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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

DirePickle Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

The American revolution happened when wealthy people grew dissatisfied with the status quo. Most people would have been perfectly happy for things to continue as they were.

about two weeks ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

DirePickle Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Europeans should have a pretty damn good understanding that things can get really, really, really bad without people revolting.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

DirePickle Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

I'm not particularly attached to either pronunciation of methane, but I'll fix how I say Lego if you guys fix aluminum.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

DirePickle Re:I have a i5 4690k (338 comments)

Yes.

about three weeks ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

DirePickle Re:His Dark Materials? (410 comments)

Not successfully banned, but in the US HDM was the 8th most "challenged" book from 2000-2009 and the 2nd most challenged in 2008. Mostly a result of a campaign against it by The Catholic League, yes.

about a month ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

DirePickle Re:Reminds me of cars until the 1950s (207 comments)

You know what bends and flexes to absorb the impact energy? Plastic. But nope! All phones must be made of aluminum and glass! It was written in the book of Jobs!

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

DirePickle Re:Billions of dollars are at stake (533 comments)

At issue is this piece of law

(1) Advanced telecommunications capability: The term 'advanced telecommunications capability' is defined, without regard to any transmission media or technology, as high-speed, switched, broadband telecommunications capability that enables users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications using any technology.

By the standards of today, 4Mbps may satisfy the requirement to "receive high-quality ...video telecommunications," if only one person in a household is attempting to use the line, but 1Mbps absolutely does not satisfy the "originate" piece.

about 2 months ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DirePickle Re:Looking for a real conversation (369 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.

about 2 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

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