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Comment Bye-bye BF Heroes! (Score 1) 221

I really enjoyed playing BF Heroes - it's light, I never felt that other players had unfair advantages, the promise of no grind, easy to pick up and get going game with fun graphics and I was happy. There was a single problem that use to keep me from giving them some paypal love - the game would disconnect me for no reason after 5 minutes or so of no-lag play.

I was patiently waiting for this to be fixed or for servers to pop up here in Brazil but alas - the fun of BF Heroes is gone.

Paying now means serious advantages to gameplay so no more for me, I don't have hours a day to play nor do I think that I should constantly pay for a game so I'll stick to CS:Source or my other free-to-play games and give money to indie game companies.

EA screwed up BF Heroes, what was fun now became unbalanced - all the best to the players that stick around but I'm having none of it.

Comment Not exactly related to the patent (Score 3, Informative) 150

But weren't there a few guys, back in 1999 that used to have a pretty neat weekly show. Back then I don't think they were called podcasts but I do remember that the shows were really fun.

Anyway, I found a link to it on Wikipedia but I'm sure there are more links around.

It was called Geeks in Space, or something like that, and the site's admins that used to make the show was called flashdot, dashdot, slashdort or something like that.

Comment Spread the controversy... (Score 0) 1172

The parody domain has been given to Glenn Beck but the controversy still hasn't been answered.

Here's the new(ish, same content, different domain) site: http://gb1990.com/

Spread the controversy because, after all, people are asking whether or not Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990. I, personally, cannot believe he did such a thing but why hasn't Glenn denied these allegations?

What is Glenn hiding, if he's hiding anything at all.

Comment Robert Heinlein! (Score 5, Insightful) 1021

Robert Heinlein!

Note: I'll write only about the books I've read, other folks might have other points of view.

Heinlein might have had a weird way of looking at things but he has great stories as an introduction to the scifi genre - light(ish) reading with plenty of topics to discuss.

Take two of his works that I recommend to folks, Starship Troopers and Farmer in the Sky. Both are "juvenile" books - sex and misogyny are themes in Heinlein's later works - but deal with life in space in a very realistic way. They're wildly speculative yet, just barely, they're plausible enough to make sense.

If you're looking for short stories, there's The Man Who Sold The Moon - short stories populated with really far-fetched ideas yet it's a really fun read.

I'm sure other people will suggest other things but I strongly suggest you take a look at Heinlein for the kids, after all he wrote a bunch of stories for them that are easy reads and are, as far as I can remember, kid-safe.

I'm resisting recommending more authors - as I'm sure this thread will be full of them - but Heinlein's earlier works, from what I recall, are nice examples of scifi aimed towards younger audiences.

Comment Re:Elite spiritual successor- Infinity: QFE (Score 1) 159

It looks great but for space sims I'd prefer a single player experience - nothing against MMORPGs but I'm not all that into fighting to stay alive and get better ships nor participating in a corporation. I want to freely explore space and pick fights only when I want to fight all at my own time.

The ability to freely fly through space is something that really attracted me in Final Frontier (my first game of the series) and I really liked swooping down on planets and explore them without worrying to much about making a buck.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up, nice game but I'm not too sure that's for me.

Comment Oh good god... (Score 1) 1582

I never understood achievements in games, they seem to me like a cheap way to add replayability, and now it's come to Slashdot.

What does replayability (or whatever else achievements are meant to give) mean for a site that's "news for nerds" and random microsoft bashing?

Comment I liked it (Score 1) 852

As has been said, it was an emotional ending.

Its plot may have been weak and some promised answers never came but I feel good that it's over now and I got to see my favorite characters reach a place to call home.

I know I'm not the only one that feels this way but an ending that wraps up a voyage as long as Galactica's with humanity surviving is quite nice.

Comment So? (Score 0, Flamebait) 375

Since I'm not in the US and can't see Hulu, I'm not missing a thing - in fact, this makes Boxee even more attractive to me now that a lot of the videos I click on won't block me.

I guess I have to thank Hulu for denying Boxee access.

Programming

Submission + - Theoretical parallel computer built for first time (networkworld.com) 1

James McP writes: A working computer has been built that for the first time demonstrates the Parallel Random Access Model (PRAM) of parallel processing. According to the Network World article the unnamed machine uses FPGAs to create sixty four 75Mhz CPUs which have a claimed combined performance of "100x" a normal desktop. The PRAM computer was built as part of a NSF grant that has the goal of developing APIs and compiler optimizations to support the PRAM system. As a bonus, if you submit the winning name for the new PRAM computer you can win $500.
Linux Business

Submission + - Linspire's CEO changes tune after new MS deal

lisah writes: In a whiplash-inducing reversal of opinion, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says his company's new agreement with Microsoft will offer a 'better experience' for users. That's a far cry from a few months ago when he told the Linspire community that Microsoft's attempt to cozy up to open source companies was nothing but 'lip service' and 'scare tactics.' Why the change of heart? He enigmatically says it's because 'Linux has gotten better.' Carmony also roundly criticized Novell's agreement with Microsoft last year, suggesting there was probably large amounts of money lubricating the deal and that Microsoft was 'basically paying Novell to be [its] poster child.' However when Carmony was asked last week about the money trail for Linspire's agreement with Microsoft, he didn't want to talk about it.
Announcements

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dies

ina_kulot writes: "Kurt Vonnegut, author, humanist, and geek extraordinaire, died Wednesday at the age of 84. I'm sure the fact that his death was published in the Showbiz section of CNN amuses him in the afterlife to no end. He was the author of several best-selling books, and refused to be pigeonholed to a specific genre. While his earlier works, such as Piano Player, and The Sirens of Titan, had a distinct science fiction edge to it, most of his works, such as Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle, were known more for their black humor and distinct moral tone despite the fact that they featured time travel and scientific breakthroughs. His humor never wavered, and his honesty never censored, and I was hoping that we would still have his insight around for a few more years in these dark times. Alas, it wasn't meant to be."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dies aged 84

Dynamoo writes: "Author Kurt Vonnegut has died aged 84 in New York. Familiar to many Slashdotters through works such as Cat's Cradle and Galapagos and Breakfast of Champions, Vonnegut's works were an unusual mix of scifi, social comment and satire — often featuring the fictional pulp scifi writer Kilgore Trout. Many of Vonnegut's works were semi-autobiographical, the best example of which was Slaughterhouse-Five based on his experiences as a prisoner of war in Dresden in 1945.

Poignantly, Vonnegut's own website just has an illustration "Goodbye Blue Monday". But perhaps he is not dead.. just unstuck in time."

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