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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Trogre Re:Dear God, no (368 comments)

With respect, that's a very selfish position and an incredibly naive justification (that you'd probably find a second way to cure cancer).

Not all of us come with a price.

5 days ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

Trogre Re:Red dwarfs form from so little matter (31 comments)

The star in question is Barnard's Star, a red dwarf.

Pulsar PSR B1257+12 was credited in the summary as an example at the start of the modern explosion in discovering extrasolar planets, not the one that was mistakenly thought to have planets.

5 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Trogre Do not want (296 comments)

So with the slow yet inevitable leakage of helium, what will be the estimated lifetime of these drives?

Planned obsolescence, anyone?

about a week ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

Trogre Re:That was the start (266 comments)

Don't forget the awesome single-player three-monitor gameplay experience that was present in early versions of Doom 1. Sure you needed three computers to do it, but AFAIK no other PC game could do that.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Trogre Dear God, no (368 comments)

Why do these successful companies allow themselves to be bought up by behemoths who almost never improve upon them? Is it just so the current owners can retire?

Especially Microsoft, whose modus operandi has been shown again and again to be embrace, extend, extinguish.

about a week ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Trogre A massive toupee (708 comments)

We could somewhat control the effects of global warming with a large array of satellites that unfolded large solar panels like big umbrellas to divert sunlight otherwise destined for Earth, controlled to keep the Earth within a desired temperature range.

I'm not saying it's practical at all, but it is within our means.

about a week ago
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Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

Trogre Re: Way to go (75 comments)

It's where all your stuff is.

about two weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Trogre Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

I guess to test it you would do just what you described, but with an added control - three points chosen randomly (on a map, preferably by a computer RNG). After enough repetitions you could build up a confidence interval to determine whether you could reject the null hypothesis (that the spots marked by dowsing lead to no more water than the random ones).

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Trogre Re:Move a broken down vehicle? (506 comments)

Car carrier? Were they like buggy whips?

The cars will be manufactured with a full tank and when you order one with your credit card online it will drive itself into a shipping container and then over roads to outside your house, stopping to refuel as needed.

I'm only half joking.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Trogre Re:Move a broken down vehicle? (506 comments)

Most automatics have a manual release button somewhere that lets you shift into any gear you like when it's held down.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Trogre Re:Move a broken down vehicle? (506 comments)

Apparently you'd wait fr your authorized service agent to come and tow it for you. You *did* get that extended service contract didn't you?

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Trogre Re:Short term (506 comments)

You have just provided another compelling argument against driverless cars.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Trogre Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

A computer may have faster reaction times, but it first needs to determine that an emergency is in fact happening and decide just *how* to react. How much do you trust an AI to recognise a pot hole ahead, a damaged bridge, a cyclist, a child? How much do you trust an AI to make the call whether it's best to hit something or try and avoid it? Hazards such as other accidents, breakdowns, stock crossing, officers directing traffic happen *all the time* on roads.

Ability to make these split-second decisions is vital for any driver, human or otherwise. Are you trying to tell me that an AI exists that can cope with these situations? If so, where's Myles Dyson when we need him?

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Trogre Re:come on Google Fiber (341 comments)

Is there anyone here who is using Google Fiber?

I would be curious to know how well home servers (www, email, SSH) perform when on this, especially given Google Fiber's original prohibitive TOS and Google's desire for you to keep everything on their servers. I see they have updated their TOS since the EFF kicked up a stink, but would like to hear from anyone who is actually using it.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Trogre Re:Facebook just changed the game (61 comments)

Complete with a screenshot of a computer and a randomly-placed red circle.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Trogre Re:Dropbox use AWS (275 comments)

I use OwnCloud for that sort of thing. It's a little slower, but it's a hell of a lot more secure than Dropbox and no silly limits on storage, other than what size hard drives my company can afford :)

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Trogre Fighting for all of our stuff (275 comments)

It's nice that all these huge companies are so interested in control of everyone's data.

I think I'll stick with my OwnCloud server for syncing files across devices for the time being, thanks.

about three weeks ago

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Trogre Trogre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trogre (513942) writes "The recently troubled free CD database freedb has been picked up by a group called Magix. From Kaiser's blog: "Following my announcement that I would like to let freedb go, I was approached by many interested parties. ... Even if I shall no longer be actively associated with freedb, I shall continue casting a critical glance on freedb's future. The decision in favour of MAGIX has given us a new prospect of further development, offered a congenial and comfortable atmosphere during difficult negotiations, and provided the newly implemented hardware with generous capacities. " This might be good news since Grip still doesn't support MusicBrainz."

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