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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Notabadguy Re:Classics (366 comments)

There's a difference between "best games" and "best games for friends."

For best games, you can't go wrong with old school RPGs from Squaresoft back in the day. Any of them. Particular favorites: Chronotrigger and Final Fantasy III.

For friends, get "Risk" the board game. Hours of fun.

yesterday
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Notabadguy Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

RTFA.

-Microsoft develops product in U.S, generating tax credit for R&D.
-Microsoft shifts ownership, or "Profit Rights" of product off-shore, to say....The Bahamas.
-Microsoft Bahamas subsidiary sells U.S developed product to Americans.
-Microsoft Bahamas claims all profit. Microsoft America gets all Tax Credits.

And that's how they avoid paying taxes. It's legal. It might not be "right," but it's legal, and won't change until our nation's useless politicians do something about it. This debate has been going on for a decade or more.

about a week ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

Notabadguy Re:not true at all (133 comments)

No longer.

My wife's uncle until recently had a series of Apple Orchards in Michigan, with the processing plant on the same road. For years, it's been seasonal labor harvesting apples, and the orchards selling to the plant.

His orchards are now plowed under because he can't compete with China. Apparently China can ship Apples to the United States, have them offloaded from a boat, trucked to Michigan, and delivered to this processing plant cheaper for less money than it costs the orchards across the road to harvest apples with seasonal (read: Mexicans) labor.

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Notabadguy Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

China is having delays too.

But understand this: China ordered 2-3 AP1000 plants from Westinghouse. Westinghouse built them, but concurrently sold the design for the AP1000 plant to China, knowing that China would steal the design anyway.

China intends to go fully nuclear, using the AP1000 design; their major hiccup is that their internal chinese suppliers - the same ones that WE use for non-nuclear power utilities. Chinese vendors forge parts. They forge forgings, as in "Fake forgings." WCC instead of LCC, calling coated nickel SA316, faking coupons and CMTRs - it's not only the US that Chinese vendors screw, it's also China.

about two weeks ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Notabadguy Re:Actually... (123 comments)

Hopefully Morgan Freeman will still be around to save us from ELE!

about two weeks ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Notabadguy Re:Bitcoin credibility? (267 comments)

Seconded. Nothing like an article that makes a false assertion. =D

Are new Soy products going to unseat McDonalds' Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese as the world's tastiest burger?

Or since we're talking about bitcoins, how about this for a tag:

Will the increased discussions about bitcoin finally reveal it as the scam it is?

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Notabadguy Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

Chiming in here because I used to be directly involved with this project.

Supplier delays come down to government regulation, ASME and NRC interference, and I offer this as an example:

-Congress had to approve the specific design plan for this plant (and every other plant).
-ASME randomly updates a portion of Section 8 code that changes the definition of SA316SS.
-Supplier tasked with supplying 316SS components finds out that these components are no longer viable due to the changed definition of the material.
-ONE YEAR of back and forth between supplier (who purchased $2,000,000 worth of SA316 bar stock to fulfill builder requirements) and builder.
-Builder eventually approves the use of replacement material.
-NRC steps in and revokes approval, because the revision does not have Congressional approval.

In sum:
-ASME committees report to no one, and make industry changing decisions ad-hoc.
-Suppliers and builders are aiming at shifting targets in compliance.
-Response time from NRC and ASME takes months and years. Send a clarification request to ASME? Response time: 1 year+.
-NRC equally confused about ASME shifting requirements.
-It takes an act of Congress to change any design parameters.

If you want to know why we cannot build nuclear facilities in our country, look no further than the mess we've made in South Carolina and Georgia. Years behind schedule and billions over budget because regulatory bodies keep changing the targets.

about two weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Notabadguy Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

Oh, and I think that every Society for Black Engineers needs a counterpart Society for White Engineers.

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Notabadguy Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

Jesse has a point, but only so far as he takes it across the board. If we're pushing for affirmative action in tech, then it should apply everywhere. Including professional sports. I think it's only fair that NBA teams show a mandatory 10% white men with equal playtime on the court, 10% asian, and 5% latino.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Notabadguy Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

TBH, the only reason I want to get on first is to make sure I can put my one bag in the overhead luggage, instead of getting on late and having to explain to a bunch of yahoos that their purse/satchel/gift/other trash belongs under the seat in front of them and not overhead blocking a bag that doesn't fit under the seat.

This, 100%. I secretly want to scream at people when bring "one carryon" as a carryon suitcase that has to be slotted in the overhead sideways to fit, the little bag that fits over the handle to make it two bags, plus their purse, and a shopping bag.

