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Steam's Most Popular Games

HockeyPuck No different than smartphone apps (39 comments)

How many of the "millions and millions" of iphone/android apps have only been used a few times. I seem to recall at one point there were about a hundred "flashlight apps" for iphone alone..

about an hour ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

HockeyPuck Converibles or at night? (496 comments)

In a convertible with plenty of daylight, you run the risk of having the display being washed out by sunlight.

Wouldn't all these screens (2 side views and a rear-view) ruin one's night vision? Running the console lights at a bright setting already diminishes your night vision, and now we'll have two screens doing the same thing.

I guess having these cameras will also keep people from, i dunno actually turning their head and verifying there isn't something there when they change lanes...

about two weeks ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

HockeyPuck Re:More power vampires... (176 comments)

Argh...

Now the bulbs are more expensive than the lamp....

I couldn't imagine outfitting a chandelier with $300 worth of bulbs...

about two weeks ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

HockeyPuck More power vampires... (176 comments)

So now I've got a bulb that when i turn it off at the switch it stops drawing electricity, they want lightbulbs all over my house that are not off but in "standby" mode. Sucking on power throughout the day...

I remember when lightbulbs were not $15 but $.50.

about two weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

HockeyPuck Why do you need to be a "good guy"? (242 comments)

who cares, if you've got an idea and a way of making people rich, who the F cares.

Silicon Valley is full of assh*les...

Jobs.
Ellison.
McNeely.
Jayshree Ullal (CEO of Arista)
Zuckerberg
Sergey Brinn (cheated on wife)

These people lead companies and make people filthy rich. Why do they need a lesson from Miss Manners?

Silicon Valley is based on the premise of making investors huge sums of money, plain and simple. I don't mean the people investing on the NASDAQ, but those that work on Sand Hill Blvd. That is the Real Silicon Valley. Take a look at what Marc Andreesen has done since he sold Netscape. IPO and sold company after company for billions of dollars.

The people on the outside complain. Well you know, not having charisma like George Clooney works perfectly fine here. There's plenty of 80hr/wk engineers in the world that would have jumped at the chance to work at FB, Google, Oracle and their 'lack of charisma' CEOs pre-IPO.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

HockeyPuck Races in Videogames? (704 comments)

In many video games, going back to some of the oldest, there's almost always been multiple races. Heck even Space Invaders had two races. WoW has over a dozen.

If you're going to make a game that involves humans. Which race do you pick? Someone's going to get offended no matter which race you pick.

I play SC2, Terran. There's Zergs and Protoss. Three races right there. Is someone offended that the Terrans appear to be primarily Caucasian? Sure there's a few bit characters that aren't. Why isn't Reynor hispanic, or Jewish or Chinese or Native American or whatever...

about three weeks ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

HockeyPuck It's also... (250 comments)

The most smug, pompous and expensive place to live....

It's the land of the have and have nots.

Want you kids to go to good schools in the area? Get ready to either send them to private school or fork out $1m plus for a 1600 sqft home with no land that was built in the early 60s.

If you didn't make in a killing in the previous dotcom bubble or the one we're in (Snapchat, i'm looking at you), enjoy mediocre housing and schools.

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

HockeyPuck The President brings his own fuel (330 comments)

There's talk here about charging stations vs. using local fuel. Well convoy that shows up along with the president brings its' own fuel. They don't trust the local gas in foreign countries because there's no guarantee as to the quality or any foreign additives. I believe the engine in The Beast is a diesel which gives it such torque to move this "tank but looks like a limo" down the street with sufficient speed and acceleration to get away from trouble.

How much battery would you need to accelerate what could be 5tons away from trouble? The model-S "performance" Telsa has 425ftlbs of torque. This is less than most mid size trucks and my 4yr old BMW diesel sedan. There's quite a few off the shelf pickup truck diesels (Cummings, Duramax, Powerstroke) that can put out 700ftlbs or more of torque and you could easily put in more than enough fuel for the president to drive to/from wherever he needed to go (50 gal?)

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

HockeyPuck Where does the rest come from? (712 comments)

According to the US Energy Administration...

  In 2012, the United States generated about 4,054 billion kilowatthours of electricity. About 68% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 37% attributed from coal.

Energy sources and percent share of total electricity generation in 2012 were:

        Coal 37%
        Natural Gas 30%
        Nuclear 19%
        Hydropower 7%
        Other Renewable 5%
                Biomass 1.42%
                Geothermal 0.41%
                Solar 0.11%
                Wind 3.46%
        Petroleum 1%
        Other Gases 1%

about a month ago
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Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

HockeyPuck Still profitable.. (132 comments)

Even without the $25m owed in the contract, Oracle is probably still profitable on the deal.

