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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Slider451 Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Great post.

about two weeks ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Slider451 Re:Manners (401 comments)

+1
Wish I had mod points.

about a month ago
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Star Trek Economics

Slider451 Re:Based on what? (888 comments)

Concur. There's no reason we can't establish a "subsistence floor", below which all critical needs are met. That doesn't prevent humans from seeking recognition, status, and exclusivity in other areas.

I think we've actually been heading this way for a while through technological inertia. As said above, being poor today is quite different than 100 years ago. At some point, poor will mean all your critical needs are met, but you lack the skills or desire to seek higher status. When that happens for everyone in the world, rather than appreciate how remarkable that is, we'll probably complain in the moment that it's unfair or still doesn't go far enough.

about 2 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

Slider451 Re:Citation Needed (134 comments)

NOT very interactive.

bleh.

about 2 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

Slider451 Re:Citation Needed (134 comments)

"Too much fighting" was a frequent complaint against Bioshock Infinite. People loved the story but had to wade through hundreds of bad guys to advance.

If they had an "Interactive Fiction" mode like Mass Effect 3, the game could have appealed to a much wider audience than the FPS crowd.

Granted you can watch it on YouTube to get around the fighting, but that's very interactive.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Slider451 Mainstream Solution for Those Sick of Tinkering (420 comments)

Mainstream solution using existing hardware without a lot of tinkering:

Server hardware: 5-year old multi-purpose Windows 7 PC (gaming, work) with a networked Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime tuner and Comcast Cablecard.
Server software: Windows Media Center, Plex server, MCEBuddy (to transcode and compress .WTV to .mp4 for mobile copies), iTunes
Clients: Roku with Plex, Xbox 360 (media center extender), Apple TV, mobile iOS devices w/ Plex

I can play games while WMC records two shows simultaneously in the background.
Plex on the Roku will transcode HD .WTV recordings on the fly.
Media Center extender on the XBox 360 works flawlessly. I wish they didn't yank the functionality from the XBone. I won't buy one until they add it back as an app.
Mobile devices can steam Plex locally, or must wait for MCEBuddy to finish transcoding to sync an mp4 for travel. This can take as long as the original recording playtime.
Apple TV will show the same mp4s I make for my mobile devices but I rarely use it for that.

about 3 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Slider451 Re:in other words... (341 comments)

You must not be talking about the Army; certainly not Army officer evaluations, anyway. Sr. Raters cannot rate more than a small percentage of their officers with a "top block". Their profiles are tracked, and abuse will likely end that senior officer's career.

about 3 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

Slider451 Re:What's good for the goose (573 comments)

Great post. Wish I had mod points.

about 3 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

I'm not sure what your point is about crimes committed by soldiers. It's mostly just speculation on their motivations and psyches. Soldiers are human, a cross-section of the society from which they're drawn, and certainly not perfect. However, the percentage of them who commit crimes is far lower than that of the general US population. You're negatively painting a large group of honorable people by the acts of a few. I would love to live in a world where we didn't need people to volunteer to serve and protect society. But that world doesn't exist yet. You seem to be in denial of this fact. Regardless, those who serve protect you anyway.

about 4 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

I realize you didn't say money. I was conflating your post with another's who said money was the only motivator.

about 4 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

Distrust of authority should be part of a healthy skepticism. To a point I'd even call it a virtue. But when you use that as a justification to vilify or denigrate those who choose to serve in a more authoritarian system and claim you can't be friends with them, I think that points more to your character than theirs. A mid-rank officer, such as an army captain, knows how to lead, follow, and get out of the way, while respecting both those he serves, and those who serve under him. While he is expected to follow orders, when lawful, he is also expected to use his brain and values (including his own healthy skepticism) to determine the best solution to a problem, and how to employ his people to execute the plan. And if unlawful orders are received, he is duty-bound to disobey. (Note: the word "obey" is not in the oath of office). You may not understand such a structure or those who volunteer for it, but nothing beats the experience of working with a committed team of folks who trust each other with their lives. To say it's only about money is to be truly ignorant of what it means to serve something bigger than yourself.

about 4 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:Meh; clearly haven't talked to security workers (841 comments)

Let's see if I can rephrase your post: "They wouldn't let me in their club because I discovered THEY were lying

Fixed it for you.

