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Comment Re:Minecraft has emerged as the sandbox game of th (Score 1) 93

I've found that children enjoy the base game but don't have the attention span to do really mind-expanding things with it. I'm 49, play modded Minecraft a lot, and find the technical and artistic challenges very enticing and involved. It's like any other inspired-crafting hobby - a box of legos, a palette of paints, a bag of ICs, a block of wood - you get out of it as much as you put into it. While a 10 year old can build a small lego kit, there are groups of adults who reproduce whole movie scenes with them. A child's fingerpainting and Bob Ross's paintings come from the same basic colors. And where would technology be if someone didn't put all those electronic parts together in new and interesting ways?

If you look at an open-ended opportunity and only see a limited outcome, is the problem with the opportunity, or the person who doesn't see it?

Comment Re:frost (Score 3, Insightful) 45

One could argue that an inkjet printer is thus a CNC extruder, then. Where does it end? We make up words to usefully cover categories and describe concepts, and sometimes those categories and concepts overlap. "CNC", "extruder" ,and "milling machine", are just too generic to be used in some cases, and too specific to cover the wide variety of CNC additive manufacturing devices, so "3D printer" was added to the mix to specifically cover all slice-based additive manufacturing devices, whether they be extruder, glued powder, film exposure, or sintering based (and possibly other types).

So, there are machines that are both CNC extruders and 3D printers, but not all CNC extruders are 3D printers, and not all 3D printers are CNC extruders.

Also note that a CNC laser is not a CNC milling machine. In fact, the CNC milling machine owners get huffy if you call a CNC router a "CNC milling machine". Perhaps the phrase you were looking for is "CNC subtractive manufacturing device" ?


Australian Women Fight Over "Geekgirl" Trademark 187

bennyboy64 writes "Two prominent women in the Australian IT industry are in a bitter dispute over the ownership of the trademark 'geekgirl.' A woman attempting to use 'geekgirl' on Twitter told ZDNet that women had been advised by the trademark owner to stop doing so since she owned the trademark for the word. 'She noted her trademark and asked me to stop calling myself a "geekgirl" in general conversation and to cease using the hashtag "#geekgirl" on Twitter,' IT consultant Kate Carruthers said."

High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats 542

krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."
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attorneyand writes: "The judge won't issue the warrant unless she has been convinced that there is probable cause for the search — that reliable evidence shows that it's more likely than not that a crime has occurred and that the items sought by the police are"
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Malware Threat To GNOME and KDE 348

commandlinegamer writes "foobar posted on his blog recently about 'How to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps,' detailing potential malware infection risks in the .desktop file format used by GNOME and KDE. This is not a new threat, and it appears to still be a risk, as discussions in 2006 did not seem to come to any firm conclusion on how to deal with the problem." There's a followup on LWN.

Dead Space Highlights Disparity Between Plot and Gameplay 87

Gamasutra is running an opinion piece praising recent horror-action game Dead Space for its pacing and gameplay while simultaneously criticizing the plot and the attempts to scare the player. Quoting: "What Dead Space is, is carefully and stylishly unoriginal. You'll love playing it, but when you aren't playing it, it's hard to say what's so great about it. It has some really great set pieces, some sweet effects, solid gameplay, an amazing interface and that's all. Anything and everything having to do with dialogue and story comes off as rote. ... You get the feeling the developer are trying very hard, though. When I see a dark shape in the distance, which turns and disappears, I don't get scared. I know he'll pop out of a vent later! Likewise, when I find a scientist who promptly slits her throat because of the horror, I just check for an item drop. None of the survivors ever surprise you and go hostile (which I think would have been a brilliant scare), so you never have to worry."

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