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The Internet Archive Has Saved Over 10,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes of the Web

Squeeself Re:Yes, but... (135 comments)

I know this was in jest, but in this case, unlike so many other times this joke is made, it's slightly relevant. A quick Google turned up the following incomplete info http://www.quora.com/Library-of-Congress/How-much-data-does-the-library-of-congress-actually-represent which states tape storage capacity of the Library of Congress circa 2011 at 4.5 petabytes. The answer, then, is the this is approximately ~2 Library of Congresses of data, which is just a tad bit much to fit in the trunk of your car. It's going to take a few trips to the Library and back to move that data around.

about 2 years ago
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Swiss Railway: Apple's Using Its Clock Design Without Permission

Squeeself Classic blunder (274 comments)

You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against the Swiss when watches are on the line!" Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

about 2 years ago
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Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

Squeeself Re:Customers, again. (357 comments)

You forget the most important thing in any business regardless of sector: customers.

Give them what they want (regardless of how silly or selfish the demand) or they will go elsewhere.

With digital content there is another factor to consider. If I feel slighted by a company that I give money to, why would I give them any more when any torrent site can give me a better product, faster, and for free?

Seems that you are the one with the entitlement issues. Customers don't owe you a salary, they don't owe you anything. It is up to you to prove that you are worthy of your salary by making the customer feel good about giving it to you.

Wow...You're complaining about entitlement issues? You're the one advocating stealing a company's product because you feel slighted by them trying to cover the ever-increasing costs of making all that content for their customers. And you wonder why companies are resorting to horrible DRM and day-1 DLC? Just look in the mirror for the real reason companies are reacting this way.

more than 2 years ago
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WHO Says Afghan School "Poison Attacks" Probably Mass Hysteria

Squeeself Re:Plausible (146 comments)

Considering a number of other examples are quite similar to these particular events, I find mass hysteria to be not only plausible, but a likely explanation, in my not-so-expert opinion. All it takes is a number of closely-interacting people (especially young girls) under stress (the region certainly provides plenty of fearful catalysts) and a trigger (simple normal sickness will do) and you've got an "outbreak."

more than 2 years ago
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London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics

Squeeself Re:Hacking? (202 comments)

You're right, this isn't hacking. A real hacker would make all the traffic lights spell "L-o-n-d-o-n-2-0-1-2" in binary lights along every street for some extra subliminal persuasion of the committee and might leave the traffic control system with a better-tuned congestion-control based on Nagle 's algorithm.

As opposed to an Anonymous "hacker," who would just execute a denial-of-service attack on the traffic lights along the committee's route by re-routing a bunch of extra traffic to cause extra congestion and thereby accomplishing no substantial change from normal.

Yes, I just went to the true heart of any Slashdot article: what a "real" hacker is.

more than 2 years ago
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Exploiting Network Captures For Truer Randomness

Squeeself Random (189 comments)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

more than 2 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

Squeeself Disable your clocks too! (434 comments)

You forgot to warn everyone about the windows clock! It talks to a Microsoft server without ever telling you. Your right to private timekeeping is being grossly violated by this so-called "feature." Microsoft will never admit it, but they're secretly keeping logs of all your time drifts so that they can sell--"personalize"--your data to everyone. To protect your privacy, delete your clock and replace it with the secure Rolex Timekeeper. Rolex's privacy policy explicitly says that they will NEVER give your current local time to anyone, and best of all, you can examine the Rolex internals yourself and verify that it's security and that it NEVER talks to Microsoft. Best of all, Rolex does not need monthly updates like Microsoft's products, so you can be assured that even if Rolex ceases support, your Rolex Timekeeping device will continue to function securely and reliably. Remember folks, when it comes to privacy, trust Rolex, not Microsoft!

more than 3 years ago
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Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

Squeeself Re:Eh, it could be worse (352 comments)

FYI, NWN2 was not made by BioWare, but by Obsidian...

more than 3 years ago
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Is Wired Hiding Key Evidence On Bradley Manning?

Squeeself Am I missing something? (381 comments)

Am I missing something? Because from the little about this I know, if the government wants whatever Wired may or may not have, there's a handy legal device called a subpoena. Wired isn't required by any law to publish any information about anything, and the government can obtain that evidence if it so desires. It just seems like a lot of jumping to conclusions just because some journalist says "No Comment." Sure, not publishing means something may be hidden, but it's not like they're out of line by withholding information from your curious eyes. Condemn them all you want based on your conspiracy theories, but don't condemn them for exercising their rights as free press, citizens, etc. in deciding what they will or will not publish.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

Squeeself Re:Of course... (542 comments)

As much as I agree with the sentiment, these companies are also publicly traded and have obligations to shareholders in. They're just playing smart by choosing the lowest cost areas to place offices. Yes, it would be nice if they'd all just sit and pay increased taxes, but if there's ever a good place to open shop, you can be sure they'll all jump ship without a second thought. So it then becomes a question: does the economic impact of the company in the area mean more than the taxes? Often times, it does...

