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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Gibgezr Re:Or, just read a book. (447 comments)

Black Like Me was a really good read. Well worth the time, although I imagine it's pretty dated by now.

From wikipedia:

"Black Like Me is a nonfiction book by journalist John Howard Griffin first published in 1961. Griffin was a white native of Dallas, Texas and the book describes his six-week experience travelling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia passing as a black man. Sepia Magazine financed the project in exchange for the right to print the account first as a series of articles.

Griffin kept a journal of his experiences; the 188-page diary was the genesis of the book.

At the time of the book's writing in 1959, race relations in America were particularly strained and Griffin aimed to explain the difficulties that black people faced in certain areas. Under the care of a doctor, Griffin artificially darkened his skin to pass as a black man."

5 days ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Gibgezr Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

You've got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar. What do you do?

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Gibgezr Re:Someone has (270 comments)

The poster you replied to specifically said "an ordinary espresso machine"; from your reply ("waste") I gather that you are unfamiliar with how a typical home espresso machine works. They typically make one (or some larger machines two) cups of espresso at a time, and they use steam forced through a reusable metal cup with tiny holes in it. There is no extra coffe to get cold, there is not even a filter to toss away: just take out the cup and tap it with the metal part of the handle that twists off when you release teh cup, and the grounds fall into the garbage/compost bucket (coffee grounds make great compost). The steam means that the cup is sanitized on every use, so you don't need to wash it more than once a month or so, and measuring a couple of spoons of fresh coffee into the cup is super easy and quick.

If you are afraid that a home espresso maker is not going to make a nice "regular" cup of coffee, you might be surprised to find that if you buy some nice coffee and try it out, it will likely make a much nicer cup of coffee than your k-cup machine; the beans are the most important thing about your coffee.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Gibgezr Re:good (341 comments)

They aren't afforded all the rights of an adult. For example, they cannot vote in any election, neither Federal nor Provincial.

about two weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

Gibgezr Re:WKRP (189 comments)

That particular episode had my entire family helpless with tears from laughing so hard.

about three weeks ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

Gibgezr Re:Occams razor says this girl is lying (189 comments)

CBC did a report on this, it seems that Zoosk has a deal with Facebook where they get all your info, so that creating a full profile (with picture) is a "one click" automated process. As soon as you agree to join Zoosk, you have a full profile.

So, applying Occam's razor to this story, the simplest explanation is that she accidentally clicked the "OK" or "Next" button instead of the "Cancel" or "Close" button, right?

about a month ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

Gibgezr Re:Losing Literature (55 comments)

I agree. The most popular ones may not all need the love and attention of the archivists anywhere near as much as some of the lesser-knowns.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

Gibgezr Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

No, they don't need a mouse. Maybe 20 years ago, when gamepads and the software written for them were clunky and awkward (remember playing FPS games with no response curve applied to the input?), but nowadays lots of folks who are comfortable with a dual-stick controller prefer playing PC shooters with a gamepad. Yes, I might be a tiny bit more accurate with a mouse, but I no longer care about being the world's best Quake player. I play games to have fun, and most shooters are more fun for me if I use a gamepad. BTW, I have a nice mechanical gaming keyboard and mouse...you know, for games that don't support gamepad input. Nowadays, though, few PC shooters are released that don't support gamepad input (off the top of my head, I can't think of any released lately that lack it); it would hurt sales too badly, as gamepads are extremely popular. I teach classes full of 18-25 year olds, and every year I ask them how many play PC games, and whether they prefer mouse or controller for input; the balance has swung from one side to the other steadily over the last 20 years, to the point where almost the whole group prefers controllers now (of course, 20 years ago it was joysticks, not twin-stick game controllers that I asked about, and they almost all preferred mouse and keyboard for Quake, although a few preferred joysticks for Descent).

I do think mice give you an edge in precision aiming, but unless you are a pro gamer it hardly matters, and of course it doesn't make any difference in a single-player game. There are lots of videos that show PC gamers using a controller and doing just fine against other PC gamers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about a month ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

Gibgezr Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

No, PC gamers don't hate joysticks; many of them love joysticks and gamepads.

That said, I have no interest in a nVidia Shield. It runs freaking Android. Android is great on my phone, where I also do not play games.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Gibgezr Re:Awesome :) (642 comments)

Satan? Daemon?
Monster drinks are go!

about a month ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

Gibgezr Re:holy spin (144 comments)

Seconded. I have only one choice of internet where I live: Bell. My speed is ridiculously low 0.5 Mbps download, and huge lag spikes are frequent. Welcome to Canada.

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

Gibgezr Re:help them (89 comments)

Touche. If I was a web developer working with all those nifty Java class libraries for doing webby things, I wouldn't want to use C++ either.

about a month ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Gibgezr Re:This is why the Menonites do what they do. (100 comments)

I wasn't aware of the Mennonite practice, but I know that hobos used to "mark" houses all over North America this way. If you gave one hobo a sandwich, others would eventually show up who had never actually met the first hobo or talked to anyone about it; they learned of your generosity by seeing the mark he had left at the start of your property. They used various chalk marks, piles of stones, bent branches etc. to designate "generous folks"/"work available"/"stay away, they are nuts"/"good for one meal" and so on. I always assumed this was the etymology of the phrase "they are an easy mark".

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

Gibgezr Re:help them (89 comments)

He uses C++ and Python. Why in hell would he stoop to Java? You don't meet many experienced C++ programmers who want to spend their days using Java instead, now, do you?

about a month ago
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Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop

Gibgezr Re:You're Doing It Wrong (103 comments)

Except that for larger tablets, holding them with two hands is far easier, especially for anything over a few minutes. So no, the reviewer is doing it right.

about a month ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

Gibgezr Re:So no Netflix for PlaystationTV boxes? (130 comments)

Yes, and there is Roku etc.Unfortunately, none of them play Vita games.. I have a slew of devices ar home that can run Netflix/Crunchyroll, but was considering a PlaystationTV because it would be a tiny, highly portable device to lug to the camp in the summer etc., and I have Vita games that I could enjoy on it (I don't actually enjoy playing them on a Vita near as much as I would on a TV).

If all I want is a small Netflix/Crunchyroll box, I can just go buy a Chromecast or Roku stick or something (Walmart sells several devices like that in the "under $40 range"), and stream from my laptop when on the road. It would have been worth the larger pricetag to be able to enjoy Vita games as well, but no Netflix is a deal breaker.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Gibgezr Re:*cough* (316 comments)

/thread with a Hermann Göring quote.

about a month ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

Gibgezr So no Netflix for PlaystationTV boxes? (130 comments)

If so, they may have just lost a sale. I was considering a PlaystationTV, but I don't know if I want to pay that much just to play Vita games and watch Crunchyroll on my TV.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Gibgezr Re:Hmmm ... what next (698 comments)

Yes, they should do nothing. This is a case where doing nothing is much better than doing something. They are wasting money better spent on actual educational resources, and they are promoting fear.

about a month ago

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Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Sh

Gibgezr Gibgezr writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gibgezr (2025238) writes "Uploaded.to has shut the door on U.S. visitors to the site; it is currently telling them “Not Available: Our service is currently unavailable in your country. Sorry about that.”
Torrentfreak is speculating that this has to do with the FBI takedown of MegaUpload earlier in the week."

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White house petitioned to investigate MPAA, Chris

Gibgezr Gibgezr writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gibgezr (2025238) writes "Interesting "We the People" petition, asking the white house to investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA. I expect it will get the necessary 25K signatures, but be brushed aside with "we found nothing wrong, those were legal campaign donations"."
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