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Comment: Next IBM press release... (Score 3, Funny) 195

by chiller2 (#46187309) Attached to: IBM Looking To Sell Its Semiconductor Business

01 Apr 2014: IBM (NYSE:IBM) International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has changed back to it's original name, Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and will be selling off all post 1930 technology units to focus on it's core business of dial recorders, electric tabulating machines and time clocks.

Comment: Re:Future of Nintendo (Score 1) 406

by Zerbey (#38738928) Attached to: PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

Nintendo aren't going anywhere. They know their target audience and have become very proficient at leveraging them = casual players, the type of people who just want to turn it on now and again and have fun. Hardcore gamers will stick with the PS3 and XBox - which is fine.

Where they are failing is in the complete lack of online content, sure we have Netflix but what about Hulu, Amazon, Pandora, etc. etc? Nintendo's own online content is limited to a couple of poorly made News and Weather channels and some stupid Votes channel that nobody cares about (Japan does have a movie rental option I believe). It could be so much better with little effort.

+ - SPAM: Long treks on Skatedecks in Peru

Submitted by electro35
electro35 (2043144) writes "One of the best Longboards that have proven itself is the Rayne Demonseed deck. Withstanding the worst conditions that any longboarder can imagine. It was captured in video when Paul Kent, Adam Colton and Aaron Enevoldsen went on the longest trek using skate decks from Lima, Peru to Potosi,Bolivia. One of the boards did give way during the trek, but after having a heavy beating like that, it's understandable. Imagine skating in broken rocky pavement while battling the elements at the same time."
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Porting Lemmings In 36 Hours 154

Posted by Soulskill
from the first-in-line dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Aaron Ardiri challenged himself to port his classic PalmOS version of Lemmings to the iPhone, Palm Pre, Mac, and Windows. The porting was done using his own dev environment, which creates native C versions of the game. He liveblogged the whole thing, and finished after only 36 hours with an iPhone version and a Palm Pre version awaiting submission, and free versions for Windows and Mac available on his site."

Comment: Several systems from the 90s (Score 1) 543

by Zerbey (#32104622) Attached to: How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?

Most of my home systems are 1998 vintage, a couple from 2000. My laptop is less than a year old, but the kids had one from 1999 until the motherboard finally gave up the ghost.

The oldest system is a 1994 P75 that is still going strong 16 years later with its original hardware. The only thing I've added is an NE2000 ISA network card. Grin.

Programming

Game Development In a Post-Agile World 149

Posted by Soulskill
from the slowly-but-surly dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Many games developers have been pursuing agile development, and we are now beginning to witness the debris and chaos it has caused. While there have been some successes, there have also been many casualties. As the industry at large is moving away from the phantasmagoria of Agile, Gwaredd Mountain, Technical Director at Climax Studios, looks at Post-Agile and what this might mean for the games industry."
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Comment: Had it, survived it... moving on (Score 2, Interesting) 423

by Zerbey (#30286776) Attached to: I know X people with diagnosed H1N1 flu, where X is:

All I can say about H1N1 is, I wish all Flus were this mild. Typically my 3 kids get the flu and are sick for a week (they're asthmatic so it just settles nicely in their chest). They all managed to get over it within 3 days. My wife and I both got it with the same outcome.

So... a whole lot of media hype about nothing really. Surprise, surprise!

I wonder how many people died with "regular" flu this year and didn't get a ton of media hype?

Comment: Yes, and I get help in return (Score 1) 606

by Zerbey (#29758239) Attached to: Do You Provide Tech Support To Friends and Family?

I gladly help, because I know the next time my car needs maintenance I know one of mechanically inclined family members will return the favour. Or if I need electrical work done, or plumbing, or any one of the many other skills I don't posses. Failing that, the next time my wife and I want a date they can watch my kids for me.

Sure, it can be a nuisance sometimes, but they probably feel the same way when I ask them for the umpteenth time to look at my truck.

Comment: Less than 10, which depresses me... (Score 1) 958

by Zerbey (#29671537) Attached to: How many countries have you visited?

...considering I spent the first 21 years of my life in Europe. My excuse is lack of finances. I've got a very long list of countries I intend to visit before I die, which hopefully won't be for a while :)

I've travelled Britain extensively, and a fairly large chunk of the Eastern US. Egypt is at the top of my list, then I'll start working on the others as money permits. I want my kids to experience as many other cultures as possible so they have a greater appreciation of the world around them.

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