Still not meta enough. "I saw through their BS but applied anyway. I thought I'd be clever during the interview and point out their BS to them. For reasons I can't fathom they denied my application. Doesn't matter. They're all corrupt, group-think circle-jerkers. Don't bother asking me why I even bothered to apply in the first place."

about 4 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:Meh; clearly haven't talked to security workers (841 comments)

This has been my experience. Most of the people I know who hold a clearance believe all or most of the bullshit they learned in school. The US are the Good Guys fighting against those evil terrorists. Sure there are problems, but any lawbreaking was done for the best of intentions. That's who gets cleared. If you color outside the lines, you don't get cleared. My clearance was denied, go figure.

Let's see if I can rephrase your post: "They wouldn't let me in their club because they discovered I was lying, convicted of a felony, or had significant financial trouble. Those guys are ALL just a bunch of sheep without honor, ethics, or critical thinking ability. I'm glad they wouldn't take me."

about 4 months ago
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Next World of Warcraft Expansion: Warlords of Draenor

Slider451 Re:That didn't use to be true (156 comments)

The difference between the subscription and the F2P model, at least in LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online): Subscription = rental when you stop subscribing, any content (mostly zones) unlocked by the subscription becomes locked if you haven't purchased it. Pay = own You only pay once and will always have access to the content as long as the game is available. Note that both models require you to pay extra for expansions.

about 5 months ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

Slider451 Re:Discs Of Tron? (283 comments)

Somebody showed me the moves in the 80s and I was able to play the entire game on one quarter. A good time waster and entertaining for the kids hanging out who hadn't learned it yet. But, definitely no variety or real skill involved. It's on Steam now. I got it on sale a few months ago. It plays very well on the PC and I was able to get back in the rhythm quickly and finish it again after a few hours.

about 5 months ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

Slider451 Re:A place and time for anarchy? (835 comments)

Well . . . the police purchased all of these weapons and armor so in case there was an emergency they would be prepared. It would be a shame if there was not an emergency and the equipment was wasting away at police headquarters. I guess they need to generate some emergencies so they can use that stuff.

In a lot of cases they're getting the stuff for free

about 9 months ago
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Xbox One: Cloud Will Quadruple the Power, Says Microsoft

Slider451 Re:Does this actually work? (400 comments)

Concur. I'm approaching 100 Steam games purchased over a 4-year period, plus another 20+ on GOG. I'd purchased maybe 5 games a year before that (after I stopped being a hardcore gamer in the 90s with a closet-full of large shrink-wrapped boxes; I don't miss those days).

I could lose everything from Steam and still consider myself ahead for what little money I spent.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

Slider451 Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (782 comments)

"good-enough" = "passable to play most games". I'd even say "plays most games very well for most people"
Tom's also has a mid-tier and high-end system, which get you to your level of "good" for around $1,000. There's absolutely no need to pay more than that today.

This coming from a guy who spent thousands every year in the 90s to keep a PC (ok, a home LAN of PCs) at the bleeding edge, because new games always pushed the performance envelope and took advantage of rapidly-advancing tech. Those days are gone. Since most games these days are ports of console titles designed for 1080p on legacy hardware you simply don't need to spend top dollar anymore to get an enjoyable gaming experience. There's nothing wrong with wanting more. Just acknowledge it for what it is: indulgence.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

Slider451 Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (782 comments)

If you have an XBox 360, why go with something 359 releases out of date?

One is just one point to the right of 360/0 on a compass...

It's come full circle. That makes this release literally revolutionary!

about a year ago

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