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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition 300

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the rash-decisions dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Not one hour after the announcement of the the acquisition of Oculus Rift by Facebook yesterday, Markus 'Notch' Persson has announced that he has ceased all discussions about bringing it to Oculus Rift. 'I don't want to work with social, I want to work with games. ... Facebook is not a company of grass-roots tech enthusiasts. Facebook is not a game tech company. Facebook has a history of caring about building user numbers, and nothing but building user numbers. People have made games for Facebook platforms before, and while it worked great for a while, they were stuck in a very unfortunate position when Facebook eventually changed the platform to better fit the social experience they were trying to build.' Persson has stated that he made this decision despite initially investing $10,000 in Oculus' Kickstarter."

Comment: Re: and... (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by dmbasso (#46521929) Attached to: Python 3.4 Released

There are plenty of good reasons to use Python 3, it is way more elegant and consistent. The way text and binary data is dealt with is incomparably better. I doubt that anyone who ever had done any serious coding in Python 2 escaped from the mindfuckery of mixing unicode and ascii.

The problem for a wider acceptance continues to be the libraries... for instance, Twisted. It is good that there is an async module in the standard library now, but too bad that my code already relies heavily on Twisted.

And about the GIL: if you are complaining about it, you most probably are not using the right language for the job.

Comment: Re:The danger of commonality (Score 1) 273

by dmbasso (#46474311) Attached to: Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Your argument is based on the assumption someone will only learn what is in the program, which is not necessarily the case. Students are free to go beyond what is given to them. For instance, decades ago when I was in school there was no programming classes, nevertheless I learned it by myself.

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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange 359

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-used-to-disappointment dept.
An anonymous reader writes "From the Telegraph, 'He is vain, secretive, paranoid and jealous, prone to leering at young women and making frequent sexist jokes – and that's not the view of one of his many enemies, but of a friend ... A damning picture of Julian Assange ... has emerged in a detailed account by his ghostwriter. Assange behaves ... like an egotistical tyrant interested more in his own self-publicity than in changing the world. Worse still, he turns on his friends with increasing regularity ... Assange describes the Ecuadorean ambassador offering him diplomatic asylum as 'mad', 'fat' and 'ludicrous'. Even Assange's girlfriend, WikiLeaks researcher Sarah Harrison, grew increasingly frustrated at his behaviour. 'He openly chats girls up and has his hands on their a**e and goes nuts if I even talk to another guy,' she says. O'Hagan, who had hoped to find an anti-authoritarian rebel figure worthy of admiration, says he comes to regard Assange as someone who sacrificed the moral high-ground by attempting to evade trial over the rape charges.' — The Scotsman adds, 'Canongate director Jamie Byng yesterday hailed O'Hagan's account of the "impossibility of trying to ghost Assange's memoirs". He tweeted: "Andy O'Hagan's compelling, ring side account of Being (& being around) Julian Assange is smart, accurate and fair."'"

Comment: Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (Score 1) 367

by dmbasso (#46200345) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Whenever I can, I take the opportunity to raise awareness to the initiative to limit the influence of money in politics: http://www.wolf-pac.com/
As a foreigner (from an American point of view) that's what I'm able to do. You US citizens should go at least one step further, and contact your representatives, or at least sign the petition, or support the movement with money.

So I partly agree with you. Regular politics impact your everyday in a thousand ways, but usually the complexity of the issues hinder choosing a course of action, and frequently requires investing a lot of time. But complaining about beta is much more clear cut... what's being proposed does not offer any value, on the contrary. And it doesn't take much time to voice your opinion here. In an analogous, political case, take the Keystone Pipeline... it seems pretty much everybody sees that it has a lot of corruption and environmental risk (risk? I would say most certain negative impact, given the other pipeline already in use), but how can you make your voice be heard in order to stop the thing?

But yes, you should take action in both cases.

Comment: Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (Score 1) 367

by dmbasso (#46200241) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

As I said in a post above, if you come for the comments, you should worry they'll mostly disappear after the beta becomes the only available version. I will certainly not use slashdot anymore in that case, and a lot of folks have been expressing the same intention.

Comment: Re:Works for Slashdot as well... (Score 1, Insightful) 367

by dmbasso (#46200213) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Ok, so one off-topic comment about your sig: if you expect the relevant, informative, on-topic comments you regularly read here on slashdot, join in against the new beta. If they decide to just ignore our requests, be sure this place will drastically reduce the quality of the comments. Unless you come here to read the "nigga this", "faggot that", "goatse" trolls that are all too common. Then by all means, support beta.

Comment: Re: BETA NEEDS TO BE RAPED BY HORSES (Score 1) 255

by dmbasso (#46192431) Attached to: Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

someone has to pay for drug research. (Of course, a true communist would reply: it will be free, because taxes will pay for it.)

Indeed, someone has to pay for gram-negative antibiotics research urgently. Gee, I wonder why no big-pharma company is researching it.[/sarcasm]

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