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Comment: Re:Have you asked them? (Score 1) 314

Indeed, the only hope we have of discovering the true cause of this phenomena is to ponder in slashdot comments. That will certainly be more productive than asking adults to share the reasons they aren't programmers. Highly unlikely that they made any sort of rational decision!

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Xbox Live Now Allows Gender Expression 348

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-on-you dept.
Last year we discussed news that an Xbox Live gamer was banned for identifying herself as a lesbian on her profile. Microsoft said at the time that nothing sexual in nature could appear in Gamertags or profiles. Now, they seem to have reconsidered their stance, and they've updated their Code of Conduct accordingly. Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten wrote: "[The update] will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles. Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self-identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community. This update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms."

Comment: An Indie Developer? (Score 1) 61

How long until an indie developer creates an MMO that has different interfaces for PC and mobile

Why specifically an indie developer? The Eve Online guys will probably do this within a year (just speculating, from what I remember of the game mechanics it would make good sense in that game).

Comment: They're still useful, but they should change (Score 2, Interesting) 571

by Propagandhi (#27373155) Attached to: RIP the Campus Computer Lab, 1960-2009

I still find computer labs on campus useful. Some of the reasons have already been mentioned (printing, obscure software licenses, collaboration, etc..).

What I'd like to see more of is docking stations for laptops. USB keyboards and mice, large monitors, no boxen. Its still difficult to get access to these in most labs, they're often locked to the box in an inconvient manner...

The modern computer lab can still have computers, but they should accomodate the fact that many students have their own computers. Just include an actual computer at every other station or something...

Comment: Braid (Score 1) 507

by Propagandhi (#26265965) Attached to: Avoiding Wasted Time With <em>Prince of Persia</em>

Braid got rid of (most) of the save/load BS. Still had to occasionally reload a room when the level had tricked you thoroughly.

Braid is also better for casuals, imho. Fewer dimensions (har har har harh ahrharharhahrahrhar) and other graphical distractions. A little patience was the only requirement, something I've found older folks (esp. former(?) parents) have in spades.

No problem is insoluble in all conceivable circumstances.