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SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Time for the Lego Bay... (535 comments)

Since we're already being pedantic here, I might remind you that the actual trademarked term is 'LEGO' in all capitals.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source License For Guitar?

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Interesting question (102 comments)

I, for one, welcome something extraordinary with the electronics.

A large number of the significant improvements to the guitar that matter to guitarists have all happened ahead of the output jack. Humbucking pickups (which you already mentioned), active electronic pickup systems, locking tuners, various vibrato assemblies, noise cancelling single coil pickups like the Fender Lace Sensor and its successors, the Sustainiac and Fernandes Sustainer systems, piezoelectric pickups, different formulations of guitar strings and different neck and body materials and dimensions are all examples. Certainly, great gains have been made in amplification technology, and the proliferation of cheap mass-produced digital effects and moderately priced high-quality analog effects have allowed a greater variation of noises to emanate from the speakers of guitarists everywhere, but it's not like Ted Nugent could plug in some effect box and sound like Eddie Van Halen - a lot of things happen before the output jack. Also, to borrow the phrase from the coders - "Garbage In, Garbage Out." To marginalize what happens before the output jack is like the director that lets a bad take go and tells the crew "We'll fix that in post". Anything that can be done to get a better quality or more desirable signal out of the guitar in the first place should be considered, since it makes the job of all the things after the output jack all the easier. IMO, guitar effects are best like makeup - most of the time they're better when tastefully done and not noticed, and if you are going to draw attention to it, it better be awesome.)

more than 2 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Mr Rubik (139 comments)

Normally I have something to contribute on Cube-related things, but I clearly failed. Since I clearly failed on sarcasm and humor before, is it any wonder that I took the primary definition of party as the assumed term? I _know_ I'm an idiot. (My wife had me listed as 'Dumbass' on her phone.) I'll make you a deal. If you would like to kick me from slashdot, go ahead. Otherwise I will stay off for a month.

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Sketchy Journalism (139 comments)

On a 20x20x20 cube, five random moves would be trivial to solve by inspection plus a tiny bit of brute force. Most kids with decent spatial skills can undo three or four moves on a regular cube without much trouble. What move or moves remained after what was easy to backtrack would only take a few attempts to discover. 20 moves might be a little bit more of a problem on a 20x20x20 cube - not enough moves to get to every possible state on a cube that size, but possibly too many moves to do by visual inspection.

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Mr Rubik (139 comments)

You're right - I should clarify - my confusion had to do with the emoticon's existence, i.e. why was it placed there at all. Since sarcasm is an expected mode of conversation on slashdot, the addition of the frowny face made me wondered if we were supposed to take faux pity on the speaker, and the humor was contained there somehow - I couldn't find the humor there - or it was some new level of meta-sarcasm that I didn't get (but I am now suspecting to be the case). I realize most of the failure of language processing here is mine.

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Mr Rubik (139 comments)

I know that I am typically no fun, I attribute that mostly to refusing to drink alcohol except on rare special occasions. The few times I am in social situations it is usually because I am obligated to be there. However, since Rubik's cube is one of my primary interests, I have one with me most of the time. In talking to other people about Rubik's cube (which is much easier for me than making small talk about myself) I have heard people make statements similar to the one above made by 'pinballer', and with complete seriousness. Since the serious comments by laypeople only illustrate how poorly most people perceive a very small, rigorous mathematical group, I am way past this being a funny statement, even in jest. (I was also confused by the placement of the frowny-face emoticon.)

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

SuperMonkeyCube Re:From TFA... (139 comments)

4/log(2) is 13.28, more than 11. 9/log(3) is 18.86, less than 20. This curve doesn't fit so great. Anybody do the math for the 4x4x4 already?

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Mr Rubik (139 comments)

Since my sarcasm meter is clearly broken, or I fail to see the humor in this at all, please describe in detail any state of a solvable Rubik's cube where only 5 of the six sides are solved.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Does for Phishers what hiding ext did for Troja (591 comments)

Anybody with Mod points needs to give this guy a cigar.

