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Comment: Re:And they're all shit (Score 1) 272

by Boogaroo (#45186125) Attached to: The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

Amen to theat. Antichamber has given me more hours of entertainment than I could ever expect. As one reviewer put it, "The biggest challenge is yourself."
As long as you don't look up solutions, Antichamber is of the best games I've ever played. The solutions are truly your own. The game lets you solve it in your own way. I can't really tell you much about it without spoiling it.

The only thing I can say about it is: Antichamber is best experienced by yourself. Solve it by yourself or you will be cheating yourself of one of the best games you'll ever play.

Privacy

+ - Florida School District Fingerprinting Students to->

Submitted by Boogaroo
Boogaroo (604901) writes "The Washington County school district in Florida has placed fingerprint scanners at the entrance to Chipley High School. They've also made a decision to run an alternate trial by placing the scanners on buses since most kids in the district ride buses every day.

Since the beginning the fingerprinting, attendance is up, but not everyone is in agreement that the costs and risks are worth the attendance boost."

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Science

+ - The Scientist to cease publication?->

Submitted by
Stirling Newberry
Stirling Newberry writes "According to Science Magazine, The Scientist Magazine an influential life sciences publication which just celebrated their 25th year of publication, is to close. They quote an email sent out by Vitek Tracz:

The only reason is economic — we simply could not find a way to make it pay. There is no other reason. It has wonderful and talented staff, an audience that likes it, and it succeeded in keeping high editorial and production standards for many years. The world is turning away from traditional magazines, and our dependence on page advertising brought us to this point. There is alas nothing much more to say, except to acknowledge the original vision of Eugene Garfield, and the work of the many wonderful people over the last 25 years.

So far, no confirmation from the magazine itself. It isn't April Fools, though many would hope that this decision is reversed."
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News

+ - Collider physicist jailed 2 years without trial->

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gbrumfiel
gbrumfiel writes "Two years ago today, Adlène Hicheur, a French-Algerian physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider, was arrested on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks with al-Qaeda. He's remained in jail ever since, but Nature News reports that French authorities have yet to take the case to trial. Hicheur's family and colleagues believe he is innocent, and they claim the authorities are holding him in "provisional detention" because they lack sufficient evidence for a trial. They have formed a support group and are petitioning to have the case thrown out."
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Politics

+ - Discussing Drugs, a Federal Crime-> 2

Submitted by Memroid
Memroid (898199) writes "The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) — even if the planned activities are legal in the countries where they're carried out."
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+ - Russian Telco MTS bans Skype, other VoIP

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "MTS, one of the three largest mobile carriers in Russia, have been buying up smaller cable TV and Internet providers across the country, and besides the GSM/3G cellphone service they now also offer cable TV and home broadband Internet access. And their unified TOS (Russian; mirror) for home broadband now says: "3.4.4. The customer may not use the Services for the purpose of transferring voice over the Internet; Skype and other similar software is forbidden." (screenshot). Really, why would you need to phone over the Internet, comrade, when you have a perfectly good cellphone [from MTS, assumingly]?"

Comment: Re:Rollover gigabytes (Score 1) 537

by Boogaroo (#35997134) Attached to: On Monday, AT&T Customers Enter Era of Broadband Caps

Cingular was the cellphone service that did the rollover thing.
Cingular bought AT&T, and it wasn't until later that they bought the name and renamed themselves to AT&T. Not the same company at all.

Besides, the idea has a fundamental flaw in it.

If you are constantly rolling over minutes/GB, you're over-paying for service.
If you're not rolling over much, you have very little to cover overages.
If you're not rolling over anything, you're paying overage charges.

The whole scenario works for very few people. The rest just feel better about having over-payed every month.

Math

+ - No proof (yet) of P = NP after all->

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00_NOP
00_NOP writes "Internet commerce seems safe for now as Russian computer scientist Vladimir Romanov has conceded that his previously published solution to the "3 SAT" problem of boolean algebra does not work. If his solution did work it would have shown that many problems thought to be unsolvable with conventional computers — including decrypting your HTTPS encoded credit card number — would have been solvable in polynominal time. Romanov, who is very far from the sort of crank who normally claims to have proved P = NP or the opposite, is not giving up though..."
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+ - Setting up a big, one day WiFi network? 4

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FurryFeet
FurryFeet writes "I work for a medum size K-12 school and have been notified that in a few weeks we'll have a big training event for teachers. We're expecting about 50 teachers to all bring in their laptops for a full-day training session; they'll all need internet access to do the work. I though I'd just set up a couple of Wi-Fi routers and call it a day, but after googling a bit I bumped into the "Wi-Fi at conferences problem"; namely, there is not a good and easy way to give 50 people a great Wi-Fi connection simultaneously. This is a one-day event, so I don't have a lot of budget. Should I just explain the situation and install a bunch of Ethernet cables? Is there any other way to set up this network that won't cost thousands of dollars?"

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