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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

Gordo_1 Re:Big woop (170 comments)

On a slight tangent, I've been wondering about this "things are getting worse" meme as it relates to just about anything related to humanity that can be tracked over time. You read so much today about worldwide atrocities, NSA snooping, domestic crime, political skullduggery, and one starts to develop the impression that things truly are getting worse. I think it would be interesting to see if that's actually the case or whether it's a mirage perpetuated by the changing nature of how we're interconnected via the Internet, or perhaps because world events went through a sort of unusually calm period in the 80s and 90s, or perhaps it's as simple as the notion that we were mostly sheltered by our parents as children to some extent and didn't truly open our eyes to the reality of the world until we got older...

about two weeks ago

Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Gordo_1 I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

I'm just not sure how much I hold them responsible for lack of diversity in their ranks. Show me the diversity in the set of resumes they receive and interviews they conduct and I'll get on your bandwagon, but until then my experience says that the reasons for lack of diversity begin much earlier in the funnel.

about three weeks ago

Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

Gordo_1 Also, nothing against SJ State, but... (130 comments)

isn't it on this list largely due to its proximity to Silicon Valley? You'd think that the number of applications to work at tech companies in the valley coming from SJ State would be off the charts to begin with due to it being in the middle of the valley... I'm sure Georgia State has a reasonable CS program too, but few if any applications from there would be going to companies in Silicon Valley. Does that make SJ State a meaningful CS job target or just a beneficiary of location?

Though not a perfect measure by any means, I think it would be more interesting to see the CS job acceptance rates coming out these schools and the average starting salary for each.

about a month ago

The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Gordo_1 Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (350 comments)

> Dr. Ramsey's condition has been fulfilled hundreds of times over the last quarter century and there has been absolutely no acknowledgement by the APS of its crime.

Where's the proof that it happened even once? Similar assertions have been made by proponents of perpetual motion machines.

about a month ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Gordo_1 What's with the performance comparisons? (355 comments)

Is Apple so embarrassed by their lack of meaningful CPU performance improvements that they feel the need to compare the latest iPad to a 5 year old obsolete brick to impress me? I think that they think I'm stupid.

about a month ago

Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Gordo_1 Oh good... (158 comments)

Now I can fully enjoy 4k video from the totally comfortable distance of 5 feet in front of my 55" television.

about a month and a half ago

The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Gordo_1 I'd argue that's not the case (320 comments)

I see where you're coming from, but why did 'corporate-inspired' awful junk work through the 70s and 80s then? We watched tons of it and I can say, in retrospect, that it was mostly thrown together tripe with few redeeming qualities (though some of it elicits nostalgic feelings for me). About the best of it were the Japanese conversions, though cheaply dubbed and often spliced to the point of near incomprehensibility, they tended to go a bit deeper with character development.

Here are some cartoons I recall watching either Saturday mornings or some other time during the week (albeit from Canada):
Scooby Doo
Saturday Supercade (?) -- shows based on early arcade characters like Pacman.
Strawberry Shortcake
The Real Ghostbusters
Dungeons and Dragons (the one where they were stuck in some D&D world).
Battle of the Planets (G-Force?)

about 2 months ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Gordo_1 Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

Not that most here will care very much, but that's technically a cross-sell. An upsell is when they ask "would you like to biggie size that?" or something along those lines. A cross-sell generally adds something onto your existing purchase, whereas an upsell replaces your purchase with something more expensive.

I think it's worth understanding these things if only because the deeper your knowledge of these strategies, the better off you are to combat them when they're inevitably used against you.

about 3 months ago

Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

Gordo_1 Re:You just can't make this stuff up (106 comments)

Well, as any successful malware author knows, you must pull up the ladder behind you once you're on board.

about 3 months ago

China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

Gordo_1 Re:Oh, hi there, threat of extinction (224 comments)

I trust Israel more than China. Israel is a modern democracy and has proven itself capable of handling these weapons. It's had a nuclear deterrent since at least the 1970s and has only ever threatened to use it once, when it had no choice but to threaten its use to protect itself from destruction (against unprovoked Syrian aggression). China is a dictatorship in an arms race with no one in particular and will likely seek to build a nuclear capability able to destroy the entire Western world which it sees as a potential threat to its way of life.

about 4 months ago

iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

Gordo_1 Re:No Thanks (57 comments)

I have one. It's fine for development work which is what it's intended for. Frankly, in practice the resolution isn't all that bad either.

about 4 months ago

iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

Gordo_1 Leaving the entire panel intact makes sense... (57 comments)

The cheapest and simplest thing for Samsung to do for a relatively small run of only 45k devices is to literally lift existing pre-built screens directly off the Note 3 assembly line and hand them over to Oculus. Virtually any kind of customization, like removing the Gorilla glass or touchscreen controller would require an assembly line change and could result in a much larger production slow down. I know it's hard to believe that 'wasting' unnecessary materials is actually cheaper than removing them, but if you know anything about manufacturing you understand the enormous impact that an assembly line change can have.

about 4 months ago

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

Gordo_1 According to BLS... (270 comments)

$12.5M in 1981 would only be worth $32.6M today (http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=12500&year1=1981&year2=2014). While that's certainly nothing to scoff at, back in 1981, it seems that an NBA franchise was well within the range of many 1%ers, whereas today it seems that a franchise is really only in the domain of the 0.01%. What I can't figure out is, what happened to NBA (and sports franchises in general) over the last 33 years to have out-paced inflation by so much? Even if you think Ballmer paid 3-4x what it's really worth, the rate of growth is still an order of magnitude greater than inflation over that period.

