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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

GeekWithAKnife Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (119 comments)

Assuming you can do just about anything in a game, yeah nobody can predict that.

On the other hand, in a game, with an "open world" design that actually has a corridor structure, yes they can predict a lot of movement, choices etc.

The system may backfire if you intentionally do things unrelated to game advancement but that's a different story.

3 days ago

UPS: We've Been Hacked

GeekWithAKnife Is this for real? (62 comments)

I made sure my password is at least 8 digits, alpha-numeric with at least one unique character!

about a week ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

GeekWithAKnife Re:$230 (609 comments)

Are you kidding? $1000? $230??

I just installed Adblock Edge. Fuck ads.

I'll be willing to pay Adblock $5 a year for a 99% adfree experience & screw the lot of them.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

GeekWithAKnife Not but if you want my money (381 comments)

I would pay for a website without your fat mother.

about two weeks ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

GeekWithAKnife Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

I am not arguing for intelligent design or alternate realities or my take on them. Ebola turning into a deadly mass plague is a real possibility,

I understand there are few people you care about and it seems that unless this disease is likely to kill you then you're likely to ignore it killing some people "over there".

Base on the above I would like to thank you for your application to the Darwin awards.

While the chances are rather low; I wanted to inform you, as you are evidently a betting man, that the dice are rolling to determine if you're a winner, good luck.

about two weeks ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

GeekWithAKnife Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

Honestly, just substitute "bus" for any other mode of transportation. Go out on a limb and consider the greater possibilities.

There will always be something/someone that this will not affect, great. Maybe you living in a nuclear bunker with a sophisticated air and water filtration system, good for you.

What about the people at risk?

about two weeks ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

GeekWithAKnife Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

People cough, they sneeze, they perspire and touch things. If they carry a deadly virus then this is a deadly problem.

Did you ever use the toilet at work? - ever had issues of a bad stomach doing the rounds? any idea how many people don't wash their hands after taking a piss? -people you shook hands with. I'd not bet my life on this scenario being impossible.

The fact that this is LESS likely to happen in a "1st world country" does not help right now. I'm not trying to terrify you into wearing a face mask; I am telling you this can get out of hand if we do not do more to help get this under control.
Look at the hate some morons choose to spew at this very moment, racists, bigots and foolhardy posts. These so called "1st world" people might just ignore what they stupidly think is an African problem.

While it's a shame that many people simply do not care about the suffering of others; if you ignore this it may just end up killing people you do care about. Does that sink in or are they not the people you typically see when you go to work?

about two weeks ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

GeekWithAKnife Truly sad (359 comments)

Unfortunately this is the sort of event that can make this virus' infections rates soar beyond control.

Because of a small group of idiots the majority will suffer needlessly.

I see some say "fuck 'em" and some have this attitude of not our problem - for lack of understanding that their problem can become our problem. If that's not a case for a reason to put more resources into education I don't know what is.

It's everyone's problem when some person in Liberia, is now scared for his life and flees without knowing he is carrying the virus. In 48 hours he might be sitting next to you on a bus! -what are you going to say when people start bleeding their internal organs out of all orifices?

You want to give out Darwin awards? start by considering you may get one yourself with such an attitude.

about two weeks ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

GeekWithAKnife The fault is with human nature (457 comments)

Inflammatory comments draw more responses. It's easier to illicit an emotional reaction in a reader via such comments. Once you react emotionally you are more likely to engage with a troll.

Unfortunately unless you truly know the motivation of the other person is to piss you off you can to be sure they are trolling you. Sometimes just having a different opinion on a hot topic like climate change will label you a troll no matter what your aired views are.

On the internet a person could potentially have exposure to many thousands of times more people than they could ever hope to know and so trolls get the attention they so crave/desire.

As people we are hardwired to notice things that do not fit patterns. Social patterns, behaviour etc. In fact when we are displeased or angry we tell more people about it than when we are happy.

Don't blame so called "trolls", they will always be there.

In many ways this is an exercise in social maturity; the collective intelligence not to feed the trolls.

about two weeks ago

Transparent Fish Lead to Stem Cell Research Breakthrough

GeekWithAKnife Phenomenal news (33 comments)

Given the increase in difficulty this will take the fishing world championships to a whole new level!

about two weeks ago

Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

GeekWithAKnife Sad state of affairs (39 comments)

One of these pro footballers can earn in a week more than the average university professor earns in a year.

