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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

GNious Re:Just Require an IQ Test (650 comments)

Considering recent studies show that cancer is more likely to be caused by genetics than smoking ..

Link please.

I saw a study about a set of cancers, where genetics were shown to have same or more influence than environment, but that study specifically excluded certain types of cancer, including lung cancers.

No, not saying you're full of bullshit, just saying that you should back your statement up.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

GNious Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

If it stopped working, there could be a sudden influx of machines/devices being returned to stores.

4 days ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

GNious Re:We can only hope... (226 comments)

I just tried Beyond Earth (free on Steam - wuhu).
Seems smooth, but manages to be more glitchy than Civ5 - has several of the same issues, but throws in a few extra (incl being not-stable).

Overall: Good game, shame they forgot to fix things.

about a week ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

GNious Re:WHO forced them? (141 comments)

Best I can tell, based on US Pro-Republican/Anti-Obama images I'm receiving online, the Saudis have absolutely nothing to do with the drop in oil-prices; it is all due to the Republicans being elected into Congress and having changed all laws to be pro-US instead of pro-Islam.

about a week ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

GNious Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

Gold-pressed Lathinum!

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

GNious Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (393 comments)

Worked for me - don't know if it is still collecting data, but I did untick the checkbox.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

GNious Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (393 comments)

I just installed the Origin client - it specifically asked for permissions to collect statistics during the install process.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

GNious Re:It's been going on for years (388 comments)

I've "lost" my programming teacher during a verbal exam, and she gave me a lower grade on a written assignment since I came to a different (but valid!) solution than she did (there wasn't specified what type of solution was needed, only the problem), but where it got really bad, was when the following semester she presented stuff right out of my team's project-paper from the previous semester ... without even acknowledging it being an almost-direct rip-off.
Took it to the principal/head of the school, who wouldn't even look at the paper before declaring that of cause she wouldn't do that.

Closing on almost 2 decades later, I hear that she is still there, and still incompetent.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

GNious Re:Better way (289 comments)

AM and PM mean "anti-meridian" and "post-meridian", and at noon on the day of the summer solstice, the sun should sit on the celestial meridian.

Easier to remember as After Midnight and Pefore Midnight :)

about three weeks ago
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Space Policy Guru John Logsdon Has Good News and Bad News On NASA Funding

GNious NASA is the only option? (78 comments)

"If Logsdon is correct, static NASA funding will mean that beyond low Earth orbit human space exploration will remain an unrealistic aspiration."

So the only option for anything human beyond LEO is NASA? Chinese not able to ever, ever do it? Russians? India? Europe?

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

GNious Re:hysterical (381 comments)

In India, people with severe facial deformities are often revered as profits

Not sure if typo ...

about three weeks ago
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The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System

GNious Re:OS:i do not think it means what you think it me (252 comments)

Yeah, abstraction-layer, that hides the "ugly bits" of each manufacturer's implementation is very much required - I opted to "roll my own", writing a Qt5-based library that detects various (networked) products through manufacturer-specific protocols, and then presents a standard interface for each type of device (e.g. "Smart Light" interface to "LIFX Light", "Hue Light", "Holi Light" etc...)

2 "small" issues is finding time to write support for each protocol, and getting support (products, specs) from each manufacturer

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

GNious Re:Its a cost decision (840 comments)

This - so much this.

I have a mate, who seems to enjoy fixing things. As a result, the value in fixing stuff, for him, includes that enjoyment, and it is suddenly worth it.
For me, on the other hand, I find that I have little interest in the act of trying to take stuff apart, fixing it and reassembling it, and my time is "better" spent elsewhere.

This naturally means I'm more likely to throw things out than he is, and I'm part of this "lost generation".

Note: I've trained for both electricals and electronics in school, I have the base knowledge required for fixing many types of things (if not the hands for it).

about three weeks ago
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After Outage, Sony Makes Peace Offering To Users of PlayStation Network

GNious Re:Why the anger ... (95 comments)

Even when signed in, I could not play any games, due to a too-tight reliance on PSN's services.

