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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Ambvai Re:How much money ? (123 comments)

I'd probably take the first one, telling myself "Hey, I'm getting paid for it. I might as well 'earn' it."

It'll be followed by the second one, "Damn, that HURT. I'll transfer to upper management and shock him instead."

about a month ago

The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Ambvai Social Dynamics? (200 comments)

Love never should have entered;
It was never in the plan.
We were finally going to have her
And let Joe be damned...
-Monsters, Blue Oyster Cult

about 2 months ago

Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

Ambvai Re:Black Hats shoot themselves in the foot. (82 comments)

It's a bit like the endgame for the game Uplink-- if you go blackhat, you end up in a race to destroy the internet. If you succeed, the only thing that happens is that you get a 'connection terminated' notice.

about 5 months ago

Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

Ambvai Re:Secret guidelines (384 comments)

Several of the recent Harvest Moon games, which do appear on Nintendo platforms, allow for same-sex marriages. You can even get children in them too, via adoption or babies showing up on your doorstep (I think).

about 7 months ago

Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

Ambvai Re:IIIum? (129 comments)

You must be the guy who read off my hotel confirmation to me...

about 8 months ago

Docker Turns 1: What's the Future For Open Source Container Tech?

Ambvai Re:Subjects suck. (65 comments)

As did I. And I think that would actually be far more interesting.

about 9 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Ambvai Re:Horrible coffee (769 comments)

Unless you hate the beans yourself and picked them out of the toilet before roasting them...

Well. You might also have to be a civet.

about 10 months ago

On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

Ambvai Re:Bullshit... (121 comments)

It's a bit of a fluff article, but there are certainly enough relevant examples of cell phone usage being an active element in improving the lives of 'rural farmers in 3rd world countries': http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/...

(Also, came across this article, which is a bit more recent and covers specific products: http://www.ventures-africa.com...)

about 10 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Ambvai Re:I didn't meet myself yet (465 comments)

I think it would be all the money you spent on coffee.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Long Will the Internet Remember Us?

Ambvai Re:Ever-Growing Accumulation (126 comments)

One may wish to consider the short story 'Ms Fnd in a Lbry', by Hal Draper. (http://folk.uio.no/knuthe/msfndinalbry.html)

Summed up, it's a report of an archaeological document discussing the collapse of a previous civilization due to information overload and how index upon index made it impossible to verify information and linkages if anything was ever misfiled... with the added addendum that the document in question appears to have a bad reference...

about a year ago

Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

Ambvai Re:control (305 comments)

"The reward for solving a block is automatically adjusted so that roughly every four years of operation of the Bitcoin network, half the amount of bitcoins created in the prior 4 years are created. 10,500,000 bitcoins were created in the first 4 (approx.) years from January 2009 to November 2012. Every four years thereafter this amount halves, so it will be 5,250,000 over years 4-8, 2,625,000 over years 8-12, and so on. Thus the total number of bitcoins in existence will never exceed 21,000,000. Blocks are mined every 10 minutes, on average, and for the first four years (210,000 blocks) each block included 50 new bitcoins. As the amount of processing power directed at mining changes, the difficulty of creating new bitcoins changes. This difficulty factor is calculated every 2016 blocks and is based upon the time taken to generate the previous 2016 blocks"

1 year,19 days

Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

Ambvai Re:dreamworld (305 comments)

Interestingly enough, a lot of the small/medium businesses I work with that do business internationally have the exact same concerns with international currencies. (Dollar, Yen, Euro, Pound are accepted as safe... but even a currency as significant as Renminbi makes some people skittish.)

1 year,19 days

Online Shopping: Hazardous To Junk Food's Health

Ambvai Re:Validates what your home ec teacher said (151 comments)

Same here-- I tried shopping with a list once. Failed horribly: Unless there's a special event, I know what I can make, and I decide what to buy based on current prices, quality, and how long to my next expected grocery trip.

1 year,22 days

Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Ambvai Re:That's not exactly right... (206 comments)

Very likely. If they did a good job testing things, then they had to actually design and produce, in limited quantities, all the actual controllers to be given to be people, or at least have them with interchangeable parts when possible.

I participate in surveys and focus groups when I can and they can be quite interesting, and expensive on the part of the tester. A few months back, I had the opportunity to try various formulations of a hard cider produced by a major beer company. (I want to say it was Coors, based on the demo packaging, but that's probably wrong.) One at a time, they gave me sealed cans of slightly-different ciders in nondescript packaging with instructions to pour it into a (new) cup, munch on various snack foods, fill out the survey, call the guy in for the next can, repeat, for a total of 8 different versions. For my trouble, I got to keep the half-eaten bag of crackers, drink all the cider I wanted until I decided to leave (or got drunk, I suppose), and 50$ cash.

Another time, I got a steak dinner, with dessert, and a voucher to some mail order company where I got a free set of pots and pans. What were they actually testing? Steak sauce.

There's a lot of random stuff in R&D... and paying the subjects are an area that can add up to be intriguingly costly.

about a year ago

Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Ambvai Re:Obvious (206 comments)

Left-handed writer, right-hand mouse, right-hand scissors, left-hand golfer and... left-handed Wiimote user. It didn't really occur to me that anything was particularly unusual until I was playing one of those dance games that uses the Remote+Nunchuck and I kept failing everything because I was holding them in the "opposite" hand. (Thankfully, a lot of games will either auto-calibrate for that, or have control settings to pick. This one... didn't.)

about a year ago

Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

Ambvai Re:Why is Apple the one being sued? (458 comments)

I read that as Vince Gilligan saying "Our lawyers want us to call it Part 2, when it's still really just the same Series/Season 5."

about a year ago

NASA Scientists Jubilant After Successful Helicopter Crash

Ambvai NASA Scientists Perplexed After Unsuccessful Crash (110 comments)

In other news, NASA scientists announced confusion after attempting to crash a helicopter and failing despite repeated tries. The helicopter in question had, in various stages, had its stabilizers, fuel tank and even rotors removed. Despite all this, the helicopter remained aloft. "A failure," one scientist was quoted as saying. "We'll just have to shoot it down and try to crash one next next year after more planning." "A helicopter that cannot crash is a tremendous blow to science," another was heard arguing with another, "How are we supposed to obtain crash data with an infinitely levitating hunk of junk?"

about a year ago


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