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Boxee Scores $16.5M Investment

NoPantsJim Re:My Review. (77 comments)

Ok, serious question here; has the intelligence level of Slashdot dropped sharply since last I came around?

You're right though, the Boxee tagging system is completely foolproof.

more than 3 years ago
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Boxee Scores $16.5M Investment

NoPantsJim Re:My Review. (77 comments)

My father still owns one, and I've been over to his place to see it as recently as two weeks ago. I upgraded to the DroboPro FS and gave him my old Drobo FS. It is just as abysmal product compared to XBMC as it was in November.

And when the hell did it become totally acceptable to release a shitty product with the promise that it would become "okay" later on?

more than 3 years ago
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Boxee Scores $16.5M Investment

NoPantsJim My Review. (77 comments)

I actually held back.

Anyone on SlashDot is twice as intelligent as necessary to setup an XBMC install that would blow Boxee out of the water. I bought three Boxee Boxes and sent all three back, don't regret it for a second.

more than 3 years ago
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5 Trillion Digits of Pi — a New World Record

NoPantsJim I don't write this question as a troll... (299 comments)

But I am legitimately curious what is the real significance of learning Pi to a more accurate measurement? I'm not a mathematician, physicist, or computer scientist.

more than 4 years ago
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$200B Lost To Counterfeiting? Back It Up

NoPantsJim Re:Not surprising (283 comments)

Good point, which is why I'd never buy anything "counterfeitable" off of Ebay or any other source I didn't 100% trust.

more than 4 years ago
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$200B Lost To Counterfeiting? Back It Up

NoPantsJim Re:Not surprising (283 comments)

I can't fathom the idea that counterfeit goods compete with authentic ones.

When I was in my teens, I could find counterfeit Movado watches for ~$30 that were indistinguishable from the real deal. Would I have bought real ones for $1500+? No.

Of course now that I want a real one, there's no chance in hell I'm going to settle for a fake.

more than 4 years ago
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World's Fastest Hybrid OK'd For Production

NoPantsJim Re:Tesla (208 comments)

I shouldn't have to.

more than 4 years ago
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World's Fastest Hybrid OK'd For Production

NoPantsJim Re:Tesla (208 comments)

Wow, did they really need to have an auto-playing video ad with obnoxious music at the bottom of the page? I'm pissed that I gave them even that one pageview. I won't be reading the article.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Online Education Experience?

NoPantsJim Re:Test Out (428 comments)

You still pay for some (or sometimes, all) of the class, of course.

Not always the case. I went to Purdue for Aviation Management (to become an air traffic controller) and for some odd reason they let students take computer classes in place of some of the other Gen-Ed stuff. I was able to test out of several classes, without having to pay a dime. It depends on the school.

more than 4 years ago
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Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense

NoPantsJim Re:Yeah. (482 comments)

FTFS:

"The technology is apparently mature enough to be deployed as part of ships' short-range missile defenses"

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

NoPantsJim Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

Thanks for clearing that up. Sounds like a speedbump, not an actual blockade.

"But any studio execs who thought 3D video would somehow end piracy would have to be complete idiots."

Who says they aren't complete idiots?

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

NoPantsJim Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

"What exactly is there to "figure out" about copying a 3D blu-ray over a normal blu-ray?"

I don't know. I'm not an expert in the field. That's why I made no assumptions about it being as easy as ripping a Blu-Ray movie.

"When I was a student I downloaded a few movies, now I just buy everything."

Same here, but I still like to buy my movies, and then rip them to a digital format for use with XBMC and the Boxee Box when it finally hits the shelves. I guess one of my big worries about the 3D BS is that movies, that would otherwise be quite good, could be poorly done just for the sake of a good 3D experience.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

NoPantsJim Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

I think at the very least part of it has to do with piracy. I remember years ago when hddvd and bluray were first hitting the shelves they were heralded as the end of piracy. The logic was no one would be able to pirate a movie that clocks in at 40-50 gigs. Of course, thanks to h.264 and other codecs, downloading 1080p copies of movies is pretty trivial.

I suspect that studio execs are sitting around assuming no one will be able to figure out how to pirate 3-d movies. Of course, there are probably people much much smarter than they are trying to figure out how.

more than 4 years ago
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Nerds Still More Likely To Get Bullied

NoPantsJim Headlines. (480 comments)

This just in, rain still likely to be wet.

more than 4 years ago
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Hotels Lead the Industry In Credit Card Theft

NoPantsJim Re:People with too much time on their hands (135 comments)

You're right, but it still struck me as odd that people would just say "Hey stranger, take my card for the next 8 hours." It was pretty rare that I would still be there in the morning when they checked out, so that means I'd have to pass their card off to another low-wage employee to trust it with.

It was kind of crazy how often my GM would have to fight these dispute charges. People would get enraged that their breakfast wasn't gluten free or that the tv in the room wasn't big enough and then have their CC companies claim they never stayed at our hotel. 99% of the cases were decided in our favor, but it was still a massive hassle from people deciding to throw a fit.

Seems to me that people who submit false claims for disputing charges should be held liable for fraud themselves.

more than 4 years ago
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Hotels Lead the Industry In Credit Card Theft

NoPantsJim Re:People with too much time on their hands (135 comments)

I used to be one of these night shift people. I was definitely underpaid, but I used my spare time on the job with a laptop and a book learning to program.

Here's the scary thing, plenty of people made it extra, extra easy for an employee to steal. We had this ridiculous backup process that had to be run nightly which would make our computers inoperable for about 90 minutes. If someone with a reservation came to check in I could do so, but any walk-ins would have to wait. Around 2-3 times a month people would come in so exhausted from driving all day that they'd just hand me their credit card and say "I'll pick it up in the morning, just give me a room key". I think that since it was an upscale Marriott people just assumed everything was safe.

more than 4 years ago
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How Game Gimmicks Break Immersion

NoPantsJim Re:Doom 3 (228 comments)

That was probably intentional, to make it seem like it was really written on a PDA with a crappy keyboard.

more than 4 years ago
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How Game Gimmicks Break Immersion

NoPantsJim Re:Doom 3 (228 comments)

The only thing worse was the actual Doom 3 gameplay

I actually really enjoyed the gameplay. The moment I discovered the idiotic system of codes for the weapons lockers, I went online and printed out a list so I could ignore the various PDAs and audio messages.

The biggest disappointment of all? I got my hands on that leaked E3 Alpha, which was about 10x more interesting and scary than the actual retail game.

more than 4 years ago
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How Game Gimmicks Break Immersion

NoPantsJim Doom 3 (228 comments)

The worst offender of all time was a game I had very high hopes for. Constantly jotting down locker codes was bad enough, but having to leave the game to grab a code from that Martian Buddy nonsense website made me stop playing.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites

NoPantsJim Re:google-analytics.com ? (230 comments)

I suspect people who actually think like this are the reason GA gets a bad reputation.

more than 4 years ago

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