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Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up 279

Eric writes "After over a year of development, Minecraft has hit Beta status today. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 17, 2009. With the new milestone, the price of the game has increased to €14.95; when Minecraft moves beyond beta status, it will sell for €20.00. The beta is more focused on polish and content. The aim is to add proper modding support via a stable API, some kind of non-intrusive narrative to help drive the game experience early on, and a late-game goal. Updates will be less frequent, so as to make sure stability is maintained thanks to more extended testing. Despite this, there have already been two beta releases: client and server Beta 1.0 followed quickly by client 1.0_01."

Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters 610

No longer satisfied with your crinkled doctor's note, a growing number of corporations are hiring "Hooky Detectives." Private investigator Rick Raymond says he's staked out bowling alleys, pro football games, weddings and even funerals looking for people using sick days. From the article: "Such techniques have become permissible at a time when workers are more likely to play hooky. Kronos, a workforce productivity firm in Chelmsford, Mass., recently found that 57 percent of salaried employees take sick days when they're not sick — almost a 20 percent increase from statistics gathered between 2006 and 2008."

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

Comment Re:The SPARCplug (Score 1) 366

I will never, ever buy a game console. But I would buy something like a SPARCplug or PCIe card which gave my Mac the capability play PS3 or XBox 360 Games natively.

I'd also love to see other CPUs available in this form factor to open access for development... but that's a different story.

Comment This is everyone I associate with (Score 2, Interesting) 398

Everyone who is a close friend of mine has these sorts of hobbies. My closest friend has built a complete sleep lab in his home, complete with a sensory isolation tank. This is just part of an extended effort on his part to more fully understand and explore his dreaming and other alternate states of mind.

In my opinion the most interesting things going on now are in biology and that's sort of home lab I am building.

Comment Re:The Insecurity of OpenBSD (Score 4, Informative) 143

Oh come on now... The title is inflammatory and tone is combative. Unsurprisingly the discussion at guy's blog degenerates pretty quickly.

I don't really disagree with most of his central points: Secure by default isn't really useful to most people; OpenBSD needs more security features than older UNIX ones; and the OpenBSD team does themselves a huge disservice with their "not invented here" syndrome... But really the whole thing could be been written with a more professional tone and fostered a lot more constructive discussion.

Comment Re:Something is wrong here... (Score 1) 161

My experience with Telekom Austria and UPC/iNode has not been substantially different.. and actually not all that different from AT&T/Mindspring in America. So my feeling is that this is entrenched telecoms firms and not formerly state run firms.

I'd love to get 24e (Fiber) but my property management company won't have anything to do with it.

Comment For me at least (Score 1) 63

I made you a friend ages ago for a feisty and factually accurate response to some repugnant and delusional hater (could have very well been Pudge, I don't remember). I don't particularly view the Slashdot relationship naming system as meaningful... it's just a way to sort the competent & interesting people from the clueless, the highly propagandized, or the unpleasantly extreme.

Clearly it isn't a lack of comments that slashdot suffers from.. it's separating the wheat from the chafe and the mod system is frequently not effective for this purpose. Truth be known, the relationship system is not a whole lot better.

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