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Comment Re:Kids are waaaaay more tech savvy than parents (Score 1) 568

I'll give personal testimony with regards to web development. My 11 year old (now 13) was able to open the grade page, save it as html, edit the html (change his grade), then open that page in the browser directly.

Mom was fooled (until I explained it).
I was proud.

Granted this isn't "web development", but it has a passable similarity.

Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."
The Almighty Buck

Letting Customers Decide Pricing On Game DLC 156

An anonymous reader writes "How much should game developers be charging for DLC? It seems that one indie dev has decided to carry out a unique experiment. The latest expansion pack for Gratuitous Space Battles is priced at $5.99 — or is it? It turns out there is both a standard ($5.99) version and a discount version ($2.99). And the difference between them is... nothing. The buyers have been left to make their own decisions on whether or not they should pay full price, and send more money to the developer, or treat themselves to a deserved discount. The buy page even lists comparisons of national incomes, average salaries and even the price of sausages to help buyers make up their minds. Will this catch on? Will Microsoft start asking us whether or not we should get a discount and trust us to answer honestly?"

The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"
PC Games (Games)

Valve's Battle Against Cheaters 336

wjousts writes "IEEE Spectrum takes a look behind the scenes at Valve's on-going efforts to battle cheaters in online games: 'Cheating is a superserious threat,' says [Steam's lead engineer, John] Cook. 'Cheating is more of a serious threat than piracy.' The company combats this with its own Valve Anti-Cheat System, which a user consents to install in the Steam subscriber agreement. Cook says the software gets around anti-virus programs by handling all the operations that require administrator access to the user's machine. So, how important is preventing cheating? How much privacy are you willing to sacrifice in the interests of a level playing field? 'Valve also looks for changes within the player's computer processor's memory, which might indicate that cheat code is running.'"

Comment Re:The problem ain't quantity... (Score 1) 1073

Were any of you in band? There was a "first chair" idea. Essentially, the best people were ranked highest. Skill was determined anonymously. At any time, you were able to improve or lose rank.

Why can't we simply do something like this in all subjects? The best brains are all grouped together and given the most attention. If anyone in that group can't keep up, they drop down to the next group down. If anyone in the lower group wants to improve, and is able to, they're welcome to.

Why can't we implement something like this, if we really want to be competitive in the world. Yes, it would hurt the feelings of the kids that weren't in the top group, but only if we keep telling everyone (starting at birth) that you can be anything you want to be. (I want to be a world-class sprinter, but I don't think that's going to happen no matter how much I work on it.)

The pace being slow isn't necessarily the fault of the teacher, it's the fault of our expecting the best minds to be grouped with the middle minds.
Role Playing (Games)

Ubisoft To Shut Down Shadowbane 74

tyen writes "Ubisoft has announced the shutdown of Shadowbane, the first major, fantasy role-playing MMO with true PVP (full asset destruction possible). The shutdown will take place in about two weeks, at the start of May. No official reason has been given by Ubisoft, but running an MMO for free for the past three years, with no significant improvement in market growth during that period, could play a part in the decision. There's been no response from Ubisoft yet on calls to open source the code. "

Comment Re:The cost does seem high (Score 1) 409

Due to the cost and limited use, I chose not to store the cord blood. I also saw the donation option and thought that an interesting and fair middle ground would be for the donation centers to pay for the processing, and in return, you keep rights to the blood for X years. After that time, they take ownership of it. I just figured that if they really had use for it, they could cover the costs using economies of scale, and I would still have the option to use the blood if needed. Everyone would end up better off.

Comment Re:What's missing... (Score 1) 82

I prefer disks to DLC. There are many reasons to prefer a disk too. For me, I can move the game to either of my 360's without being online. Or, if I don't like the content, I can sell it or give it away.

I agree that the disk swapping sucks, but they could work around that easily enough by making you do it just once a month (to verify you still have the disk).

Of course, the real reason they won't offer $50 DLC is that when most people spend that kind of money, they want something to have and to hold -- a new game package.

Comment Re:Different pockets, same taxpayers' money (Score 1) 1026

I agree with you. You easily have enough time to read everything and understand it. Just signing whatever someone gives you is begging for trouble.

When I sat down to close on my first house, they brought in that stack of papers and a couple of pens. The lady from the title company immediately flipped to the first signing spot and slid the packet to me.

I closed the packet and started reading on page one. The lady looked incredulously at me. After I read the first page and flipped to the second, she huffed and asked me, "Are you going to read that entire thing?".

My response to her was, "Only the parts I'm supposed to sign." (To those who don't know, you end up signing or initialing just about every page.)

Comment Re:I worked 9/80 for 4 summers (Score 5, Interesting) 1055

I've worked 9/80's for a couple of years. They're great! It's nice to have a weekday off because you can easily get through a weekend's errands in a day because of the lower crowds, and in my case, no kids to slow me.

As for management respecting the day -- that's like any off-day. You have to enforce it yourself. I've been asked to work on my 9/80 day, and never had a problem agreeing to it. I just swapped it for a different day. Management loved my flexibility (in when I took a day off).

Comment Re:Get a life (Score 1) 356

Absolutely right!!! It's not Nintendo's fault at all!!! Obviously it's a design flaw with the TV, as my Wii was made to use with the TV. Heck, the TV even has matching pluggy-things that the Wii fits into. Coincidence!? I think not.

Once one of my 3 kid breaks the TV, I'll be suing the maker of the TV.

Ps, nice to meet you MrSmith. It's always nice to meet someone slower than I am. It only took me 3 kids to figure out what was causing them. ;)

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