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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 three weeks ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

Guru80 Re:Open source? (215 comments)

There are thousands upon thousands of people looking at open source code. One of them somewhere along the line is going to notice. That should be pretty obvious. I would like to think this would be a tipping point to more Open Source based usage but we all know that most people don't have a clue what all the surveillance talk even means. All they hear is "They are listening to my phone calls" and that's where it ends.

about 4 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Guru80 Re:You'll never understand until you experience it (276 comments)

Have you ever read the book? The reference to 1984 in this instance is in regards to the "Ministry of Truth" in which every day the changed history in all written communication as they are doing with the Fat Leader's uncle.

about 4 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Guru80 Welcome to North Korea (276 comments)

Where they pride themselves on the use of Orwell's 1984 as the standard operating manual of State propaganda.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Dare AI Experts To Crack New GOTCHA Password Scheme

Guru80 Re:tried it (169 comments)

I'm guessing in a real world situation the creator of the password would know exactly what it image refers too. As for not being able to recognize any features in the linked examples, while I could never guess them (and that's the point pretty much) I can definitely see how the caption and image relate to each other after reading it.

about 5 months ago
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Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

Guru80 You are kidding...right? RIGHT?!? (504 comments)

he had an opportunity—if what he was, was a whistle-blower—to pick up the phone and call the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and say I have some information,' Feinstein told CBS' Face The Nation.

We all know what happens to whistle-blowers that blow within....they are quieted, discredited, fired and smeared before they have a chance to tell any that would actually do anything about it. Had he done that business would be continuing as normal and of course that's what they prefer.

about 5 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

Guru80 I don't get it... (663 comments)

How do so many "smart" people continually come up with the dumbest testing criteria and questions. It boggles the mind...there are real consequences caused by inadequately designed tests especially at the developmental level this type of testing is aimed toward.

about 6 months ago
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87-Year-Old World War II Veteran Takes On the TSA

Guru80 Re:Its only a sensible precaution (218 comments)

Being university educated doesn't necessarily mean you aren't gullible and stupid.

about 6 months ago

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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Arrest For Money Laundering

Guru80 Guru80 writes  |  about 3 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 3 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 a year 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."
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Paypal joins the no class action lawsuit bandwagon in privacy statement changes

Guru80 Guru80 writes  |  about a year and a half 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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