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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Onuma If you really want the smartphone in the CR... (230 comments)

Find a holder/holster which will strap around your upper or lower arm, outside of your clean suit. The sort that trendy people use while working out.

This will eliminate the need for extra, expensive tech, while also keeping it handy.

about a week ago
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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

Onuma Re:SQL Injection? in 2014?sheesh (46 comments)

Imagine an organization who has a whole department/section specializing in cyber security threats, vulnerabilities, and malicious entities -- SQL injections being among those known things against which it can defend. The organization mandates that ALL of its IT-related employees understand and take actions to prevent such attacks. If they do not comply, they will lose network access and/or have employment terminated.

Now imagine said organization does not uphold or enforce its own standards of security.

That's what I call "asking for it". They don't deserve to be broadly generalized as "victims"...but they do reap what they sow.

about 3 months ago
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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

Onuma Re:SQL Injection? in 2014?sheesh (46 comments)

If only the DoD and US Army maintained some kind of security standard like 8570 ... oh wait.

SQL injections. They deserved what they got.

about 3 months ago
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My toy collection is ...

Onuma Something in between... (209 comments)

Everyone has a hobby. You can deliberately not call them "toys" but if you're doing something outside the scope of your occupational or academic responsibilities, then you're playing with toys.

I don't have too many toys, but I do have a severe lack of time for them. My rusty '66 GMC pickup needs thousands of hours of labor to get back into shape, my guitar skills are waning due to lack of practice, my Wii hasn't been turned on in 3 years, and I have spare computer parts lying around the basement waiting for some sort of [mis]use. Only one guitar has any particular sentimental value; the rest are niceties.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Onuma WiFi Calling? (730 comments)

I suppose Apple had to join in on the 2009 smartphone market at some point. 5+ years too late, better than never?

about 4 months ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Onuma Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (146 comments)

To expound on rule changes, configuration changes, etc.:

There may be physiological reasons for eAthletes (yeah I know that's lame, but I didn't make that up) to not be able to hang at top levels once they start to age. Slashdot shared an article in regard to that just a few months back. It's not 100% concrete, but I think we can safely make the case that the average gamer peaks in performance some time in their mid-twenties.

http://games.slashdot.org/stor...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Onuma Dump the online voting. (190 comments)

This is something you ought to fight. Vehemently.

Online voting can be compromised from anywhere in the world. At least voting in person requires people at voting locations, thereby (plausibly) reducing the chance for wide-scale fraud. It's just not worth taking the chance. Open networks, no matter how secure they are designed, will always have vulnerabilities. Most of those vulnerabilities lie within the computer operators (PEBCAK, if you will).

about 5 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Onuma Re:New, or just adapted from a story? (89 comments)

Yes. In Children of Dune, Leto's stillsuit was sabotaged. They tampered with the pumps located in the heels, which would normally circulate water as the wearer walked through the desert.

Good call.

about 5 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Onuma New, or just adapted from a story? (89 comments)

Didn't Frank Herbert write of something similar to this in Dune? I recall small objects which collected water, but I don't recall whether they provided any sort of power generation in the process.

about 5 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Onuma Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (364 comments)

I suspect you don't have the military background I possess.

Firstly, the AH-64 and OH-58 are primarily Army platforms, who use almost entirely rotary-winged aircraft. The Apache is a wonderful system -- the most badass thing in the air. It has a huge armament of 4 winglet pods (16x hellfires, or 76x FFARs or a combination thereof, plus a 30mm chain gun). But it doesn't have the ceiling of the A-10, nor does it have the range. The Kiowa doesn't have anywhere near the armament of the Apache, being a smaller, lighter aircraft -- it can only maintain 1 small FFAR tube and a .50 cal, or a two of one and none of the other.

The AC-130 is a massive bird. Puff the Magic Dragon, we called it colloquially. Fantastic engineering. But it is HUGE! It is designed to linger over an area, like a village or town, and obliterate everything in the area. 105mm howitzer, 40mm and 20mm rotary cannons. This is used when you need to destroy an insane amount of bad guys and boost morale into infinity.

