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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts 487

Posted by samzenpus
from the my-mama-no-raise-no-dummies-I-dug-her-rap dept.
In addition to helping decipher their Lil Wayne albums, the Justice Department is seeking Ebonics experts to help monitor, translate and transcribe wire tapped conversations. The DEA wants to fill nine full time positions. From the article: "A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a 'DEA Sensitive' security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of 'telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media.'”

Comment: Re:Link to Comment (Score 1) 296

by luckyXIII (#33057156) Attached to: Dept. of Justice Considers Web For ADA
I went to the site to see what the problem was and found that's it's the exact opposite of what I was expecting. I often see state dropdowns that show the 2 letter code but are alphabetized based on the the full name (ie: VT comes before VA because Vermont comes before Virginia). This is the first time I've seen one display the full name but be alphabetized based on the abbreviation.

Comment: Re:It's not so easy (Score 2, Insightful) 377

by luckyXIII (#32918034) Attached to: Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name
I doubt he's talking about comments from the Secretary-General of the UN or the head of the IMF. It would probably be of concern to local officials, though. You know, the ones that would most likely be reading the paper and commenting on its articles. 100% of that town's population has heard of that paper.
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Where Are the Joysticks For Retro Gaming? 262

Posted by Soulskill
from the ch-flightstick-pro-was-aces-for-x-wing dept.
Doctor O writes "With all those nice emulators for classic gaming around (such as MAME, VICE or Stella) I want to establish monthly retro gaming evenings with some friends. The problem is I can't find any good joysticks for that purpose. There's a new version of the legendary Competition Pro, but judging from the many one-star reviews on Amazon, it's terrible. I found the USB version of the classic Atari Joystick, but it doesn't seem to be available and would have prohibitive shipping costs to Germany anyway. So, Slashdot to the rescue — where are the suitable USB joysticks for retro gaming?"
Games

Do Gamers Want Simpler Games? 462

Posted by Soulskill
from the i'd-say-no-but-i-used-to-love-frogger dept.
A recent GamePro article sums up a lesson that developers and publishers have been slowly learning over the last few years: gamers don't want as much from games as they say they do. Quoting: "Conventional gaming wisdom thus far has been 'bigger, better, MORE!' It's something affirmed by the vocal minority on forums, and by the vast majority of critics that praise games for ambition and scale. The problem is, in reality its almost completely wrong. ... How do we know this? Because an increasing number of games incorporate telemetry systems that track our every action. They measure the time we play, they watch where we get stuck, and they broadcast our behavior back to the people that make the games so they can tune the experience accordingly. Every studio I've spoken to that does this, to a fault, says that many of the games they've released are far too big and far too hard for most players' behavior. As a general rule, less than five percent of a game's audience plays a title through to completion. I've had several studios tell me that their general observation is that 'more than 90 percent' of a game's audience will play it for 'just four or five hours.'"

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