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+ - Experiences working as a Programmer for Blizzard and other Game Companies

Submitted by msheekhah
msheekhah (903443) writes "I have a friend who, when he gets out of college, has been promised a job at Texas Instruments making $70k. However, he wants to instead go work for Blizzard or some other game company as a game programmer. I've read enough on here and on other tech websites to know that he should take the TI job. Can you share with me your experiences so I can give him real life examples to convince him to take this job? If your experience is contrary to mine, I'd appreciate that input as well."

+ - President can sign ACTA into effect->

Submitted by msheekhah
msheekhah (903443) writes "In a TechDirt article, Mike Masnik asks Senator Wyden about ACTA:

Senator Wyden says, " It may be possible for the U.S. to implement ACTA or any other trade agreement, once validly entered, without legislation if the agreement requires no change in U.S. law..." but "...the executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter a binding international agreement covering issues delegated by the Constitution to Congress' authority". However, then he states that "...if you allow the USTR to express your assent to ACTA, then the agreement can bind the U.S. under international law even without Congress' consent, because international law, not U.S. law, determines the binding effect of international agreements. According to many international law scholars, customary international law recognizes the ability of the chief executive of a country to bind its nation to an international agreement regardless of domestic legal requirements."

So while the treaty won't stand up before judicial review inside of the United States, it can still be considered binding in International Law. You then have to determine which has greater sovereignty in American courts."

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The Internet

+ - HR 1981 should be called 1984: SOPA masquerading a-> 1

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msheekhah
msheekhah writes "Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers is sponsoring a bill to make your internet data available to investigators if you are even accused, and to require your ISP to retain 18 months of your internet access logs. This is under the guise of a child pornography protection act, but is in fact giving the police to, without probable cause, look through all of your internet activity. All you have to do is be accused. Is this something the internet cares to allow?"
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+ - Slashdot Does Nothing about SOPA->

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msheekhah
msheekhah writes "As a site that is based off of user submitted content, including shared summaries of news from other websites, you would think that hardcore IP censorship laws would be an issue for Slashdot. Under SOPA/PIPA, Slashdot could be blocked if a user copypasta's TFA instead of summarizes it. The crackerjack editorial staff usually won't allow that, but this is a risk. Yet, we hear nothing from Slashdot itself."
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Games

+ - Game Programming in C#

Submitted by msheekhah
msheekhah (903443) writes "Ten years ago I got halfway through a programming degree, and now I've decided to try to pick it up again. I decided to try using Mono and Unity 3d 2.5. What are your thoughts of this for game programming? Any resources I can bookmark or books I can buy that would help? I've tried a couple of C# books from 2005 but the directx is out of date and the code examples don't work with modern directx or directx sdk."
Editorial

+ - The Register: Scientology Contacts Wikileaks->

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msheekhah
msheekhah writes "The Register covers Scientology's latest act of internet suppression: Wikileaks. Considering their main server is hosted by The Pirate Bay, how do you think this is going to turn out? From the article: "The Church of Scientology has acknowledged that Wikileaks is offering the world quick and easy access to the church's top-secret "bibles". Or should that be formerly top-secret? On March 24, the swashbuckling truth-seekers at Wikileaks.org published what they referred to as "the collected secret 'bibles' of Scientology," and three days later, church-friendly lawyers threatened the site with legal action if the documents weren't taken down. Calling them "Advanced Technology of the Scientology religion," the lawyers pointed out that the documents are copyrighted works registered to the Religious Technology Center (RIC), a church-related holding company. Wikileaks did not remove the documents. But it did tell the world their veracity has been verified." At the end of the article is a scathing indictment of the Church of Scientology and Western Media. Wow, it's like they (wikileaks and thepiratebay) were twins seperated at birth..."
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The Internet

+ - Protesters arrested at anti-Scientology event in A-> 1

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msheekhah
msheekhah writes "Heard about this through the grapevine. "While protesting outside the Scientology Church of Georgia in Atlanta, two members of the group Anonymous were arrested by DeKalb County riot police while standing opposite the Church of Scientology-owned building. The two protesters, who earlier participated in the delivery of a 'global speech' collaboratively written and read by members of Anonymous at protests worldwide, are believed to have been charged by Dekalb police for protesting without a permit and causing 'offensive or hazardous conditions'. However, other members of Anonymous who took leading roles in arranging the protest are adamant that the Dekalb police had previously told them they did not need a permit to protest." Not sure if it's in the right section, but I call BS on the police here."
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Windows

+ - Best OS to ship with custom built systems

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msheekhah
msheekhah writes "My partner and I are gearing up to sell our own custom boxes. While the high-end gaming boxes are definitely going to be Windows based, I'm wondering in terms of end users that aren't into high end games, what would be the better approach? Windows Vista with KDE (can it replace explorer?) WIndows XP (w/ or /wo) or Ubuntu running CrossOver or another WINE library implementation? We're looking to deliver superior performance, low cost, and ease of use. What are your thoughts for a consumer market? We've been playing around with the options, but I would really like to draw from your combined experience."

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