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Comment: Opera! (Score 5, Informative) 261

by uid8472 (#32661358) Attached to: Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

Has no-one else yet commented to point out that Opera has run plugins in a separate process for years now? Then I guess I have to.

Not to minimize the accomplishments of the Firefox developers, I mean, and getting this feature to the Firefox userbase is valuable in and of itself, and so on. But there is precedent.

Comment: Oh wait. (Score 1) 271

by uid8472 (#32661334) Attached to: Desired Input For Console Video Games?
I thought "standard 97-button controller" was the sacrastic reference to a keyboard. (Yes, it's usually at least 101. Brain and brain, what is brain?) I actually rather despise the console controllers with like eight different directional widgets and a spray of alphabetic buttons and twelve different trigger/shoulder/undercarriage controls. And this is slashdot, so I can't change my vote.

+ - Verified: Chinese Government attacked Google-> 1

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "ArsTechnica reports that Verisign iDefense researchers have identified the command servers used to attack Google and Adobe — and that they were operated by the Chinese Government. 'Citing sources in the defense contracting and intelligence consulting community, the iDefense report unambiguously declares that the Chinese government was, in fact, behind the effort. The report also says that the malicious code was deployed in PDF files that were crafted to exploit a vulnerability in Adobe's software.'"
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+ - Programmers Need To Learn Statistics-> 2

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Zed Shaw writes an impassioned plea to programmers: Programmers Need To Learn Statistics Or I Will Kill Them All. "I go insane when I hear programmers talking about statistics like they know shit when it’s clearly obvious they do not. I’ve been studying it for years and years and still don’t think I know anything. This article is my call for all programmers to finally learn enough about statistics to at least know they don’t know shit. I have no idea why, but their confidence in their lacking knowledge is only surpassed by their lack of confidence in their personal appearance.""
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+ - UK govt fires drugs adviser for telling truth 2

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David Gerard writes "Professor David Nutt of Imperial College was chairman of the British government's advisory committee on the misuse of drugs — until today. On Wednesday night, he gave a speech ahead of a paper noting that on the basis of harm, alcohol was far more dangerous than ecstasy or cannabis. Today, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has fired Professor Nutt, saying that "It is important that the government's messages on drugs are clear and as an advisor you do nothing to undermine them." Such as inconvenient matters of reality-based thinking, apparently. He did this just in time for the six o'clock news, and the press is up in arms. Channel 4 journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy notes with amazement that "nobody will come on to defend Alan Johnson. They all prefer to issue statements that can't be questioned." It's already being tagged the War on Science."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Rich Germans Demand Higher Taxes->

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spun writes "A group of rich Germans has launched a petition calling for the government to make wealthy people pay higher taxes. talk about civic minded, here in America the rich expect to not pay any taxes, get huge bonuses, and get bailed out if they fail. As Adam Smith wrote in "Wealth of Nations" regarding taxes, "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.""
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+ - Apple sues greengrocer over apple-shaped logo->

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David Gerard writes "Apple is fiercely protective of its trademark — some would say over-protective. In their latest winning move, they've sued Woolworths in Australia over its new logo (which looks like a green pumpkin). Woolworths is, of course, a supermarket ... it sells apples. No word on whether Apple will sue apples for existing."
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Comment: Re:worst shortcomings are usually crappy stories (Score 1) 241

by uid8472 (#28567103) Attached to: The Essentials of RPG Design

The system used in the roguelike Linley's Dungeon Crawl (and its currently-maintained fork, Stone Soup) mostly takes care of that: when you get XP, you also get an equal number skill points; whenever an action practices a skill, some number of points from that skill pool are transferred into the skill, and eventually the skill levels up. If the pool is empty, you don't gain skill. (Also, in the skill screen, skills can be set to not be actively practiced, which greatly reduces the skill points consumed by using them; this is for things like if you're using a given type of weapon but don't plan on specializing in it.)

In practice, there's still some incidence of "victory dancing" --- after a big kill, standing around repeatedly casting some spell to make sure that the points go into some particular magic skill(s) --- but not much, and because the points would have gone into something useful anyway, it's more a question of whether the player actually wants to do that kind of powergaming.

Comment: Re:It's Comcastic (Score 1) 281

by uid8472 (#28385123) Attached to: Comcast To Bring IPv6 To Residential US In 2010

inet6 addr: fe80::***:****:****:****/64 Scope:Link

No need to redact that. It's a link-local, non-routable address []

The lower 64 bits almost certainly contain the interface's MAC address; while it's not as bad as a globally reachable network address, some people still might not want to post it openly on /.

The less time planning, the more time programming.