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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Hodr Re:Don’t really get it (473 comments)

A reasonable position to take, and I usually take it a step further and wait for the "Game of the Year" edition (or its like) to get the updates and DLC included.

But, the main issue now is that so many perks are bundled with "pre-orders" (which count as day-1 sales) that if you don't participate in this process you often are at a distinct disadvantage.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

Hodr Re:Intel isn't going to win this one (91 comments)

Unlike in the desktop world, the mobile device operating systems rely on common middleware to allow different processor architectures to function.

Anyone that moves to Intel would first have to show that Intel can be as effective or more so that ARM based architectures at executing the SAME bytecode. Therefore there is no lock-in as you could at any time switch to another processor and not lose any compatibility with existing software.

In short, the same thing that lets Intel enter the existing mobile space is the same thing that will prevent them from locking others out.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

Hodr Re:Hmm, don't see it working (74 comments)

I think the point of having 700 satellites is that you will always have at two within line of sight (obstacles not withstanding). So you could possibly get away with two non-tracking dishes. Or, given that these are LEO there may be more than enough signal strength to make beam steering flat antennas more practical (like the Kymeta antenna). They work with MEO, but typically need to be rather large to get decent gain. With LEO they may work great.

about three weeks ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

Hodr Re:what a showboat (152 comments)

I was part of the group that stood in line for a week for the original X-Men opening in Hollywood, CA (a hold-over from the popularity of the Star Wars lines).

One day this homeless looking guy (one of many, possibly hundreds, that we saw during the week) came by with a wolverine hat on and told us that he had invented the character. We humored him, but none of us took him seriously. A couple days later Bryan Singer stops by to say high, sees this guy in the background, and pulls him to the front of the line to tell us that the guy invented Wolverine. Oops.

That whole experience was frought with cringe though. Before I had been introduced to Bryan, he knocked my dreamcast off of the TV (ok, we weren't exactly roughing it) and I yelled at him for a solid 2-3 minutes. I also spent some time arguing with an old man about Star Trek, who turned out to be Harlan Ellison. To be fair, he didn't tell me who he was (I would have recognized the name, though I didn't know what he looked like).

about a month ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Hodr Re:Good luck with that (308 comments)

All good points, but the fact is that we already treat people differently based on their gender. I.E. you must run this fast, for this long, to be an effective soldier, unless you are female, then you can be slower and quit sooner. The answer is that we don't put women into the positions that are too physically demanding for them. This is the same concept, if you happen to have an MOS that doesn't require you to be physically active, then as along as you can complete your mission you should be fine.

And why not separate camps for cyber warriors? If that is actually the term, then maybe they should have a cyber camp and a cyber uniform too. If they dress in business casual and work in offices then they would look just like the contractors they are meant to replace.

about a month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Hodr Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

Who is pushing women out of the CS field? There are obviously a lack of women entering the field (for any of the meriad of reasons posted in this thread), but in my 20+ year experience in the field I have never experience an environment where women are pushed out. If anything they are championed because of their differences and often treated with kid gloves.

In my current office a majority of the women have risen above the rank and file. Whether it's due to talent (in my opinion it is, as most do seem to be more effective team leads), or due to management not wanting to look like they are discriminating I cannot be sure. I can be sure that they aren't being pushed out.

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Hodr Re:A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't the royal family own some huge portion of the land and buildings? You would remove a title, and change tax payments to rent payments, and in the end you would have what, Kennedy's with the finances of Walton's?

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Hodr Re:It's all bunk. (546 comments)

I took the bog standard BS in Computer Science (so not Software Engineering), but had to learn basic proficiency in multiple languages.

CS101/2 was C++. There was a machine language course where we learned theory (MIPS) and practical (SPARC assembly). There was a data structures course that required labs to be done in Java, and expected you to learn it on your own if you weren't already familiar.

There was an Artificial Intelligence course which required you to learn and use Lisp and a compilers course where we developed compilers for our own limited scope language, and an operating systems course where we built an OS using our compiler from the previous course.

And who could forget the database course with the flavor of the day SQL, or the computer graphics elective that made use of OpenGL.

There was also a general languages course where every 2 to 3 lab sessions we switched to a new language. Obviously we didn't learn anything in depth about them, but we were exposed enough to get the basic concepts and to determine when / where they would be most applicable.

