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Grand Theft Auto V For Modern Platforms Confirmed

AugstWest Meanwhile, promised DLC for existing customers... (133 comments)

...still hasn't appeared.

Eight+ months after the game came out, there's still no new single-player content. Why? Because all of their development efforts are going into getting the game onto new consoles.

I understand the business sense of this, but still -- this situation is the exact opposite of what they promised when they released the game. So they make some huge announcements at/before E3, and still there's no mention of it.

A huge chunk of their customer base already has the game for earlier consoles. Why would they buy it for the new one if they've already played all the content?

about 3 months ago
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Charter Challenges Comcast/Time Warner Merger

AugstWest Love Charter. (90 comments)

Somehow I've almost always managed to live in one of the small pockets of my state that Charter services, and they're always been awesome. Other than the occasional weeklong power outage or some such natural nonsense, they've been rock solid. I always see all the people constantly bitching about Comcast and thank the heavens that whatever little rural enclave I've ended up in hasn't had them as the cable provider.

about 6 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

AugstWest Re:Working and Listening are Mutually Exclusive (262 comments)

I also often use Ambience pretty regularly, creating mixes of birds chirping, streams running by, etc. to keep my mind alert. There's no natural light where I work, so any little bit helps.

about 10 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

AugstWest Re:Working and Listening are Mutually Exclusive (262 comments)

Same here. Piano concertos are for days when I really need to work through some big ideas, otherwise it's Chinese Man, Thievery Corp or the like.

I have Pandora/Spotify stations all trained up for either mood. I also have a standing desk, so if I look up at people as they pass they always stop and ask if I'm DJing.

Lesson learned: Don't make eye contact.

about 10 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

AugstWest Evolution... (244 comments)

Do you think that we, as a species, will ever evolve beyond the need for a god?

about a year and a half ago
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Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

AugstWest Re:Copyright protection (307 comments)

Yeah, seriously, Sir Mixalot should be PISSED.

Let's get some perspective here, folks -- this is an arrangement of a song that Coulton himself didn't even write.

It's like when Led Zeppelin sued Pearl Jam for releasing a song that they thought sounded too much like Going To California -- when Led Zeppelin had been ripping off American blues artists for decades without paying a penny for it. Robert Plant's always been known for the line "squeeze my lemon 'til the juice runs down my leg," which he stole from Robert Johnson.

Enough with the OUTRAGE. Music belongs to everyone. Once it's out of your mouth, it no longer belongs to you.

about a year and a half ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

AugstWest Hi, my name is Anecdotal Evidence. (505 comments)

I was a Linux user beginning with Redhat 3. I went through Redhat, Mandrake, Fedora, Gentoo and Ubuntu. I've also used Solaris for a daily workstation.

Then I was assigned a Mac at a new job (running Tiger), and have never used anything else for a desktop since. I've had no reason to. I still keep an Ubuntu box in the house, but it's a server.

My name is Anecdotal Evidence, it's true, but whatever. I went Mac, and never looked back.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Dr. Ramsey Faragher About Navigation/Positioning Technology

AugstWest Really? (104 comments)

in the land, air, sea and space domains

That pretty much covers everything, no?

more than 2 years ago
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Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

AugstWest Re:Inevitably... (707 comments)

Yeah, by writing this article in the first place.

I mean, what does "peace" mean?

Does it mean that a government with nukes can abuse the crap out of its own people because outside forces dare not intercede for fear of starting a nuclear war?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?

AugstWest Re:Power problem answered: (212 comments)

So you have all this amazing tech, but no phone camera or digital camera?

PRIORITIES, man!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

AugstWest 15 years of crap phone operating systems... (1027 comments)

...doesn't lead one to even want to try it.

MS has proven for well over a decade that they have no idea how to build a useful portable device. I've tried one of every iteration except this latest, and even owned a few over the years, and had nothing but disdain for the entire experience. My first HP Jornada lasted 3 days before I had my boss return it. I kept my Palm.