It's even worse when you hear what some of these professionals have to say. Let's not even scrutinize the behaviors often portrayed by a few of them...

Countless hours of work, decades of teaching, contributing to the community and educating the next generation often falls short of even an amateur footballers' salary.

Kicking/throwing a ball for a living can net you stupid amounts of money, is it a wonder why children today want to be athletes and celebrities etc?

about two weeks ago

Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

GeekWithAKnife Re:And it'll keep happening, again and again... (184 comments)

I agree that systems of such sensitive nature need to be isolated but the problem is always how do you do this?
You could take away so much functionality that you are impeding productivity.

People bring their own devices, phones are powerful enough to use for many more tasks these days, productivity will not go up. That's a myth.

If the system in question was on a separate infrastructure, sophisticated and determined attackers will simply infiltrate the new system. Sure, it's an added layer of complexity and thus a bit more secure.

The real problem is not prevention, it's detection. I can walk into a bank today and leave with a few thousands of dollars. The real questions is, how do I do that undetected? without being caught later?

Online attacks are unfortunately very easy to mask, the attackers themselves are easily hidden and very hard to catch. IF they knew there's a good chance they are caught later, despite being able to EASILY pull off their intended crime then they'd be an effective deterrent.

Detection, deterrent. Not more doors & locks.

about a month ago

How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

GeekWithAKnife What really happened... (183 comments)

Naturally Gary was heavily engrossed with play testing and had a hardcore group of gamers. Unfortunately over time the group developed tension and animosity. Specifically, the relationship between Gary and the game referee became very difficult...

The Demented Mofo that sat all day in his mom's basement and thought up new ways to kill Gygax's character. This is because Gary had really good rolls throughout his game-play that foiled the DM's plans and made his encounters look too easy.
Even when it came to treasure Gary's rolls were amazing and he got so many great magical items that he was practically invincible. He could escape easily or overcome any obstacle and was critically close to dual class level 20 with his arsenal of wands, rings, magic swords and powerful spell scrolls.
He was practically unstoppable and was prone to maniacal laughter when he was obviously spoiling the adventure the DM spent a lot of money on purchasing.

Just after work that day they all got together. The group were downing fizzy drinks and were already making plans to order in pizza. The DM hurridly rolled encounters behind the mystic DM screen and said things like "Oh that's bad" & "you guys are screwed" as he giggled and suggested the dice roll was somehow 3 on the D6, 5 on the D20 and 73 on the D100 (none of which was actually seen as the screen hid the results) which meant 17 angry red dragons with 9 magically dominated beholders of at least 18HD each came to take Gary's character to Tiamat on the 1st plane of hell to do battle until death.

Later that day it was announced that Gary's character was fatally wounded after failing a saving throw vs death with a -23 modifier (there were a lot of dragon breath weapons) and shortly after being incinerated, electrocuted, frozen and disintegrated he passed away.
Naturally Gary broke into tears and protested against the unfair odds and accused the DM of setting him up. The DM pulled out the Dungeon Master's Guide and quoted irrelevant bits of text and then laughed maniacally as he slammed the book down, ripped Gary's character sheet to shreds and threw it around like cheap confetti.
It all went downhill from there as Gary sank into depression, alcoholism and debauchery.

Can we observe 1 minute of rolling saving throws on the D20 for Gary? -TA

about a month ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

GeekWithAKnife Big talk from a politician (135 comments)

Naturally for a person that is not on average income it's difficult to understand proportion.

Like a punishment (if found guilty) proportional to the crime (if proven as such).

Every so often someone calls for a tougher stance on copyright infringement. How about a more reasonable stance on copyright in general?
Maybe all this Gestapo copyright notions should be canned and a more enlightened, modern system be created?

I agree with some other posters, why not make false copyright complaints accountable? -You know for making lies available for download.

about 2 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

GeekWithAKnife Bloody nonsense (265 comments)

At the end of the day there is a SHORTAGE of qualified IT professionals. We need all the qualified tech workers we can get our hands on.

Big companies like FB, Microsoft, Google etc are SCARED SHITLESS from getting their image ruined by a big public discrimination lawsuit. You know why? because the maximum amount of compensation is UNLIMITED. That means it takes one badly handled discharge or some bigoted idiot to lose millions.

Why do you think they keep hammering their equality statements etc? A: Reputation, B: Fear of lawsuits

What about Amish people? how many Amish does FB employ? why are there no more Amish people in google? What about Sikhs in Microsoft?

