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Submission + - Australia could finally get R18+ games (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Australia might finally get an adults only, R18+ classification for computer games, with the federal government releasing a discussion paper summarising the key arguments for and against an R 18+ classification. Submissions are currently being sought from the community on whether the Australian National Classification Scheme should include an R18+ category for computer and video games. In the past the board responsible for classifying games and movies has banned some titles outright because of the lack of an adults only classification — Aliens Vs. Predator is just the most recent in a long line. The Attorney-General's report on the issue can be downloaded here."

Comment Re:I see it coming... (Score 1) 419

Seumas you have no idea how much I agree with you on this one.

Last time a similar story was posted (couldn't find the link), somebody brought up that autism/aspergers as being the new "chic" diagnosis....it has everything a parents wants, an excuse to justify their child's behavioral issues as a manifestation of a disability which allows them to absolve themselves of any parenting failures with a label that's associated with high intelligence.

To the GP, as the parent of a severely autistic child this isn't at all reprehensible, providing autistic individuals with any kind of vocational/technical training is doing them, and their family/caregiver, a huge service. We just hope that Rachel will have an opportunity like this some day.

Comment UDF Infrared Lines (Score 1) 95

I took the extra large web image and decided to draw some lines to connect large (12 pixel or more), bright (50% luminous) objects together. The point was to try to find large regions of relatively dark sky in the image. Why? The original deep field images were taken upon "black" sky to see what really long exposures could find. Now with the ultra deep field images, it's plenty clear that most "black" sky has lots of galaxies visible. So, in the future, it'd probably be a good idea to take an ultra deep field image of a "black" part of the ultra deep field image just to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Besides, the images are pretty.

Hubble UDF Infrared with lines connecting large, bright objects

The same as above, but with the large, bright objects colored to better differentiate what counts as "large, bright objects"

PS - I used two slightly different, slowish python scripts to do the actual drawing. I'll post them as well, if anyone is interested.

Comment Re:Not more safe (Score 1) 611

sudo is a command. Not an account. Besides, if the user account has a poor password, then chances are that one of these is true:
a) The user and root accounts have the same password.
b) The root account has a different but similarly insecure password.
c) The user made a file with the root password:
    i) The file has mode 660, so all you need is the user's password
    ii) The file has mode 666, so all you need is nobody access.
d) The user somehow managed to get /bin/bash (or something similar) setuid (mode 4755).

Comment Re:Not more safe (Score 1) 611

So how often do you download a package from somewhere, unpack it, and go line by line through the source to make sure it's safe before installing it on your box? Probably not very often, because that would be a huge pain and even most Linux users won't be able to understand the code well enough to make a good judgment. On a server box, you'll likely stick to production repositories direct from your vendor, so the risk of malware is low, but I'm sure most people have downloaded packages from third parties for their desktop systems and run them without being absolutely sure they were safe. With Linux, you can get away with this because none of the malware writers care enough about Linux to port their software to it, but they certainly would if it gained significant market share.

Review Scores the "Least Important Factor" When Buying Games 169

A recent report from a games industry analyst suggests that among a number of factors leading to the purchase of a video game — such as price, graphics and word of mouth — the game's aggregated review score is the least important measure. Analyst Doug Creutz said, "We believe that while Metacritic scores may be correlated to game quality and word of mouth, and thus somewhat predictive of title performance, they are unlikely in and of themselves to drive or undermine the success of a game. We note this, in part, because of persistent rumors that some game developers have been jawboning game reviewers into giving their games higher critical review scores. We believe the publishers are better served by spending their time on the development process than by 'grade-grubbing' after the fact."

Computer Games and Traditional CS Courses 173

drroman22 writes "Schools are working to put real-world relevance into computer science education by integrating video game development into traditional CS courses. Quoting: 'Many CS educators recognized and took advantage of younger generations' familiarity and interests for computer video games and integrate related contents into their introductory programming courses. Because these are the first courses students encounter, they build excitement and enthusiasm for our discipline. ... Much of this work reported resounding successes with drastically increased enrollments and student successes. Based on these results, it is well recognized that integrating computer gaming into CS1 and CS2 (CS1/2) courses, the first programming courses students encounter, is a promising strategy for recruiting and retaining potential students." While a focus on games may help stir interest, it seems as though game development studios are as yet unimpressed by most game-related college courses. To those who have taken such courses or considered hiring those who have: what has your experience been?

Comment Re:Where's the... (Score 1) 507

That would be all well and good if the application of law was actually clearly dictated to solve a problem.

However, if you've ever watched a court case involving a victim (or a victim's family), especially one with a jury and ESPECIALLY one involving the media, the closing statement is always hinged on "help the victim feel that justice was done". And inevitably, the jury decision hinges strongly on the victim (and family) on the stand, crying about how they won't ever feel whole until this crazy man is locked up forever.

On the macro and philosophical level the justice system may be about solving a problem, but on the micro psychological level, it's about revenge and retribution.

While I don't necessarily disagree with you, I just want to make sure you understand that when you consider both sides.

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