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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Piata Re:Really people? (139 comments)

You don't feel it's false advertising to say something is free when it's not? If people feel genuinely tricked by these revenue methods than it's worth addressing. It's akin to telemarketers calling and saying you won a free trip to the Bahamas; all you need to do is provide your credit card number and a $200 deposit.

about two weeks ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

Piata Accurate summary (150 comments)

She questioned the amount, the logic behind the amount and why the plaintiff's lawyers didn't feel a jury would find the emails a convincing argument for collusion. Not sure how you didn't find the summary accurate. I know it's a rarity on slashdot but this one is pretty spot on.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

Piata Kerbal Space Program (105 comments)

If Kerbal Space Program has taught me anything, it's that giant rocket engines are incredibley hard to control going forward. I can't even fathom the engineering skill and knowledge of physics required to make a rocket fly near flawlessly in reverse.

about a month ago
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Data Mining Reveals How Wording Influences Tweet Propagation

Piata Re:It's not working (21 comments)

As is the quiz. Either that or I'm really bad at picking good tweets as I'm 0/20.

about 2 months ago
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Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

Piata Re:Make deals with the devil (148 comments)

The first DA was started before the acquisition. It actually had a really long dev cycle (5+ years?) Of course EA gets their hands on BioWare and immediately shovels out another DA game in what... a year or two tops?

about 3 months ago
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Google's Business Plan For Nest: Selling Your Data To Utility Companies

Piata Does Nest Automatically Report In? (167 comments)

Or is there a way to prevent it from phoning home? I'm interested in getting one, I just don't feel like feeding more information to Google than I have to.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

Piata Finally! Full Flexbox support! (142 comments)

At long last Firefox has full Flexbox support. Even Interent Explorer beat them to full support of this standard. If you regularly work with CSS + HTML, Flexbox is a god send and now we can finally start using it.

about 4 months ago
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Canada & Korea Show Trade Treaties Can Skip Copyright Rule Changes

Piata Sorry, you lost the hockey game (35 comments)

You owe us beer and get to keep Bieber until the next Winter Olympics.

about 5 months ago
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Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

Piata Re:When I was working near asbestos (156 comments)

This seems like common sense though. I've worn one of these masks and it's pretty easy to tell if you have a proper seal. Of course I couldn't imagine having to wear one all day without breaks. My face gets sore and my mouth gets dry after wearing one for just a few hours.

about 5 months ago
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Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

Piata Re:Drake (77 comments)

It was at the start of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and that game was amazing!

about 5 months ago
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

Piata Re:Disposable Income (320 comments)

That doesn't seem to be the case. StarCraft II was $50 at launch but quickly adopted free to play multiplayer options. League of Legends was free from the start. A lot of pro e-sports players come from lower to middle class incomes that rent time on computers at the local internet cafe. In Korea and more recently North America and Europe, teams provide shared housing complete with food and a house maid so there inncentive to get good at these games.

If you need a specific example, Huk had a pretty awful childhood and now lives in a team house, frequently sending money home to his dad and brother.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

Piata Who the hell wrote this? (116 comments)

Nothing Amazon can do in the near future will ever measure up to Nintendo or take that covetted third place in the console ecosystem. They'll be lucky if they pull of an Ouya by the time they're done.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Piata Re:The fun is gone (635 comments)

Uh... drinking and driving is awful. This is something society actually got right.

Also, I live in Canada where the drinking age is 19 (and 18 in some provinces). We got together and drank without a car on a weekly basis. A lot of younger people don't have cars because it's too fucking expensive. Even when I was a teenager 12 years ago insurance was over $4k. Unless mommy and daddy are paying your bills you are not going to have a car.

about 6 months ago
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Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop

Piata Re:WHY??? (73 comments)

To be fair, some basic 3D modelling has it's uses in Photoshop, especially if you want a super accurate rendering. Stuff like extending the perspective of a photo or placing a product label you created on a bottle or can. But that's pretty much where the uses for 3D end in Photoshop.

If it were up to me, I'd push for Photoshop to have a more tablet friendly mode (as in Wacom tablet, not iPad or Android tablets) and get rid of the subscription model.

about 6 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Piata Re:As a Canadian... (684 comments)

I cracked up at the "If you're under 40, you've not seen this stuff before" comment. I have a 4 year old nephew that plays outside in this weather. On the bright side, all those yuppies in the US who bought Canada Goose coats can finally justify their purchase.

about 7 months ago
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BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"

Piata Might as well push automation to it's max (321 comments)

Sooner or later humanity will have to deal with the looming "work crisis" so we might as well get this revolution started. One of the big gains of automation should be removing the mudane and insanity inducing tasks required. Sadly the reality seems to be more people ending up in call centers and retail but I don't see how this is sustainable. What's the point in giant mega malls or telemarketers when everyone is too poor to afford anything?

The floor is going to fallout sooner or later so might as well rush the process along.

about 8 months ago
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Piata Dungeons and Dragons (343 comments)

I think the most important thing from this interview is that Musk played D&D and is a self professed nerd.

about 8 months ago
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Wikimedia Sends Cease and Desist Letter To Firm Providing Paid Editing Services

Piata Re:First world problems (186 comments)

If this is allowed then it completely undermines Wikipedia as a reliable source of information. It will be just another marketing platform doomed to a slow death as it loses all relevance.

about 8 months ago

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