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Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

MankyD Re:mac (732 comments)

I will say, the one thing Mac has done well is avoiding the exact problem the OP describes. They basically have 2 laptops, with a few different monitor sizes. The specs can vary slightly, but not so much as to make a real difference.

more than 2 years ago

Maryland Teen Wins World's Largest Science Fair

MankyD Re:More Engineering Than Science? (193 comments)

You're right! I read the title of the article, not the title of the fair when I was thinking this. Doh!

more than 2 years ago

Maryland Teen Wins World's Largest Science Fair

MankyD More Engineering Than Science? (193 comments)

Sounds like an awesome result, but isn't this more a feat of engineering than science? Not that I am complaining per se, but I feel that it's important that people recognize the difference.

more than 2 years ago

The Best Streaming Media Player

MankyD Re:Or you could just use a normal computer (217 comments)

Because reading a normal desktop's output from 15 feet away on the couch is hard. The nice thing about these is that the UI is designed for easy reading and navigation with a remote.

more than 2 years ago

Abusing HTTP Status Codes To Expose Private Info

MankyD Re:Incognito anyways (133 comments)

Incognito mode doesn't prevent cookies within the browsing session. It merely prevents them from persisting after private-browsing mode has ended. Hence, you can still log into sites that use cookies.

more than 3 years ago

OAuth, OpenID Password Crack Could Affect Millions

MankyD Re:Who doesn't hash/encrypt passwords? (304 comments)

I don't think a reasonable password hashing algorithm works like that. If I change one character in the password (any single character) the entire hash could/should change. You can't look at it and say "well, 90% of the hash matches, let's tweak it a bit more."

more than 4 years ago

OAuth, OpenID Password Crack Could Affect Millions

MankyD Who doesn't hash/encrypt passwords? (304 comments)

"On some login systems, the computer will check password characters one at a time, and kick back a "login failed" message as soon as it spots a bad character in the password."

If you do almost any sort of reasonable hashing or encryption algorthm on a password, this becomes a moot point, since the place that fails to match in the string will change. Are there still sites out there that don't do this? Really?

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Hobbles Features For International Kindle

MankyD Re:Another troll summary? (166 comments)

It's not IP Law. It's marketing and, as frustrating as the end result is, it is completely reasonable in the bigger picture. If a product maker wants to sell their product for different prices in different places, then by all means, go for it. Furthermore, if an product maker needs to translate or in some other way localize their product for international markets, then that adds costs. There's nothing inherently wrong with adjusting your product for the market your selling in.

more than 4 years ago

Achron — an RTS With Time Travel

MankyD Re:Time travel RTS is hard to imagine (141 comments)

You're right in that I forgot to mention the time-waves. The opponent goes back to kill you in the past, which you see (like I mentioned) but his actions take time to catch up with you.

about 5 years ago

Achron — an RTS With Time Travel

MankyD Re:Time travel RTS is hard to imagine (141 comments)

It is a little hard to picture, but think of it like this:

You're opponent goes in the past and kills your troops. In the present, suddenly, your troops start disappearing. You look down at the bottom of the screen and see your opponent screwing around in the past (it shows you where they currently are in time.) So you send some of your troops back to stop his attack. It is rather complex, but they make it work remarkably well.

You can even send a troop back in time to team up with itself.

about 5 years ago

Patch DNS Servers Faster

MankyD Re:Am I safe? (145 comments) They have a dns checker on the right hand side. This is linked from the original /. article on this topic.

more than 6 years ago



MankyD MankyD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MankyD (567984) writes "Just saw an excellent article on a Dad's experience with a Wii — the good and the bad. He also compares it with the 360 (a good experience.) He really touches on how the Wii is setting itself apart from the other systems quite nicely. From the article:
"I am a gaming dad. I have two sons who are currently in the under-10 crowd, and we all play video games. It's just something we do, and it is a great way to bond with my kids. We have a lot of consoles — SNES, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PS1, PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox 360. This isn't a hardware or gaming review with staged photos, it's my experience over the last 72 hours and how the Wii changed the way my family plays games — for better or worse — with an unsanitized glimpse at us playing. Since the 360 was the last addition to our gaming family, I'm also going to compare out-of-the-box experiences between the 360 and Wii."


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