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The Fixes Sony's DualShock 4 Controller Still Needs

MBGMorden Bigger options button is the main one (59 comments)

The Options button is a key one. The thing is tiny and aggravating to push. For any game that you end up using it a lot (ie, Dragon Age Inquisition) it gets annoying really fast.

Other than that though I have no major complaints. The touchpad I don't see as useful but it also doesn't really get in the way either. Bigger battery - yeah it would be nice but its not hard to keep it charged up (I just keep a second cell phone charger near my nightstand and connect the controller when I'm finished playing).

If they just got that options button taken care of that would work great.

Also - a cheaper wired version would be nice (even if third party). My 6 year old likes to occasionally play Skylander Co-op, but she generally doesn't need a great controller (and keeping two charged up is more aggravating). The availability of a ~$15 second controller is why we're still playing that on the PS3 instead of the PS4.

about a week ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

MBGMorden Re:Who is this for? (138 comments)

Hunters like to take long shots. Realistically the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with cheap "throw-away" handguns. The use of rifles - particularly bolt action scoped rifles - is negligible in overall crime rates. Strange though - SHOT Show (http://shotshow.org/) - basically the hunting/shooting equivalent of CES - is kicking off in 2 weeks. Seems like it would be a lot more appropriate there.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

MBGMorden Re:Huh? (573 comments)

Google is your friend :).

Here's an article detailing Idaho's recent allowing of carry on college campuses - with it being the seventh state to do so. The others listed are Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

MBGMorden Re:Huh? (573 comments)

Depends on how strict your definitions are. Several states allow carry in colleges, and several others have varying degrees of restrictions. Here in South Carolina for example a person with a legal Concealed Carry Permit can't carry a gun on their person on school grounds, but you can keep it locked in a closed compartment in a car (the idea being that if you have a legal right to carry the gun you have to have some legal way to store it temporarily).

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

MBGMorden Re:Internet of Hype ... (163 comments)

I don't get it ether. I'm comfortable at no higher than 76 and no lower than 70. I set my thermostat to those min/max temps 2 years ago when I moved in. I haven't had to touch it since.

I think too many people are just anxious to be fiddling with something. Doesn't matter if it's necessary or useful - they just feel the need to be fiddling with it.

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

MBGMorden Re:Internet of Hype ... (163 comments)

Almost all multi-story houses that I'm familiar with have separate thermostats per floor - either with completely separate systems handling each one or with a zoned system where valves control which floors are receiving heating/cooling (ie, downstairs might already be cool, but its hotter upstairs, so the unit is cooling but the vents downstairs are closed off so that downstairs doesn't get colder). If you're letting a thermostat downstairs isn't going to be even remotely accurate for the temperature upstairs.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

MBGMorden Kinda - kinda not (840 comments)

What I've found is that there are a lot of people who right off hand know how to do things these days. HOWEVER, for those actually wiling to try, the internet (and mostly Youtube) has generated a ton of reference material to learn how to do all sorts of things.

Replace an element on my water heater? Youtubed it.
Replace the fan motor for the AC in my car? Youtube.
Install an LGA771 processor in a LGA775 motherboard? Youtube.
Tap an existing power outlet to wire in an overhead light and switch to my garage? Youtube.

As I said - most people don't just know how to do as much as they used to - but if you have any desire whatsoever to LEARN it's a great time to be alive.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

MBGMorden Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

I've never got that use case. No one I know watches Netflix on their phone or tablet. Granted, it's all anecedotal of course, but Netflix is for longer content. Youtube videos sure, but everyone I know who does Netflix/Hulu, etc, uses either their desktop computer or more commonly, a set-top box like a FireTV, Roku, etc. Watching longer content a tiny screen just doesn't seem enticing unless you're on a flight or something.

about a month ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

MBGMorden Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

That's actually a path I don't like much myself. I too took AP Calc in high school and though I passed the test and exempted Calc 101, Calc 102 was just a bit too much too fast. I ended up having to drop it the first time and take it a second time to actually get my credit.

I kinda worry about that with CS too. There are a lot of people who may think they have a good foundation going in (and they likely do), but for anyone that doesn't already have the formal education they all pick up a least a FEW new things in an intro class. Those few new things can be the difference between the 2nd class in the series being overly difficult or manageable.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

MBGMorden Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

I'd say that was more the fault of your teacher than the experienced student.

I started in 1999 myself (though I was 17), and had been programming at home in BASIC for 6-7 years at that point. Things went MUCH smoother for me than my roommate (also a CS Major) who was starting completely fresh. As long as the experienced students don't try to change the tempo of the class (ie, yes you know what a variable is already, but just be quiet and let everyone else hear the lecture), I don't see the issue.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

MBGMorden Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

Certainly wasn't when I was in college (though that's been 11 years ago at this point). I had always heard hearsay and urban legends about professors who would give only a set number of letter grades based on a curve, but never experienced it.

About the closest I got was a particularly lenient History teacher who at the end of the semester gave everyone with averages 85-100 an A, 70-85 a B, 55-70 a C, and 40-55 a D. Still wasn't a set # of grades though - he just adjusted what numeric average corresponded to what letter grade. In all fairness though that class was a bit hard to score well in numerically - the only grades in the class were from 3 tests - all of which were composed of only 3 essay questions.

I think the set # of grades thing is mostly a myth and something you see in movies.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MBGMorden Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

Sorry, but that's part of the compromise.

I'm very much for personal freedoms. I don't believe much of anything should be required - particularly for medical treatments (that's not to say I'm anti-vaccine - on the contrary I've pretty much all of them and do a yearly flu-shot).

