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Submission + - The Gary Gygax Memorial (

Allen Varney writes: My Escapist article 'The Tower of Gygax: Honoring the man who started everything' outlines efforts to build a monument to D&D co-creator Gary Gygax in his home town, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Two squabbling factions of Gygax's heirs, who get along like the Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea, have independent projects. They've reached a truce, but they don't yet have a site or a final design.

Comment Re:Poor Design (Score 4, Insightful) 150

Took me 2 minutes to come up with that.

Uh-huh. And in the two years the professional CoH designers and coders were thinking daily about this problem, in their two years of doubtless intensive meetings, not one of them ever once considered your idea. Right? The only possible alternative is that perhaps your two-minute inspiration isn't a perfect solution -- that it may even have unsuspected shortcomings. Nah, that couldn't be. Yeah, they're just dumb.

Comment Incessant Acrobat JavaScript nagging (Score 4, Interesting) 211

It's fine that Adobe recommends disabling JavaScript in Acrobat, but it would be nice if, once you disable JavaScript, Acrobat didn't thereupon constantly nag you to re-enable it "from now on for all documents" every time you open a .PDF. "It looks like you've disabled JavaScript! Can we please turn it back on forever, you poor ignorant dimwitted user you?"

Comment Steve Pavlina's dream - synchronicity (Score 1) 532

Don't know if anyone saw this post yesterday by Steve Pavlina on his "Personal Development for Smart People" blog. At the end of a long postmortem about his recent "juice feast" experiment, he described a vivid dream he'd had the week before:

I had a dream that I was taking a class at some school. This school was having budget challenges, so they decided to sell advertising to raise more money. There was an ad network, similar to Google Adsense (actually it could have been Adsense), that placed context-sensitive ads on school assignments. So the teacher of any class could upload an exam to this ad network, the exam would be scanned, and context-sensitive ads would be provided to be printed on the exam. Then the school would get some money based on how many students were in the class to see these ads. For placing a single ad on an exam or assignment, the classroom might earn an extra $5 for its budget. So over the course of a year, each class could earn well over $100 in ad revenue for the school. These are fairly non-intrusive logo/branding ads, so the students wouldn't be overly distracted from seeing ads on their exams and other assignments. [...]
If this dream vision catches on the real world -- there's no reason it can't be done with today's technology -- you might see a little note at the top of your biology exam that says, "Sponsored by Scientific American." Or maybe you're taking a computer programming class, and one of your assignments includes a student discount coupon for a popular programming library. [...].
Would you tolerate context-sensitive ads on your class assignments? What if it meant you paid lower tuition -- or all your textbooks were free? What if it meant your school could afford better educational resources? What if it meant your teachers were better compensated? And what if the department chairs and/or teachers had the discretion of being able to accept or reject individual ads, so they never approved anything they felt was inappropriate?
You know⦠this doesn't sound like such a crazy idea after all.


Submission + - Database design tools for Linux

FredDC writes: I am looking for a database design tool for Linux, but so far I haven't been able to find anything good. I was wondering what other people are using?
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Submission + - Angband GPL dream almost real

konijn writes: Angband is together with Nethack and ADOM one of the 5 big roguelikes. Ever since january 20, 1997 the maintainers have been dual licensing their code and now we are looking to find the last of the missing contributors to get it 100% GPL. We need your help to find these last people and get them to support our GPL initiative! You can find more information here : , the list of missing people is here : t.html

Submission + - High altitude wind farms?

An anonymous reader writes: Why plant a rotor on the ground to generate electricity in fickle, turbulent surface winds? Here is a possible green-friendly solution that is far above any other in reality as well as in concept:

From the site: "Here we are with very high gasoline prices, now starting to pay real attention to global warming, and seriously considering nuclear fission, with all its dangers from both accident and terrorist attack, as the best potential solution. And yet the energy we need is only a few miles above us in tremendous quantity, it is clean, non global warming energy, potentially more economical than nuclear, and we are ignoring it."

A flying wind farm might just be the way to go to lower our reliance such energy producing staples as fossil fuels and their immediate pollution, the admittedly intermittent production from solar or ground-level winds, and the long-term storage concerns of nuclear waste.

Submission + - NFL cheerleader is also NASA engineer

A Smitten Rocket Scientist writes: As reported in Sports Illustrated, Summer Williams is a full time aerospace engineer who works on the International Space Station. But she's got a side gig as a cheerleader for the Houston Texans! The fantasy woman of Slashdot readers everywhere actually exists....

Submission + - Re-shipping scams skyrocketting

sorry-scammed-loser writes: A new online threat, reshipping fraud, is emerging in the form of a massive organized crime ring that is recruiting people in the US and Europe as "shipment handlers", and having them re-ship items to Russia. The criminals are using stolen Visa card details to pay for shipments from many large retail and auction sites (including and, and having the items shipped to their recruits who re-ship them to addresses they have been provided with. I personally lost a laptop this way that I had auctioned on ebay — I shipped the laptop after verifying that the funds had been deposited into my PayPal account, and two days later was contacted by PayPal who said that the account holder had not authorized the transaction. Now I have no money and no laptop. In my case, the scammers had recruited my re-shipper through an online job posting site, which pointed her to a legit-looking website called that claims to operate offices in Minnesota and the UK (but is hosted in Belize). This reads like an episode of "24"... Please get the word out about this scam, at this point consumer education is the best protection against perpetuation of these scams.

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