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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.

3 days 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?...

3 days 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.

3 days ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Gibgezr Re:Awesome :) (635 comments)

Satan? Daemon?
Monster drinks are go!

4 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

Gibgezr Re:holy spin (142 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Gibgezr Re:This is why the Menonites do what they do. (99 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".

4 days 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?

5 days 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.

5 days 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 week 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 week 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 week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Gibgezr Re:Hmmm ... what next (693 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 two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Gibgezr Re:Get rid of the electronic voting machines. (388 comments)

So you are saying that your family places pressure on you to vote like them? I've never known a family like that. It strikes me as odd. As for "also asserting that if your boss ordered you to vote in a specific manner, you wouldn't call the authorities on him", now I DO see that a lot, but it's not "ordering", it's more "subtly pressuring" by inviting politicians from one party over to see the plant etc. They make it obvious who they prefer, even going so far as to mention that under a certain parties' rule they would get more funding/projects. In my personal experience management is far more likely to try and influence your vote than family is. I have never seen anyone call the authorities over either.

Of course, my personal experience is worth no more than yours.

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Gibgezr Re:Celebrities are targeted more. (622 comments)

Scrameustache has hit on something very important, and all this talk of "security of the cloud" and "hacked accounts" is missing the message by focusing on the technology.

Folks, it's not the technology.

Any famous actress who takes nude pictures, whether with a cell phone or a Polaroid instacam or a 35mm film camera, needs to realize that those photos may become public in the future. Celebrities taking nude photos is a high risk activity, regardless of the technology involved.

about a month ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Gibgezr Re:Fracking (52 comments)

What, these kits also detect methane?

about 2 months ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

Gibgezr Re:quake 1 Reaper Bot (93 comments)

I don't recall Reaper bots learning opponent play styles. They did learn to path around new maps (the guy who wrote the AI had a day job writing routing routines for network routers, and he applied concepts from that to game pathing), and they had a simple finite state machine that allowed them to tarck enemies, search for enemies, engage in combat using techniques like circle-strafing, disengage from comat if canditions like health/armour/powerups/weapons were unfavourable, etc. As far as I remember they treated all players the same, though.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Gibgezr Re:It's too perilous (354 comments)

GALAHAD: Look, it's my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.

LANCELOT: No, we've got to find the Holy Grail. Come on!

GALAHAD: Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?

LANCELOT: No. It's unhealthy.

GALAHAD: I bet you're gay.

LANCELOT: No, I'm not.

about 2 months 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  |  more than 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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