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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

Voltara Re:Rule of thumb (122 comments)

Something didn't seem quite right, but I just couldn't put my finger on it...

about 5 months ago

Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

Voltara Re:Alternative to Beta Hell (93 comments)

You can have any 4-digit ID you like, as long as it's "8374".

about a year ago

Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

Voltara Re:136 dollars? (231 comments)

Not to mention the hassle of claiming those bitcoin tips as income, when it's not exactly clear yet how to do that properly.

about a year ago

Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

Voltara Re:Photog (242 comments)

I had to use urban dictionary to understand wtf a "photog" was:

Slang for Photographer apparently. Although I've never heard or seen anyone use the term and apparently those writing the summary title thought they were being "hip".

You might have used the regular dictionary instead, and learned that the word "photog" has been in use for over a century. Congrats, you're one of today's Lucky 10,000!

about a year ago

Startup Founder Plays Tech Press Like a Fiddle

Voltara Re:Wow.... (135 comments)

Nope. Clicked straight on through to the first article, and then added my comment.

Allow me to explain how things work here at Slashdot.

First, you read the headline. Advanced users might also make mental note of the Slashdot editor who posted the story (this helps to frame your reactions to the story.)

Now, there are two differing schools of thought as to what to do from here. One camp jumps straight from here into commenting on the story, having already taken in sufficient information at this point to begin forming and expressing opinions. The other camp will read some or all of the summary before commenting. They claim the latter method helps them in identifying and avoiding commenting on duplicate stories.

However, at no point should you ever actually read the articles (this was where you made your critical mistake.)

It's just not done.

about 2 years ago

Linux Users Banned From Diablo III Servers

Voltara Re:Blizzard says WRONG! (518 comments)

I've been playing for about a month under Wine without my account being banned. That said, one has to wonder just how "extensively" their tests were done on Linux. Try running it on any 64-bit kernel, and you can't even get past authenticating unless you're using either a patched version of Wine, or the "setarch i386 -3" workaround. The Warden routine gets stuck in an infinite loop without the patch. More details on this Wine ticket: http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30849

Despite their community manager's assertion, there most certainly are gaps in their testing.

more than 2 years ago

Hacking Big Brother With Help From Revlon

Voltara CAPTCHA (71 comments)

So, in other words, this is the facial recognition equivalent of a CAPTCHA?

more than 4 years ago

How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

Voltara Re:No outside help ? (684 comments)

I am wondering what exactly they are calling cheating here, since the code says they "will not plagiarize, copy work or get outside help."

Here's a good example of outside help:


I once saw a RAC posting from someone who wanted all of his job interview pre-screen questions answered for him. It was no surprise, when I had a look at his project history, that he had cheated his way through his degree as well.

more than 4 years ago

World of Warcraft Teaches the Wrong Things?

Voltara Re:He doesn't really seem to get the "point" of (577 comments)

What he neglects to take into consideration is that chess and Street Fighter have very clearly defined goals: checkmate in the former, and beating the crap out of your opponent in the latter. However, a lot of games such as MMORPGs don't have such clearly defined goals.
On the contrary, there is one very clear goal of MMORPGs such as WoW: Paying the monthly subscription fee. Why else would time be valued above all else, including skill? (This fact is reflected by the authors other observations. Encouraging players to make in-game friends by way of guilds and raiding parties makes it harder for them to quit.)

The author's points are valid - they come very close to the reasons I quit WoW after playing for a couple months. I just wasn't willing to devote a good portion of my life into the obvious time sinks integral to the game.

more than 8 years ago


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