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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

Cyfun Neat idea, but overpriced for what you get (33 comments)

For $50, you get a tiny monochrome screen, a D-pad and TWO WHOLE BUTTONS, and a non-rechargeable 9 hour battery.

A coin cell battery? This is 2014, and it doesn't have a rechargeable battery? He did mention you can get rechargeable coin cells, but they only last an hour. So with moderate use, you're gonna be spending a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, not to mention having to carry around spares with you.

Yes, it's nice and thin, but nobody is gonna stick this in their wallet unless he invents a flexible PCB.

Or, for $30, you can get a brand new LG smartphone from Walmart, running Android 4.4, with a 3.5" color touchscreen, a dual core 1.2ghz processor, camera, wifi, bluetooth, GPS, accelerometers, speakers and a microphone, several gigs of storage space, and a RECHARGEABLE battery that will last 10 hours heavily used and over a week in standby. I guess the only downside is that touchscreens aren't as good as D-pads and physical buttons for games, but you could always buy a USB controller and get a lot more buttons. And while it IS about the size of a credit card, but half an inch thick. And instead of shelling out a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, you could spend that money on a straight talk cellular plan and get UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS!

3 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Cyfun Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

A friend of mine is a single mom and is routinely broke, but was still shelling out $60/mo for cable TV. I was giving her shit about it one day, and she said she only does it just for the kids channels. For her it was worth $2 a day just to plop her lil bastard in front of it so she could get shit done around the house.

So I took one of my old modded Xboxes, downloaded all the damn kids shows I could find (even those from 20 years ago), showed her how to rip DVDs to it, and set up XBMC so that she can just fire up a playlist and it will run all day with no user interaction

She was able to drop the cable, and I get free meals for life. :D

In a year or two, I'll introduce the kid into the wonderful world of SNES emulators.

5 days ago

Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Cyfun Re:$300 = free? (153 comments)

Except Comcast already greedily scoops up your data, but then they insert ads and throttle traffic. With Comcast's approx $60 a month for service, Google's would pay for itself within half a year. Call me crazy, but for some reason I'd prefer my data being treated fairly + not paying out the ass.

about a month and a half ago

General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

Cyfun Re:What Type (90 comments)

Fairly confident most babies don't have plastic surgery done, so there's no cause for concern.

about 1 month ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Cyfun Screw other people (800 comments)

Let's be honest. The job of YOUR car is to keep YOU safe, so the smaller car is probably the better bet as it will have less inertia and cause you less harm. Sure, the most important law of robotics is to protect human life... but if it's going to prioritize, it should probably start with its owner.

about 3 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

Cyfun It's official! (360 comments)

I don't suck!

about 3 months ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Cyfun Re:Solution (243 comments)

No, this will just cause companies to hire the rest on as "contractors," which is worse because those people will usually get screwed over on benefits. This is what Exxon Mobil does. They only have about 75,000 employees, but are one of the most profitable companies in the world. Although they do take fairly good care of them... but can you imagine if a company like Walmart did this? Hell, they pretty much already do!

about 3 months ago

New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Cyfun Google Latitude (61 comments)

Didn't Google Latitude do this like 5 years ago?

about 3 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Cyfun Re:Should void warranty (208 comments)

Sorry to break it to you, but people have been modifying their cars in various ways for... oh... about a century. Yes, it might compromise safety and reliability... but doing so is nothing new.

about 4 months ago

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Cyfun Easy money (445 comments)

Step 1: Trick drunk friend into point laser at planes

Step 2: ???

Step 3: Profit!!!

about 6 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

Cyfun Re:No real option for me (177 comments)

I'd equate retirement more to being self-employed, as you do have financial stability, and probably have a pension or profits from investments. Plus, every single retired person I know either has a side-job or a profitable hobby.

about 6 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Cyfun Every other one (1009 comments)

I'm looking forward to 9, as it should follow Microsoft's scheme of only-every-other-version-of-windows-doesn't-suck. As Vista was an obvious catastrophe, and 8 is starting to look the same way, 9 can't possibly be worse... right?

about 7 months ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

Cyfun Montana (489 comments)

I can tell you why Montana's on the list: there are simply no blacks or hispanics here. As for why women made the list, it's likely because they DGAF, as this is Montana and most of them wanna just work on a ranch, drive a diesel 4x4, and make babies.

about 7 months ago

Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose

Cyfun Re:Bad things (195 comments)

Illegal narcotics are made in garages and jungles in unregulated conditions BECAUSE they can't be made legally. One of the main reasons they cause so much harm to people is BECAUSE of these poor manufacturing conditions and how they're cut. We should legalize them simply to allow us to create and distribute them in a safer manner that we can regulate and monitor.

Besides, people die many times more from prescription drug abuse than illegal drug abuse.

And alien races likely avoid us because of or proclivity for violence over diplomacy, greed over innovation, and utter lack of common sense. If anything, legalizing narcotics and spending the money treating addicts instead of just tossing them in jail would make it MORE likely that aliens would see us as sensible motherfuckers and contact us.

So... let's legalize drugs so we can meet some hot green Orion women already!

about 7 months ago

Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

Cyfun How could this affect her credit? (519 comments)

Am I the only one wondering how in the fuck some random company was able to just make up a charge out of thin air and then destroy her credit over it?

about 9 months ago

Robots: a Working Breed At the Dairy

Cyfun Crap video (65 comments)

I was looking forward to some good footage of a little robot scooting around a pasture. Instead I got a 6-second clip of a few cows and something zipping around behind them in what appears to be a time-lapse style shot.

What kind of crap journalism is this?

about 9 months ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

Cyfun Re:Preview (283 comments)

It does. That's the sad part.

about 9 months ago

Amazon Hints At Details On Its CIA Franken-Cloud

Cyfun Cloud-to-Butt (67 comments)

It's days like this that I just love the Chrome extension that changes all instances of the word "cloud" to "butt."

about 9 months ago

Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

Cyfun Super Mango Tit (258 comments)

Am I the only one wondering what the tag Super Mango Tit means?

about 9 months ago



Google Talk/Google Voice outage

Cyfun Cyfun writes  |  about 2 years ago

Cyfun writes "Went to use my Groove IP on my Droid 2 this morning, calls would not go through. Turns out both Google Talk and Google Voice have been down for several hours. Unfortunately, Google has not posted any obvious official outage notifications, but they have confirmed it through other channels. "We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 7:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.""
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