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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:OK, based upon notebook shopping thus far (84 comments)

If weight and price aren't problems, there are a ton of vendors selling high res displays with nice GPUs and lots of RAM. Including Razor and Apple.

5 hours ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

RyuuzakiTetsuya Strictly speaking... (278 comments)

A lot of us don't need powerful Core i whatever or AMD Phenom something or anothers.

Most of us could probably get buy with an ARM laptop running some oddball variant of Linux.

Most of us aren't going to because the experience sucks.

Even though my iPhone 6+ is plenty big, it's still not big enough and the form factor sucks for reading. Somehow 4:3 is really good for bashing out screeds on slashdot, reading reddit, facebook, writing email, etc. Not to mention specialized use cases like art creation tools and so forth.

Just because we don't *need* it doesn't mean that it's not worth buying. I love my iPad.

yesterday
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:youtube.. inefficiencies (222 comments)

The reason why they don't just let you link to an mp4 or webm is that they're under this idea that their dynamic quality switching(which in theory should switch based on how good your connection is to youtube, but really just decides to pick between 240p and 1080p because fuck you) and their embedded player is a much better UX.

To that I say, fuck you Google. YouTube embeds on mobile give a direct mp4 stream and it beats the pants off watching it on their app or via their site's viewer.

2 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re: Honestly... (323 comments)

What the hell kind of feature is, "if we let in poor countries, we could possibly make this whole thing blow up?"

It's a bug, thought of as a feature. Like the Windows 8 start menu.

Even if you give all credence to the idea that this was something that let bankers run off with as much money as possible... that's not what would happen. Bankers would run off with a lot of money... that would become incredibly devalued.

2 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Uh... They're not required to go to that school (322 comments)

if it wasn't a public school? Sure. Don't go snooping around my shit. Even if i've got nothing to hide I have a lot to be embarrassed about or just don't want people to know about.

Because it IS a public school? Yes. The rules are and should be different. The kids all have a reasonable right to privacy. But when there's substantive claims made about bullying, harassment, threats, etc. that reasonable right to privacy shouldn't matter.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

RyuuzakiTetsuya Uh... They're not required to go to that school. (322 comments)

Unfortunately for all those up in arms about this, this is a safety issue. If they don't like the policy, pull out of the school district. If my kids got harassing phone calls from other students, the school is going to hear about it. Even if it's not during school hours. The fact that when at school, they're compelled to be in places where they may have to encounter someone who's made a credible threat against them.

It doesn't change because it's on the Internet. Doesn't matter if it's a phone call, a letter, Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/WhatsApp/etc, skywriting...

If the kids have nothing to hide, then release it. If not, pull the kids from the school. They're not obligated to go, and they're certainly not obligated to be abusive assholes either. We don't need more enabling of bullying and peer enforced sociopathy.

Doing absolutely nothing and being hands off isn't making things better. If you don't think this is a problem or worth tackling, I don't think you're hooked up right. I don't know if this is the right approach, but I'm not hearing any better ideas.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Paradox (200 comments)

there's a python module for that.

import HOneB

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:In inevitable questions of why... (165 comments)

That's a reason to not buy the bloody thing, but let's be honest here. Crazy designs are worth pursuing.

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

RyuuzakiTetsuya In inevitable questions of why... (165 comments)

I say, "Why not?"

It's a crazy idea. I don't think it's going to fly particularly well, but hey, if they want to try something unique and crazy, I'm not going to stop them.

I mean, ten years ago if you told me that one of the best ways to stream stuff to my TV was through a stick the size of a zagnut bar that plugged directly into my HDMI socket, I would've told you you were nuts.

Bring on the crazy ass designs. Let's see where this goes.

about two weeks ago
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The Fixes Sony's DualShock 4 Controller Still Needs

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:What they need to do is be less cheap (59 comments)

I wish I didn't comment so I could mod this up. This is pretty much spot on.

HDMI cables are becoming this prevalent too. My cup runneth over... with a mess of cables. lots and lots of cables.

