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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

LordVader717 Re:What a crap of title... (450 comments)

You've being overly vague and ambiguous in your first paragraph. It might indeed be the case that few people understand the intricacies of police situations, they're not professionals after all. But that doesn't mean they're thankless. And scrutinizing their procedures doesn't equate to being disrespectful.

  As I said before, we shouldn't just be looking into the final dilemma that resulted in this tragic end. We should be asking how it got this far in the first place and whether best practices were adhered to.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

LordVader717 Re:What a crap of title... (450 comments)

What does thankless even mean? Any person who has had a situation resolved by the police will be very greatful, and the profession is well regarded in society.but this doesn't place them above criticism and scrutiny when something bad like this happens. We need to know if all the necessary precautions and reasonable alternatives were considered, that the best practice was executed. A simple "he pulled his gun first" isn't adequate.

about 2 months ago
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Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry

LordVader717 Re:Upset the industry? (234 comments)

Voice calls are very cheap and reasonable in many developing countries such that it isn't really an issue. In my experience the connection quality is usually too low for an adequate VOIP service, but this may change with the new generation of mobile internet.

My perception is that telcos in developed markets are finding it more lucrative to milk whatever they can from legacy customers still ready to pay high prices for voice service than invest and develop new technologies and services.

about 2 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

LordVader717 Re:seems like a back door (566 comments)

Because part of that growth is likely to directly benefit your field of work and thus net you more income.

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

LordVader717 Re:H1b Is a marriage killer in its current form! (566 comments)

I think its more about harm minimization and giving people a basic sense of dignity. While there may be opponents, the current consensus seems to be that the visas are beneficial. In that case the people should be welcomed and not have to live with severe restrictions on their lifestyle. I think that's a more worthy cause than the more lofty concept of protecting jobs from being "taken". If we can't do that, then we should probably just give out fewer visas.

about 3 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

LordVader717 Re:i dont understand this (226 comments)

Because coding is an incredibly useful skill when you realize how much of the "real world" wastes time on mundane tasks which could be improved or automated. Especially if you're in a non-engineering background even the simplest of coding skills can put you far ahead of your peers.

about 4 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

LordVader717 Re:Python, etc? (226 comments)

Formatting is a pretty easy concept for beginners. No more problematic than other formalisms for closing loops, which will equally cause problems.

about 4 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

LordVader717 Re:Python, etc? (226 comments)

If email and cut&paste is messing up your indentation then you need to solve that problem first and foremost, not just rely on the fact that the language doesn't care.

about 4 months ago
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How To Build a Quantum Telescope

LordVader717 Re:The image formation process is still the same (60 comments)

You're confusing two different problems, namely locating a point source on a dark background, and wide-field imaging. The former can be improved beyond the diffraction limit, while the latter can't.

about 4 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

LordVader717 Re:Already crossed IMO (134 comments)

You must not have played Oblivion.

Oblivion was uncanny because Bethesda simply didn't do a very good job. They made everyone look ugly, had very lazy motion and physics, and made talking to these characters with a close up of their face a major feature of the game.
Look at other games from the era and you'll find much more realistic and convincing characters, and not just because they have lower red textures.

about 5 months ago
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Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance

LordVader717 Re:"popular resistance"? (176 comments)

The energiewende is just a euphemism for scrapping nuclear power. No extra commitments to alternative energy were made, and it certainly isn't clear if any projects enjoy widespread support.

about 5 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

LordVader717 Re:Competition is always good (153 comments)

Maybe you should elaborate your argument instead of being so pretentious.
The popular GSM phones of the late 90s were candybars with numeric keypads.
In case you didn't know, you can still buy these phones, ranging from the most basic to relatively sophisticated feature phones. They don't run Smartphone OSs which require large touchscreens.

Furthermore there have been recent attempts at selling smartphone flip phones and sliders which were popular in the 2000s. The reason you don't see more is because they don't sell so well (probably because they don't make much sense).

