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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Zaphod The 42nd What privacy concerns exactly? (165 comments)

What?! Whoever wrote this (timothy) doesn't understand technology.
Counting unique MAC addresses means nothing.

It is literally just the same as watching the airport cameras and counting the passengers as they move through security.
Do you really honestly think there are no cameras at airports? Are you that clueless?

Your ignorance is a bit unsettling. Put away the tin foil.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Zaphod The 42nd Re:A bit???? (165 comments)

Its literally no different than somebody watching the airport cameras and counting how many people go through security each hour. Who cares?

2 days ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Could the soul survive? (202 comments)

We're not anywhere near that yet. We won't be able to teleport matter for a very long time / or ever. Breaking an object into information and then re-creating it would obviously destroy it.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

Zaphod The 42nd Re:This research should receive enormous funding. (202 comments)

The two maintain the same state but you cannot WHATSOEVER control that state, so all you have and all you can trasmit is ENTIRELY RANDOM DATA. The only value in transmitting random data instantly is that you can use it for security purposes in computer authentication schemes. That is all. You will NEVER be able to transmit classical information FTL (through this method anyways).

about 5 months ago
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Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

Zaphod The 42nd Elegant (381 comments)

There already exists a word for "no more complex than required", and that term is ELEGANT.

Its been around since the beginning of programming. Get with the program. This is a non-story.

about a year ago
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AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Did DirectX ever "drive the market"? (305 comments)

Then you're massively out of touch with PC gaming. Almost every game out there uses DirectX and your DirectX performance is your gaming performance. Now, some use openGL, but most definitely use DirectX.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Let's predict the headlines of the future: (305 comments)

Agreed. They're going to pull a Dx10 - Vista. Windows 8 was a COLOSSAL failure, so just like Vista, now they have to force the market to give them money.

So Windows 9 is going to have Dx12 baked in, and it'll be called "GraphicsNew" instead of "DirectX" so we can't say "Hey, why teh fuck won't you release Dx12 for Windows7?" like we did with XP and Dx9/10. "Oh, sorry, but GraphicsNew is too fancy for poor Windows7, its completely different from DirectX!"

Yeah fucking right.

about a year and a half ago
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Hackers Swipe Unreleased Game From Ubisoft

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Marketing stunt? (99 comments)

I don't know. The whole thing is just bizarre. Maybe it is a marketing stunt?

The release was very, very oddly handled. They only mentioned it on April 1st, April Fool's Day, so it looked 100% like an April Fool's Joke.

Then, we don't really hear anything from Ubisoft, but some gaming press announces they heard some press release that its legit and its coming out in May. We don't know how much it'll cost.

What is that? What games these days aren't marketed to hell?

Then its leaked by accident... yeah maybe this is some weird viral marketing scheme?

about a year and a half ago
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Hackers Swipe Unreleased Game From Ubisoft

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Unreleased game, footage of it being played?? (99 comments)

Its not a new game really, its a standalone expansion pack for Far Cry 3. You don't need Far Cry 3 to play it, but it builds entirely on it and is pretty much the exact same game. So it makes sense that they could crank this out pretty fast and not have too many bugs.

Blood Dragon is just FarCry3 but in the future, with 80s chrome/neon everywhere. Which is fucking awesome.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Can't Go Backwards (736 comments)

No, its more like your GPS says 5 minutes, then an hour, then 5 minutes, then an hour, when you know both can't be right. Telling me 22 and taking 35 is pretty fair, especially if it revises its time to get closer to 35 as you go.

There's no reason why it shouldn't attempt to do a quick inventory of all the processes necessary, the size of all files involved, and compare that to the general rate of copy/delete/whatever. Its the same thing your gps does, its averages your speed and calculates time, based on the total distance.

Many current status bars (windows) just use the current file, and so if that one file is really big, it assumes they're all big, or if that one file is really small, it assumes they're all small, which gives it wildly off values. Other OS (OSX) do a full inventory of all files to be copied / installed first, so that the progress bar is far more accurate and doesn't spastically jump back and forth.

But you could go even further, do like the GPS does, and keep a database of users and their past progress and times. They could record user install times based on the hardware, MS could just collect your DxDiag file and the time taken to install, and then when you go to install it just finds the nearest hardware profile and guesses that you're going to take about as long. Boom.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Can't Go Backwards (736 comments)

You can try to profile it, but the actual time is determined by the local hardware after all: Processor speed, number of cores (which affects only some operations), network speed, free memory - there's no way to predict how much of the time will be spend on each task.