"Any" games? Or just multiplayer ones, because single player games and single-player modes worked just fine. I played Diablo UEE on the PS4 during some of the outage, it defaulted to LAN mode when it couldn't reach PSN.

Sorry, I was less-than-clear in that statement: I could not play any ONLINE games(*) due to [..] PSN - see previous sentence pointing to PSN being a single-point-of-failure specifically for online games(*).

*: online-only; I do not have any online-games for PS4, where a single-player component can be played offline, though I do have a game where the single-player component requires PSN access (Destiny)

about three weeks ago
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After Outage, Sony Makes Peace Offering To Users of PlayStation Network

GNious Re:Why the anger ... (95 comments)

The estimated costs (estimated by others) for the PS+ extension, is ca 5 mill USD. Add in the cost of the 10% discount.
Question is now, does this cost more, or less, than implementing a design where a (regional?) PSN server-set is not a single-point-of-failure for every online game?

Even when signed in, I could not play any games, due to a too-tight reliance on PSN's services.

about three weeks ago
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Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft Now All Have a Hand In VR

GNious Re:overrated (61 comments)

I like my coffee mug not knocked over, and to not whack my love in the face because I didn't see her.

If your love doesn't notice the big black box strapped across your face, perhaps a whack or 2 will help her pay a bit of attention to you?

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

GNious Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Netflix is obligated to do this to maintain its licensing agreements with the Media Mafia.

Yeah, I understand that. What I don't understand is why the big media conglomerates put such baffling restrictions into their licenses in the first place. Is it to comply with licensing agreements that they made? Is it truly idiotic licensing all the way down?

Tradition - this is how content has been licensed for decades, and since it worked in the past, it has to work in the future no matter the level of shoe-horning required.

Content was/is licensed per distribution:
* country
* distribution method (Satellite, Cable, OTA ...)
This way, content could be licensed to a cable-TV based channel AND a satellite based channel in the same country.
The lines have been blurring in the last decade, but the content distributors are trying their darnest to keep the old model, even if it means they are loosing money to "pirates".

about three weeks ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

GNious Re:Exactly this. (294 comments)

Reading The Fine Excerpt, it even seems 95% of relevant workers live outside of the US

about three weeks ago

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Casting For Nerds, TV that matters?

GNious GNious writes  |  about a year and a half ago

GNious (953874) writes "Seems there is a casting-call for Nerds, looking for individuals for "King of the Nerds Season 2" — What better place to find them, than /. ? Disclaimer: not affiliated with the caster, show, network or country."
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Black Ops petition - PS3 version needs refunding

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "An online petition demanding a refund (or at least some compensation) for the Sony(tm) Playstation(tm) 3 has been signed by more than 7500 owners, all complaining of an inferior product being sold at full retail price. Perhaps someone in the video games business should look into the concept of merchantability, or are gamers just complaining too easily?"
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Danish Municipality of Rødovre changing to OO

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Despite warnings from Microsoft and the Danish minister of Science, Helge Sander, the municipality of Rødovre, DK, has exchanged Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org citing savings in License and end-user time as reasons. This comes after concerns that a similar move by Lyngby-Taarnbæk was causing the Software Giant to try and have the responsible IT Manager removed. Microsoft also penned a stern warning (http://lyngby-taarbaek.lokalavisen.dk/it-i-lyngby-taarb%C3%A6ks-skoler---%C3%A5bent-brev-til-borgmester-rolf-aagaard-svendsen/20091102/laeserbreve/911029910) to Lyngby-Taarnbæk when they moved their schools to OOo."
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GNious GNious writes  |  more than 8 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Bioware has a thread about porting the upcoming game Dragon Age to Apple Mac OS X and/or Linux.

Debate include such topics as porting houses, physics engines and the value of the market, with an enormous amount of requests for such games as Neverwinter Nights 2.

With the potential for selling upwards of 1000 copies (counting individual requests) of a game at possibly $50 each, is the decision to exclude a platform and the associated revenue the correct one, or are the petitioners the ones that have gotten it wrong to think that their ca 1-5% marketshare matters?"

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