I finally gave in and tried again with the Tilt upon a friend's recommendation, and eventually backed over it out of spite.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, three times, four times, you're on your own.

I want nothing to do with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Social Networks Can Be Tipped By Less Than 1% of Their Population

AugstWest Re:Uhhhh... Captain Obvios on line one... (125 comments)

I was thinking the same thing.

"I'll take Takei for the tip."

Wait, let me rephrase that....

more than 2 years ago
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DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV

AugstWest Re:Irony alert! (264 comments)

Also, DirecTV's DVR is like an exercise in "How Not To Build An Interface."

I quit the DAY that my 2-year contract was up. It wasn't that the programming was bad, or the cost or anything, it was that the interface was a constant source of annoyance. It really is THAT bad.

They don't give a shit what they hand the customer, and even when they add something nice, like DLNA abilities, they wrap them in a UI that makes you want to set fire to the hardware.

It's pretty much the polar opposite of Apple. They *should* be scared.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple May Need To Rethink 4G Claims (and Pay Refunds) In More Countries

AugstWest It's not "Pay" refunds... (105 comments)

...it's "Offer" refunds.

Sure, you can give Apple back the iPad, and they'll give you your money back.

It's not like Apple will have trouble selling that iPad, and now you don't have one anymore.

Winners everyone on this one, eh?

more than 2 years ago
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The eBook Backlash

AugstWest Re:That's why I like the basic Kindle (418 comments)

I use my iPad for everything from checking my email to composing classical music, from playing games to using it onstage to improvise a funk Hammond B3 solo.

That said, I have never in my life read as much as I have since I picked it up. I've burned through more books than I did when I was a Literature major.

As an ADD person, getting to the library to get books was hard enough -- returning them on time was nigh impossible. Getting to the bookstore would never happen. But buying books that I want to read as soon as I hear about them? Win.

I don't get the argument here. I mean, I understand it, but I've never had that issue. All the arguments for e-ink are bunk for me, I have no problem reading on my ipad for hours. Barth, Pynchon, even Faulkner.

Battery life's never been an issue, I've never gotten a headache, all this FUD is pretty lame, IMHO. I'm glad you like your paper book, I'm glad you like your old-school Kindle, I'm in favor of anything that gets people to read more, but really -- it's a non-argument to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

AugstWest Garbage is unappetizing. (514 comments)

I drive a Jeep Wrangler, which is as secure as a tent. Basically, it IS a tent.

So the passenger's side floor is pretty much always full of Dunkin Donuts trash. I slide my laptop bag under it all, throw a few empty coffee cups on top, and noone's going to think there's anything interesting to steal.

Out-of-sight, out-of-mind works very well.

about 2 years ago
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Renault Opens Up the 'Car As a Platform'

AugstWest OBDII? (318 comments)

OBD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On-board_diagnostics) included in the car? No more trying to get a USB cable to work with a laptop just to read the stuff that's been being recorded by my car for a decade+ now?

Yes, have some.

more than 2 years ago

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Using crowdfunding for medical/health research?

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  about 2 years ago

AugstWest (79042) writes "It can be difficult to get some things approved or legalized in the the US because of their lack of patentability — Stevia, a natural, non-caloric sweetener comes to mind, as do things like therapeutic MDMA research, cannabis research, etc. In a world of FUD, would it be possible to crowdfund real research that would be trusted by the FDA and their ilk? Is there a way to drive this sort of research through existing laboratories, or would new infrastructure need to be built?"
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A Space Drive That Requires No Propellant?

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AugstWest writes "In Pennylvania, they tend to come up with some very weird and interesting ideas. Chocolate rivers, the very first movie theater, the first gay President of the US But how about a space drive that doesn't require propellant?

