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Comment: subjective list below, by genre and platform (Score 1) 332

by mr_mischief (#47779597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

These are in no particular order of preference, as I heavily prefer these to most other games. I'll try to put them in broad categories and mention the platform.

  • Megalomania - arcade style falling threat shooter - Atari 2600
  • Gauntlet - cooperative overhead maze runner - arcade (some home systems may suffice, but the arcade is the best)
  • Pitfall - side-scrolling platformer/runner - several, but 2600 is mine
  • Axis and Allies - WWII board game - board game, Avalon Hill then some other companies. There are decent computer implementations. The Hasbro PC version is good except the AI is weak.
  • chess - board game
  • Spades, Euchre, Oh Heck - trick-taking card games - get Hoyle and a deck of cards, really
  • Poker, especially Hold 'Em and Omaha - betting card games - get Hoyle and a deck of cards, really
  • Fallout, Fallout 2 - isometric overhead CRPG - DOS (1 only), Windows, Mac OS, OS X (1 only), OnLive (I've played only on DOS/Win)
  • Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas - first person (with camera changes to 3rd over-shoulder if you like) CRPG - Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Half-Life, Team Fortress Classic - first-person shooters - Windows, Linux, OS X, PS2 (Half-Life only)
  • Half-Life 2 - first-person shooter - Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Linux, NVIDIA Shield
  • Unreal Tournament or Unreal Tournament 2004 (take your pick) - first-person shooter - Dreamcast, Linux,
    Mac OS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, Windows
  • Trivial Pursuit - trivia board game - board game or one of many computer implementations
  • Asteroids - 2d space shooter with wrap-around threats from all direction - arcade, 2600, others
  • Super Mario Brothers - platform run and jump - NES
  • Bionic Commando - platform run, jump, swing, and shoot - NES
  • Genghis Khan - tile-based, turn-based strategy and tactics - NES, very playable on Wii virtual console version
  • Final Fantasy - multi-character sing;e-player RPG-like adventure - NES
  • Savage Worlds - pen and paper RPG - I've been playing RPGs for more than two decades, and this is my current personal favorite ruleset
  • Scorched Earth or some version of Worms - 2d power and angle turn-based artillery with weapons upgrades - various
  • Scorch3d - 3d reimagining of Scorched Earth - probably various, but I've played it on Linux
  • Starcraft - RTS - Windows
  • Total Annihilation - RTS - Windows
  • Spring - RTS - Linux, Windows (at least)
  • Supreme Commander - RTS - Windows
  • Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance - RTS - Windows
  • Nuclear Dawn - FPS with minor RTT/RTS aspects - Windows, Linux
  • Awesomenauts - 2d platform shooter - Linux, Windows, OS X
  • Risk - board game - board game with many computer interpretations
  • Boggle/Super Boggle - tabletop letter dice grid word-hunt game - special
  • Scrabble - crossword board game - board game, but lots of computer implementations
  • Castles 2 - castle building, defense, and siege game - DOS/Windows
  • Stronghold series - castle building and defense game - Windows
  • Apples to Apples - party card game
  • Cards Against Humanity - like Apples to Apples gone horribly inappropriate - lots of implementations since it's Creative Commons
  • Colonization or FreeCol - Civiliation-style expansion game in the settling of the new world - DOS (Col), multi (FreeCol)
  • Civilization series - complex simulation of competing civilizations - Windows (but check out FreeCiv
  • Alpha Centauri - Sid Meier's Civ series ... IN SPACE! - Windows (watch for another space-faring Civ title, Civ Beyond Earth)
  • Master of Orion series - simple interface, complex 4X games in space - DOS, Windows
  • Mortal Kombat series - 2d fighter - lots
  • Killer Instinct - 2d fighter - SNES (others? IDK)
  • Street Fighter series - 2d fighter - lots
  • Eternal Champions - 2d fighter - Genesis
  • Mechwarrior 4 - first-person mech combat - Windows
  • Armored Core - first-person mech combat - PS/2

Comment: 24 CVE fixes in one language system release (Score 3, Interesting) 99

by mr_mischief (#47779017) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released

Here are the lines matching for grep -P 'CVE-\d{4}-\d+':

