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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

ZuchinniOne Re:Ignore this article completely (228 comments)

It's not your living space that was the problem. But the idea that you should avoid as much responsibility for MAKING burning man happen as possible.

Every year there is a larger percentage of virgins than the previous year ... and that's awesome! More people coming and learning about the culture and having an amazing experience is fabulous. But because so many virgins are coming it is more important than ever that they be involved and participating.

The city doesn't just magically happen and appear for spectators to come and enjoy it. It comes from the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears of the people who go to burning man to share something.

I think its a good idea for virgins to make some things easier on themselves since your first year is a huge culture shock. But if you're not participating you're missing the whole point and really just ending up being parasitic.

about a year ago
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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

ZuchinniOne Re:Intolerance... (228 comments)

Yep that's right! It also includes 200 burner bucks for getting beer at the bar inside the temple of the man or center camp.

about a year ago
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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

ZuchinniOne Re:Intolerance... (228 comments)

And don't forget to book your tickets early for the Daft Punk concert at the trash fence.

about a year ago
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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

ZuchinniOne Ignore this article completely (228 comments)

If you actually have any interest in Burning Man other than to say "I went" you should disregard pretty much everything this guys says.

Burning Man is an experience ... not a place you visit. The city is built by the people who go ... INCLUDING YOU. So go with something that you want to share with everyone else! Show people how awesome you are and teach people about things they didn't know.

You will get out of burning man exactly what you put into it. And if you do what this guy suggests, you sadly won't get much.

One more note ... the people who go are a VERY diverse group. My camp included a neuroscientist, an astronomer, an author, a person who works at the White House, several business owners, an opera singer, an android developer, and people from Russia, Brasil, Japan, Mexico, and the US.

The gifts I made to give away were necklaces that I hand carved and polished out of a piece of stromatolite (3.5 billion year old fossilized algae) I bought.

about a year ago
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PS3 Piracy Threats Cause Phone-Home DRM

ZuchinniOne Bionic DRM (256 comments)

We're so sorry that we created such an awful DRM system without telling you what we were doing ... to fix that problem and regain the trust of our customers we will now tell you exactly how badly our DRM system will screw over legitimate users. But at least we know that no one can find any way to crack the airtight PS3 security lockdown.

And next time we come out with a game we'll make sure to have a completely non-invasive DRM scheme that simply involves implanting a CAPCOM chip in your frontal lobe so that you can be our very own little Bionic DRM Commander.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

ZuchinniOne Hard to find source article link + too white (2254 comments)

Gone are the days where the source articles are clearly linked on the frontpage ... it makes me sad.

Also the white is blindingly bright.

Usually redesigns take a while to get used to, and I'm willing to give it a chance, but these two things really need to change.

more than 3 years ago
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3D Cinema Doesn't Work and Never Will

ZuchinniOne Re:Another problem with 3D (436 comments)

I think you misunderstand my point. When a 2D filmmaker focuses on one image element it is easy for the audience to follow and thus the filmmaker can tell their story.

However with a 3D environment one needs to search for the focus point that the filmmaker is presenting to you. All of the other points are out of focus, but the point they want you to focus on will be out of focus as well unless you find it.

So when that trick is used it makes the entire 3D experience difficult for many people and simply impossible for others.

An alternative to focus which might work better for a 3D environment would be a contrast change so that the element the filmmaker wants to highlight is much brighter/darker than the rest of the scene. The viewer's eyes will naturally move towards that element and focus appropriately.

more than 3 years ago
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3D Cinema Doesn't Work and Never Will

ZuchinniOne Re:Convergence and Focus (436 comments)

Vision scientist here ... sorry to have to disagree with you, but actually they are linked ... mostly for very near objects though, so the problems mentioned would be worst for handheld video games like the 3DS.

more than 3 years ago
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3D Cinema Doesn't Work and Never Will

ZuchinniOne Another problem with 3D (436 comments)

Is that in the past movies have used tricks like focusing in a particular screen element in order to get you to pay attention to it. With 3D movies you should be allowed to focus on any element you want, yet film-makers (including for Avatar) have persisted in using 2D film tricks like this.

The only solution would be to film with a very wide field of view so that your focus point is essentially infinity.

