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The World's Smallest Video Camera

SecondaryOak Re:45k in lines (78 comments)

That sounds... completely feasible. And pretty reasonable. Man, smartphones really make me feel like I'm living in the future :)

more than 3 years ago

Is YouTube Launching a Netflix Competitor?

SecondaryOak Re:Good luck with that (162 comments)

How many movies? In what release window? will they be in HD? Will my xbox/PS3/blu-ray player support their streaming? Will they mail physical copies of movies that aren't available for streaming to my mailbox within 24-hours? What's the monthly fee?

Until these and many more questions are answered, I wouldn't call them a Netflix competitor at all.

But then again, if they offer international service, I would call them a Netflix killer, regardless of the other (important) question you have raised. Then again, availability most often depends on the studios themselves.

more than 3 years ago

See How Tough Your Immune System is With "Blood Wars"

SecondaryOak Re:Blood wars (119 comments)

My dad got GBS a few years ago, in a very severe form (for 2-3 months he couldn't even breathe by himself). It took him about a year to return home, and he's still not in perfect shape, and never will be - but he can walk, and he can use the computer just fine. So have faith. Also, you didn't "get it" from anywhere - autoimmune disease are not something you can get infected in, it's just that usually another infection is the catalyst.

more than 3 years ago

Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

SecondaryOak Re:really? (258 comments)

The medicine is intended to ease the withdrawal symptoms that appear while trying to abstain from playing your favorite game. Taking it by itself does not make you want to play less; taking it while already trying to play less will make you less depressed.

about 4 years ago

iPad Steering Wheel Mount

SecondaryOak Re:Well... (230 comments)

It's a joke. It's very clear from his website (link in the video), as long as you find something specific there - I won't ruin the surprise :)

more than 4 years ago

Students Flock To GMU For a Degree In Video Game Design

SecondaryOak Re:Tell me about it (225 comments)

He was making a pun...

more than 4 years ago

Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity

SecondaryOak Re:I had no idea they wanted it! (198 comments)

Regarding your subject line: some Israelis would like to be in the EU, some don't. I suspect the majority don't. I don't believe the Israeli government made any official statement about it, and I don't think the EU is particularly interested in that, so most of the discussions about that are hypothetical.

I do recall one idea though, which was for the EU to offer membership to both Israel and a future Palestinian state as an incentive for reaching a solution on the conflict between them. But I don't think such an offer was ever made by an official.

more than 4 years ago

Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity

SecondaryOak Re:Topsy Turvy World We Live In (198 comments)

The article only mentions municipal (local) elections, and not parliamentary ones (national).
Like I said, there are issues today with treatments of some communities and minorities - the shitty unrecognized settlement situation, affecting some Bedouin tribes, being one of them (and it's worse than only lack of municipal elections) - but all citizens do have the right to vote in the national elections, which is what I am stressing.

more than 4 years ago

Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity

SecondaryOak Re:Topsy Turvy World We Live In (198 comments)

I'm not talking about the Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied lands, I'm talking about the Bedouin and the other Israeli Arabs [...] who are prevented from participating in the democratic system [...]

All Israeli citizens are eligible to vote in the parliamentary elections, regardless of sex, religion, ethnicity, etc. There are enough legitimate issues with Israeli-Arabs rights you can complain about without lying.

more than 4 years ago

ACLU Sues Over Legality of "Targeted Killing" By Drones

SecondaryOak Re:Someone tagged this FOIA (776 comments)

I disagree. I would say it sometimes takes more courage to wage war than to engage in diplomacy. Diplomacy requires almost nothing - not the amount of resources war requires, certainly not the personal sacrifices taken by soldiers and their family members (and that, in turns, affects the public opinion and thus the politicians). Between having a discussion and getting shot at, there's no doubt what's the scarier activity. But sometimes you just need to take risks and stand up for yourself.

I do agree that once hostilities do commence, diplomacy quickly becomes less popular as people just want plain old revenge, and it takes courage from the leaders to face the public opinion and start negotiation. So I'm not actually saying you're wrong, I'm just stressing that many people prefer diplomacy over warfare, and are willing to risk a lot - maybe too much - for that. Sometimes you need the courage to choose the military option, even when you know it means your son might not come back.

more than 4 years ago

NVIDIA Driver Update Causing Video Cards To Overheat In Games

SecondaryOak Re:Crappy Nvidia driver has multiple issues (155 comments)

Maybe they do that when their machine is first released. I doubt they do that with each new driver version.

more than 4 years ago

Nvidia's DX11 GF100 Graphics Processor Detailed

SecondaryOak Re:When's it coming out? (220 comments)

It's true that a few years ago you had to stay close to the cutting edge and now you don't; but I'm pretty sure it's not because graphics cards had outpaced games, but because game developers slowed their pace because they wanted good performance on consoles.

