testadicazzo writes: Patrick Farley is the creator of Electric Sheep Comix, a groundbreaking, brilliant, breathtaking set of online comics which almost defies description. He pushed the boundaries of the media, and is likely to continue to do so. If you've seen his work, you're likely already a fan. If you have never seen the site, you have a treat in store for you. Patrick has taken a hiatus from his creative works because of financial and time restrictions, but is ready to make the plunge into full time internet creatorship, and is using the kickstarter project to get started. E-sheep fans rejoice!
testadicazzo writes: I currently work for small startup, funded by a university. My background is computational physics, and I work three PhD's developing scientific software for engineering applications Because the company is a startup and has limited resources, I agreed to work for less money than I would normally expect, in exchange for a casual work environment, flexible hours, work at home, and several other soft compensations that are pretty important to me. I also get to pick my job title, to help me if I ever decide to move on. My problem is I don't know what to call myself. My job is essentially being the IT expert in the group. I set up our server, I chose, set up, and instructed everyone in the use of our version control system. I make most of the decisions regarding coding strategy (I have, by far, the most programming expertise in the group). I do a lot of programming, mostly getting the alpha-level code we have ready for sale, but I also evaluate and implement various algorithms, but I also do stuff like research and figure out how to set up payments, license management, web distribution, etc. Since 2 of the other guys are actually part owners of the start-up, I'm at the bottom of the heap, but in practice I'm in charge of the biggest chunk of the day-to-day technical decisions. So what's a good job title?
testadicazzo writes: Police said the argument broke out when the father offered his son advice on tactics. Apparently the parents bought him Fifa 2009 because "we didn't want him playing violent video games". According to Reuters:
Fetching a knife from the kitchen, Mario stabbed his father in the neck before returning to clean the weapon at the kitchen sink in front of his mother and leaving it to dry on the draining-board.
Internet users have become used to getting things when they want it and how they want it, and those of us in the entertainment business want to meet that kind of demand as efficiently and effectively as possible. But what has happened online is that if it is 'beyond store hours' and the shop is closed, a lot of people just smash the window and steal what they want. Freedom without restraint is chaos, and if we don't figure out some way to prevent online chaos, the quantity, quality and availability of the kinds of entertainment, literature, art and scholarship we need to have a healthy, vibrant culture will suffer.
testadicazzo writes: "My fiancé is a teacher here in Switzerland. Recently, her school had some Swiss rapper come by and talk about why copyright infringement is stealing. I've convinced her to let me come by and talk to her class (all of whom engage in some sort of piracy), giving the other side of the story. I think I can do a reasonable job on my own, but perhaps Slashdot readers have some compelling arguments and points-of-view which I would do well to include? Links to resources for creating this kind of presentation are appreciated. Any special information regarding recent developments and the legal situation in Switzerland are especially appreciated."