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Comment Re:Use computers instead? (Score 1) 247

I don't know who you hang out with, but the D&D players I know tend to be pretty superstitious about their die. And fairness doesn't really enter into it: if you roll any dice for no reason and get a high value, you are wasting those high values. If a dice is rolling badly for you, you "retire" it for the night.

it makes absolutely no sense, but it does. :-)

Comment Maybe, mabe not... (Score 3, Insightful) 97

I don't know how seriously the scientist took this research.

But I do remember that Richard Feynman wrote a paper on the wobbling movement of a spinning plate. He did this because he was depressed and had scientific writer's block. And nobody would deny the importance of his later work.

Science is science. If what they find is correct in the scientific sense, it really doesn't bother me too much.

I'd be worried if scientists started really competing for the Ig Nobel prizes. But I doubt that they ever will :-).

PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."
The Internet

Submission + - Evolution of Male and Female Sexuality

sexual.evolution writes: "http://www.spaceandmotion.com/sex/

This research study explores the truth about our sexual nature by considering both our biological and cultural evolution. The work is founded on two sources of knowledge;
i) What people search on the Internet related to sex.
ii) The latest academic sexology studies.

It is obvious that sex is important to people — and if you want to improve your sexual relationships then knowing the truth about our human evolution (in all its diversity) is the best foundation. It will open your mind to a greater diversity of behaviours which can be creatively cultivated. And it is fascinating and useful to understand the many important functions besides reproduction (e.g. couple bonding, social harmony, stimulation of immune system, hormone function, etc.).
Given that many people currently found their sexuality on cultural / religious myths and customs (rather than the truth) we think this knowledge is important for creating healthy, pleasurable, moral attitudes and behaviours (free from the guilt of harmful myths and customs)."

Submission + - Modern Java web development

Dr.X writes: "I've recently decided to take the plunge back into the Java world after spending the better part of the last decade in the Perl and .NET world. As part of my CompSci degree, we covered Java applets back in the late nineties in one of our courses but taking a look at what is available today is like drinking from a fire hose of information! JSP,JSF,Eclipse,Struts,Spring,Hibernate,GWT,EJB3,J DBC,J2EE,JBoss,Servlet,etc... My question to the slashdot community is "What are some of the more practicle approaches to modern Java web development and how does all this new technology fit together?""

Submission + - Igaro CMS Open Sourced

Anonymous Coward writes: "TYNE & WEAR, UK — APRIL 03, 2007 — Igaro Ltd, a supplier of web management technologies today announced the open-source of its premier development software to the general public.

Igaro software allows web developers to develop high-end web sites using a framework developed over four years. Multiple packages and modules cater for the most common requirements and web sites can be developed for any functionality, in any language and in any design. Unlike other web management technology Igaro relies on exceptional engineering to deliver military-grade security, real-time performance and differentiated delivery of content, resources and functionality.

The decision to open-source Igaro was taken by director Andrew Charnley after consultation with clients and several web development companies. In order to become more transparent and to fully demonstrate the power of Igaro to new parties, the need to purchase Igaro before previewing and testing is no longer a requirement. Now companies, government and corporations can see the benefits of Igaro for themselves.

In order to facilitate this policy change Igaro Ltd will no longer develop web sites and will focus on supporting clients and promoting the benefits of using Igaro over other web management software.

Igaro's web site; http://www.igaro.com/ has been changed to encompass new licensing options and has opened up Community Forums for discussion and debate.

To download Igaro please visit: http://www.igaro.com/?content_read;id=100
For further information and support on Igaro please see: http://www.igaro.com/?content_read;id=38"

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