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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

JavaBear Not heroes (389 comments)

These people are parasites, and leeches, whose evasion is helping to drive UP the cost for everybody else.
Public transportation is en expensive service, mostly subsidized through taxes, these hypocritical parasites help make it that much more expensive for everybody else.

I hope the Swedish authorities take an idea that was floated when the same was about to happen in Denmark.

The fines the "organization" pay, are to be treated as taxable income.

about 2 months ago
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The Technical Difficulty In Porting a PS3 Game To the PS4

JavaBear Re:PS3 Optimization: Parallelizing code 7 ways (152 comments)

"This isn't about shaders."

I'm recalling a story about the production of Uncharted 2, also by Naughty Dog, mentioning that this is definitely about the shaders and other graphical effects.

The game engine is not just general gaming code, pulled apart and optimized, it was written for the specifics of the Cell CPU, and the PS3 architecture, then optimized at a byte level. One of the tricks Naughty Dog learned, was to leverage the 7 active SPE's in the Cell CPU to assist the GPU in rendering the scenes.
They have the SPE's do some of the tasks the ageing GPU can't, as well as physics.
Besides, the GP CPU in the Cell is not an x86 CPU core, it's another relic, a PowerPC core, and not a particularly fast one at that, IIRC its primary job is to manage the 7 SPE's

about 2 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

JavaBear Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

I can only speak for Denmark, but the wind and solar producers get only about 1/3 of retail for the power they put on the grid. In times where they consume, they pay retail for what they receive.
The power companies apparently make a lot of money on this asymmetrical exchange.

about 2 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

JavaBear Re:Because dumbing down the game... (405 comments)

Sure, their player numbers soared when they did it, and continue to do so, right?
  Ok, I'll admit that it seemed to work the first few times they dumbed it down a bit, though I think that that was more due to the traction it already had at the time.

about 3 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

JavaBear Re:Because dumbing down the game... (405 comments)

Please consider the amount of dumb things they'll try ON the golf course.

about 3 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

JavaBear Because dumbing down the game... (405 comments)

Because "dumbing down the game" have worked SO well for Blizzard and World of Warcraft..

I'm being sarcastic.

about 3 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

JavaBear Re:Titanfall's pros and cons (117 comments)

MS pulled a fast one at E3, wehre they used high end PC's to demo the XBox One.
IIRC MS later claimed that these were "representative" and also used for development. However, if these were the machines the devs were using to develop their game, it's no wonder they exceeded the available resources on the console.
http://www.techpowerup.com/185...

about 3 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

JavaBear Re:Stupid (217 comments)

They won't be happy before they put a 4K screen on a 5" unit.
Then they'll aim for 6K or 8K, just because the number is larger.

about 4 months ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

JavaBear Re:Yes (140 comments)

Definitely Android Studio. When I used Eclipse for Android development, it felt as if I spent half my time fighting the IDE, rather then my code.

about 4 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

JavaBear Substituting stress with organized insanity (529 comments)

It may be that it helps in the short term, but what about in the long run?
When the stressed individual need to be waned off the childhood delusions all over again?

about 4 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

JavaBear The real "glass holes" (921 comments)

It seems to me that the real "glass holes" are those without Google glass.

about 5 months ago
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ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

JavaBear is 10.0.0.0/8 really needed to be private? (164 comments)

Make it 10.0.0.0/12 for private networks, and reclaim the rest for public networks?

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

JavaBear OOXML (89 comments)

OOXML MUST DIE!

I've have my share of fun decoding that crap. It is not a good format for anyone but Microsoft.

about 5 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

JavaBear Re:Actually one of my beefs (293 comments)

I'd say at least have the ability to set if the requested permissions are read only, or read/write.

about 5 months ago
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Google and Samsung Sign Global Patent Deal

JavaBear Re:1 edge (64 comments)

Remember: MAD.

Apple does it, and like it or not (most likely not) Samsung have to do it to protect themselves. And yes, I'm aware that they are all litigious bastards. Apple just seems to be the worst, with the least substantial patents.

about 6 months ago
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Google and Samsung Sign Global Patent Deal

JavaBear Re:1 edge (64 comments)

MAD

As in mutually assured destruction. I hate it, and I hate the need for it, but if Google/Samsung etc. don't build a portfolio of essential patents, litigious bastards, like Apple and other patent trolls, will steam-roll them in the courts.

about 6 months ago
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Climatologist James Hansen Defends Nuclear Energy

JavaBear Re:TL;DR (345 comments)

If only we had the time.

about 8 months ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

JavaBear Re:Is anyone giving money to Sony? (254 comments)

6 digit Slashdot ID?
That's cute. Come back when your ears are dry, if "time around here" matters one iota.

about 9 months ago

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White House petition for an initiative to transform nuclear power to Thorium

JavaBear JavaBear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JavaBear (9872) writes "Thorium is gaining interest, with research happening around the world, but it pales compared to the research and funding going into conventional nuclear power, and into updating outdated power stations. The interest is just not shared by the US government, as there are too much money at stake continuing the current dead end. The main problem is that of regulation, the US could be self sufficient in rare earths, and even export it, if not for regulation designating thorium found with these as nuclear waste. A small rare earth mine would get about 5000 tons of thorium a year as a byproduct, enough to generate power equal to the estimates total annual power consumption of the planet.
From the petition:
"Of the 104 nuclear reactors currently active in the US, 69 are pressurized water reactors and 35 are boiling water reactors. Both of these designs for nuclear reactors are sixty years old and as such are outdated, not to mention past their projected lifetime of 40 years. The Fukushima plant in Japan used boiling water reactors and the ensuing tragedy was a wake-up call for nuclear power.""

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Java 7 Update 7 released

JavaBear JavaBear writes  |  about 2 years ago

JavaBear (9872) writes "Oracle have just released the u7 release of their Java 7 with the following bug fix mentioned in their release notes:

This release contains fixes for security vulnerabilities. For more information, see Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2012-4681."

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Comedian George Carlin dies at 71

JavaBear JavaBear writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JavaBear (9872) writes "We have lost a great comedian today, George Carlin died of heart failure.

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Irreverent US comedian George Carlin, who became known as a voice of the 1970s counterculture and was one of the country's best known funny men, died on Sunday aged 71, US media reported. The Grammy award winner, whose career spanned five decades, died of heart failure.
He will be missed."

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Nokia recalls up to 46 million batteries

JavaBear JavaBear writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JavaBear (9872) writes "Now it's Nokia's turn to recall batteries, up to 46 million of them. It's the Nokia batteries branded BL-5C produced between December 2005 and November 2006, they shipped with these phones:
Nokia 1100, 1100c, 1101, 1108, 1110, 1112, 1255, 1315, 1600, 2112, 2118, 2255, 2272, 2275, 2300, 2300c, 2310, 2355, 2600, 2610, 2610b, 2626, 3100, 3105, 3120, 3125, 6030, 6085, 6086, 6108, 6175i, 6178i, 6230, 6230i, 6270, 6600, 6620, 6630, 6631, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, 6820, 6822, 7610, N70, N71, N72, N91, E50, E60
You can check if your battery needs to be replaced by visiting this advisory: http://www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement/en/"

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