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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 05:25
An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: "Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?" Release Engineer: "You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk." Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?"'"

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BugHotel Reservation System 5.5.520

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 05:22
BugHotel Reservation System is a hotel booking and accounting software package which uses the Internet to "network" your corporate office to each of your hotels. All data processing occurs at the Application Service Provider (ASP) data center. Income statements, reports, etc. may be customized.

Release Notes: The ioncube distribution has been updated.

Tags: Internet

Categories: open source

XRoar 0.32

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 05:22
XRoar is a cross-platform emulator for the Dragon 32, Dragon 64, and Tandy CoCo computers, all originally released in the early '80s. The emulator runs under Unix-like operating systems (including Mac OS X) and Windows, with older versions available for handhelds like the Nintendo DS and GP32.

Release Notes: Keyboard handling fixes, a new Windows UI, 6309 fixes, more audio configuration options, and disk image geometry detection from OS-9 filesystem information (a workaround for headerless disk images).

Tags: Emulators

Licenses: GPL v2 Or Later

Categories: open source

My software-defined life: Boss of MCS-flasher Diablo chats to the <i>Reg</i>

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 05:08
The flash DIMM software angle looks interesting

Diablo Technologies now licenses its Flash DIMM technology to SanDisk, which acquired the licence through buying SMART Storage. So far IBM and Supermicro have signed contracts with SanDisk to use its ULLtraDIMM technology in some of their X86 servers but its likely just the beginning.…

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U.S. steps up trade pressure on Japan ahead of Obama visit

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:47
TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in tough trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit.






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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:34
Right, shipmate, identify yourself. LOL? What's your meaning?

Security researchers claim to have uncovered myriad security problems with satellite communication systems. But while major manufacturer Iridium said the security weaknesses identified by security researchers at IOActive were in hand, Thuraya, another satellite comms service, has criticised the report as inaccurate.…

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The $5,600 Tablet

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:11
An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of tablets that top out at $5,600. Who on earth would pay that much? The military, of course. 'The DMSR models both have handles and are encased in tough protective covers. They can be dropped more than 2 meters onto a plywood floor and 1.2 meters onto concrete, and can operate in temperatures between -30 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 60 degrees Celsius). They've been tested to the U.S. military's tough MIL-STD-810G standard for extreme conditions. The tablets run Windows and come with Intel's latest Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors. Solid-state drive options extend to 480GB. ... They display images at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's less than some cheaper Windows tablets, but Xplore claims to offer excellent LCD visibility in sunlight thanks to a display luminescence of 1,300 NITS. The tablets have internal fans but can still run for up to eight-and-a-half hours on a 10-cell battery, Xplore said. They weigh a hefty 2.4 kilograms.'"

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:01
Decent phone calls and signal quality ... what a FEATURE

What do you want in a smartphone? A premium build quality? A high-resolution display that looks the business whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book?…

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Lynis 1.5.1

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 03:39
Lynis is an auditing and hardening tool for Unix derivatives like Linux/BSD/Solaris. It scans systems to detect software and security issues. Besides security-related information, it will also scan for general system information, installed packages, and possible configuration mistakes. The software is aimed at assisting automated auditing, software patch management, and vulnerability and malware scanning of Unix-based systems.

Release Notes: An extended report file, Oracle status test, better detection of grsecurity, redirect of errors from rpcinfo command, and an adjusted color scheme.

Tags: Security, Forensics, Diagnostics, Audit

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 03:32
Hands-on blonde shows how to sell hot kit

Pic We're obliged to veteran Reg reader Chris Winpenny for nominating what he believes to be a worthy successor to Asus' famous blonde beach babe – last seen enjoying an Eee Pad Transformer Prime before the sun set on her PC-punting career:…

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Cerb 6.7

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 03:27
Cerb is a fast and flexible Web-based platform for business collaboration and automation. It helps you remember anything about anyone, collaborate from anywhere, deftly reply to a flood of email, automate, stay informed, capture feedback, track time, flag opportunities, manage tasks, share expert knowledge, and otherwise execute efficiently.

