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2014 Geek Gift Guide

Powercntrl The real geek gift guide (113 comments)

For most people, gift buying breaks down into three categories:

1. People you're willing to splurge for. Close family, offspring, significant other, etc. Since these are the people you interact with the most, not being clued in to what they wanted for a gift is an epic fail. No gift guide is going to help you here.

2. Good friends, extended family. These people are the reason gift cards were invented. Sure, some people may argue that it's not personal enough, but screw that. Everybody loves a free meal at a restaurant or a few free app downloads.

3. Cow-orkers, that guy you added on Facebook and can't remember why, your kid's teachers and anyone else you're giving gifts to as a matter of obligatory holiday procedure. These people get shit from the bargain bins at your local drug store (while you're there buying gift cards).

You could also always change your faith to one that doesn't celebrate holidays involving gift giving. That's probably cheaper, too.

about a week ago

Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Powercntrl Dad needs to get off his high horse (584 comments)

When she grows up, she might be an artist, a counselor, or an HR professional. She almost certainly won't be a princess, though, so don't worry about that.

Or she might get knocked up in highschool and drop out. Kids don't always turn out the way you plan and being a good parent means encouraging your kids to succeed and still loving them even when they fall flat on their ass.

It's also a bit hypocritical when geeky/nerdy parents act all shocked and shaken when their offspring would rather go out and interact with other kids than stay at home and play with a chemistry set. Hint: it's just as bad being the stereotypical jock father who smashes in his son's door because the kid prefers reading over sports.

about two weeks ago

Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Powercntrl I was born too early (523 comments)

I've hated cursive with a passion, ever since I was forced to learn it in public school. I could never manage legibility at anything remotely resembling a decent writing speed, so half the time I couldn't even decipher my own notes. I had absolutely no trouble picking up typing and at 12 years old, I could easily type faster than any of my classmates could write. The only problem was, this was still the dark ages and the school staff felt that allowing me to use a portable word processor would be an unfair advantage over other students and that I deserved bad grades due to my inferior handwriting ability.

We don't teach kids to chisel on stone tablets or write on slates, so I see absolutely no reason why cursive can't also be relegated to the past. Good riddance.

about three weeks ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Powercntrl Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

People keep mentioning the Nomad.

They're quoting CmdrTaco, who used those exact words to describe the original iPod upon it's announcement. Damn kids these days....

You have to remember, Apple eventually decided to release iPods with support for Windows. Will they release a "Watch" that works with Android? Probably not.

about 3 months ago

Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Powercntrl Re:Just buy a CRT (167 comments)

Seriously, just buy a good CRT. Stop fooling around with all this line doubler crap


Fancy upscalers and scaling filters can make retro games look (debatably) better on modern displays and maybe for some people that is good enough. But it's hard to beat a Craigslist CRT for an authentic classic gaming experience. Thankfully, there's still plenty of 'em that haven't been dropped off roofs, used for target practice or shipped to the third world for "recycling".

Eventually when the cheap used CRT supply dries up, with luck we'll all have cheap 4k OLED displays and CRT emulation won't look like such a steaming pile of dog shit.

about 4 months ago

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Powercntrl Re:Isn't this Apple's entire shtick ? (291 comments)

I mean say what you want about their current products, but their entire deal has been putting software on devices that for the vast bulk of users doesn't suck.

His problem is that he is on T-Mobile.

On AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, he could've just signed a contract and gotten an iPhone 5C for free* (so-called) during various promotions. Thanks to T-Mobile's spin campaign of "We eliminated contracts because the public is too stupid to realize a finance agreement is still a contract", purchasing a phone from them means financing or coughing up the full cost of the phone. Hence, you have the current situation where T-Mobile's service is only cost competitive against the other big 3 carriers if you buy a cheap phone or happen to already own a phone that is compatible with their network.

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

Powercntrl Some newer coins intend to stay ASIC resistant (281 comments)

While the threat of a 51% attack may be blown out of proportion (a pool sells their cut of the coins that are mined and it is in their best interest that the coin remain as valuable as possible - attacking a coin would be counterproductive), some altcoin developers have stated that they will change their coin's proof-of-work algorithm if ASICs are developed for it. Vertcoin and Execoin's developers have both stated they'll do whatever it takes to keep ASICs out.

