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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

GTRacer Re:The Economist (282 comments)

Don't worry, I doubt the "entertainment" genre is dying off with the same rapidity as technical is. Tabloids in particular will continue to fester for years to come.

2 days ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

GTRacer Re:Pretty close to zero (240 comments)

Have you compared Tasker to Llama? Llama was one of the first apps I downloaded to my then-new HTC Thunderbolt. Also, one of the first I donated to. Gotta love the location- and time-based control of volumes, WiFi / Cell radios, screen brightness, etc.

Interestingly enough, I use a Tasker plugin called Taskkill with Llama. I have Llama set to monitor certain apps that sit in the background rather than fully close, and using Taskkill, it force closes them after a defined period of time. Main reason is I noticed (thanks to XPrivacy) that lots of backgrounded apps were still polling the network, phone and storage even when logged out of or exited. Note that the FC option requires root.

3 days ago

The Graffiti Drone

GTRacer Re:For the Swarm! (126 comments)

I guess art is subjective - I've seen plenty of graffiti I'd easily consider art. Not so sure about tags - still sorting out the distinctions.

And as I mention above, I know it's vandalism (unless they go out of their way for permission, which does happen now and again). Doesn't preclude it being art as well.

about a week ago

The Graffiti Drone

GTRacer Re:For the Swarm! (126 comments)

I promise I wasn't trying to misrepresent the original - I was trying to get at the distinction between tagging and graffiti. I always thought tags were small-scale graffiti signatures. Not the larger-scale mural-style pieces to be sure, but what few I've seen have occasionally been creative.

Hm. I guess in the usual cop-out way, I'd say I'd call it art if it seemed like art. But more seriously, if the tag was more interesting that a straight signature, or was intriguing in some way I'd call it art.

Also also, I wasn't defending tagging (or graffiti btw) as art that should be protected and enshrined. I agree it's still vandalism.

about a week ago

The Graffiti Drone

GTRacer Re:For the Swarm! (126 comments)

[...] it's not like they're doing art now either.

Wait, are you saying it isn't art because:

* They're tagging and therefore it can't be art
* Grafitti isn't art no matter how it's executed
* This particular tagger isn't talented enough to be an artist

about a week ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

GTRacer Re:fake website (84 comments)

<AlGore> You fool! You foolish fool! </AlGore>

Now you've really done it! You've gone on and told them we know what their popup UI exploit was! Now they're going to add their OWN buttons above Chrome's and God help you if you try selecting it and entering!

about two weeks ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

GTRacer Re:It's not trending. (371 comments)

You;ll have to help me out since I don't recall ever participating in vandalism-as-a-fun-pastime activities in my youth. What's the appeal of straight-up vandalism/destruction of other people's property? Like painting obscenities on a garage door or smashing mailboxes or breaking windows?

A 12-year-old friend of my nephews was busted recently for sneaking onto a country club's grounds and driving a handful of their golf carts into a lake. He took the last one for himself, possibly missing the fact it was labeled with the course's name in big letters, leading to his time in juvy.

I'd love to understand that mentality. Theft I understand. Revenge acts I understand. But simple chaos or waste? Clueless.

about two weeks ago

Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

GTRacer Re:Money is just bits. (91 comments)

Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar! Hey, they're right! Think I'll get a bite to eat...

about three weeks ago

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

GTRacer Re:Asleep at the wheel. (150 comments)

It is if some other weakness they've allowed due to the cost/bene analysis leads to someone taking money from my account. Sure, I can get it back, likely without much trouble. But what if a bill came due during the loss and recovery that wasn't paid out and then I get stuck with a late fee and the headache of dealing with that account?

about three weeks ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

GTRacer Re: That, and the fact that it's an MMO (195 comments)

*THANK YOU* This is what I thought was so neat about XII - it looked and played like an MMO but wasn't. Also, I really got a kick out of the Gambit system and the Job Board. A system I wish they'd have kept as an option for later entries.

Semi-serious thought - would the desire for botting in XIV drop if a proper Gambit system was added to aid in grinding or crafting?

about a month ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

GTRacer Re:Final Hallway 13 (195 comments)

I said it when it came out and I'll repeat it now. After (during) years with Final Fantasy XI and its, "Take your next step in saving the world. We'll be somewhere waiting. And we aren't going to do more than give vague hints about what to do, where to go or whom to speak with. Good luck!" quest system, I *adored* XIII's linearity. I could enjoy the story at a reasonable pace without constant hops onto a wiki for guidance. I may also be in the minority in saying I didn't hate Vanille. That honor went to Hope.

