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'Just Let Me Code!'

Wraithlyn Re:Commodore 64 (368 comments)

So true. It was possible to literally know everything about the Commodore 64, down to every single byte.

And it was so great just flipping the power switch and instantly being in a programming environment. That blinking cursor was so irresistible, it just screamed of infinite possibilities, if you just knew what to type. Seems tragic in a way that that kind of built-in springboard doesn't exist in modern machines.

I still have my copies of Mapping the C64, and the hallowed C64 Programmer's Reference Guide (complete with full hardware schematic poster). :)

about a week ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

Wraithlyn Re:First contact? (95 comments)

Stop stating your theories as fact.

He used the word "likely", you blustering twat.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Wraithlyn Re:Good? (273 comments)

I am awaiting the day I can order a car2go and have the closest available one simply drive itself to my door.

about a month ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Wraithlyn Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

There's two sides to every disagreement.

Apple wanted turn-by-turn. Google, IN EXCHANGE FOR PROVIDING THAT SERVICE, wanted more control and data.

about a month and a half ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

Wraithlyn Re:Word (129 comments)

...so does "earlier"

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

Wraithlyn Re:The US will of course forbid this (128 comments)

I've read that Musk contributes to both Republicans and Democrats (but more to Dems IIRC). Dude understands that the reality of the world is that certain wheels need to be greased, especially if what you're doing will rock certain boats.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

Wraithlyn Re:About time. (128 comments)

Musk thinks an 80,000 person colony on Mars can be established for around 36 billion, total.

"Musk added that he sees the future 80,000-person colony as a public-private enterprise costing roughly $36 billion."

http://www.wired.com/2012/11/e...

about 2 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Wraithlyn Re:Out of his discipline (323 comments)

Anybody that says Elon Musk is "all talk" is a fucking moron.

about 2 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

Wraithlyn Bamboo Rayon socks are awesome (198 comments)

My feet would always be cold and clammy after a day at work. Tried a bunch of different sock types... cotton, wool, Merino wool, synthetics, etc. Nothing helped.

Then I tried Rayon from Bamboo socks (these guys), and my god what a difference. Feet are dry and warm all day. They're the only kind I wear now.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Wraithlyn Re: It.. can't be true! (49 comments)

Not that I'm aware of... you need a PC, and nVidia is pretty much the only game in town too (apparently it's possible with AMD but painful and inferior). Myself, I have it hooked up to a home theatre with 720p projector (sadly, 1080p 3d gaming is not possible yet... we need HDMI 1.4b/2 devices for the necessary bandwidth).

The interesting thing about 3D gaming is that not all games work equally well. The 3D stuff generally works fairly decently, what it mainly comes down to is the 2D elements. For instance you'll get a menu in front of the 3D scene, but it's depth isn't set correctly so your brain will be convinced it should be behind the scene... really messes with your eyes in an unpleasant way. :)

So with most games it's somewhat "accidental" how well they work with 3D (or don't). A relative handful actually take the effort to address such issues during development and get fully "3D Vision Ready" certified. nVidia keeps a big list of games (and their 3D playability) here. Fortunately with some games, mods can fix the 3D deficiencies.

about 2 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

Wraithlyn I know this is Slashdot but please RTFA (168 comments)

You clearly didn't read the article (The "Motherboard takes a different look" one at the bottom)

They killed it on the games while stoned, performance was equal or greater (often massively so) in all cases. It's also full of references to other studies (for example about driving) suggesting weed does not decrease focus & performance, and in some instances enhances it.

So.... pretty much the exact polar opposite of the "demonizing" you're complaining about.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

Wraithlyn Re: It.. can't be true! (49 comments)

3D TV can only play back 3D movies

Well... that's factually incorrect, 3D gaming is already a reality today, via stuff like nVidia 3D Vision (3D Skyrim with a few select mods is very drool worthy).

Still a niche to be sure, but not a limitation of current tech that VR is going to solve. It will probably make it easier and more mainstream though... so you're quite right about VR's potential I think.

about 2 months ago
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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

Wraithlyn Re:Not for Nerds (253 comments)

Funny how you bolded "comedy" and not "situational".

I think back to sitcoms like The Cosby Show, Night Court, etc, and the comedy really did arise from the situations... not by simply making the cast subjects of ridicule.

I really do think television has gotten "meaner". IMHO things really took a turn after "The Weakest Link" and "Survivor" type shows became popular.

about 3 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

Wraithlyn Re:Er..."pricing is alright?" (347 comments)

> no one cares about size of screen anymore; my kids watch everything on their tablets

Thank you for generalizing the entire planet from your two children. ;P

I assure you many of us still prefer a big-screen, surround-sound home theatre experience.

about 3 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Wraithlyn Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (271 comments)

The post I was replying to, was talking about an EMP as something we shouldn't even remotely be concerned about, along the same lines as a giant fire-breathing lizard.

The potential threat and damage is very real, that was the point of my post. I didn't say there was no possible way to mitigate against it. (That's the subject of the article, after all!)

about 3 months ago
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The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

Wraithlyn Re:Magic Age (100 comments)

Ha, and after looking through the book link, I gave you the wrong sequence...

The one I gave you is for rotating the CORNER pieces (4e), whereas you need the sequence described in 5a/5b.

about 3 months ago

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