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I think next winter will be:

Guru80 About the same... (99 comments)

However, last year was the worst winter on record in terms of snow and cold. We shattered all the records and it's already quite a bit colder than normal after a cooler than normal summer.

6 hours ago

John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Guru80 Re: Talk is cheap. (266 comments)

The Simpsons are very adult oriented..they are on prime time on Sunday after football because that's the demographic they target and do very well in it. That being said even Looney Tunes aren't suitable for children by today's standards. I can't count how many times Daffy Duck has gotten his beak blown off by a shotgun or Elmer Fudd, Bugs, Tom and Jerry, Road Runner or any cartoon of that era has been shot or shot at someone. Even talk about that kind of stuff in school today and you are suspended and the bomb squad called. Point is that it's all subjective to an extent. There are plenty of older shooters that don't contain gore but you still have the whole pointing a virtual gun at virtual people issue everyone likes to get all pissy about. There are also plenty of games that require the same use of spatial awareness and fine motor skills that are used in FPS that aren't shooters.

about a week ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Guru80 I give up (421 comments)

Society is collectively out of their damn minds. Pretty soon sneezing in public will almost certainly be considered a biological weapon attack, because Ebola!!!...arrest and solitary him immediately!

about three weeks ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Guru80 Re:They asked for more money... (364 comments)

They very well might have asked for more money but I think there is a very good chance this is just an effort to make one or two seasons more profitable as ratings fall and call it a good run. I love Mythbusters but I rarely watch anymore even though it's still as entertaining as ever. After 10 years and close to 1000 myth's busted it's pretty much routine. Seen one myth busted you've seen a thousand type of thing at no fault of their own. That's a heck of a run for that type of show.

about three weeks ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Guru80 So does this mean... (284 comments)

Neuralizers! Men in Black is the new Star Trek.

about 2 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Guru80 Wish the IRS served my email (465 comments)

It would have really been a life saver when those few year old drunken emails were discovered had my computer crashed and Google lost the f*&* is this a valid explanation???

about 3 months ago

Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

Guru80 Re:+5 Insightful (548 comments)

And here I am without mod points, +5 to you. Looking through that list of targeted industries is head-scratching. They list perfectly legitimate business alongside illegal activity.

about 4 months ago

Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

Guru80 Only logical that it's gone (157 comments)

Has anyone ever dug deeply into the EU "canon"...I haven't but just scratching the surface you see dozens of pieces of work that contradict another dozen pieces of work. If they were to even attempt to keep it they would have to dig through 30 years worth of works to figure out which half needs to go anyway.

about 5 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Guru80 Re:Not exactly fair (535 comments)

Not even close. You can read the articles from those that have been able to use it, they say it is a good year away from being where the Rift is.

about 6 months ago

Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

Guru80 Re:This is very exciting for indie devs (149 comments)

There is no Watermarking in Unity. There are commercial games developed in standard Unity just not high quality games for the most part but there are some of those as well, there are plenty of high quality Unity Pro version of games. Aside from lack of real time shadows and the like the only mark is the powered by Unity splash screen during initial loading of the game that is only up a couple seconds.

about 6 months ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

Guru80 "Last question on Slashdot surveys" syndrome (255 comments)

Giving 10 to 1 that at least half that answered that HTML is a STD did it because "snicker, snicker..I answered STD", same goes for the rest of the questions.

about 6 months ago

Old cellphones, in my household ...

Guru80 Kids (171 comments)

Over the last dozen years I've had almost as many no longer used cell phones turn into toys. While they are young they don't care that they don't turn on, they just have a cell phone.

about 7 months ago

Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

Guru80 Re:paste this to cut the BETA (249 comments)

Since the first thing you see when coming to Slashdot is a huge banner with a link to the response from Slashdot regarding user complaints about the beta this is just a tad redundant at this point.

about 7 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

Guru80 That's a good thing! (412 comments)

So..everyone in the history of the show has followed a linear, easiest to hardest, one line at a time strategy to try and win? Of course not. It is incredibly odd to me that people would be upset over this and call him smug and a "villain"...really!?!?

about 7 months ago

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Guru80 Re:But it is horribly wrong anyway. (458 comments)

You know what they say about opinions... The scientific community would love you long time if you had any solid foundation to base your strong opinion on.

about 8 months ago

Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th

Guru80 Re:Well yeah (127 comments)

