Hacking/Modification/Cracking

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How geeks are changing a totally illogical English grammar rule.

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HongPong's Everything2 idea shares "how geeks are changing a totally illogical grammar rule, the slow reversal of periods and quotation marks. According to 'Elements of Style', periods and commas should be placed inside the quotation marks. But due to the technical need for more clarity driven by programmers (and general sensible folks in general), that may be changing..."

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Unix/UNIX turns 40.

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/. shares a five pages Computerworld article (one print page) on Unix/UNIX turning 40 and showing the past, present and future of a revolutionary operating system (OS)

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Dungeons & Dragon (D&D)-style Map of C++

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Boing Boing shares a russian C++ blog showing two huge Portable Network Graphic (PNG) images (one was 3298x2288 pixels resolution and over 14 MB!) of a treasure-map showing the relationships of C++ language and its many offshoots

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Using a 1964 modem to dial up to the Internet.

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An eight minutes and 27 seconds YouTube video shows a huge "circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems 'Model A' Acoustic Coupler Modem, live demonstration.

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8 Tech/Technology Celebs./Celebrities Who've Been in Trouble with the Law

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Digg shares PC World's ten pages/slide show showing "arrested developers: eight/8 tech./technology celebs/celebrities who've been in trouble with the law.

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Eighteen (18) Embarrassing Game Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bugs Caught On Tape/Recorded... and Fixed!

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AiGameDev shares its "list of the eighteen (18) best, quirkiest, and most informative artificial intelligence (AI) bugs available on YouTube we've collected over the past 12 months. In the spirit of AiGameDev.com, you'll find a bunch of tips and tricks to help fix these problems when/if you see them in your own game.

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Beggar Robot -- An Interesting Experiment Project Between Human and Robotic Beggars for Money

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VideoSift shares an interesting six minutes and 41 seconds YouTube video (another one) showing "The Beggar Robot has access to areas normally off-limits to beggars, such as shopping malls and community events, where the richer members of society more often frequent.

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Play your favorite computer and video games online via emulators.

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There are a few online video and computer game emulators that lets you play old games. Most of them requires Java

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LoadingReadyRun's Funny Video Spoof/Parody: Installation Anxiety (With Linux)

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UserFriendly's link of the day is on a five minute videos LoadingReadyRun video spoof/parody titled "Installation Anxiety" with Linux -- "With today's advances in Open Source software (OSS), you can install Linux anywhere you want. And some places you probably shouldn't."

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Exploring the Current State of Beta Testing

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/. shares a nine pages TenTonHammer article that explores the current state of beta testing by examining the mistakes of the past. There's something magical about being accepted into a closed beta test. Whether you're a veteran of MMOs who finally decided to jump into the testing portion of a game's development cycle or a relative virgin to the massive multiplayer online (MMO) experience that fell in love with a well-known intellectual property (IP), receiving that "You're Invited!" email from a gaming studio/publisher is like opening presents on Christmas Day. You're ready to work closely with the development team, helping them to iron out bugs and improving game systems that aren't quite up to snuff. As the new kid in the testing phase, you're prepared to formulate fantastic posts for the message boards that argue about the functionality of certain mechanics, and you expect thousands of bugs will be reported thanks to your efforts.

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RGBA's Elevated Realtime Rendering Introduction (Intro.)/Demonstration (Demo.)

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VideoSift (high quality/HD Vimeo) and Pouet (downloadable demo, videos, discussions/comments (downloadable MP3 of the soundtrack included), details, etc.) share RGBA's impressive tiny/4K introduction (intro.)/demonstration (demo.), titled "Elevated", for Windows.

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Exploit -- A Flash Puzzle Security Game

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Blue's News share a Flash thinking, puzzle game titled "Exploit" -- "Information is freedom. As a hotshot computer security cracker, you will solve over 50 puzzles and fight against totalitarianism, abuses of power, and terrorism. Story Mode offers a twist-filled story of international intrigue, and Challenge Mode offers 19 more puzzles to engage the mind. When it’s all done, use the built-in puzzle editor to make and share your own creations!"

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Mod DB's Players' Choices: 2008 Mod of the Year Awards

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Yesterday, Mod DB revealed its "2008 Mod of the Year Awards" and winners: 7th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene.

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Phpbb and MySpace Password Analyses

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/. mentions a Dark Reading blog that mentions PHPBB and two old MySpace password hack articles (Wired and InfoWorld) with analyses on the hard datas used to figure out how users choose passwords.

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