I bet they maintain 60-70% margins... and that's on the services side...

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

HockeyPuck Obvious answer (860 comments)

WinXP: It's good enough.

My retired parents use their computer for the exact same things today as when they bought it ages ago. They surf the web, do email, occasionally skype and keep track of things in excel, word and a bit of time on FB. It sits in their home office and each morning one of them turns it on uses it and then at night when the last one is done using it, (s)he powers it off for the night. They've got some ext HD that backs up their computer every day in case something happens.

It works. Sure they have kindles to read books, but there's no need to fork over $500+ for a new system and then the hassle of migrating all of their apps/data/settings to a new platform.

What else do they have that "just works"? A toaster oven, a microwave and other appliances. They see the computer as an appliance, it works, it has an interface and a set of expected behaviors. Nice and simple.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

HockeyPuck FDIC Insured... (704 comments)

These guys aren't banks, and your deposits with them aren't FDIC insured. This is why where there's some bank robbery, I'm not concerned how much money they tank. The bank's customers' money is safe.

If a real bank stored my bitcoins, then it's not a problem if they're stolen since the deposits are insured. However, with these fly by night operations, you're no better off then using a safe in your basement (or in someone else's).

Until these crypto currencies are insured, I'm not touching them.

about a month and a half ago
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Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

HockeyPuck Re:As someone that had a 486... (70 comments)

you could get companies to build peripherals for them... Google doesn't make the addons, someone else does...

A set of Carl Zeiss lenses for your smart phone?

about 1 month ago
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Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

HockeyPuck As someone that had a 486... (70 comments)

I do remember upgrading CPUs from 486sx to dx to adding in a 66mhz overclocking chip etc...

However, it wasn't very long before upgrading a cpu meant buying a new motherboard.

A phone on the other hand... if you want it to be small and lightweight with no bulky connectors... it won't be field upgradable. Look at ultrabooks with their soldered on ram and SSD modules vs a W series Lenovo with dual expansion bays...

I also seem to recall at the S5 launch that the audience applauded the phone being dust and waterproof. Not sure how you can do this with all sorts of connectors.

Though I do applaud them for trying and maybe something good will come out of it.

about 1 month ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

HockeyPuck Leaving valuables in car... (162 comments)

I work in an area that has a high number of large companies with big parking lots. Nearby there's plenty of places to eat, and all employers warn their employees never to leave laptops in their car, in sight, when they go to lunch. As it's a common occurrence for people to walk the restaurant parking lots and "smash n grab" a laptop bag.

So now you're providing the opportunity for someone to sit in a parking lot, wait for a UPS/FedEx truck to drive around, identify a vehicle, deliver a package and drive away. Then the thief would go up to the car, and pry open the trunk and in 2minutes drive off with the package.

I'm also surprised that Volvo would suggest this since they sell quite a few cars that do not have sealed trunks but are open in the back like a station wagon/SUV/crossover.

about 2 months ago
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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

HockeyPuck Responsibility for the upgrade itself (305 comments)

If it's OTA and my car gets bricked, is the manufacturer going to send a tow truck to my house and take it to be repaired? This would be a major unplanned inconvenience for me.

If i have to take it into the dealership anyhow, and it gets bricked, it's already there and in capable hands of being fixed. If I time the update with other maintenance like oil changes, then it's all done at the same time.

The Tesla model could work perfectly well, just like i've never had my home router brick when doing upgrades, but if my router did brick, I'm not stuck somewhere.

about 2 months ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

HockeyPuck How does this benefit the delivery company? (162 comments)

UPS/FedEx/USPS have efficient routing because your house doesn't move. They can plan the best way to get from the warehouse/depot to a set of locations throughout the day. I think this is akin to the traveling salesman problem...

Now, if you have it delivered to your car, which is mobile, how are they supposed to coordinate this? If the truck leaves the depot at 7am, and my car is detected at my house, the truck has a route optimized for delivery to my house. If I go to the grocery store at 9am, does the truck re-reroute to the grocery store and then if I go to the bank 30min later re-route again?

Doubt it.

This might work if you tell them that your car will be in a fixed location throughout the day. But I'm not sure that civilian GPS is sensitive enough to tell the driver where your car is when it's in a parking lot with 500 other cars.

about 2 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

HockeyPuck Should have thought about that before... (578 comments)

Look cord cutters don't get many things including many live sporting events (College Football, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB), the local news channels etc..

They wanted to cut their cords knew fully well that not everything they wanted was available online.

