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Submission + - Latest Humble Bundle Supports Open Source GameDev Tools (humblebundle.com)

lars_doucet writes: The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is titled "Celebrating Open Source" features eight indie games, with charity going to the open source tools used to develop them.

The open-source programming language Haxe is strongly represented: three of the charities include the Haxe Foundation itself, OpenFL (recently featured on Slashdot), and FlashDevelop, the most popular open-source Haxe/ActionScript IDE. The fourth is Ren'Py, the Python-based visual novel engine used in award-winning games like Long Live the Queen and Analogue: A Hate Story.

The games themselves are Magical Diary, NEO Scavenger, Offspring Fling!, Planet Stronghold, and for those who pay $6 or more, Anodyne, Defender's Quest, Evoland, and Incredipede, as well as 6 soundtracks.

7 of the 8 games are cross-platform across Mac/Win/Linux, and all are DRM-Free.

Submission + - Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, And PowerPoint

An anonymous reader writes: At an event in San Francisco today, Microsoft Office General Manager Julia White unveiled Office for iPad, featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new suite, which supports viewing but not editing for free, will go live in Apple's App Store at 11:00AM PDT (2:00PM EST). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad feature a ribbon interface just like the one featured in Office for Windows and OS X. The trio of apps are much more powerful on the tablet than the smartphone, but naturally aren't comparable to the desktop versions.

Submission + - Microsoft Office Finally Comes to the iPad

SmartAboutThings writes: Just like expected, at its first press briefing, Satya Nadella and his team has finally unveiled the much awaited and perhaps overdue Microsoft Office suite of products for the iPad . It’s not a standalone product and yes, of course, it does require subcription. Microsoft has released Office Mobile for iPhone users back in June, last year, and now Redmond has just unveiled the Microsoft Office suite for the world’s most popular tablet – the iPad. This morning, in San Francisco, at an event focused on discussing the intersection of cloud and mobile, the Microsoft Office suite for iPad has been released and it is free to download, but requires a subscription if you want to edit files, naturally. Just as expected, it comes with the traditional trio of apps: Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Submission + - Microsoft Asks Intel To Build 16-Core ATOM Chips (gadgetizor.com)

dkd903 writes: Microsoft has asked Intel to build a 16-core version of the Intel Atom chip in order to be used in servers. These small chips consume less power as they were designed for use mobile computers such as netbooks. These Atom chips are more energy-efficient as compared to Intel’s powerful Xeon chips which are specially built for servers.

Comment Re:Good riddance! (Score 4, Insightful) 272

...problem is that many large companies have internal systems that were written back when Microsoft pushed ActiveX as the solution...

Actually, if these companies had written their internal system software as a big ActiveX component, they wouldn't have this problem. ActiveX is (as far as IE's concerned) simply a plugin architecture. Note that the Flash plugin for IE (an ActiveX control) works the same in IE6-IE8.

The problem with ActiveX is that it's just not an appropriate plugin technology for browsers. It has no inherent sandboxing capabilities; there's no way to differentiate between a browser plugin and any other ActiveX control; and Windows comes with several ActiveX controls that should never be allowed to be used in a browser (FileSystemObject, anyone)? For what it was designed for -- resuable components for desktop applications -- it's great, but MS should have put a little more thought into what they were unleashing when they decided to make ActiveX the plugin standard for IE. And no, I don't count "signed" and "marked safe for scripting" features as thought.

No, the problem is that these business systems were all put together using HTML/CSS content that was only ever written for, or tested with, IE. Companies that needed these systems took their bizapps people and told 'em to "make a web version". As is typical with internal apps, they were written to meet the company's needs as quickly and cheaply as possible; which means "works in our current environment", not "is ready for the future". Add in years of ad-hoc tweaks, changes, subsystem additions, and you've got a crufty piece of web tech that barely works in the originally spec'ed envrionment.

Asking for cross-browser/web standards output from a bunch of stuff written by programmers who:

  • Are used to working with client-side/Winforms VB or C# .Net (or VB6) and SQL Server/MS Access databases for their bizapps
  • Who may or may not be any good at their jobs
  • Who may not be the same people who originally wrote the code
  • Who were told to pick "fast and cheap" as the two out of three (fast, cheap, good)
  • Who were told all of this 10 years ago

is optimistic, at best.

Comment Re:Simplicity is Complex (Score 1) 128

The link you referenced had no reference that I could see to 'objective

You were supposed to have noticed this part:

By Christmas 1990, Berners-Lee had built
the first Web browser (named WorldWideWeb
it could run only on the NeXT

And then remembered that the preferred language of the NeXT boxen is Objective-C.

Comment Re:FCC redacted data adverse to BPL (Score 1) 97

Imagine if your healthcare was run like Amtrak or the DMV. What a nightmare that would be.

Actually, I like my DMV. Right down the street, extended hours of operation (including Saturdays), website for most things (and timely processing if you go through the mail), lots of friendly people, short wait times.

Compare this with my HMO. I can get in easily enough, but my doctors are so swamped trying to cover as many patients (and trying to make as much money) as possible that it's usually 30-40 minutes after the nurse checks my vitals before I actually see the doctor. My healthcare benefits are provided by my wife's employer, so my options are limited unless I want to spend a boatload more money. Sure, it's technically private, but for me, my healthcare is essentially provided by a monopoly.

Maybe instead of trying to tear things down, you could stand up and ask for the people in charge -- you know, the ones you elect -- to put *competent* folks in public service, rather than people they owe a favor to. "Heckuva job there, Brownie..."

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Jon Stewart Exposes Apple Stock Manipulation (appleinsider.com) 1

WebManWalking writes: AppleInsider is running a report by Prince McLean about how deliberate misinformation is being used to manipulate Apple stock prices. As usual, traditional journalists, whose job ought to be to inform us, have dropped the ball, and it fell to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show to tear Wall Street yet another new one. I'm getting pretty sick of traditional journalists' reluctance to go for the throat when they see corruption, and ostensibly hide behind the skirts of fairness. Looks more like cowardice to me. I don't own Apple stock, but if I did, I'd be thanking The Daily Show.

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