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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

UpnAtom The game mechanics depend on the worst players (79 comments)

The more one of your players dies, the stronger the other team gets. It often literally is that player's fault you lose.

I'm trying to get S2 to reduce that effect because it heavily limits the effect of your own play -- making it approach a game of chance, rather than skill.

2 days ago

Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

UpnAtom 16-bit? (157 comments)

From what I remember of what one of the Devs said, part of Opera's layout engine was 16-bit and this caused a lot of rendering issues which had to be hand-fixed.

Allegedly, it was too difficult to rewrite. Additionally, with Google et al writing new standards for the web, it was just too much work to use a non-Chrome rendering engine.

I like uh... Opera 27. I'm not keen on the Look & Feel of Vivaldi so far but if they can make it flexible enough to do want I want (or support Chromium extensions), I'll switch.

2 days ago

3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

UpnAtom HDR is gamebreaking (141 comments)

I'm surprised people don't talk more about this. At least as worthy as 3D... and I love 3D.

It brings out far more detail, depth, dynamism and a lot of other Ds. Most importantly, it takes pictures that look more like how we see things.

Why don't pocket cameras have this?

Now it's occurred to me before that 3D ie two lenses can help with HDR and the software should be able to figure out both HDR and 3D from one lens doing short (dark) exposure and the other lens doing long (light) exposure.

The biggest flaws of phone cameras for me are lack of zoom and lack of image stabilisation. With the latter, there's no point having massive resolution because 80% of it will be camera shake.

And nothing beats the camera you have on you.

That's very true.

about two weeks ago

Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

UpnAtom I think you've pinpointed a massive flaw here (351 comments)

I was hoping that the trilogy could be rescued by a fan-edit. But now I don't.

The Hobbit is completely devoid of suspense (haven't seen Part 3 and will wait for DVD). Compare with FotR:

Opening story with Sauron kicking ass.
The early scene where Frodo and the hobbits nearly get discovered by a Dark Rider. Probably the best scene of the trilogy, with visually-distorting magic and insects freaking out if you weren't convinced yet.
Weathertop, not one of the better scenes but still great.
Arwen rescuing Frodo. First deviation from book but probably made it a better film (unlike deviations in later 2 films).
Moria scenes: just amazing.

To be frank, FotR was vastly better than the subsequent two, which relied on large battles for thrills. I'm going to guess that Jackson had some help with FotR... and thank God. It's become one of the best films of all time.

Now the Hobbit had nothing like that, maybe because of child audience potential but also because of the other big flaw: none of the dwarves are convincing bar possibly Thorin. They don't look right and don't act great either.

Maybe keep the sections focussing on Bilbo, Gandalf, Radagast, Smaug, bits of Thorin and turn it into an hour long prelude to LotR. Yep, cut 80-90% of it.

about a month ago

Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

UpnAtom Normalcy bias (177 comments)

ie 'nothing that bad has ever happened before and therefore it's probably not happening to us'


There's another bias where you feel you emotionally can't take any more responsibility and thus just pray that the worst case scenario isn't happening. Not sure it's been studied yet.

about a month ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

UpnAtom Is this not a bit US-centric? (688 comments)

The UK has terrible economic problems but unemployment isn't particularly one of them. Wages have held up quite well considering how badly the economy was wrecked -- and rose up until 2008.

I'd suggest US wages are stagnant because of:
1. Job insecurity -- having to live off welfare in the US is a really scary proposition.
2. Stagnant minimum wage. Hasn't changed over 10 years and is lower than in the 1950s: http://oregonstate.edu/instruc...

Naturally, the economic crisis has been a big factor too.

about a month and a half ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

UpnAtom Legitimate question (482 comments)

These things should be discussed prior to 'going steady' or whatever kids call it these days.

about 4 months ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

UpnAtom Keep making the first move (482 comments)

But don't make it too easy for them. Basically, make them work for it. Everyone appreciates more what they can't have.

Really liked your comment, particularly the last line.

I've done online dating. And my friend has told me what gay male dating is like. I'm curious as to what women WLTM women online dating is like.

about 4 months ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

UpnAtom Trick question? (482 comments)

Note to women: if you dated and then married a guy who is charming and able to approach a strange woman (you) with self-confidence, do you really have any right to complain when he continues to exhibit those characteristics after you are married?

The answer of course is Yes. Even if being able to talk to women made you a playa, getting into a relationship and particularly marriage means you're not supposed to do that any more.

about 4 months ago

Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

UpnAtom F2P means newcomers have to deal with toxicity (50 comments)

Since new accounts can be made in minutes, there's very little disincentive for toxic players. Voice is much harder to police than text.

