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Failed MMO APB To Be Resurrected As Free-To-Play Game

ThePlague Re:APB had its day (90 comments)

I remember Traveler! That would make a great framework for an MMORPG.

about 4 years ago
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Failed MMO APB To Be Resurrected As Free-To-Play Game

ThePlague Re:APB had its day (90 comments)

I think the Firefly universe would make for a great MMORPG. The classes are pretty much already made in the form of the Serenity crew, there's a ton of worlds, and there's all sorts of opportunities for space/ground combat.

about 4 years ago
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Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes

ThePlague Re:Oh common.. (391 comments)

Better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.

about 4 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

ThePlague Re:Not dead on my desktop (1348 comments)

So, a nine year old OS doesn't work on a modern computer without some major tweaking? Whodda thunk it? Just out of curiosity, how well does a linux distribution from 2001 work on the same machine? For instance, say ~ Slackware 7.1, released around the same time as XP.

more than 4 years ago
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Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

ThePlague Re:Stupid (1695 comments)

Actually, harboring a criminal (i.e. illegal alien) is illegal, falsifying documents is illegal, and lying to federal agents is illegal. They could not only lose their tax exempt status, but be brought up on Rico charges as a criminal organization.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

ThePlague Re:Lets see the parade (202 comments)

True, of course, but the ability to play HD content was emphasized.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

ThePlague Re:Lets see the parade (202 comments)

I don't quite get the appeal of this form factor: way too big for a phone, too small to match the power and input ease of a laptop. I mean, a 7" screen? Who wants to watch video on a screen that size? It's too big for a pocket or a belt clip, so you've got to lug it around. It seems the whole mobile market would be revolutionized if somebody could make decent (durable, good pic, decent battery life, not dorky looking) video glasses, so that mobile devices wouldn't even have to worry about providing a screen at all, and thus could be made easily to clip on a belt or shoved in a pocket and stay there. Just a video out (probably HDMI just for the size/compatibility) and either a track pad/ball on the device or a motion tracker built into the glasses for GUI-only input (a la a touchscreen), and a USB port for hooking up a real keyboard/mouse if you're not actually on the go at that time. In other words, a true portable and flexible PC.

more than 4 years ago
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Pentagon Demands Return of Leaked Afghanistan Documents

ThePlague Re:I blame Bush for good reason. (523 comments)

Yes, Bush's entry into Afghanistan was idiotic. Obama's tripling of the number of troops there was likewise idiotic.

more than 4 years ago
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Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

ThePlague Re:"Undeniable"? Ha! (1657 comments)

It really is just a matter of timescale. Ok, there's been a warming trend the last 30 years. So? In terms of geological timeframes, which is pretty much the timescale you're talking about for world-wide climate, 30 years is a blip. Being worried over a 3 decade trend in climate is akin to the people who argue global warming is/isn't happening because this summer has been hot/winter has been cold.

more than 4 years ago
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FBI May Get Easier Access To Internet Activity

ThePlague Re:And another disappointment (276 comments)

I'm more worried about "those that are truly interested in doing the public good" than the most corrupt politician. What the do-gooders think is good is invariably quite contrary to my well-being, and there's no dealing with those advocating some "greater good". At least slimeballs will strike a deal.

more than 4 years ago
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DARPA To Turn Humans Into Batteries

ThePlague Re:Matrix Jokes ... (183 comments)

Can you get power from humans? Sure, but why would you specifically breed them for that purpose? I mean, really, nuclear would be a great deal easier, and provide much more power. So would burning coal. In either case, you don't need to set up an elaborate virtual reality to keep the fuel cells in line. Hell, even if you accept that bio-generated heat is an ideal power source, why not use cows? The VR would be a great deal simpler. Finally, even if for some bizarre reason humans are the only option, why even bother with a VR at all: just lobotomize them or induce a coma.

