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Comment: Re:Gym ball (Score 1) 220

That must've been a very shitty ball, or you were just unlucky. I have an Italian-made one that can't burst - the guaranteed worst case scenario is that it slowly deflates if punctured. I'm sitting on it for more than 3 years now, 12 hours a day on average. It's better for sitting in front of a computer than any chair I ever had.

Comment: Sam Lantinga! (Score 1) 167

by vst (#40656769) Attached to: Valve Continues Recruiting Top Linux Talent
Oh myyy, that's some very, very good news. All the other Linux devs Valve hired recently, as Phoronix reports, and now Slouken, the creator of SDL. Seems like Valve has already built itself quite a nice team of Linux game devs. I've waited for something like this to happen since the (sigh) unfortunate demise of Loki games... It seems at last the time has come for Linux to become a full-fledged gaming platform. That could also help a wider penetration into the desktop OS market, eventually.

I'm very glad Slouken landed this, it seems like a perfect position for someone like him. I felt really sad when he left Blizzard, as there were some between-the-lines indicators that he didn't leave it quite as consensually as it was reported... And then went on to that 38studios which infamously collapsed recently...

Well, I just wish the best of luck to Valve and their Linux team, and will be anxiously waiting too see what they'll come up with...

+ - Every Geek's Dream Timepiece: Devon Tread 1, A Steampunk-Style Watch->

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vst writes: Techcrunch has an article about this timepiece with some remarkably interesting and impressive design that you don't see regularly among all the 'usual' fancy watches. If you really like steampunk, then you will probably have a jaw-dropping moment, although — caveat emptor — the price might put you off a little bit, it's somewhere between $15k and $20k. Here's a review and some extra images.
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+ - Facebook Also Bypasses Privacy Settings In IE

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Following the news that Google is tricking Apple’s Safari browser by including privacy-circumventing code in its ads, Microsoft is now saying that Google bypassed privacy settings in Internet Explorer as well. The story goes deeper than that. Google isn’t the only one bypassing Microsoft Internet Explorer’s privacy settings: Facebook does it too, as do thousands of other companies.

+ - Apple launches new legal attack on Samsung-> 1

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walterbyrd writes: "Apple Inc has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung Electronics Co Ltd from selling its new Galaxy Nexus smartphones, alleging patent violations. In a suit filed last week in San Jose, Apple said the Galaxy Nexus infringes on patents underlying features customers expect from its products. Those include the ability to unlock phones by sliding an image and to search for information by voice."
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+ - Ask Slashdot

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: I am old, by internet standards. I live in an age-restricted community (the reservation, AKA God's waiting room). This community is celebrating it 50th year of existence and it has grown (10K+ residents). There is a small (5 volunteers) 'history society'. I was asked about scanning some of the old documents to make them more accessible for research. I said this was doable, but challenging — then images would have to be converted to text for search ability. I envisioned some database that could handle meta data and a GUI front end for the searchers. My research led me to the conclusion that plan was way beyond out ability. Most meta data is in the HTML/XML world and that would require a web server for access. I did find a free product (I consider this personal use) called Elyse (http://silkwoodsoftware.com/info.html). That it does not run in Linux annoys me, but it works well for most of the geriatrics here. That it is free, easy to use, and seems to fulfill all the basic requirements tells the tale, there are no deal-breakers I have seen so far. Text files would have to be searched individually, but the tags would get you to the files. If the /. community has had any experience with this, or any other file management software that allows use of tags, I would appreciate the comments. The previous generation thanks you.

+ - 101 Reasons Why Evolution is True->

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ideonexus writes: "Today is Darwin Day. With states continuing to introduce bills to teach creationism alongside the established science, like Indiana did at the beginning of this month, it's important to remember the overwhelming evidence supporting the Theory of Macroevolution through Natural Selection. Here are 101 Facts supporting Darwin's theory, in a creative commons licensed post with 101 accompanying photos."
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+ - RIP Compiz->

Submitted by vst
vst writes: From the article: "This is not 100% confirmed, but the news that Fedora is dropping Compiz from release 17 can only mean one thing — Compiz is dead. Gentoo, openSUSE, GNOME, and a list of others had already dropped Compiz, leaving only one distribution holding onto the compositing software — Ubuntu."
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+ - Zap your brain into the zone->

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Morganth writes: "According to New Scientist, researchers at DARPA are investing efforts in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machines to cut the time it takes to train snipers.

From the article: "a 2-milliamp current will run through the part of my brain associated with object recognition — an important skill when visually combing a scene for assailants."

The story also serves as a nice explainer on the psychology of "flow" — the state that experts tend to enter (e.g. programmers, tennis players, pianists) when focusing on their work."

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+ - You Can't Copyright Porn->

Submitted by wasimkadak
wasimkadak writes: A woman who says she was incorrectly accused of sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent has filed a harassment lawsuit against a copyright troll. Porn outfit Hard Drive productions had demanded $3,400 to make their threatened lawsuit go away but their target not only says she’s innocent and harassed, but also that porn cannot be copyrighted. So, does filmed sex promote scientific progress or constitute useful art? A court may soon have to decide.
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