"first time I've heard Rush" I feel so old now.
artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"
jmp_nyc writes "The developers at Turborilla have remade the 1983 classic game M.U.L.E. The game is free, and has slightly updated graphics, but more or less the same gameplay as the original version. As with the original game, up to four players can play against each other (or fewer than four with AI players taking the other spots). Unlike the original version, the four players can play against each other online. For those of you not familiar with M.U.L.E., it was one of the earliest economic simulation games, revolving around the colonization of the fictitious planet Irata (Atari spelled backwards). I have fond memories of spending what seemed like days at a time playing the game, as it's quite addictive, with the gameplay seeming simpler than it turns out to be. I'm sure I'm not the only Slashdotter who had a nasty M.U.L.E. addiction back in the day and would like a dose of nostalgia every now and then."
I missed the bit about the stars representing the lost crew. That's an excellent touch. I was thinking #3 with the shuttles in a 'missing man' formation would be the best, but maybe not necessary since the stars already do that.
1 in 250,000 is metric. Clearly the summary was converting to imperial units for those of us in the US.
Hah, finally another person that learned typing from MUDs. I did the same... I was a hunt'n'peck typer, but in the early days of MUDs before all the fancy clients it was necessary to type much much faster. I simply forced myself to play by typing the right way. Died frequently at first, but I improved rapidly.
That poor Anonymous Coward guy would be broke in a hurry.