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The Minecraft Parent

Dins Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (171 comments)

It's nothing but creativity. If you don't create things, there's next to nothing to do there. I've played it extensively with my now 16 year old son, and it's been a great way for me to keep open a key line of communication with a teenager. Now we've moved on to 7 Days to Die, but that's another story. :)

3 days ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Dins Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (424 comments)

I don't know how their design people allowed a protruding lens in the first place. It really runs contrary to Apple's design sensibility, but I guess we're seeing the first evidence of what happens to Apple without Jobs. The protrusion is ugly, and it mars the flat, smooth design.

The 5th generation iPod Touch (most recent, I believe) has a protruding lens which sticks out about 1 mm also. That came out about 2 years ago, and I have one. The protrusion is just enough to be annoying if you don't use a case.

about a week ago

Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Dins Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

I personally don't believe that the NSA can't crack strong encryption. I just think it's time consuming enough that they don't make the effort unless it's REALLY REALLY important to them and they have no other means to get at the data. Probably 99% of the time they can work around it, like you suggest.

about a week ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Dins Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (330 comments)

I honestly am hoping the community rallies behind one of the many clones out there.

I've been playing 7 Days to Die with my son recently, and even though it's still in alpha, I can highly recommend it for those who like the survival aspect of Minecraft (i.e. night is coming, build your base before you die to hordes of zombies). The graphics are much improved over Minecraft and the crafting is more in-depth. Plus it has a great overall feel to it. Kind of feels like you're playing The Walking Dead when you're playing with others.

about a week ago

Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Dins Re:"Salmon Cannon" (147 comments)

Not me! Did you watch the video? It's an awesome idea, and I just couldn't stop laughing!

about two weeks ago

Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Dins Re:Anarchist Cookbook (231 comments)

My early years on a computer were spent cracking the DRM (I think we just called it copy protection back then) on Commodore video games and sharing them with friends. It was fun and a good learning experience.

I may or may not have used my BBS to amass a staggeringly huge collection of pirated games, some of which you probably cracked. On behalf of teenage me - thank you for your efforts. :)

about two weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Dins Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

The only question is - can Putin visualize the worst case scenario at all or has he completely lost his mind?

He's just confident that the west will let him have Ukraine. Unfortunately, I don't think he's wrong. Will be interesting to see if we ever draw a line somewhere and then what we do when he crosses it...

about three weeks ago

Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Dins Re:Shutdown 4chan (220 comments)

Thing is, the leak didn't originate at 4Chan. Of course the pics were re-posted there quickly, but they were re-posted in many other places as well - Reddit for one.

The FBI would never shut down 4Chan. Why would they? They have everyone who posts there centralized in one place where they can easily keep an eye on the rather than spread across the net...

about three weeks ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Dins Re:Union? (441 comments)

Yeah, I think we're missing a big chunk of the story. He constitutionally can't be held against his will unless he's being charged with a crime past a certain point (24 hours I think?) Of course the cops know this, and if this went down exactly as reported the cops would also know they'd be setting themselves up for a HUGE lawsuit.

If it DID go down like the reports we have, I hope this guy sues the fuck out of the cops and the school and wins. But something makes me think we might not know the whole story.

about three weeks ago

Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

Dins Re:From TFA: (48 comments)

You wouldn't. I took one for the team and at least read enough to answer the question of how the rocks are moving so you and others wouldn't have to click the link.

about three weeks ago

Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

Dins From TFA: (48 comments)

Jagged plates of thin ice, resembling panels of broken glass, bulldoze the rocks across the flooded playa, the scientists reveal today (Aug. 27) in the journal PLOS One. Driven by gentle winds, the rocks seem to hydroplane atop the fluffy, wet mud. "It's a wonderful Goldilocks phenomenon," said lead study author Richard Norris. "Ponds like this are vanishingly rare in Death Valley, and it may be a decade between heavy enough rain or snowfall events to make a substantial pond," said Norris, a paleobiologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.

about three weeks ago

Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Dins Re:Is this news? (133 comments)

I've been using them since early April of this year, and so far so good. Aside from this incident, I think there was one other instance where I was down for maybe 15 minutes.

That said, they're overpriced and I don't trust them at all. If the Comcast thing goes through I'll be looking at my options, but unfortunately I don't think I have many good ones.

about a month ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Dins Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

CERN isn't filled with scientists, it's filled with retards that can't think of a better way to probe the universe than to smash stuff and see how it breaks apart. It's the physics equivalent of a "doctor" trying to model the inside of the nose throat and lungs by looking at the pattern produced when someone sneezes. It's tard-science, plain and simple.

Alright, I'll bite: How would you do it, then?

about a month ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Dins Re:They made the blocks into wheels (202 comments)

It's also more or less refuted in TFA:

Another theory is that the Egyptians attached quarter circle rockers to the flat surfaces of the blocks effectively turning them into cylinders and allowing them to be rolled. Experiments have shown that this method allows the blocks to be moved relatively quickly with just a few men.

But this method also has a disadvantage— these cylinders would exert huge pressure on the ground causing considerable damage to roads. Modern estimates of the rate at which the pyramid was built suggest that workers put in place some 40 blocks per day. In that case, even well-engineered roads would have required considerable maintenance.

about a month ago

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

Dins Re:Resistance is futile! (108 comments)

No, that started with a spelling checker.

No, you're thinking of the Borg. GP is talking about the Bord.

"Resistance is Fertile!"

about a month ago

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

Dins Re:Youtube Comments (108 comments)

I really don't want to know what the robots will learn when they start watching Chatroulette...

A lot about male anatomy would be my guess.

about a month ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Dins Re:I think this means (255 comments)

Meanwhile on slashdot the 5-insightful pro-nuclear shills were attacking anyone saying a meltdown was obvious. You can go look at the posts in the threads, they are still there for everyone to see how wrong they were then & now.

Pro-nuclear shills vs. anti-nuclear shills!

Film at 11:00!

about a month and a half ago


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