more than 3 years ago
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Tablet Prototype Needs No External Power Supply

Squeeself Re:Why embedded? (110 comments)

I agree, don't embed these things. If they're separate, they can power multiple devices, thus bringing the overall cost down (needs less power gen devices per consumption devices). For example, the merry-go-round power generators that I heard about some people installing a couple years ago is a brilliant idea that can power quite a bit for cheap.

more than 3 years ago
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Auto Industry's Fastest Processor Is 128Mhz

Squeeself Re:-40? (397 comments)

While the engine is running though? Show me someplace that gets 260F for that high end. It's talking engine temperature, which will likely stop working at low enough temperatures regardless of cpu when things actually do freeze...And when the engine is working, will keep warm enough to run properly anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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When DLC Goes Wrong

Squeeself Re:Fuck you, developers. (261 comments)

Yeah, I fully agree with you here. I don't buy DLC's except on the games that I enjoyed the most. In those cases, I want more, and the DLC provides. In other games I don't enjoy or play as much? Never bought a DLC. Just no interest. Been there, done that. DLC gives the gamer the choice of that extra content, and not, as you indicated, being a blocker in the production cycle.

more than 3 years ago
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When DLC Goes Wrong

Squeeself Generalize much? (261 comments)

Please do one of the following:

  1. 1) Name a AAA title that has released on-disk content as a DLC after release that has negatively impacted the game without purchasing the DLC. If content wasn't missed, how can you say the game "incomplete?"
  2. 2) Name an overpriced DLC you were required to purchase in order to enjoy a game. If it's too expensive, don't buy. If it's worth it to you, buy it.
  3. 3) Again, name a DLC that is a remake of other content that was required to purchase to enjoy the game. Same thing as above.

Now, if games start having their primary content locked unless you pay for additional DLCs, sure, there's a huge problem. But these other problems? Stop whining. Games are a product with really, really big teams that work long hours to get a game in your hands. Game devs want nothing more than to deliver bigger, better games to you, and DLCs allow them to jumpstart additional content easily, and to respond to market demand efficiently. In addition, game devs can deliver content that was not entirely ready at ship, which would otherwise be cut. Everybody wins with DLCs...unless you demand all that work for free or want less game content overall. You're getting more options in choosing how much you pay for your game content...In any other industry but gaming, consumers would be rejoicing. (And no, it's not some scheme to milk out more money than in the past...There is just literally more work going into making modern games than there was even just a couple years ago, and the trend keeps going up. DLC allows some of the breadth of that content--like, say, additional, optional maps--to be in the game without breaking the bank, period.)

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

Squeeself Re:Habitability requires a Jupiter (380 comments)

Well, so far we've found a lot of very large gas giants, so I'm not sure on the accuracy of that 1.5% figure...Admittedly, most of the ones we've found are larger than Jupiter, but if there's 25% earth-size, well...seems like a pretty big probability gap between the 2 extremes, no? But yes, I think the point is valid that just having an earth-size planet doesn't make it habitable. There's MANY factors contributing to it, such as other planets in system, moons, star age&type, debris in system, etc. I don't think we know enough about the odds yet of these other factors to really figure out good odds of finding human-favorable planets.

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

Squeeself Re:Fermi's paradox. --- Reapers, dude. (380 comments)

Luckily, we've only got a 144 more years until Commander Shepard is born. He/she will take care of that pesky Reaper problem, so we all we gotta do now is work on settling Mars so we can find those advanced technological ruins there...

more than 3 years ago
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Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Squeeself Re:FLAWED! (1260 comments)

The "proof" leaves a lot to be desired, but there ARE proofs that involve limits that do work much better. In that sense, in both the real and abstract world, yes, 0.999...=1. And no, there's never a 0.000...09 left over because then the number wouldn't be infinite in the first place. There's no "end" or "left over" to an infinite number. :)

about 4 years ago
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Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Squeeself Re:Wrong issue (1260 comments)

Other reply has the right point here. 1/3 is a problem only because of base 10. If you switch bases, it's not so bad. 1/3 is bad, sure, but you're going to get a loss of precision anyway on an infinite sequence, so it's expected. It's the fact that, in base 2 with limited precision, 0.1 (as in the finite, rational 1/10), can NOT be accurately represented. It's gotcha thing that'll nail people all the time

about 4 years ago
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Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Squeeself Re:no (1260 comments)

Yes, you CAN multiply 0.3333.... by 3 and get 0.99999.... Your little O(1), which is a sequence of 3s, also gets multiplied by 3, which is also a sequence of 9s...Go to infinite sequence math, it'll become clearer. And you can multiple 0.3333... by 3 and get 1. (That one's easy to see, 0.333... = 1/3).

about 4 years ago

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