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PLA Develops First Person Shooter With US Troops as Targets

SwordsmanLuke Re:Not surprising (395 comments)

...And you don't think *that* would lead to a major war?

more than 3 years ago

FPS Gaming and the 'Just-World Hypothesis'

SwordsmanLuke Re:Well... (366 comments)

... I'd actually play that. Did you play (For instance) Heavy Rain? Games which allow you to make real-feeling moral decisions are interesting. They allow us to learn about ourselves in a safe environment.

Now, that all being said, I still love the odd round of Unreal Tournament. :)

more than 3 years ago

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

SwordsmanLuke Re:No. (1486 comments)

Well, if you want be pedantic, one of the critical variables would be the faith of the believer. Since the faith of the priests is likely to be greater than the faith of a presumably agnostic/atheistic /. poster - you may not be able to replicate the results yourself.

Which raises an interesting question. How would one empirically measure faith? And even if you could measure it, could it be measured in a way that has greater validity/accuracy than other measurements of internal human attributes (eg IQ)?

more than 3 years ago

Dearth of New Nintendo Games Could Indicate Wii 2

SwordsmanLuke Re:Or maybe they just aren't selling as well (118 comments)

For those with the skills and inclination, I highly recommend installing homebrew on your Wii. Grab a classic controller and some emulators and you're set. :) I've been using my Wii to play through the last 3 decades worth of great games I either missed or wasn't old enough to play when they were new.

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

SwordsmanLuke Re:republicans (884 comments)

I've seen this argued both ways for decades now, but I've never actually seen any evidence either way. So, please understand I'm not challenging your assertion here - I'm genuinely curious: do you have a citation to back up that claim? *Do* most jobs come from the corporations owned by the top X% of the wealthy?

And as a corollary to the original question, if so, have the number of jobs traditionally been reduced (or increased) according to fluctuations in taxes on the wealthy?

more than 3 years ago

MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

SwordsmanLuke Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

I used to work in a call center (not in India, but the principle is the same) and we had a few clients who requested that people with foreign-sounding names use more traditional American names while on the phone. We may have been different in that our agents had to use the *same* name on all their calls (and management had to know what the name was) so that it was trackable, but still.
My point is that American names are not necessarily part of a vast tele-service conspiracy - just short-sighted policies handed down by PHBs.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Lets Sony Access GeoHot's PayPal Account

SwordsmanLuke Re:Looks like they'll have my name... (288 comments)

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him."
It means that if you think you have found enlightenment, you need to "kill" that thought and continue searching. Otherwise, you stop your own progression as enlightenment is a process, not a destination.

more than 3 years ago

Official — Economic Crash Not Computers' Fault

SwordsmanLuke Re:Economic Collapse due to Class War (386 comments)

It would take over 200,000 people working 24/7 from birth till their 90th birthday at $25/hr to replace that $4T figure.

Well, good thing we have more than 200,000 people in the states then.
Currently, we have over 300 million people in the USA. Assuming at least 1/3 of them are employed it's a more manageable $40K each. Still not chump change, but it can certainly be paid off in less time than cradle-to-grave. Using your $25/hr number it'd take less than a year if they donated their entire salaries.
Assuming that our employees are instead paying a flat 20% tax, we'd need to wait for them to gross $200K before they'd have paid enough tax to cover this debt. For someone making $25/hr, that will take a little over 4 years working 40 hour weeks.

Admittedly, this plan would require (approx) a 20% increase in taxes for 4 years to pay off this debt *and* maintain our current tax-funded government plans. But while unpalatable, it's far more realistic.

more than 3 years ago

Unwise — Search History of Murder Methods

SwordsmanLuke Re:timothy... (532 comments)

I am intrigued by this. Assuming that you are following your own advice, what are the performance impacts of encrypting swap and browser history/cookies/etc? I know how to set up symlinks, but setting up an encrypted partition is a new one on me, especially one which is re-keyed on boot. Any recommendations how to get started?

more than 3 years ago

Word Lens — Augmented Reality Translation

SwordsmanLuke Re:Not going to lie (203 comments)

LOL I feel the same way - in the opposite direction.
I was thrilled with my Android phone because I was able to use most of my java libraries without modification. C++ is an awesome language with tons of amazing libraries, but sometimes I just want to write code without worrying about unreleased memory. :)

more than 3 years ago

'Jeopardy!' To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine

SwordsmanLuke Re:Question: What is the last digit of pi? (164 comments)


I'm sorry, the correct question is: "What is the question that would cause Alex Trebek to have to say '3'"

more than 3 years ago

Angles On Anonymous

SwordsmanLuke Re:Democracy? (383 comments)

What do you think pure democracy is? By *definition* democracy is rule by the biggest mob.

more than 3 years ago

World's Largest Patent Troll Fires First Salvo

SwordsmanLuke Re:My question about IV... (189 comments)

I'm not sure. I just read SuperFreakonomics and IV is featured (quite positively, I might add) in the book.

