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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Nemyst Re:Former Titanfall devs? (117 comments)

Titanfall was developed by Respawn and published by EA. Respawn are an independent developer, not owned by either EA or Microsoft. Microsoft have absolutely no control over those developers apart from having an exclusivity deal with Respawn/EA.

4 days ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Nemyst Re:I thought current consoles were like current PC (117 comments)

There's another reason that Sycraft-fu's reply didn't mention: the development of those games started before the consoles were out. This means that the targets, while known, were also moving. Specs changed a few times and I'll bet the APIs changed significantly over the course of the past few years. That makes it quite hard to properly implement the graphics engine for the console. This is why, as developers get more familiar with the API and hardware, we see graphics quality keep improving on the same hardware. Compare an early era game of any console with a late era game, you'll see quickly. They're still limited in what they can do, obviously, but whereas early on the limits are largely down to developers' unfamiliarity with the console, later on they're squarely due to the console's hardware. Games developed before the console's hardware/API were even done had to be even more flexible, which generally means not quite as optimal.

4 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Nemyst Re:Singapore (386 comments)

Look, I am a normal dude who doesn't involve in criminal activities. Life is good then in Singapore.

First, they came for...

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Nemyst Re:Heinrich Hertz - 1875 (291 comments)

Note the "easily". Science nowadays is extremely complicated and requires years of study to even get to the level. While it's always possible to have another genius coming out of nowhere, it's a lot less likely than it used to be. You won't have a single person make a breakthrough in multiple, largely unrelated domains, like back in the Renaissance, either.

about a week ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

Nemyst Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

Very fast charge (on the order of 1-2 mins for current battery sizes) would make "gas stations" viable for electric cars. It'd immediately remove the current big stumbling block, which is that once your capacity is depleted you need to wait for a few hours to recharge. Bigger capacity would be nice, but it'd just delay the issue. Fast recharge would let current gas stations convert to electric, allowing us to reuse existing infrastructure and easing the transition between gas and electric.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Nemyst Re:Infrastructure (645 comments)

That's nonsensical. What's the equivalent of a patch for water pipes? Infrastructure is designed to be put in once, and last for a very long time. Software is continuously being modified, updated, upgraded, fixed. It's not the same thing at all.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Nemyst Re:Linux needs to step up (645 comments)

A significant proportion of the people still using XP do so because their hardware has no modern drivers. The likelihood of Linux drivers, for XP-era drivers, is close to nil. For the people who use XP just because they can't be arsed upgrading (and for corporations/govt organizations who haven't planned an upgrade, too), screw them, they deserve everything they get.

What amuses me however is that while people here criticize Microsoft for not providing support for XP, they don't criticize the hardware manufacturers which haven't bothered making more recent drivers for their hardware. It's a strange double standard, especially since hardware has, if anything, more of a reason to have long term support; it's more expensive, rarer and possibly without a more modern replacement.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Nemyst Re:no. (645 comments)

You think every small or medium corporation using a 2.4.0 kernel release has the means to hire enough developers to keep a whole Linux distro up to date? Think about it for a second. That's the problem with a lot of the open source advocates: most people don't have the means to maintain stuff by themselves.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Nemyst Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

One could argue that religion is lack of applied thought in a particular area. I don't know how they do it, but I've seen quite a few people manage to section off their thinking in what could be best described as little boxes. Their rational, educated thinking would permeate their work, but their private lives and religious faith would be completely separated.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Nemyst Re:Volunteer (307 comments)

Actually that's an excellent idea. They'd make the CO2 shoot up to sky high levels, making Mars possibly habitable through slow terraforming, all while living in the shit they spew up for centuries in the name of the free market. When the process is done, everyone else can move in and as a bonus you get to show them without the shadow of a doubt that AGW is real!

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Nemyst Re:Terra was explored when life was cheap. (307 comments)

But is it actually valuable though? The guy/gal you send to Mars, what did they end up doing? You've only shown you could rocket someone there, which you could've done just as well with a robot. You've not shown you can make the trip or the destination usable for human life, quite the contrary in fact. The whole thing just feels like a bunch of myopic people mistaking the destination as the goal. The destination is only part of the journey towards the goal of establishing a colony. Throwing people on a one-way trip with no chance of survival does not in any way further our progress towards that goal.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Nemyst Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

None of the examples you've given were guaranteed death sentences. Some were unknowable at the time (like Curie's work) while others had a high probability of failure, but not a certainty of death. That they did die in the end is part of why we remember them in the first place, so there's selection bias thrown into all of this.