HOWEVER, part of the social contract is that if you want to participate in the group's collaborate efforts, then you have to abide by some rules. Ergo, if you don't want to vaccinate your child you're free to do that, but be prepared to pay for private education. You can't have the best of both worlds - taking advantage of the publicly funded education system whilst endangering the health of the other participants.

about a month and a half ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

MBGMorden Re:Someone has (270 comments)

As another person pointed out - a coffee filter and used up coffee grounds not that detrimental to the environment - there's a high level of biodegrability there.

Plastic cups? Not so much.

This also negates the fact that from a cost perspective, regular ground coffee (even better varieties) cost significantly less than K-cups. You may be financially ahead throwing out your extra.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

MBGMorden Re:Read one, write other (567 comments)

Because tablets still suck for browsing the web. Data entry on such devices moves along at a snail's pace compared to an actual keyboard and mouse - and using the web still involves a lot of data entry (search boxes, logins, forum posts, etc).

I have a tablet I use it a lot - when travelling. Their portability is amazing. I'd rather drive a nail through my foot than use one at home or work though - even for just browsing the web.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

MBGMorden Re:Of course you can! (376 comments)

Yep. I've personally been working state government for 10 years now, and it's take 10 years to work UP to over $60k/year. I started out with a Computer Science degree doing actual programming at $28k/year (though I am thankful they took me with zero work experience).

The pay really does stink. The only bright sides are that I get to live where I want (basically near family - I have no desire to move for a better job), my employer pays for my health insurance 100%, and I'll be eligible to retire with a real pension plan (50% of my average salary, adjusted for inflation) at 51 years old. If I'm being completely honest I don't see myself leaving until I retire. The job is just to stable to give up. After retiring I may look elsewhere, but if I can't find anything or it takes a long while I'll have enough cushion that I can make it anyways.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

MBGMorden Re:YES! (376 comments)

That's because it's government work. Government jobs (particularly state or local) tend to pay less than private sector, so you end up with a lot of older folks who have trouble finding work elsewhere.

Where I'm at (also government) I'm currently interviewing candidates for a web developer position. They want 6 years of experience and are willing to start at $40k per year - and they're shocked when all we can get are people who are obviously unqualified, people just looking for something to bridge the gap between unemployment and retirement, and people who are obviously just looking for something to tie them over until they find a "real" job. The latter category typically gets hired - and they can't figure out why the last 3 people in this position stayed less than 2 years.

FWIW, if I can find anyone qualified, I typically don't care how old they are. At what we're offering I'll take what I can get. Also, FWIW, at 34 years old out of a 25 person department I'm the 2nd youngest except for the secretaries.

about 2 months ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

MBGMorden Re:No single company (233 comments)

You're misunderstanding the premise. It's not that the helmet would be scanning the player's head for injuries, its that it would be active during the game and would have sensors that say "You know what - I just detected a blow of significant force on this side of the helmet - that's probably enough to give the player a concussion.".

That said - I just don't see this happening from a financial perspective. Most high school football team budgets are probably less than ONE of these helmets would cost. They'd probably have to give up the game entirely if force to use such a thing.

Realistically - football is a rough sport. You have to know that going in and accept the risks. I personally played in high school and never suffered a concussion, but did get a hairline fracture on my arm that bothered me for quite a while. It's just part of the sport.

about 2 months ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

MBGMorden Re:wont last (287 comments)

Wal-mart isn't overpricing anything. They may have made a fortune, but their margins are pretty darned thin - they make it up on volume. Many sales deals are actually loss-leaders. IE, they get you in the store and hope that you buy enough other stuff to make up their loss.

By price matching, Wal-mart is hoping to get you in THEIR store rather than the competitors. And if you happen to just need to pickup bread, milk, some sheets, and fill your prescriptions while you're there, then they're ok with losing a bit of money on that one price match.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

MBGMorden Re:The real questions to ask (209 comments)

Never trust an in-store rep to do ANYTHING. They will say one thing and when the plan is changed they can't get it back.

If you're going to upgrade, you upgrade at full price, and you do it from the website where you can verify yourself that the plan is still the same.

about 4 months ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

MBGMorden Re:This device is not new or interesting (651 comments)

Way back when each individual part was serialized (and for such guns an "all matching" gun is indeed worth a premium), but these days its just not efficient. Plus we've come a long ways in parts interchangeability. 100 years ago if you bought a part for a gun it needed to be fitted to that gun to work (and that is still true today for many "old" designs from that era, such as the 1911 handgun). On most newly designed guns parts just drop in and work. Being able to match it to a certain gun just isn't important.

about 4 months ago

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Police Chases, Even on foot, banned in small SC to

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MBGMorden writes "Looks like if you commit a crime in Wellford, SC you should be ok as long as you run. The small town's mayor, despite the disapproval of the police chief, has banned police chases, even on foot. The stated cause is that the officers are hurting themselves in chases too often and the town is paying an outrageous $20,000 per year in insurance costs. When a reporter reminded the mayor that if a suspect gets away they may harm someone else, the mayor stated "That won't happen in Wellford.". Read more at http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=78680&catid=2"
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South Carolina seeking to outlaw profanity

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  about 6 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "It looks like in an act that defies common sense, a bill has been introduced in the South Carolina State Senate that seeks to outlaw the use of profanity. According to the bill it would become a felony (punishable by a fine up to $5000 or up to 5 years in prison) to "publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language, or actions of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature". I'm not sure if "in writing" could be applied to the internet, but in any event this is scary stuff."
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MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "I know that American Idol doesn't exactly garner a lot of respect from the Slashdot crowd, but I found it interesting that they are now selling (at 99 cents per track) the performances of the contestants of the various tracks they did on the show (http://downloads.americanidol.com/). Even more interesting was that they are 320kbps non-DRM'd MP3's. Perhaps the music industry is finally coming around to the idea of DRM-free media?"

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