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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

HalAtWork lol@WMD (212 comments)

It's one of them fancy sentence spicer-uppers!

yesterday
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

HalAtWork Too late (115 comments)

Raspberry Pi and Arduino already exist and do the job handily. My home's already covered from CCTV to lighting & temperature to intercoms and it all integrates with XBMC scripts that both control and notify on every TV in the house, powered by (you guessed it) more/Raspberry Pis. Controllable through tablets and smart phones as well as my TV remote. All hard-wired aside from the wireless endpoint, and no lousy third party servers that everything gets uploaded to.

5 days ago
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iOS 8 Review

HalAtWork No new iPod Touch, no update (213 comments)

I don't want an expensive phone that I don't even need because I don't want a cellphone.

5 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

HalAtWork Titanfall promised a great campaign (291 comments)

It's not your fault that you expected a great campaign mode in Titanfall, the developers were talking about how they would weave an epic cinematic experience into the campaign, but failed miserably:

I know Half-Life wasn’t the first shooter to tell a story completely through the eyes of the player, but it stands out to me as the first very successful attempt. Since then, the FPS genre has been doing a balancing act of telling a compelling narrative without sacrificing gameplay. Some games have been more successful than others, but the formula is starting to get a little stale. What makes Titanfall’s campaign mode unique is that we’re giving players the production value of a finely crafted cinematic experience they’re used to from current-gen shooters, but within the framework of competitive multiplayer. We’ve designed the game in such a way that the narrative never obfuscates the goals or objectives, but only gives them more impetus.

We’re telling a story through a first person perspective in ways that are both traditional to single player campaigns and very new for multiplayer at least for first-person shooters. Without going into too much boring detail about client/server logistics, asynchronous scripting, and other buzzwords, I can tell you that from the end user experience it feels both familiar and groundbreaking at the same time.

Titanfall will most definitely have an ending. It’s not a story if it doesn’t have an ending, but there are multiple sides to that story. It’s told from both the Militia and IMC perspectives, and to fully grasp Titanfall’s campaign, you’ll need to play it from both sides. And as with any good story, we’ve hopefully peppered it with enough detail and nuance that you’ll notice something new every time you replay it.

I was severely disappointed too.

http://www.xb1.co.uk/interviews-2/titanfall-will-most-definitely-have-an-ending-its-not-a-story-if-it-doesnt-have-an-ending-says-respawn/

about a week ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

HalAtWork Easy (239 comments)

Sure, just let us configure on our router which port/service/internal IP gets a higher QoS and honor that. Why should we have to submit a request to the ISP whenever the mood strikes us to make a change?

about a week ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

HalAtWork How is that even possible? (266 comments)

With NATs, MAC randomization, WiFi hotspots, user agent spoofing, VPNs, TOR, it seems difficult if not impossible to fingerprint the devices that belong to those who strive to remain hidden.

about a week ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

HalAtWork That's great (166 comments)

...but I thought judges weren't supposed to show any bias?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

HalAtWork Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Moot point when that can be the experience with any OS. When people get Linux machines from me, they're already set up as well.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

HalAtWork Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

That's been my experience. Meanwhile on Linux everything works out of the box, automatic updates take care of security patches, and I use a GUI to select whatever apps I want and they install just fine, but most of what I need is right there out of the box. Office, browser, music/photo software, video player, stuff to import/export from my phone and tablet, it's brilliant.

And it's all the software I'm used to from Windows, such as LibreOffice, VLC, Firefox, Chrome, Inkscape, Gimp, so there's no problems with relearning the apps or using the same files across any platform for me.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

HalAtWork Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Default Linux installs just work, Windows needs a lot of drivers, patching & reboots, and helper apps, to even be useful.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

HalAtWork Re:Home Internet (85 comments)

I subscribe to access the internet, whether or not people put invasive ads/on their sites have nothing to do with it, but there are no "packages" I have to choose and I can do what I want with my bandwidth, so I choose to visit sites that respect me as a user. I do support sites I like by allowing ads, even Slashdot which has offered me the choice of disabling ads.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

HalAtWork Subscribers? (85 comments)

Sorry, you lost me at "subscribers". I am not going to subscribe to anything full of ads, or that may be full of ads in the future. I'm definitely not going to subscribe to receive user generated content either. This ex-battered cable wife is not making the same mistake.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

HalAtWork Video games (635 comments)

All my old game consoles. They're still fun, and nostalgic too.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

HalAtWork Re:Battletoads (382 comments)

Only if you hate yourself, in 2 player there's a game breaking bug where you can't get past the snake level. Not that it matters because you can't get past the speed bikes unless you're some sort of savant

about three weeks ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

HalAtWork Re:Just buy a CRT (167 comments)

That high pitched whine is irritating, and I don't have room for a CRT. After a while you won't be able to find them anyway. I wouldn't be able to use it for anything else so why bother? I want the convenience of having my consoles look good on my HDTV. Don't dismiss the problem here. A lot of retro gamers want 240p on HDTVs.

about three weeks ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

HalAtWork Yes it is (167 comments)

This is not a slashvert, these solutions have been around for a long time, and as for the NES RGB board it's constantly sold out so they don't need our help on that. Actually this was posted on Kotaku a day ago and someone probably found it geekworthy, and it is. Getting 240p to display properly on HDTVs is a huge pain for retro gaming enthusiasts.

Use an emulator?! No thanks, that's like telling vinyl enthusiasts to get MP3s. Accuracy is important, and emulators are a mixed bag, and to ask someone who wants the original feel and the convenience of a console to fuck around with emulators is missing the point. Also try finsing a good legal Saturn emulator that works on Linux. Besides, there's nothing like using the original hardware, control pads, and media.

about three weeks ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

HalAtWork I wish HDTVs were 240p-aware (167 comments)

I don't know why the hell they omitted 240p/line doubling mode from HDTVs. It's truly a pain in the ass. I wish I knew what I was doing, I'd try and implement it in the SamyGo firmware. As it is now, game systems that are supposed to display in a line doubling mode instead display as interlaced, so you get a ton of ugly artifacts. I even bought a few HDMI-outputting VHS/DVD players hoping that it would recognize the mode and display correctly, but nope. Now I'm trying to outfit my consoles with SCART cables and convert to component YbPbR, but the NES doesn't support RGB 15khz mode. This is why we need an RGB board, replacement PPU that supports RGB from a VS DuckHunt arcade board for example, or FPGA-based PPU solution such as Universal PPU.

about three weeks ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

HalAtWork Quake 3 & Duke Nukem 3D (120 comments)

This has been around for a while now, the only difference here seems that is it's being applied to streaming games and done on the server side for the player, instead of the player side.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

HalAtWork Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Thanks for explaining this! I now feel like I know a lot more about the situation.

about a month ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

HalAtWork Re:good (364 comments)

When you see the same scene replayed 5 times, before and after commercial breaks, and ten they flash back to it... It gets annoying. They could do the same show in 1/2 the time. Now they want to cut out 1/2 the crew and things they're doing? Doesn't bode well...

about a month ago

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