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Submission + - My Go-to Gaming Device: A Trusty Laptop (

Mike Rohde writes: "Over the past couple of decades, I’ve done a ton of gaming on PCs (including laptops and desktops), consoles, handhelds (e.g., PSP), and smartphones. When I first got my start working in the industry in a professional capacity back in 1997, I was working for Microsoft in the SideWinder gaming devices group. In the past 14 years, I’ve seen a lot of interfaces and devices come and go for various reasons, and I continue to see more on the horizon that are interesting — but are unlikely to stick. The same holds true for gaming platforms."

Submission + - Fukushima "illegal information" will be censored ( 2

dgilzz writes: The [japanese] government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send “letters of request” to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they “take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.

Submission + - Rumors of Higgs boson discovery at LHC (

Magnifico writes: LiveScience is reporting that scientists are abuzz over a controversial rumor that the 'God particle' has been detected by a particle-detection experiment at LHC at CERN.

The Higgs boson "rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic... The buzz started when an anonymous commenter recently posted an abstract of the note on Columbia University mathematician Peter Woit's blog, Not Even Wrong."

This could be a flat-out hoax or a statistical anomaly or... confirmation of the particle that bestows mass on all the other particles.


Submission + - Apple: We 'must have' comprehensive location data

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and iPad models are also keeping track of consumers whereabouts. Mac computers running Snow Leopard and even Windows computers running Safari 5 are being watched. But the question is why? "To provide the high quality products and services that its customers demand, Apple must have access to the comprehensive location-based information," Apple says.

Submission + - Father of CD's, Norio Ohga dies at 81 (

kaptink writes: Former Sony president and chairman Norio Ohga, credited with expanding the company from electronics hardware to software and entertainment and developing the compact disc, died Saturday at age 81. Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo, Sony said.

Submission + - EC2 outage shows how much the Net relies on Amazon

An anonymous reader writes: Much has been written about the recent EC2/EBS outage but Keir Thomas at PC World has a different take: it's shown how much cutting-edge Internet infrastructure relies on Amazon, and we should be grateful. FTA: "Amazon is a personification of the spirit of the Internet, which is one of true democracy, access to the means of distribution, and rapid evolution."

Comment Re:Why the silence? (Score 1) 234

I think this is the sentence in the license agreement that convinces people otherwise:
"Please remember, your right to use Solaris acquired as a download is limited to a trial of 90 days, unless you acquire a service contract for the downloaded Software."

Comment Yggdrasil, hacked up poorly (Score 1) 739

Installed Yggdrasil on my awesome new 486, 8 Megs of memory, 250 meg drive with the cool "ftape" tape drive.

Anyway, to shrink its memory footprint, I recompiled the kernel with no networking. When I noticed that there was still networking code in it, I took matters into my own hands and started ripping out all the networking code that remained.

After I compiled and booted THAT, it was noticeably smaller! But stuff like X quit working. Phooey.

Comment Re:One screen to rule them all (Score 1) 503

ASR-33? Off my lawn, punk. Fancy terminal-connected-to-the-computer boy.

My IBM 029 Card Punch soldiers on and has the added bonus of providing scorecards for cutthroat domino games and bookmarks for when I'm busting massive core dumps. And I can load up bitching programs on the drum.

And it's even "green"! After you're done with one side of the card, you can turn it over and punch the other side.

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