I pay for cable tv so I get the olympics, I don't pay for netflix, so I don't get every episode of Friends on demand. Oh well. It's not like I can force netflix to stream to me every episode of Friends on demand because it's not fair, or I didn't realize that I could get them to provide me with free services even when I don't pay for them.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

HockeyPuck Digital last mile without power? (218 comments)

Currently with POTS the phone company provides power to the line entering your home.

Is there a way that you can provide VOIP or other digital means without having to power a home device locally?

A few years ago we had a massive ice storm in MA and we had no power for 3 days. My "emergency" $10 phone from walmart worked like a champ.

I supported ISDN back in the 90s... while I know that ATT/Verizon aren't considering ISDN, the thought of troubleshooting premises equipment again gives me chills.

about 2 months ago
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Nintendo Could Base Comeback On Improving Peoples' Health

HockeyPuck Repeating another failure? (129 comments)

I seem to recall a few friends of mine that purchased Wii Fit and that balance board. The balance board was used the day they unwrapped it and now while the wii fit sits in the closet the balance board continues to sit under the TV where it has sat since the day it was unwrapped.

So now Nintendo's strategy is to push Wii Fit again? Is their market the elderly in retirement homes?

Well.. i guess their next move is to release yet another version of Mario...

about 3 months ago

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What to do with old CompSci/Engr Textbooks?

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "I'm cleaning out the house in preparation for a newborn, and I've come across boxes of old (mid 90s) college engineering/compsci text books. Most used books stores won't take them and I'm hoping to avoid having to put them in the recycle bin. I'm not a developer so EE or programing books are useless to me and shipping books to a Books for Africa depot is too expensive. Anybody within the /. crowd have some ideas?"
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Sony Announces the End of the Floppy Disk

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Although selling almost 12million of the computer accessories, Sony has announced that it will nolonger be manufacturing the floppy disk. The decision is the final nail in the coffin for floppies, which since they were first developed in 1971 have helped consumers store documents, pictures and data on an easy to use format. Floppy disks will continue in popular culture thanks to them being used to illustrate the "save" icon in most computer programmes. How long will it be before a company decides to use a picture of a USB stick instead?"
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Era ends for The Blue Cube

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Before a color guard and the wife of a hero, they said goodbye Wednesday to a famous artifact of space and the Cold War — Onizuka station (aka Sunnyvale's "Blue Cube,") — named for pioneering Asian-American astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger crash. The windowless blue box that housed secret operations for four decades. In its first 25 years, the people at the center did critical work as a global antenna for military and civil satellites. In many ways, it is a monument to technology long since supplanted. The Cube was built to house big mainframe computers, which demanded temperatures in the 60s. Even now, the rules of classification forbid the Cube's veterans from talking about most of what they did, but they can tell a few fond stories of how they did it."
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Ant Tribes, Chinese struggle to find jobs.

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Liu Jun sleeps in a room so small (180sq ft), he shares a bed with two other men. It's all the scrawny computer engineering graduate can afford in Tangjialing, China (a city on the edge of Beijing). It's so expensive that the average white-collar professional can't afford to buy a home. "Unlike slums in South America or Southeast Asia, these villages are populated with educated young people as opposed to laborers or street peddlers," says Lian Si, who teaches at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Liu is one of millions of engineers struggling to find a job to pay the bills in which there are more graduates than jobs. These are the ant tribes.""
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Space Junk Getting Worse

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "According to Space.com the amount of 'space junk' is getting worse. tracking information supplied by the U.S. military, as well as confirming German radar data, showed that a spent upper stage from a Chinese rocket and the European Space Agency's (ESA) huge Envisat Earth remote-sensing spacecraft would speed by each other at a nail-biting distance of roughly 160 feet (50 meters).

ESA's Envisat tips the scales at 8 tons, with China's discarded rocket body weighing some 3.8 tons. A couple of tweaks of maneuvering propellant were used to nudge the large ESA spacecraft to a more comfortable miss distance.

But what if the two objects had tangled?"

