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AI System Invents New Card Games (For Humans)

RobbieThe1st Re:Good luck with that (112 comments)

I don't know about the impressibe part - Have you seen *some* people?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

RobbieThe1st Re:Lots of good reasons. (684 comments)

You mean, until X company decides it's no longer profitable and shuts down their DRM servers, leaving your media unplayable? It's happened several times already, with several companies.

Or what about those DVDs/Blu-rays with "DigitalCopy"... which the fine print says will only work until a certain date, usually a year or two out?

DRM might not have been designed to make things expire, but it does through unneeded obsolecence - I mean, a MP3, OGG or XVID/DIVX file will still work *many* years down the road, just as long as someone has ported the decoder to whatever new platform there is. If it's got DRM, though... not without breaking it.

 

about a year ago
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Google Cache Makes Murdoch's K-12 Site Look Obscene

RobbieThe1st Re:Other good porn sites? (101 comments)

Frigging Furries, always ruin everything!

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

RobbieThe1st Re:Interesting observation because MS != Apple (391 comments)

No, you misunderstand. Lets say we have 300 computers in a building. If we upgrade them every 3-5 years like would have happened in pre-p4 days, that's 300 licences every 3 years.
Now, if we decide "eh, only 50 of those machines are CAD stations, so we'll upgrade those, and leave the rest for another 3 years", MS gets only 50 licenses. 3 years after that, upgrade the CAD stations again, and use the old ones to replace 50 of the others. MS gets only 50 licences, again.
Repeat this process about 3 times, and you'll see where we're at - a few new machines, mostly handmedowns, including old P4's, most of which aren't getting upgrades to W7, let alone 8, and aren't giving MS any license fees.

Note that by Kiosk, I mean "time and attendance" app-driven kiosk, not just "basic maching for random googling etc" - machines we *do* need in the building and would require a PC and MS license... But instead of buying a new machine with win8 to fulfil that, they're using a spare P4 with XP.

Multiply this scenario many many times, and you can see why MS isn't getting the license fees they did in the XP/P4 days.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

RobbieThe1st Re:Interesting observation because MS != Apple (391 comments)

Because they aren't selling new licences of Windows 8 for them, either directly or to OEMs.
When your machines barely run XP, you aren't upgrading them to even 7.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell Offers Ubuntu Option With Alienware Gaming Desktop

RobbieThe1st Re:Why Bother (135 comments)

And yet, I have things that "just work" on linux which don't work at all on Windows.. Removable drives with more than one partition, for one. I can take any flash drive, partition it with two partitions(say one for work and one for play, one for LiveCDs and one for files). Any Linux will see and use all partitions. Windows 7 will only see one. It's frigging annoying.
Or, say, booting off USB. With USB3, you could easily use an external USB3 drive to boot, and haul it between three computers so you have all your files and settings. Linux? Trivial. Windows 7? Impossible.
Or how about printer support? I've run into a number of printers which wouldn't work on 7 due to lack of drivers(MFGR didn't care beyond XP)... Ubuntu? autodetect, Just Works.

Meh. With either system there's problems. At least on Linux, the solution isn't "reinstall from scratch" like it often is on Windows.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell Offers Ubuntu Option With Alienware Gaming Desktop

RobbieThe1st Re:Every year a growth year. (135 comments)

Windows is having a dip in sales because old machines "do the job". When a C2D does the job fine, why upgrade to the latest and greatest?

about a year and a half ago
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Dell Offers Ubuntu Option With Alienware Gaming Desktop

RobbieThe1st Re:Nice! Fedora will look brilliant on it (135 comments)

Ah, but you see, it doesn't matter - if the hardware is compatible with Ubuntu, it should be compatible with *any* modern enough Linux. Which is why having Ubuntu, even if it's not what you use, is so important.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

RobbieThe1st Re:Interesting observation because MS != Apple (391 comments)

No, the problem is that Windows saturates the market already, and 8 year old desktops are still fine. I know people still running P4s with XP!
Even my company still has some P4s around, as kiosks and such, and anything with an I3 or better processor is rare...