One of the reasons the Apollo project is so lauded is that on top of being successful at achieving what it set out to do in a very short timeframe, it also cost a very minimal amount of lives, and none of those were part of the plan. Accidents will happen, but sending people to their doom is another matter.

Plus, sending people on a one way trip is easy. Sending them there with the means to either go back or to survive once there is a whole lot more complicated, but it's also what science and engineering is all about! If all we cared about with Apollo was shooting some men on the moon, I doubt we'd have discovered and learned as much as we did.

about two weeks ago
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P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

Nemyst Re:Are all NP-hard Problems equivalent? (199 comments)

That's a bit pedantic. When saying "NP-hard problem", you usually mean it as an upper bound as opposed to a lower bound. Nobody would describe an EXPSPACE problem as "NP-hard" because that's completely besides the point.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Nemyst Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Flip side, those colonies were a helluva lot more habitable than Mars. People already lived there well before the colonists arrived, but I don't see too many indigenous species when CO2 freezes on the surface of the planet. The people you send there are basically stranded in the middle of the ocean, not sent to a lush and fertile continent.

This isn't to say the conditions weren't hard back then, but there's a wide gap between the two.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nemyst Re:Not a joke (1482 comments)

Did nobody note the awesome "Internet Exploder" typo?

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Nemyst Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

Part of the reason for a corporation is that you dissociate financial liability between the corporation itself and its employees. It's what makes incorporating attractive to smaller companies, since if the company sinks into heavy debt it doesn't take you down with it.

about three weeks ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Nemyst Re:Homeopathic principles (173 comments)

Actually, no, you're diluting the substance by a factor of 100, then diluting the result by another factor of 100, and so on, 100 times. That's 100^100, or 1e200.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Nemyst Re:And yet only one idiot has this problem. (394 comments)

And before being so aggressive, I'd suggest reading up on basic statistics. It could very well be that the percentage of incidents to number of cars is higher for the Tesla, but a single event is never statistically significant.

Note that this isn't to say there isn't a problem. It just means that a single event is not enough to draw a conclusion either way.

about three weeks ago

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Mobile Device for the Software DIY'er?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "With the ever-increasing number of mobile phones and other similar devices, I've started to consider one. I've always been more of a PC enthusiast due to the obvious flexibility the hardware provides. What I wondered was: are there any devices that have some really solid open software? I constantly hear about rooting phones, but I'd rather find something where you don't actually have to circumvent measures put in place by hardware vendors and providers. It doesn't have to be a phone, as long as it's a mobile device with basic network support (wi-fi is fine).

Basically, is there any mobile device that embraces the DIY community?"
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How To Take Care of Hackers

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "One of my friends is running a relatively popular online community, but he's run into a problem. With success comes the usual load of idiots and one of them, after being banned, decided to react by DDoS'ing the site. The person has been identified; name, address, all that. The problem is, what can he do from that point onwards? The guy's a minor, so that doesn't help. Can he get in contact with certain authorities that will actually do something? The attacks are costing him money and the community as more and more people leave due to the server being down half the time. I've looked about and so has he, but so far we've come up empty-handed. Unfortunately, getting a new, more powerful server is just about out of range (the current server is already costing a pretty penny). I'm sure there are sysadmins among the Slashdot crowd who have already dealt with hackers of that kind, so what did you do about it?"
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Invigorating a Gaming Community?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FriendlyFire writes "It's been a while since I last drilled my forehead with this issue, but I think it's that time of the year again.

I'm running a relatively successful fansite (The Starport) of the game Freelancer with other active members of its global community, but we're facing more and more issues with a slowly decreasing amount of players. Of course, the game is some 5 years old, so it's a bit logical to see a dip in activity, but we're a dedicated bunch and I believe there still exists no equivalent to the game. Therefore, I'm making a call for help: what could we, as a group, do to help the game pick back up some steam? Microsoft is of no help whatsoever, having abandoned the game about a year ago; I've been trying to get them to update the fansite list on the game's website for months without success. We also emailed some magazines and websites, but most if not all of our cries have been left without response. We aren't on the edge of destruction just yet, but the game has so much more potential left over that I feel it's a shame to see its popularity decrease so much.

Slashdotters, what can we do to get it back on the tracks? What magazines should we email? How could we get a better response from Microsoft (their technical support is a dead-end)? Are there places to advertise that kind of nearly-abandonware-yet-still-purchasable game?"

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