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Comment: a good thing (Score 1) 470

by llung (#34915402) Attached to: Bill Gates Is More Admired Than the Pope
And why not? Bill Gates has done a lot of good with this wealth; real tangible things. And it's not just about giving money, it's about being involved. He and his wife are both active in the process and that's what makes it impressive - they're not just signing checks. And why would anyone put Glenn Beck in the same sentence with the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Bill Gates? Except maybe for contrast with the Dark Side.
Patents

8-Year-Old Receives Patent 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the young-inventor-society dept.
Knile writes "While not the youngest patent recipient ever (that would be a four year old in Texas), Bryce Gunderman has received a patent at age 8 for a space-saver that combines an outlet cover plate with a shelf. From the article: '"I thought how I was going to make a lot of money," Bryce said about what raced through his brain when he received the patent.'"

Comment: Bogus (Score 1) 419

by llung (#34016900) Attached to: Colleges May Start Forcing Switch To eTextbooks
Totally bogus. This is just an attempt to kill the used book market. As it is, textbook revisions are introduced at a rate far higher than actual changes in content; all in order to make older used books obsolete. The entire textbook publishing industry is a sham. Look at so-called "international" editions - these are often identical to the US version, except maybe for physical differences (lighter paper for lower freight cost, or b&w instead of color to make it cheaper to print) or perhaps minor changes in language due to localization. Yet these books are not meant for domestic consumption even though they are perfectly capable of doing the job at a fraction (often 1/4 to 1/2) of the cost of an official US edition.
Classic Games (Games)

The Best Video Games On Awful Systems 272

Posted by Soulskill
from the diamond-in-the-rough dept.
Buffalo55 writes "For the most part, classic games manage to reappear on different systems. Just look at Nintendo. The publisher has done an excellent job bringing NES, SNES, Genesis and even old school Neo Geo titles to the Wii's Virtual Console, while Microsoft's Game Room brings the best of Atari's 2600 into the living room. Of course, not every console was a success. The '90s, in particular, saw quite a few flops from companies like Panasonic, Sega and Atari. Just because a system is a failure, though, doesn't mean all of its games suck. On the contrary, most of these machines have a few gems that fell between the cracks once the console croaked." What overlooked game on a failed platform would you like to see revived?

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