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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Weaselmancer The Titanic is UNSINKABLE. (358 comments)

Ah, hubris! One of my favorite old-timey sins.

You are of course correct. The signal must become analog at some point to make it into your head, and we have had the capability to capture analog signals since the dawn of the television age. You can crack open LCD panels and intercept signals for a more modern high tech version of this concept, of course.

But you are forgetting the other side of the equation. When when someone makes that statement - "THIS CANNOT EVER BE PIRATED" - you are throwing down the gauntlet. And invariably some bored teenager will say "oh really is that so?" and make them eat their words. Usually by the following Saturday. Yes you can do an analog capture but by the time you warm up your soldering gun some kid in the Netherlands will have already got the torrent up.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch a Blu-Ray movie on my Linux box.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Weaselmancer I know where they can host the servers! (330 comments)

They can put them in the room that used to hold all of Hotmail's servers. Plenty of space there.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Weaselmancer You're missing the point! (382 comments)



Sorry about that. I tend to get a little foamy when I digitally hoard. Anyways, counter to your point it's fun (for me, YMMV of course) to have as many as you can get. Sometimes I'll fire up MAME and simply pick out old games at random. Some I remember, some I never have seen before. It's like being an archaeologist in your own past. I'll do the same thing with C64 archives and Amiga archives (look for Amiga Tosec). Scores of Atari 2600 games. All the video discs for Daphne (the videodisc game emulator). Dragon's Lair, anyone?

It's a wish come true for younger-me. I used to mow lawns just to save up and get an Atari cartridge. Now I can download Stella and inside of ten minutes have ALL of them. Fun! And yes, someday I will make a MAME cabinet. Oh yes. It will be glorious.

So basically TL;DR it's really fun to poke around with. And really, with the price of storage these days you can store the entire library of an entire genre on a few blu ray discs. A 3 Tb hard drive is about $100 at NewEgg. Why not have them?

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

Weaselmancer A quick question, if I may? (83 comments)

Who made Microsoft the fucking internet police anyway?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Weaselmancer Coding for kids (254 comments)

My six year old son spends a lot of time on this learning-to-code site. I think his kindergarten teacher introduced him to it. It's probably the best thing I've ever seen for teaching kids coding.

Click on a starter project. Click the green flag to run the program. Click "See Inside" to look at the code in their editor. It's visual, easy to read, and quite elegant.

It really is a completely fantastic site. Brilliantly done.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Weaselmancer The very best book for C#? (254 comments)


I'm 100% serious. I learned C# that way and wound up writing the application code for a product that sells for about 5 million a year.

Here is your task, since you're interested in making games. Make a game of pong in C#. Use Google to look up how to do it. Start with a hello world program. Then make a program with a form. Then figure out how to paint to it. Keep going.

At the end of the pong game you'll know enough to be dangerous. Good luck!

about 4 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

Weaselmancer May I direct your attention to this? (284 comments)

The other Microsoft story, on the exact same page as Bill Gates telling you not to pursue money at all costs, and instead focus on making the world a better place?

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

Right. We acquired all these patents to crush competition and make the phone market a monoculture. To make the world a better place.

about 4 months ago

Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

Weaselmancer Comical comic book reader (165 comments)

Download this.

I have heard a rumor that there may be comics available on Bittorrent in this format.

about 5 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

Weaselmancer Notice something about that article? (362 comments)

Some quotes from the article:

According to Bloomberg, Gundlach has suggested the Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO get out of the car-making business, and concentrate fully on developing batteries for use in other vehicles.

In contrast to those traders though, Gundlach says he'd much rather buy Tesla shares than invest in a company like Twitter--and is much more concerned about the "killer" return speculative investors could get from Tesla becoming a battery-only business.

He sees Tesla as a better investment than technology companies like Twitter, whose shares recently dropped to their lowest point yet, less than a sixth the price of Tesla shares.

This article has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with maximizing third party investments. This is exactly what's wrong with the world right here, in a nutshell. Here we have an honest-to-goodness NEW thing. The Tesla car company. Finally a viable alternative to gasoline cars. The future. Less carbon emissions. Something to help the world. It's a beautiful vision.

