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Submission + - Orson Scott Card Confirms Ender's Game Video Games (filefront.com)

lymeca writes: In an interview over at Gaming Today, Orson Scott Card confirms the development of an Ender's Game video game and elaborates on the multitude of potential future games in the Ender universe. He also talks about his experiences writing for and playing games, as well as why he believes games inherently never have the potential for storytelling on the level of novels and films. From the interview: "What makes a game work is the opposite of what makes a story work. In a story, you are seeking to find out what really happened — why people do what they do, what the results of their choices are. You identify with the character(s) but you do not control them. Instead, the author has the ultimate authority. ... In a game, the opposite illusion must be created. Even though most games absolutely force you to follow preset paths, the gamewrights try to give you the illusion that you are making free choices."

Submission + - What do you REALLY think about MS vs Open Source? (harvard.edu)

psychgeek writes: What people believe and what they think they believe can sometimes be very different things. The Implicit Association Test is a tool that psychologists use to measure this type of hidden, unconcious bias and prejudice. Project Implicit, at Harvard university, provides a website with an online version of the Impicit Association Test that you can use to measure your own subconcious associations, and the current "featured" test is "Microsoft vs. Open Source". It would be interesting to know how many slashdotters really feel what they think they do — do you really believe in FOSS, or are you just here for the Kool-Aid?
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Submission + - CGI Webserver ported to 8052 Microcontroller

Marvin TPA writes: Adam Dunkels' astonishing open-source uIP v0.9 TCP/IP stack has recently been ported to run on the tiny 8-bit 8052 microcontroller. Murray R. Van Luyn's implementation runs the full CGI Webserver application on an SOIC microcontroller chip no larger than a postage stamp! Using just over 1200 bytes of RAM the port delivers SLIP protocol connectivity, and when combined with a Realtek RTL8019AS network interface card it connects directly to the web via Ethernet.

Submission + - Open-source vs. Microsoft in Australian University

AlexGr writes: "ZDNet Australia, By David Braue Organizations considering a change of productivity suites may do well to follow the example of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which has taken a cautious approach to Microsoft Office 2007 and instead focused on sprucing up its back-end messaging environment. The university, which has more than 40,000 students in a variety of disciplines, began revisiting its messaging environment — a concatenation of standalone best-of-breed products that were poorly integrated — after a Gartner review suggested it encourage collaboration by embracing unified messaging. http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Despi te_open_source_ideology_QUT_embraces_Microsoft_int egration/0,139023769,339273682,00.htm"

Submission + - Google: Don't blame heat for disk drive failures

BobB writes: "Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit may not be damaging to disk drives, according to new research by Google engineers which casts doubt on previous findings linking heat to elevated failure rates. After studying five years worth of monitoring statistics from Google's massive data centers, researchers say they could find no consistent pattern linking failure rates to high temperatures or high utilization levels. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022607-googl e-disk-drives.html"

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