Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Music By Natural Selection 164

maccallr writes "The DarwinTunes experiment needs you! Using an evolutionary algorithm and the ears of you the general public, we've been evolving a four bar loop that started out as pretty dismal primordial auditory soup and now after >27k ratings and 200 generations is sounding pretty good. Given that the only ingredients are sine waves, we're impressed. We got some coverage in the New Scientist CultureLab blog but now things have gone quiet and we'd really appreciate some Slashdotter idle time. We recently upped the maximum 'genome size' and we think that the music is already benefiting from the change."

Treading the Fuzzy Line Between Game Cloning and Theft 235

eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

Comment Re:FOSS, maybe? (Score 1) 259

People never mention Miranda because I imagine most people want to just install an IM app and start using it - not spend hours hunting down necessary plugins and tweaking it just to give it basic functionality.

That being said, I LOVE the concept of Miranda - it's just too much work and too much of a pain in the butt to bother with.

Comment Re:The radio industry is dying... (Score 1) 629

No DJs between 6pm and 6am? You don't know how truly lucky you are. I -wish- our radio stations had no DJs for any period of time, you get more of their inane babbling (whatever happened to entertaining, witty DJs?) than you get music. I'm just glad there's a Jack FM station here so I can at least hear SOME music on the radio.

Comment Re:Look into the crystal ball (Score 1) 195

As someone who has to charge her phone multiple times a day I can say that something as simple as leaving an IM client running in the background takes a HUGE hit on the G1's already pathetic battery, if nothing else.

That is, assuming Android's brain dead memory manager keeps the program running in the first place, and doesn't decide to just kill it off for some reason.

Comment Re:While I haven't ever used Android (Score 1) 263

While Android may not be nearly as mature as Windows Mobile - from my own experience it's vastly inferior to Microsoft's product It has potential, but it still has a ways to go. Granted, my own experience may be influenced by the fact that HTC decided to make the G1 a fairly sub-par platform for Android, giving it next to no storage and leaving it very little ram to run apps after Android sucks up the majority of it - but the same hardware running WinMo would be able to do so much more.
United States

Submission + - U.S. Science and Engineering Research Flattens (nsf.gov)

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "The National Science Foundation is reporting that the number of published U.S. science and engineering articles plateaued in the 1990s, despite continued increases in funding and personnel for research and development. This came after two decades of continued growth. Since then, flattening has occurred in nearly all U.S. research disciplines and types of institutions. In contrast, Asian and EU research had significant increases in this period. They do point to one positive for the US, however: article quality. According to one of the researchers, 'the more often an article is cited by other publications, the higher quality it's believed to have. While citation is not a perfect indicator, U.S. publications are more highly cited than those from other countries.'"

Slashdot Top Deals

My idea of roughing it is when room service is late.