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The Games Programmers Play 163

An anonymous reader writes "Cort Stratton, a developer who has worked on graphics code for many first-party PS3 games, wrote an article about the kinds of games that appeal to programmers. He covers coding-friendly games of varying depth, mentioning basics like RoboRally, RoboSport and Frozen Synapse before moving on to more complex options. Quoting: 'On the surface, SpaceChem has nothing to do with programming; it's merely a futuristic puzzle game in which you build factories that convert one or more input molecules into one or more output molecules. Each factory contains a pair of independent molecule manipulators (the game calls them "waldos") which follow a fixed path through the work area. Waldos can grab, drop, and rotate molecules, make and break chemical bonds between atoms, request new input molecules and submit output molecules. ... Don't be fooled! This isn't a game about chemistry; it's actually the closest thing I've ever seen to a low-level SPU programming simulator! Each factory is an SPU running a single task. The two waldos are the SPU's dual execution pipelines. Moving and editing molecules is analogous to reading, writing and operating on data in local store.'"

Comment Re:Group = Social Media? (Score 2) 200

Groupon just doesn't work for me. I live 40 minutes east of Atlanta(which has a very spread out metro area).

90% of their deals are for crap I would never buy(nails, massage, spa, etc.). Occasionally they have a 1/2 price meal deal, but they are all 40-60 miles away. Am I going to drive for 2 hours to save $15-$20 on a meal? Would you?

Maybe it works better for those living in more urban areas.

It's a pretty good idea, but $1 billion IPO. I'm not buying that bubble.

Comment Re:Normal (Score 1) 417

Ok, 7 yr and 20 month old children here. I'll reply to the first reference to 'Sesame'.

6 years ago I found a 'Sesame Street Baby' CD at a local discount store. My then young son loved it.

I loaned it out a few years ago and it was subsequently lost.

A few months ago I bought 'Sesame Street First Steps', which is basically the same game. You can find it for sale on other websites, and I would discount the negative reviews. They don't quite get it. It has keyboard and mouse games. I have a ~9 year old USB 1.1 track ball that I used for both my children initially, but they quickly picked up the accuracy of my laser mouse.

For fun and introducing them to computer controls, I haven't found anything better.

Of course, videos games for toddlers are not a baby sitter and I Always play this game with my child on my lap.


Growing A House From Meat 133

baosol writes "From the boundary-pushing team of archi-visionaries who brought us the fabulous Fab Tree Hab comes a new (and somewhat disgusting) way to grow a structure — using animal flesh! The In Vitro Meat Habitat is a futuristic concept home composed of meat cells grown in a lab. The creator of the concept, Mitchell Joachim, is a futurist with a twist– he says he is actually developing the concept in a lab."

North Korea's Own OS, Red Star 316

klaasb writes "North Korea's self-developed computer operating system, named 'Red Star,' was brought to light for the first time by a Russian satellite broadcaster yesterday. North Korea's top IT experts began developing the Red Star in 2006, but its composition and operation mechanisms were unknown until the internet version of the Russia Today TV program featured the system, citing the blog of a Russian student who goes to the Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang."
The Almighty Buck

Forrester Says Tech Downturn Is "Unofficially Over" 130

alphadogg writes "The US IT market will grow by 6.6% as high-tech spending rebounds in 2010, according to Forrester Research's latest estimates. The research firm based its projections on data reported for 2009, though its fourth quarter numbers are incomplete. Forrester says hints of a recovery surfaced in the third quarter, and now the company expects the global IT market to grow by 8.1% in 2010. Forrester's US and Global IT Market Outlook: Q4 2009 reads: 'The tech downturn of 2008 and 2009 is unofficially over, while the Q3 2009 data for the US and the global market showed continued declines in tech purchases (as we expected). We predict that the Q4 2009 data will show a small increase in buying activity, or at worst, just a small decline.'"

IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"

Over 160 Tutorial Videos Created For Unreal Dev Kit 48

As a follow-up to Epic Games' release of a free version of the Unreal Engine last month, the company has now posted over 160 video tutorials which demonstrate the various uses of the Unreal Development Kit. Roughly 20 hours of footage were created by technical education company 3D Buzz, with topics ranging from user interface to game physics to cinematics.

Comment Re:Not rabbit ears (Score 1) 265

This was my experience as well.

I've had a pair of rabbit ears(with loop) for years as backup as cable seems to be the first thing to go down in weather(That's why I stay with slower DSL; it never goes down here).

I picked up a Zenith Digital Converter box 3 weeks ago at a closing Circuit City for $10. Hooked it up to the TV and no signal. Added the rabbit ears and 18 channels of the best picture I've ever received. I'm about 30 miles outside of Atlanta.

I did notice some degradation(blocks and breakups) during heavy rain last week, but it might be a good backup After a storm passes through and knocks out the cable.

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