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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

SammyIAm Re:Sigh (100 comments)

I feel like this game is making the same promises that Spore did (cellular to universal scale). But then Spore was kind of a huge let down as far as I'm concerned. Much less a game of continuous scale as like 5 separate games packaged together. This one, from the little glimpses so far at least, seems more likely to deliver.

about 5 months ago

California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

SammyIAm Re:So What? (96 comments)

As pointed out in a few other comment threads (and the article itself): California's legislation will prevent California law enforcement from assisting the NSA without a warrant. The NSA's not actually doing all its own work, and relies on (pressures) other agencies to provide data. This isn't to say the NSA won't find ways to go around law enforcement to spy on U.S. Citizens, but it will at least make it more difficult for them and help protect people in California's privacy.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

SammyIAm Re:cfw (104 comments)

Shibby is definitely the way to go. I've been pretty darn happy with mine, though I don't use more than some basic throttling features in the bandwidth department.

about 7 months ago

3D Display Uses Misted Water

SammyIAm Re:Not a volumetric display (65 comments)

Yeah, not really so much 3D as it is a 2D display that you can reach through.

about 8 months ago

3D Display Uses Misted Water

SammyIAm Re:The Aussies use these as warning signs... (65 comments)

This sounds really cool. Do you have a video or a picture of one? Or at least maybe a name so that I can Google for them more successfully?

about 8 months ago

Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

SammyIAm Re:Too late, switched to Chrome (167 comments)

Does Chrome's RAM usage cause problems on your machine? If the RAM is available, I don't see why Chrome shouldn't be taking advantage of it to improve browsing performance.

Have you looked at the hard drive usage of Chrome versus FF? I haven't looked, but it would be interesting to see if Chrome's increased RAM usage results in lower hard drive usage.

about 10 months ago

Google May Replace Cookies With Unique AdIDs

SammyIAm Re:Online Advertising is terrible (147 comments)

Ugh, I know! I tried actually emailing the companies hosting the ads about this. I really just want an "I bought this already!" button that makes that particular ad go away. It could even then show a link to allow me to review the product that I already bought. They're wasting their time trying to get me to buy the same thing over and over again.

about a year ago

Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

SammyIAm Re:Not just "a banker" (216 comments)

Wha-- why would that not be mentioned in the summary?!

about a year and a half ago

A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

SammyIAm Re:Street Legal?? (331 comments)

Giant stun-gun.

more than 2 years ago

GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

SammyIAm Re:You think this is a Game? (483 comments)

"Nothing will be accomplished by it" only if when it's all over no one takes any action. You seem pretty upset about it, but are you planning on doing anything about the alleged motivation for the attack (i.e SOPA and the like)? Or when GoDaddy gets their servers back up and releases a "comforting" statement to their remaining customers, are you going to go back to ignoring everything but your own website?

more than 2 years ago

Google To Start Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results

SammyIAm Re:Pipedream of the day: (294 comments)

This is my biggest concern with them implementing this strategy. I could understand lowering the rank of sites that legitimately infringe copyrights (though even then I'd probably look for another search engine), but since there's zero punishment for making false claims it seems like this will only punish sites that "right holders" want punished, regardless of their merit or relevance.

more than 2 years ago

US IPv6 Usage Grows To 3 Million Users

SammyIAm Re:IPV6 on AT&T Residential DSL (155 comments)

Actually, I can confirm that at least with AT&T's U-Verse service that I've had a routable IPv6 address since probably February or March. They'e been rather quiet about the roll-out (I found out through some forums), but it seems to be legitimate.

more than 2 years ago

ScummVM 1.5.0 'Picnic Basket' Released

SammyIAm Re:Picnic Basket (65 comments)

Thank you, a thousand times, thank you! If only I had mod points right now!

I'm sick of special code words, and I'm sick of using "service packs" as a replacement for version numbers. "Oh sure, I've got version 4.0 r4 SP2" Gaah!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

SammyIAm Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (1127 comments)

...but if there's ground for a lawsuit there's probably something morally wrong behind the scene.

Given the litigious culture we live in these days, I'm not sure that's really the case. I agree that to some extent managers need to be careful about the sort of workplace environment they cultivate, but I think it's also important that employees let their boss know if they have some sort of issue with the environment. This was sort of an extreme example, but people can be offended by most any topic, and if being offended is immediately grounds to sue, then we're going to have very, very silent workspaces.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

SammyIAm Re:Because it's a medical device. (629 comments)

On the other hand, not everyone in need of a hearing aid is stuck using old phones. There's a demographic of hearing aid users that probably never even use a non-cell phone (a lot of people don't even have a land line in their home anymore), and for those people something like Bluetooth or a 3.5mm jack would be much more useful than requiring the hearing aid to have a telecoil in it (especially if the telecoil is going to be something that increases the price of the hearing aid).

more than 2 years ago

Dot-Word Bidders In Last Minute Dash

SammyIAm Re:My choices.... (51 comments)

One more slash in there and you'd have a word-wise palindromic domain!


more than 2 years ago

Valve Hiring Hardware Developers

SammyIAm Re:Apple? (94 comments)

I actually think the gaming market is one of the places that Apple is weakest. Other than some smaller developers (a la the Humble Bundle), the majority of games are still Windows-only, and will probably continue to be if nothing changes because right now all the gamers tend to own Windows machines.

That said, I can't quite see how partnering with Valve would help make Apple any money, unless whatever they come up with convinces game developers to start writing for other platforms. (The maybe-good-news is that since OS X is built on Unix, they'd be that much closer to Steam for Linux)

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss

SammyIAm Re:Haven't had bad luck lately... (513 comments)

It seems that you can have physical stores, good customer experience or cheap prices but not all three.

So then stick with the first two (instead of just the first one). I'm often willing to pay slightly more for some products to either be able to pick it up now instead of waiting for shipping, or for the peace of mind that if I have to return it, I don't have to deal with return-shipping. Best Buy though, in addition to having terrible prices even compared to like Target or Wal-Mart, has fairly poor customer service to boot; there's just no reason to shop there at all.

more than 2 years ago

Huge Freshwater Bulge In Arctic Ocean

SammyIAm Re:How "An Inconvenient Truth" can it get (382 comments)

Well he's half right. Purely sea-based ice will displace as much sea-water as the mass of the ice itself. When the ice melts, it will become the same mass of sea-water that it would have been displaced while it was ice. The net water-level change would be pretty close to nil.

Though now that I think about it, does salt make the sea water effectively more-dense than freshwater in terms of the amount of ice it can float? And if so, will the water from the ice occupy slightly more space if it's fresh-water? Perhaps there would be a very small rise in ocean level...

more than 2 years ago


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