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Comment: Re:Not True (Score 1) 243

by Ghjnut (#46738561) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant
Settle down captain cynicism. Maybe we did have an era where games rested mostly on their reputation and that of the studio that produced them, but I think we've far from lost that. Sure the market may be flooded with the F2Ps for the masses but I think that's expected to come along with the the accessibility of digital distribution. I stepped away from PC gaming for about years, and came back feeling just as at home as I ever have. The difference nowadays is that those small indie games have earned an opportunity to become the behemoths that their predecessors were. The games I get drawn into now still include the platformers but now those platformers have to stand among the smaller titles that have earned their keep solely on enjoyment and playability. I still play games like Half-Life and Civilization, they just happened to be mixed into Minecraft, FTL, and Plants vs. Zombies - games that may have never seen the light of day if conceived 10 years ago.

+ - Comcast PAC gave money to every senator examining Time Warner Cable merger->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's no surprise that Comcast donates money to members of Congress. Political connections come in handy for a company seeking government approval of mergers, like Comcast's 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal and its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC).

But just how many politicians have accepted money from Comcast's political arm? In the case of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held the first congressional hearing on the Comcast/TWC merger yesterday, the answer is all of them."

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+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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+ - NOAA goes live with new forecasting supercomputers->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Thursday switched on two new supercomputers that are expected to improve weather forecasting. The supercomputers are each 213 teraflop systems, running a Linux operating system on Intel processors. The U.S. is paying about $20 million a year to operate the leased systems. The NWS has a new hurricane model, Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF), which is 15% more accurate in day five of a forecast both for forecast track and intensity. That model is now operational and running on the new systems. In nine month, NWS expects to improve the resolution of the system from 27 kilometers to 13 kilometers. The European system, credited with doing a better job at predicting Sandy's path, is at 16 kilometers resolution. In June, the European forecasting agency said it had a deal to buy Cray systems capable of petascale performance."
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Comment: Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

by Ghjnut (#44291551) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language
I don't know why you've made a blanketed assumption about the OSS community. While I realize that maintaining the linux kernel may be the pinnacle representation of the OSS community, it's far from your only option. I have some colleagues that are active maintainer's of some python libraries and the boorish nature of the linux management style doesn't seem to be a factor among their contributors. If you had a project as pervasive as the linux kernel which you have fostered for a long time and has the expectations that it does, you'd probably hold it pretty close to the chest as well. He has taken on the responsibility of seeing it through, primarily putting him in the driver's seat. If his candor doesn't suit you, the nature of the OSS community is that you have other options. It's his decision if his degree of 'unprofessionalism' happens to be running off young talent.

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