The achievements system was launched on April fools day of 2009 in order to allow for certain joke achievements, but the system itself is a real one. - FAQ
This series of four comments is extraordinarily detailed and informative. I would blow all my mod points in here if I had any; people should be reading this rundown from someone with obvious hands-on experience and familiarity with the new books instead of many of the one-off snide remarks, if they want to understand what's changed.
BlueVoodoo writes "Text-editing operations are normally done interactively, inside a text editor application. Some tasks, however, can be accomplished quickly and easily, right from the UNIX command line. What's more, these one-liners can be used in scripts to automate various editing procedures."
IGN confirms a delicious rumour that's been circulating since this past weekend. Yes, Virginia, there is a next-gen Ghostbusters game currently in the works. Footage from the work in progress, made up by developer Zootfly, has been circulating with much debate over its authenticity. Unfortunately, right now it doesn't look like we'll be seeing this title any time soon. From the article: "We are very glad to see the overwhelming response to the Ghostbusters prototype movies. What you've seen is indeed in-game footage of early prototypes on the Xbox 360, running on ZootFly's proprietary engine. Due to licensing issues, further development of the Ghostbusters game hit a bump on the road. But everybody here at ZootFly is working actively on resolving the challenges with the owners of the Ghostbusters IP."
Fyz (581804) writes "Being an avid reader of Slashdot and other internet-based media while living in Europe, it is easy to get the impression that the US is not a very nice place. Everyday, a steady stream of insane lawsuits, insane convictions, insane laws, insane rules and insane pundits dominate the news I get from the media. I'm planning a longer stay in the US to do some postgraduate studies in physics, in part because my instincts tell me that it can't possibly be as bad as the impression the news gives me. Basically, I'm hoping to get a reality check. So my questions are these: Isn't the feeling "on the ground" very much different than portrayed in discussion on this site? And are the many stories of peoples rights being trampled on something you can relate to, or are they rare extremes?"
tinkerghost (944862) writes "The Burning Man Festival is evidently a hot issue right now. CNN has a small article about one of the original promoters suing the other 2. He's trying to get the 'Burning Man' IP (Trademark & Logo) released to the public domain — I would thing that CC-Non-commercial might be a better way to go."
polossatik (1051550) writes "There is a tool from PCMesh called "Hide Files and Folders" that claims to be *better* than encrypting files (sic). Seen (according to the makers) the files are made undetectable and the tool does not need to run continuous it is supposed to hard to detect and attack. It looks like it's not using alternate streams in NTFS as ADStools cannot find any alternate stream. Of course, the program's own database of hidden files/directory's is a prime target. http://www.pcmesh.com/hide-files-folders.htm"
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft used undocumented Windows APIs — Iowa testimony http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/101947/microsoft-used
Kawahee writes "Coming off previous
/. coverage of The Pirate Bay's intentions to purchase Sealand following it being put up for sale, The Pirate Bay has revealed on it's website www.buysealand.com that it has entered into negotiations with Sealand. From the post:
BuySealand.com is also now sporting a donation meter, and as of the 15th of January it stands at USD $13,714."The Government of Sealand has initiated negotiation. Tomorrow, the ACFI and Government of Sealand will sit down in the SMTP chambers of the Internets to discuss the future of the micronation.
— We welcome the request and hopefully we can settle on a price. But knowing how hard non-kopimistic people can be to negotiate with, we will go with Plan B if they're not willing to meet our demands, press officer of ACFI says.