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Comment Re:seems to be missing a few points (Score 1) 828

But he seems actually worried mainly about tenured professors who are doing good research, because they aren't paying enough attention to teaching. Good teachers need to exist, but so do good researchers--- the problem with today's university is not that there are too many good senior researchers. If anything, the opposite.

The problem is researchers and teachers get jumbled into the same mass when it comes to advertising. Having the best theoretical physicists doing research does nothing for an physics undergrad.


Peter Molyneux On Developmental Experimentation 55

Gamasutra reports on a talk given at GDC by Peter Molyneux, founder of Lionhead Studios and designer of games such as Black & White and Fable. Molyneux discussed some of the experimentation that went into the development of their various games. Quoting: "After his overview of the process, Molyneux demonstrated a number of actual experiments. He began by showing an early version of Fable II's dog, which he himself designed and which ended up factoring heavily into the full game. 'This is probably one of the most valuable experiments we ever did,' he said. Using the original Fable engine, the team asked itself, 'Why don't we think how the dog can actually move and be a companion to the player?' They decided to focus on exploring what a dog would do, rather than try to slot a canine into existing typical video game companion tasks. This led to the mechanic of the dog running out in front of the player, rather than beside or behind the player as most game AI companions are positioned, which had a huge impact on the dog's role."
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Submission + - Top 10 Wackiest Conspiracy Theories

An anonymous reader writes: Dinosauroid-like Alien Reptiles are dominating the World, Apollo 11 Moon Landings were faked by NASA, September 11 was orchestrated by the U. S. government, Barcodes are really intended to Control people, Microsoft sends messages on Wingdings Font, U.S. military caused the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, The Nazis had a Moon Base, Kentucky Fried Chicken makes black men impotent? All these "facts" explored...

Submission + - Linux is Boring (

eldavojohn writes: "Now, before you release the hounds and flood my e-mail account with hatemail and death threats, it should be noted that this sentiment was expressed on the opening day of LinuxWorld 2007 by none other than Andrew Morton himself. Believe it or not, the title of this article & story is a compliment to Linux & its creators. What do you look for when you buy software to run your services and datacenters? Are you excited about the possible endless nights you could spend wondering what the hell is going on inside the OS? Are you tantalized with the curiosity of whether or not drivers have been written yet for your hardware? I think the answers to those are 'no.' Nobody's looking for excitement & adventure in computing when they buy software and that's precisely why calling Linux boring, predictable, mature & stable is the most impressive award you can give a piece of software. Maybe if your system administrator is Harrison Ford, they're looking for a little bit of excitement but the general consensus is that boring is good."

Submission + - Porn Company Sues Microsoft (

eboluuuh writes: In a turn for the illogic, pornographic image company Perfect 10 has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in which they allege that the software giant is infringing on its copyrighted work by showing thumbnails of their images in search results. According to, Perfect 10 tried the same angle with Amazon and Google, which were both unsuccessful. Perfect 10 is also up in arms because the MSN Image Search returns links to other websites who also infringes on their copyright. "Microsoft is showing tens of thousands of extremely valuable celebrity images, along with Perfect 10 images, without authorization, which it obtains from hundreds if not thousands of pirate websites," alleges Norm Zada, president of Perfect 10.

Submission + - Vista prevents users from playing high-def content (

jbrodkin writes: "The restrictive content protection rules in Windows Vista still prevent users from playing high-definition content, more than half a year after the operating system's release, researcher Peter Gutmann said at USENIX this week. The specifications are intended to protect Hollywood copyrights, but even home movies can be blacked out by Vista because camcorders are increasingly becoming capable of shooting in HD. And that's not the only problem: Vista content protection requires so much extra encryption that system performance is being harmed significantly, Gutmann says. Since Vista lacks numerous security features that could protect users from online attacks, Gutmann wonders why Microsoft seems more intent on protecting the rights of Hollywood than the rights of its customers."
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Submission + - It's not cheating if it happens in Second Life. ( 2

ElvaWSJ writes: "While his wife, Sue, watches television in the living room, Ric Hoogestraat chats online with what appears on the screen to be a tall, slim redhead. He's never met the woman outside of Second Life, but their relationship has taken on curiously real dimensions. They own two dogs, pay a mortgage together and spend hours shopping at the mall and taking long motorcycle rides. This May, when Mr. Hoogestraat, 53, needed real-life surgery, the redhead cheered him up with a private island that cost her $120,000 in the virtual world's currency, or about $480 in real-world dollars. Their bond is so strong that three months ago, Mr. Hoogestraat asked Janet Spielman, the 38-year-old Canadian woman who controls the redhead, to become his virtual wife."

Submission + - Some Gmail accounts quietly jump to 10GB?

MikeMulligan writes: Last week I actually started getting worried that at 80%, I'd soon fill my gmail's >2GB capacity. Today I logged in to find I'm only using about 25% of my 9030MB! I searched the google blogs and other sites, but found only references to google's paid premium google apps accounts that provide 10GB of storage. Is it just me? Is this permanent? And why isn't there more news about it? At 10gb, that destroys most other free email services out there (again), and competes with other paid-for services (*cough* Apple).

Submission + - Perfect 10 sues MIcrosoft for stealing porn (

edmicman writes: "Ars Technica is reporting that adult publisher Perfect 10 is suing Microsoft, saying that the MSN/Windows Live search engine infringes on copyright by returning thumbnails of and links to sites hosting Perfect 10's images. Does this sound familiar? In 2004, they tried the same thing against Google. Google was eventually found to be within the bounds of fair use."

Submission + - DUI Defendant Wins Right to Source Code

freshman_a writes: The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of a man, charged with a DUI, who claimed he needed the source code to the Intoxilyzer 5000EN to fight charges in court. From an article at the Pioneer Press:

"That's the gist of the decision, that it's discoverable," said Underdahl's attorney, Jeffrey Sheridan, of Eagan. "The problem is, the manufacturer of the thing thinks they can hold it back and not tell anybody how it works. For all we know, it's a random number generator."

Submission + - Many antivirus tools fail in LinuxWorld test (

talkinsecurity writes: "In a public, side-by-side test conducted last night at LinuxWorld, ten antivirus products were confronted with 25 known viruses. The results were surprisingly disparate. Only three of the products caught all of the viruses; three only caught 61 percent, and one caught an abysmal 6 percent. The test, which wasn't particularly complicated, proves that there still are wide differences in the effectiveness of AV tools. A lot of people think all AV tools are the same — they're not! 246&WT.svl=news1_1"

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