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Valve Sued In Germany Over Game Ownership

Zandamesh Same problem as iTunes. (384 comments)

I'm guessing if this is allowed, you should be able to sell iTunes Music as well.

The main problem I see with this concept isn't that games will get sold, the problem is that they will be given away. Fox example if you had 1000 games, they could be shared between 10000 people, just swapping back af forth whenever needed. It is unlikely that everyone plays this game at the same time, you will create a mentality that allows thinking like "Oh I can buy it somewhere else anyway" and in the end the profits will drop drastically.

about a year and a half ago
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How Can Wikipedia's Visual Editor Top Other Word Processors?

Zandamesh Too many options! (196 comments)

Problem with modern user interfaces is that they usually have waay too many buttons/options!

Every user interface is actually two user interfaces, one in the mind, and one on the screen. Every image on the screen first goes trough the "filter" in your brain, and this filter is different for everyone. But if you make a large part of the user interface a part of the "filter" in your mind, you also gain a better understanding of what you're doing. Would you think it would be better if while programming you had a button for "for loop" "while loop" "new method", a button for everything? Learning programmling like that would be very annoying.

It's a bit like the "command line" vs "user interface" debate. You trade a slightly higher learning curve for a better understanding and usage later on. If you're gonna build a WYSIWYG interface with all the capabilities of the normal interface, it'll probably end up more complicated than the normal interface.

Look, I'm not saying abstractions are bad, they're very important, but you have to put those abstractions in the mind of the user, not on a screen as buttons.

about 2 years ago
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AdTrap Aims To Block All Internet Advertising In Hardware

Zandamesh Embed ads into directly into HTML (295 comments)

Make them indistinguishable from a normal .png or a piece of text. Or is there some technical reason why this can't be done?

about 2 years ago
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Making Biodegradable Computer Chips Out of Spider Silk

Zandamesh Re:Self consistency optional. (55 comments)

Correlation does not imply causation.

Just because light travels easily trough silk does not mean that there are not properties of silk that can influence data loss.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

Zandamesh Give him Legos (338 comments)

His imagination will take care of the rest!

about 2 years ago
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Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks

Zandamesh What's up with all this iPhone astroturfing? (100 comments)

This being Slashdot, would it not make sense for there to be more Android articles? Is there just too much Apple astroturfing going on Slashdot or is it just me?

more than 2 years ago
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Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

Zandamesh Re:FLAC (361 comments)

Makes you think of ponies.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

Zandamesh Firefox? More like Crashfox! (665 comments)

Firefox crashes CONSTANTLY on my pc! Sometimes I have 10 windows open with 10-20 tabs in each and then it crashes, it's so annoying. This is my main problem with Firefox, plus, I got like 20 extensions and one of them might be the culprit, but how is it my job to find out which one??. My second biggest problem is that youtube works very bad compared to chrome.

Chrome simply doesn't crash all the fucking time.

more than 2 years ago
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The Web Is Not the Internet

Zandamesh Orly? (412 comments)

There is not really much to discuss here. Yes, ridiculing people about how little they know about the interwebs is fun, this is mostly history everybody here knows.

more than 2 years ago
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64 Complaints Received On UK Cookie Law

Zandamesh Re:Counter (86 comments)

ah I get it. I was thinking of an array of 64 elements, where each element is a Complaint class, while you were thinking of a simple counter.

more than 2 years ago
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64 Complaints Received On UK Cookie Law

Zandamesh Re:Counter (86 comments)

If you have an array of ints:
int[] numberList = { 1, 2, 3, 4 }
and someone asks you, how many ints are in this array? Do you say 3 or 4?

more than 2 years ago
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64 Complaints Received On UK Cookie Law

Zandamesh Re:Counter (86 comments)

no, if indexes go from 0 to 63, and it allows 64 elements :->

more than 2 years ago
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Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Talks Jacked-In Soldiers And Military Neuroscience

Zandamesh I'm not surprised (117 comments)

As it is now, the greatest tool(weapon) we have lies between our ears, more powerful than the fastest jets and the biggest bombs, and anything that improves it to perform certain tasks better is an option. So genetic manipulation, chips in brains, anything. Because if you don't, then someone else will and then you lose.

I'm guessing most of this is done in secrecy to prevent public outcries.

more than 2 years ago
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Did the Titanic Sink Due To an Optical Illusion?

Zandamesh Why didn't they just... (166 comments)

Turn the ship around and go back to the floating iceberg, board it, and wait for help there?

more than 2 years ago
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Evidence For Antimatter Anomaly Mounts

Zandamesh Re:Playing with marbles (147 comments)

Our universe is just another marble in someone's bag. *sigh*

Galaxy. It's another galaxy in someone's bag.

more than 2 years ago
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Antibiotics Are Useless In Treating Most Sinus Infections

Zandamesh Re:What does this sentence mean? (377 comments)

"there was no significant difference in symptoms between patients taking amoxicillin to those who took the placebo three days after starting the pills were administered."


there was no significant difference
        in symptoms
                between patients taking amoxicillin to those who took the placebo
three days
        after starting the pills were administered.

Humans are bad at understanding nested stuff, luckily for me, I'm a programmer.

more than 2 years ago

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NASA Discovers First Earth-Size Planets Beyond Our

Zandamesh Zandamesh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Zandamesh (1689334) writes "NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.

The discovery marks the next important milestone in the ultimate search for planets like Earth. The new planets are thought to be rocky. Kepler-20e is slightly smaller than Venus, measuring 0.87 times the radius of Earth. Kepler-20f is slightly larger than Earth, measuring 1.03 times its radius. Both planets reside in a five-planet system called Kepler-20, approximately 1,000 light-years away in the constellation Lyra."

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Nuclear power plants on the Moon and Mars

Zandamesh Zandamesh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zandamesh (1689334) writes "On earth, nuclear reactors are under attack because of concerns over damage caused by natural disasters. In space, however, nuclear technology may get a new lease on life.

Plans for the first nuclear power plant for the production of electricity for manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets were unveiled today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS)."

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