GOMM revisited

I was working on plans for the game project at ViSLAB and dug up the old “Get Off My Mountain!” code. It didn’t work… so I made it work. That said, a lot of code is still pretty bad. Some of it is tied to clock speed: the thermometer never goes up on my machine because it’s too fast. Other bits are quite messy: why no enum or #defines for menu state and game state? (ints? ints!?!)

Anyhow, the important thing is that it compiles and runs. I even put a video on the wiki to prove it! (Jim: I hope it isn’t too big!) No sound unfortunately; Anyone want to try capturing sound? Check it out of CVS and have a hack around 🙂

RMS on European patent reforms

Richard Stallman wrote an article for the Guardian in which he exposes the absurdity of software patent laws by applying them to other large bodies of writing: classical literature. A good read. It’s disturbing that I can actually imagine planning a software project, worrying about the patent issues, and thinking “this is too much trouble, I just won’t bother writing it”.