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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

IcyNeko Re:Congradulations, Slashdot (286 comments)

Lifehacker? I would have gone with huffington post or "Bob Villa's Craftsman Fixeroos and Gabber Gobs" guidebooks (now only $19.99 with purchase of the craftsman multi-tool kid)

about a year and a half ago
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Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

IcyNeko The Nintendo Generation Strikes again (286 comments)

None of these are "hacks", chief. Not unless you're part of the federation of sad people who want to have 'engineer' in their work title despite their job having nothing to do with creating solutions to technical problems.

about a year and a half ago
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Course Asks University Students To Tackle Medical Device Insecurity

IcyNeko Re:Windows 8 powered medical devices (38 comments)

Meanwhile, the iMedical Device will either throw you a worthless message with a skull and crossbones, then lock itself out until you reboot it... or it will spontaneously melt itself when you run too many monitoring devices. But hey, that's why you bought AppleCare for $50 billion, right?

about a year and a half ago
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Course Asks University Students To Tackle Medical Device Insecurity

IcyNeko Windows 8 powered medical devices (38 comments)

Will give you the Frowny face :( when your patient dies, citing an error in BREATH_INITIALIZATION.

Then it really will be a blue screen of DEATH

about a year and a half ago
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Bug Sends Lost-Phone Seekers To Same Wrong Address

IcyNeko It's a brilliant carrier-switching deterrent! (298 comments)

I wonder if this is what Sprint does when people want to leave them for another carrier. Or are considering leaving.

about a year and a half ago
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Doom 3 Source Code: Beautiful

IcyNeko Re:Beautiful code but (399 comments)

John Carmack: The Kanye West of Video Game Programming.

"Imma let you finish your Dragonborn DLC in a minute, but DOOM 3 has the cleanest source code of all time. OF ALL TIME!"

about a year and a half ago
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Bug Sends Lost-Phone Seekers To Same Wrong Address

IcyNeko Re:A better response (298 comments)

Just imagine if the Military contracted targeting systems with Sprint? All our guided-weaponry would bombard some random address, probably a good, wholesome family of 5.

about a year and a half ago
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How the Cool Stuff At CES Will Ruin Your Life

IcyNeko Re:You can decide to ..... (171 comments)

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Also....
“No individual raindrop ever considers itself responsible for the flood.”

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion

IcyNeko Re:Sony's war on their customers (290 comments)

Don't worry. Kaz Hirai is on the case. He'll raise prices so painfully high that consumers will "need to get 10 jobs just to earn the right to use our products".

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:EA strangles another once great studio (235 comments)

ACtually, if you follow Indoctrination Theory, 2/3 of the choices probably lead to indoctirnation. The only question is.. do you become their Saren champion or do you become a Husk. I feel like Synergy = Husk. :)

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:Game needs a major patch. (235 comments)

Actually, most people aren't mad because the ending is sad/tragic. Way to buy into propaganda. If you bother to read what everyone has said or listened to the countless youtube comments, there's one united message:

The endings are discontinuous in flow from the rest of the games.

It's not that people die. Most people are okay with people dying. It's that the game shifted from one which choice mattered and character endings were explained concisely to one in which there are more questions than answers. For instance, why were my crew, whom were completely loyal to me through the games and fought to their bitter ends on every other mission... suddenly running from battle? Especially the squad mates that were with me on the ground battle, charged with me to the citadel matter stream, saw me get cut down.. so what? Joker flies the partyvan by and tells everyone that it's time to peace out? That kinda personality change is very inconsistent. Every single person would continue fighting until the job was done. You don't ride in with every races' best ships to war just to chicken out when it counts.

It's not that people are yellign about inability to change a major storyline. To teh contrary, people are upset because the major storyline WAS changed, in the span of 14 lines of dialogue delivered by a 11th hour new villain who has the power to end it all and leaves it up to you, Neo, to rejoin the source. Really? A last minute super villain that supplants the existing villain armada? That's introduced in 14 lines?

Cool story, bro.

My advice? Stop reading Bioware's interpretation of people's anger and actually read what people have to say. What's funny is that despite BioWare saying that they are listening, all the angry people are saying THE SAME EXACT THING, and yet BioWare pretends that they don't hear it. :)

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:EA strangles another once great studio (235 comments)

Well, the comparison to the Matrix is pretty apt.

In Mass Effect, you have the main conflict, which is "We need to stop the reapers from killing all advanced races". This carries over three games. In the end, in the last 15 minutes and 14 lines of dialogue, the conflict objective completely changes to "You need to choose whether to condemn all sentient machines, control them (but lose yourself in the process... essentially merging yourself with the reapers -- else, how will you control them post-mortem?), or "return to the source" and add your own energy into the collective stream and force conformity to all life in the universe.

In the Matrix, Neo's entire conflict was "We need to stop the matrix/Agents/machine/Colonel sanders from enslaving humanity/destroying zion". That is, up until the last portion of the second movie, where an abruptly new character, Colonel Sanders, changes the decision to "Join the source and continue the cycle or watch us destroy humans." Sure, you can argue that they sorta did introduce the Architect earlier in the movie, but it was only hinted to here and there. You don't really meet him until the end. And even then, he replaces the main villain? Sorta kinda? Or offers a different kind of salvation? It's a really weak ending.. a deus ex machina.

