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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

OnceWas Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

"Michael Abrash is a game programmer and technical writer specializing in optimization and 80x86 assembly language, game programming, a reputation cemented by his 1990 book Zen of Assembly Language Volume 1: Knowledge. Related issues were covered in his later book Zen of Graphics Programming. [...] After working at Microsoft on graphics and assembly code for Windows NT 3.1, he returned to the game industry in the mid-1990s to work on Quake for id Software. "


about 10 months ago

Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

OnceWas Re: why? (192 comments)

This would be hugely useful for remotely deployed ship-based (operating near shore) sensors which use cell networks to send back readings. For security and environmental reasons, the sensors are sealed boxes with no physical access to what's inside, including the SIM. What happens if the device is moved to another carrier's coverage area, or another country? What happens if the current carrier goes under, or they jack up their rates, or change their roaming policies? Right now, a carrier going under would brick the device.

Additionally, think beyond phones, as TFA implies. Physical access to a SIM is a security risk in itself. I would rather restrict phyical access to the SIM, and have password restricted access to a reprogrammable SIM than have my sensor drop off the air, or start sending readings somewhere else altogether.

about a year ago

Geek Tool: Slashdot Video of Award Winning 3D Printer From CES

OnceWas Re:Can we get a kiosk? (137 comments)

Why should I make the individual investment when I can just go to Menards with an AutoCAD or Unigraphics file and say, "print me a plastic part" for $2.99 and I'll stop by when its done?

Few people thought they needed home laser printers at first either. And you can bet that there will be a Kinko's model coming around the bend quite quickly.

about 3 years ago

Carbon Trading Halted After EU Exchange Is Hacked

OnceWas How do you even liquidate (228 comments)

How does one liquidate siphoned carbon credits? Do they hold a black market value?

about 4 years ago

What Was Your First Gaming Experience?

OnceWas Definitely pong (718 comments)

My father was lent a Pong unit. Ugly black and brown console, two rheostats. Semi-crappy B&W display on the tube TV. And that's about all. Looked like a rejected sci-fi prop.

And it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

Roll forward a few years (past the Atari 2600, which was much like the Pong console, in retrospect). I walk by a computer store, and they're selling Apple II's. Every machine on display had a game running on it, and a line of kids waiting for their turn. It was at that moment that I knew that computers would be a pretty big thing in my life.

Not that I knew at the time that it would lead to a career in IT. But it was games that did it.

about 7 years ago


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