If I already have a problem with people not knowing where they really are on the internet, and they get horrid stuff all over their computers, and I can't get them to change mbam.exe to mbam.com to run sneakily run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware because they're either completely unfamiliar with file extensions or just plain can't see them to change them, how could I possibly be in favor of the foreseeable URL-free future where they don't even know where they're browsing/downloading stuff from?

more than 3 years ago
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Hacking a Car With Music

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Sony! (133 comments)

Came for 'Sony + root' comments, was not disappointed.

more than 3 years ago
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Hacking a Car With Music

SuperMonkeyCube Re:That's it! (133 comments)

Instead of suggesting that 'billcopc' was being anticapitalist when I think all that was intended was an emotional outburst, perhaps we should suggest that he has discovered an unfilled market niche and he should build his own cars to fill said niche. That way, it would be quite hard to accuse him of anticapitalism.

more than 3 years ago
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Episode I 3D Release Date Announced

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Cardboard acting in 3D? (313 comments)

That is a surmountable obstacle and hardly an excuse. I'm not convinced _every_ director is able to raise up someone's acting. Some directors are actor's directors, and some focus more on visuals and/or storytelling and need to cast crack actors to make it work so they don't have to worry about that part as much. Sometimes the editor is able to rescue stuff (but usually only if the director has shot multiple takes). The quality of Ewan McGregor's acting , trying to fill the giant shoes of Alec Guiness, or Liam Neeson's acting, was quite different as compared to Jake Lloyd's or Hayden Christensen's acting. Granted, it would have been quite difficult to cast someone with more experience as Anakin as Lucas seemed like he wanted a new face in the role, but if he _had_ cast someone with more experience, and perhaps in the second and third movie someone with more chemistry with Natalie Portman, there was the possibility that they could have overcome Lucas' ham-fisted lack of direction of dialogue. Also, in light of all the complaints about Lucas' directing, while I always hear fans say "Empire" (that Lucas did not direct) is the best of them, how come nobody directly complains about "A New Hope" (that Lucas directed) that much?

more than 3 years ago
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How Watchmen Killed 'R'-rated Fantasy Movies

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Games Instead (771 comments)

The down side with the guy that's well-respected and only makes 250K a movie is that it is probably the only picture he's working on, so not only will that 250K be his salary for that year that the film takes in production, but it's got to cover him for the year he spends afterward going around to help promote the film, and possibly even the year after that where he's got to run around promoting the DVD. Once you get done with agents, accountants, and taxes, there's not so much to go around any more. Please refer to Chapter 36 of "If Chins Could Kill:Confessions of a B-Movie Actor" by Bruce Campbell. The chapter is called "Anatomy of a Paycheck".

more than 3 years ago
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How Watchmen Killed 'R'-rated Fantasy Movies

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Games Instead (771 comments)

Some people at those big studios know that big budgets are not necessary for big profits. James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Martin Scorsese (heard of any of those guys?) have all worked for Roger Corman before they were big time. Corman is a master at extracting value from a movie's budget and shooting films on a tight schedule. But, like you said, thanks to the way the accounting is done at most studios, it's not practical for most studios to operate any other way than the bloated way that they do.

more than 3 years ago
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GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

SuperMonkeyCube Re:You gotta compete on the global marketplace! (797 comments)

I sat down and did the math a couple of years ago and concluded that I would never break even.

At the risk of being pedantic (which I doubt is much of a problem on /.) SHOW YOUR WORK.

about 4 years ago
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Struggling To Bridge the Casual-Hardcore Game Gap

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Has anyone considered... (185 comments)

The problem with a definition like "hardcore" is that it's not clear-cut, is in the eye of the beholder, and is relative.

When I was in college, my girlfriend and I scoured every odd pawn shop in town for the odd overlooked Nintendo game and stayed up all night playing Gauntlet and Xenophobe. After college but before I had kids, I burned many an afternoon with my friends playing Quake, Goldeneye 64, Gran Turismo or some incarnation of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. Now that I have kids and my last-gen games are looking a bit dated (I have GameCube/PS2/Xbox), we got a Wii. I really enjoy Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, Tatsunoko Vs CAPCOM, RE4:Wii Edition, and No More Heroes.

