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First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - 40 Handpicked Free-to-play Multiplayer Games (entirelysubjective.com) 4

jonastullus writes: "40 excellent free and free-to-play multiplayer games with reviews, screenshots and in-game videos. Am I missing any?

I have been collecting links to excellent multiplayer games for a long while and this is the culmination of my efforts. Many of these games you will in all likelyhood already know, but I am sure that quite a few of these will be news to you.

And they are all, without exception, tremendous fun!"


Submission + - eBook Lending Library Launched (archive.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The Open Library has launched an eBook lending program. Patrons of this Internet Archive-led group of libraries may borrow up to five books at a time, for up to two weeks. Like print books, the eBooks may be on loan only to one patron at a time. The organization perceives this model providing more bang for the libraries' bucks. The books are mostly 20th-century titles. Some librarians have books that are too fragile or rare for lending and will scan them for eBook lending.

The eBook readers include the Internet Archive's BookReader browser-based Web app, or PDF or ePub eBooks managed by Adobe's free (as in beer) Adobe Digital Editions software.

The article includes a list of participating libraries. You're more blessed if you happen to live in Alberta, California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts or Ontario.


Submission + - Transphorm Uncloaks, Stems Power Conversion Loss (xconomy.com)

waderoush writes: "Goleta, CA-based Transphorm came out of deep stealth mode today with an announcement at Google headquarters in Mountain View that Google Ventures and other investors have provided $20 million in a third round of funding. The company has developed gallium nitride based power converters that lose 90 percent less energy to heat dissipation than traditional silicon-based switched-mode power converters. CEO Umesh Mishra, previously a pioneer in gallium nitride based LEDs, says adoption of Transphorm's power modules could save the U.S. hundreds of terawatt hours of electricity per year, an amount equivalent to taking California off the grid."

Submission + - why the learning curve hasn't gotten any easier (vivekhaldar.com)

doperative writes: .. after decades of existence and millions of newbie-suffering-hours, the learning curve has not become any easier, or gone away. That belief is: the learning curve has value, it is essential for learning, and it needs to be preserved, not whittled away in the name of 'ease-of-use.` ..

Russia Mandates Free Software For Public Schools 271

Glyn Moody writes "After running some successful pilots, the Russian government has decided to make open source the standard for all schools. If a school doesn't want to use the free software supplied by the government, it has to buy commercial licenses using its own funds. What's the betting Microsoft starts slashing its prices in Russia?"
Operating Systems

Linux Kernel Surpasses 10 Million Lines of Code 432

javipas writes "A simple analysis of the most updated version (a Git checkout) of the Linux kernel reveals that the number of lines of all its source code surpasses 10 million, but attention: this number includes blank lines, comments, and text files. With a deeper analysis thanks to the SLOCCount tool, you can get the real number of pure code lines: 6.399.191, with 96.4% of them developed in C, and 3.3% using assembler. The number grows clearly with each new version of the kernel, that seems to be launched each 90 days approximately."

Submission + - Parents don't want evolution taught. (sptimes.com) 5

MrMage writes: "Florida parents don't have much faith in evolution. Only 22 percent want public schools to teach an evolution-only curriculum, while 50 percent want only faith-based theories such as creationism or intelligent design, according to a new St. Petersburg Times survey. "I have a very firm religious background," said Betty Lininger of Lecanto, who is raising her 15-year-old niece and thinks public schools should teach intelligent design but not evolution. "I can't just shove it out the door.""

Sure evolution is a theory, but to disregard it for faith, in public schools? Where does the rest of the world stand?

Linux Business

Submission + - Australian open source workers earn more money 2

Stony Stevenson writes: IT workers who specialise in free and open source software are earning more than the national average for IT, according to the results of Australia's first open source census. The average full time salary of respondents to the Australian Open Source Industry and Community Census was between $76,000 and $100,000, but the 10 percent working on open source full time were earning almost three times the national median.

Submission + - Income lost to piracy a dubious claim (pcmag.com) 1

Technical Writing Geek writes: "If sales were indeed lost to piracy, then why hasn't this become a line item on the books and therefore tax deductible? Seriously, if all this intellectual property theft is theft in any conceivable way, then take the IRS deduction based on the press announcements and see how far you get.


