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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

aaaantoine Re:So (310 comments)

Besides, even the NYPD can't get a federal employee fired since the NYPD is a state-level agency.

The NYPD is not even a state-level agency; it's a municipal-level agency. Though granted, it is the largest such agency in the US by far[pg. 34], they are nonetheless 2 steps removed.

about 7 months ago

Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light

aaaantoine That's Okay (196 comments)

Things will get more interesting when we increase the speed of light 197 years from now.

more than 3 years ago

Viacom Closes MTV Games

aaaantoine Re:Music bubble. (27 comments)

Fad schmad. People still play these games. The market is saturated. Everybody who was gonna buy a set of Rock Band instruments has already done so.

more than 3 years ago

America's Cubicles Are Shrinking

aaaantoine Re:If anybody needs me... (484 comments)

No need to post anonymously, Milton. We know it's you.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

aaaantoine Re:Why do people do that? (968 comments)

I seriously doubt these folks write in all caps when they use a pen (or do they???)

I actually don't write in all-caps on computers (except for a demonstration I typed in an earlier comment). Yet, when I write with a pen I prefer to write in block letters. Just a stylistic preference of mine. I don't very much like my lowercase penmanship.

I've found that people who type in all caps typically do it for the same reason I handwrite in all caps: because to them, it looks better. I'm not saying I approve of it in typing, just that I see why people do it.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

aaaantoine Re:Good Riddance (968 comments)


The above short paragraph took me as little time to type out as it would have if I weren't holding shift. The most annoying part about it was remembering to release shift when I wanted to use punctuation. If you're an experienced touch typist, holding shift key for extended periods should be trivial (and furthermore, having to type in all caps shouldn't be necessary in the first place).

more than 4 years ago

Apple Sues Steve Jobs Figurine Maker Over Likeness

aaaantoine Eighty Dollars? (172 comments)

Even his likeness is overpriced.

more than 4 years ago

Early Look At Acer's Iconia Dual Touchscreen Device

aaaantoine Re:keyboard bumps on the touchscreen (68 comments)

It seems to me that the better way to go is just have the software put home row wherever the user sets his hands down.

As an extension of this, the virtual keyboard could be split in half, and each half of the keyboard can orient according to how the user puts his fingers down. That way, people can type whichever way is most comfortable for them.

Now all this pipe dream needs is some sort of dynamic bump map that can be raised according to on-screen texture.

more than 4 years ago

RAGE On iOS Shows Promise

aaaantoine Re:Indicative of id lately (102 comments)

In actuality they are pure 2D games, and can be played purely from a 2D top-down perspective as there aren't any vertical aiming or other height elements.

While it's true that there is no vertical aiming/looking, Doom and Wolfenstein 3D simply would not be the same games if played from a top-down perspective.

The thing about the first-person perspective is that it's an entirely different angle from top-down. It's not prettier or uglier, nor better or worse; it's just different.

From a first-person point of view, you can see "infinitely" in one direction. Take the same scene and look at it from top-down. Your field of view changes drastically. You gain a peripheral advantage, but things far enough off in the distance will be cut entirely out of view. If you want to mimic first-person visibility from a top-down angle, you would have to zoom out until you can see the farthest corner of the room... But doing that would make the objects nearest to you tiny.

Yes, even in primitive games such as Wolfenstein 3D, first person perspective is justified.

more than 4 years ago

Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive

aaaantoine How Old is This Study? (173 comments)

I've heard of this as early as 15 years ago. Has no one else heard this before?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Inbox Throws Blow At Google... No Flinch?

aaaantoine Re:Google? (207 comments)

One of these three allows free IMAP/POP3 access and mail forwarding, allowing you to completely circumvent the web based client. Guess which one.

more than 4 years ago

Auto Industry's Fastest Processor Is 128Mhz

aaaantoine Re:Made to last... (397 comments)

According to TFA, the processor is part of the engine, which makes it part of the powertrain. GM has a 5 Year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. So, it would not be in GM's best interest if the part only lasted 3 years / 25,000 miles.

more than 4 years ago

The First Photograph of a Human

aaaantoine Re:Cat (138 comments)

(no, no pictures, PSFWUYWFAR)


I Googled this acronym, and the only results that came back were references back to this Slashdot post.

more than 4 years ago

Austria's 'Bionic Man' Dies In Car Crash

aaaantoine Re:I wonder... (200 comments)

"I wonder if pirates ever crashed ships into rocks, cliffs etc because of their rum more rum."

more than 4 years ago

Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

aaaantoine Re:No respawn? (102 comments)

Not to mention you have to re-roll all stats, and you get slapped with a random backstory.

Man, I've played some tough games, but RL is the biggest pain in the ass of them all.

more than 4 years ago

Digital Dashboard Device Detects Driver Drowsiness

aaaantoine Re:Great stuff (117 comments)

ABS will stop you faster slamming on the brakes on a dry surface than trying to keep from skidding without it; if the tires are skidding, they have almost zero traction, as was demonstrated in a driving course in the USAF. ABS will stop a car faster than the same car without it in any conditions. The added benefit is you can still steer with the brakes slammed on.

This is wrong. What ABS does is allow you to control the direction of your car when your tires would otherwise lose traction. In fact, the stopping distance with ABS is actually longer than without.

more than 4 years ago

New Adobe PDF Zero-Day Under Attack

aaaantoine Re:!Hackers (203 comments)

Dudes, this is Slashdot. Can't you just for once use a term which *doesn't* have a positive second meaning to a majority of your readers? Try one of these:

  • ... warning that crackers are actively exploiting the vulnerability in-the-wild ...

You know, it's awfully telling that a box of saltines can exploit an Adobe vulnerability.

more than 4 years ago

What Scientists Really Think About Religion

aaaantoine Re:Particularly relevant (1123 comments)

First off, not all churches are bad. Don't make that assumption.

1. he didn't pass a collection plate

How do you know? After all, he was human at the time, and needed food to eat and clothes on his back.

Besides, tithing is crucial to the church community, and it is found several times in scripture. See Gen 28:20-22 and Deuteronomy 14:22-29 for example. (for reference, Levite == priest.)

In a good church, that offering goes on to fund the facilities required to maintain the church, any missionaries adopted by the church, and the community surrounding the church. Certainly, it also pays the salaries of the pastor and church workers, but unlike Congress, we the members of the church get to vote on whether the church workers get raises. ;-)

2. he wasn't passing the collected money up to a king in a city-state with a trillion dollar endowment


4. he was Jesus, not a pedophile hypocrite in a uniform

Oh, this must be about Catholicism. But even in Catholicism, not all churches are bad.

3. he wasn't promoting a political viewpoint while he had everyone's attention

This word "political". I do not think it means what you think it means. The Law of God is policy. Christianity, in many ways, is itself a political viewpoint.

5. it was about his ideas, not his haircut, the size of his stadium, the height of his stained-glass windows, or how well he fit the audience's idea of a "good christian"

I've never been to a church that preaches about these things... At least not without a tongue planted firmly in cheek. I imagine if I had ever visited one such congregation, I wouldn't stay very long.

6. he didn't have to talk around the absurd surrealities in the bible

This seems to be an attack on scripture itself, rather than the concept of a church, so this isn't all that relevant to my question.

more than 4 years ago


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