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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

Asmor Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (507 comments)

> Maybe that happens in Miami or Boston

Doesn't happen in Boston. Well, the areas around Boston, anyways (anyone who drives in Boston is insane). Only one or two cars merge in front of me in heavy traffic, if that. It's rare enough that I'm not even really cognizant of it.

I can only imagine that these people complaining about everyone doing that are themselves the people who do that. Probably also the same assholes who know there's going to be a long line for the ramp and, rather than getting into it and waiting their turn, stay a lane over and then try to merge in right at the end.

about a year ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

Asmor Re:Open set it is! (248 comments)

That clarification was important. GP said:

> You now have a number that is divisible by none of the primes, which therefore must be a prime number

This is incorrect. The number must have a prime factor not in the initial list, which is a different (and more general) statement than "it must be a prime number."

The existence of a prime factor not in the original chosen set is proof that the set was not, in fact, all the primes. Thus you've shown that the original premise leads to a contradition, so the original premise is impossible.

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

Asmor Re:And You Are Some Magic Insect Sorting Entity? (626 comments)

It's in your head.

Sad but true.

I was raised not eating beef or pork. I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I've (knowingly) ingested them. It's incredibly inconvenient and annoying, and I just can't get over the mental block. The thought of eating either disgusts me, and I wish I could get past that and just eat a god damn hamburger.

about a year ago
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Federal Magistrate Rules That Fifth Amendment Applies To Encryption Keys

Asmor Re:Ahem (322 comments)

I don't know, this looks like a reasonably suspicious post to me

FTFY

about a year ago
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The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots

Asmor Re:Linux Workaround (312 comments)

Actually, XBMC = XBMC. They changed their project's name a long time ago, since it was no longer exclusive (or even primarily) for Xboxes.

Sort of like how KFC is no longer short for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

about a year ago
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Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

Asmor Re: death to children and teenagers. (343 comments)

Checks out. Just went through their order form.

United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay

about a year ago
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Planescape: Torment Successor Funded In 6 Hours

Asmor Not the same setting (118 comments)

It's worth pointing out that this is not set in the same setting as Planescape: Torment (i.e. Planescape).

Numenera is completely unrelated to D&D, at least flavor wise (it's made by Monte Cook, who was heavily involved in D&D 3rd Edition. I don't think he had any involvement with AD&D, including Planescape...).

Not saying this is a good or bad thing, just saying, so that people are aware.

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Console Wars Will Soon Begin In Earnest

Asmor Re:Well, it was nice while it lasted (284 comments)

Blu-ray is totally Sony.

Also, don't forget that MS backed the HD-DVD horse.

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

Asmor Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

I find it's rare for time travel to be done right. As a big fan of Stargate... I don't think they ever did it right on that series. They certainly didn't do it egregiously wrong, but they never did it right. Haven't watched any Star Trek except the recent JJ Abrams movie, so can't comment much on that.

What did time travel right? Well, Babylon 5. And... I feel like there's probably something else, but that's about it off the top of my head.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?

Asmor Re:You are doomed (366 comments)

> I am not sure the purge is going to happen soon - revenue wise we are growing better than our estimates, and the overall sentiment in the camp is positive. That means the company as a whole is doing a lot of things right.

Well, it could also mean that your company is a little tiny bubble waiting to pop.

Or you could be right.

I know less about economics than I do about your situation. I just like to point out flawed reasoning. :) Cheers!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

Asmor Re:Polarized sunglasses? (195 comments)

Not GPP, but I can speak for myself: I don't take my sunglasses off until I'm going to be settled down for a good long while. That means if I go into a store or fast food for a moment, I leave them on.

Neither vampire nor hipster (well, ok, maybe a little hipster, but that's not why). I'm nearsighted, and my sunglasses are prescription. It's easier to just leave them on for brief indoor jaunts than to take them off, dig out my regular glasses, put those on, and put my sunglasses away.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

Asmor Re:Polarized sunglasses? (195 comments)

I've actually found that most LCDs go black somewhere around 45 degrees one way or the other, so that they're also brightest at 45 degrees and rather dim at normal right angles.

I wear polarized prescription sunglasses during my commute and one day forgot to take my normal glasses with me. Gave me a nasty headache trying to work in the polarized glasses.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

Asmor Re:Polarized sunglasses? (195 comments)

The really crazy thing about polarized sunglasses is that you can actually see the difference they make by tilting your head. I often find myself looking down at the street as I'm walking around Boston rolling my head back and forth, amused by how different it looks at different angles, and then belatedly realize I probably look like a loony.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Lego Sold Out?

Asmor Nothing's changed except the names (425 comments)

I was born in '84. Thus, I was into Legos through the late 80s and early 90s.

I never got anything that didn't have detailed instructions. In fact, it's only in recent years that I've learned that Legos were ever sold as anything other than kits for particular models. And I was rather surprised by that.

I'd build the thing according to the instructions, play with it a while, then tear it apart and go wild.

