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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

DarthVain FAIL (322 comments)

If you are going to do a proper slashdot car analogy it has to be direct! :)

This is like Shell (Shell being the only gas station you can get gas at), deciding that because you drive a Chevy Truck rather than a Toyota Pirus, that Chevy has to pay up additional fees because a Truck uses more gas than a Pirus, even though you already purchase more gas at the standard rate. Then Shell saying the rational for this is that Trucks put an undue hardship on the distribution of enough gas for everyone.

3 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

DarthVain IRL! (295 comments)

A few years ago we had some Chinese exchange workers come and work for us. At the end of their stint, they did a bit of a presentation about similar work in China. They did a bit of background on China, and were still calling Taiwan part of China! I was a bit flabbergasted...

Different perspectives or propaganda I guess. Eye opener either way.

3 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

DarthVain 'Merica! (431 comments)

Were number one!
Were number one!
Were number one!

4 days ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DarthVain Nope (117 comments)

From what I have heard it was not a money decision. It was that of availability. They didn't think enough of it would exist to furnish production of one console let alone two. So they stuck with a more mature technology. So yeah they both guessed, but they were both also playing chicken, and MS flinched. Even today, if BOTH companies used DDR5, are you certain that it would not delay console production?

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

DarthVain Confirmed (245 comments)

I am playing more computer games than ever in the last 5 years or so. Part of this is due to deciding to build a new gaming rig, and ignore the new consoles. Part of this is just DOTA 2.

Every now again again at work I find my fingers hovering over the 1,2,3,4 keys... just in case someone tries to gank me I guess lol!

4 days ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

DarthVain Microtransactions (181 comments)

I remember there was a time where gamers were all asking for microtransactions, and thought they would be a good idea. As it turns out, not so much,

First off many of them turn out to me no so micro. Also in a multiplayer situation it generally makes a game unbalanced. It becomes an arms race to spend the most in order to even have a chance, which is what the developer wants. There have been a few examples that work, mostly through making the content cosmetic only.

One of my favorite games of all time was a free one: Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Now my current favorite game is also free: DOTA 2

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

DarthVain Carriers (630 comments)

Likely doesn't matter if the ship you are bolting it to has a nuclear reactor on board. May birth a new type of nuclear ship, with a rail gun specialization.

Likely not usable without such a power source I would think. With that source, I doubt energy reserve will be the issue.

I think the issue will be one of materials. Subjecting a barrel to that kind of force and heat repeatedly is going to have a negative effect on it. If you take too many shots too quickly, you will likely damage it. I wonder how they cool it without causing additional hot/cold stress. Not to mention expansion issues.

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

DarthVain That's OK! (172 comments)

No one uses a 100,000$ dollar Land Rover for offroading silly! Are you nuts?

They are used by rich soccer Moms to drop off little Bobby at practice. Those camera may prevent them from running over Jimmy when they have had one too many cocktails and get all sassy and decide to take a short cut over the neighboring pitch...

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

DarthVain Re:Big Red Button (342 comments)

So if I clearly screw up, and lose a bunch of money, can I request a do over? Didn't think so.

Perhaps if trades didn't happen in milliseconds, and actually had human QA, mistakes like that would not happen (or at least not of that magnitude).

From what I read about the Knight situation, was that a development instance was put live rather than production which was untested, contained a flaw, which caused the problem. Then again that could just be management throwing the technical staff under the bus, we'll never know for sure.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

DarthVain Interaction? (408 comments)

Homeopathy is using such small diluted amounts, that interaction should be impossible.

Unless they are referring to interaction with other dubious natural remedies like rhino horn, and tiger balls, etc...

about two weeks ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

DarthVain Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

While generally true that really depends on how hot things are going to get relative to the thing you wish to cool. Too hot is too hot. Also though a bit off topic is that the hotter it gets the more and more airflow that is required. At a certain point not only are mechanical fans loud, but so is the moving air, not to mention the literal vacuum cleaner/leaf blower you just created.

I this case (sorry no pun intended) making a 1500$ ridiculous video card that takes your two biggest hottest chips that use the most energy (tho this version apparently tweaked to take less somehow), puts them on the same board, would require something a bit more than your standard heat pipe. Hence why it is probably liquid cooled in the first place.

