By Soulskill from Slashdot's i'm-making-a-note-here department
writes "Portal 2 is breaking some new ground – at least the PlayStation 3 version is. 'Portal 2 marks the first time that Valve's social gaming network (and digital distribution system), Steam, will appear on consoles,' writes blogger Peter Smith. What this means is that once you link your Playstation Network [PSN] and Steam accounts 'you'll be able to keep tabs on what your Steam friends are up to from within a game of Portal 2 on the PS3,' says Smith. And, you'll be able to play Portal 2 with friends playing on PC or Mac. 'I can think of at least one other example of cross-platform gaming (Shadowrun supported both PC and Xbox players in the same game servers),' says Smith, 'but it's still very rare.'"
This afternoon Valve launched a countdown to Portal 2
which can be accelerated
by playing any of a group of indie games.Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department
vellorean writes "I have been reading Linux
Shell Scripting Cookbook by Sarath Lakshman, published by Packt,
for a while. While most people I know learn shell scripts themselves,
I was looking to refresh my concepts a little as well as have a
reference lying around on the table for fast access."
Read below for the rest of vellorean's review. Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook
author Sarath Lakshman
publisher Packt Publishing
reviewer Kumar Appaiah
summary A book for beginners and intermediates, which introduces shell scripting and proceeds to provide several practical real-world recipes of useful shell scriptsRead Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's mitochondrial-chomsky department
Old Wolf writes "A New Zealand evolutionary psychologist, Quentin Atkinson, has created a scientific sensation by claiming to have discovered the mother of all mother tongues. 'Dr Atkinson took 504 languages and plotted the number of phonemes in each (corrected for recent population growth, when significant) against the distance between the place where the language is spoken and 2,500 putative points of origin, scattered across the world (abstract). The relationship that emerges suggests the actual point of origin is in central or southern Africa, and that all modern languages do, indeed, have a common root."
Reader NotSanguine points out another study
which challenges the idea that the brain is more important to the structure of language
than cultural evolution.Read Replies (0)