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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Gordo_1 Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (371 comments)

> This exact sort of behavior made Detroit the smoking crater it is today.

Not really.

There may be some parallels, but Detroit was mostly a different situation. The Detroit lower classes did not actively try to push away those with money the way the SF leaches are trying to do. In Detroit, there were decades of major race relation problems that culminated in black riots in the downtown core. This scared the white middle-class who pretty much all picked up and moved to the suburbs willingly.

In SF, the complainers are a small group of mostly young, white folks who are bored, unemployed and looking for handouts to sustain their leach-like lifestyle.

about 4 months ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Gordo_1 Couple more of these and I'll forgive you for beta (124 comments)

Oh and I'm never traveling outside of a tour group in Central or South America. Just the thought of having to come up with the right incantation and bribe for a dollar-a-day cop on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere gives me anxiety.

about 4 months ago
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NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security

Gordo_1 Dice, are you listening? (144 comments)

What I really want in the new design, is easier access to SlashDataCenter and SlashCareers.... oooooh and SlashBI. I really can't get enough 'Business Intelligence' news formatted as a two paragraph article with a large stock image and zero comments!

about 6 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Gordo_1 How long before I have to buy Internet "channels"? (298 comments)

"The Premium package gives you access to all your streaming favorites like YouTube, Hulu Plus, Netflix along with dozens of foreign movie sites you've never heard of.
The Friends & Family package gives you access to the people you want to keep in touch with, when you want to keep in touch with them, over your favorite NSA-sponsored proprietary social networking site: FacePalmSpace.
Our Adults-Only package allows you to stream all your favorite German Scheiße porn tube sites!"

Don't think so? Bookmark me, wait a couple years, then come back and mod me "Insightful".

about 6 months ago
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Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

Gordo_1 Sound insulation of motorways? (114 comments)

> "This could have great applications in sound insulation of motorways"

Last I checked, the screams of children within neighborhoods protected by motorway sound barriers were not a major nuisance or safety hazard for motorists.

Or are we just brainstorming ideas without any thought behind them?

A one way sound barrier makes sense if you have an application where you actually need sound to go through in one direction. If you don't, then a wall is a better and almost certainly cheaper solution.

about 6 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

Gordo_1 Re: Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

Are you familiar with the flying spaghetti monster? That is also a theory of creation. Using your logic, it must also be taught.

about 6 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

Gordo_1 Re: Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

So to be an upstanding Atheist in your world, one must equally trash all religions all the time, regardless of the issue or region?

The issue here is that Christian fundamentalists have commandeered science curricula in publicly-funded schools to teach creationism. If we were talking about cartoonists in Norway caricaturing Mohammed and still bashing Christians, then you'd have an actual point.

Creationism is a concept, I might add, that both Judaism and Islam are proponents of, however, neither Jewish nor Muslim groups or schools are pushing creationist content to children in publicly-funded schools anywhere in this country (USA). It's Christian fundamentalists that are overstepping their bounds. Hence the desire to single them out.

Furthermore, Christians are the majority in this country and have enjoyed an historically unequal sway on government and policy, so you damn well better accept the fact that Christians will take more heat when overstepping their bounds as it affects more people.

about 6 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Gordo_1 Re:We could not make them (514 comments)

Mod this up. This is a good analogy. How many people die annually in this country of obesity-related causes? Automobile accidents? Murders (with or without guns)?

Now compare that with all terrorist deaths in the past 20 years.

You can't justify what's being done (wars, unconstitutional laws and practices) in the name of protecting us from this albeit scary sounding, but relatively inconsequential threat. Dismantle the war machine.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

Gordo_1 I laugh... (470 comments)

Because I and a million others could have (and often did) tell you this would be the case back when I first tried a late Win8 preview build. MS could have had multiple times the current market share had they simply not *forced* Metro on people who didn't want it. You know, like do a quick check upon install to see if the PC is a touchscreen tablet and then default to the desktop with a classic Start Menu if you weren't on an appropriate device.

Instead, they chose to piss off tons of people by forcing their phone interface on people who use office applications. And now two years later, they get the market share they more or less deserve.

about 7 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Gordo_1 Was hopeful in Jong-Un... (276 comments)

Look, his uncle was probably as much a despicable character as any in the NK ruling party, likely performing or being complicit in any number of crimes against humanity, so no real loss to the human race here in all likelihood. What I find disturbing though is that Jong-Un has displayed callous disregard for human life in recent months in order to maintain complete control over the population.

I had high hopes for him when I learned that he'd been schooled in Switzerland, spoke English and had made positive comments in the past about the plight of the NK people. I figured he was young, idealistic, and maybe not all that different from myself -- had I been placed into a very difficult situation due to my family lineage. If placed in such a situation, I imagine that for a year or two I might have acted the part (whatever that means) in order to maintain control long enough to come up with a plan to bring some level of reforms to the country and ensure a longer-term transition to democracy.

Then again, you never really hear about a dictator who had a change of heart and became 'sane' after being able to operate with complete impunity for a while. I guess it's true when they say absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It seems that his age and boyish looks belie the fact that Jong-Il chose and groomed his successor very carefully.

about 7 months ago
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Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

Gordo_1 Re:Plug-ins (208 comments)

It's true. The overall rate at which Firefox adds features is not really much different than in the past. The difference is that they trickle the features out every 6 weeks instead of a big dump once a year. That's just fine with me, as plugins rarely break anymore and overall stability and speed is much better than Firefox 4.0 and older. Yes, I said that and believe it to be true.

about 8 months ago

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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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