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Inmate loses privilege to play Dungeons & Drag

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "A man serving life in prison for first-degree intentional homicide lost his legal battle Monday to play Dungeons & Dragons behind bars. The inmate was told by prison officials that he could not keep the materials because Dungeons & Dragons "promotes fantasy role playing, competitive hostility, violence, addictive escape behaviors, and possible gambling," according to the ruling. The prison later developed a more comprehensive policy against all types of fantasy games, the court said. The appeals court said the prison's policy was reasonable and did not violate Singer's rights."
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UK bans fraudulant "Bomb Detector" cards

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Following an investigation by the BBC's Newsnight programme which found that one type of detector made by a British company cannot work. "These are the cheapest bit of electronics that you can get that look vaguely electronic and are sufficiently flat to fit inside a card," said Dr Kuhn a scientist at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory. These appear nothing more than a laminated card with a few wires inside, a modern day dowsing rod. Turns out that Iraq paid up to $40,000(UK) for each card."
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HP uses 3rd party to sell printers in Iran

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "The prevalence of American-made goods in Iran has led US officials to crack down on the cottage industry of smugglers in nearby Dubai who purchase everything from iPhones to Bratz dolls to sell in Iran. HP printers have become a top seller here, despite a comprehensive 1995 embargo that prohibits the California-based company from sending its products to Iran. Despite the crackdown on US companies who sell their products in Iran, some American firms whose products are sold through third-party distributors like Redington Gulf have so far avoided scrutiny. http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2008/12/29/hp_uses_third_party_to_sell_printers_in_iran/"
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Google Drops from Top 20 Most Trusted Companies

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Google Inc. fell out of the top 20 of an annual survey ranking of companies most trusted on privacy by consumers. American Express was ranked No. 1 and eBay Inc. at No. 2 in the fifth annual survey ranking by information security research company Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe.

While the financial services sector slipped amid industry-wide woes, the technology sector showed marked improvement as eBay Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and HP all bettered previous rankings. Also of note, Facebook moved into the top 20 for the first time, signifying an increased trust in social networking as a mainstream communications tool. Full list is here:
http://truste.org/about/press_release/12_15_08.php"

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longer fingernails and iPhone don't mix

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes ""Since the iPhone's touchscreen only responds to electrical charges emitted by your bare fingertips, women with long nails are left out in the cold. The claims is that Apple was being misogynistic because it did not include a stylus for women and didn't consider womens' fingers and nails when designing the phone." http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/hughes/29052"
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Teens forced to apologize for prank on youtube

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "After a group of teens filmed themselves throwing a 32oz drink at a woman working at a fast food restaurant http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080609/NEWS01/806090325, the judge then ordered the teens to apologize for their actions on youtube. Police and prosecutors point to the increasing nationwide problem of young people who film violent or lewd acts and cruel pranks and post them online in a bid for fame. This is just one example.

Apology Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3njSrIa2PVU

The beating of a 12-year-old Brevard, Florida girl was posted last year on the photo- and video-sharing site Photobucket.com. This spring, Polk County officials said six girls and two boys filmed the beating of a cheerleader so they could post it online."

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Website defacement cause physical damage

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "In a rare example of an attack apparently motivated by malice rather than money, hackers recently bombarded the Epilepsy Foundation's Web site with hundreds of pictures and links to pages with rapidly flashing images. The attack happened when hackers exploited a security hole in the foundation's publishing software that allowed them to quickly make numerous posts and overwhelm the site's support forums. Within the hackers' posts were small flashing pictures and links — masquerading as helpful — to pages that exploded with kaleidoscopic images pulsating with different colors. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080507/ap_on_hi_te/techbit_epilepsy_foundation_hacked"
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IBM Ships fastest CPU on earth.

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  about 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "The 5-billion-instructions-per second Power6 processor from IBM would beat such rivals as the 3.73 gigahertz Pentium Extreme and the 2.4 gigahertz UltraSparc T2 from Sun. "Hold your index finger out in front of your face," Meyerson said in a telephone interview from IBM headquarters in New York. In less time than it would take a beam of light to travel from your knuckle to your fingertip, the new IBM chip would complete one task and start looking for the next, he said. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/09/BUBI10258F.DTL"
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Fire guts Historic IBM Building

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "IBM's Building 25 at it's Cottle Rd San Jose, CA facility — the focus of preservation lawsuits and a planned big-box retailer [Lowe's] — was destroyed in a Saturday fire, leaving a charred husk of a structure that preservationists had hailed as the precursor to modern high-tech campuses and where the forerunner to the hard drive was invented. It was here IBM researchers invented the flying head disk drive, which allowed real-time online transactions such as airline reservations. When Soviet Communist Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States in 1959, his hosts took him to Building 25. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8511428"
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Microsoft to drop HD-DVD

HockeyPuck HockeyPuck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HockeyPuck (141947) writes "Microsoft Corp. said it will stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba Corp. ceded the high-definition video format battle to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray. Microsoft said Saturday it would continue to provide standard warranty support for its HD DVD players. Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida last week estimated about 300,000 people own the Microsoft video player, sold as a separate $130 add-on for the Xbox 360. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080224/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_hd_dvd"
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