Most of the speculation that fuels the pump-and-dump world of altcoins is based on the belief that Bitcoin may not end up being the cryptocoin that average people use to buy pizza, pay their bills, etc.

about 6 months ago

Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

Powercntrl Re:Almost, but not quite (117 comments)

Isn't the chargeback potential a risk under paypal not found for bitcoin? When someone gets paid the charge can be reversed at any time per Paypal's discretion. Thieves will buy bitcoins all the time on ebay with stolen paypal accounts and than the seller will be out all the money when paypal reverses the transaction. Additionally, isn't paypals security polices also a risk for the user unlike with bitcoin where you can trust the mathematics and network which is immune from many traditional attack vectors?

Yes, chargebacks are a potential fraud risk for business owners. As a customer, though, being able to perform a chargeback is an important safeguard against a seller that doesn't make good on their part of a transaction.

While having your bank/credit card information on file at PayPal is also a potential security risk, it's still significantly less of a risk than trusting every business you allow to directly process your credit card.

about 6 months ago

Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

Powercntrl Almost, but not quite (117 comments)

Bitcoin does solve the issue of being able to electronically pay people you may not trust, but so does PayPal. Bitcoin transactions are slow to confirm, you have no protection as a buyer to perform a chargeback (for example, you buy tickets for a concert that turn out to be counterfeit) and the price of Bitcoin is extremely unstable. Bitcoin also is not really free of transaction fees, either. You will pay a fee to an exchange when buying Bitcoin with fiat.

Bitcoin's deflationary design also makes it lousy as a currency, since why would you use it to buy two pizzas today when that same amount a few years from now might buy you a Tesla Model S?

Cryptocurrency probably does have a place in the future of commerce, but it will probably be something that addresses Bitcoin's serious shortcomings.

about 6 months ago

Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

Powercntrl Re:We're supposed to take this seriously? (72 comments)

There's no intelligent debate to be had, or a debate at all. It's just the government violating the highest law of the land, and people who give a shit trying to stop them. They had no moral high ground since the beginning.

The point is, if the situation is dire and serious, the message should be as well. Think about it for a second, if someone on here posted "Don't buy an iPhone because Apple wants to lick your balls!" it would be moderated as troll in the blink of an eye. It works for Southpark because the objective is to get you to laugh. When you're pointing out an injustice being committed by the government, you should be trying to get people to think.

about 6 months ago

Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

Powercntrl We're supposed to take this seriously? (72 comments)

Southpark has already done plenty of political satire peppered with dick and fart jokes. If Snowden doesn't want to come across as a tinfoil hat loonie, he should probably tone down the juvenile humor a notch. It's frequently said that those who resort to insults do so because they can't hold an intelligent debate.

about 6 months ago

Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered

Powercntrl As requested (89 comments)

I'm eagerly awaiting the day when all communication on the internet can be done either via cat pictures or quoting memes

we're getting closer and closer.

You're welcome.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Powercntrl THIS. Just get an iPhone 5S (259 comments)

Not only does the iPhone have the frequency bands the asker wants, but it is one of the easiest phones to purchase completely unlocked and off-contract in the USA (so long as you purchase direct from Apple). Most other contract-free phones here are still sold locked to the carrier, and generally require several months of paid service before the carrier will provide an unlock code.

Other less expensive options for a world phone would be Google's Nexus 5 or Motorola's Moto G (if you don't absolutely need LTE).

about 7 months ago

Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Powercntrl Obviously (311 comments)

Considering all the above, I'm convinced that it makes much more sense to put solar on rooftops.

We're not even remotely close to running out of places to install PV panels, where they'll never see the business end of a vehicle tire. PVs are presently just too damn expensive, even when you're not engineering them to withstand being constantly run over.

The news story here is really that fools are still being parted from their money.

about 7 months ago

Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Powercntrl Not this again (311 comments)

We've learned that in the U.S., over $160 billion is lost each year in lost productivity from people sitting in traffic due to road maintenance.

