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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Abstrackt Re:The golden question.. (60 comments)

... I fail to understand why anybody would even bother 'emulating' it with new hardware.

The simplest reason would be to avoid carrying more hardware. I love my SP but since it's a unitasker I usually leave it out of my bag. Other potential reasons include, but are not limited to, ROM hacks, developing a deeper understanding of the technology and simply overcoming the challenge of emulating something correctly.

about 3 months ago

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

Abstrackt Re:It is even faster when injured... (69 comments)

I picture breaking five legs and having it hop around on the sixth like a pogo stick.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Abstrackt Re:High useage (87 comments)

Similarly, it makes zero sense to buy an ebook from B&N if it is available through this program. So it does mean I am effectively locked into Amazon.

You're "effectively locked in" because they offer a better deal? You have no choice but to go for the cheapest option? Sorry, but that's like me saying I'm locked in to buying my groceries at Wal-Mart because they sell them cheaper than the local supermarket. While it may be more expensive we can both shop elsewhere if our morals dictate that the cheaper option is not the better one. If you don't trust Amazon don't give them your money. Then you can chalk the difference in price up to the cost of maintaining your morals.

about 3 months ago

Crucial Launches MX100 SSD At Well Under 50 Cents Per GiB

Abstrackt Re:"at about .43 per GiB." (107 comments)

GB = 1000 megabytes.
GiB = 1024 megabytes.

Basically, GB is how the users and hard drive manufacturers see it and GiB is how the computers (and computer people) see it. So no, they don't mean GB in this case.

about 5 months ago

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

Abstrackt Re:Two Problems (164 comments)

No problem, gay people read too.

about 5 months ago

Brazilian Kids Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans

Abstrackt Re:Yet more English learning (147 comments)

If I had someone to practice with, sign language would be an interesting one to learn over Skype, provided you had decent cinematography on each end.

If you're looking for someone to learn sign language from I'd recommend visiting Conversation Exchange, Verbling or Italki. Since it's a constructed language you can become reasonably proficient in a few weeks. I taught myself to finger spell over an afternoon and could carry on an intermediate level conversation after about two weeks.

My father in law is one of those "too proud" people with regards to his hearing and having him in the house is an exercise in frustration. He doesn't have the radio too loud, when in fact it is nearly impossible to set the volume higher, we're just too sensitive. He doesn't have a hard time hearing us when we're practically yelling in his face, we're just not speaking up. Etc. In his case, however, I think the hardest part of convincing him to communicate with speakers of other languages or learn one himself is his old world belief that non-English speakers are inferior in some way.

about 6 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Abstrackt Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

The chip and PIN cards come with a randomly generated PIN by default, you can change it at the branch though.

about 9 months ago

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

Abstrackt Re:I'm in. (655 comments)

You can dry roast mealworms in your oven and pulverize them in a blender or spice grinder for a cheap protein powder. It adds kind of a nutty flavor to whatever you put it in.

about a year ago

Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

Abstrackt Re:Isn't that the point? (276 comments)

Stealing a base is more like taking your time when your opponent forgots to stop their clock in a game of speed chess. It's not cheating so much as taking advantage of inattentiveness.

about a year and a half ago

Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

Abstrackt Re:Dream on. (292 comments)

As long as no one looked at him they couldn't see him.

about a year and a half ago

Will Legitimacy Spoil Bitcoin?

Abstrackt Re:That's the price you pay (490 comments)

Looks like someone couldn't afford the apostrophe tax.

about a year and a half ago

Book Review: To Save Everything, Click Here

Abstrackt Re:Whadda? (115 comments)

I mean... what the hell? Has anyone of /. readers seen a kitchen with lasers yet?

My infrared thermometer has a laser, does that count?

about a year and a half ago

Laser Intended For Mars Used To Detect "Honey Laundering"

Abstrackt Re:Buy local honey (387 comments)

I just make mead for my local apiary and get honey by the bucket in exchange. That obviously won't work for everybody but it's worth a shot if you're feeling adventurous.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

Abstrackt Re:US University Education shocked me... (605 comments)

Please limit yourself to monosyllables if you intend to get your point across.

Your schools suck. You need to bitch to the guys in charge till they fix them.

about a year and a half ago

Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report

Abstrackt Re:Great business model! (419 comments)

You're one of those people who thinks milk comes from a factory, aren't you?

about a year and a half ago

Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report

Abstrackt Re:What about the ACTUAL corn? (419 comments)

Saving seed for replanting is not standard farming practice.

I grew up on a farm and we always saved at least some portion of each year's crop to plant the following year; you're pissing your money away otherwise. I can introduce you to any number of grain, bean or vegetable farmers who will tell you they do the same. Granted, certain varieties from large scale breeders won't grow as well the second year for any number of reasons but seed saving is very much a standard practice.

about a year and a half ago

Punkbuster Service Goes Down, Hundreds of Online Game Servers Affected

Abstrackt Re:Productivity skyrockets (74 comments)

Also, there are reports of pasty-faced nerds emerging from the basements of the homes of respectable older couples, looking dazed by the sunlight.

And if they see their shadows we get 6 more weeks of winter?

As a Canadian nerd, we should be so lucky!

about a year and a half ago


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