PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero
No long slashdot post would be complete without a car analogy, so I'll say that game pricing needs to be less like movie pricing and more like car pricing. It should have a much wider range and be more responsive to features like production costs, quality, features, brand and image.
So what you're saying is that Ubisoft titles should retail for fifty bucks while multiplayer-capable Ubisoft titles should go for five bucks. Gotcha.
Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"
Easy. You add some double heat sinks. If those take up too much space try to make the reactor stronger so you can put some in there.
Sure, it gets a tad more complicated if you want to build a brawler with triple-strength muscles or a high-output laser boat but if you keep track of your loadout's heat generation and maybe err on the side of cooling your 'mech should work beautifully even during heated engagements. (Pun intended.)
Well, until you run into someone packing flamethrowers, of course. Or plasma rifles.
I can't be the only one who read TFS and immediately thought "myomer".
Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink
I fail to see the big evil here. CSS Regions is just an editor's draft at this point and while browsers often go and implement drafts (in order to see if they work as intended) they're not standards and not an official part of CSS at this point. Regions is interesting for browser makers and people who like to test the bleeding edge and pretty much for nobody else right now. In fact, Blink doesn't even support it if the user doesn't enable it in the advanced settings.
The Blink team is breaking nothing here. If your website uses CSS Regions today then you were already aware of the fact that the standard (and browser support) can radically change at any time, leaving your design broken for many visitors. (Well, or you just used anything WebKit has a prefix for, assuming that everyone in the world uses your browser configured like you do and that draft specs never change. In that case, please stop making websites.)
One could argue that Google's actions are extreme - they're not just removing Regions support but are actually reverting their entire text column handling to an earlier version of the corresponding specs. That may become a problem as Blink might render regular non-Region content differently from all other browsers. Not supporting CSS Regions, however, is not a problem at all.
20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
There is a simlar product on the market: BP-5. It's intended as short-term emergency food and pretty much does what Soylent does minus some calories and fine-tuning. Actually, Soylent might have a chance of competing with BP-5 if it can boast a similar shelf life but superior nutritional value.
If you want to buy BP-5 and can't buy it there's a similar product (virtually identical except in taste and packaging according to the German Wikipedia) called NRG-5 which might be easier to obtain.
Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World
If you want absurdly long nouns, German legalese is your friend. German lawmakers [i]love[/i] to take reasonable names (e.g. "Gesetz über die Illustration langer Namen"; "law for the illustration of long names") and just cram everything into a single noun ("Langnamensillustrationsgesetz"). Then they abbreviate it because nobody is going to write the long name (e.g. "LNIlluG").
Thanks to this, from 2003 to 2007 Germany had an actual law with a name a whopping 67 characters long. That name was "Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung" ("estate commerce approval jurisdiction assignment act").
(I wonder if Slashcode will butcher that name...)
The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators
Not really. The PS4 and XBone are essentially fancy x86_64 computers with a small form factor. While the hardware is not exactly COTS it's much closer than the last generation's PPC cores. To emulate an XBox 360 you need to emulate an entire processor etc. To emulate an XBox One you can get away with virtualizing certain components. It should be closer to Wine than to PSEmu.
Easy? No, not by any measure. But vastly easier than the last generation.
The Ultimate Anti-Action Online Game: Waiting In Line 3D
Skyrim in a nutshell:
1. Make your way through a lengthy intro.
2. Wander around aimlessly.
3. At some point, stumble across the main quest.
4. Kill a dragon.
5. Have a chat with the Old Mountain Guys.
6. Wander around aimlessly, looking for dragons you can have pretty damn epic fights with while your over-the-top personal theme plays.
6a. DOVAHKIIN, DOVAHKIIN, NAAL OK ZIN LOS VAHRIIN
7. Realize that you just witnessed a dragon breaking a chunk off a cliff (because you hurt it enough that it flew straight into said cliff) while the sky is filled with a huge aurora and a choir of a hundred men is praising your martial prowess.
7a. DOVAHKIIN, DOVAHKIIN, NAAL OK ZIN LOS VAHRIIN
8. Run around Skyrim dicking around with random people until you run out of interest.
Steps 1 through 3 are tedious and step 5 takes forever but especially steps 6 and 7 make the game worth the time, in my opinion.
And if the dragons get old there's always the mod that replaces al of them with Macho Man Randy Savage.
Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?
I don't want it small. Apple does but I'm perfectly fine with the old MBP's size and weight. It's a price I gladly payed for being able to upgrade the RAM and storage myself and for not being forced to use a comparatively tiny, yet expensive SSD. For me, Apple notebooks are great becuse of their build quality and because I like OS X (although it's gotten less enjoyable since Lion). I don't need a razor-thin design object, I need a reliable notebook that is known to run some flavor of Unix well.
Of course that doesn't make me part of Apple's core demographic but until the retina MBPs showed up choosing a notebook was a no-brainer: Just get a reasonable MBP and upgrade the HDD and RAM for a fraction of what Apple charges. Now I need to buy their RAM at twice the merket rate, the storage is only upgradable for the more expensive models and even then a terabyte costs an order of magnitude more than an HDD of comparable size. (No, not all of us value speed over cost.) Also, no matte screens, no optical drive, no native Ethernet and no microphone jack.
Apple hardware has gotten too expensive for me while losing features I use and adding nothing I value. I'm disappointed by that since I used to really like their notebook lineup.
China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat
They are a **communist totalitarian country** with **state controlled media & markets**
That doesn't preclude being a modern industrial country. It might make them the last holdout of the second world but they're definitely not part of the third.