What games can I log a lot of time on? Mario, Zelda, and maybe some Tatsunoko Vs CAPCOM. RE4 and NMH end up being a after-the-kids-have-gone-to-bed game, and guess what. By the time they're asleep, I've probably had enough for one day too. By your definition, my older son who will play LEGO Batman until the Wii overheats is more hardcore than I am. I play TvC with a Gamecube controller, he uses the simple controls. How can I be the less hardcore?

Meanwhile I am presented with lots of odd scenarios.

"You play fighting games and you didn't own a Saturn or a Dreamcast? You're not hardcore."

"Wow, there's lots of stuff out there for the Wii that isn't a sports game collection? Thanks for helping me pick something out. It's nice that a hardcore gamer would be willing to help out a noob like me."

"You don't own a PS3 or a 360? How can you even call yourself a gamer?"

"Seriously, you finished Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden? Those games are brutal. I can't even have any fun playing them."

It took me years to finish Devil May Cry (2 and 3 were much easier), and some crosstraining from Ninja Gaiden may have helped a little, but the best thing about the Devil May Cry games is that you can save at absolutely any time. So, if there's an incident involving bodily functions that I need to tend to, or someone wants their third hot dog, or I can't stand how much sand got tracked on to the living room rug, I can deal with it. I think I have gravitated towards fighting games because single playthroughs are not 6+ hours. The other thing I really like is a game like Pikmin where time is naturally divided into 15 minute segments. And another thing - as a parent, it's a lot more satisfying to play Wii Bowling or Tatsunoko vs CAPCOM with my son if we have time to do that than to play a more difficult game by myself. It's not that I've 'grown out' of gaming, but how it fits into the rest of my life has necessarily changed because the rest of my life has changed.

more than 4 years ago
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Lego Robot Solves Bigger and Harder Rubik's Cubes

SuperMonkeyCube Re:Conditions of cube? (63 comments)

The reason that most speedcubers use the Fridrich method is that it is affected less by cube conditions than the corners first method used by Minh Thai in the 80's. A corners first method involves a lot of slice moves (turning the middle layer between the two outer layers), effectively doubling the frictional force required to turn it. The Fridrich method has a large move table and emphasis on face turns instead of slices. The Kociemba algorithm, like what you would find in the 'Cube Explorer' program, uses a much larger move table even than the Fridrich algorithm, and is optimized for a low number of face turns - although not always minimal, it's usually pretty close. So even if the thing wasn't lubed that well, it's going to be fast just because of the low number of moves that it will be able to compute. I would also hope that the robot would be able to apply more torque more precisely than a human and isn't doing more than one cube turn with a given motion, so it has a good chance of overcoming the friction of a new cube. Human cubers do things like RU' (right face clockwise, top face counterclockwise) with a single hand motion and an unlubed cube would hang up on the transition between the two motions. The robot would do two separate clean twists without having to worry about a transition.

All of the V-Cubes, which would be any 6x6x6 or 7x7x7 available that I know of, are more speedcubing friendly right out of the box, as its design was done with correcting for small misalignments in mind so as not to put too much torque on the pieces when turning the cube.

more than 4 years ago
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After 27 Years, a New High Score For Asteroids

SuperMonkeyCube Re:I can beat that ... (193 comments)

It's 5 buttons, no joystick. Rotate Left, Rotate Right, Hyperspace, Thrust, and Fire. Your left hand gets the two rotate buttons, your right gets thrust & fire. The Hyperspace button is in the middle but away from normal hand reach - you have to abandon something else to press it.

more than 4 years ago
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Help Me Get My Math Back?

SuperMonkeyCube Re:If you can't handle calculus, science isnt for (467 comments)

Dear sir,

I thought that this comment was hilarious but was incredibly dissappointed by all the urination-in-the-breakfast-cereal comments which followed it.

-SMC

/uses both derivatives and stats IRL

/been known to integrate ocassionally

/never had to use Green's Theorem outside of a classroom because I'm not a M.E.

more than 4 years ago
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Emmerich Plans Foundation As a 3D Epic

SuperMonkeyCube Re:oh good lord (283 comments)

The wife had a good laugh w/ that one. She suggested:

"Is there a sign out there that says 'Dead Robot Storage'? Is there?"

more than 4 years ago

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