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Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex Screenshot-sm 272

When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

Facebook Mafiosi Go To the Mattresses vs. Zynga 102

sympleko writes "Zynga has the lion's share of traffic in Facebook applications, and Mafia Wars is one of their most popular social games. Collapsing under the weight of over 26 million users, Zynga has been scrambling to thwart hard-core gamers who reverse-engineer URLs or script the game to optimize their enjoyment. Many of the workarounds have annoyed users who were accustomed to various game features, and even worse, the hastily-deployed changes have resulted in many players losing access to the game, in-game prizes, or statistics. Fed up with a software company seemingly bent on discouraging people from enjoying their product, a number of tagged players have organized a boycott of all Zynga games. The first 24-hour boycott on Sunday 12/13 resulted in an 11% decline in Daily Active Users, and an emergency thread on Zynga's forums (from which most of the flames were deleted). The current boycott, extending Wednesday through Sunday is being supported by a 428K strong Facebook group. At issue is the social contract between software companies and their devoted user base, as well as the nefarious tactics Zynga has used to raise cash."

Comment Re:Odd, then... (Score 2, Informative) 257

Nope. It would just take one swift hit normal to the plane of the ecliptic to cause the angle of inclination to steadily change until it was revolving backward. However, the inclination may still be changing for all I know.

Nope. Each swift hit (delta-momentum) results in a single orbit change. A hit normal to the ecliptic is the most efficient in terms of angle-of-inclination change, but it does not cause a continuing inclination change.

Comment Re:Obvious omission (Score 1) 103

Why not discuss the Apple apple logo and how it changed from Newton to rainbow colors to it's current stark white? IMO the most interesting logo story...

And why not the Chevy logo as well? This is an article about OS logos, not corporations' or car brands' logos.

Classic Games (Games)

A History of Early Text Adventure Games 130

HFKap writes "The earliest computer games were pure text and were passed around freely on the ARPANET, culminating in the 'cave crawls' Adventure and Dungeon. The advent of the home computer opened up a commercial market for text adventure games, though the limited resources of these machines presented significant technical problems. Many companies vied for success in this market, but the best-remembered today is Infocom, founded by a group from MIT. Infocom's virtual memory and virtual machine innovations enabled them to design extremely ambitious and creative games, which they dubbed Interactive Fiction (IF). Ultimately the text game lost its paying customers to the lure of graphical games, such as those produced by Sierra On-Line. This article is a dialogue between Harry Kaplan and Jimmy Maher, editor of the modern IF community's pre-eminent e-zine SPAG."

Comment Re:Likely cause... (Score 1) 464

I'm not sure I know a workaround without sending data to the station, either a codec or third party software that has a built-in decoder.Another day, another victory for DRM!

The same would be true of any other software that might be required that wasn't preloaded before launch, regardless of whether it was proprietary or open source, DRM'd or DRM-free. You people will mod up anything that has 'DRM' in it. It's pathetic.

Except that CD-ROM drives were explicitly made to play both data and music disks. That idea was lost, somehow, when making DVD drives for American laptops and American "region" DVDs.

Comment Re:Best was in Excel 4.0 (Score 2, Interesting) 233

I many times add easter eggs when I wrote commercial video games.

I added myself, and my GF (now wife) to Wayne's World (Gameboy.) http://www.cheatscodesguides.com/game-boy-cheats/waynes-world/

Then I added a complete racing game to Grid Runner (PS1, Saturn, W95.) http://www.cheatbook.de/cfiles/gridrunnerplaystation1.htm

And some other things, many still secret. Publishers don't like it so much these days.... kind of takes the fun out of writing games....


Comment Re:mental imagery in practice (Score 1) 165

Yes, but your dad's itch was in his missing part. If you had read TFS, you would have read she scratched her head with her phantom limb. If where she had perceived an itch was in the missing part... no, you can't perceive with a missing head.

She was asked to scratch her cheek. It wasn't a physical irritation, so it seems reasonable that the imagined itch could be relieved if the brain believed it was scratched.

This would also be true for itches caused by nonverbal body language expression. Your brain wants you to scratch your head, to signal puzzlement and thinking to those around you, so it suddenly makes you think that your head itches. See http://www.2knowmyself.com/body_language/body_language_state_of_confusion

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