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The Grown-Up Video Game 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the getajob-hero dept.
Phaethon360 writes "Now, more than ever, we're seeing many Mature ratings (M+, 17+, 18) being distributed by various national media regulators. But that isn't the only indicator for a game's intended audience. It doesn't take a thousand swear words, scantily clad women or gratuitous violence to differentiate a ten-year-old's game from a twenty-year-old's. The spectrum of human emotions encompasses a wider palette than just revenge, fear, and loss, but the games that shy away from these are frequently mistaken as being for a younger audience. From the article: 'The human experience is one that is made up of great hardship, pain, loss, death, and a multitude of experiences seemingly designed to destroy a person. However, that same experience is also filled with joy, love, laughter, family and friends. ... These so-called “grown-up” games need not be relegated to the category of niche gaming. In fact, at times we find that these video games are capable of reaching mass popularity among the gaming community. It is here that we find one of our generation’s outlets for the expression of conflict.'"

Comment: Re:Depend on something... pay for admin (Score 5, Insightful) 408

by jcausey (#29279019) Attached to: GMail Experiences Serious Outage

Feel like I'm feeding a troll, but johnjones's ID is so low that I feel this silliness may be taken seriously:

how do you get the data out of gmail to switch providers ?

Same way you would do any remote hosted email migration. POP and IMAP. Additional tools are provided for Google Apps (their for-pay version).

ever serviced a discovery litigation from google ? (you know where they judge you guilty of you dont come up with the data)

sorry but there is a good reason to keep this stuff on site and working...

Umm, an hour of downtime doesn't mean your data is gone. I'll also echo earlier comments -- locally hosted email generally has more problems, as no company but the largest enterprise has the same magnitude of IT equipment and experience as Google.

I've never really understood why so many Slashdotters have this attitude about hosted services. Perhaps they are local IT folks for smaller companies, and fear for their jobs?

Google

Google CEO Schmidt Leaves Apple Board 128

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the slightly-less-billions dept.
Jerod Venema writes "Today, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's board of directors, citing conflicts of interest. Apple has released a statement that the company and Schmidt reached a decision to split ties as Google enters new markets that directly compete with Apple's iPhone and Mac operating systems. Schmidt had recused himself of portions of Apple's board meetings when conflicts of interest or anything Google-related arose. But Steve Jobs said Schmidt would have to leave much larger portions of the meetings after Google announced last month that it would enter the operating system sphere."
Google

Google Latitude Arrives For the iPhone — As a Web App 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the on-again-off-again dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After months of waiting, the Google Latitude social maps service finally arrived for the iPhone ... but thanks to an Apple rejection of the natively developed app, it's a web app. Says Google on their blog, 'We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone.' But it gets worse for iPhone users: 'Unfortunately, since there is no mechanism for applications to run in the background on iPhone (which applies to browser-based web apps as well), we're not able to provide continuous background location updates in the same way that we can for Latitude users on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile.' Latitude has been sprouting new features lately and is an interesting take on social networking, but it looks like Apple is determined to ensure its users only get a seriously crippled implementation compared to the Android and WinMo versions. PC World put it less politely than Google did, saying, 'Google's new Latitude Web app for iPhone is so hamstrung that Apple customers may be wishing they had a BlackBerry or Android handset instead.'"

Comment: Re:I'll pass. (Score 1) 228

by jcausey (#28320221) Attached to: First Look At Microsoft Silverlight 3
No, this is FUD.

Silverlight currently runs on the VAST MAJORITY (read 98%+ of non-mobile) of machines today: Windows and OS X.

Anti-MS zealotry on /. is getting a bit nuts: this really isn't a bad platform. It's logic/pres separation is light years ahead of Flash, and as it has .Net underneath it's a much more of pleasure to program with than ActionScript.

Yes, it is vendor 'lock-in'. Sort of (see Moonlight). BUT IT IS NO WORSE THAN ANY OF THE ALTERNATIVES INCLUDING FLASH/FLEX/AIR AND JAVA/JAVAFX!! Please see through the bullshit and realize that the only thing that really sucks about this product is the company that made it.

