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Classic Games (Games)

Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order 222

An anonymous reader writes Andy Baio, aka @waxpancake, indy video game enthusiast and founder of the XOXO conference and other cool stuff, conducted a weird/cool experiment on his four-year-old. Andy taught him about gaming by making him play and master all of the old video games and gaming systems in the exact order they were actually released. In other words, this 21st century kid learned gaming the same way the generation that grew up in the 1970s and 1980s experienced them, but in compressed time. From the article: "This approach to widely surveying classic games clearly had an impact on him, and influenced the games that he likes now. Like seemingly every kid his age, he loves Minecraft. No surprises there. But he also loves brutally difficult games that challenge gamers 2–3 times his age, and he’s frighteningly good at them. His favorites usually borrow characteristics from roguelikes: procedurally-generated levels, permanent death, no save points."
The Media

Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest 346

SkiTee94 writes: Chris Hughes, one of the original founders of Facebook, is in damage control mode to save his recently acquired, century-old publication The New Republic. In response to Hughes' vision to turn the highly respected, and most would say old school, publication into a "digital media company," about a dozen senior editors and writers simply quit (out of a 54-person staff). One of the editors who quit said, "The narrative that they are putting out there is that it is the 21st century and we have to innovate and adapt. ... We don’t know what their vision is. It is Silicon Valley mumbo jumbo buzzwords that don’t mean anything." Is Hughes a visionary cleaning out dead wood or a clueless tech star leaving destruction in his wake?

HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say 118

mrspoonsi writes Hewlett-Packard is planning to split itself into two separate businesses, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Sources tell the WSJ that HP will split its personal-computer and printer segments from its corporate hardware and services business. The announcement could come as early as Monday, the sources said. The company reorganized itself in 2012 under CEO Meg Whitman. That move combined its computer and printer businesses. The PC and computer segment is massive for HP. For the first six months this year, it reported $27.8 billion in revenue. That's about three times the size of HP's next biggest unit, the Enterprise Group, which makes servers, storage, and network hardware. Under the new split, Whitman would be chairman of the computer and printer business, and CEO of a separate Enterprise Group, according to one of the sources. Patricia Russo, who sits on HP's board, would be chairman of the enterprise company. The printer and PC operation would be led by Dion Weisler, a current exec in that division.

Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years 311

dublin writes "Electric car manufacturer Tesla is planning to triple its construction of "supercharger" rapid charging stations, with a trail of stations in place for L.A. to New York trips by the end of this year. In addition to the east & west coasts, islands in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas will grow together to cover nearly the entire continental US by 2015. The two biggest obstacles for electric cars are high cost and range problems. Cost is still a problem, but this move to blanket the US with supercharger stations could fix the range half of the e-car equation."

Comment Re:Non-magic Computing? SparkFun Inventor's Kit! (Score 1) 423

1) Microcontroller programming is the new BASIC. Buttons and lights are infinitely more compelling than magical and confusing text input and output.
2) Motors and sensors are highly enabling for aspiring makers.
3) It's a huge win for a kid to recognize a modern computer in within a proper taxonomy –as a powerful yet degenerate class of electronic device.

Comment Non-magic Computing? SparkFun Inventor's Kit! (Score 1) 423

Rather than relying on the 80's BASIC experience, you can actually do better for your kid by buying the SparkFun Inventor's Kit, and helping him through every step of the tutorial. $100.

To program the microcontroller, you can use a cheap, standard netbook, which will also help the kid in school.

Comment Deserved (Score 1) 3

I find it weird that Thomas Biskup thinks he can reenergize ADOM without derailing his fledging sequel. But I've enjoyed many hours of ADOM gameplay, and if he wants money to fulfill a personal dream, I'll certainly pitch some cash his way.

Comment Quora (Score 1) 629

When it comes to industry questions, I find myself going to Quora first.

"Tushar Katira, Industry Pro" knocking one /. talking point:

There is neither an expensive FDA approval process (except for hearing implants) nor are there IP related obstacles.

Affirming another:

As long as governments and insurance companies continue to cover the (high) costs, there is no incentive or reason for hearing aid companies to reduce prices and margins (as Andrew pointed out).

And a silver lining:

The iPhone does have all the components of a high quality hearing aid: A good mic, DSP amplifier, programmability. There are good output transducers available. There are some good apps for amplification and better ones are on the way.

One problem with using your iPhone as a hearing aid is the necessity of "cords / wires / cables". The current bluetooth headsets have a lot of latency delay resulting in the the sound and the movement of lips being out of sync. The new Bluetooth standard and other wireless devices will solve this very soon.

The Internet

W3C Member Proposes "Fix" For CSS Prefix Problem 144

Pieroxy writes "The W3C is proposing a set of new rules for CSS prefixing by browser vendors. This would greatly mitigate the problem caused today where vendor specific prefixing is seeing its way through production sites. The problem is so bad that some vendors are now tempted to support other browsers' prefixing. The article also has a link to an email from Mozilla's Henri Sivonen that does a nice job of addressing many potential issues and shortcomings of this new proposal." I was under the impression that browser prefixes existed to allow use of experimental CSS features before standardization; just ditching the vendor prefix seems like a step backward.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.