That article is an accurate representation of the entire site. It's all about over-the-top write ups of over-the-top badassery. It's tongue-in-cheek but fun as hell to read some of them. Read enough of them and you will see the author bases his context around who the badass of the week is, in this case going the full blown Nottingham/Robin Hood route leaves the cops as bad guys so getting blown to bits with machine guns by your rocket launcher loving sidekick doesn't count as hurting an innocent.

about 8 months ago

The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

Guru80 Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

I agree with the point he is trying to make but you are spot on. It's obvious why he choose the comparison he did, to get the most sensationalism out of the least amount of detail possible. Even as a summary it is poorly done as anyone with a brain is going to see some huge gaping holes in that proposal. In his case he went with the throw his arms up in the air and shout "LOOK!! 140k are replaced by 13 people, the middle class is doomed by the companies that rely on it most so they will fail too!". While his point could very well be right, the approach he took ends up sounding like a Chicken Little "The sky is falling!" argument which leads to most people paying as much attention to it as the local crazy guy telling you the world is ending everyday for 5 years as you walk past him on the way to work.

about 8 months ago

Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

Guru80 One day that won't be true (366 comments)

I have a feeling that one day in the distant future people will read our current understanding of cancer as laid out in the summary and shake their heads that our understanding was ever so limited the same way we do when reading how bleeding patients out was the cure for just about everything in ancient times.

Also, agreed with a Cold Fjord post and if I have learned anything from the /. is that is an unforgivable use of mod points (or something like that)

about 8 months ago

Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

Guru80 Re:Really? (170 comments)

Lucky for you, you get it! Google does the same thing, those ads you see aren't a coincidence. The last time I saw an ad on GMail (before I used ad-block), every time the girlfriend talked about marriage in emails all the damn ads were engagement rings and wedding supplies. That wasn't a lucky guess on Google's behalf.

about 8 months ago

No Question: Snowden Was 2013's Most Influential Tech Figure

Guru80 Re:NSA Has Full Access to the iPhone (108 comments)

Apple is, as of right now, denying any cooperation but that's status-qua.

about 9 months ago



Bitcoin Exchange CEO Arrest For Money Laundering

Guru80 Guru80 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Guru80 (1579277) writes "

A U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York said Shrem (CEO of Bitcoin exchange BitInstant), along with alleged co-conspirator Robert Faiella, sold more than $1 million worth of bitcoins to Silk Road customers. Faiella, a Florida man who allegedly runs an underground Bitcoin exchanger using the alias BTCKing, was also arrested.

The fallout continues in the Silk Road saga. Is it even possible for a Bitcoin exchange to know they are "laundering" money for Silk Road customers? What does being charged with running an unlicensed money transmitting business say for the future of Bitcoin, at least in the U.S.?"
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Obama to Change NSA Metadata Collection

Guru80 Guru80 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Guru80 (1579277) writes ""President Barack Obama on Friday will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN. Obama will say that he is ordering a transition of the current intelligence-gathering program to one that addresses concerns of privacy and civil liberties, the official said."

Real change or more of the same under a different name?"

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Microsoft Secretly Offers Surface RT vouchers

Guru80 Guru80 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Guru80 (1579277) writes "Microsoft is offering vouchers for the purchase of a Surface RT on the day of launch (October 26th) if presented before noon at your local Microsoft Store location. Customer representatives don't seem to have any information on them and at least one has stated they weren't originally intended to be public information. To get one you must talk to the manager of a Microsoft Store and they can give them out at their discretion. The vouchers will allow for the purchase a Surface RT Tablet without requiring a pre-order as was originally speculated."

Paypal joins the no class action lawsuit bandwagon in privacy statement changes

Guru80 Guru80 writes  |  about a year ago

Guru80 (1579277) writes "

PayPal recently posted a new Policy Update which includes changes to the PayPal User Agreement. The update to the User Agreement is effective November 1, 2012 and contains several changes, including changes that affect how claims you and PayPal have against each other are resolved. You will, with limited exception, be required to submit claims you have against PayPal to binding and final arbitration, unless you opt out of the Agreement to Arbitrate (Section 14.3) by December 1, 2012. Unless you opt out: (1) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against PayPal on an individual basis, not as a plaintiff or class member in any class or representative action or proceeding and (2) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis.

With so many privacy policies changing to include such wording, does it really hold any weight if some obscure and buried opt-out option isn't checked?"
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