Input Devices

Submission + - Texas Instruments calculators as programmable LANC (google.com)

zahope writes: "http://groups.google.com/group/rec.video/msg/f5511d0138f75f07 One of the most obvious differences between amateur and professional video making has to be the quality of the zoom and focus. Look at any feature film and you will notice that focus and zoom are very fluid and accurate to help draw the viewer's eye to different objects. Watch a home made clip and all the transitions are much too jerky. It's such a give away. Using the LANC port (that almost all consumer cameras have} it is possible to control most of the cameras functions. So, for the life of me I can't understand why someone hasn't created an optional device that can output smooth programmable sequences to give that Hollywood feel. It could be as simple as a USB to LANC cable with some basic open source software to run on Windows XP. Not only would it make home videos much more watchable, but could also produce stunning time-lapse photography effects. The following post is the closest thing I have found on the whole Internet, but it was written 8 years ago! Surely it can't be that hard to come up with a solution — there must be thousands of frustrated "pro-sumers" out there who would love to get their hands on such a device. I know I would be the first in line."

Submission + - No2 Chinese PC Maker Agrees to Pre-Install Windows (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "Microsoft and China's No. 2 personal computer maker signed an agreement Wednesday to pre-install Microsoft's Windows operating system in PCs to combat widespread Chinese product piracy. The agreement with Founder Technology Group Corp. shows "the commitment of both companies to protect intellectual property rights," the companies said in a joint statement. Founder also will sell Microsoft keyboards, Webcams and other hardware in more than 500 stores across China, the companies said ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/07/in-a-move-to-combat-piracy-microsoft-signs-deal-with-chinese-pc-maker-to-pre-install-windows/ )"
The Internet

Submission + - Are you a victim of Wikipedia deletionists?

CowardX10 writes: The recent Slashdot story Call For Halt To Wikipedia Webcomic Deletions combined with the commentary I read for the Wikinews article on this subject made me feel the scope of what's happening in terms of deletionist admins angering and driving away a lot of contributors. I posted the following comment there and now here hoping to get feedback showing that this problem goes far beyond Webcomics.

The assholes have definitely taken over

My friend who used to contribute a lot in terms of articles and even money decided to stop because the deletionist assholes made it such a pain for him that he now despises the site. And although almost none of his contributions were deleted, he hated the way half his time was spent arguing with deletors about his work.

Even Jimbo Whales has experienced this. He started an article on Mzoli's Meats , a butcher shop and restaurant in South Africa. When it was almost speedily deleted, he told the deletors to "excuse themselves from the project and find a new hobby.". In other words, get a life and stop ruining the project. Unfortunately, a bunch of editors added information to the article so it's now kept, saving Jimbo from having to confront either the bitterness many have felt in getting their work destroyed or remaking policy so that people like my friend would continue contributing.

These asshole admins are really making Wikipedia a crappy site, and their effect on valuable editors is worse than what any nasty vandal might do since admins are part of the power hierarchy. This is another valuable lesson in what happens when you give thoughtless small minded people a little power. They make their pronouncements and mass annihilations without any consideration on what the effect might be on a person who has spent sometimes hundreds of man hours creating, maintaining, and protecting his/her articles. They dismiss people by spouting some arbitrary interpretation of policy backed up by their cabals, while those who have better things to do like actually create content get fucked over. James Derk of The Daily Southtown wrote an article where he talks about having a similar experience.

Also, here's a good Slashdot thread illustrating the intellectual dishonesty of the deletionist admins. It is part of the Slashdot story Call For Halt To Wikipedia Webcomic Deletions which is filled with former contributors testifying to their own treatment at the hands of these assholes. It's sad how some people seem to really get off on destroying the work of others.

I think it's interesting how when I don't know about a subject, editing an article on it would be considered vandalism. But it's perfectly OK for the deletors to destroy work relating to things they often know nothing about. Sometimes they even use their very ignorance as justification.

I think Wikipedia has a choice right now. Allow a lot more in than they are currently doing and piss off the deletionists, or let these deletionists have their way and piss off the content creators(And I should add, it's not only deleted articles that are targeted, but plot synopses, trivia sections, clearly permissible images, etc. have all succumbed to the slash and burn mentality of these deletionists.). So Jimbo, who would you rather keep around?

Submission + - Parallellism, Math, and the Curse of the Algorithm (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From the article: Adding more processing cores to a CPU should have been a relatively painless evolution of computer technology but it turned out to be a real pain in the ass, programming wise. Why? To understand the problem, we must go back to the very beginning of the computer age, close to a hundred and fifty years ago, when an Englishman named Charles Babbage designed the world's first general purpose computer, the analytical engine.

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