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Comment The real problem with FB games (Score 5, Insightful) 96

Most (almost all) FB games are not actually games. They are a series of clicks with no challenge, no particular set of strategy, no real difference between levels. There exist no actual gameplay elements. I say this as someone who has played everything from MMOGs to NetHack clones to Text-Based Adventures (Zork and the like) to Flash style games (N - Way of the Ninja) to artsy games (Braid) to Triple-A shooters (Halo 3) and more (a tribute to a life well spent).

If Facebook games offered some gameplay (which some do, ie Bejewelled, Desktop Defender) and not just a blatant and sickening attempt to grab eyeballs and personal information, it would be harder for me to hate them and their creators.

Comment My current apt, End of 2006 (Score 1) 502

I never got cable/di$h setup when I moved into my current apartment. No motivation to do it really. I wouldn't have a land line if it wasn't part of my DSL package and I will take a strong look at fiber when/if it becomes available.
I started on a clunker laptop, got a tower, then a bigger monitor, then a nicer tower. (If there was a good place for it I would get a projector).
I spend a lot of time gaming with old timey radio on in the background. Its amazing how much broadcasting doesn't change (dl some Johnny Dollar, its pretty decent; also The Goon Show-see my sig).
From time to time I dl an anime series (dubs need not apply).
I'm not into sports, so that's not a deal breaker, I don't talk to anyone at work about TV shows (heaven preserve us from LOST fans [I do watch Lost, but I'm not a Believer (I was about to explain an episode to a coworker, but I cut it short and said a fat mexican blew up and old ship, and that was cool] ), so I can wait until the series is canceled and cooled off to enjoy it (Homicide, The Wire, etc).
Oh, and my family didn't own a TV until I was ~8, so not its probably not as ingrained.

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts 193

Sir Codelot writes "A hacker who calls himself Kirllos has obtained and is now offering to sell 1.5 million Facebook IDs at astonishingly low prices — $25 per 1,000 IDs for users with fewer than 10 friends and $45 per 1,000 IDs for users with more than 10 friends. Looking at the numbers, Kirllos has stolen the IDs of one out of every 300 Facebook users. Quoting: 'VeriSign director of cyber intelligence Rick Howard told the New York Times that it appeared close to 700,000 had already been sold. Kirllos would have earned at least $25,000 from the scam. Howard told the newspaper that it was not apparent whether the accounts and passwords were legitimate, but a Russian underground hacking magazine reported it had tested some of Kirllos' previous samples and managed to get into people's accounts.'"

Comment Re:Overstated. (Score 1) 187

Apparently the bulk of the 'problem' came not because of actual contract violations, but the in the course of creating and implementing software product requirements, which is notoriously sticky and difficult; much of which was done on an informal basis. This is a watershed moment akin to Sarbanes-Oxley for outsourcing companies. Look for a whole new series of 'best practices' videos.

Comment Obligatory (Score 1) 451

In the frozen land of Nador, they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels [poster's note: EWWww]... and there was much rejoicing. A year passed. Winter changed into spring; Spring changed into summer; Summer changed back into winter; And winter gave spring and summer a miss and went straight on into autumn. Until one day.

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