I'm sure game developers could easily overwhelm graphics cards if they wanted to, but that doesn't only block PCs without high-end cards, but also all the consoles. I have to say that as a PC-only gamer, I find the situation very positive. I like not having to upgrade constantly.

more than 4 years ago

Is Intel Killing 12-Inch Displays On Netbooks?

SecondaryOak Re:Alternate Sources (297 comments)

What do Dell, Apple, HP, and Asus have in common? Their relationship to Intel. AMD is a non-competitor in the netbook space right now, and Intel has enough clout to throw their weight around and get what they want.

I think it's the other way around. I've worked at Intel, and the mindset was more towards "what can we do FOR our customers" (Dell, Apple etc.).
It's true they're leading the market now, but a good method to make sure it stays that way is to keep the customers happy.

more than 5 years ago

The Best First Language For a Young Programmer

SecondaryOak Re:Pascal (634 comments)

First of all, I don't think kids' introduction to programming should be by studying any specific algorithm. I personally taught myself the feeling of programming by playing around in Pascal, trying to just make things happen. In retrospect my code must be horrible, inefficient, non-modular, etc. but it was fun and it really gave me the "hanging" of programming. I'm sure many others around here started much the same. Sure, in high-school we were taught proper CS which we sometimes practiced on paper in pseudo-code, but that came later. Secondly, I don't think this is about "relying on any specific language concept". From my experience switching programming language is not that difficult of a thing to do. Having started my way on Pascal might have made ML, Prolog and Befunge more difficult for me to learn, but I have successfully written code in them. A teenager needs a simple, intuitive environment, in which she can play around. I think something like Basic or Pascal fits that role perfectly.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Benchmarked, Close To Original Chrome

SecondaryOak Re:Weird (338 comments)

Dunno man... it worked for me, once I changed the settings it behaves just like in 3.0 except it doesn't display the x button (but I can close it just fine with either middle-click or File->Close Tab).

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Benchmarked, Close To Original Chrome

SecondaryOak Re:Weird (338 comments)

They changed the default behavior, but you change it back from about:config (type about:config in your url bar):
set browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab to false.

more than 5 years ago

On Realism and Virtual Murder

SecondaryOak One paragraph had the most impact on me... (473 comments)

I RTFA and found one paragraph to really show everything in a new way:

"Show BioShock to a non-gamer -- someone who hasn't been desensitized to killing virtual people -- and watch their reaction. Show them how you bludgeon people to death with a pipe wrench. If they don't wince and express some form of shock at what's taking place on the screen, they're either seriously disturbed or they're a seasoned gamer."

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Kills Virtual Iron

SecondaryOak Re:So.. (189 comments)

According to Babylon,

No matches found.
adj. not according to chronology, anachronistic, obsolete, out of date; not properly dated, not assigned to the correct time period (of a person, object or event)

more than 5 years ago



stackoverflow-like gaming Q&A site launched

SecondaryOak SecondaryOak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SecondaryOak (1342441) writes "As part of the initiative by the guys behind the highly-successful Stack Overflow to create a plethora of Q&A sites on topics other than programming, the gaming Q&A site seems to be gathering momentum. Just 16 days since the start of the private beta and 9 days since it was open to the public, the site has just surpassed the 1000-questions mark. If you ever wondered if it's possible to jump over the flagpole in Super Mario Bros., you might find an answer there."
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Self-Moderating Message Board Platform

SecondaryOak SecondaryOak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SecondaryOak (1342441) writes "For some time now I've been thinking about creating a website whose main function is a discussion forum of some sort. phpBB seems like the simplest, most popular choice today, but I'm looking into a more advanced platform. Specifically, it should answer the following requirements:
  1. Be self-moderating, for example allowing any user to rate messages, including ability to modify the rating "power" of a user according to his or her statistics.
  2. Be easy to setup, operate and customize.
  3. Have good "forking" support for discussions, allowing multiple threads from the same source — this may seem trivial but many platforms I've encountered make the threads difficult to see and navigate.
  4. Heavily use AJAX, allowing large discussions to easily fit on a single page with advanced navigation control.
  5. Preferably open-source :)

I've checked a few options (among them Slashcode, which is an interesting solution) but would like to hear more from the community, especially personal experience. This is more of an experiment than a real industrial website-building, so I'm mostly interested in how easy it is to operate and to what extent it is possible to tweak the self-moderating mechanism."


Game Development Platform for Hobbyist Developers

SecondaryOak SecondaryOak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SecondaryOak (1342441) writes "I'm a developer with some free time and I'm looking for some development platform which will allow me to rapidly develop hobby-level games without worrying about infrastructure (such as graphics engine, network code, etc.).
It should be free, ideally cross-platform, and be highly flexible through some sort of programming (preferably in some high-level language I would enjoy programming in, not C++). A 3D graphics engine will be a big plus."


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