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Blizzard Releases In-House Design Tools To Starcraft Modders

Kenoli But not really (96 comments)

Blizzard has released a powerful new suite of tools for Starcraft 2 modders and developers that fundamentally change the nature of what's possible in the popular RTS game.

A powerful new suite of tools -- which were developed years ago and withheld for no apparent reason -- that fundamentally change... nothing.
What's possible with art assets is probably improved over the art tools the community has already developed for itself, if you have 3ds Max 2011, which is no longer for sale.

It's hard to imagine how this could have even the barest hint of an effect on the custom maps scene.

about 8 months ago
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Insect-Inspired Flying Robot Handles Collisions And Keeps Going

Kenoli Re:Am I missing something? (61 comments)

The 30 dollar RC helicopters at Wal*Mart already have a plastic cage around them so they hit walls and such without snapping the rotors off.
This doesn't seem all that different to me, aside from an outer cage on bearings. So what's the big deal?

A fixed cage can protect from damage, but does little to prevent crashes, since collisions will still affect the orientation of the rotor.

I saw nothing in the videos leading me to believe these weren't rc controlled. You can even see a the small orange 4 channel receiver on the supposed bot.
Why does an autonomous robot need a 4 channel receiver, unless it's being flown by a pilot?

How they're controlled isn't relevant. The point is that collisions don't interrupt their flight.

about a year ago
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Colorado Town Considers Drone-Hunting Licenses

Kenoli Re:Cool (341 comments)

How are drones supposed to fight forest fires? With missiles? They sure can't carry enough retardant aloft to even put out a sizable bonfire.

Sure they can. There's no reason a drone couldn't carry as much as any manned aircraft.
The RQ-4 is designed for high altitude and long endurance, rather than heavy payload, but even so it can carry 3000 lbs, which is comparable to existing light firefighting aircraft:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_firefighting

Its surveillance capabilities have already been used to assist firefighters:
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123073731

about a year ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Kenoli Image quality (79 comments)

All of these images are low res and out of focus.

Photographing falling snowflakes is probably pretty tricky, but some of them are just awful.
eg.
http://www.inscc.utah.edu/~tgarrett/Snowflakes/Gallery/2013.01.27_06.25.55.5_flake_17839_cam_2.png
http://www.inscc.utah.edu/~tgarrett/Snowflakes/Gallery/2012.02.18_22.43.52_flake_1406_cam_2.png
http://www.inscc.utah.edu/~tgarrett/Snowflakes/Gallery/2012.11.09_06.14.16_flake_107_cam_0.png
http://www.inscc.utah.edu/~tgarrett/Snowflakes/Gallery/2013.02.22_16.06.08.425688_flake_16605_cam_1.png

about a year and a half ago
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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

Kenoli Re:The real tragedy here... (743 comments)

Carrying an ID is normal and acceptable. Pretty much everyone, everywhere, already carries one or more ID, such as a driver's license, with them on a routine basis.

The school wants its students to carry their IDs, and the students complied. So what? There is no tragedy or controversy there.

TFA is ridiculous. Especially the video. It sounds like something from The Onion.

Although we have all been conditioned to accept that technology will be spying on us all the time in this police state control grid we now find ourselves living in...

Are you fucking kidding me?

No, the tragedy is that these backwards morons don't even understand what they're talking about in the first place.

I think that until we have a health impact study that determines that it is safe for our children, we should not be subjecting them to experimental technology.

"Down with the magical RFID chips! Evil wizard summoned them from hell!", they seem to say.

about 2 years ago
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Just In Time for the Holidays, Nintendo Wii U Gets Its US Release

Kenoli Re:I'm still not coinvinced... (174 comments)

After all, it's Nintendo--a company that simply refuses to let go of its, "Super Mario plus other cartoony games," forumula. Why would any other software shop take their platform seriously when Nintendo itself does not.

They're not going to just let go of Mario. That's the best selling video game franchise in the world.