1.a. Human Pollution: China's disasterous 1 child policy and culture of favoring male children has resulted in a whole generation of Chinese society that is 60-40 Male-Female...it's a social crisis they talk about all the time over there
To my knowledge they're currently considering getting rid of the policy and replacing it with a more sendible approach at population control. China is well aware that the one child policy is unsustainable.
1.b. Environmental Pollution: Have you seen the fucking pictures of the smog? Dumping of industrial waste turning rivers red? Dumping of Human corpses into main rivers? Its a fucking nightmare...
It is but it's a side effect of China aggressively expanding their production capacity. Unfortunately, the only thing that counts to the bean-counters (and thus the world at large) is that China is really good at producing things. They can dump toxic chemicals into their rivers all they want, if it means that a gadget become ten cents cheaper that's well worth it to certain people who happen to run the economy.
Fact is, China is an economic powerhouse.
Another Casualty of Typhoon Haiyan: Geothermal Power
There is only one solution.
We must kill the environment before it kills us.
Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling
Exactly. On a bike the cost of stopping is negligible, even when we factor in that you might need to get off the road to safely stop. When I need to look up something I stop, look it up and continue. Problem solved.
Actually, I don't even see the market. I've never seen someone go "I want to visually consult my smartphone's navigation app while riding my bike but there's just no safe way to do so!". Stopping to take a glance at the map is just that obvious a solution. I mean, sure, it's basically an expensive smartphone peripheral that emulates a cycling computer but then again most rides either don't require navigation or aren't time-critical enough that stopping and taking a look at the map is unfeasible. Even if you are something like a bike courier a single open headphone provides you with spoken directions form your smartphone (as the parent noted) and doesn't significantly impair your hearing. And it costs much less, to boot.
Alfred Poor Says HDTV Manufacturers are Hurting (Video)
"Black and red ink"? That's African-American and Native American mechanism-unspecific light-absorbing graphical indicator substances, you insensitive clod!
Additionally it shouldn't be called Friday so as not to disturb those offended by oblique references to Norse mythology. Then again, calling it Sixthday is offensive to those who follow the Abrahamic or Arab weekday enumeration conventions. We could call it "African-American Day" but that would be offensive to those who believe the day to be about African-Americans.
In the end ths only possible name is "Day". We should also get rid of the special offers because it'd be confusing to stupid people why there would be special offers on a day like any other, which would be offensive to obsessive-compulsive language prescriptionists who believe they can effect social change by telling other people which words they can't use.
Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft
Nobody says they would've exclusively stuck with Symbian, not even pre-Elop Nokia. Symbian was their current OS and Meego was the superior successor (and entering the market just as Elop tried to find out how hard he could possibly invoke the Osborne effect). Even if they had ditched Meego in favor of Android they would've still slowly transitioned from the still-profitable Symbian to their new OS.
Blackberry, on the other hand, has an OS nobody finds sexy anymore that is directly marketed as an alternative to Android and iOS, with no transition from its pre-smartphone version planned until after that one became unprofitable. Nokia had the foresight to prepare a slow transition away from dumbphones while they still made money while Blackberry only noticed the changing market when it was too late.
With a less malicious (or incompetent, depending on your take on things) CEO Nokia would probably now offer mainly Meego phones with Symbian being relegated to low-end duty until it'd be finally shut down.
Magma Reservoir Under Yellowstone Is Much Bigger Than Previously Thought
Digging down to the deepest layers of the world sounds great at first but then someone carelessly shoots a Voodoo Demon and next thing we know we're neck-deep in unicorns and somersauting tortoises. Thanks but no.
Magma Reservoir Under Yellowstone Is Much Bigger Than Previously Thought
Careful. I'm relatively certain that Yellowstone Caldera has "(T): Destroy all creatures".
Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?
Ah, the Gillette Encryption Standard. I'm just waiting for browsers to start supporting SSL Fusion Power Stealth.
NVIDIA Begins Releasing Documentation For Nouveau
Let's face it: Gaming is dead. PC gaming is dead because of consoles. Console gaming is dead because of smartphones. iOS is dead because of Android and Android is dead because of fragmentation. Physical games are dead because of video games.
We are most likely the last generation that engages in unproductive activities for fun. Yes, even those of us who aren't part of "this generation". Especially them, in fact.
Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro
You forgot the older WinMo versions. If I remember correctly those garnered a lot of ill will, as well.
Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics
Janeway: "There's coffee in that amplituhedron."
Sisko: "I'm going to punch it. The prophets told me not to."
Worf: "I am going to scowl at it."
Quark: "I'm going to sell it to some sucker."
Odo: "You're got going to do anything."
Winn: "The prophets told me to use it in a badly-executed power play."
Dukat: "With this amplituhedron I will be able to boost my smarminess to untold heights!"
Damar: "Who needs an amplituhedron when you're got kanar?"
California School District Hires Firm To Monitor Students' Social Media
I'm sorry for you but that doesn't apply to all schools.
The school I went to for fifth and sixth class was a cesspool of violence. It's also an underfunded school in a village with massive integration problems. That school is where teachers' careers go to die. The faculty isn't useful for anything and they don't enter the schoolyard during recess because they both don't give a crap and fear the children.
After that I came to a school where the faculty actually cares. We had bullying in our class. It greatly reduced in intensity when the headmaster showed up, gave the bully a dressing-down in front of the class and had him spend recess walking over the schoolyard while holding hands with the bully-ee - and promised that he'd monitor the situation and react appropriately in the future. (It helps that the now-retired headmaster was respected by the students on account of being generally awesome.)
Schools can be horrible with bullying but not all of them are. Both of the ones I attended are public; one just happens to be in a social hotspot and the other one isn't and has a really engaged faculty.
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