But all of the hardware information is available to the OS. They should be able to track generic profiles of different hardware specs and the times it took them to complete, and then they could pick a similar result to your hardware directx config or whatever, and tell you its going to take about that long. Not hard or complicated at all. Hm.

about a year and a half ago
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Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math

Zaphod The 42nd Dumb article name (589 comments)

Enemy isn't math. Its brute force / overwhelming numbers. Dumb article name is dumb.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Helps Find Evidence In Gang Rape Case

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Anonymous has become Batman. (436 comments)

You're hilariously naive about law.

ONLY COPS ARE RESTRICTED IN THAT WAY.

If I participate in a crime, I see someone else do it, and then the cops catch me, DUH the cops can get me to rat on my friends and testify against them. You think because I saw them committing a crime while I was committing a crime, that my testimony doesn't count as evidence in court?

Ugh, public education, ladies and gentlemen.

The fruit of the poisoned tree rule only applies to cops, to prevent cops from abusing their authority. Citizens have absolutely NO such restriction. I can break into your house, find a video of you stealing something, and then mail it to the cops anonymously. The cops receive it anonymously, they haven't broken any laws, so it works just fine as evidence and you're arrested.

Its actually a pretty big loophole that a lawyer could knowingly take some evidence obtained illegally and mail it to the cops anonymously, thus "laundering" the evidence, but its not a common situation.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

Zaphod The 42nd Re:The guys is wrong (740 comments)

I am indeed using windows 7 and am fine with it. And 8 is fine on a tablet. I just feel like the review did have several good criticisms of Windows 8 as a desktop OS, it really is quite frustrating to use as a complete workstation replacement versus what we've been used to. It interrupts productivity in the office. Again, as a home tablet OS, its fine. Have you tried it with Dual Montiors? Blagh. Definitely not for workstations.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

Zaphod The 42nd Re:He admits he's not using a tablet!!! (740 comments)

"Well, there you go! We all knew this OS was an absolutely terrible OS for desktops, but hey guys it works for tablets sorta so its not that bad"

I'm lost.

"We all knew there were usability issues on the desktop" sounds like conceding "This is a shitty operating system", or at least "This is a tablet only OS".

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Clearly Phillip Greenspun didn't try very hard (740 comments)

Click on the start button. Click Shut Down.

Because Windows is so ubiquitous, Linux has had to copy Windows UI design for awhile now to make it accessible. Anything that isn't Windows style is unintuitive since we've learned that, even if it would originally be more intuitive.

Have you seen Ubuntu lately?

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

Zaphod The 42nd Re:The guys is wrong (740 comments)

While Im not an advocate of Windows 8, miss information makes me mad too. In the article it said "Some functions, such as ‘start an application’ or ‘restart the computer’ are available only from the tablet interface". I took this to mean the Metro tiles, which if that's what he meant, he is completely wrong. The command prompt is still there. The standard desktop is still there. "Old style" shortcuts still exist. Of course, he complained about that too.

WRONG. WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG.

The old desktop IS still there. HOWEVER, many of the things which used to be on the desktop ARE NO LONGER.

MANY THINGS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO METRO AND CAN NO LONGER BE ACCESSED OUTSIDE METRO, INCLUDING SYSTEM FUCKING PROPERTIES AND RESTART THE COMPUTER.

The review is absolutely correct, and you're completely misinformed. Just because you have a command prompt doesn't mean that everything else from your desktop still works or is still there.

I have to switch from metro to desktop to use half my apps, but I have to switch from desktop to metro to use system properties? Worst design ever.

You don't seem to understand his complaints. Its not that shorcuts work. Its that metro shortcuts kick you to the desktop, and the desktop kicks you to metro. Why can't you just use one? Why can't everything be done in both? Its a clusterfuck.

about 2 years ago
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Favorite U.S. Political Party

Zaphod The 42nd Re:Oh come on (503 comments)

You see Arsenal last night?

They're 'avin' a larf

about 2 years ago
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D&D Monster Study Proves Eyes Have It

Zaphod The 42nd Eyes = point of view (196 comments)

You're not looking at the center of the person, if you were doing that, the head wouldn't make sense. You'd stare at their chest. The point is not to look at a being's physical form necessarily, but rather to look them in the eyes, that is, to look at where they're looking from. You see them seeing you, they see you seeing them. Do you look a blind person in the eyes when you're talking to them? They won't look you in the eyes back, likely. Its about perspective, not about form.

about 2 years ago

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