It seems you're either lamenting the fact that they don't make phones that never existed in the first place or you're just clueless about what's out there.

about 5 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

LordVader717 Re:Competition is always good (153 comments)

'The form factor, for example, has largely standardized on the iPhone +/- some deviation in size."

That's a bit disingenuous. You have almost every vendor offering tiny 3 inch smartphoned and their range goes all the way up to 5 inches, with 6inch "phablets" filling the gap to tablets.

I don't see any lack of design variety either. Rounded or square, Metal or plastic, thick or thin, and soon curved screens are all taking part. You also have some very risky type of gimmicks, like waterproof phones and a smart watch.

And there are certainly quite a few players in the market. The big ones are the likes of Samsung Sony Motorola LG, whilst the Underdogs are the chinese brands like Oppo, Gionee and countless others

about 6 months ago
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How Role-Playing Games Arrived In Japan With Black Onyx

LordVader717 Re:Makes crappy game, blames culture. (50 comments)

Grinding and turn based battles are what RPGs were originally all about. It was JRPGs which first pushed towards strong narrative.
Western developers/publishers almost completely lost interest in RPGs after the early nineties, and only recently have they made a comeback. Even so, the JRPG market is far bigger and more diverse than "Western" RPGs have been at any point in their history.

about 6 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

LordVader717 Re: Lincense wars in... (1098 comments)

Provided the entirety of the end-user software is licensed freely. If not you may have to develop your own front-end or rely on some dodgy alternatives.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

LordVader717 Re: Jobs must be rolling in his grave... (773 comments)

I find it petty to try and and construe my post as an ad hominem attack when I was simply pointing out that he was not infallible and Apple wouldn't be as successful today if everyone had treated his words as gospel.
The Cube was different: They tried something new and failed.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

LordVader717 Re:What is it with plastic? (773 comments)

You can also integrate more functions on a plastic component (such as case, cushioning and clips), whereas the equivalent in metal and glass will probably require seperate parts which in turn have to be assembled together.

From an engineering perspective plastic is such an incredibly useful and durable material. The iPhone is a perfect example of designers forcing metal and glass into something for aesthetic reasons. If you want functionality you go with plastic.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

LordVader717 Re:A Sensor to unlock with Fingerprint? (773 comments)

*If* the NSA is monitoring you. If a government agency were to have access to a hypothetical extensive fingerprint database it may very well *start* monitoring you, based on some fingerprints they found somewhere.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

LordVader717 Re:Fingerprint database, anyone? (773 comments)

Well, technically they only said it wouldn't be uploaded to any *Apple* servers.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

LordVader717 Re:Fingerprint database, anyone? (773 comments)

That's what they claim. But even assuming this makes it secure, given the industry track record as well as recent revelations we have every reason to disbelieve this. The only way to verify the claim would be to review all hardware documentation and source code.

about a year ago

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PS3 price cut only temporary

LordVader717 LordVader717 writes  |  about 7 years ago

LordVader717 (888547) writes "GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that the USD 499 PS3 offer is only to clear existing stock, after which only the 80 GB bundle for USD 599 will remain.

SCEE president David Reeves has told GamesIndustry.biz that the 60GB PlayStation 3 will no longer be available in the US after stock sells out — which he predicts will occur by the end of the month.
Reeves was speaking at an E3 event to announce the introduction of a new PS3 bundle in Europe. When asked about possible criticisms over whether SCEE should have given consumers the option to pay a lower price, as SCEA has done, he replied, "Well, they're not really are they, because what the US are offering from the 1st of August is a USD 599 version with one game.
"All they're doing is taking their stock in trade that they've got at the moment of the 60GB model, marking the price down and it will all be gone by the end of July."
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LordVader717 LordVader717 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LordVader717 (888547) writes "German gaming site Gaming-Universe (official announcement in english below) is reporting that Sony has confirmed that the PS3 will no longer make the November release for Europe.
From the Article:
London, Wednesday 6 September 2006 — Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that it would revise the launch date of its PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system in the PAL territories of Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia from 17th November 2006, as previously announced to March 2007. Launch dates for Japan and North America will remain the same, which are November 11th and November 17th respectively.
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