According to the authors, IV exists to provide a mass market for IP by acting as a clearinghouse. They purchase patents (from anyone, but that does include small-time engineers/inventors without the capital to develop their creation) and solicit other companies to license them. They also do a fair bit of inventing themselves (including some awesome environmental engineering devices intended to stop global warming and reduce the effects of hurricanes!) so it's not clear to me that they exist *only* to troll.

That being said, it *is* clear that their primary source of income is the licenses from their patents and it's *not* clear what percentage of their profitable patents are things invented in house or externally.

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Papers Ellsberg Supports Wikileaks

SwordsmanLuke Re:I can't believe anyone is surprised (464 comments)

Now it seems that everyone blasting Wikileaks must be for selling boys for sex parties (one of the cover ups documented in the leaks).

Not that I'm doubting you, but I hadn't seen this reported. Citation?

more than 3 years ago

Foodtubes Proposes Underground, Physical Internet

SwordsmanLuke Re:Or... (431 comments)

I used to work for a robotics company. Some of the engineers felt that trains would make an excellent target for automation. Obstacle detection and avoidance is simple (only need to worry about things near the tracks and our only response is to slow down/stop). Smarter trains enable smarter trainyards and thence, more efficient shipping.

more than 3 years ago

Foodtubes Proposes Underground, Physical Internet

SwordsmanLuke Re:Man in the middle (431 comments)

So what you're saying is, if you want to avoid detection, the data must only be sniffed, not consumed.

more than 3 years ago

Engineers Propose Lily Pad-Like Floating Cities

SwordsmanLuke Re:Tsunamis (309 comments)


The islands would be located at the equator as it isn’t prone to typhoons and the climate is stable. However, in the event of large waves, strong elastic membranes would be attached to the lagoons around the outer circumference of the cells, with the shallows above the membranes standing 10m (32.8 ft) above sea level. The water pressure difference between the lagoons and the ocean would limit the movement of the membranes and buffer the force of the open sea waves. Additionally, 20-30m (66-98 ft) high seawalls would be constructed to handle a worst-case scenario.

more than 3 years ago

US Objects To the Kilogram

SwordsmanLuke Re:BASE16 (538 comments)

0xFA0^2 = 0xFA0 Or did you mean pow(0xFA0, 2)?

more than 3 years ago



RFinity Launches Secure Mobile Payment Platform

SwordsmanLuke SwordsmanLuke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SwordsmanLuke (1083699) writes "RFinity, a technology company specializing in secure Near Field Communication (NFC) identification and transactions, is preparing to launch a pilot of the world's first open encryption platform using a secure microSD card with contactless interface developed by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), an international security technology company. The new system allows students on the BYU Idaho campus to make purchases in the university's bookstore by swiping their cell-phones across a near-field reader."

Microsoft to sell small business supercomputers

SwordsmanLuke SwordsmanLuke writes  |  about 7 years ago

SwordsmanLuke (1083699) writes "Microsoft is apparently trying to get into the supercomputer business, offering a complete supercomputing setup to medium and small businesses for only $50,000. The task now is to convince small and medium business owners that they have a need for the amount of number-crunching such a system can provide."
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Microsoft claims Vista more secure than Linux, OSX

SwordsmanLuke SwordsmanLuke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SwordsmanLuke (1083699) writes "Microsoft has just released a report comparing bugs located and fixed in several OSes over a 6 month period. According to the report, Windows Vista is the most secure operating system in their survey, beating out Ubuntu, OSX, and others. It is worth noting that the test was performed by a member of Microsoft's Security Business unit, which seems a bit suspect, but the report (PDF linked from TFA) is still worth a read."
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SwordsmanLuke SwordsmanLuke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SwordsmanLuke (1083699) writes "A California judge has declared that TorrentSpy must generate log files of the IP addresses of visitors to their site so that these logs may then be turned over to the MPAA. In a bizarre move, the judge ruled that anything stored in a computer's RAM is "electronically stored information" and as such, must be turned over for examination in a lawsuit. Besides demonstrating such a gross lack of technical savvy in our courts, this case also has heavy privacy implications. The judge is, in essence, requiring the creation of documents for the *sole* purpose of supplying a plaintiff (in this case the MPAA) with the data it requires to "discover" illegal file-sharing.


"There's never been a requirement that (defendants) must create documents that they wouldn't ordinarily maintain for the purpose of satisfying some (plaintiff's) discovery requests," said Withers.

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SwordsmanLuke SwordsmanLuke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SwordsmanLuke (1083699) writes "Business Week is reporting the success of a financial company which successfully converted their business operations to a Linux-based solution. From the article:

Since making the move, the business has seen an 88 per cent reduction in overnight processing time — from 13 hours down to 1.5 hours — along with a tenfold increase in processing power.
Another major benefit has been a halving of software costs due to the reduced number of licences required. 007/gb20070518_249460.htm?chan=globalbiz_europe+in dex+page_top+stories"


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