I would prefer to sit in a lounge drinking a bloody mary, except if I wait to board until the rush is gone, my little travel bag won't fit into the overhead. And I'm a tall mother****er, so putting it under my seat means that I'm going to have to wheelchair my way out at the other end because my legs are so cramped.

about a month ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Notabadguy Re:Time to become a better shopper (211 comments)

When you buy a Hatchette book for $10 on Amazon:

Amazon gets $3.00.
Hatchette gets $5.25.
The author gets $1.75.

When you buy an e-book from Hatchette on Amazon for $10:
Amazon gets $3.00.
Hatchette gets $5.25.
The author gets $1.50.

When you buy a self-published title on Amazon for $10:
Amazon gets $7.00
The author gets $3.00.

Hatchette gets 52.5% of revenue from the work authors do.
E-books, which have no cost of production or distribution net Hachette 52.5% of the author's work.
Hatchette, along with the other big five publishers have posted record profits over the last few years.

If you understand revenue vs. profit: Hatchette is operating at the SAME net profit that Amazon is, ~$260m. Hatchette makes as much net profit as Amazon does, for doing a fraction of the business.

I can't go so far as to say that Amazon is trying to help authors with their demand for lower prices from Hatchette, but I *can* definitively say that I have zero sympathy for Hatchette. Whether Hatchette can reasonably be expected to cut into their absurdly record-setting profit levels by giving up a point or two of margin to keep Amazon as a supplier remains to be seen via these unresolved contract disputes.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Notabadguy Re:Social Engineering. (254 comments)

I have a T-Shirt that I got from jinx.com that basically says that.

Front: Social Engineering Expert:
Back: Because there is no patch for human stupidity

about 4 months ago
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Norway Is Gamifying Warfare By Driving Tanks With Oculus Rift

Notabadguy Re:I wouldn't want it (106 comments)

As a former M1A1 tank driver...Give it to the commander and let him play with the toy...

As a former M1A2 tank commander, I resent your request you insensitive clod!

about 4 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

Notabadguy Irony at all? (191 comments)

Does anyone else find it ironic that THIS messed up sight is posting an article about another messed up sight?

Timothy, you're not literate. Don't be hypocritical. Yeah, Mt. Gox was screwed up. So is Slashdot. And /. beta. And you.

about 6 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

Notabadguy Did anyone read the article? (348 comments)

I'm going to get downmodded for saying this no doubt....

But having read both sides of the story here, it looks like the flow of the commentators are sort of missing what this power play was about.

The NCPPR wasn't trying to get Tim Cook riled up....they were trying to make millions of stockholders aware that Al Gore, whom both the left and right recognize as a nutjob, is the board member driving some weird decisions at Apple, and that Tim is backing him. There's nothing wrong with green data centers. But that's the tip of the iceberg. Al doesn't know the first thing about computers. And he's on the board of directors at Apple. And he's working (and succeeding) at driving Apple board discussions away from how to make computing devices and into "how to fight climate change." He's shifting the company away from what they're good at into something new, and political.

"Hey! You guys hired Lisa, the former head of the EPA to be a decision maker at Apple. What sense does that make? What qualifications does she have to make decisions for a tech company?"

"Hey! Fine with green data. Why are we looking at powerpoint presentations about fighting climate change instead of nextgen technology? Why is Al Gore giving the presentation?"

I have no love for the NCPPR, but I understand why they did it. I work at GE. If Jeff Immelt took Al Gore into the Board of Directors, and senior staff meetings were dominated by Al Gore talking about Climate Change instead of market penetration and product roll-out, I'd expect people to want to stand up and take notice.

about 6 months ago
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Canadian Court Tries to Dampen Copyright Trolls In P2P Lawsuits

Notabadguy Re:That's only part of the story. (60 comments)

I particularly like the part where the demand letter to subscribers will include a copy of the court order and "clearly state in bold type that no court has yet made a determination that such subscriber has infringed or is liable in any way for payment of damages."

No pulling the wool over peoples' eyes. I still don't get the summary though.

about 6 months ago
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Canadian Court Tries to Dampen Copyright Trolls In P2P Lawsuits

Notabadguy Erm, what? (60 comments)

Could someone translate that crappy summary into English for me?

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

Notabadguy Actually... (193 comments)

The best part of Facebook's article is where they use identical research methodology to prove that there will be no air left by 2060.

I predict an immediate rush on all stockpiles of canned air!

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

Notabadguy Pseudoscience (193 comments)

Turn about is fair play sir!

about 7 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

Notabadguy Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

I read the story.

This is one of those cases where I would say, "Pics or it didn't happen." The story seems improbable, I would expect a technologically savvy author to have fundamental literacy skills, and it has so many holes in it, I just see a story.

about 7 months ago

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