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Intel Details Silvermont Microarchitecture For Next-Gen Atoms

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:INTC is now at $23.87 (82 comments)

Yet their P/E is almost 10x better than ARMH... Stock Market = Kentucky Derby these days, everyone bets on the hot new horse trying to make a quick buck.

about a year ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Perspective (438 comments)

Actually you can transfer from a post-paid to a pre-paid, it's just a pain in the ass (I know because I did exactly that). They are handled by separate divisions inside T-Mobile that don't really communicate with each other...I imagine this is on purpose since a post-paid customer probably nets them more profit.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music

WagonWheelsRX8 Hypothetical Copyright Question (188 comments)

I've noticed issues regarding copyright tend to have rather opinionated discussions here on Slashdot. My question is a hypothetical one. When copyright law was initially established waaaay back in 1790 it granted protection for 14 years with the option to renew for another 14 years after that time period expired. If this were the way the copyright still worked, and assuming you filed the extension, it wouldn't be long before some of your original works were in the public domain. Would it be unacceptable or would it be considered OK? How do you feel about the current law (life + 70 years)? Is this something artists typically even think of/consider/care about?

more than 2 years ago
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Making Graphics In Games '100,000 Times' Better?

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Yeah, and I am a Pony (291 comments)

No mod points, and I guess a little offtopic, but glad you mentioned these...those are awesome, pretty damned incredible for realtime demos (I especially like the Ceasefire one).

more than 3 years ago
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Tesla Sues BBC's Top Gear For Libel

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Tesla is misrepresenting the claims made. (547 comments)

As far as the brakes, that was probably some showmanship based on issues with the car in the wild (and not their specific cars) used to illustrate reliability...this is only speculation though, there is not enough information presented to make any arguments for/against yet.

more than 3 years ago
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Tesla Sues BBC's Top Gear For Libel

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Tesla is misrepresenting the claims made. (547 comments)

Hate to point this out, but your argument appears to be flawed: Quote from the show (which you quoted, emphasis mine). "...but then, although Tesla say it'll do 2 hundred miles we worked out that on our track it would run out after just fifty-five miles." And your implication appears to be that this translates to everyday driving (where the Tesla gets a range of ~200 miles). My point is that they specifically stated that they 'worked out' its range (easily meaning 'calculated' or 'extrapolated', among many other possibilities. Thus it is vague and not as definitive as many people appear to be reading it as.) Also, they tested it on their track, which is obviously not ideal for range, but since the Tesla IS marketed as an electric sports car IS an important piece of information to know (as believe it or not, many people actually enjoy to bring their sports cars to the track!) I can't assume that most people that watch the show know things about cars, but I imagine a decent percentage of their audience does, and can recognize that driving on the track does not equate to 'daily driving'.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Signs License With ARM

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Hmm... (148 comments)

Actually, I think what is REALLY going on is MS doesn't actually have a plan for the ARM architecture. Instead, they figured they'd generate some buzz and a lot of speculation by licensing it. Then they'd cherry pick the best of the speculative ideas, and use them as their plans for ARM...

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:All mine were cheap! (1259 comments)

Mod this guy UP...that is SPOT ON how I feel about the subject of education in this country (the US) as well. Unfortunately our country seems to be headed downhill, global competition is as great as its ever been and those pressures will only increase. College isn't for everyone, but for those people that it IS for they should have easy access to it. In the meantime, our students care less and less about math and sciences and more about who Flava Flav dated last season, and maybe those people that only care about Flava Flav might actually be more interested in education if they actually got a taste of WHY they're learning what they are (instead of just being told 'yeah you'll need this because this syllabus someone made says you will). As an example: It's one thing to read about how an engine works, but an entirely different thing to get in a shop and actually get to use the tools used to troubleshoot one. Who knows, maybe that experience inspires that person who'd otherwise be watching Flava Flav to design a more effective engine troubleshooting tool...all because he had the oppurtunity and ACCESS to experience a form of education that fit him the best.

more than 4 years ago
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100 Years of Copyright Hysteria

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Sousa was right. (280 comments)

Sweet...offtopic but went Saturday to watch Cravin Melon...was a great time...kind of surprised to see a reference to it on Slashdot though lol...