I also liked the Paradigm system and its take on gear and attributes.

about a month ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

GTRacer Re:From someone who played! (195 comments)

Hes' describing the original XIV. Its bazaar system was bizarre and I hear the combat was also really frustratingly balanced. That said, I'd pay a small one-time fee for a server key that got me into an original XIV world, UI and all, so I can compare it to what I know from half a year at the revamped A Realm Reborn version. Bonus points if I can import my existing character, with needed conversions for gear and skill limitations.

Also, 11 had an actual auction house, where 14 didn't. And in 11, BLMs couldn't solo by punching things. Even with a good melee subjob it was hard enough *WITH* magic. I can't imagine doing that fists-only!

about a month ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

GTRacer Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (195 comments)

I'll throw in my two gil here, as a 5-year XI vet (retired) and current XIV:ARR player since the PS3 Beta.

[...] they tried to make it so that people who preferred Crafting to Combat could play Crafting professions without ever fighting

There is nothing stopping you from going craft-only in XIV right now, except for one little detail. You can't run the main story missions on a crafting class. If you don't care about the story, I believe you're free to craft to your heart's content. In your starting city... Because, getting to the other two cities requires the main story opened up to a certain point, or a *lot* of luck running on foot between cities. I mention this because the crafing classes (weaver, carpenter, armorer, etc.) are spread across the three cities, as are the combat classes.

about a month ago

IBM's Watson To Be Used For Cancer Treatment

GTRacer Re:Faster, but smarter? (46 comments)

Y'know, you could just go back and edit... Oh...

So Slashdot is *ALSO* the only commenting system around that doesn't allow editing either! Two distinctions for the site!

Though, oddly, I've stuck with HTML formatting for my commenting since I created an account. It's a bit of a pain at times but it keeps me involved in the process and more focused on the preview than I would be otherwise, I think.

about a month ago

Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

GTRacer Re:Leave it in? (126 comments)

Looks like I need to read more about this particular blob. Any ideas if it can be controlled with XPrivacy?

about a month ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

GTRacer Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

I'm getting the feeling the sequel of Asimov's "The Last Question" could be wrung out of this scenario...

"Let there be data!"

about a month ago



Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about two weeks ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "The Slate Report has an interesting summary and lay analysis of a recent research paper (paywalled) in Nature Materials . This materials research focused on the properties of the "clear enough to read through" windowpane oyster shell. Ling Li and Christine Ortiz analyzed the way the shell's structure contained penetration damage by "twinning", a split of the damaged ceramic structures into smaller regions which helps limit the effects of impacts. Engineered ceramic armor or structural systems with high translucence and damage mitigation could come next: "A clear, lightweight, damage-resistant material has obvious applications for military and police personnel, including eye and face protection. However, there are many potential applications such as windows and windshields which could benefit everyone," much as Kevlar has."

Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 10 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student competing in Google's Science Fair submitted a flashlight which uses temperature differentials to power its LEDs. Her long-time interest is alternative energy because, "[she's] really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Using Peltier tiles and custom circuitry, her design currently runs for 20 minutes or so and costs $26. A win at the September finals in Mountain View and/or outside investment could fund further development."

Fox, Univision May Go Subscription to Stop Aereo

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  1 year,10 days

GTRacer (234395) writes "In response to Aereo's recent win allowing per-user over-the-air antenna feeds to remote devices, Fox COO Chase Carey said, "We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue [...]", that path being a switch to a subscription model. Spanish-language stalwart Univison may join Fox, per CEO Haim Saban. Aereo replied, in part, "When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public's airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American's right." A switch to a pay-TV subscription model would stymie Aereo but could hurt affiliate stations."



Finally! I have reached the summit!

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 12 years ago My second-ever 5 posting also netted me the Karma Kap! I shall wear it with pride! I wonder if it comes in murasaki...

- Will whore for karma


I suck, but hey, what's new?

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago I scored my first-ever 0-threshold FP. I came less than 60 seconds from getting the -1 critical hit. Best part is, I still have my karma!

2 points away from the cap - yeah, I can spare some!

- Mod THIS!


Karma == The Answer

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago Today I hit 42 karma! And I just recently pulled my first-ever 5.

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