Comment: Re:what the hell are you talking about? (Score 1) 709

by jcausey (#28197753) Attached to: Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds
To be perfectly honest, I've never understood the whole States' rights thing. I mean, I understand what it means, and how it is supposed to work. But it seems really archaic today:

With modern communication, Americans are Americans. Sure, I may identify as an Austinite and Texan as well, but I'm an American first. I assume most other citizens feel this way too. What's the point of having separate codes of law for all 50 states? So we can have different ideas competing capitalist-style? That may make sense for programs and initiatives, but not laws.

I know there's a lot of anti-federalism here on Slashdot. I've also noticed that (in my experience) it's usually older or say 'more socially conservative' folks who are ardent States' rights people. Not trying to be a douche, but really just wondering: why do you not want to just fix the problems on a federal level? Why all this clamour to do things locally?
Debian

Debian Switching From Glibc To Eglibc 565

Posted by timothy
from the dismissed-with-cause dept.
ceswiedler writes "Aurelien Jarno has just uploaded a fork of glibc called eglibc, which is targeted at embedded systems and is source- and binary-compatible with glibc. It has a few nice improvements over glibc, but the primary motivation seems to be that it's a 'more friendly upstream project' than glibc. Glibc's maintainer, Ulrich Drepper, has had a contentious relationship with Debian's project leadership; in 2007 the Debian Project Leader sent an email criticizing Drepper for refusing to fix a bug on glibc on the ARM architecture because in Drepper's words it was 'for the sole benefit of this embedded crap.'"

Comment: Re:Secrecy harms national security. (Score 1) 364

by jcausey (#27184441) Attached to: FOIA Request For Pending Copyright Treaty Denied

Abolish national security exemptions entirely. Open everything wide up...

Too dangerous. Best to strike a balance, and fix it like capitalism.

Assign a heavy cost on secrecy. First, all documents tagged secret must have a responsible party's name attached. All documents marked this way are reviewed every few years by an independent oversight group (congress, press, industry, whatever). Accidental errors and omissions carry a monetary penalty to the responsible party. Malicious intent carries charges of treason.

It then becomes a simple cost/benefit analysis for those making these things secret. All we (the people) have to do is make sure that the penalties are appropriate.

Privacy

UK Government To Back Off Plans To Share Private Data 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the oh-that-bothers-you-sorry dept.
Richard Rothwell writes with news that Jack Straw, Britain's Justice Secretary, has made public plans to drop provisions from the Coroners and Justice Bill which would have allowed the government to take information gathered for one purpose and use it for any other purpose. "A spokesman for Mr Straw said the 'strength of feeling' against the plans had persuaded him to rethink. The proposals will be dropped entirely from the Coroners and Justice Bill, and a new attempt will be made to reach a consensus on introducing a scaled-back version at an unspecified stage in the future." After defending the government's intentions, Straw bowed to pressure from a variety of groups and individuals who presented objections to the bill.

Comment: Re:My way of interpreting is null (Score 1) 538

by jcausey (#26053591) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup On Educating Software Developers

Well, to be fair, while the iPhone does not use C++ directly in its application-facing API (it does use Objective C), it is a BSD-based system. And lots of mundane system-level apps are written in C++. Same with Google's infrastructure (w/GNU stuff sprinkled in there).

Granted, the majority of system stuff is written in plain C.

Space

No Space Porn (For Now) 260

Posted by timothy
from the perpetual-virgin-galactic dept.
With the entry to sub-orbital flight, and even orbital flight, becoming ever so slightly easier, the obvious thought of space porn kicks in. Who wouldn't want to see two or more people going at it like rabbits in a weightless environment (or at least trying to go at it like rabbits in a weightless environment)? Sadly, Virgin Galactic has turned down a $1 million offer to do just that. The offer was made by an unidentified party who was willing to put the money up front to do a space porn movie. Considering that a flight aboard VG costs $200,000 for a two-hour flight, $1 million doesn't seem too bad. Though how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable. And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

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