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Comment Re:Cortex Command not finished? (Score 5, Informative) 217

I think the Braid and Cortex Command Linux ports were written specifically for the bundle. I tried out Braid for an hour earlier and didn't run into any issues, although what he said is true, you're stuck with arrow keys and space for the controls. Cortex Command seems to run pretty well and seems well polished for an alpha game. Cortex Command is one of those permanent alpha games (similar to Minecraft, but much older), and so I'd hope we get some way to redeem our bundle keys with its creator. Machinarium is a flash game, so it will run as well as you can run flash (fully maxing out one core in my case). Osmos is pretty fun, especially the gravity based levels, but I didn't play very far so I don't know if it gets stale. Revenge of the Titans is tower defense. It appears to be good, but this bundle hasn't been out long and I have more pressing matters to attend to than reviewing games. Oh, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans all come with soundtracks as well.
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Submission + - CyanogenMod 6.0 Released In To The Wild 8

Jeagoss writes: CyanogenMod is the leading open source replacement ROM for Android based phones. With the 6.0 release, a targeted 8 models of phones have been hit with version 2.2 (Froyo) of Google's Android operating system for mobiles. Have a rooted phone? Been wanting a reason for rooting your phone? Head on over to http://www.cyanogenmod.com/ and check out the forums. I think you'll be quite surprised.

Comment Re:why not a fine instead (Score 1) 577

I've seen it mar pistons and cylinder walls before. (A valve broke off and they tried to restart the engine. I guess you could still do a rebuild but it's going to cost more than a new engine.)

Anyways, my point was that people do the minimum they can until it bites them in the ass. I was voicing my support for the fine.

Comment Re:why not a fine instead (Score 1) 577

Of course, the problem here is that people don't feel they should pay for anything to do with a computer other than the price-tag they see when they go to BestBuy. They'll scream blue-murder if they're told that they actually have a responsibility, both financially and in how they operate their machine. Most people want to treat a computer the way they do their microwave oven, buy it, and if it breaks, replace it, but never, ever have to spend any time or money on maintenance.

To be honest, most people expect their cars to work in the same way. I can't count the number of times I've seen perfectly good engines ruined when the timing belt snapped because the owner hadn't had it changed at the proper time. Most people think oil changes are all a car should ever need.

Comment Re:How does this work in my positive-earth car? (Score 1) 792

I believe they are called "positive ground" (+ terminal of battery connected to chassis ground instead of - terminal) and yes they do exist.

not if you're English. (or your car is English) My car has a sticker under the hood (bonnet) that says "This vehicle is wired NEGATIVE EARTH" in big bold letters to make sure you know that before you try to hook up jumper cables.

On a related note, will these work on 6v vehicles? You'd probably have to buy a separate one that costs 10x as much in either case.

Businesses

Submission + - Twitter Users Can Now Buy Followers

Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that uSocial, a social media marketing company based in Australia, has launched a paid service to find followers for Twitter users for a fee of $87 for a block of 1,000. The company finds potential followers by searching through Twitter to discover areas of common interest to match people more closely. uSocial then send these potential followers a message, alerting them that there is someone on Twitter they might want to follow and the potential follower then decides whether or not to follow that person. "A woman who runs yoga classes is one of our clients," says Leon Hill, chief executive of uSocial,. "So are some religious organizations including one man that just wants to get the word out about God. Twitter started as a way for just friends to keep in touch, but as with any social media site once they get big, every business or marketer jumps on the bandwagon. It's an excellent marketing medium." Some commentators have expressed concerns that this sort of practice could lead to an increase in "Twitter spam", as users are bombarded with irrelevant tweets. "As a Twitter user, I only want to follow people whose tweets I like, and only expect to be followed by people who find my tweets worth the time," writes Harry McCracken, a technology expert. "I know that I'd rather have fifty engaged followers than 5,000 whose attention I had to pay for.""

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