Fixed bug #67390 (insecure temporary file use in the configure script). (CVE-2014-3981)
Fixed bug #66060 (Heap buffer over-read in DateInterval). (CVE-2013-6712)
Fixed bug #67716 (Segfault in cdf.c). (CVE-2014-3587)
Fixed bug #67705 (extensive backtracking in rule regular expression). (CVE-2014-3538)
Fixed bug #67327 (fileinfo: CDF infinite loop in nelements DoS). (CVE-2014-0238)
Fixed bug #67328 (fileinfo: fileinfo: numerous file_printf calls resulting in performance degradation). (CVE-2014-0237)
Fixed bug #67326 (fileinfo: cdf_read_short_sector insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-0207)
Fixed bug #67410 (fileinfo: mconvert incorrect handling of truncated pascal string size). (CVE-2014-3478)
Fixed bug #67411 (fileinfo: cdf_check_stream_offset insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-3479)
Fixed bug #67412 (fileinfo: cdf_count_chain insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-3480)
Fixed bug #67413 (fileinfo: cdf_read_property_info insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-3487)
Fixed bug #66731 (file: infinite recursion). (CVE-2014-1943)
Fixed bug #66820 (out-of-bounds memory access in fileinfo). (CVE-2014-2270)
Fixed bug #66946 (fileinfo: extensive backtracking in awk rule regular expression). (CVE-2013-7345)
Fixed bug #67060 (sapi/fpm: possible privilege escalation due to insecure default configuration). (CVE-2014-0185)
Fixed bug #67730 (Null byte injection possible with imagexxx functions). (CVE-2014-5120)
Fixed bug #66901 (php-gd 'c_color' NULL pointer dereference). (CVE-2014-2497)
Fixed bug #66356 (Heap Overflow Vulnerability in imagecrop()). (CVE-2013-7226)
Fixed bug #66815 (imagecrop(): insufficient fix for NULL defer). (CVE-2013-7327)
Fixed bug #67717 (segfault in dns_get_record). (CVE-2014-3597)
Fixed bug #67432 (Fix potential segfault in dns_get_record()). (CVE-2014-4049)
Fixed bug #67539 (ArrayIterator use-after-free due to object change during sorting). (CVE-2014-4698)
Fixed bug #67538 (SPL Iterators use-after-free). (CVE-2014-4670)
Fixed bug #67492 (unserialize() SPL ArrayObject / SPLObjectStorage Type Confusion). (CVE-2014-3515)

That's not the applications written in PHP, mind you. That's the language system.

Comment: coordinated work (Score 4, Insightful) 127

by mr_mischief (#47778275) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

Lots of construction work is only safe to do when the crew is working together. You can't have people single-lifting things that require team lifting. You can't have a truck, pallet jack, front loader, paver, or crane operator running heavy equipment in confined areas without spotters and such. A roofer needs nails and shingles brought up to be efficient. Getting to lunch at the same time is good safety and good business. It's not just a union thing.


Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls 1026

Posted by timothy
from the bad-childhoods-never-end dept.
Sonny Yatsen writes: Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of Tropes vs. Women — a video series exploring negative tropes and misogynistic depictions of women in video games — reports that she has been driven from her home after a series of extremely violent sexual threats made against her. Her videos have previously drawn criticism from many male gamers, often coupled with violent imagery or threats of violence. The Verge story linked has this to say: The threats against Sarkeesian have become a nasty backdrop to her entire project — and her life. If the trolls making them hoped for attention, they've gotten it. They've also inexorably linked criticism of her work, valid or not, with semi-delusional vigilantism, and arguably propelled Tropes vs. Women to its current level of visibility. If a major plank of your platform is that misogyny is a lie propagated by Sarkeesian and other "social justice warriors," it might help to not constantly prove it wrong.

Comment: Re:When they don't blame the Chinese ... (Score 2) 95

by Rei (#47773799) Attached to: FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

Yeah, what evildoers, giving Russia a slap on the wrist for the petty offense of invading and taking over part of another country that had insolently decided to no longer be under Russia's thumb. Next up, the evil tyrants in American and Europe will send Putin a sternly worded letter! Maybe he won't even get a Christmas card from Biden this year!

See: US to sanction Russia over annexation of Virginia

Comment: Re:Climate damage is never irreversible (Score 1) 472

by jandrese (#47765723) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
The "irreversible" part is talking about Ice Sheets that can't reform unless we have another ice age. Even if we got the average yearly global temperature back down to pre-industrial levels the ice sheet won't reform because the winter snow would be falling at a lower altitude where it will melt in the summer. So either we get this climate change situation under control in a hurry, or we start building a whole lot of seawalls around our coastal cities and just learn to deal with flooding.

Comment: Is it going anywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 511

by jandrese (#47765465) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio
I see stories about bills like this all of the time, but they usually die in committee after fulfilling their purpose of giving the guy a bullet point for his next campaign poster. Is this one expected to actually have a shot in hell at passing? Sometimes they do slip through the cracks, especially in the bible belt.

Comment: Re:Moons? (Score 3, Informative) 82

Indeed it does. I haven't published yet, but I detected one a few days ago (I work out of a valley in Iceland). I observed the brown dwarf in question (right ascension 08h 55m 10.83s, declination -07 14 42.5") and detected a large, earth-sized body occluding the star during my brief observations.

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