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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Z80a Re:Myths are socially hilarious (198 comments)

Even if there was any sort of "magical or supernatural event", it would end being just some regular but unknown physics property or some smart use of the existing laws.

about a month ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Z80a Re: Pron (194 comments)

It would not.
But nothing stops google to going even lower, like let's say 300BPS.

about 3 months ago
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The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

Z80a Re:so (122 comments)

The "evil" is most likely simply creating a gigantic programmer and user base of the unreal engine, so they can shift a lot of the indie and big games to use their engine instead of lets say crytech.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Z80a Re:Nostalgia (208 comments)

You probably can pull that off with compressed music in a lossy format like OGG and a CED disc:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
If the CED is able to keep a image quality at least comparable to the VHS, you can use an ARVID solution to store data on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
At the 325 KB/s mode, you can store up around 1.1 GB of data per side of the CED, or 2.2 GB total, thus allowing you to store 1000 songs of up to 2.2MB of size.

about 3 months ago
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Virtual Reality: Purpose Beyond Gaming

Z80a Re:virtual sex - what else? (72 comments)

I'm pretty sure at least 30% of usage from this device for this purpose will include one or more ponies.

about 3 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Z80a Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (245 comments)

Those games you cited are developed with the gameplay in mind first and graphics/storytelling later.
Your typical "AAA console game" sacrifices everything for more visual fidelity and storytelling, even if its a pointless exercise due the lack of power of the consoles as was pointed out.

"It will be the prettier game of the console X/Y" so they say, but to reach that, a lot of noninteractive cutscenes, invisible walls to streamline the level and focus the assets on the memory in a small confined corridor and even some gameplay mechanics to force the player to walk to specific corners where the game looks prettier.

To not mention the endless QTEs that are meant to pretend the player is playing the game when actually just watching another cutscene he can fail.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Z80a Re:Basic Electronics (737 comments)

On a post-apocalyptic, post-industrial future, if you get ANY sort of computer, it will be either manufactured out of scavenged transistors or components too old to be fried by EMPs like 6502 CPUs, microcontrollers etc..
So, not even close to the required computing power to waste with inneficient interpreted languages.
Except basic of course.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Z80a Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Or could just make some nasty eletric traps and surveilance system to outsmart the invaders.

about 4 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Z80a Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (245 comments)

Consoles are the dominant force in the industry for EA like games, aka big budgeted graphical powerhouses with very limited gameplays.
But those are slowly going the way of the caddilacs because they're getting too expensive to make and are not exactly something you can describe as good games.
So yes, in an EA point of view, infact PC is dying as it is stopping to buy EA games.

about 4 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

Z80a What if.. (381 comments)

Copyright was something untransferable and automatically assigned to everyone that is directly responsible for the creation of the content in first place?

about 4 months ago
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FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's

Z80a Re:Whoo-hoo! (101 comments)

Or less fan noise while watching porn.

about 5 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

Z80a Bored people (293 comments)

I think that most of the trolls may actually be just really bored people, looking for a easy way out of their boredom, and thus they're not even trolls the whole time.

about 6 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

Z80a Maybe with a DOS like gui (192 comments)

That prints out their prime directives onscreen using the ol good green text?

about 6 months ago
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Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

Z80a The mighty status bar (181 comments)

The only reason why i use opera over the other browsers is the connecting->sending request->receiving data cycle from the status bar.
The other browsers with their cryptic "waiting for" are simply too annoying.
And this is why i hated the engine change as well.

about 6 months ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

Z80a Re:Yay! (439 comments)

If the planes have some sort of hidden software that allows someone to monitorate/control the planes remotely, they're not the best anymore.

about 7 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Z80a Desktops are about the format itself (453 comments)

While in the future you will be able to have a tablet that is like 10x faster than a current desktop, and it offers enough power to work on basically anything needed, the format itself of the tablet is bad for working.
The "virtual keyboard" is always worse than a regular keyboard, and as its a portable device, the screen will always be small and will need you to hold it.
Of course, you can plug a keyboard on the tablet, and can plug another screen on it or put it on a stand, but the end result? a battery powered, slow desktop computer.
Maybe the "computer" of the future will be a small box or a pendrive like device that will be plugged on several different "shells" for perform different functions.

about 8 months ago
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Aussie Company Planning To Use Drones For Textbook Delivery

Z80a Re:Butterfingers (178 comments)

Or you can rent some quite heavy books and be exactly on the spot the books will fall.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Z80a Re:Non-centering joystick (139 comments)

I think they're trying to solve it by making the trackpad concave and with a plastic ring on the middle to tell you where the middle is. But must see how effective it is at it.

about 10 months ago
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Taking Back Control of Your Data, With Fine Grained, Explicit Permissions

Z80a Re:Needs to be an appliance.. (55 comments)

Given the ridiculously small tracks, i bet its quite easy to create some "spread" circuit that assembles a much less powerful CPU over the regular tracks. Just add a transistor here, a transistor there, and some really long "roads" and you wont be able to clock very high, but not everything evil requires fast clocking anyway.

about 10 months ago

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