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Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

Sonny Yatsen Hope they will fix the motion sickness problem (104 comments)

I am really looking forward to the Oculus' public release, but I really hope they fix the lag in head tracking that results in motion sickness or dizziness in the users. As a guy who used to get nauseous after a few hours of Duke Nukem or Doom, that'd be a pretty major negative in determining whether I will buy one or not.

Also, I'm glad we've finally hit Johnny Mnemonic levels of tech in real life. Bring on the talking dolphins.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

Sonny Yatsen Why is this even an issue? (359 comments)

I don't understand why people are against touchscreen laptops - nobody is forcing you to use the touch screen. You can still use the trackpad or a mouse or whatever. If you don't like it, just don't use it!

about a year ago
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Trying To Learn a Foreign Language? Avoid Reminders of Home

Sonny Yatsen Language Confusion (200 comments)

FTA: "For Chinese immigrants in the United States, speaking to a Chinese (vs. Caucasian) face reduced their English fluency, but at the same time increased their social comfort, effects that did not occur for a comparison group of European Americans (study 1)."

In my experience as a native speaker of Chinese, the reduced fluency in English when speaking with another Chinese person is due to the fact that in the back of my head, I'm trying to determine whether I should use English or Chinese to express an idea and it usually expresses itself as Chinglish. If the other person is Chinese but doesn't speak the same dialect as I do and I am using purely English to communicate, I don't get the same effect.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

Sonny Yatsen Re:Stick With What Works (364 comments)

I second the pen and paper note-taking suggestion. I've found that if I type my notes in class, I spend more time transcribing every word the lecturer says instead of paying attention to the lecture and noting down the points that are important. Of course, you can always ask the lecturer if you can record the class if you need the crutch.

about 2 years ago
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OnLive Coming To Ouya Android Console

Sonny Yatsen Re:Sure it is... (52 comments)

Wouldn't giving Apple a 30% cut only come into play if OnLive is making subscriptions available via in-app purchases? If OnLive is able to get people to sign up for their service on a website (like, say, Netflix) and set up subscriptions there, I don't see how Apple would be able to take a piece of their revenues that way.

about 2 years ago
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OnLive Coming To Ouya Android Console

Sonny Yatsen Re:Interesting but... (52 comments)

There is a growing number of games on Android that provide controller support already, so it's not absolutely required that an Android game MUST utilize touchscreen technology. Besides, the Ouya controller will have an integrated touchpad on the face of the controller so you can use the controller even while you're playing a game that might require some aspect of touch.

about 2 years ago
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PlayStation Home Transforming Into Social Platform

Sonny Yatsen Sony should Prioritize (55 comments)

I've never gotten the appeal of the Playstation Home - it always felt like a heavily commercialized and far more limited version of Second Life. Personally, I wish Sony would prioritize their approach with their PS3. Rather than offering something gimmicky like Home, why not upgrade the ancient browser? How about having an app store for cool PS3 apps? How about putting a few bucks towards real security?

The PS3 always feels like a machine with a lot of potential. But Sony's obsession with locking down and controlling the experience meant that the PS3's potential will go untapped. And when Sony does decide to do something, it's usually something nobody wants.

more than 2 years ago
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The Science Behind Fanboyism

Sonny Yatsen Re:Tribalism (272 comments)

Thank you for proving my point.

about 3 years ago
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The Science Behind Fanboyism

Sonny Yatsen Tribalism (272 comments)

I think it's much more than merely developing an affinity for products we choose over alternatives. The mark of a fanboy isn't that they like something better, it's that they've literally coalesced into miniature tribes where their preferred product (Apple being the obvious example) becomes the culture and any alternative culture (say, Windows PCs or Linux) are intruders or the enemy. But that's not really a surprise. Humans love tribes. We've loved them when we were tree-dwelling primates.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Yanks Security Site Poisoned With Porn

Sonny Yatsen Feature (36 comments)

That's not poisoning the results. That's a feature.

about 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License

Sonny Yatsen Legal Templates (246 comments)

That's pretty dumb. As far as I know, LegalZoom isn't practicing law so much as providing people with templates for documents where they can fill in bits that they want and delete other bits they don't want. This is not the same as giving people legal advice, or engaging in an attorney-client relationship with anyone.

Besides, if this is successful, it'll have a detrimental effect to authors and publishers who publish books with legal templates (Draft your own Will books, for instance), most of which are for really simple stuff like wills or simple contracts. It's going to deny the poorest people access to making these documents because it's going to force them to seek attorneys who are often too expensive.

more than 2 years ago
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Hulu For Sale: Is There Good News For Users?