I recently experimented with one of the newer AIO liquid cooled solutions (H90 I believe it was). Not sure how much better it would be from a high end conventional heat sink heat pipe fan combo, however it does have some advantages. One of which that isn't always apparent is displaced space. Putting a huge 1kg chunk of copper, pipes, and 140mm fan takes of a lot of real estate literally in the middle of all the business. At least with the liquid cooling solution you can relocate that someplace else, though you still have to route the tubes. In an ITX case for example it can be a big deal, particularly if you actually want to access anything on the MB without removing your cooling solution every time.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

DarthVain Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

Its size isn't so much the matter (though it helps) it is about moving the heat to be radiated someplace else, preferably no where near the thing you want to actually cool. This is where water or liquid cooling come into play, as a heat transportation medium.

Heatpipes is another halfassed way to do it, though not as efficient and limited in range.

The only issue with liquid cooling is a leak obviously, and if the pump ever fails, your small copper and water heatsink isn't going to perform very well.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

DarthVain I deploy private proprietary bioware (me!) (641 comments)

...so you're an asshole.

"XP PC to run his online business"

What an astounding advertisement for no one to ever use your services ever.

Seriously Outlook Express? You have a problem transitioning to "webmail", but you are OK using 900 3rd party solutions to patchwork your system into a somewhat secure environment. Not to mention if you ever spring a leak, the whole thing will be compromised within about 1ms.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

DarthVain Re:Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

The gravitational forces and stresses causing immense seismic events caused by orbiting a super giant like Jupiter might be a problem.

Also the space ice pirates that ply the ocean depths are said to be very territorial and none too hygienic.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

DarthVain Bill Gates (240 comments)

"Buy 'em out Boys!"

Nerds smash up Homer Simpson's office

"You don't think I got rich by *actually* buying people out did you?"

sry, first thing that came to mind...

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

DarthVain Big Deal (226 comments)

I can write code that will write 1,000,000,000 lines of code easy peasy.

It might just say "Hello World" a billion times without using a single loop, but it is probably about as useful.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

DarthVain Big Red Button (342 comments)

This is currently the problem. Zero liability currently. There have been a number of LARGE examples of this, where things have gone awry, and the company loses like 500 Million. The response has been to halt trading, and reverse all the trades. To me this is cheating. They may have lost, but that just means that someone else was the winner.

If people want to use these methods, then they take the risks. They don't get to call a "redo" because things didn't work out in the way they thought it should.

After a couple of big losses like this, people might think twice about using such a service, or at least account for it within their threshold of risk. They do not own a licence to make money.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

DarthVain Re:Low-end, constant acceleration gets you there.. (392 comments)

Yes and no. There is "reasonable tech" and "current tech". My example was using current tech. Voyager is the only man made thing other than various emissions to leave our solar system. So I was using its speed as a base. Has ANY solar sail EVER been deployed successfully? I think the Japanese has a plan to use one, but that might be a far off pipe dream if I remember correctly. Ion Drives have been tested, on earth, and not for the duration you mention.

Anyway don't get me wrong, I think they should be experimenting with these technologies, particularly the ion drive. However what you call "reasonable" I think could better be described as "untested".

That said I would be much more excited about trying to launch something using an ion drive at a neighboring star, than a man on mars. One of the other obstacles is that of power source. Not sure what the energy requirements for a mission like that might be, or what an ion drive sucks down, but the only thing we have used so far are 40-80 year RTG producing somewhere around 500W of power. Long distance communication takes a lot, just keeping electronics uniformly warm takes a lot (tho by using a RTG you get some thermals anyway)...

Again my example about energy was using traditional propellant (saw it in a fact sheet someplace), as again that is all we have actually used so far.

Hell much of the older technology from back in the day has since been lost, like heavy lift etc... (though some effort is now being made to invent the wheel again).

Though heck if your calculations are correct, if they launched today, it would arrive in 42 years, and if sending transmission at the speed of light another 4.2 years to get any transmission, so 46.2 years, I *might* still be alive then to witness it! Then again, if it has to transmit by radio, I imagine it would take much longer indeed to receive any signal.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

DarthVain Re:Vegans (1037 comments)

lol, yeah I can see that. You also have those that pick and choose which rules they follow. I had one vegan friend that was pretty hardcore. No leather shoes, belts, purses, and this was a girl so probably a hard line to follow. Wouldn't even use a camera because of animal products used in film production (back when camera's had film, I know I am dating myself here a bit). HOWEVER, oddly enough just couldn't give up fries and gravy. That's right gravy. It was the only rule she broke, but broke it kind of in a big way. :)

I have a girlfriend who is quite religious. I am not so much. Raised "United" which I believe is some sort of Protestant, one of the more accepting faiths I think. However not really a believer nor practicing other than to go on Christmas because it would make my Grandmother happy. I am not sure I am fully Atheist nor Agnostic, but I tend not to discuss it too much, as I have found there is really no arguing with those that do chose to believe. I am also of the ilk that think people can believe whatever they like, so long as they don't try to foist it on me, many draw a lot of comfort and community from religion. I think it is pretty obvious that we are all part of something much greater, and that their may even be a greater intelligence at work, however I am not so sure that our part in things, or the interest in those running it in us is all that significant. Much of the more literal religions I don't give much credence to. Partly because I've always been a bit of an ancient history buff, and know much of what is out there is hard to call fact and is pretty open to interpretation from scant evidence.