The MQ-9/Predator/Reaper is nice, but it doesn't have the same capabilities of any of the above craft. Safer in that you don't have pilots put into danger. But it has less armament capability than the A-10 or the AH-64, less agility than the OH-58, and nowhere near the firepower of the AC-130.


So no, there are not "lots of things that are far better at the A10s limited role". You are ignorant. Go back to your Call of Duty.

about 6 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Onuma Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (364 comments)

I'm not entirely incorrect.

Nothing currently available has the capability to replace the A-10, making it the best tool for the job. So while it hasn't been replaced yet, it cannot be effectively replaced in the foreseeable future.

Semantics, I know.

about 6 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Onuma "To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platforms" (364 comments)

The F-35 replaced the A-10 Thunderbolt II's role as a tank buster, CAS bomber...

With the money we have spent on the F-35s to date, we could have repaired, retrofitted, and maintained our supply of A-10s for several decades. Hell, the A-10 is practically a flying tank. It has some of the best armament and is the most rugged fixed-wing aircraft which America has. It was a ridiculously short-sighted move to replace it with another overexpensive "multi role, joint" fighter.

about 6 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Onuma Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Fair enough. My misinterpretation then.

Still, it is good on Subset for releasing free additional content which many companies would charge extra to obtain.

about 6 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Onuma Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Plenty of studios understand this very well.

Subset Games, who created "FTL: Faster Than Light", recently released their port to iOS, including content that did not exist in the original game. To show that they still appreciated their original customers, they released all of this content for all platforms simultaneously.

That's business done well, for the sake of the devs and the gamers. Sure, Subset makes slightly less profit in the short run, considering they could have released the add'l content as DLC (which really would have been fine, in the end, as long as it was appropriately priced). This way they'll actually make more money over the long term, because customers remember when they're treated well and given quality products with a highly-perceived value.

about 6 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Onuma Re:glad i stopped gaming... (86 comments)

Don't worry. Pirates will make this right.

about 6 months ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

Onuma Re: This is dumb (192 comments)

It's the federal government's procurement process. It has not evolved with technology, and therefore everything involved in all of their processes is antiquated, inefficient, and slow.

I dealt with this kind of thing for 8 years as a soldier, and am still dealing with it as a contractor. It's pretty ridiculous when you know how much more smoothly things could be running.

about 6 months ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

Onuma Re:Sigh (100 comments)

Papers, Please was created by 1 guy. It's not "infinite", but it is really damned good.

The quantity on the dev team is obviously not indicative of the quality of the finished product or the enjoyability of the game play. Otherwise, how could we explain the dismally disappointing nature of Diablo 3 or Call of Duty: Whateverthehellthey'recallingitnow?

about 6 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Onuma Games for gamers, versus numbers for shareholders (208 comments)

So long as big, publicly-owned companies are churning out games they are generally only going to consider profit and perception by shareholders as the end goal.

Companies who create a good game for the sake of the game itself can often see profits as a result of their dedication -- the end goal is always putting out a game which is as good as that studio can feasibly put out. $$$ is welcome, but secondary. For this reason, I am an advocate for game developers to stay privately owned. If I hear about a producer/publisher's IPO I will absolutely scrutinize every reason to even consider their products from that point, forward. Can anyone name a publicly-traded gaming company who isn't all jacked up?

I have not purchased or pre-purchased a AAA-produced game since the awful release of Diablo 3. While it did turn out to be a fun game, Blizzard proved to me that they really don't have a clue as to what captured the essence of the first 2 games in the series, nor do they actually give a crap about the people who are ensuring their paychecks. If anything, I will wait for a Steam Summer Sale, Humble Bundle, GoG sale, or something comparably discounted. I end up missing out on the early days of fun where a whole bunch of friends and other players are online all at once, but I save a ton of money and I don't regret my $5 purchases...as opposed to those $50-60 mistakes.

about 6 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do Free2Play Games Have a Future?

Onuma Onuma writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Onuma (947856) writes "I spent this weekend at PAX East in Boston, where a whole lot of new games showcased. With the massive influx of games on the market for multiple platforms, we would be spending the better part of our money if we purchased even half of what is out there. Based on the success of Free2Play games like Riot's League of Legends and the potential success of Red 5 Studios' Firefall, do you think there is a future in F2P gaming?"

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