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+ - Candy Crush Saga will included in Windows 10

Submitted by nachtkap
nachtkap writes: And there I was just considering switching to Linux fulltime.

If you’ve been paying attention to gaming (or pop culture in general) chances are pretty high that you've heard of King's smash mobile hit Candy Crush Saga. With its compelling blend of tricky puzzles coated in gorgeous eye candy, Candy Crush Saga is a global phenomenon for good reason. Windows Phone users have been enjoying Candy Crush Saga since its launch on the platform in December, and later this year, all Windows 10 owners will be able to experience the hit game that's swept the mobile world like wildfire. As an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch. It will even include cross-play options for your iOS and Android devices.

+ - Hamburg court: Marriage agency can't charge people; doesnt apply to dating sites

Submitted by nachtkap
nachtkap writes: The German Civil Code 656 from 1900 says that an company can't ask for money if its service brings people together for marriage. The ruling only covers marriage (and similar relationship) agencies. Dating sites in general are unaffected.
The public relations officer of the Hamburg consumer rights center said: "The ruling applies to dating sites using prior matchings that haven't been paid for. The consumer doesn't have to pay in those cases. What this decision means for the future depends on whether more consumers decide not to pay."

Comment: Re:Europe, here I come! (Score 1) 77

by nachtkap (#46697703) Attached to: European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law
The solution seems to be to live on/near the line then. as far as I can make out the areas to live in would include Paris, Frankfurt, a sizable chuck of the Rhine, Stuttgard, Lake Constance, Vienna.
Just view the state religions as Europe's 2nd Amendment. A somewhat annoying relic from a bygone age where the (hardcore) adherents ruin the general climate for everyone. Assuming religion while be around for good while longer, having state religions in secular state isn't as bad as one might think. In my opinion it keeps the religions from going of the rails because they would lose their befits if they don't play nice.

+ - European Court of Justice strikes down data retention law

Submitted by nachtkap
nachtkap writes: The BBC reports:

The EU's top court has declared "invalid" an EU law requiring telecoms firms to store citizens' communications data for up to two years. The EU Data Retention Directive was adopted in 2006. The European Court of Justice says it violates two basic rights — respect for private life and protection of personal data.

Germany's supreme court did call on the ECJ to look into this issue as well.

Comment: hyperion (cantos) and thawn (Score 1) 796

by nachtkap (#45844889) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
Dan Simmons - Hyperion (Cantos)
At least the 1st novel is like a kick in the stomach at times. It also moved me to tears on a level I would thought impossible. Includes: Spiked killing machine, Poetry, evil AI's and a Scifi world/society that feels way more believable then Star Trek/Wars ever was.

Timothy Zahn - (1st) Thawn Trilogy
It is hard not to like these books if you like Star Wars IMO.

Imaginary Friend - The Bible
Most of it can be skipped but select parts like Genesis and the Sodom and Gomorrah bit should be read. Cant imagine that there isn't a list for that.

My "short" list consists of the best known books of these people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates_in_Literature. Names like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse and Bertrand Russell speak for themselfs.
I have only read very limited passages from those authors. That glimpse convinced me however that their works must provide the best access to differing points of view possible.

+ - German State's attorney investigates law firm that sent porn streaming letters

Submitted by nachtkap
nachtkap writes: The State's attorney for Cologne is investigating the law firm that sent the threating letters to German Redtube users. The investigation will look into the method that was used to determine the IP adresses of the redtube users. The method described in the affidavit doesn't match the traffic investigation performed by a heise.de reader. heise.de in turn verified the plausibility of his results.
[graphic in German and google.translate links]

Comment: Re:A company can actually ban someone from a sport (Score 1) 114

by nachtkap (#45670899) Attached to: StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa
Or something free like beach volleyball, where a Brazilian pro player was (at least partially) baned for being outspoken about something. Sadly I can't find a source.
But I agree that 'Sport' isn't the right label here. It should be labeled as a 'competition' just like every other 'sport'. After all we watch a competition between professionals (people that devoted way more time to a activity, then we could be bothered to, and there got really good at it) based on set rules. IMO we only call professional sports 'sport' because we most likely play/played that sport.