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Targeting Xbox Live

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Top target? (136 comments)

I'm glad someone pointed this out...phishing is NOT the same as hacking...this is a poorly titled and written article...

more than 4 years ago
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Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Intended for abuse (792 comments)

Then you are reducing a major incentive to get a hybrid (reduced fuel prices), which seems counterproductive to the 'use less oil' mantra that is quite popular these days (and rightfully so). Also, this won't be an issue for a long, long time, as market penetration of hybrids is very low (less than 5% of new vehicles sold are hybrids each year...and this doesn't count all of the non-hybrid vehicles already on roads...so the total number of hybrid cars in use vs. conventional is quite low). Lets not forget, hybrids still use gas, thus reducing this impact even further. Link to PDF illustrating market penetration of hybrids As far as electric cars go, I won't even bother commenting on them because the average joe can't go buy one right now, and they won't be a serious factor for a considerable amount of time. This proposed idea is horribly wasteful (250 mil...come on seriously? No wonder you need a new tax...you've got to pay for your new tax study!) and terribly intrusive and as several other posters have stated will definitely be used for reasons other than intended (slippery slope/law enforcement/etc.). If fear of reduced revenue due to less gas being consumed is such a big deal, why not spend a bit of money on looking at ways to increase the efficiency of building our current infrastructure (and I wouldn't mind seeing an audit of where the current gas taxes get spent as well)...

more than 4 years ago
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Personalized In-Game Advertising In Upcoming Titles

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:"When I pay, I expect not to be pestered" (244 comments)

I believe 'Amen brother' is the proper response to this rant...especially as I am in complete agreement with you...

about 5 years ago
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Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:Battle.net Fixes and Improvements? (520 comments)

I am also one of those who feel this way. I will not pirate it, I just won't buy it...and I've bought pretty much every game Blizzard has created since Warcraft I (except WoW...I just didn't have the time to commit to it otherwise I'd have bought it as well). There is apparently a large number of people 'pissing and moaning' about the LAN play issue, even if only half of them stated they wouldn't buy it and bought it anyway, that's still a significant number of people. I think most of the people that say they won't buy it are serious though...this is one of those times when you've got to stand up for yourself and say 'we won't take it anymore'.

about 5 years ago
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Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:what exactly has the activision merger done? (520 comments)

This is a good question...I'd like to see how large a motivating factor money was in the recent decisions made by Blizzard. Yes, I understand a company's purpose is to make money, and I'm all for a company making money, but the impression I'm getting lately from Blizzards is 'Pay More to Get Less' which as a potential paying customer is probably not the best way to encourage me to part with my $$$ for your product.

about 5 years ago
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NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:NUCLEAR IS NEVER THE ANSWER! (424 comments)

OH NOS...SOLAR POWER = SOLAR POWERED WEAPONS!! Seriously...almost ANY technological advance can be weaponized (either directly or indirectly). Just because a technology can be weaponized doesn't mean it should be ignored and 'forgotten'. I'll provide a simple example of many...robots. Robots can be weaponized (and in fact they have been). But their benefit to society is extremely great (where would manufacturing be without continuous advances in robotic technology?). But by your argument, since I can mass produce an army of killer robots (given the necessary resources), we should abolish and forget them. I'm afraid that would be an illogical action (as would banning nuclear research).

about 5 years ago
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Panel Recommends Space Science, Not Stunts

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:"We go to the moon in this decade..." (304 comments)

This, of course, assumes that the average American Joe actually *cares* if we put a man on Mars. We're not in the '60s anymore, there is no 'space race' currently underway. Its sad for me to say this, being an American, but If you want Americans interested in a manned mission to Mars, you better send some football players instead of astronauts, and have a nice game of gridiron (meaning that we have become a culture that cares more about advancing the art entertainment than fundamental science). Otherwise, my thoughts are that most people won't get excited regardless if its a manned mission or not, as most people just aren't that interested (because we're selfish and there's perceivably nothing in it for us).

more than 5 years ago
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Antitrust Pressure Mounts For Wireless Providers

WagonWheelsRX8 Re:All I want to see... (300 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them???

more than 5 years ago

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Samsung Cites 2001 as Prior Art in Court Case

WagonWheelsRX8 WagonWheelsRX8 writes  |  about 3 years ago

WagonWheelsRX8 (1282738) writes "From the article:
One element of Samsung's defense strategy is interesting enough that I wanted to report on it beforehand. Ever since Apple started to assert the design of the iPad against other manufacturers, many people have been wondering whether there's actually prior art for the general design of the iPad in some futuristic devices shown in sci-fi movies and TV series. And indeed, Samsung's lawyers make this claim now in their defense against Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction.
I wonder if the reason Star Trek isn't being cited too is because it is set in the future?"

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UC Berkeley offering a StarCraft Class

WagonWheelsRX8 WagonWheelsRX8 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WagonWheelsRX8 writes "From Tom's Games (article by Devin Connors): After nearly 11 years and millions of fans, StarCraft is going beyond the casual and competitive gaming scenes and heading...to the classroom? The University of California in Berkeley is doing just that. Offered by a Professor Feng, the class may sound like the road to an easy A, but do not be fooled. According to the course description, students will "go in-depth in the theory of how war is conducted within the confines of the game Starcraft." The course also recommends that its students be familiar with Calculus and Differential Equations. Also, "the class will take the theoretical into the practical world by analyzing games and replays to reinforce decision-making skills and advanced Starcraft theory.""
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