S2's new MOBA, Strife, even goes to the extent of banning both (an exception is made for friends and party).

You're right that prominent voice/text toggles are a big part of the solution.

about 4 months ago

Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

UpnAtom Almost no comments on this? (590 comments)

Hundreds of comments questioning whether women are still second class citizens* and nobody comments on the apparent fact that SocialVEVO trolled the entire internet, terrorising both Emma Watson and threatening hundreds of thousands of other women involved in activism are still trolling us, having duped everyone from the BBC to /. a second time.

*They are, it's bloody obvious and you're an ignorant douche if you say otherwise.

about 4 months ago

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

UpnAtom Re:That reminds me... (146 comments)

See my post above.

There is no dominant clan on Miller, though TR tend to win about 50% of alerts. I guess you need to do some research for the most balanced server in your area.

about 5 months ago

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

UpnAtom PS2 servers got merged. (146 comments)

Miller is absolutely jammed at the moment. I need to queue to get into continents more often than not now (subscribers get priority).
Also, if you didn't like the flying-centric version, infantry are pretty strong now.

Lastly, there are some new bonus cert mechanics so it's a lot easier to get access to stuff.

I'm an MMORPG player really but PS2 is undoubtedly the best game there is by quite a long way.

about 5 months ago

Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

UpnAtom Re:what a crock of shit (200 comments)

The theory is that children don't develop the relevant dopamine circuits until later, and boys much later than girls.

Coffee works on adenosine primarily.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

UpnAtom Recliner angle will damage your back (154 comments)

I've been thinking about going a bit more horizontal a la http://www.via.fr/agora-produi...

Having your back completely horizontal with your legs raised (with much of your weight supported at the knees) may be much better but more difficult to climb into. This is a position I was advised to use by a back consultant after damaging my back and I found it extremely helpful.

For about 12 years, I've used a stand-up desk and high sloped stool because it compels me to move around if I get uncomfortable from standing in a bad posture.

about 5 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Want more advanced contact manager than comes with smartphones

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

UpnAtom (551727) writes "Essentially, I want to be able to add extensive notes, a history of when I called them (including calls made from landlines), a record of emails sent, to be able to tag them in meetings and have all this information in a simple chronological index.
As this is for work, I'd also like to be able to be reminded of who within a group of contacts (potential clients) I haven't had contact with in a while.

It would need to run on Windows and a smartphone with decent input (hardware keyboard or Swype), with syncing possible both via cable and via the internet. Open source would be nice but I don't mind paying up to $100 for something that works well.

I had this (sans calls) running on my old Psion 5MX and Act! But I don't seem to be able to find a modern version."

China building gigantic, weird structures in the d

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 3 years ago

UpnAtom writes "The Chinese Government has been responsible for well-known human rights abuses and growing the economy to match the size of the US one.
Anyone feeling insecure now has something else to get freaked out about.
Gigantic weird structures have been founf in the desert. Does anyone know what these might be?"

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UK Govt sends alarmist mailshots to cancer victims

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 4 years ago

UpnAtom writes "The incumbent Labour Government, behind in the polls for next month's election, has targeted cancer victims with alarmist mailshots using medical data that was supposed to be anonymised. The same government was already under fire for uploading the country's medical records to a central database without their permission, using third party countries for the data entry (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7552827/Security-fears-as-NHS-sends-patient-records-to-India.html)."
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UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UpnAtom writes "From the And you thought Sweden was bad dept:

People who refuse to give up their bank records, tax records & details of any benefits they've claimed and the records of their car movements for the last year, or refuse to submit to an interrogation on whether they are the same person that this mountain of data belongs to will be denied passports from March 26th.

The Blair Govt has already admitted that this and other data will be cross-linked so that the Home Office and other officials can spy on the everyday lives of innocent Britons.

Britons were already the most spied upon nation in Western Europe. Data-mining through this unprecedented level of mass-surveillance allows any future British govt to leapfrog even countries like China and North Korea."

UpnAtom UpnAtom writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UpnAtom writes "The Daily Telegraph Business section reports on an Swiss invention that uses a copper indium semiconductor compound to produce electricity.
"The "tipping point" will arrive when the capital cost of solar power falls below $1 (51p) per watt, roughly the cost of carbon power. We are not there yet. The best options today vary from $3 to $4 per watt — down from $100 in the late 1970s.

Mr Sethi believes his product will cut the cost to 80 cents per watt within five years, and 50 cents in a decade."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/m oney/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml

Any chance this will save the world?"


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