Try http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ Makes a Windows 7 like start menu as the default start, rather than the hideous mess that is the Windows 8 start screen. Still easy to make it to metro start screen via charms. Can even configure it to be Win XP style instead, to be available in desktop mode but still start in metro view, and a number of other handy customizations.
I did wonder this too. If blizzard was coding their anti cheating programs just to detect things running on a Windows OS, someone could code their cheats at a level the blizzard code might not see it. But, can always try to detect this type of system via behavior monitoring (detecting exact patterns repeating, etc). Still a chance for a false positiv, but if a coder doesn't put in at least some randomness, bots in most games start to stick out pretty quickly.
Of course, checking every configuration is impossible, and no DRM checking system is perfect, so always the chance for false positives. Was mostly responding to the blanket assumption people were making that Blizzard was targeting Linux/WINE specifically as a cheat, when that's not true, and they appear to be at least acknowledging the existence of Linux players, and performing some testing. Bolstering your point, There were some cases in the past where Blizzard banned people from WoW for "unauthorized program use" only to discover, later, they were innocuous (handicap access programs, an anti virus program in another case) and eventually unbanned the players. While I can understand them wanting to go after botters, and the negative effects they can have on gameplay, kinda wish you could play around with some automation, as would be a fun coding challenge (have had to do a fair amount of automation coding in my jobs before)
Actually, Blizzard has stated, in their official forums, that although not officially supported, they HAVE tested D3 on Linux with WINE in various configurations, and their anti-cheating tools do not detect this as cheating. They continue to state that those banned didn't just use WINE and Linux, but additional software that was trying to cheat the game.
Being versed and experienced in IT can be a selling point, if properly framed during a job interview for a programming position, as well as programming positions for IT jobs. With SO many job candidates these days having narrow focuses, one can sell having more diverse background by explaining to a potential employer how you have a greater view than just the narrow focused candidates. For instance, a person with a good OS support background can know more about the internals of how the OS actually handles programs in the real world, and can take this into consideration when coding. Also valuable from spending time in IT can be the first hand knowledge of the full product life cycle. If you spend some time in QA, you'll know what the QA team really needs from the developers. If you spend time with the support team, you'll know what they need to support the software in the field and by supplying it, help minimize the number of times support needs to contact the developers. It's all about how you spin it.
SSDNINJA writes "This editorial discusses the habit of Bethesda Softworks to release broken and buggy games with plans to just fix the problems later. Following a trend of similar issues coming up in their games, the author begs gamers to stop supporting buggy games and to spread the idea that games should be finished and quality controlled before release – not weeks after."
Beetle B. writes "Do Google search results contradict your religious views? Tired of getting pornographic results and worried you'll burn in Hell for it? Are you Christian? Try SeekFind — 'a Colorado Springs-based Christian search engine that only returns results from websites that are consistent with the Bible.' Muslim? Look no further: I'm Halal. Jewish? Jewogle is for you. NPR ran a story on the general trend of search engines cropping up to cater to certain religious communities. I wonder how many other 'filtered' search engines exist out there to cater to various groups (religious or otherwise) — not counting specialized searches (torrents, etc)."
harrymcc writes "On September 13th 1985, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. for the Famicom (NES) in Japan. It went on to become the best-selling video game of all time, a title it only recently lost. Over at Technologizer, Benj Edwards is celebrating the anniversary with a look at some of the weirdest variations, spinoffs, and tributes the game has inspired over the years, from edibles to art projects." The Guardian's games blog adds a bunch of Mario-related trivia, and CVG attempts to explain the history of Mario games. Nintendo is capitalizing on the anniversary by announcing an upcoming collection of classic Mario games (Japanese site, English explanation) that have been ported to the Wii.
Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.
Harry writes "Once upon a time, it wasn't a given that PC owners should be able to format their own floppy disks. Or that ports should be standard, not proprietary. Or that it was a lousy idea to hardwire a PC's AC adapter, or to put the power supply in the printer so that a printer failure rendered the PC unusable, too. Over at Technologizer, Benj Edwards has taken a look at some of the worst design decisions from personal computing's early years — including ones involving famous flops such as the PCJr, obscure failures such as Mattel's Aquarius, and machines that succeeded despite flaws, like the first Mac. In most instances — but not all — their bad decisions taught the rest of the industry not to make the same errors again."
angry tapir writes "Toshiba has filed suit in a US court against Imation and several manufacturers and distributors of recordable DVD media for the alleged infringement of its patents. Imation and the other defendant companies named in the complaint do not have license agreements covering recordable DVD media with Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C), and have engaged in the import and sale of recordable DVD media in the US without permission, according to Toshiba."
A wave of new companies are springing up to offer such things as virtual cemeteries, alerts to remind loved ones about the anniversary of your death, and even email services that send an alert to your sinful relatives in danger of being left behind when the Rapture carries you away. "People have a desire to perpetuate not only for themselves, but for their loved ones, the story of their lives, and technology has all these new great ways of doing that," said John McQueen, owner of the Anderson McQueen funeral home.
bheer writes "According to the NYTimes, at a conference next month, GE will debut their new holographic storage breakthrough — 500GB disks that will cost 10 cents a GB to produce at launch. GE will first focus on selling the technology to commercial markets like movie studios and hospitals, but selling to the broader corporate and consumer market is the larger goal."
Michael J. Ross writes "Two decades ago, Web usage was limited to a single individual (Sir Tim Berners-Lee) using the only browser in existence (WorldWideWeb) running on a single platform (a NeXT Computer). Nowadays, billions of people access the Web daily, with the ability to choose from over a dozen browsers running on desktop computers, laptops, and a variety of mobile devices, such as cell phones. The number of possible combinations is growing rapidly, and makes it increasingly difficult for Web designers and developers to craft their sites so as to be universally accessible. This is particularly true when accounting for Web users with physical and cognitive disabilities — especially if they do not have access to assistive technologies. The challenges and solutions for anyone creating an accessible website are addressed in Universal Design for Web Applications, authored by Wendy Chisholm and Matt May." Keep reading for the rest of Michael and Laura's review.