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+ - Archive.org adds close to 2400 DOS games

Submitted by Bugamn
Bugamn (1769722) writes "Archive.org added a new library of DOS games. The games are playable on the browser through EM-DOSBOX, a port of the DOS emulator. The games are provided without instructions, so some experimentation (or search for old manuals) might be necessary. The library does not mention any copyright concerns, although some of the games can be found for sale on sites such as Steam and GoG."

+ - Why aren't we using SSH for everything?-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A post at Medium asks why, in this age of surveillance and privacy-related bogeymen, we aren't making greater use of SSH for our secure computing needs?

"Let’s see what we have so far: Binary protocol, mandatory encryption, key pinning, multiplexing, compression (yes, it does that too). Aren’t these the key features for why we invented HTTP/2?

Admittedly, SSH is missing some pieces. It’s lacking a notion of virtual hosts, or being able to serve different endpoints on different hostnames from a single IP address. On the other hand, SSH does have several cool features over HTTP/2 though, like built-in client authentication which removes the need for registration and remembering extra passwords.""

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+ - What Language Will the World Speak in 2115?-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Throughout human history, different languages have emerged and died, waxed and waned in relative importance, evolved, and spread to new locales. An article in the Wall Street Journal considers what languages the world will speak a hundred years from now. Quoting: "Science fiction often presents us with whole planets that speak a single language, but that fantasy seems more menacing here in real life on this planet we call home—that is, in a world where some worry that English might eradicate every other language. That humans can express themselves in several thousand languages is a delight in countless ways; few would welcome the loss of this variety. ... Some may protest that it is not English but Mandarin Chinese that will eventually become the world’s language, because of the size of the Chinese population and the increasing economic might of their nation. But that’s unlikely. For one, English happens to have gotten there first. It is now so deeply entrenched in print, education and media that switching to anything else would entail an enormous effort. We retain the QWERTY keyboard and AC current for similar reasons. ... Yet more to the point, by 2115, it’s possible that only about 600 languages will be left on the planet as opposed to today’s 6,000. Japanese will be fine, but languages spoken by smaller groups will have a hard time of it.""
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Comment: Re:Please retire... (Score 1) 266

by Bugamn (#47868643) Attached to: John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter
It worse when the desire to make an action movie works in detriment of the action game. Half Life had an almost perfect pacing. Valve knows how to lead the player. But many of those modern shooters don't. At a moment playing Battlefield 3 I was baffled because the game demanded that I stepped on a specific point before it would throw enemies against me and it all felt too artificial, like a director that wanted me to take my position before shooting the scene. That breaks immersion completely.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...

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