This could also mediate the focus problem mentioned in the article ... but movie theaters would need to change the seating so that there were no seats anywhere near the screen.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

ZuchinniOne Really?!? This is front-page quality? (307 comments)

Technical analysis aside, all these Israel claims are based on huge assumptions and zero concrete evidence. Even if Israel did create this virus why would they put references in the code that led back to them?

more than 3 years ago
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GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal

ZuchinniOne It's like 4square for life (926 comments)

Woo Hoo ... now I can finally keep track of which Strip Clubs to go to when I want to have a word with my Congressman.

about 4 years ago
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Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates

ZuchinniOne Re:I wish this were true (393 comments)

I'm not disputing that online educational resources are a good thing, I think they're great. But they will never be the "Best" education you can get.

about 4 years ago
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Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates

ZuchinniOne I wish this were true (393 comments)

This is one of those things that I wish were true. It would be wonderful to be able to give everyone access to the best education around for free, but as someone who teaches both at the high school and university level I can tell you that there is no substitute for having a teacher who can be there for you to answer questions, guide the class when they see confused looks and take the conversation in a different direction if students aren't understanding. Also you can never underestimate the effect that curiosity has on learning. A student who gets excited about a topic will want to ask questions and learn more things immediately and a teacher who can feed that desire is the best motivator in the world ... when you WANT to learn something it becomes easy and fun.

about 4 years ago
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StarCraft II Cost $100 Million To Develop

ZuchinniOne BattleNet 2.0 included? (414 comments)

I call shennanagins here. I bet that the cost of building battlenet 2.0 was included in this $100 million figure since that is where they are planning to make most of their money. Also this includes almost all of the costs for the two add-ons that are coming and will probably be quite expensive.

more than 4 years ago
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Convert a SIM To a MicroSIM, With a Meat Cleaver

ZuchinniOne Meat Cleavers the Optimal Solution (302 comments)

I think that this should start a trend.

Clearly meat cleavers are the best way to deal with all Apple products.

more than 4 years ago

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Neuroscientist David Eagleman's new kind of e-book

ZuchinniOne ZuchinniOne writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZuchinniOne (1617763) writes "Neuroscientist David Eagleman has written a new book called "Why the net matters: How the internet will save civilization". However his book is not only relevant for its content, but also for the novel way in which he presents the information and allows readers to take advantage of the e-book format with non-linear reading style, videos, and interactive content.

Hopefully this will just be the beginning of a trend that really allows e-books to become their own medium for telling stories and presenting information."

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DRM Fail: Ubisoft's authentication servers go down

ZuchinniOne ZuchinniOne writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZuchinniOne (1617763) writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely no-one who legally bought their games can play them ... oops.

"At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games."

One can only wonder if this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

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Google now has real-time search results

ZuchinniOne ZuchinniOne writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZuchinniOne (1617763) writes "The search giant said it will draw real-time data from over a billion pages on the web. The new feature will also include updates from Twitter and the social networks of MySpace and Facebook. At an event staged at the Computer History Museum in California, the company said this was the first time that any search engine has integrated the real-time web into its results page."
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Net Neutrality: FCC swamped with negative comments

ZuchinniOne ZuchinniOne writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZuchinniOne (1617763) writes "The FCC has proposed new rules for Net Neutrality and they are currently in the process of getting public feedback for the suggested rules. However there are a disturbingly large number of negative, anti-neutrality submissions from people who seem to think that Net Neutrality is a new thing and equivalent to a government takeover of the internet.

It is unclear if these comments are due to the spin some news organizations are putting on Net Neutrality. Or if they are due to the astroturfing being done by big telecoms such as AT&T who asked their 200,000 employees to come out against Net Neutrality ... but to keep their affiliation with AT&T a secret when posting comments. There are also concerns that "AT&T is subtly threatening employees by describing the FCC as 'poised to regulate the Internet in a manner that would drive up consumer prices, and burden companies like ours while exempting companies like Google.'"

In support of this misinformation, John McCain (R) has introduced a bill to the senate which would block Net Neutrality. This seems a bit out of place for a person who freely admits he doesn't know how to use a computer. McCain's ironically named "Internet Freedom Act" will be competing against the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009" submitted by the Democrats in favor of Net Neutrality."

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A good look at Apple's response to the FCC

ZuchinniOne ZuchinniOne writes  |  about 5 years ago

ZuchinniOne (1617763) writes " The Consumerist takes a look at Apple's response to the FCC regarding the rejection of a Google Voice App

They don't seem to buy Apple's response saying:

"Too bad it isn't actually true. Techcrunch's sources claim that most of the responses are lies, half-truths, or at best, misleading.The part of Google's statement that deals with this subject is, tellingly, redacted in the version released to the public."

It's an interesting read and definitely thought provoking."
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Why AT&T killed Google Voice

ZuchinniOne ZuchinniOne writes  |  about 5 years ago

ZuchinniOne (1617763) writes ""The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article about the likely reasons that AT&T and Apple killed the Google Voice application."

"With Google Voice, you have one Google phone number that callers use to reach you, and you pick up whichever phone--office, home or cellular--rings. You can screen calls, listen in before answering, record calls, read transcripts of your voicemails, and do free conference calls. Domestic calls and texting are free, and international calls to Europe are two cents a minute. In other words, a unified voice system, something a real phone company should have offered years ago."

They also go on to discuss why it would be a good thing to "Transition away from "owning" airwaves" and "End municipal exclusivity deals for cable companies" and how all of this would likely strengthen Net Neutrality through a competitive marketplace that anyone could enter."

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