Sonny Yatsen Licensing Fees (473 comments)

I don't know how Hulu would be profitable if sold off by its current owners. Part of the reason it has been profitable is because its owners are also the owners of the shows that are streamed on Hulu. If it's no longer in the hands of Comcast, News Corp and Disney, how could it survive if it also has to pay licensing fees to the IP owners? Hulu being sold can only be bad for their users, I think. Either the range of shows must be cut to avoid the licensing fees, or more ads, or bigger paywalls/subscriptions or any multitude of things to balance out the suddenly appearing higher cost of obtaining the shows.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Browsers Alternatives Compared

Sonny Yatsen Re:So? (47 comments)

As primarily an iPhone user, I'm probably going to stick with whatever's built in, because the last thing that I want to do is to actively change my convenience-gadget to match someone's fancy website; the same reason that I'll never change my DNS servers to a random root server set just to access a .ihateicann domain. Sorry, don't care - your content is actually not that important to me.

Well, you really don't have much of a choice, do you? Apple cripples all other third-party browsers (for example, by not allowing it to be used as default browser when clicking on links - see Skyfire or Opera, or by just not allowing it into the marketplace, see Firefox).

more than 3 years ago
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Kurzweil: Human-Level Machine Translation By 2029

Sonny Yatsen Ray Kurzweil's predictions (186 comments)

You know, I'm a big sucker for futurism as anybody, but Ray Kurzweil makes a lot of predictions about future tech every couple of years, most of which never pan out anywhere near what he predicted. And each time Kurzweil makes a prediction, many of which are just way too optimistic or just play goofy in retrospect, the tech-minded people like slashdot lap it up.

Can't tech futurists find a better spokesman than Ray Kurzweil?

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

Sonny Yatsen Re:Apparently nobody told the new IP owner... (462 comments)

They should've waited another 40 years to release this, so we can have a time capsule in 2030 of popular culture in the late 80s to mid 90s.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: The Clean Coder

Sonny Yatsen Clean Coders (196 comments)

Back when I was getting my CS degree, I've always noticed that the cleanest coders are also the guys who didn't shower for days at a time and always wore the same clothes.

more than 3 years ago
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Biological Lasers

Sonny Yatsen Re:Jumped the shark (90 comments)

1) Legos seem to have a bit of a revival lately, especially with the Lego series of video games. If anything, they're very much mainstream now, which is a good thing. Anything that helps kids use their imaginations to build stuff with is good.

2) Rummicube - Eh, did anyone actually play this? Or was it even part of Geek culture?

3) Star Wars/Star Trek - Star Trek and Star Wars have had something of a revival recently with the reboot and Episodes 1-3 and Clone Wars. Okay, the Star Wars stuff has kinda sucked recently, but Star Trek can still cool to a modern audience without being nostalgic.

4) Soviet Russia - Did anyone actually use this outside of some seriously dated Yakov Smirnoff materials in the 80s and 90s? You hear it nowadays, but it's so rare, I wouldn't put it with the rest.

5) Netcraft - Such a tiny tiny minority of "geek culture" shouldn't qualify this to the whole.

6) Bill Gates - Bill Gates and his foundation have done so much good recently, I'm loath to make fun of him. He's improved education and vaccination in the developing world, saving lots of lives and giving prospect to a lot of children who had none before. That's pretty much the context I see him in now - rarely the "Bill Gates is Evil" meme now. Update your Meme, man.

7) Desktop Linux - Eh, so what? Linux is improving on the desktop all the time, and Linux has come to dominate phones (and to a lesser degree) succeeded on tablets, so it's not really that farfetched.

8) PACMAN - The only time I see this is when Google brings out the doodle.

9) Tron - Maybe it's a little nostalgic, but it just had a big movie come out a few months ago. That's not nostalgia, man, that's new and cool.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Tries to Patent His "Godly Powers"

Sonny Yatsen On year statutory bar (192 comments)

If he says that he is Christ, then he's clearly publicly disclosed his "invention" 2000 years ago. The one year statutory bar prevents him from receiving a patent on this. Thus, the powers of Christ is in the public domain.

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms

Sonny Yatsen Tax Funds (510 comments)

While I agree with Stallman that eBook and eBook DRM have really destroyed our freedoms with respect to books, I am having a lot of trouble understanding his tax fund proposal.

