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Comment: The most played games in duration (Score 1) 375

by advid.net (#47782671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Those games are remarkable because:
- with those I've spent the most hours of my whole recreational time
- for those I'll always say Yes if I have the opportunity to play (unless mentioned otherwise)
- they have been ported on new platforms, have clones, etc (for the old ones), and that matters.
(from old to recent)

Lode Runner on Apple //e
Boulder Dash on Apple //e
Conan on Apple //e
Transilvania on Apple //e
RISK tabletop
Monopoly tabletop
Duke Nukem 3D on PC
Age of Empire on PC
Civilisation, for me it was CivNet, on PC
StarCraft on PC
Half Life on PC
DVONN tabletop
Worms Armageddon, on PC
Bridge Builder on PC/Mac (any clone)
OGame on Web (I stopped to play however)
Hordes on Web (I stopped to play however)
Uncharted, the 3 and also the 2, on PS3
DarkSiders, the 2, on PS3
Star Drone on PS3
Terraria on PS3 (on going)
Kerbal Space Program on PC (on going)
Path Of Exile on PC (on going)

Comment: YOU DON'T SAY? (Score 1) 126

by advid.net (#47773241) Attached to: Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

I love memes.

I make sure to catch up with memes twice a month on specialized web sites, but they often come to me while browsing around.

I think they are now a good 33% of what really make me laugh on the web.

The Botched Christ meme and its parodies is a major meme to me, I hope they won't forget this one

+ - Former HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted For Child Porn 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Timothy DeFoggi, the former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted by a federal jury in the District of Nebraska of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography website. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2014."

+ - We scam the Indian call centre scammers->

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An anonymous reader writes "At TechCentral, we get on average called at least once a week — sometimes far more often — by a friendly sounding Indian national warning us that our Windows computer is infected with a virus. The call, which originates from a call centre, follows exactly the same script every time. Usually we shrug them off and put the phone down, but this week we thought we’d humour them to find out how they operate.
As this week’s call came in, the first thing the “operator” at the other end of the line tried to establish was who was owner of the Windows computer in the household. I’d taken the call. It was time to have some fun. I told the scammer that I was the PC owner. He proceeded to introduce himself as “John Connor”. I laughed quietly as I imagined Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator hunting down this scamster in the streets of Calcutta. Perhaps he should have come up with a more convincing name."

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+ - Northrop Grumman Gives Early Look at its XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane Design->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, has unveiled the preliminary design it is developing as part of DARPA’s XS-1 Spaceplane project. Looking like a windowless update of a 1960s Dyna Soar orbiter, it’s the next step in producing launch systems that will dramatically reduce the costs of getting into orbit."
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+ - Bioengineered Opiates Don't Require Poppy Plants

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Opiate drugs are on their way to being fully synthesized. Drug makers will no longer have to rely on a plant, the same basic organism that's delivered narcotics to humans since the Neolithic, for the most basic raw materials of opiate painkillers.
Fields of flowering poppies are out, and bioengineered microorganisms are in, at least according to a new paper published in Nature Chemical Biology, which describes a new method of producing opiates with help from a genetically tweaked version of regular baker's yeast."

+ - California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen. The demand is the result of a new law, http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/... into effect on Monday, that applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in the state. While its legal reach does not extend beyond the state’s borders, the inefficiency of producing phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be adopted by phone makers on handsets sold across the U.S. and around the world."
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+ - Animal Welfare is Actually Worse in Accredited Laboratories->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The international gold standard of laboratory animal care may have lost a bit of its luster. Labs accredited by the United States’ only independent certifier of research animal welfare violate national animal welfare guidelines more frequently than do unaccredited facilities, a study has found. As both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) waive certain inspection requirements for labs vetted by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, the findings may force a rethink of how lab animal welfare is overseen in the United States and other countries"
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+ - Sydney University creates waves with investment ban on coal ->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "The University of Sydney has become the first institution of its type in Australia to halt further investments in coalmining, a move likely to send ripples through the funds industry.

On Monday, the university said it had halted investments in Whitehaven Coal, the miner developing the controversial Maules Creek open-cut coalmine, which is the largest such project in the country.

As part of a review being undertaken by the Mercer Group, however, Sydney University told Fairfax Media the bar on investments extended beyond Whitehaven.

"The university has issued an instruction to its Australian equities managers to make no further investments in the coal and consumable fuels subsector of the ASX," a spokeswoman for the university said.

The institution is yet to decide what to do with existing coal investments in its $1 billion portfolio, although divestment of its $900,000 holding in Whitehaven is one of "various options" being considered, she said.

The spokeswoman declined to detail the reason for stopping purchases of coal stocks, which other companies are affected and when the halt kicked in.

The current consultation "over our investment in coal and consumable fuels is part of our ongoing review to ensure we meet our responsibilities to students, staff and donors", the spokeswoman said."

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+ - Steve Wozniak visits Israel, experiences rocket attack, "likes the action"...->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder visits Israel for an education conference, a topic which he says "had a profound impact on his life". He also visits the Israeli border town of Sderot, experiences a Hamas rocket attack, and says he likes to be "close to the action". There is also a 5 minute video interview."
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+ - Nuclear power plant was shut down at Busan, South Korea due to heavy rain

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Heavy rain hit the southern part of the south Korea, causing flash floods, landslides, and suspension of subway service in some areas.

The massive rain also halted the operation of a nuclear reactor in Busan.

The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) manually stopped operation of the Gori-2 nuclear power plant in Busan for safety reason due to excessive water in the area.

There were no signs of a radiation leak or of any immediate risk, the KHNP said. It was the first time in history that a Korean nuclear reactor had been shut down because of rain. The Gori-2 reactor has been in operation since July 1983."

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