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20 Years of Commander Keen 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the aliens-ate-my-babysitter dept.
angry tapir writes "This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Commander Keen game. For those too young to remember, Commander Keen was a series of shareware 2D platform games for the PC released by Apogee Software (aka 3D Realms) developed by no less than id Software — the developers of Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake."

Comment: Hemingway? (Score 1) 186

by tommut (#32804178) Attached to: Reading E-Books Takes Longer Than Reading Paper Books
Christ, they were reading Hemingway? I'd like to see the results of actually having "read" the story, electronic device or no. Did you ever try reading The Old Man and the Sea in high school? Ten fucking pages describing the crest of a wave. I guarantee you 50% of the pages in the survey were skimmed at best.
Businesses

New Call of Duty Titles Announced, Fired Devs Sue For Name 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the modern-legal-warfare dept.
eldavojohn writes "Activision has announced new Call of Duty titles while fired Infinity Ward Developer leads Jason West and Vince Zampella sue them for the rights to the name. According to Activision, 'The company intends to expand the Call of Duty brand with the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business unit. This will include a focus on high-margin digital online content and further[ing] the brand as the leading action entertainment franchise in new geographies, new genres and with new digital business models.' Ars opines that Activision is set to over-saturate the market with tons of CoD titles similar to how it expertly brought down Guitar Hero."

Comment: Working late, yes. "Staying" late? No. (Score 1) 426

by tommut (#30506288) Attached to: When Developers Work Late, Should the Manager Stay?
My coworkers and myself often work late, but we do not "stay" late. We have laptops and a VPN connection. So if we're working into the night, it's' generally in the comfort of our own home. That said, when the team is working late, we sure as hell do expect to see our manager online (at least giving the appearance that he is "in the shit" with us).

Comment: The cost of legalization (Score 2, Interesting) 640

by tommut (#29163379) Attached to: Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession
I don't use drugs because they are illegal. My employer could terminate my employment, I could be jailed, etc. If drugs were legalized, then there would be no barrier (however artificial) for me to start using drugs. Maybe I enjoy it and starts affecting my productivity, my way of life, I become addicted, etc. So while this might be in the minority, there are a number of citizens who are not using drugs for the sole reason that they are NOT legal. Legalizing them would remove this barrier and actually cause more drug use. I am not saying that is horrible, but it is a side-effect that is seldom brought up.

Comment: Re:A word from a NoScript Forum Moderator (Score 1) 408

by tommut (#27798181) Attached to: NoScript Adds Subscriptions To Adblock Plus
What might be a good idea (for all extensions in general), when it opens up the NoScript page after an update, it there was a direct checkbox/link to "Don't show this page after updates" which would set the appropriate extension preference. Then the conspiracists would see a more visible mechanism to not show the NoScript page.
I personally, like an extension that is updated frequently. It means there is active development.
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