Doesn't distributing a tax fund to authors by popularity mean that I, as a person, lost the freedom to vote with my pocketbook not to pay certain authors? I have no desire for my tax dollars to go to the author of the Twilight books when I would much rather get my money to a deserving less known author who puts out a much superior work. For that matter, how do you measure popularity anyway? If the funding for authors are from a tax-payer fund, then it kind of means that people have no real direct costs to buy books, right? You can't measure it by downloads because people would download all sorts of stuff if they don't have to directly pay for it and not necessarily read it. The voluntary funding may be a good idea and has shown to work in the past - however, each of those successful voluntary funding schemes were aimed towards a rather small demographic who is passionate enough to donate - I have no idea if this idea is scalable or feasible when it's put to the market at large.

more than 3 years ago

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PS3 3.61 Update Released Ahead of PSN return

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sonny Yatsen (603655) writes "Sony has released the PS3 3.61 firmware update as a part of the phased return of the Playstation Network and Qriocity. The new update now requires all PSN users to change their passwords in order to sign back into the PSN service."
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Fukushima Reactor Meltdown Confirmed

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sonny Yatsen (603655) writes ""Japanese officials have finally admitted what had long been suspected: a nuclear meltdown at the crippled Daiichi facility near Japan has occurred, with a pool of molten fuel discovered at the bottom of its No.1 reactor. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) officials entered the reactor last week for the first time and discovered at least five feet of the nuclear core’s 13-foot-long fuel rods had melted from exposure to the air.""
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Meat Eating Furniture

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sonny Yatsen (603655) writes "NPR's Robert Krulwich explores the work of several designers who are working on carnivorous furniture. These creations, including a clock that feeds on dead flies, and a table that lures mice into a guillotined death. "We want robots to be able to get their own energy from the environment," says co-designer Prof. Melhuish. Let's hope they come up with a lounge chair that eats cockroaches sometime soon."
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Assange & The Guardian's Complicated Relations

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sonny Yatsen (603655) writes "Vanity Fair has published an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the unlikely and tumultuous working relationship between Wikileak's Julian Assange and The Guardian as the Iraq War Logs were being published. The piece highlights the differences and conflicts between the Guardian's journalistic standards and Wikileak's transparency. Particularly interesting is the revelation that Julian Assange threatened to sue The Guardian if they publish a portion of Iraq War Logs leaked to them by a disgruntled Wikileaks volunteer, claiming "he owned the information and had a financial interest in how and when it was released.""
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Pentagon Computers Vulnerable, says Cyber Command

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sonny Yatsen (603655) writes "Head of US Cyber Command, Gen. Keith Alexander, noted in his first hearing before the House Armed Services Committee the increasingly difficult issue of securing Pentagon computers against "terrorist and criminal syndicates, foreign intelligence organizations, and “hacktivists” intent on infiltrating power grids and financial networks." Especially interesting is that Gen. Alexander noted that, in case of a cyber attack against the US power grids, US Cyber Command would be unable to act to defend and any defense must be borne by the commercial sector."
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Viking Landers Might Have Missed Martian Organics

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sonny Yatsen (603655) writes "A new study suggests that the Viking Landers might have found organic compounds on Mars, but failed to recognize them because of the methodology used to detect organics. The findings may suggest specific strategies that would improve on the way organic compounds are detected on the red planet."
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The Ten Commandments

Sonny Yatsen Sonny Yatsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Though the Ten Commandments is often cited by many, the list that is usually used is the list found in Exodus 20. However, there was never any mention in the actual Old Testament itself that these were the Ten Commandments. The only place in the Old Testament that mentions the Ten Commandments is Exodus 34, which provides a completely different list.

10 Then the LORD said: âoeI am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you. 11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 12 Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. 13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.[a] 14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

  15 âoeBe careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. 16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

  17 âoeDo not make any idols.

  18 âoeCelebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

  19 âoeThe first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock. 20 Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons.

      âoeNo one is to appear before me empty-handed.

  21 âoeSix days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.

  22 âoeCelebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.[b] 23 Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God.

  25 âoeDo not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Festival remain until morning.

  26 âoeBring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.

      âoeDo not cook a young goat in its motherâ(TM)s milk.â

  27 Then the LORD said to Moses, âoeWrite down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.â 28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenantâ"the Ten Commandments.

Which really begs the question - how many of the religious Christians (and Jews) can actually claim to have followed the 10 Commandments at all?

(Fun Fact: Anyone notice that the rule prohibiting the cooking of a young goat in its mother's milk? This rule predates Leviticus and Kosher laws.)

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