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The Disappearing Universe

Xelios Re:Am I missing something? (358 comments)

It's not that the thing itself is flying away from us at c, it's that all the space in between us and that thing is expanding. Naturally the further away it gets, the more expanding space there is between us and the thing, the faster the thing appears to be receding from us.

In this system nothing is moving faster than the speed of light but the effect is the same: a spacecraft trying to reach that galaxy would need to overcome all the expanding space between, and that would require a speed greater than c. In fact, at that point even light from that galaxy would not reach us anymore, putting it outside our cosmological horizon.

Disclaimer: I may not know what I'm talking about. This should really be in my sig.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Xelios Re:BSG? (669 comments)

Might be the Diaspora mod for Freespace Open, which is really good.

Some back story for those that don't know, Volition (the developer behind Freespace 2) released the source code to the game about 10 years ago when it became apparent that they weren't going to be able to make a third installment. Since then the FS2 community has enhanced the game engine, fixed bugs, overhauled the graphics, added support for all kinds of new peripherals and created several new games, like Diaspora and a Babylon 5 conversion.

If you're a fan of space combat sims you really should check out Freespace Open. Besides playing through the original campaigns I'd recommend Blue Planet (included in the installer) and the subsequent War in Heaven campaigns.

about 8 months ago

30 Minutes Inside Valve's Prototype Virtual Reality Headset

Xelios Re:Familiarity counts? (59 comments)

On the other hand I can see this becoming very useful for overcoming fears or certain types of neurological disorders. We recently put together a training program for a clinical trial with Parkinson's patients who experience "freeze of gait". Certain situations (like walking through a narrow doorway) can cause them to become locked in place in a sort of trance until some external stimulus snaps them out of it again. The idea was to train these situations from the safety of their own home in order to better deal with them in public. The clinical trial hasn't started yet, but I'd guess a VR headset would provide a much more realistic experience than a monitor.

about 9 months ago

EA Repeats As 'Worst Company In America'

Xelios Re:Worst Company? Seriously? (346 comments)

More importantly BoA has been branded "too big to fail" and owns so many subsidiaries by now that they don't need to worry themselves with what ordinary consumers think of the Bank of America brand.

EA, on the other hand, was bothered enough to dish out pre-emptive damage control, so maybe some good will come of this.

Well, probably not.

about a year and a half ago

AT&T To Pay $700,000 For Overcharging Consumers

Xelios Re:That UK judge gives me an idea (74 comments)

Fines would mean crap to companies and individuals alike if they were levied as a percentage of income instead of a flat amount. Is there any good reason why it isn't done this way?

about 2 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Community Game Diaspora Has Arrived

Xelios Awesome! (121 comments)

Anyone who hasn't seen the wonderful things the Freespace 2 Open Source team has done over the years should really check it out. The game itself is $6 on GoG, and since Volition released the source code it's seen a complete overhaul for everything from AI to graphics. The classic campaigns are still there (and are well worth playing through), and there's been some really great fan campaigns released over the years too.

I'd highly recommend the Blue Planet campaign. Part 2 (War in Heaven) is especially noteworthy for really giving you the feeling of being on the losing side of a war, something you don't see very often in games. Part 1 has full voice acting, with voice acting for part 2 still in progress.

more than 2 years ago

Why Internet Pirates Always Win

Xelios Where have we seen this before? (360 comments)

The "War on Drugs" is just as pointless and ineffective yet we're still fighting it almost half a century later.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook "Like" System Devalued By Fake Users

Xelios That explains a lot (99 comments)

I'd been wondering who keeps 'liking' videos on porn tubes.

more than 2 years ago

Rethinking How Congress Pushes Copyright Laws

Xelios Re:I for one (228 comments)

I saw this back during the SOPA trial. During the hearings the people on the left did everything they could to try to push it through, the people on the right were more or less the only ones speaking out against it.

One has to wonder why the $2 trillion+ in taxes we pay every year don't buy us as much influence over the legislative process as $100,000 in campaign contributions by various corporate interests. Why aren't election campaigns funded by tax dollars instead of private donations?

