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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DirePickle Re:Looking for a real conversation (360 comments)

Look, come on, this is easy. The percentage of adherents of any religion that are "fully observant" is vanishingly small. The Jewish and Christian (by extension) texts are full of "such and such infraction requires death" rules. Ancient desert religions are full of dumb rules, and modern practitioners pick and choose which of those dumb things they can throw away.

3 days ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

DirePickle Re:I wish my PS3 would play DLNA (112 comments)

There are a few transcoding DLNA servers that make things much nicer (though far from perfect) on the PS3. The benchmark is PS3 Media Server. http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/ (it'll work with other clients, too, but it was designed for transcoding and streaming to the PS3).

about three weeks ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

DirePickle Re:Recession != bubble (154 comments)

It's (maybe) in a bubble in a sense that we have numerous high-profile companies with market valuations that seem to outsize their actual physical worth/ability to produce profit/whatever. Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

DirePickle Re:Isn't it a bit ironic (150 comments)

Yes, this is totally a solar power issue and not a corporate malfeasance issue.

about 4 months ago
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The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

DirePickle Re:just modernize UT2k4 (122 comments)

UT2k4 would be acceptable, but U2:XMP was the epitome of multiplayer Unreal games for me. It was the saddest Internet day when the master servers went down and scattered the player base. :(

about 4 months ago
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Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

DirePickle Re:Activist investors (208 comments)

They're voting with their wallet, as the Randians so often demand. What's the big deal?

about 4 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

DirePickle Re:summary is misleading (347 comments)

I doubt he's tech-savvy enough to even mean that. He probably is using 'screen size' as a proxy for 'device type,' thinking he can arbitrarily decide whether you are allowed play a video on a TV, computer, phone, or what have you. New phones have the same resolution as an HDTV, anyway.

about 4 months ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

DirePickle Re:Just use headlights (187 comments)

You're right, of course, but the markings on a wet road can be pretty much invisible even with headlights. If this helps that, I'm all for it.

about 5 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DirePickle Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

You're right, total brainfart on my part. I knew they were Jaguars (hence anemic), but I was thinking jags were put together the same way as the Bulldozers. Still--my point was that it's an Athlon 5150 with more cores (same speed, architecture), which really isn't enough to feed modern games at 1080p.

about 5 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DirePickle Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

AMD defines a module as a set of 1 FPU and 2 integer cores. The Athlon 5150 has two modules/four integer cores. The consoles have two of these two module/four integer core things for four modules/eight cores.

about 5 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

DirePickle Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

They have really anemic CPUs. The PS4 and Xbox One are each using something pretty similar to the Athlon 5150 (except with 4 modules/8 cores instead of 2 modules/4 cores).

about 5 months ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

DirePickle Re:Implications for the Standard Model (99 comments)

Unfortunately, none really. There's nothing in the standard model that says we can't have tetraquarks or mesonic molecules (this seems to be one or the other), it's just that we haven't seen any before.

about 5 months ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

DirePickle Re:Downsides to Austin (285 comments)

You just described LA and San-Francisco too, though.

about 6 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

DirePickle Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

Whole Foods has some very attractive looking produce, but it's 3x more expensive than any other store in my area, even comparing organic to organic. Their bulk granola was a good price for a while, but then it shot up, and now it's more expensive *and* has more sugar than the organic boxed stuff from the normal grocery stores. They do have a nice wine-tasting thing on Fridays, though.

about 6 months ago
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Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

DirePickle Uh huh. (70 comments)

Yes, Google, that has done everything it can to kill the microSD slot, physical keyboard, and removable battery now wants to swing back towards upgradable phones. Whatever.

about 6 months ago
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Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

DirePickle Re:Some more explaination (73 comments)

THIS is why I still come to Slashdot. Thank you!

about 8 months ago
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Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

DirePickle Re:A correction: (207 comments)

I think that at some point society becomes inseparable from the creative works that influence it. A culture becomes so suffused with references and allusions to novels, music, movies, that they become almost essential knowledge. At that point (and this is what the expiration of copyright is supposed to enforce), the rights ought to go to the public. This concept where copyright could last for 90 years is a pretty new one. It was supposed to be much shorter.

Today's myths and legends and fairy tales and other cultural keystones were someone's creative "property," once, and it would be bizarre if one were, say, prevented from reinterpreting King Arthur, Robin Hood, Beowulf, Shakespeare, the Bible, the Iliad, etc. etc. Some things from a century and less ago like Holmes, Cthulhu, Superman, Mickey Mouse, and so on could be argued to be getting pretty close to a level like that.

about 8 months ago
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What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

DirePickle Re:You NEED to take a vacation (140 comments)

From a highway, I've walked to where there is no cell service

This is ten feet from a highway in any direction, if you have T-Mobile.

about 8 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

DirePickle Re:CFLs Were A Waste (1146 comments)

I've been replacing my burnt-out bulbs with CFLs (provided free by the power company) for about four or five years, and every single one is mounted either horizontally or inverted. Not a single one has ever died on me.

about 9 months ago

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