No, it's time that would've been spent at home scratching your ass. Tesla pulls this same crap too in their marketing, by claiming your time spent pumping gas is wasted income. Your time is only worth something if you actually would've spent that time earning money. Why else do you think we call it "free time"?

Road delays do waste fuel, but that's more easily solved with improved vehicle technologies, rather than expensive pie-in-the-sky tech roads.

about 7 months ago

In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

Powercntrl Jury duty sucks (389 comments)

I continue in my belief that Civics should be taught every year from 8th grade through 12th grade.

I'd take this a step further and require that juries be picked only from 12th graders and retirees. That way, no one can complain about missing work. You may think it's a bad idea to use teens and the elderly, but I think they may actually do a better job than a bunch of people who don't want to be there in the first place.

about 7 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

Powercntrl How many code monkies do we really need? (255 comments)

Here's a hint: The most important 21st century skill is going to be heathcare. You're not going to have your job outsourced to India or worry about the company you work for going under because no one notices their crappy mobile application amongst the thousands of others in the market. The IT industry is brutal.

Sure, provide opportunities for kids who have the aptitude, drive and desire to go into IT, but don't cram it down the throats of those who have no interest in it. There's already enough people trained in IT that open source projects have no problem being maintained by people who are willing to work for free. It's a bit irresponsible to steer kids toward a field that is already over saturated with workers.

about 7 months ago

Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

Powercntrl Sounds more like candy (59 comments)

I'm not even close to being a tree-hugging, organic-loving, Whole Foods-shopping-at hipster, but honestly, don't we already have enough processed frankenfoods? What is wrong with just having some actual raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or whatever kind of berry they're faking? Last I checked, the candy isle at Walmart is already overflowing with sickeningly over-sweetened, artificially flavored fake fruit. They figured out how to print what essentially is Gushers candy with a 3D printer.

about 7 months ago

This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

Powercntrl Re:In other news: my iPhone keeps tigers away (168 comments)

You might want to re-calibrate your worldview. Talking about gamers smoking pot isn't "demonizing." Ooooh scary drug use.

I personally know a few people who have been busted for possession and it's going to be on their criminal record for the rest of their lives. Heck, even having a stoner friend accidentally leave a tiny "baggie" in your car can easily turn into an expensive legal nightmare if a cop notices it before you do. The "world view" may be different but here in the USA, there's still a war on drugs here and the law will happily fuck your life up without giving it a second thought.

You also just lumped those of us who enjoy marijuana in with murderers and rapists. Are you trolling, or just really sheltered?

You missed the entire "correlation does not imply causation" point behind that statement. By the way, I don't see any tigers here, so my iPhone must be working great!

about 7 months ago

This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

Powercntrl In other news: my iPhone keeps tigers away (168 comments)

Could it be the case that playing video games are simply the most likely recreational activity a stoner is going to feel motivated enough to perform? Honestly, how many people get stoned and then go hiking, running, playing football or whatever?

It's bad enough that some people believe video games cause violent behavior, but now drug use too? Next we'll be demonizing food, since every murderer, stoner and rapist ate food regularly during their lives.

about 7 months ago



Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex to Freeze Customer Accounts

Powercntrl Powercntrl writes  |  about 9 months ago

Powercntrl (458442) writes "Vircurex, an online exchange for Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies is freezing customer accounts as it battles insolvency. While opinions differ on whether cryptocurrency is the future of cash, a Dutch tulip bubble, ponzi scheme or some varying mixture of all three, the news of yet another exchange in turmoil does not bode well for those banking on the success of Bitcoin or its altcoin brethren, such as Litecoin and Dogecoin."

YouTube Celebrity FPSRussia Dead, Shot In Apparent Homicide

Powercntrl Powercntrl writes  |  about 2 years ago

Powercntrl (458442) writes "Keith Ratliff, better known by his YouTube identity as FPSRussia, produced popular videos demonstrating various high-powered firearms and explosives, has been killed in what Georgia authorities believe to be a homicide. Keith Ratliff was an outspoken gun advocate and his YouTube channel was among the top ten most popular on the site."
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