That's one of the main reasons I was so disappointed in the sequels: they got way too mystical. What would have been better would be if it had been found out that the primary reason the matrix was made was not for power generation, rather computational power. A portion of each inhabitant of the matrix brain was used as hardware for the AI. In order to keep the brain functioning correctly, the VR had to be generated. It would also explain "The One"'s ability to hack the matrix: he could access the part of his brain that was being used to generate the matrix, giving him access to the fundamental underpinnings. In essence, a backdoor exploit. I personally think it would have been more satisfying and dramatic if the original teaser line "what is the matrix?" had been answered in the sequels as "we are the matrix".

more than 4 years ago
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Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

ThePlague You know the following (765 comments)

1. The IP address of where the laptop ended up. Since it's in another state, it's not unreasonable to assume that the laptop was sold to someone, and probably not out of the back of a van. That means probably an internet sale, and that means probably ebay
2. The exact model of the laptop. I assume you have this information.
3. The date of the robbery
4. The first time the laptop accessed gmail after it was stolen

I think you should try doing a search on ebay for your laptop make and model sold in the time between the robbery and first use. You may get several hits, but since you know the exact specs of the laptop, you should be able to narrow it down. My suspicion would be that the thief attends your university, or at least lives in/near your town, thus that should narrow it down further if not make it unique. At that point, you could send the police report to eBay along with the suspicions regarding the seller. I don't think eBay wants the rep as being a vehicle for fencing stolen goods, so you could get some action on their part.

more than 4 years ago
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SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

ThePlague Re:1993? Hardly fresh. (664 comments)

Well, that's the thing about judicial hearings: in general, they won't answer questions along those lines. Either they'll say they won't answer hypotheticals without exact details that don't exist, or they can't answer a question because it's a case that is likely to appear before the court. Either way, you can't get a straight simple answer out of them. Consequently, all we have is their record, either as a judge or as a legal scholar. All we have to go on, and all we're likely to get, is that she did speak out for stricter government control over certain kinds of speech with which she disagreed. Unless there's new evidence of a "change in heart", that's all we're likely to have.

more than 4 years ago
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SCOTUS Nominee Kagan On Free Speech Issues

ThePlague Re:1993? Hardly fresh. (664 comments)

Is there any evidence that she has changed her mind? Advocating laws be specially crafted to skirt around the First Amendment to ban things she doesn't like is troubling, and I hope she has had a change in heart about it.

more than 4 years ago
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New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

ThePlague Re:Scratches disc and improved dpads (176 comments)

Well, yes, that helps, but you still need the disk to be recognized in order to play it. I've seen Fable 2, Assassins Creed 2, and one other game go bad due to scratches. It's not the environment, since the xbox360 always sits horizontally on a very sturdy piece of furniture, which itself rests on carpeting. The only other electronics on this large piece are a cable modem, wireless router, DVD player, and LCD TV. The only possible source of external vibration would be the DVD player, and it is never used while the Xbox is on plus it's fairly far removed. So, it's the xbox, not abuse.

more than 4 years ago
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New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

ThePlague Re:Scratches disc and improved dpads (176 comments)

It also scratches optical media if you don't move it while they're playing. I have seen this myself, and infer that internal vibration (fan + player itself) is sufficient to cause it. That's with one of the previous revs (purchased late 2008), so I don't know if the new rev is any better.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Smaller Xbox 360 Model, Kinect Details

ThePlague One of the major issues with the xbox 360 is heat (277 comments)

MS solves this problem by making the case smaller and putting another heat source inside the case. Now, that's engineering!

more than 4 years ago
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Six Major 3G and 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

ThePlague Re:Verizon isn't "3G" (115 comments)

Sure, most web surfing/e-mail doesn't need more than 0.8-1.0 Mbps. Depending on the sites, even those speeds might be overkill. However, tethering to use for streaming video ups the requirements. You definitely need better than 1.0 Mbps average for something like Hulu, for instance, or if you download large files.

The way I see it, cell phones via 4G have the potential to replace home broadband (and cable/satellite eventually) just like they're well on their way to replace landlines. If they can provide reliable 5M/500k D/U at a reasonable price, why bother with (cable/FIOS/satellite) modems at home?

more than 4 years ago
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Six Major 3G and 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

ThePlague Re:Verizon isn't "3G" (115 comments)

Or tethering.

more than 4 years ago

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