So of course some day trading jackass wants to strip the future of that vision so he can get a better return on his stocks. To hell with the future, money is involved!

Makes me sick.

about 5 months ago

GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

Weaselmancer Gigantic children! (216 comments)

Why do you need a half ton truck to drop 3 kids off at school? If you like driving trucks, fine. But don't make up nonsense justifications. You don't need that kind of tonnage just to haul children.

Unless they are gigantic, of course. Honestly the first image that popped into my mind when you made your post was that you had three children the size of gigantic granite boulders and you offload them like gravel. While "Like A Rock" is playing in the background.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Weaselmancer Einstein said it best: (876 comments)

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

To paraphrase: Some things would be unwieldy to program in a GUI or other oddball paradigm that would make you happy.

Some things are difficult. Combat pilot, brain surgeon, coder. Dedicate yourself and you can excel. If not, you need to do something else, rather that complain that something that interests you is difficult.

Get dedicated. LEARN. Focus and fight. Struggle and lose. Lose again. And again. Eventually win.

It's worth it, I promise you.

about 9 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Weaselmancer Forget? Hell. (457 comments)

They'll keep right on doing it, without a pause.

Reason being you have to get in front of the judge before you can get the innocent verdict. And most people aren't going to do that. The thing that makes this article noteworthy is because someone finally challenged the police on this point after decades of them doing it.

Same reason why they write traffic tickets in the first place. If absolutely everyone fought them, the court would be choked and cops full time job would be to be in court. They're counting on the average citizen's apathy to keep that from happening. And it happens to work.

about 9 months ago

Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

Weaselmancer Ohboy Skype credits! (293 comments)

Office 365 is subscription office for individuals (with other perks like some cloud storage and Skype credits)

Because that's just what I need when I'm typing a business letter. Videochat.

If Microsoft ran a restaurant each sandwich would come with a bowling ball.

about 9 months ago

China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

Weaselmancer Re:Should be a fascinating read (223 comments)

I would never suggest such a thing. Even Switzerland has spies. I am only interested in how competent China's efforts are.

about 9 months ago

China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

Weaselmancer Should be a fascinating read (223 comments)

Can't wait to have a look at it. We know there will be backdoors and other goodies in it. Should be absolutely amazing to see what it monitors, how it does so, whom it calls home to, and so on. Let's see what China considers an ideal piece of software.

I think this will be a powerfully interesting piece of software to study. We'll learn a lot from it, I'll bet.

about 9 months ago

Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

Weaselmancer Good luck with that (170 comments)

It's their servers, their house, their terms of service. Nobody forced you to be on Facebook. You asked to be there when you requested an account, and you knew the rules when you walked in the door.

about 10 months ago

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

Weaselmancer Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (1251 comments)

Whenever someone cries "political" when you state unadorned facts, it is almost always because those facts would require them adjusting their world view. It's simply easier for most folks to cry foul and run away with their fingers in their ears.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

Weaselmancer Exactly right (629 comments)

That's the difficulty this guy is seeing. Telecommuting positions are fairly difficult to find. I looked for one on-and-off for about a half a year and never found a single one.

about a year ago

Why Not Fund SETI With a Lottery Bond?

Weaselmancer Bad idea, I think (191 comments)

If you make a payout if SETI finds alien life, you suddenly give a financial motive to finding it. It could taint the results. Next Wow Signal we find and suddenly you'll have people who paid into it saying it's proof, and scientists saying it isn't. Lawyers will become involved.

Too messy if you ask me.

about a year ago



Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Slay Patent Trolls

Weaselmancer Weaselmancer writes  |  1 year,7 days

Weaselmancer (533834) writes "In what the EFF is calling "The best patent troll-killing bill yet", the Innovation Act of 2013 already has bipartisan support and some teeth to go with it. Loser pays the court bill so the "little guy" has a chance of winning in court, transparency so you can discover who actually is pushing the case, and discovery reform to throw out frivolous suits are just a few of the gems in this new proposed legislation. Read on for the full details."
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