If you like puzzle games, though, Wooden Path has quite a few puzzles to keep you busy and it’s currently only $.99 in the App Store. It’s not as polished looking (or extensive) as Aqueduct, one of my other favorites, but it’s definitely worth a buck. And if you’re not sure, you can try out the free version first.
Editor’s Note: This story is reprinted from Assignment Zero, an experiment in open-source, pro-am journalism produced in collaboration with Wired News. This week, we’ll be republishing a selection of Assignment Zero stories on the topic of “crowdsourcing.” All in all, Assignment Zero produced about 80 stories, essays and interviews about crowdsourcing; we’ll reprint 12 of the best. The stories appear here exactly as Assignment Zero produced them. They have not been edited for facts or style.
Other prizes recently awarded by Grab include a Chocolate of the Month Club membership to one William G. from Fayetteville, North Carolina (“This is really exciting!” he said); a cell phone to Wendy M. of Wingate, North Carolina (“I am so glad I won!”); and $1,000 to Roy L. of Little Current, Ontario, Canada (“This is the first time I have ever won a major prize!”)
While one Android app has been singled out, many iPhone apps also intrude into the users’ privacy, says Lookout. A survey of 300,000 applications for both the iPhone and Android OS found twice as many free applications on the iPhone have the capability to access the user’s contact data (14 percent) as compared to Android (8 percent).
“It ain’t every day that we say something nice about Ford – in fact it ain’t every decade,” said Dan Becker, director of the Sierra Club’s global-warming program.
In most cases, Google still suggests that, if possible, you use 301 permanent redirects to point both visitors and search engine bots to your new domain. However, if that’s not possible for some reason, (for example, if you’re migrating from a hosted blog service to your own domain) then you can add
rel="canonical" element to your page headers and Google will index the new URL.
LONDON – The traditional British betting shop fancies itself a social institution, a convivial place where people can wager a few pounds on a horse race or soccer game. But that’s not how Andrew Black sees it. The Internet entrepreneur considers bookmakers financial parasites who build a fat profit into all the odds they offer.
Imagine listening to first-person accounts of a Civil War battle – not diaries written later – as you stand by the killing fields of Appomattox.
“Cars are great for going long distances,” Kamen told a reporter from Time. “But it makes no sense at all for people in cities to use a 4,000-pound piece of metal to haul their 150-pound asses around town.”
In other words, they hope to invite in a willing crowd to become a very attractive one stop shopping destination for niche advertisers.
“The tone we were going for is that this is an unbelievable, horrifying thing that has happened,” said Onion writer John Krewson. “It’s an obscenity.”
In a unique display of solidarity, the Internet and legal communities have used Web message boards over the past year to ferret out claims that “prior art” for hypertext links exists.
Regeneron said it wanted to hit the lower end of ICER’s QALY rating—to come in at the “high value” end of the scoring—and wanted to be able to tell pharmacy benefits managers this during negotiations. In late March, the company announced that Dupixent would carry a $37,000 list price, right in the middle of ICER’s affordability rating. But with some negotiated rebates, it’d come in at around $31,000—right at the golden end of ICER’s scale. “Pretty damned responsible,” in Shleifer’s words.
I have seen this puzzle-posing interview culture from both sides. I used to work for a company where it was standard to ask brainteasers to evaluate a range of things (“Landing a Job Can Be Puzzling,” June 24, 2003).
John Lawson, who lives in Stockton, California with his wife Julia, began receiving threatening phone calls around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. He didn’t know why until THREAT LEVEL explained that a hacking group calling itself the g00ns (goons spelled with zeros, not goons with the letter o) posted his home address, phone number and cell numbers, as well as Julia’s Social Security number, online. The obscene and threatening calls have continued through Tuesday, according to Lawson.
Representatives for BVWebTies, which operates BobVila.com, did not immediately return calls on Friday.
The Cloud allows analysts to connect main players, transportation routes and money routes in a web-like mapping system that includes people, bank accounts, license plates—“if you see someone with multiple links,” said Allan, “you know they’re central.”
But here’s what I’m actually really really excited about: Yasunori Mitsuda – only one of the most accomplished game music composers to ever live – is preparing an arrangement for the tour, says the interview with Jason at 1up today.
A top federal judge who is presiding over an obscenity trial in Los Angeles has been caught posting explicit photos and videos to his web site. The judge told the* Los Angeles Times* that he didn’t think the site was publicly accessible.
The government is already manipulating internet domains by invoking an asset-forfeiture law to seize generic top-level domains of infringing websites under a program called “Operation in Our Sites.” Since last year, the Department of Homeland Security has targeted 128 sites. Some of the seized sites direct to a government-backed message that the site was seized.
That this is Wired News’ first makeover in two years is noteworthy because back in the Mesozoic Era of Web Design (circa late-20th century), the website at stag-komodo.wired.com was given a new look practically every six months.
Another Kickstarter prototype I tried out was Shadow Days, which is described as a card game of fantasy, deck-building, combat, and survival. It’s another one that has great artwork (even in prototype form) but I feel like I must be missing something somewhere. For one thing, I couldn’t really figure out why it’s called a “deck-building” game because you don’t really build a deck. At least, I don’t consider five to eight cards to be a “deck,” and it’s funny to call it “building” when most of the time you’re drawing from a random pile. You get several monster cards which can be used to attack other players’ cards (using a d20 and comparing attack points, hit points, and additional powers); defeating cards gives you gold points and reduces the other player’s life points. Gold points can then be spent to buy specific items, heroes, or strongholds. (This is the “deck-building” part, I presume.) I pulled it out a couple times at GameStorm but just wasn’t able to get into it; I’m going to reserve final judgment until after I’ve had another go to see if it hooks me.
The Justice Department argues that it is easier to stop online pornography at the source than to keep children from viewing it.
Although Apple touts the store’s catalog of 200,000 songs, that number is less than a quarter of the estimated 1 million songs currently in print, which itself represents about 20 percent of the world’s total recorded music.
You wouldn’t think that Pajaggle would get much attention at a place like PAX. You take a bunch of videogame and tabletop game aficionados, put them together in a convention center filled with videogames and tabletop games, and convince them to sit down and play with … a puzzle?
In the first case to challenge the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled last August that the DeCSS utility was like a “common-source outbreak epidemic” and violated the law’s prohibition against circumventing copyright-protection technology.