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New York Subpoenaed AirBnb For All NYC User Data

Shillo Easy. (181 comments)

Respond in print. Use 6pt Brush Script, in green, on red paper.

about 10 months ago
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Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication

Shillo Re:Peh. (754 comments)

You're assuming that anyone smart enough to create a slate-cleaner virus is also smart enough to know better.

Unfortunately, the article proves you wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Blames Piracy For Non-Release of PC Game

Shillo Re:Newest DRM scheme! (424 comments)

I'm sure the pirates will rise to the challenge. Coming next: Xbox to PC pirate port.

-With- extended graphical config menu and customisable controls. Out of spite.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion

Shillo Accidental irony (434 comments)

Today's daily deal on Steam is: Day of Defeat.

Couldn't have made a better choice myself.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

Shillo Re:E17 already. (798 comments)

Actually, the Unity's problem is exactly the opposite. Functionality/eyecandy is just fine assuming polish is there, too. As is, Unity looks acceptable and gets the job done (IMHO), but it is also buggy to the point of uselessness. Note that not all the bugs are necessarily Unity's fault: 1) project at work (OpenGL) + 2) Unity's compositing + 3) NVidia drivers on the Quadra I have to use = can't do work. Given that I absolutely need 1 and 3, Unity has to go.

Strangely, enough, I have no problems with plain Compiz. Dunno what else Unity is doing, but I suspect the transparent overlay doesn't come for free.

more than 2 years ago
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id Software Releases RAGE

Shillo Re:Id releases Engine, tech demo... (192 comments)

Yes, and?

They're not losing touch with their roots. They lost it a long time ago, so I don't really understand the point of complaining about Rage and Skyrim. It's a bit late for that.

more than 2 years ago
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id Software Releases RAGE

Shillo Re:Id releases Engine, tech demo... (192 comments)

Losing touch with its roots? What roots? Morrowind was released for PC and Xbox. That was one of its important selling points. All subsequent Bethesda RPGs followed suit.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel and AMD May Both Delay Next-Generation CPUs

Shillo Re:some people actually use their computer (193 comments)

for something more useful than Starcraft

If you think you need more CPU for desktop than for gaming, you are doing something seriously wrong, no matter how many VMs you use. Seriously, check the hardware requirements for, say, Starcraft 2. It totally owned my machine before I last upgraded. The same machine that practically flies for development, VMs and computational fluid dynamics. Yes, it uses on-access virus scanning and W7.

4G ram

There's your problem. VMs are big. Swapping to hard disk is slow. More CPU won't help. You need more RAM.

Either that or your antivirus is crap; on-access scanning will spam your hard disk with seeks. No CPU will help you with that.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel and AMD May Both Delay Next-Generation CPUs

Shillo Re:Ya right (193 comments)

I've recently switched from all-nvidia to AMD GPUs and was pleasantly surprised when the drivers horror story just didn't happen. Aparently the monthly release cycle did wonders for them, both on Windows and Linux.

more than 2 years ago
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Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

Shillo Re:Or... (350 comments)

I see your point. It won't fool the people who use common sense but it -will- fool the people who use the same software. :)

about 3 years ago
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Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

Shillo Or... (350 comments)

Or it can be used as a training tool for would-be impersonators.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Data On Android?

Shillo Re:How Do You Protect Data On Android? (238 comments)

And how do you secure the electronic device that generated the code in the first place?

You give it a phaser and combat training.

about 3 years ago
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EA Considers Service-Based Business Model For Sports Games

Shillo Re:$20 million to $40 million for games (64 comments)

Well, EA games cost 100 times more.

Games that were relatively cheap to make and are (in my subjective opinion) incredibly entertaining are not hard to find. Recent examples, off the top of my head: Terraria, Star Ruler, Chime, Eufloria, Recettear.

about 3 years ago
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Adobe's CTO Pitches 'Apps Near You' Concept

Shillo Security? (98 comments)

I can easily imagine an example of someone with a Samsung tablet visiting a museum and being able to download a 'guide' application, despite the fact that the museum doesn't actually offer one.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

Shillo Re:Holodeck? (643 comments)

Maybe but I don't think so, for a simple practical reason. A centre of a large, wall-mounted screen will be above your eyes. This is indescribably uncomfortable for anything that isn't basically vegging out in front of a TV.

more than 3 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

Shillo Re:Feeling bad for them. (150 comments)

Anet guys specifically say that their goal is to build the highest quality game ever, not the best selling game ever. They also never mention WoW.

WoW comparisons in the article are all Eurogamer editorializing, not Anet statements.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a 'Mini-Big Bang'

Shillo Re:Calling All Dan Brown Fans... (570 comments)

Nonono, you got this all wrong. Somebody assassinated him with an antimatter marble.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a 'Mini-Big Bang'

Shillo Re:Temperature Measurement (570 comments)

It's between particles, regardless of their kind. At room temperature, atoms within molecules also participate in heat exchange; this is why for adiabatic compression of ideal gas you need to know if it has monoatomic, biatomic or bigger molecules - this affects the vibrational modes within the molecule. Again at room temperature, quantum physics prevents this exchange to continue inside the atoms - in non-metals, the atom-atom collisions happen below the energy that can knock electrons out of them, let alone affect their nuclei.

But here we're talking about many orders of magnitude above room temperature, and what used to happens to molecules and atoms inside them happens to quarks and gluons. The important thing is that in proton collisions, the particles don't stay together long enough to achieve thermal equilibrium, so it makes no sense to talk about thermodynamics. But with lead ions, if quark-gluon plasma formation in fact happens (gathering data needed to prove or disprove this is part of the experiment), the particles interact enough times that we can talk about temperatures, pressures and so on.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a 'Mini-Big Bang'

Shillo Re:Fusion? (570 comments)

It's actually 0.1mJ (or 1138TeV) per collision (half that per ion). They have ways to go before hitting 1 cal. However, within the volume of a nucleus, that's still a crazy concentration of energy.

Also, a beam has a *lot* of ions (they're starting with 2e10/beam but I believe their goal is 100x that before the end of the month). That's 10MJ/beam before the end of the month, which is already a fairly serious amount of energy to have in a particle beam.

more than 3 years ago

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