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Early Reviews Reflect Well On Mirror's Edge 73

The much-anticipated first person non-shooter Mirror's Edge is being released today for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Reviews for the game, while not without complaints, are generally positive. 1Up praises the controls, saying, "It gets things very right very early, distilling its first-person platformer ambitions into a very manageable control scheme. ... Once you're familiar with Faith's abilities and their limitations — imparted through a much-needed tutorial — it's easy to see potential routes through the world." Ars Technica is more critical, noting that the main story's gameplay only clocks in at about six hours, and that the artistic style doesn't vary much between levels. Nick Channon, a producer for Mirror's Edge, sat down with Gamasutra and discussed the reasoning for some of their design choices. The PC version of Mirror's Edge and some additional downloadable content will be available in January.

Users Know Advertisers Watch Them, and Hate It 243

Chris Blanc tips an Ars writeup on a survey of consumer attitudes toward targeted advertising. The results of the survey, conducted for TRUSTe, confirm that advertisers are in a tough spot. "[The survey company] randomly selected 1,015 nationally representative adults... Although only 40 percent of the group was familiar with the term 'behavioral targeting,' most users were well aware of the practice. 57 percent reported that they weren't comfortable their activities [were being] tracked for advertising purposes, even if the information couldn't be tied to their names or real-life identities. Simultaneously, 72 percent of those surveyed said that they find online advertising annoying when the ads are not relevant to their needs..."

Submission + - Building a modern IT infrastructure for < $3,00 (

mvip writes: "This article talks about how to build a modern IT infrastructure from scratch with a sub-$3,000 budget. It's not the first article about saving costs using Open Source and Linux, but a slightly different approach using LTSP. The article goes through how to build an IT infrastructure from scratch with 10 clients and 1 server for $3,000 without having to settle for low performance and obsolete software."

Submission + - Bachelor's Degree of Uselessness? 1

DarkMorph writes: I have received my bachelor's degree in computer science back in May, and it's nearly September now, and my job search seems to be entirely in vain. So far I have had only one opportunity in California, which ended up being a big group interview and it was a dud. Lately I've found an online business that distributes resumes to thousands of recruiters nationwide. I received from them the list of 569 recruiters (with jobs in Florida where I live and California where I want to be) that they contacted with my resume and I still sit in silence after two weeks. My college degree doesn't seem to be very rewarding at all, and I don't know what to do about getting a job that pays enough for me to move out. The Slashdot community would be the best to address regarding employment due to the variety and quantity of readers, and I was wondering what would be a good step for me to do next? I know a handful of programming languages, and web languages, but I find C/C++ and Linux-related stuff the most interesting.
Networking (Apple)

Submission + - The Woz + Kathy Griffin = Hitched (

gr8gatzby writes: "Well we can probably guess their kids names: Clarus for the boy and Lisa for the girl. It appears that Kathy Griffin has a thing for geeks, as her last hubby(infamous for laundering money from her) was as well.

From The Best Week Ever: "...things are looking up for Kath. She's found a new man. A successful man. Sadly, it's not her absolutely adorable assistant Tom (what chemistry those kids have!), rather... a much bigger, richer man. Co-founder of Apple Computers Steve Wozniak to be exact. The two met after Steve saw Kathy perform. Now, we know Steve might not be the handsomest man around, but fans of Kathy know that looks really aren't that important to her. And looks aside... could you really ask for a better catch than the co-founder of Apple F**king Computers? Wethinks not. And, as a side note, from what we've seen on her reality show, Kathy is an Apple girl through and through... which is adorable!" et-kathy-griffin-finds-a-new-man/"


Submission + - Gunman and Hostage killed at Johnson Space Center

coaxial writes: CNN among others are reporting the end of a hostage standoff at Building 44 of Johnson Space Center. The unidentified gunman took two hostages, and after a standoff with police on the second floor of the building apparently shot both of the hostages and himself. One of the hostages died at the scene and the other was rushed to a nearby hospital.

No doubt this one of several copycat incidents we can expect in the coming weeks.
The Internet

Submission + - Porn is now less popular on the Internet

Ant writes: "Digg shares a short story about how in America, the proportion of site visits that are pornographic is falling and people are flocking to sites categorized "net communities and chat" — chiefly social-networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook. Traffic to such sites is poised to overtake traffic to sex sites in America any day now..."

Submission + - Flash put to good use. User created content.

An anonymous reader writes: We're finally seeing Flash — now in its 9th version — being put to some good use. Meta driven it becomes what it promised years ago. This A List A Part article shows one aspect of it, enabling Joe User and his gardener too, to make their sites W2.0 savvy. I seriously like the idea behind where users upload images to create their own knowledge games with a pretty simple flash module. All in all a good time for us who stand with one leg in the designer arena, and the other on the developer scene.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Novell humor: Linux video shot at "Get a Mac&#

coondoggie writes: "This is great. Novell takes on the Get a Mac ads with a Linux video ad of its own. Here you'll see the usual suspects, PC and Mac kind of trading insults but they are interrupted by a pretty woman — Linux is her name and their destruction is her game. Or something like that. In addition here's a bonus Get a Mac ad that's a pretty funny shot at Microsoft's Vista security. 3"

Journal Journal: KDE 4.0 Release Schedule Finalised

The KDE Community and the release team have put together a release plan for the long anticipated version 4.0, which is planned to be released in October 2007. KDE 4.0 will be a major milestone for the Free Desktop, as it offers a new foundation and set of frameworks that will shape the desktop user experience for years to come. Users will benefit from improved speed through Qt 4, integration of hardware through Solid, multimedia performance via Phonon, usability enhancements by close collabor


Submission + - Scientists Question Global Temperature

Information Retrieval writes: Global temperature, a widely cited measure of global warming, is being challenged by Bjarne Andresen, a professor at The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with professors Christopher Essex from University of Western Ontario and Ross McKitrick from University of Guelph, Canada. According to 5101129.htm, the professors challenge the metric as

thermodynamically as well as mathematically an impossibility
I've also noticed that the wikipedia has no free standing, detailed definition or justification of the global temperature metric. Given that this is such a hot topic, I wondered if Slashdotters could elaborate on the physical basis for relating this particular metric to global warming.

UK Schools At Risk of Microsoft Lock-In 162

Robert writes "UK schools and colleges that have signed up to Microsoft Corp's academic licensing programs face the significant potential of being locked in to the company's software, according to an interim review by Becta, the UK government agency responsible for technology in education. The report also states that most establishments surveyed do not believe that Microsoft's licensing agreements provide value for money." In a separate report, Becta offered the opinion that schools should avoid Vista for at least another year, since neither Vista nor Office 2007 offers any compelling reasons for schools to upgrade.

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