Honestly, this is not tech news, this is garbage.

about 2 months ago

Australian Government Seeks To Boost Spy Agencies' Powers

GeekWithAKnife Excellent idea (54 comments)

Let's face it, they are probably already doing most of what they propose to legislate, might as well make it official.

I guess it's still better than secret courts that approve actions that no one can oppose because that too is a secret.

It works really well for the US, why not for our good friends down under?

about 2 months ago

London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

GeekWithAKnife Old business models (417 comments)

Innovate or die.

As usual the established trade is resisting any changes to the model. Why don't they take this moment & implement their own competing system & instead of owning cabs own an app?

But but but this is our lively-hood they tell you, think of the children! -no one said driving a car & knowing London's roads will land you a lifetime job.

We know this all too well, they will used their position and established financial base to throw an army of litigation at it and maybe they'll shut the app down but this is the beginning of the end because it's an eventuality.

So many people drive a 4 seat, 5 passenger vehicle with only themselves or perhaps another person with them. Why not use that?

about 4 months ago

New Cologne Answers the Question: "What Does a Bitcoin Smell Like?"

GeekWithAKnife Go ahead and knock it (61 comments)

You see, diamonds are not really worth anything, neither are black pearls...but once people started marketing those with other goods that had an established perceived value guess what happened?

Sure, cryptocurrency is not physical so cannot have a smell but if this fragrance is any good it ADDS to the perceived value of bitcoin.

I've seen and heard a lot of criticism of bitcoin for all sorts of reasons but at the end of the day we did once move from bartering apples for goat to coins to the gold standard to currency (Which IS virtual money) & we will move to an all digital economy. Maybe that will be bitcoin.

about 4 months ago

London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

GeekWithAKnife A step in the right direction (152 comments)

Perhaps an unpopular opinion but I think this is overall a good thing. It will require more discipline from police and help reduce the number of unjustified police action.

As the same time this will serve to catch criminals and is a precursor to automatic face recognition (like they have with car number plates)

Just remember the next time you see police, you're on camera.

about 4 months ago



RockStar shaft PC users

GeekWithAKnife GeekWithAKnife writes  |  about a year ago

GeekWithAKnife (2717871) writes "RockStar have let PC users down with not releasing GTA in a timely fashion as with their console releases...let's not even mention GTA IV's awful PC port.

There has been a petition to change this and it's gaining momentum. The open letter states:

Rockstar Games
Rockstar PR
Rockstar Games
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Please release GTA V on PC. GTA games have been a large part of so many people's lives and it's a
big shame not seeing the newest iteration of the game being released on the most powerful platform.
Things like modifications have always been a HUGE part of PC gaming and modded GTA is some of the
most insanely fun times you can have.

I hope you consider the release of GTA V on PC as it'll make...

Why do some people sign this? probably"

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Banned from purchased game features?!

GeekWithAKnife GeekWithAKnife writes  |  about a year ago

GeekWithAKnife (2717871) writes "I have recently felt like playing Mass Effeect 3 again and having spent time and money on online multiplayer packs which I cannot use is really upsetting. so I decided that I'd like to do something about this.
Over a year ago I was banned from Mass Effect 3 Online Multiplayer. I've been accused of editing ini settings to exploit credits. I have spent some £100 and countless hours on online packs to get better multiplayer equipment etc.
EA will not answer my emails & bioware flat out refuse to talk to me.

Although I'm quite technical I have no idea where to begin to edit these settings to achieve the credit exploit I was accused of. It was suggested to me that I may have been connected to a hacked server that was giving too much credits etc. To be fair I don't care, I want my money back.

I recently contact their customer support again, my case was closed within 4 minutes of opening without any explanations?!

This is what bioware wrote to me at the time (May 2012):


We have proven that you have exploited Mass Effect 3 multiplayer through editing your INI settings. We take cheating very seriously and we have decided to ban your account from multiplayer. This ban will not be reverted under any circumstance.


Thomas Abram

No further explanations offered. No proof for that matter either.
Normally I'd just never buy from this brand again but I don;t want to be one of the many people that took it laying down instead of doing something about it.

My question is this, even if we assume I have been cheating (which is ridiculous because I paid £100 not including the cost of the game itself of money for online packs) does EA have legal grounds to ban me & if so do they have legal grounds to deny me a refund?
What can I legally do to recover the very real money I have spent? What does the Slashdot readership suggest I do about this?"


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