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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

FrankieBaby1986 Cannon Releasing a Fix (92 comments)

From the article:

"The colour palette is still not quite right," he said. "But it proves the point and it runs quite quickly, though it's not optimised."

Mr Jordon has no plans to fine tune the demonstration and do that optimisation or take on more work to get the game beyond its loading screen, given how much trouble it took to get it working at all.

"I'm so sick of it," he said. "I'm done."

On a blog entry about Mr Jordon's work, Canon said it intended "to provide a fix as quickly as is feasible".

This will involve adding a user name and password field to the web interface for future Pixma printers and issuing an update for existing owners to add the same feature.

It looks like Cannon is planning to release a fix to correct the color palette and get the game optimized! Even better they are going to add accounts to the game for scores and going to release this for all previous purchasers of the printer! Sweet!

:p

about a month ago
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US Military Drones Migrating To Linux

FrankieBaby1986 Re:.... on their own volition (197 comments)

Imagine no more:
"Yes, but does it run linux?"
"I, for one, welcome our Linux Powered Drone Over(head)lords!"
"Linux powered drones pour Hot Grits on Natalie Portman from the Sky!"

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Testla is good... (452 comments)

This gets a bit more complicated. You need to also compare Gas vs Electric engine efficiency, Gas vs Electric Storage Efficiency, The effects of Regenerative Braking, on and on and on...

Gas engine has poor efficiency, but electric larger has transmission and storage losses, but gains regenerative braking. The picture is very complex. Maybe in the end its a wash?

about a year ago
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US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Oh wait! (457 comments)

Well then we just need for Police Police to Police Police.

about a year and a half ago
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Racism In Online Ad Targeting

FrankieBaby1986 Re:It's Not Stats, It's Racism (474 comments)

When a business targets African-Americans by buying names associated with African-Americans, that's textbook racism. Why? Because it's making assumptions about individuals based on their membership in a group.

Its not racism unless they are getting treated in a negative way. If the business is targeting those "it" perceive have the most need for it's goods or services, then it's just being smart. If it's denying people access to good and services because of arbitrary traits, then its bad.

about a year and a half ago
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Elon Musk Offers Boeing SpaceX Batteries For the 787 Dreamliner

FrankieBaby1986 Re:What a load... (163 comments)

The Tesla batteries are individually small units - basically, repurposed laptop batteries stacked together. Tesla does not make them. And, they have been known to have problems, which Tesla has had to engineer around.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_(electricity)

"In electricity, a battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy."

Sounds like connecting a bunch of cells they don't actually manufacture into a battery, and basically successfully dealing with the side effects, management, and other issues involved in stringing together a battery of cells. How are they not qualified to make batteries?

about a year and a half ago
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Is Safe, Green Thorium Power Finally Ready For Prime Time?

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Nothing's perfect (258 comments)

You forgot hamster wheels.

about 2 years ago
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Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Can't decide if this is good or bad... (519 comments)

I don't expect the guy at the checkpoint to be able to decide if the "modified" watch is dangerous or not, and so they called in the experts (who decided that there were no explosives).

Why Not? If the guy at the checkpoint is supposed to be responsible for security, then he aught to at least be somewhat technically adept and have some idea of whether or not a circuit could be dangerous.

I think your expectations are too low for someone with this level of responsibility.

about 2 years ago
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Man Arrested For Photo of Burning Poppy On Facebook

FrankieBaby1986 Re:better yet (534 comments)

Ah, someone below beat me to it.... Well, I knew there had to be more than one of us! See this is a legitimate religion! Protect us!

about 2 years ago
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Man Arrested For Photo of Burning Poppy On Facebook

FrankieBaby1986 Re:better yet (534 comments)

The problem is that in this case, the law shouldn't exist at all whether it's for the Koran, a flag, or a poppy, but fundamentally it's got to be one or the other, either you can burn poppies, flags, and Korans, or you can burn none of them

Well I, for one, hold as Sacred the following: Wood, Natural Gas and Coal. Have fun heating/powering your home without burning anything!

about 2 years ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Old news... (122 comments)

I thought facebook was a phishing scam!

about 2 years ago
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Hyundai Overstated MPG On Over 1 Million Cars

FrankieBaby1986 Re:MPG testing (238 comments)

If your mileage was that much higher than rating, could this be due to the gas pump stopping early. This would make it appear you used less gas than actual, as the tank would not be filled to the same level as starting point. Assuming you calculated mileage manually using this method.

about 2 years ago
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A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Wow, I guess. (331 comments)

I hear this "household typically has 2 or more cars" argument all the time. It's crap. We have 4 old cars, one for each person. It's not like one could just have a short-range only car. What would they do when they needed to go somewhere far-ish and everyone else is at work? Mind you that yes, everyone works every day and so takes their car.

I'm sure that most households with more than 1 car don't just have that car sitting around until they need to take a long trip (which could be a weekly or more occurrence). If you own more than one car, it's usually because your using it regularly.

I can't wait until electric cars can really be practical, but the theoretical option to have an extra car for distance doesn't make them so

about 2 years ago
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Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?

FrankieBaby1986 Re:defcon is the workplace or covered under title (1127 comments)

Why should a woman who wants to go to a hacker convention expect to be subjected to sexual advances? Or, more to the point, why would a man at a hacker convention feel entitled to make sexual advances? After the fact, why do you feel the need to defend men who make sexual advances at a computer hacker convention?

Seriously? Because in our society it is traditional for men to make the advances. If men didn't make the advances, our species wouldn't continue. Essentially anywhere a woman or a man goes, there will be the possibility of sexual advances, even if such an advance is simple verbal flirtation. Why would it not be expected that a women who willingly goes somewhere there is a high concentration of men in a non-formal (social) environment will be hit on?

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Launches Superfast Internet To Fight FiOS

FrankieBaby1986 Re:While giving other markets the shaft (209 comments)

Maybe they can get rid of all the non-hd channels and sell SD boxes that simply down-convert? That would certainly free up some wasted bandwidth!

They could also just admit that TV = HD now, and stop charging extra for the privilege to use your now 10 year old tv! I mean, really, how long has HD been around?

more than 2 years ago
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Economists: US Poverty On Track To Hit Highest Level Since 1960s

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Relative Poverty Value? (696 comments)

I'm not a social scientist, so I am legitimately asking "what is the point to eradicating poverty?"

I think the point is to continually increase standards of living. In a sufficiently wealthy economy, the poverty line could very well be where a person has food and shelter, has some spending money, but can't afford high speed internet or educational courses to better themselves. Not being able to afford a car in some locations would make it difficult to get by or get ahead. Not having a cellphone or cable tv might put you at social disadvantages that hinder your confidence and make getting a job or working a job more difficult.

I am not a social scientist, just my 2c.

more than 2 years ago
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David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy

FrankieBaby1986 Re:for artists? (713 comments)

Someone Mod This UP!

more than 2 years ago
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Another Step Forward In Small Scale Electrical Generators

FrankieBaby1986 Re:2 kW enough? (137 comments)

Check your units. kWh per hour would be an accelerating rate of energy usage.

more than 2 years ago
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Aero Glass UI No More On Windows 8

FrankieBaby1986 Re:Stop fiddling with the GUI (426 comments)

Try this:

010- Photos
020- My Pics
030-DL
040-Wallpaper

This way you can sort by alpha-num and it will be in the order you want. The extra zeroes make it easy to insert some other folders later. But honestly, does it really matter?

more than 2 years ago

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