But I think your example is noteworthy, it probably should be harder to get into a given religion. I do recall having a friend who was a mason (as was my Grandfather), and was looking for a charitable group to work with, and asked him what was involved with joining. He asked me if I believed in God, to which I responded, "to the traditionally accepted version of God in the Bible? Not really.", and he said, well they will ask you that, and if you do not believe you will probably not be accepted. Which is fair enough, probably not the right group for me anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

DarthVain Ugly giant bags of mostly water (392 comments)

HK-47: Explanation: It's just that... you have all these squisy parts, master. And all that water! How the constant sloshing doesn't drive you mad, I have no idea...

about two weeks ago

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Man 'Controlled By Satellites' Makes 100 Calls To 911 In A Month, Vows To Contin

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  about a year ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "A man who called 911 more than 100 times in one month says he’s not going to stop until his concerns are heard by the federal government.
Jimmy Shao keeps a log book of every 911 call he’s made. So many that he boasts he’s probably set a world record.
He doesn’t believe he’s wasting the time of emergency responders because he has an emergency of his own: Shao believes he’s being watched by shadowy government authorities.
He claims to believe his body is controlled by satellites.

If ever there was a story for slashdot..."

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Limewire being sued for 75 Trillion.

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  about 3 years ago

DarthVain writes "Apparently 13 record companies are trying to sue Limewire for 75 Trillion. The NYC judge thinks it is "absurd". Its almost like these media companies are their worst enemy trying to make themselves look ridiculous."
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George Lucas loses court appeal over Star Wars

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "I remember it was reported by Slashdot sometime ago that Lucas sued his old Prop guy (Andrew Ainsworth) for trying to sell Replica Star Wars costumes. The Prop guy lost that battle it seems in the US back in 2006, but they haven't been able to get the British courts to enforce it. It seems now the British court has ruled to "Sod Off", and "that the helmet and armor of the Stormtrooper costumes had a "utilitarian," rather than an artistic, purpose" and as such is apparently exempt.

I am not sure if anyone in the court room actually saw Star Wars, but I think I know some Ewoks that might argue how "Utilitarian" those suits of armor actual were..."

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Waterboarding and Comic books.

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "I noticed something last night when I was re-reading Superman: Red Son. http://www.amazon.com/Superman-Red-Elseworlds-Mark-Millar/dp/1401201911/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244041637&sr=8-1 There appears to be water boarding in it. It is clearly described as torture. It appears in a scene in which Hal Jordan (The Green Lantern) is captured by the enemy and held as a POW and tortured, Vietnam style, or so it looks. It was not too long ago that I didn't even know what water boarding looked like, however I saw this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUkj9pjx3H0 of a republican radio personality that didn't think it was a big deal and submitted himself to water boarding with horrific results. Comparing those two images, the one from the video, and the one from Superman: Red Son, they are clearly the exact same event. Even the posturing of the persons performing the water boarding is the same, it is pretty surreal. So what does this really mean? Well for starters I think it is a pretty good indication of what is considered torture and what is not. The comic was written in 2002 (before all the hullabaloo), and this was the worst torture image they could print to illustrate Hal Jordan's discomfort. So folks that do not get it or fail to understand that it is torture, you can point them to this comic book with its pretty pictures. I also think it is a bit iconic that the image in the book is portrayed as a sort of Vietnamesque torture scene, one that I think most US citizens would identify with "worst torture ever". Anyway just something interesting I noticed while reading last night."
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Rogers - "We're A Dumb Pipe"

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DarthVain writes "Rogers Communications the second half of the telecommunications duopoly with Bell in Canada had some interesting things to say to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission).

Apparently when asked about Canadian content, they are a "Dumb Pipe" however later when asked about Bittorrent they are suddenly able to be a smart pipe and monitor every single packet.

It will be an interesting saga to see if the CRTC actually has some teeth and does something about the questionable practices of Bell Canada and Rogers Communications."

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