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Begins Release of 2.5m Syrian Emails

Xelios Re:The leaks with a twist... (322 comments)

There's an important difference between "knowing" these things while being labeled paranoid or a conspiracy nut and "knowing" these things in relation to hard evidence that you can show people.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Researchers Invent 'Super Glass'

Xelios Re:Forget tablets & phones... (199 comments)

It'd be perfect... until you drive into a hail of tiny rocks a few times.

more than 2 years ago

After Megaupload, MPAA Targets Other File Sharing Services

Xelios Re:Pirate Bay? (214 comments)

Independent film makers get similar treatment from the MPAA. And unlike musicians they really are forced to deal with them to have their film rated for release.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

Xelios Re:Ah, America! (562 comments)

My ISP charges 3â to mail a monthly statement in the interest of cutting down on waste paper and mailing costs, so I switched to online billing a long time ago. I don't really miss it because they were kind enough to keep sending an extra envelope with advertisements and "tell your friends" incentives every month, completely free!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

Xelios Re:Neal Stephenson (647 comments)

And if you liked Stephenson try Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs trilogy. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is another one of my favorites, plus Accelerando by Charles Stross, A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge and almost any book by Alastair Reynolds for some hard sci-fi. Last but not least, Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence is not bad, Vacuum Diagrams is a nice introduction to the universe and its 5 million year timeline.

more than 2 years ago

Fatal Problems Continue To Plague F-22 Raptor

Xelios Re:Priorities. (379 comments)

Don't forget you're also developing the F-35 JSF, which seems to be a more versatile F-22 at the cost of some air superiority (which is already far superior to every other nation's air force). The bill for that program seems to be around $380 billion.

more than 2 years ago

SOPA Creator In TV/Film/Music Industry's Pocket

Xelios Re:Shockingly small amounts of money (345 comments)

I'm sure that would work, but it's still disgusting considering the people already pay taxes for just that reason.

more than 2 years ago

No SOPA Vote Until 2012

Xelios Re:Amazing (181 comments)

The problem is because the bill is so broad and vague it opens the door for selective enforcement, both in who you target and how you target them. This was brought up a few times at the hearing, and dutifully ignored. Out of all the amendments I saw proposed the only one that was voted through allowed ISPs and other institutions (like universities for example) to block an entire website rather than just the infringing content on it, if it's easier or cheaper for them to do so. A few congressmen pointed out that most websites these days run on user generated content, and that it's unbelievably stupid to encourage ISPs to block the entire site on the actions of a few of its contributors, but nobody listened.

Never mind the fact that under the bill non-profit entities like universities (which often have their own internal DNS system which qualifies them as "service providers" under the bill) would have to block websites just like an ISP would. Someone introduced an amendment to give non-profits the same protections from this clause as commercial entities get in the bill, but of course that was voted down.

more than 2 years ago

No SOPA Vote Until 2012

Xelios Re:Best part of the hearings? (181 comments)

I thought it was a lot more ridiculous that they spent a full 30 minutes afterward arguing over whether or not to strike the word "offensive" from the record. In the end she agreed to replace it with "impolitic and unkind". I'm surprised they didn't take a break for juice boxes and Dunkaroos while they waited.

more than 2 years ago



WikiLeaks Hit By DDOS Attack

Xelios Xelios writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Xelios (822510) writes "Shortly before the release of the next big bombshell from WikiLeaks, the organization's Twitter feed has just announced that the site is being hit by "a mass distributed denial of service attack". Response from is currently sporadic at best, however the Twitter feed also claims that "El Pais, Le Monde, Speigel, Guardian & NYT will publish many US embassy cables tonight, even if WikiLeaks goes down"."

DivX Pulls Plug on Stage6

Xelios Xelios writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xelios (822510) writes "DivX announced today that it will be shutting down its high-quality video sharing site, Stage6, on February 28.

So why are we shutting the service down? Well, the short answer is that the continued operation of Stage6 is a very expensive enterprise that requires an enormous amount of attention and resources that we are not in a position to continue to provide. There are a lot of other details involved, but at the end of the day its really as simple as that.
The news comes after the former CEO of DivX stepped down last year to head Stage6, which was to become a seperate company, and the still ongoing legal battle with UMG."


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