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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

Foo2rama Re:Insteon (189 comments)

I was thinking the exact same thing!

about three weeks ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

Foo2rama Re:Fairly simple solution (349 comments)

which is what I meant... but I was too excited for an actual first post...

about a year ago

NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Foo2rama Re:What could possibly go wrong (216 comments)

Is it me or does everyone fail to think it is a reference to something other then 2010....

about a year ago

NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

Foo2rama Re:Cost-benefit analysis (319 comments)

why would you not wear a seatbelt? That just seems stupid... What is the downside of wearing one.

about a year ago

New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

Foo2rama Re:rob this person for guns here (899 comments)

How is Data that is already public be leaked? AFIAK the data was public when the website was published, if it was not then that data was out in the open for more then a few days anyway.

about 2 years ago

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Foo2rama On topic... real cost... (943 comments)

SO let me get this striaght...

I pay 50 cents a year to use dollar bills and not have a pocket full of change like I do when I am in the UK?

I'm totally OK with this.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

Foo2rama Wow!! no one has said these. (278 comments)

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling - Historical Fiction about Babbage.

The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C Clark - extensive subplot around chaos and fractal theory.

You can also make an argument about the Foundation series from Asimov being math based. The entire series is predicated on using math to predict the future and Humanities actions.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time

Foo2rama Re:Botched that landmark (288 comments)

Works fine from iOS or Mac OS... They should have stated that on the website. When I use windows it just says try again later....

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Foo2rama Re:Simple (515 comments)

I find the free MS product excellent, unobtrusive and very very effective. I have way less issues then anyone I know with norton....

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

Foo2rama There is NO WAY this is correct. MATH INSIDE (464 comments)

Lets do some math....

The last ghost recon has sold 1.03 million units so far world wide. Which assuming the 95% piracy rate means 20.6 million units would have been sold or 14.7million units at the 93% piracy rate.

The original Bioshock on xbox360 only moved 2.53 million units worldwide, and we can assume a very low piracy rate as it was on Xbox 360 only. That game was a huge hit, the Last Ghost Recon did well not amazing.... So you are saying that between 5-9 time more people played Ghost recon vs Bioshock? Yes the lat Ghost recon has cross platform but even if you take that into account...

Anyone else see the math issue?

Data pulled from here. http://www.vgchartz.com/game/43311/tom-clancys-ghost-recon-future-soldier/

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?

Foo2rama Re:lots of options (195 comments)

My thoughts exactly. Quickbooks works, the format is transferable to almost everything. You know the taxes will work out, and hell buying it itself is a business writeoff.

I am all about open source solutions for small offices, but do not skimp on your financial software. It will pay off much more in the long run.

The fact that quickbooks can handle everything from POS to inventory to payroll with no issues and little to no training, makes it a very obvious choice.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

Foo2rama Re:Single Sign on aka FB (446 comments)

That is a good point...

But in order to have a trusted SSO you need something like facebook or google, and there are going to be tradeoffs. Personally google, is bad as that PW has way to much private info tied to it. Facebook can function as a catchall for less restrictive security needs for a generic SSO...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

Foo2rama Single Sign on aka FB (446 comments)

FB is becoming more and more of a single sign on.

The real reason holding it back is people that make the websites are either to lazy to include it. ie blogging sites. Or want increased security aka financial sites.

more than 2 years ago

Asking Slashdot: Converting an SUV Into an Hybrid Diesel-Electric?

Foo2rama I think you are looking at this wrong (543 comments)

1st You understand that Hybrids with regen braking makes more sense in SUV's look at the Chevy hybrid trucks awesome gains for in town milage.

Why reinvent that wheel, if your going to do this look at Natural gas instead of Diesel.... Look at turbines on constant velocity driving a generator... These all make more sense then what you are proposing...

more than 2 years ago

Aleph One 1.0 Released

Foo2rama Re:Heard about Marathon (105 comments)

Marathon was the 1st full featured FPS. Sure Wolfenstien and Doom beat it, but Marathon was the first true 3d game. Doom was actually a 2d game that faked the vertical component.

Marathon was the first that allowed networked game play. Had all the major multiplayer modes, king of the hill, tag, DM etc. Marathon was really the seminal FPS that set the stage for all other games. It is still impressive in the level design and storytelling given the minimal resources available at the time. It beat Unreal and Quake by a few years to the market.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

Foo2rama Re:Let's see: (377 comments)

VLC for sure

more than 3 years ago

Google Acquires Zagat

Foo2rama Goodbye Yelp (114 comments)

Sorry Yelp,

You had a good run but it appears that Google will be destroying you in the next year.

Yours Truly,
A future former yelp user

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Foo2rama Thanks! (1521 comments)

Thank you good sir!

This is the end of an epoch. For those of us lucky enough to be around from the first steps of the Internet as we know it today, what you have created has become a part of our lives, an indispensable news source, source of humor, and knowledge of all things that matter to us. Let us not forget the internet term that you accidentally created. We will tell our children what being slashdoted means, when they use it with no idea of from whence it came.

I salute you sir! Good luck in all your future endeavors, Slashdot is not dead, and long live Slashdot!


more than 3 years ago


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