Called the QDrive, it's a resonating cavity with design features that redirect the radiation pressure exerted in the cavity to create a radiation pressure imbalance on the cavity. This differential in radiation pressure generates an unbalanced force that creates thrust. This cavity produces — wait for it — thrust without use of propellant. Skeptical? They've posted the theory. Or check out the numerical models for yourself. And of course, they wouldn't go public without some experimental results."

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Can World Governments Veto Your Domain Name?

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AugstWest (79042) writes "There's been talk recently of the Obama administration wanting the right to shoot down possible TLDs, but it looks like things may be going even a step further — According to this article by Laura Stotler, "the NTIA is asking for the power to object to any proposed Internet address for any reason." What happens if, say, the government of Germany decides they don't like your domain name? ICANN's had its share of bureaucratic nightmares, what happens when world governments also have a say?"
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The answers to Joel Hodgson's interview questions

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AugstWest (79042) writes "I forgot to throw my email address info in there...

The Gist:

I have the answers to Joel Hodgson's interview questions, and we'd love to run them tomorrow if at all possible.

malda@slashdot.org and kdawson@slashdot.org are bouncing for me, so I can't send them, and I'm hoping someone can send me a non-slashdot.org email address to send to.

I can be reached at john@stotlers.com"
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The answers to Joel Hodgson's interview questions

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AugstWest (79042) writes "OK, now not only is malda@slashdot.org not working, kdawson@slashdot.org isn't working for me either.... Does someone have a non-slashdot email address I can send these answers to? We'd really love to be able to run them tomorrow (Friday) if possible.... Always an adventure :p Thanks, John"
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The Answers to Joel Hodgson's Interview Questions

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AugstWest writes "Hey, I've got the answers to the questions for Joel Hodgson, but malda@slashdot.org keeps coming back with:

This Message was undeliverable due to the following reason:

Your message was not delivered because the destination computer was not found. Carefully check that it was spelled correctly and try sending it again if there were any mistakes.

It is also possible that a network problem caused this situation, so if you are sure the address is correct you might want to try to send it again. If the problem continues, contact your friendly system administrator.

The following recipients did not receive this message:

malda@slashdot.org

Can someone email me so I can submit the answers? We'd really like to run them this week if we can....

Thanks, John"
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Ask Joel Rob... Errrr, Joel Hodgson about whatever

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AugstWest writes "Hey, I can get you guys an interview with Joel Hodgson in the next coupla weeks, if you're up for it. Creator of MST3K, TV Wheel, etc. Email me at john@stotlers.com if you want to set it up... There may be a more proper way to propose this, but I can't find it."
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Joel and the Bots are back!

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AugstWest (79042) writes "Unfortunately it's in separate projects, but just after Jim Mallon (the man who owns all things MST3K) announced that he would be bringing back Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy in animated Flash shorts on the web along with Paul Chaplin (a writer from the original MST3K), Joel Hodgson, the series creator, has announced that he will be launching a new venture called Cinematic Titanic. It will feature horrible movies riffed by the original cast of MST3K, including Josh Weinstein (the original Tom Servo), Trace Beaulieu (the original Crow), Frank Conniff (TV's Frank), Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester) and, of course, Joel himself. They've already got the rights to 12 movies, and will be releasing one a month starting in December for DVD purchase or download."
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The Ultimate Roaming Office?

AugstWest AugstWest writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AugstWest writes "I've been offered the ultimate dream job for me — 100% work-from-home. The appeal of the work-from-anywhere, portable job has been around for ages, and I've always dreamed of being in a wired mobile home, traversing the country. I have a Verizon Treo 650 that I can use with DUN, but the speed still sucks. I'm looking at everything from a VSAT to an ExpressCard for any of the wireless providers.

What would you put together as your ultimate mobile system? Would you get a bluetooth phone and use it for DUN, or is a laptop card pretty much required? What if you wanted to get into some remote areas, not just wander along the interstates? If you could take your internet-based job anywhere, how would you do it?"

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