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Blizzard Dropping Windows XP and Vista

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm announces Blizzard will start dropping support for Windows XP and Windows Vista beginning later thins year. Here's the plan: Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending...

MS Promises Windows Exclusive Games

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
DSOGaming transcribes a bit of this video interview where Phil Spencer tells us Microsoft's latest story about their commitment to PC gaming. Their recent emphasis is cross-play between Windows 10...

Over 20 Million Terrarians

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
The Terraria forums announce that Terraria has sold more than 20 million copies since the 2D survival game launched in 2011 (thanks Eurogamer). Here's word: We wanted to take a few moments today to...

Saturday Patches

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Dota 2 Update #2 - February 17th, 2017. Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.1 is LIVE.

Saturday Interviews

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Interview with Composer Inon Zur on Just Adventure.

Saturday Previews

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Dropzone on PC Invasion.

Saturday Mobilization

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Sony Files Patent for What Looks Like a Switch-esque Handheld. Thanks HARDOCP.

Saturday Tech Bits

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Bill Gates- the robot that takes your job should pay taxes. Thanks Slashdot via Ant.

Saturday Safety Dance

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Banned In Germany: Kids' Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device. Thanks DSLReports via Ant. Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus ? and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto.

Saturday Legal Briefs

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Techdirt lawyers ask judge to throw out suit over ?Inventor of E-mail.? Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam. Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via...

Game Reviews

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Diluvion on Christ Centered Gamer. For Honor on GameSpot. Sniper Elite 4 on Polygon.

Hardware Reviews

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
Aerocool P7-C1 Case on techPowerUp. ASUS ROG STRIX Z270I GAMING ITX Motherboard on Back2Gaming and PCGamesN. Thanks Rhialto. AZIO MGK L80 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage. eero Home WiFi...


Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
New Borderlands Pop Toys Coming, See The Mock-Ups Here… McFarlane Toys Announces Figure Based On Borderlands' Handsome Jack. Some sort of slow bandwagon rolling through…

Out of the Blue

Blue's News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:20pm
We've had a rapid shift in weather here that's a bit kooky. Right now it's 57ºF and there is snow everywhere. This is obviously not a sustainable situation, but while it lasts, it's odd to say the...

Giant Crab Sheds Its Shell

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 9:14pm

"In this rarely seen video, you will witness a giant, captive crab molting its entire exoskeleton."

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Slashdot Asks: Are Remote Software Teams More Productive?

/. - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:34pm
A recruiter with 20 years of experience recently reported on the research into whether remote software teams perform better. One study of 10,000 coding sessions concluded it takes 10-15 minutes for a programmer to resume work after an interruption. Another study actually suggests unsupervised workers are more productive, and the founders of the collaboration tool Basecamp argue the bigger danger is burnout when motivated employees overwork themselves. mikeatTB shares his favorite part of the article: One interesting take on the issues is raised by ThoughtWorks' Martin Fowler: Individuals are more productive in a co-located environment, but remote teams are often more productive than co-located teams. This is because a remote team has the advantage of hiring without geographic boundaries, and that enables employers to assemble world-class groups. The article shares some interesting anecdotes from remote workers, but I'd be interested to hear from Slashdot's readers. Leave your own experiences in the comments, and tell us what you think. Are remote software teams more productive?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Web Comic 'Pokey The Penguin' Celebrates Its 19th Anniversary

/. - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:34pm
It's one of the longest-running comics on the internet. (Slashdot is approaching its 20th anniversary, and in its first year ran two stories about Pokey.) Open source developer Steve Havelka of Portland, Oregon created the truly bizarre strip back in 1998 -- one legend says it was originally a parody of another comic drawn with Microsoft Paint -- and he's since sporadically cranked out 637 strips. Since 2010 he's also been publishing the cartoons in printed books, and this year launched an equally surreal page on Patreon identifying himself as "Steve Havelka, THE AUTHORS of Pokey the Penguin," offering supporters a "mystery item in the mail". Pokey has lots of fans -- he earned a shout-out in the videogame Hitman: Blood Money -- and very-long-time Slashdot reader 198348726583297634 informs us that on this 19th anniversary Pokey "is celebrating on Twitter!" where he's apparently accosting other web cartoonists and touting a new birthday strip. (Not to be confused with that truly horrible Pokey-goes-to-a-party movie created in Adobe Flash.) I'd like to hear from any Slashdot readers who remember Pokey the Penguin -- but I'm also curious to hear from Slashdot readers who have never read the strip. ComixTalk called it "one of those webcomics that really only exist because of the Internet -- it would be hard to see something like this in any other medium... there's just something about Pokey the Penguin that fits online."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

MAMECADE 24: Spy Hunter Arcade Game

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:51pm

"MAMECADE breaks tradition to review Bally Midway's hit Spy Hunter and explains why the emulation and ports of it fall so short of the mark.

An in depth look at what makes Spy Hunter so unique of an Arcade game and Arcade machine..."

Midnight Riders Prize Pack Unboxing

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:38pm

"Here's the unboxing of the prize pack we received from Valve for winning the Midnight Riders Music Video Contest.
We got one box and a tube of posters on Tuesday and another box on Wednesday.
Thanks to everyone who enjoyed our contest entry and to Valve for these great prizes! Please enjoy our first unboxing video!

The music is the theme song for Team Fortress 2!"

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