in the grand scheme of things and can be subverted by any idiot.
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