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Comment: Re:More and more powerful... (Score 1) 238

by gerglion (#28947363) Attached to: 11.6" Netbooks Face Off
A 12" 'netbook' is a bit of a stretch. I'd say it is a small laptop, but whatever. Haven't seen the Lenovo one, but I have a Samsung NC20 with a Via Nano in it... So far it is fairly decent, does what I need for a portable computer.

The only problem is that linux on it isn't exactly supported out of the box, though the work to get it up and running isn't terrible compared to some other hardware.
Biotech

Researchers Enable Mice To Exhale Fat 328

Posted by Soulskill
from the americans-still-too-lazy-for-this-diet dept.
destinyland writes "UCLA researchers made a startling discovery: genetic alterations enable mice to convert fat into carbon dioxide. Mammals digest fats differently than bacteria — so researchers introduced bacteria genes into mouse livers, and 'the excess fat was literally released into thin air.' (One researcher calls it 'an unconventional idea which we borrowed from plants and bacteria.') The research potentially could help treat serious medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease — and of course, obesity."
NASA

Stacking of New Space Vehicle Begins At KSC 121

Posted by timothy
from the note-that's-an-artist's-impression dept.
Matt_dk writes "For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a new space vehicle will begin stacking on a mobile launch platform (MLP) at Kennedy Space Center. The Ares I-X aft skirt, which was mated to a solid fuel segment in the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at KSC, rolled over to the 528-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building today, where it will be lifted and placed on the MLP in High Bay 3. On that platform, workers will secure the aft booster and continue adding segments of the first stage rocket, the upper stage simulators, the crew module mockup and the launch abort system simulator, taking the vehicle to a height of 327 feet."
Programming

What Are the Best First Steps For Becoming a Game Designer? 324

Posted by Soulskill
from the find-door-insert-foot dept.
todd10k writes "I've recently decided to go back to college. I have a lot of experience with games, having played them for most of my adult life, and have always toyed with the idea of making them one day. I've finally decided to give it my best. What I'd like to know is: what are the best languages to study? What are the minimum diploma or degree requirements that most games companies will accept? Finally, is C++ the way to go? ASP? LUA?"

Comment: Re:The Administration modded this guy troll too! (Score 3, Insightful) 1057

by gerglion (#28499443) Attached to: EPA Quashed Report Skeptical of Global Warming

Putting tons of hybrid cars on the ground (with the included extra huge batteries and short life spans such batteries dictate) is not the answer. Cows that burp less (WTF?) is not the answer.

True. The real solution is to have less cars on the road in general and to raise fewer cows.

Reduce,Reuse,Recycle... In that order. Global warming or not, reduction of everything that polutes and/or excessively consumes resources should be the goal.

Games

Can Video Game Accessibility Go Too Far? 164

Posted by Soulskill
from the dentures-don't-need-to-be-an-input-device dept.
A piece at GameSetWatch questions whether modern game companies are taking accessibility a step too far in their rush to attract people who don't typically play video games. This worry was inspired, in part, by the news that Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii would have the capability to play itself in order to let a human player get past a tricky part. Quoting: "Bigger audiences finishing more games is certainly a worthy goal, and Nintendo has shown that accessibility is the servant of engagement. History has rarely — if ever — dared to disprove the wisdom of Miyamoto's foresight. History has also never disproven, however, the principle that any medium and any message degrades the wider an audience it must reach. Art was never served by generalization, nor language by addressing all denominators. Entertainment for the masses ultimately becomes empty. There must exist an absolute point beyond which greater accessibility means less engagement. Making a game so easy it can play itself for you at the push of a button just might be that point."

Comment: Re:I for one welcome our robotic overlords (Score 1) 240

by gerglion (#28369529) Attached to: Air Force Planning New Drone Fleet For Pakistan
Which is why some are designing AI that is for warfare to have the ability to refuse commands it deems to be unlawful. Something like it cannot violate rules of war, etc... Not that I'd want robot warriors really to begin with, as cool as it sounds, as it just seems to really sound like a bad idea.
Cellphones

IRS Now Wants To Repeal Cell Phone Tax 124

Posted by kdawson
from the talk-amongst-yourselves dept.
narramissic writes "Last week the IRS caused an uproar when it requested public comments on ways to clarify a decades-old law, seldom enforced, that would tax personal usage of business cell phones. But IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that the request for comments did not mean that the largely ignored rule would now be enforced. 'Some have incorrectly implied that the IRS is "cracking down" on employee use of employer-provided cell phones,' Shulman wrote. 'To the contrary, the IRS is attempting to simplify the rules and eliminate uncertainty for businesses and individuals.' And in fact, the IRS is now recommending that the law be repealed, saying that 'the passage of time, advances in technology, and the nature of communication in the modern workplace have rendered this law obsolete.'"
The Internet

Internet Tax Approved By Louisiana House 305

Posted by timothy
from the well-they-have-a-napoleonic-system dept.
Stinky Litter Box writes "WWL-TV in New Orleans reports that the Louisiana House voted 81-9 on Thursday to propose that a '15-cent monthly surcharge should be levied on Internet access across Louisiana to fight online criminal activity.' Can you say 'slippery slope?' The good news is that Gov. Jindal opposes such a tax. Full disclosure: I grew up in south Louisiana and worked for WWL-TV in the late '70s."
Medicine

Cola Consumption Can Lead To Muscle Problems 420

Posted by timothy
from the but-your-lifting-arm's-doing-fine dept.
wjousts writes "As I'm sure many Slashdot readers live almost exclusively on cola drinks, a new warning from doctors: 'Doctors have issued a warning about excessive cola consumption after noticing an increase in the number of patients suffering from muscle problems, according to the June issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice. ... 'Evidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can also lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions.' And sorry, diet colas aren't any better."

Comment: Re:Simple Solution (Score 1) 500

by gerglion (#27934243) Attached to: McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating
I think that before that, The Omnivores Dilemma and In Defense of Food should be read. Also, watch Super Size Me. I can honestly say that I don't like the idea of ingesting chemicals that are designed to fool my sense of taste, something that has been honed over thousands of years to identify food my body needs...

Comment: Re:There's a simple solution (Score 3, Informative) 455

by gerglion (#27921415) Attached to: Square Enix Shuts Down Fan-Made <em>Chrono Trigger</em> Sequel

Assuming they did not rip off too much, they should just rename the game, characters, locations, redraw the character sprites so they bare no resemblance and then release like that. If they are still not happy and are feeling daring, they can later "leak" a patch which changes everything back to as it was originally intended.

It was a Chrono Trigger rom hack. Removing all Square-Enix IP would be starting from scratch, thus not really a viable option.

The absent ones are always at fault.

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