So sure, the degree wasn't laser focused on one or two languages, but to say we weren't exposed to programming is laughable. And while the BA in Computer Technology (the programming only degree we had at the time) was also offered, our BS CSCI students with decent grades could be guaranteed several offers from recruiters while the BA CT students almost never received such attention.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Hodr Re:Solution lies with users, not Apple (311 comments)

You can buy RSA tokens, the same that governments and militaries around the world rely on, for $10 a piece.

about 3 months ago
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Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

Hodr Re:Okay so what happens if... (82 comments)

They will do it the same way they always do. If the company is "out of state" but does business in Deleware, they can be sued in Deleware. Same if they are out of Country.

Now, how effectively can Deleware (or the US if it is out of country) claim the assets from the judgement, that is obviously case by case.

An example would be someone sueing Google. Google doesn't recognize Deleware's authority, doesn't show up for trial. Summary judgement for claimant in $XXX. Claimant then sees a Google StreetView car parked in a Motel 6, calls the Sheriff and has the car seized and turned over. Rinse and repeat until the value has been reclaimed.

about 3 months ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

Hodr Re:Cheap Salaries yields cheap talent (327 comments)

Just wanted to mention that the article lists $148k as the highest level. Given that the highest paid employees at the USPTO are federal lawyers and judges that seems pretty low.

about 3 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Hodr Re:This is why I'm leaving academia. (541 comments)

Without commenting on this particular situation; why does the researcher necessarily have a more correct interpretation of the data than someone else who has reviewed that research.

Take academia for example. If a professor has 20 of his students experiment on rats and report the results to him, which he compiles and then publishes with a conclusion. Why is his conclusion automatically better than anyone else with similar background that can now review the same data? Because it was his "idea" to do the research?

about 3 months ago
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Least Secure Cars Revealed At Black Hat

Hodr Re:High speed car chase on "Cops" (140 comments)

Ahh the old Europe is superior to US because they drive stick argument. I love it when people become overly proud of a talent that pretty much anyone can learn in a few hours at a Walmart parking lot.

Your healthcare may be superior, but driving a stick is a personal preference and is about as boast-worthy as being able to operate the fryer at a burger joint.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Hodr Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

I see this as making sense for physical goods, but if they "destroy the market" for intangibles like eBooks, then raise their prices, it is trivially easy for the publishers or some third party to re-enter the market.

about 4 months ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Hodr Re:raise money privately? (200 comments)

Presumably it is easier to get access to easements and existing municipal infrastructure. Funding is easier as they can self finance through municipal bonds vice getting loans from the bank, and they add a sense of legitimacy that may encourage fence sitters to choose the new option.

about 4 months ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Hodr Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Factory for building batteries, owned by the person who owns the largest installer of solar panels in the US, only considering regions with a high percentage of clear sunny days. Somehow I think the power grid is not their primary concern.

about 4 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Hodr Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

I think it more likely has to do with the difficulty of creating a female hero that people actually care about. Since they can't seem to do that, they will just convert an already popular hero, giving them an instant audience.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Hodr Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

I know Slashdot isn't all one mind, but I seem to remember the arguments from our European members being the opposite when it came time to try Microsoft for being a monopoly.

How can the EU fine a US company? Simple, they fined the portion that was incorporated in the EU.

This is the same issue; The US is not going after the EU Microsoft corporate entity, they are going after the US corporate entity. That these may be the "same" company (like a person with dual citizenship) is not really the issue. They can ask the US company to provide the data (wherever it is located), and if they refuse they can be held in contempt, found to be obstructing, etc.

   

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Hodr Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

You already have so many replies this one is bound to get buried, but I wanted to point out that you are missing the legal argument completely.

This absolutely NOT an issue of sovereignty or one country imposing its will on another.

This is the same as if they have you in custody and subpeonaed evidence you stored in another country. Sure, you don't have to turn it over and they likely can't force anyone in that country to get it for them, but they still have you and can find you in contempt of court.

So, Microsoft doesn't need to turn over the data, but they would presumably get hit with a heft fine if they don't.

about 4 months ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Hodr Re:Someone put gum in the outlets. (119 comments)

or 3 days before all of the panels have been removed and sold by young entrepreneurs.

about 5 months ago

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