Kudos to Sanctimonia for being the first (that I can recall) to note (by way of using the acronym in a comment) that this is, indeed, the R-I-O-T. Shouldn’t you all be smashing windows and terrifying peasants, being Dragons?
Also: I’ll be traveling for most of Sunday, and will be working on a client site come Monday. I’ll still make a point of updating the site as I am able, but expect there to be a bit of a slowdown in news posting for the next week or two.
The Kepler 16b planet has two suns that orbit one another in 35 days. If a person visited Kepler 16b, they would be greeted by a sky that featured two prominent stars — and circles both stars in 229 days.
SETI researchers don’t believe that life exists on Kepler 16b, but are anxious to learn more about Kepler 16b. The planet itself likely is extremely dense, and is close to the size of Saturn, researchers say.
Which means that Episode I is lies.
I’ve been messing around with the Windows 8 Developer Preview a bit, and I have to say that I’m rather fond of the Metro UI (even though I don’t have a touchscreen). You can find other details about Microsoft’s upcoming OS here.
Straight out of Jurassic Park. Except that was a mosquito.
And well, okay, they’re not so much actual feathers as they are “protofeathers”, which aren’t known to exist on modern birds. The obvious conclusion is that they come from dinosaurs, although I suppose there’s still a wee bit of room there for uncertainty.
Then again, we can hardly expect researchers to be able to tell us what happened 80 million years ago with perfect clarity, can we?
Previously, they were learning to use basic applications like Word and Excel. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose — both applications are widely used across a multiplicity of career fields — it does make for rather dry subject matter. Also, after about a year of exposure, you’ll probably know everything you need to know about both programs.
So now…programming, software development, digital logic. The good stuff.
Cripes, all we had in computer classes back when I was a wee one was whatever Mavis Beacon was serving up. Those of us who learned a thing or two about programming had to do so on our own.
Especially since it was made using Team Fortress 2:[NEED VIDEO]
Hero’s Adventure is a short little thing, done in a style reminiscient of the early Sierra RPGs. I haven’t tried it myself, but Joystiq asserts that it will “shake your RPG faith to the core” in its short span.
I love Chrome. Seriously. I was a Firefox devotee for the longest time, but Chrome has utterly stolen me away from Mozilla’s flamey vulpine. But because I’m definitely in the “power user” category, I do often encounter the problem of having an absurd number of tabs open, which of course means that Chrome has a tendency to suck up every available megabyte of RAM it can.
I had Too Many Tabs installed in Firefox, and it was a lifesaver back then; now, the utility has been ported to Chrome as a free extension.
I’ve already installed it.
In the EULA to the next mandatory system update for the PS3, there is a new clause. If you accept the agreement, and thus the new clause, guess what? You’ve just signed away your right to participate in a class-action lawsuit against Sony, for any reason, ever, at any point in the future.
ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS A NAMED OR UNNAMED MEMBER IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LEGAL ACTION, UNLESS BOTH YOU AND THE SONY ENTITY WITH WHICH YOU HAVE A DISPUTE SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO DO SO IN WRITING FOLLOWING INITIATION OF THE ARBITRATION. THIS PROVISION DOES NOT PRECLUDE YOUR PARTICIPATION AS A MEMBER IN A CLASS ACTION FILED ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 20, 2011.
This might be the most epic dick move in the history of legal dick moves.
Now, there is a way to opt out…but you have to act quickly! And no, the means to do so is by no means electronic, or even convenient.
IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN THIS SECTION 15, YOU MUST NOTIFY SNEI IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR WRITTEN NOTIFICATION MUST BE MAILED TO 6080 CENTER DRIVE, 10TH FLOOR, LOS ANGELES, CA 90045, ATTN: LEGAL DEPARTMENT/ARBITRATION AND MUST INCLUDE: (1) YOUR NAME, (2) YOUR ADDRESS, (3) YOUR PSN ACCOUNT NUMBER, IF YOU HAVE ONE, AND (4) A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH ANY SONY ENTITY THROUGH ARBITRATION.
And to be perfectly honest, it looks way cooler than it ever has in the past.
Despite the staggering popularity of e.g. FarmVille amongst women, it turns out that men actually do play slightly more time actually playing so-called “freemium” games. As such, it also turns out that men outspend women in these games, by about a one-sixth margin.
How do they compare?
I haven’t followed the America Invests Act at all, so I know little enough about it other than that it enjoyed bipartisan support. President Obama signed it into law today, although it won’t take effect for another 18 months.
Still…something of interest. I know we’ve talked, in various comment form discussions, about patent reform and copyright law on the site here, and I know that several of you have very strong feelings on such matters.
Eh…if it hobbles the patent trolls, consider me in favour of it. Probably. I should probably read the text of the thing before I say that in any sort of definitive way.
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