Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. ×

Submission + - Diplomatic cables made searchable (aftenposten.no)

Rakshasa Taisab writes: "The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten who claims to have had unfettered access to the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables have in the past couple of months published a large number of articles independently of WikiLeaks news partners. A searchable database of the cables has now been made available for public consumption."

Submission + - Google to support or oppose DRM on HTML5 video? (mozillazine.org)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Mozilla has committed to not implement DRM in Firefox for WebM HTML5 video even though it is theoretically possible. Microsoft has asked Google and the WebM community several other questions that still have not been answered, but this one seems more important: will Google commit to keeping WebM in Chrome DRM-free? Does our community think that is important for the open web and free software?"

Submission + - Digital currency + GPU = free money (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: How can unwanted GPU cycles earn you money? Easy sign up, run a program and get paid for the compuation. But what are you being paid to compute?
The explanation turns out to be mind-boggling economics and a touch of cryptography. As a digital currency, Bitcoin, undergoes controlled inflation there is money to be made in solving a simple hashing problem.

Comment Re:Problem is... (Score 1) 188

I also had this problem. I tried DarkBasic, XNA and a few others and had a hard enough time getting a object to render let alone implement game logic.

I found Unity via Kotaku and messed around with it for a day and fell in love with it. I was amazed by how easy it was to do the some simple things that I could not figure out with XNA. Something as simple as making one object follow another was as simple as creating 2 primitives and assigning a a 5 line script to the follower.

I have become distracted by the new WoW expansion but over the next week I'm going to try and build a simple tower defense game to learn the scripting better.

You can also check into the UDK but I found Unity alot simpler to start with.

PlayStation (Games)

Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates 454

donniebaseball23 writes "After discovering that electronics retailer Best Buy was charging ignorant customers $30 for the 'service' of installing updated firmware on PS3s, IndustryGamers got word from the company on its policy. Best Buy sees no problem with charging for this convenience, even though it's something Sony provides to PS3 owners completely free. 'While many gamers can handle firmware upgrades easily on their own, those customers who do want help can get it from Geek Squad, and we continue to evaluate this offering to ensure it meets their needs. The service goes beyond a firmware updates, and includes user account setup, parental control setup and other components,' a representative said."
The Internet

Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads? 591

Max Sayre writes "Have you ever tried to download an operating system update only to have it fail and have to start all over? What about patches for your favorite games? World of Warcraft already uses Bittorrent technology as a way to distribute large amounts of content at a lower cost to the company and faster speeds to all of their clients. So why haven't they replaced the standard downloading options built into any major OS? Companies like Opera are including the downloading of torrents in their products already and extensions have been written for Firefox to download torrents in-browser. Every day Bittorrent traffic is growing. Sites like OpenBittorrent already exist and DHT doesn't even require a tracker. So why isn't everyone doing it? Is it finally time to see all downloads replaced with Bittorrent?"

Comment Re:We live in a multimedia word (Score 1) 414

When I was in high school, there was no sci fi at all on any of the reading lists unless you want to count 1984, which isn't really sci fi. This is not because there were no great sci fi novels, this was only back in the mid 90s, but because all the crusty academics that put together these lists can't consider anything made after their birth to be good to read.

I agree. There was too much 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'A Tale of Two Cities' for my taste in high school. I was lucky and got to read 'Lord of the Flys' instead of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and at least that was somewhat interesting. I dont know why, at the very least, '2001: A Space Odyssey' is not on every high school's reading list. At least that would give students a taste of sci-fi.

Comment Re:Shame the ground game sucks. (Score 2, Interesting) 62

I enjoyed the time I spent with the game. I got one character to max level and did a few raids all in my first free month. I tried to level a second character but I was doing the exact same missions in mostly the exact same way as my first character (I did not touch Klink cause I hate pvp).

I still plan on coming back for season two and enjoy all the cool additions (ready rooms for one).

I enjoy the time I spend with STO but it does not have the staying power that WoW or Final Fantasy for me.

Slashdot Top Deals

We are Microsoft. Unix is irrelevant. Openness is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.