Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - 12 year old develops a Braille Printer from Lego (

An anonymous reader writes: Developed by Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. BRAIGO is a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. This concept slashes the price of a printer from more than $2000 to $350. Thus giving a more cost effective printer for the disadvantaged. Additionally he plans to give the design and code for free download.
ref: http://sociotechnocrat.kinja.c...

Comment Re:The Mutt's Nuts (Score 1) 39

At this point, wouldn't a Broken Sword movie most assuredly end up as just a ripoff of The DaVinci Code?

Maybe, but I think the Gabriel Knight games (particularly the third, Blood Of The Sacred Blood Of the Damned) would be closer to the subject matter of the DaVinci Code, what with the bloodline of Christ, etc.

I always preferred the Gabriel Knight games to Broken Sword, but maybe that's just because I played them first. Beneath a Steel Sky rocks though, if only because it plays fine on my crappy work computer, and my boss sits where she can't see my screen :)

Social Networks

Submission + - Grammarians versus semi-literate college students (

pthompson writes: This spat started with complaints [by residents of this well-to-do London suburb] about the poor grammar in postings [by college students], but some are suggesting that the editors of the local rag delete semi-literate comments. Is grammar still important in the world of the Internet? Would there be justification in censuring semi-literate students?
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Where are all the classic Western games?

mr_sifter writes: "The recent release of 3:10 to Yuma and Seraphim Falls has put the Western back in the public eye. In a column on Custom PC, one gamer points out that Westerns had the key plot elements of computer games sorted out long before the first games even appeared: the hero is good with a gun, looks mean and moody and doesn't say a lot. Then he shoots loads of baddies and when it's over, he rides off into the sunset. Given this, you'd think the Wild West and games would be a perfect match. But that's not the case. The article wonders why, when the Wild West has inpsired so many classic movies, there aren't any decent Western computer games."
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Pls take Killacycle story down (

Wolfgang Gruener writes: Can you guys please take take Killacycle story offline for 20 minutes, so we can prepare our server for the traffic — right now, we can't even touch our server anymore because of the constant, enormous load. Thanks! Wolfgang PS: Thanks for the link!

Submission + - Cheapy 'n Nifty Desktop DR Solution! (

JimmyTheSnakester writes: Paying for a Warm-Site DR Solution for your Users? Lots of Desktops that are going to waste sitting there idle? Then offload them, and go down the linux-boot route! Here's a cool solution to the problems of Warm-Site Disaster Recovery, or even to add to your risk mitigation for compliance. Create your desktops in a VMWare and boot them on any PCs you go out any buy! No worrying about drivers or incompatibilities — it's JeOS in reverse!

Submission + - Is Blocking Ads Wrong?

speaker of the truth writes: Slashdotters will often say that downloading television shows is copyright infringement and morally wrong as it stops the companies from gaining ad revenue. However often slashdotters say that blocking advertisements on websites is a great thing to do. So I'm wondering, once and for all, what do slashdotters think on the issue of avoiding advertisements? Are ad-blockers for websites and fastforwarding television ads morally wrong? If not, what difference is there between doing that and simply downloading a copy of the television show and deleting it after watching it?

Submission + - NASA OSS Release: General Mission Analysis Tool (

Steven Hughes writes: "NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased to announce the immediate availability of open source software for space mission analysis and trajectory design. The General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) has been under development by NASA, in partnership with Thinking Systems, Inc., for four years, and is an ongoing technology development effort. GMAT is offered free of charge to use, modify, and share as described under the terms of the NASA Open Source Agreement. We are excited that this release is the start of a long term effort to work with the space community to develop and apply space mission design technology. While GMAT has undergone extensive testing and is mature software, we consider the software to be in Beta form. We are in the process of performing significant testing to prepare GMAT for operational use. This is a one time announcement. For further information, please visit the project web site: To receive future announcements, please subscribe to the project mailing list: info"

India Decides to Vote "No" For OOXML 120

Indian writes to mention that after an intense meeting at Delhi's Manak Bhawan the 21-member technical committee has decided to vote against Microsoft's Open Office Extensible Mark Up Language (OOXML) standard at the September meeting of the International Standards Organization (ISO). "Microsoft said it respects the government's decision. 'There were only three options "Yes", "No" and "Abstain" to be taken and we respect the government's decision,' Microsoft's legal affairs head Rakesh Bakshi said. He, however, added that India's 'No' vote will become a 'Yes' if Microsoft is able to resolve all technical issues with OOXML before the ballot resolution committee of ISO."

Submission + - Whats in a name? 3

StumpMan writes: "The company I work with currently has eight servers, and just recently purchased two more. We expect to add an additional five within the next year. The naming of the servers has been based upon what application is the main one on each box. I've seen various naming schemes, from Star Trek to Greek Mythology. I am wanting to get the naming under some kind of control, but have been told to 'hold off' by management. My question is this, what are some naming conventions, and at what point should we come up with a 'standard' for the names?"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock full of DRM: PC Gamer editor locked out

An anonymous reader writes: it appears that 2K Interactive have added DRM to the much anticipated Bioshock which requries on-line activation and limits you to two installs. In theory you gain an install back when you uninstall, but this is not currently working.

From the PCGamer blog
"So we installed on one machine, then uninstalled and installed on another with no problems. So far, so good. I got in about an hour of play time, but I do the majority of my game playing at home, where I've got my heavy-duty gaming rig set up, so I was really looking forward to bringing it home with me. I uninstalled the game from my work machine and happily headed home...but when I got there and went to activate, I was stopped dead by a failure message that informed me I'd installed with this code one time too many. What... the... $%~&!"

This DRM is NOT mentioned on the packaging of the game, or the EULA. How far do they think they can push their paying customers when they pull crap like this?

Slashdot Top Deals

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.