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Comment Nuclear desalinization after disasters (Score 4, Interesting) 203

My father pointed out to me that the nuclear carriers can be a great help after humanitarian disasters as they can desalinate large quantities of water. I found an article about the Carl Vincent that says that it can desalinate 400,000 gallons of water a day. We stationed it off the coast of Haiti after the earthquakes there.

Comment Re:Shocking... (Score 1) 104

I have to agree. You can't build a system that isn't ever going to be hacked. You can build a system using the best available practices that is very difficult to hack and put the most effective system possible in place to detect hacking attempts as early as possible. To a large extent, it seems that they did a respectable job in both respects. I'm sure that they can make improvements and will learn lessons from this. They are a well capitalized company and it is absolutely vital that they maintain credibility in this respect. The value of their service diminishes greatly if it is not secure. They simply can't be seen as ineffective in this matter.

I am especially impressed that they obviously had an effective plan together to quickly update client applications in the event that something like this happened. They pushed out updates for IOS and Android very quickly. They even updated Penultimate which was only recently integrated into Evernote. It seems like they had their act together as far as that was concerned.

They obviously need to stay on top of this game. I'd like to see two factor authentication and better not encryption options. I have my concerns about using Evernote, but I am still a pretty heavy user with over 6000 notes. So far, the benefits outweigh the risks. From what I have learned about this incident so far, I don't think that my appraisal of the cost and benefit will tip the other way. I hope that it stays that way because we don't learn anything new about this incident that seems careless or irresponsible, and because they continue to develop the product and improve the security.


Submission + - Valve Releases Steam For Linux Client, Celebrates With Week-Long Sale

An anonymous reader writes: Valve on Thursday announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. You can download the client now for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. In typical Steam fashion, the company is celebrating the big day with a sale: over 50 Linux titles are now 50 percent to 75 percent off until 10:00AM PST on Wednesday, February 21. This means you have just under a week to take advantage, and should be plenty of time for Valve to set a new record in Steam for Linux downloads.
Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings Online To Go Free-To-Play 138

darkwing_bmf sends word of Turbine's announcement that Lord of the Rings Online will become a free-to-play game this fall. 'The move is another validation of the free-to-play business model, where gamers can play for free and pay real money for virtual goods such as better weapons or decorative gear for their game characters. The business model has been popular in Asia but only recently took off in the US. This move shows the pressure is building on game publishers to shift to the new business model or face declining audiences.' According to a post on the official website, LotRO's micro-transaction system will be "very similar" to how Turbine's DDO store works, and current subscribers will maintain all of their privileges.

Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."

Wii Hardware Upgrade Won't Happen Soon 325

As high-definition graphics become more and more entrenched in this generation of game consoles, Nintendo has had to deal with constant speculation about a new version of the Wii that would increase its capabilities. Today, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntly denied that a hardware revision was imminent, saying, "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life in front of it." He added, "In terms of what the future holds, we've gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home consoles will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability, and we'll do that when we've totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii. And we're nowhere near doing that yet."

Comment From '92 - '08. RIP PC gaming. (Score 5, Informative) 531

How things change in just over 15 years.


Buy Doom after getting to try 1/3 of the game first.

* Be able to play it via dialup modem or LAN for as long as you have the working equipment.
* Be able to sell the game after you're done with it and have that second user have the game be just as usable to them.
* Enjoy playing thousands of user-created maps and mods -- anything from a monster health editor to a porn graphic replacement mod.


Buy game X.

* Require internet permission to install it. Hopefully you haven't committed the mortal sin of installing it more than three times.
* Require internet permission every time you wish to run the game.
* Require CD checking despite the above.
* Unable to sell the game to people who want something more than a coaster.
* Multiplayer server for Game X goes down after year because Game X 2009 edition is now out. People who still want to play the original Game X via LAN/hosted internet games are SOL and anyone hacking together hosting capabilities likely receives notice from lawyers.
* Have some type of over-zealous security check built into the game mess with your computer, internet connection, or both.
* Deal with an over-moderated/sterile mod community.

Comment Re:It's going down the toilet (Score 1) 96

The second thread you link almost reads like a Monty Python skit.

"You won't let me *not* play for free?! Well, in that case I'll cancel my *second* and *third* accounts dedicated to not playing! See how you like me not playing for free now! And my first account? Well, it'll not only 'not play' all that often, but pay to do so! In your face, CCP!"

Comment Source code for the expansion (Score 1, Funny) 96

I've had to pull a few strings to grab a hold of the expansion's source code. Luckily the download should be a small one.

    for (i = 1..200)
    end for
end GenerateExpansion()

      Connect(this, universe)
end GenerateSolarSystem()

I kid, I kid...

Comment Re:Of course he had a choice (Score 1) 1115

>Of course McCain had a choice. One he was urged repeatedly by the media to take just after selection, many citing the previous example of George McGovern and Eagleton. Instead he stuck by here even through criticism from his own party, never mind the media.

I was talking about supporting the daughter after it became a big story, not the VP pick (which I think you are talking about). Both McCain and Palin had to stand by the daughter.

>You are not serious, right?

I really am. I barely knew anything about the election, except for the race between Obama and Clinton, but the stories about Palin were just too much to ignore. And no, they weren't positive stories. It just seemed to me to be, as other commentators had named it, a "hail mary" choice.

>You don't think tens of millions in contributons the days after the announcement, and as great a viewership of the Republican convention speeches as Obama got to be an amazing achievement?

I'm actually more impressed by the $10 million raised by Obama after Palin's first speech. She only raised $1 million after the speech.


Submission + - Simple Wii Wheel took 30 Prototypes (

adm_snackbar writes: If you're excited about Mario Kart for the Wii and have been keeping up with the news, you might have heard about the Wii Wheel. The wheel is simple a steering wheel that houses the Wii controller for real-feel racing in Mario Kart to make driving feel more natural. Despite it's simple design, it took Nintendo over 30 prototypes to get it right.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Savage 2 Released For Linux

An anonymous reader writes: S2 Games has released a native linux client for their latest title, Savage 2 — A Tortured Soul. The client is available in both 32 and 64 bit builds as a free download with unlimited LAN play and a 5 hour trial for online play. You can download it here.

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