If kids are just building the things and then never taking them apart and doing their own thing... that says more about the kids of today than the legos of today. What different does it make if it's some generic Lego Spaceship or if it's a Lego Star Wars X-Wing? Both sets come with detailed instructions and custom molded pieces.

Much ado about nothing.

about a year and a half ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Asmor Re:Banks just as bad (497 comments)

I'd love to. Which banks in the US offer this?

I haven't found any.

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Asmor Banks just as bad (497 comments)

TD Bank, my current bank, has the following password requirements:

6-32 characters, no spaces, alphanumeric + the following symbols only: [list of characters removed because /. thought it was spam; it was a fairly short list, though. Didn't even include an asterisk]

Additionally, back when I signed up for online banking with them, I filled in a bunch of garbage for the security questions because security questions are just an attack vector, and I don't forget my passwords (I highly recommend KeePass for managing passwords, it's amazing).

Anyways, a few years ago I went to log in and was prompted to answer a security question. Wtf? I had to call customer service to get my security questions reset. Now, if they don't recognize the device, or every so often, in addition to password you need to answer a security question.

This means that I'm forced to either give real answers that I'll remember (and that anyone else could figure out to hijack my account), bogus answers that I can try to memorize, or garbage that I write down and hang onto.

I also recall, around 10 years ago, I was using Bank of America and they had a limit of either 12 or 16 characters on your passwords.

Of course, my email, web hosting, and even my fucking World of Warcraft use actual two-factor authentication, with phone apps that generate codes that are only good for around 30 seconds, and outside of a man-in-the-middle attack they're practically bulletproof. Why the fuck can't my online banking be as secure as them?

about 2 years ago
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How Indie Devs Made an 1,800-Player Action Game Mod In Their Spare Time

Asmor Re:Not ground breaking (87 comments)

The point? I assume you're talking about the fact that there were a large number of players in the server concurrently?

That may be the point, but it's only half the headline. The rest of the headline emphasizes that the devs are independent (you know, as opposed to professional), and they did this in their spare time (so they aren't getting paid for it).

Remove those elements from the headline, and I have no problem. But as it is, the headline is emphasizing them as if it's some amazing, unheard of feat that PC gamers would create a mod for a game. And I'm calling bullshit on that.

about 2 years ago
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How Indie Devs Made an 1,800-Player Action Game Mod In Their Spare Time

Asmor Not ground breaking (87 comments)

How Indie Devs Made an 1,800-Player Action Game Mod In Their Spare Time

Wow, indie devs making mods in their spare time? Holy crap! That would be revolutionary two decades ago!

Sit around, kids, and let me tell you a story about when PC games were expected to be modded, had rich and diverse communities devoted to all the mods, and all of this with the approval and support of the people that made the game!

Of course, back then, there was no concept of "DLC", and an FPS intended for online play with only a handful of maps was dead before it even got started. Games shipped with lots of content, and the game developers would churn out and release new content, for free, in addition to all the stuff the hobbyists made.

Games today, with entirely too few exceptions, are shitty console ports designed to be closed ecosystems so the publishers can charge you for piddly bits of content and you need to be a god damn hacker to even install mods, never mind make them.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

Asmor Re:Books suck (415 comments)

I can actually empathize with you on the region locking front. My favorite series, the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky, is 10 books long, but only the first 4 are released in the US. In order to buy the others, I need to register a UK address in my Amazon profile, switch my Kindle to the UK, and pay the exchange rate since the UK POS uses pounds.

Region locking sucks.

about 2 years ago

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Blizzard Authenticator adds extra security to WoW

Asmor Asmor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Asmor writes "When I first read it, it sounded like a late April Fool's joke: Blizzard will soon be offering an electronic keychain device, dubbed the Blizzard Authenticator, which generates 6-digit codes at the press of the button. Once you associate an authenticator's serial number with your WoW account, in the future in addition to a password you must also supply the number from the authenticator. Each number is valid one-time only, and only for a short period. Though the press release and accompanying FAQ are light on technical details, from the temporal nature of the codes it seems likely that they're the result of some hashing algorithm based on the device's serial number and the current time."
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Asmor Asmor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Asmor (775910) writes "We all know it. Slashdot, and geeks in general, hate Microsoft. They all bash "M$" as being fat and bloaty and just all around crap, even if they happen to put out a good product. But is this really the truth? For a long time, I've noticed that all I really see with any frequency are people saying things like, "I know I'll probably get modded troll for this, but the new MS _____ is actually pretty good," and often moderated highly as insightful or interesting. All in all, it seems that most posts (or, at least, most highly-moderated ones) are quite balanced when it comes to MS issues, giving them kudos for doing things right and only really bashing when they do things poorly. Similarly, there seems to be pretty balanced conversation about Apple, rather than the perceived stereotype of everyone automatically gushing over whatever Steve Job's newest announcement is. So what say you, Slashdot? Is the default anti-Microsoft/pro-Apple sentiment still the norm? If not, was it ever?"

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