about 6 months ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

Gordo_1 Re:I must be getting old... (167 comments)

Still more useful than building yet another FPS in this day and age...

about 6 months ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

Gordo_1 Re:I must be getting old... (167 comments)

No, but the original knew what it was. This one apparently wants to fool you into thinking it's something that it's not: realistic.

about 6 months ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

Gordo_1 I must be getting old... (167 comments)

I watched the trailer. It looks like it's designed for 13 year old boys who wouldn't know a believable premise or nuance if it struck them in the head. It seems to be edited by the same Hollywood effects people that do action movies. I sense that this cacophony of fast moving images is supposed to quickly overload your brain and make you feel like what you're watching is more exciting than it is, but reality is it's just a crutch to fall back on when there's little to scrutinize beyond the special effects.

Beyond that, it appears to be the same old regurgitated storyline (stolen from Rambo and used on practically every FPS since 1992): It's you versus an army of cliched enemies (i.e. aliens, robots, robots created by aliens, nazis or some other 'evil' country that the US fought in the 20th century). The voice acting is full of nondescript caricature-like accents. The up-close textures look like they're from some generic game circa 2005, but other effects/shadows mask it fairly well.

Maybe there are some unique elements to the gameplay, but I'm having trouble getting excited about it. Hasn't this run-and-gun FPS genre been played out enough already? I mean, even Carmack went to go do something more useful with his time...

about 6 months ago

How Virtual Reality Became Reality

Gordo_1 VR is not 3D (104 comments)

You don't seem to understand something. 3D sucks because after you play in 3D for a while, the effect wears off and your brain can barely tell the difference between it and a simple 2D image. Then you wonder why you're wearing the dumb glasses.

VR is a completely different experience. It doesn't wear off in the same way, though the brain does get somewhat accustomed to aspects of it. The problem is you can't just move back to a 2D screen and get a similar experience. Games developed specifically for VR are very compelling and can't really be experienced any other way.

> These things cost way too fucking much and have way too little use for the mass market to buy in. The amount of people that do buy in is way too fucking small for developers to support, and thus those use cases are never created.

Welcome to the smartphone market circa 2005...

about 6 months ago

How Virtual Reality Became Reality

Gordo_1 You don't know what you're talking about. (104 comments)

Have you worn an Oculus? No, you haven't. Which is why you think it is an 'abortion'. I have spent the better part of a year with an early development kit and I can tell you it's already a highly entertaining experience that will only get better over time.

> People don't want to wear headgear for their media consumption.

People don't want to watch a wall-mounted rectangle for their media consumption. Both are asinine statements. Anyway, VR isn't so much about consuming media. It's about being part of an interactive experience that can't be replicated any other way.

> 2 decades passed since the last time they tried this shit and failed.

Yes, it was super expensive back then, there was next to no content and the overall experience was absolutely horrible by anyone's standards.

So what's different this time? Technology has improved immensely. Field of view is much larger, latency is way down, resolution is way up, and weight is a small fraction of the early headsets. Oh, also most households already have the computers necessary to drive a decent VR experience. And content? It's coming. There are thousands of 3d games that can benefit from VR with only a few months of additional development effort and hundreds of new titles already being built. Furthermore, VR headsets will be in the same price range as a typical game console or high end video card. It is now right in the cross-hairs of the mainstream digital consumer.

about 6 months ago

Linux Sucks (Video)

Gordo_1 The old bait and switch huh? (293 comments)

You: Linux Sucks!
Me: Hmmm... Well I guess it does in some ways, but to be so one sided must mean you have something new or insightful to add to the conversation. 'Click'
You: Well actually Linux sucks and it's great at the same time!
Me: So why did you claim that Linux sucks then?
You: Because people are forking stuff and um, companies are making business decisions that I don't like.
Me: Huh?
You: Well someone forked OpenSSL and that makes Linux suck.
Me: Well that's one out of thousands of components within Linux, but I'm not sure it justifies a headline claiming that Linux sucks in general.
You: Right see, it's also awesome that we have an ecosystem where someone can just come around and fork stuff. Isn't it cool that things suck and are great at the same time?
Me: So you have no sensible opinion about any of this.
You: Well no, but you played the video, so I win.
Me: Fuck you and fuck Slashdot for promoting you.

about 6 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

Gordo_1 Well, I trust Mozilla more than Google (688 comments)

I honestly don't have too many gripes about the redesign. You can still get to the old menu by hitting alt and the drag and drop UI customization flows are better than before. The tabs? meh, they were fine before, they're fine now. Moving the old orange firefox drop-down to the right side and re-arranging the buttons ala Chrome? Meh. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

I still use it because performance is decent, it's reasonably stable and I feel like Mozilla is slightly less interested in spying on everything I do than Google is.

Also, I've noticed that Firefox has lost a lot of market share in the past few years, which probably means it will be less of a target for hackers going forward.

about 7 months ago



Gordo_1 Gordo_1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gordo_1 (256312) writes "Looks like muslix64 of BackupHDDVD fame is at it again. This time he appears to have successfully cracked a Blu-Ray disc with AACS encryption: Lord Of War, from Lion's Gate Films. According to Wesley at wesleytech.com, muslix64 obtained a memory dump from a Blu-ray Disc software player and used a crypto attack to identify the keys. He subsequently released an alpha version of BackupBluray."


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