Apple might sell more devices, but the problem is that MS has lots of old devices around which still work.

about a year and a half ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

RobbieThe1st Re:Faster notebook drives. (261 comments)

If your harddisk controller has enough of a microprocessor in it, it *could* be turing complete, just like the 1541 floppy drive.

about a year and a half ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

RobbieThe1st Re:SSDs are a fad (261 comments)

You mean like this 3TB Seagate drive I have next to me? It's got 4K sectors, with "fake" 512B ones exposed to the OS -- and that was inside a 3TB external drive that reports 4K sectors to the OS!
So, it's not just WD drives doing the lying.

about a year and a half ago
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Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free

RobbieThe1st Re:riaa's failure to adapt to the marketplace (243 comments)

Hell, a h.264 720p 4GB rip looks far better than DVD quality(and "good enough" in most cases), especially when the full 1080P source video wasn't made with the best cameras...

about a year and a half ago
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Pwnie Express Releases Android-Based Network Hacking Kit

RobbieThe1st Re:Hail the n900 (35 comments)

Pwnie express is selling one of those, too. And it even seems to come with a copy of my very own BackupMenu, so it's easy to restore if it breaks etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

RobbieThe1st Re:Who cares if we are hungry... (419 comments)

That's cool!
Yeah, looking at some of the new ads on Youtube(See the Ram "Farmer" ad), looks like Ram's aimong for the worker/rural market, and such people like Diesel.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

RobbieThe1st Re:Who cares if we are hungry... (419 comments)

According to Wikipedia, the 2500 has the 5.9L Diesel/Stick option, but you're right about the 1500/F150's. Very sad.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

RobbieThe1st Re:Who cares if we are hungry... (419 comments)

One-ton pickups? You mean like the F350? They've had diesels in medium-sized trucks(F250/2500/etc) since the 80's, and still have them.
That being said, if you want a new truck with a diesel and a stick, you have to go with a Ram.
Anyway, I agree on the bullshit regs; they are just trying to prevent most from going with Diesel.
Why? I'm thinking it's so the flow of gasoline can be restricted if needed without impacting all of the commercial rigs, which are all diesel.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

RobbieThe1st Re:Who cares if we are hungry.. if o. (419 comments)

Yup. I agree completely. I'm running an old Ford('88 F250 Diesel), and it can literally run on just about anything with a little adjustment - 20% gasoline? Sure. Waste Vegetable/Meat Oil? Yup. Biodiesel? Sure. Old engine oil: I know it works mixed in.

about a year and a half ago
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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

RobbieThe1st Re:Who cares if we are hungry... (419 comments)

Heck, why process it into ethanol? Make Biodiesel, which is a far less energy-intensive process, and if you do it right can be fine for your engine.

Personally though, I expect the real reason for ethanol is to get people buying new cars when they wouldn't otherwise, and get "junkers" off the road. I mean, when your seals go, and it costs you lots of money to keep the vehicle going, why not go with a new vehicle at 0% down?

about a year and a half ago
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

RobbieThe1st Re:Good one Youtube (450 comments)

To be fair, Harbor Freight sells incredibly cheap MIG welders, in the sub-$300 range. Videos on youtube can show you how, or any of the myriad of other sources of info on the Internet.
If someone wanted to, I'm sure they could get everything needed for less than $500(which is what, the cost of a new pistol?), and learn enough to do it within a month.

about a year and a half ago

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Terry Pratchett's Troll Bridge to become a film.

RobbieThe1st RobbieThe1st writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RobbieThe1st (1977364) writes "Snowgum Films — an Indie film producer from Australia is working on turning Terry Pratchett's Troll Bridge into a live action film. They've made an amazing amount of material so far, on a shoestring budget.
Now, they need our help, to the tune of $45,000. They've already achieved $35,000 of that in the last month on Kickstarter, and with two months remaining it's a near certainty they will get the funding they need.
I think this is worthy of a few dollars, what about you guys?"

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Fake Torrents cause grief for band -and- CRIA.

RobbieThe1st RobbieThe1st writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RobbieThe1st (1977364) writes "TorrentFreak is currently reporting on the odd story of an unknown band's manager getting tricked by a fake torrent site. Convinced that his band(which currently has one video on youtube with 80 views) had 100,000 people downloading his album, he took it straight to the CRIA(Canadian Recording Industry Association) who are supporting him. I worry about what this means when it's exposed as a scam..."
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