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Submission + - Interview with Patrick Volkerding, Founder of Slackware Linux (

An anonymous reader writes: In this in-depth interview with, Patrick Volkerding discusses how he got involved with Linux and Open Source, the succession plan for Slackware, the Slackware development model, his opinion on the current trends in desktop environments, potentially disruptive changes to Linux such as systemd, his favorite beer and much more.

Submission + - Space Quest Creators' Kickstarter Underway (

Elrond, Duke of URL writes: "The creators of the Space Quest series of adventure games, Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy, are currently running a Kickstarter campaign for a new "SpaceVenture" adventure game. They've put up a number of great interviews, Q&A sessions, and artwork to entice contributors. For the game, they've already lined up some impressive voice talent, including Rob Paulsen, Ellen McLain, and Gary Owens. There are only five days left in the campaign and they still have a way to go, and as someone whose early computer usage was all but defined by Sierra adventures, I definitely would like to see them succeed. The contributor rewards are pretty nice, too..."

Submission + - Live Interview With GLaDOS From Portal (

Mr. Jaggers writes: "Chris Pope (podcaster from Tech Jives Network and social media guy for the Guys From Andromeda game studio) is being joined by Ellen McLain, the voice actress of GLaDOS from Valve's series of Portal games in an informal live chat on Twich TV right now (12pm PST / 3pm EST, United States time zones). Ellen's other voice work includes the announcer from Team Fortress 2, as well as appearing in the other games in Valve's 2007 Orange Box release (Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two). The chat can be joined via IRC or from the Twitch TV website, and Ellen will be available to fans for questions, including her work with Valve, as well as future projects (including the spiritual-successor to the Space Quest series of adventure games). The podcast of it will be up later on for those that miss the chat, but for those that can join in, it ought to be real treat to be able to ask GLaDOS why she was so mean to us..."

Comment Inspiration from successful projects (Score 1) 9

Just look at the last successful adventure projects (Double Fine, Larry and Jane Jensen's), look at what they did and at what your project didn't. For example, video appearances with the project founders helped boost the Larry and Jensen projects, because would-be backers saw that they were credible and motivated.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Re-kickstarting our Kickstarter? ( 9

An anonymous reader writes: We are supporters of an old-school adventure game Kickstarter that is dealing with "Kickstarter fatigue". The project itself is a sarcastic/comedic, science-fiction adventure, with reknowned and proven talent behind it — now that Kickstarter's adventure game honeymoon period is seemingly over, the big gaming and news sites are not interested in the project, community sites are not interested in front paging articles about the project, and famous twitterers with sci-fi leanings have all but ignored our request for twitter help. Due to the reluctance of the big gaming sites in talking about Kickstarter projects, it is up to the fans to try and get this across the line in the next 8 days — what other avenues or sites can we use to get word about our project to a wider audience, without coming across as spammers?

Submission + - Space Quest Spiritual Successor Project, SpaceVenture ( 62

Mr. Jaggers writes: "Remember the old-school Sierra On-Line Space Quest series? With the original IP tied up in a giant Activision-Gordian-Knot, Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe ("The Two Guys from Andromeda"), the creators of SQ, have set up their own indie studio to invent a whole new hilarious universe, new characters, and puzzles; all the while respecting the style of art and comedy for which they are remembered. SpaceVenture is set to lambaste sci-fi franchises (as was done in SQ), and the team claims that none are safe, including Doctor Who, Stargate, Avatar, and others. They've lined up an all-star voice-acting cast, including Rob Paulsen (Animaniac Yakko, Pinky, TMNT's Raphael), Ellen McLain (GLaDOS), and radio legend Gary Owens. It's being promoted with a blog, podcasts, videos, live chats, and fan efforts including SQ marathons, comics, and fan videos. Best of all, as funding milestones are reached the team builds and releases prototypes; living, playable concept art demonstrating the character of the final game! The Kickstarter project targets PC/Mac/Linux/iOS/Android for release and includes awesome rewards that can land you in the game itself. It's definitely worth a look for fans of adventure games and sci-fi parody!"

Comment Re:color or couleur? (Score 1) 90

In fact, the British English word colour comes from the Old French word with the same spelling : colour (circa 1050-1100 A.D.). It's in French that the spelling changed for couleur!

A similar situation is with the English word connoisseur (borrowed form Old French), which is now spelt connaisseur in modern French.

Comment Perfect for demoing (Score 1) 121

Reading the comments already posted, I understand that some persons think that the service will be used to play games in whole (i.e. replace completly your PC or your console)... But if they'd RTFA, these persons would understand that Gaikai is mainly intented to demo games before getting them (now IMHO, that's a promising idea).

Comment Re:what about melanesians? (Score 1) 459

In his book Guns, Germs and Steel, the author Jared Diamond explains quite in details how "black" Asians (Papua, Negrito, etc.) really came from Southeastern Asia, and how their ancestors have nearly all been elimated from the asian continent (in fact, some remain, like the Pygmies from Thailand and Malaysia, see

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