People are complaining the New 3DS isn't shipping with a charger. I'm super glad it's one less thing I need to find a shelf for.

about two weeks ago
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The Fixes Sony's DualShock 4 Controller Still Needs

RyuuzakiTetsuya New Analog modules, PLEASE (59 comments)

When people complain about how imprecise analog sticks are, one of the biggest problems is overcoming the initial tension that the return spring has on the analog nub. The thing hasn't changed in nearly 20 years. We've had hall effect sensors(Used on the Dreamcast; funny enough) and all sorts of other new ways to detect analog input. It's just two potentiometers.

We may never get to the place where analog aiming is as precise as a mouse, but we can certainly do better than what we've got now.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

RyuuzakiTetsuya DFTBA. (105 comments)

Just glad to see Hank Green doing stuff. Glad he's got this great opportunity!

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

I remember shit like Gator and Xupiter getting bundled in with lots of things including WinAmp(Well, MUCH later in life) in the late 90's to the mid 2000's or so. I jumped ship from Windows in 2008 completely, but it's always shocking to see the same shit that kept me away from Windows is still in Windows.

Assembling a working install MSI doesn't negate my complaint that the process sucks. It's abusable, and shockingly, it is being abused.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

that's not what I meant.

Why is it that in 2015, to install software from the internet, I need to let someone run a privileged script that can and will write whatever it wants, where it wants? Why can't I just get some archive bundle that I can drop into a collection of other applications?

I think the OS X style application bundles are the right way to do things.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

RyuuzakiTetsuya Application installers suck. (324 comments)

If it's one thing I've learned after playing with OS X and Linux, it's that no matter what the OS is, an install script is an awful UX.

This isn't a problem in OS X because most software installs via app bundles. Yes, there are .pkg installers that could bundle god knows what, but they're not the norm for Mac software.

Also this isn't a problem in Linux because either you're usually installing from a repo or source, of which the requirement for any repo package or code base isn't going to be libtrackingmalwarelolpwn(64 bit; of course).

Why does Windows keep this antiquated process around?

about two weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Who gives a fuck (104 comments)

I would reply with a long list of pile of poop emoji but slashdot doesn't even support UTF-8

about two weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Cunning strategy (391 comments)

I'm not an audiophile. I would spend maybe few bucks on something nicer than lamp wire if nothing more than to have nicer insulation that looks nice when ran against the wall and in the cracks of the baseboard.

I'm just suggesting I don't think that True Believing Audiophiles would use Monster products. They're too cheap for their tastes.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Announces Tegra X1 Chip and Drive CX and PX Automotive Platforms

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Cars are for driving (12 comments)

Neither are a really comfy ride or even padded upholstered seats.

Necessary in terms of being a modern creature comfort in a car. Not necessary as in, "car needs to run."

As far as being a driver distraction, I don't think it's that big of a deal unless there's crazy animations on screen when doing things like changing track, returning the radio, changing volume, etc. and most of that can be done from the wheel.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Cunning strategy (391 comments)

In so far as I can tell, Monster cables are largely a joke in audiophile communities too. Monster cables are sold to schlubs who think they're getting audiophile quality cables at big box shops.

If you really want quality, Monster cables are too cheap.

about three weeks ago

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Steve Jobs reportedly angry over Android.

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "MacRumors shares a snippet from AP's coverage here of Steve Jobs' biography in which it is said that, "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." He was also reported as telling Schmidt, "I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want.""
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Marvel vs Capcom 2 announced for PS3, 360

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "According to Kotaku, Marvel vs Capcom 2 is making it's way to the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Based on the Dreamcast code base, includes Online play and widescreen support. Demo is available Thursday and full game will retail for $15 bucks at the respective online services. Curly moustache not included."
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CPS-3 Broken

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "Maybe not Classic according to the Classic Gaming Expo crowd, but, the long wait is over! The CPS 3 System has been emulated! All three revisions of Street Fighter 3(New Generation, 2nd Impact, Third Strike), the two Jojo's Bizzare Adventure games and the original, obscure game, Warzard/Red Earth are now playable. The problem never was the motherboard itself, but that the games were all heavily encrypted. Thanks to work done by Haze and Andreas, this encryption has been broken!"
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RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 8 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "It looks like SixApart.com's data center took a massive dive. Currently at LiveJournal.com, the message "Sorry, there was a power interruption at our datacenter. at our datacenter. We're working as fast as we can to get it back pronto!" is displayed instead. SixApart.com is still up and active though."

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