Release Notes: This major update includes 106 new features. Virtual Attendants can run actions in response to any record fields changing. Full-text searches are more efficient. Worklist exports are streamed efficiently to avoid memory limits and timeouts. The 'Execute an HTTP request' action in Virtual Attendants can include headers. The Virtual Attendant simulator only shows fields that are used in the current behavior. Dashboards can display up to four columns. Support Center ticket worklists can display any fields. Administrators can set passwords for other workers. Worker password hashes are salted.

Release Tags: Stable, Major feature enhancements, Minor bugfixes, Minor security fixes

Tags: helpdesk, Email, Information Management, Customer Support, customer service, Issue Tracking, Email Clients (MUA), Communications, dashboards, groupware, Commercial

Licenses: Devblocks Public License

Categories: open source

EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 03:03
Wait 'til this one hits your pension fund where it hurts

Hurrah! The European Union has decided to save us from the perils of automatic trading! Also known as High Frequency Trading (HFT) or algo trading, this is simply the practice of writing a piece of code to do the buying and selling faster than a human being can possibly do it.…

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HAproxy 1.5-dev23

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 02:34
HAproxy is a high-performance and highly-robust TCP and HTTP load balancer which provides cookie-based persistence, content-based switching, SSL off-loading, advanced traffic regulation with surge protection, automatic failover, run-time regex-based header control, Web-based reporting and management interface, advanced logging to help trouble-shooting buggy applications and/or networks, and a few other features. Its own event-driven state machine achieves 100,000 connections per second and surpasses GigaEthernet on modern hardware, even with tens of thousands of simultaneous connections.

Release Notes: This new version addresses half of the remaining changes before -final. use_backend now supports log-format expressions. Maps and ACLs now share the same pattern lists which are dynamically updatable from the CLI. SSL supports ALPN and Web sites now load faster thanks to dynamic record size adjustments. Compression of chunked HTTP responses was fixed and enabled again. Other minor features were added and about 35 bugs were fixed.

Release Tags: bug fix and enhancements

Tags: Networking, Internet, Web

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 02:29
Wikibon prognosticates, says we're all doomed

The Wikibon biz tech consultancy thinks that the era of networked filers and SANs is going to end with server SANs replacing them. SANs and filers will have largely died away by 2027, it reckons.…

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Paying for giant Nile dam itself, Ethiopia thwarts Egypt but takes risks

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 02:09
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub.






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EE &amp; Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 02:03
Transport for London: You can pay, but don't touch

London Underground commuters will soon be able to pay for Tube journeys via contactless credit cards thanks to EE, Vodafone and Transport for London.…

Categories: news

The ACE ORB from the doc group 2.2.6

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 01:41
TAO is a standards-compliant, real-time implementation of CORBA that provides efficient, predictable, and scalable quality of service (QoS) end-to-end. Unlike conventional implementations of CORBA, which are inefficient, unpredictable, non-scalable, and often non-portable, TAO applies the best software practices and patterns to automate the delivery of high-performance and real-time QoS to distributed applications.

Release Notes: Resolves several data races. Adds optional socket connection optimization for Windows. Improves functionality and stability of running tests on Android Virtual Device (AVD). Fixes a bug with mt_noupcall that allowed upcalls while waiting for a new connection. Improves the performance of a dynamic thread pool when activating new threads. Improves the performance of the SYNC_WITH_SERVER oneway synchronization when used in conjunction with the CSD framework and POA thread pools. Fixes support for long double types when used with dynamic Anys.

Release Tags: micro

Tags: Software Development, Object Brokering, CORBA

Categories: open source

Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 01:32
Cyber risks 'similar to 2008 crash'

Tomorrow's Internet is a scary, scary place, according to think-tank The Atlantic Council, so much so that we're all apparently on the brink of “a cyber sub-prime meltdown”.…

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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 01:18
New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result."

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Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 01:09
CAIRO (Reuters) - When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier.
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