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Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

Rhacman Re:Things... (53 comments)

Being a buzzword and having a specific definition are not mutually exclusive. "Paradigm shift" has a specific definition, but is one of the best known examples among buzzwords due to it's overuse, misuse, and the tendency to use it to sound trendy and intelligent.

about 5 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Rhacman Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

They won't undo it so much as they'll eventually roll the dice again and come up with another superfluous gyration of something that already works well enough. If not for the negative PR I'd have wagered the replacement for the ribbon would be something with Live Tiles. Perhaps a honeycomb arrangement of commands with your most frequently used commands automatically shared via social media.

about 7 months ago

Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Rhacman Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

I wish, though that is the exact opposite of what the theatres want. Notice that before every movie they play some ad that includes the sound of someone pouring a soft drink? You can hate that it works, but you know that your mouth just started watering. The smell of buttered popcorn and the sounds of people eating may drive away a few, but it's money in the bank from the rest of the cud-chewing masses. The people who aren't buying the concessions are a much lower profit margin anyways. Just look at what it costs to make your own popcorn at home.

about 8 months ago

Hack A Day Prize is a Trip To Space (Video)

Rhacman Re:Lolol (34 comments)


The rational way to approach winning this prize would be to ask yourself if you'd buy a ticket to space if you had the cash value already in your savings account. If you'd spend your hard earned money on anything other than a brief flight "up real high" then take the cash equivalent.

Even if they cover the taxes that you'll be responsible for paying on the value of the flight, I'd rather be filling out tax forms knowing that some of that cash was still in the bank.

about 8 months ago

Crytek Open-Sources Their 'Renderdoc' 3D Debugger

Rhacman Re:Why not the GPL? (20 comments)

Why does the MIT license bug people so much? If people want to share their modifications they can and will. If people don't want to share their modifications it's not like publishing the code under GPL would have convinced them to, they just wouldn't have used the code at all.

about 9 months ago

Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Rhacman Not my cup of tea (181 comments)

I played Dragon's Prophet for a while (a free to play MMO). While I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay I just got tired of fighting my own temptation to spend on the cash shop to advance quicker.

So no, as the article points out I have no purely rational reason for avoiding free-to-play games. That said, I have no purely rational reason for playing games in the first place, it's a choice I make purely on how a game environment resonates with my own subjective perception. A game that feels like a shady carnival with carnival barkers clamoring for the most cash they can drain from me just doesn't appeal to me. How "fair" that attitude is to game developers and publishers is, to me, quite irrelevant.

about 10 months ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

Rhacman Re: Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

My brother and I use hammers for ranged attacks all the time. It's a clean kill in one hit if they don't have any power-ups.

about 10 months ago

Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

Rhacman Re:Licensing if my game cost $0 ? (149 comments)

So if I make a game from this and pay people to play it, will Epic cut me a check for 5% of what I'm paying the players?

about 10 months ago

Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

Rhacman Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

I agree. The US should hold back and let someone else get involved / invested first and then jump in later when that fails to cover it.

about 10 months ago

Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Rhacman Re:Commenting code (452 comments)

Hold that thought for a second, my caddy is lagging behind.

about a year ago

Water Filtration With a Tree Branch

Rhacman Re:Take That, Capitalists! (205 comments)

Take what? Take their money to the bank when their plastic funnels and tree-branch-filtration kits sell like hotcakes to the very folks hoping to, ahem, "stick" it to the man?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Rhacman What's good for the goose... (716 comments)

Suppose a manager promises a customer that they can have all the last minute changes they asked for ahead of schedule and under-budget. When the engineers work on their own time to make the delivery, does the manager pay their uncompensated time from his own pocket?

about a year ago

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Rhacman Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Science makes none of these assumptions, you (and many others on both sides of the debate) make these assumptions of science. Science classifies knowledge into repeatable testable theories that can be used to make useful predictions. Science recognizes that there are limits to observation and in fact many theories characterize these limitations, the uncertainty principle is a good example of this.

It's all well and good to imagine what lies beyond human comprehension, but it belongs in the realm of musing and fantasy.

1 year,6 days

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Rhacman Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)


Killing an unarmed and fully secured captive has no place in a mature and civilized society. I call bullshit on any claim that the death penalty is a deterrent and somehow weighed in the minds of a person who decides to rape and kill a pregnant woman. The real aim of the death penalty is to satiate the rabid mob of townsfolk who would prefer take matters into their own hands with a rope and a tree. Heck, I'll even admit that I'd be among those first in line to get a piece of this guy if he had done this to someone I knew but that doesn't mean I don't hope that calmer minds would prevail. Even in this case it doesn't really bother me that this man suffered, but that he suffered in the name of name of supposed 'justice'.

1 year,13 days

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Rhacman Re:Texting during the *previews* (1431 comments)

The backlit screen in the darkened theatre is tremendously obnoxious (at least to me) by itself. That said, they could easily have resolved the situation like adults.

A: Sir, could you please turn off your cell-phone.
B: Uh, it's just the previews, relax.
A: I know, but I find the light irritating.
B: Fine.
B: I'm texting my kid, just give me a sec.
At which point A drops the matter and calmly summons a theatre employee if it continues into the feature.

Heck, even behaving like obstinate hormone-fueled adolescents and beating the crap out of each other would be better than what actually transpired.

1 year,16 days

People Become More Utilitarian When They Face Moral Dilemmas In Virtual Reality

Rhacman Re:Measurement of utility (146 comments)

Personally I'd be overwhelmed with curiosity with how the game physics would respond to situations the developers may not have considered. What happens if you rapidly cycle the train switch or switch it right as the train is passing over it? Perhaps you could get the train to derail and start to accordion thus clearing both sides of the tracks and destroying the train itself.

1 year,21 days

23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

Rhacman Re:Many eyes... (213 comments)

C is a very low level programming language. If you ever look at the assembly listing for a C program you will generally find that each line of code maps to a relatively short sequence of assembly instructions. This virtue of C is what makes it so attractive for its original (and continued) use as a tool for writing operating systems, OS drivers, embedded systems, or anything where the developer needs or desires fine control of exactly what operations will be performed. Adding bounds checks lessens that control and for many applications where C is an appropriate language choice, would have a very real performance impact.

That said, many C compilers, debuggers, and code analysis tools (such as cppcheck as mentioned in the summary) offer features to detect memory access violations (and other types of bugs) during development and testing but without adding permanent run-time checking to release builds.

1 year,22 days


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