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+ - Ten-year Anniversary Ask Slashdot

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youthoftoday
youthoftoday writes "I offer Slashdot the very warmest congratulations on reaching ten years. I and many thousands of others have enjoyed reading, discussing and contributing to the net's best news source. In that time certain themes have come and gone. But some remain, often unanswered.

In the spirit of celebration, I would like to ask Slashdot readers questions that are as pertinent as they ever have been: does it run Linux? and who will have the first post?."
Patents

Breakpoints have now been patented 412

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the real-coders-just-use-printf-anyway dept.
An anonymous reader noted that apparently Breakpoints have now been patented. From the link "A method for debugging including the steps of receiving code having a software breakpoint function therein, running the code for the purpose of debugging, monitoring the code to detect the presence of the software breakpoint function, recognizing the software breakpoint function, determining an action to be performed based on the software breakpoint function, and implementing the action. The present invention also includes an apparatus for implementing the method for debugging and a medium embodying a program of instructions for execution by a device to perform the method for debugging."

This Week in Downloadable Content 56

Posted by Zonk
from the money-can-be-exchanged-for-virtual-goods-and-services dept.
Both the Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade have some interesting offerings this week, and Microsoft has released word of a lot of new things to come via their community service. The day before yesterday saw the release of Punch-Out!!, Virtua Fighter 2, and Bonk's Revenge for the Wii's download service. No Mike Tyson in this version of Punch-Out!!, but it's still (as Kohler puts it) one of the 'best videogames of all time.' On the Xbox side, today sees the release of a 'double header' of games: Gyruss and 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures . Gyruss is a Konami arcade port, while Minigolf includes a course editor to distract you from the simple gameplay. As far as new XBLA content goes: The Daily show is already available on the service, along with The Colbert Report, Carcossonne will join Settlers of Catan and (apparently) Talisman in boardgame-to-Xbox ports, and Microsoft is looking for pitches for a television show to be shown exclusively on Xbox live. If you win the TV contest, you get to make it for them.
Google

Google To Add Presentations 184

Posted by kdawson
from the looking-office-like dept.
A number of readers (some from the audience at Web 2.0 Expo) wrote to let us know that Google is adding presentations to their Docs and Spreadsheets package. With the announcement the company revealed that they have purchased Tonic Systems to help with the new presentation software. It's expected to be ready by summer. Google's CEO Eric Schmidt was asked if Docs and Spreadsheets will compete with MS Office, and he said, "We don't think so. It doesn't have all the functionality, nor is it intended to have the functionality of products like Microsoft Office."

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