Hundreds of millions of sales sounds pretty serious to me.

about 2 years ago
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Color-Screen TI-84 Plus Calculator Leaked

Kenoli Re:There's not an app for that!? (245 comments)

Wouldn't our smartphones be capable of everything of what a calculator can do?

Certainly. But a dedicated calculator is still going to have some advantages, such as vastly superior battery life.

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

Kenoli Re:plz not pedantics (475 comments)

"but they could achieve this simply by **getting up earlier**."

not everyone has the kind of lifestyle that allows that flexibility...**most** working people and virtually **all** students do NOT have that kind of lifestyle...
daylight savings time is for those people who don't want to get up earlier...the vast majority of people in the US

Nonsense. Shifting a clock forward is the same as shifting a schedule backwards. Getting up earlier is exactly what people already do under DST.

about 2 years ago
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One Screen, Multiple Views

Kenoli Re:This thing is as clear as mud. (43 comments)

It's a nonsense device. The summary is also awful. Multiple users playing Starcraft on one screen? Nobody would ever want to do that, especially not at the crazy viewing angles the device uses.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Researchers Show Dash Font Choice Affects Distraction

Kenoli Re:Old news (147 comments)

This isn't exactly a new finding. Typographers have known this for over a century, if not multiple centuries. Why do you think newspapers are printed in seriffed typefaces?

This research deals with the shapes, proportions, and spacing of characters in square grotesque and humanist typefaces. It doesn't have anything to do with serifs.

about 2 years ago
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The Struggles of Developing StarCraft

Kenoli Unit limit (135 comments)

With twice the number of units of its predecessor — StarCraft had a maximum of 1600...

Nope. Starcraft's unit limit is 1700.

about 2 years ago
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Social Robots May Gain Legal Rights, Says MIT Researcher

Kenoli Re:Morons (288 comments)

We haven't the foggiest idea whether anyone other than ourselves is capable of suffering. At best we can say that they appear to understand suffering. With animals, we can only say they appear to suffer. The reason is that we don't have a fundamental understanding of consciousness and perception. Until we do, we can only make an educated guess as to the capacity for others to experience suffering.

Because we lack this understanding, we cannot be certain that our own creations lack consciousness. So we must again judge based on the appearance of suffering.

Ergo, any robot which appears to suffer must have at least the same rights as an animal.

Grating rights to robots based on the appearance of suffering is ridiculous.

Harming an animal may cause it to suffer, but harming a robot only causes it to do whatever it was programmed to do in the event it was harmed. Whether or not that involves the robot appearing to suffer is just a decision made by its designers. A robot can be made to appear to suffer, or to appear to not suffer, independently of its actual function.

about 2 years ago
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Russian Scientists Say They'll Clone a Mammoth Within 5 Years

Kenoli Re:Ice Age Park (302 comments)

Go extinct twice; achievement unlocked

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

Kenoli Re:Why is it bad ? (990 comments)

What will humans do when all work is done automatically by machines?

Pretty much anything they want, probably.

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

Kenoli Re:Easy (515 comments)

Road repair isn't a season in Michigan. It's a constant, like the existence of the sky or the rising of the sun.

I don't think the sun constantly rises.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Computed To 10 Trillion Digits

Kenoli Re:What Does This Mean? (414 comments)

A couple dozen digits of pi exceeds all practical necessity. Calculating it to 10 trillion digits is obviously pointless.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?

Kenoli Re:Did the market really shift? (559 comments)

There's no reason to upgrade every year or two like there used to be. That's got to hurt their business even more than tablets and netbooks.

Selling reliable components hurts business? uh ohz

about 3 years ago
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Steam Translation Community Slaving Away

Kenoli Re:Author is a fuckerlord (214 comments)

But it's just so outrageous. How dare those people be allowed to translate those things?

They're not being paid in cash. They just enjoy it! Unbelievable!

Someone should stop Valve before it's too late.

about 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco

Kenoli Re:I don't boycott much (261 comments)

P.S. The game also doesn't support steering wheel controllers. A driving game. Seriously.

That's just lazy.

Lazy? Negligent maybe. Or stupid. Or something.

It's something.

more than 3 years ago

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