Comment: Re:South Korean Visa Waiver (Score 1) 114

by nachtkap (#45670529) Attached to: StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa
He is playing for a US based team (Evil Geniuses). The do have a team house at/near SF where he has stayed for a limited amount of time. E-sports tournaments are also often part of another venue (Trade shows and Comic Con) and his team might want him there because of their sponsors. Of which there are many.

Comment: Re:H1B Visas and now this? (Score 1) 114

by nachtkap (#45670445) Attached to: StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa
I don't think the US works like you think it does. Its success has been based on varying degrees of home grown talent and imported talent.

While the top earners in e-sports, apart from Fatal1ty, aren't from the US, 7 out of the top 20 are employed by a US organization (EG/[A]). The picture gets more favorable for the US the further down one goes in the top 100. As far as SC2:HotS goes the US has the famdom scene locked. I would guesstimate that ~80% of successful players are either Korean or play for a US based team (EG or TL). In DotA2 things are a bit more spread out (between China, CIS and the US), but the US is still in a favorable spot.
[EG: Evil Geniuses; [A]: Alliance; TL: Team Liquid; CIS: former USSR]
Source: http://www.esportsearnings.com/players

Comment: Size matters (Score 2) 370

by nachtkap (#45631903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?
I was in the same position with my mum a while ago. She never had any contact with the web until she tried my tablet. From her experience (I just asked) and mine I have to say that the what doesn't matter that much. What is important is the size of.... well everything. Nine inches at least or the touch screen keyboard and text will be to small.
The Font Size:Huge thing is one the most important aspects. We all missed links on a touch screen but older people can be somewhat confused when they miss a link. Find an Analogy to explain that this sometimes happens (to you too).
He should be set if you throw in some accessories like a tablet pillow.

Comment: MyAutomatedConversationCoach (Score 1) 84

by nachtkap (#44737203) Attached to: Advanced Chatbot Could Help With Social Awkwardness
The MIT site: http://web.media.mit.edu/~mehoque/MACH.htm for the project has a bit more content in the form of before and after vids. The site links to http://web.media.mit.edu/~mehoque/SignUpForMACH.htm if you are interested in try MACH out.

Is MACH available for me to use?
We would love to make the system available to the general mass for free. Here are the caveats.
MACH was developed as part of a PhD thesis consisting of more than half a million lines of code. The current prototype works on a personal laptop. However, it is an extremely complicated system that we were able to put together with 2 years of effort.
In order to make a public release with seamless interaction experience, we would need to do more testing.
It is possible to make MACH work in a computer browser and make it widely accessible. However, that will require hiring 2-3 full time software engineers with 6-12 months of development and test period. Currently, we are looking for resources to make that happen. If you are in a position to support our work, or know of any funding agencies who might be interested to fund us, please do get in touch (mehoque at media dot mit dot edu) with us. In the mean time, please feel free to write/tweet to AutismSpeaks, NLMFF, Autism Science Foundation
I am remote and I would like to participate in your studies.
Recruiting participants is the most challenging part of our research and we appreciate your interest. However, with our current experimental set up, it makes it very difficult for us to recruit participants unless they are local. We hope to address this issue by developing an online version of our system.
I would like to be notified when the system becomes available to public.
Please sign up here. http://goo.gl/LDwb8

Comment: What is it good for? (Score 1) 181

by nachtkap (#43500279) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Freeman Dyson What You Will
Since I'm studying physics I'm all for research that is non application specific. Reading /. and walking through the physics building at my university I realize quite often that I have no idea what practical applications research could yield. Derivative applications like improved imaging algorithms and filtering stemming from telescopes are somewhat obvious. However I have idea for instance what things like ever more precise measurements of the Neutrino mass or Quantum chromodynamics research for instance could yield for practical application.
I'm hoping your horizon extends further than mine in that you can see future applications for research done today.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.