In both cases, a last-minute introduced character offers an universal reboot with limited scope options. And for Mass Effect, a game built on the premise of your choice impacting the universe, to have that completely retconned in an ending where 2/3 choices involved rejoining the source, it's.. very weak. And Deus Ex machina?

Personally, when the kid tells me I can ONLY kill ALL of the reapers. Or ONLY do this. or that. with no varying level of options and controls, it just felt wrong. And for the starchild to watch the galaxy evolve around itself, including have evidence that AI and Biological units can coexist walking in its superstructure (hello EDI/Joker, Legion/Tali) and for it to continue on it's assumption that humans and robots can't coexist.. makes little sense. On top of that, the circular logic of "Machines kill advanced species so they can't create machines that kill advanced species" just hurts my brain. No, it's not that it is a thing I cannot comprehend. It's just poor logic. It's sloppy logic.

Instead, I took Option 4. I sat there emptying my clip at the starchild. Sure, the war raged on, but at least my shepard did something that is true to his nature: he used violence to solve stupidity. Oh yeah!

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:EA strangles another once great studio (235 comments)

Assimilation is the wrong genre. This isn't star trek.

The word you're looking for is Indoctrinated.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:EA strangles another once great studio (235 comments)

At the end of ME2, EDI downloads specs of Harbringer from the Collector Base (this is what Joker hands Shepard at the end, assuming Shep survives. If not, Joker still has this technical info).

When the Normandy was handed over to the Alliance, these specs were handed over as well. That means the Alliance/Citadel council races had specifications on how to kick reapers in the teeth. Sure, not all their weapons could have been upgraded, but some may have had time to do some massive improvements.

Not to mention all of the council races upgraded their fleets and added dreadnought-class warships en masse.

Plus recall that 1 Maw Thresher took out a reaper... the Quarian fleet took out a reaper and in the battle for Earth, the entire galactic victory armada had combined navies of many, many races.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:EA strangles another once great studio (235 comments)

There are actually 5 options

Paragon
Neutral
Renegade
Paragon-Only (If you have enough paragon points)
Renegade-Only (If you have enough renegade points)

Sometimes, there's a sixth option to get more information. But no one really chooses that.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:That and it also totally changes the story (235 comments)

Who's to say it wasn't Casey Hudson's design genius that envisioned the end of the reapers through detonating eezo-driven mass relays, thus causing catastrophic system-wide explosions, just to perpetuate an adam-and-eve scenario with Tali, Liara, any-member-of-my-team-that-Joker-could-normally-not-get-a-date-with-but-in-my-absense-he-can?

I wonder if Mass Effect 4 will just be like Age of Empires or something.

Though, if Bioware really IS listening but wanted a quick out, they should just release an official DLC.... ported to Minecraft. Call it... "Build a home with Tali on Rannoch.

more than 2 years ago
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America's Secret Underground Ice Fortresses

IcyNeko Re:cool (134 comments)

Perhaps there's a chair which powers a millenia old weapons platform. Better call MacGuyver to control it.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

IcyNeko Re:Completely change the ending. (235 comments)

Or, at least, postpone your game release until NaNoWriMo, so that your fans can outlet their frustration of an unsatisfactory ending through fan fiction. That would be pretty neat. Foolish, but neat. Instead of "We are listening", change your catch phrase to "Write your own ending".

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: DoHS Warnings on calls?

IcyNeko IcyNeko writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IcyNeko (891749) writes "So I was calling an acquaintance of mine the other day to invite him to hang out with my friends, and after the phone started ringing and right before the person picked up, I got a message saying that the number I'm calling has been marked for observation by the DoHS's watchlist, and that by calling, I may have added myself to the watchlist. Also, that it is illegal for me to notify them that they're on the watchlist. Any chance this is a real warning? If so, why would they let people know who is on the watchlist?"

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JK Rowling cries her way to victory: Lexicon halted

IcyNeko IcyNeko writes  |  about 6 years ago Concluding the "epic" trial worthy of JK Rowling's writing talents, Rowling and Warner Brothers have successfully won the lawsuit against the Harry Potter Lexicon's publication. Apparently a few emo tears are enough to ensure that this billionaire will still be able to make money off her future "writing" projects.

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Blockbuster reveals your rentals on facebook...

IcyNeko IcyNeko writes  |  more than 6 years ago Blockbuster and Facebook recently teamed up to bring a whole new level of privacy invasion! Now, when you visit Blockbuster Online, they use cookies to find your facebook account and then post all your rentals in your news and profile... all without your consent!

This happened to me, and when I wrote BBOnline about this, their helpful customer service replied by explaining how they do it.

"When you log in to your BLOCKBUSTER Online account, the site uses "cookies" to determine if you have ever visited Facebook.com.

If cookies detect that you have a Facebook account, regardless of whether or not you have installed the Movie Clique(TM) application, then activities on blockbuster.com such as rating movies or adding movies to your Queue will be sent as notifications to your mini-feed and friends' profiles."

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