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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

afidel Re:cool (277 comments)

I too have a massive library of oldies from GOG.com, a huge Steam library, and a large Steam wishlist just waiting for the right sale to pickup, I can outwait this trend since I literally have more content available than I can possibly consume pre-retirement.

yesterday
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

afidel Re:Cultural Differences (110 comments)

Is it ever okay to "grease" an official's palm?
If the payment is only intended and only results in an official carrying out his or her job duties a bit faster (without breaking any other rules), then it MAY be legal. If the payment speeds up the process by ignoring the local laws or regulatory process, then the payment is still an illegal bribe. So in addition to the FCPA, you must check written laws of the host country.
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You can find many other sources, the case law around it is a bit nuanced, but basically if you're just trying to get stuff off someones desk that should be moving along under local law then you're probably ok. Congress obviously didn't mean to make it impossible for US based companies to do business around the world so the courts have to take that into account. Since most folks aren't lawyers practicing in that area of law corporate training tends to be very black and white on the issue (this also works to absolve the company if their employees tread into areas that are dark shades of grey).

4 days ago
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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

afidel Re:Cultural Differences (110 comments)

No, this is much more than the tip style bribery, in fact the foreign corrupt practices act specifically excludes payments to officials who are just doing their normal function (your tips to get paperwork moved), this was out and out corruption to get sweetheart deals. Nobody is paying one official $600k to get paperwork moved along, they're doing that to get millions in contracts with little oversight and hence tons of profit margin. Trust me, nobody in DOJ is going to upset powerful multinationals over some greased palms.

4 days ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

afidel Re:Is this the new emulator story for Android devs (129 comments)

You can get a refurb 2013 Nexus 7 for less than $150, it will run 4.4.4 today and is guaranteed to get L. Asus MemoPad 7 is available for $124 new at Walmart.com and runs 4.4, though for a developer the Atom might not work (it depends on if you're using native code, though if you're going there you shoudl probably get a sample of the top x devices you plan to support)

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

afidel Re:Connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 (149 comments)

Woohoo, modded troll by an idiot for stating facts. Typical slashdot.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

afidel Re:Suercaps (149 comments)

Supercaps aren't even really out of the early lab stage, their commercialization curve is at least a decade out.

4 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

afidel Re:Connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 (149 comments)

Mustang's aren't wild, they're feral, the species is not domestic to North America.

4 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

afidel Re:Of course they don't need the full spectrum (79 comments)

The problem is that a 6MHz channel only allows ~18Mbps of usable bandwidth using 8VSB (current ATSC standard OTA encoding) which isn't a lot if you're using MPEG2 for 1080i/720p @30fps, cutting it down to ~9Mbps means you're getting worse than DVD bandwidth for what's supposed to be an HD signal.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

afidel Re:I don't see how MS can comply (122 comments)

I imagine that criminal law has been updated to the same standards as civil law, under FRCP you can no longer bury the opponent with paper, if they make a request for digital records in a digital format then you must supply the records in that format if it is at all reasonable to do so (ie if you ask for PDFs from email that is reasonable, as would be TIFF, but .123 files would probably not be reasonable unless the source documents were in that format)

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

afidel Re:Simple change. What about round abouts (213 comments)

Or Paris, or London, roundabouts with more than 2 lanes are a nightmare because humans aren't made to handle that many inputs in real time.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

afidel Re:WiFi Calling? (729 comments)

Yes, my 2007 Blackberry on T-Mobile transitioned from WiFi to cellular without dropping calls just fine. It's not exactly rocket science.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

afidel Re:Before and After (729 comments)

Touch ID is broken and will be until Apple uses a non-crap (expensive) fingerprint reader.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

afidel Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

So if you lose or upgrade your phone you have to re-setup all your stored cards? That doesn't sound very Apple like. If not then they're storing it in your device backup and just like the nude pics it's open for hackers to retrieve from the backup image.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

afidel Re:Fracking takes water out of action (191 comments)

They submitted exactly what they use in a god damn congressional hearing
[citation needed]

Preferably a link to the Congressional Record where the additives are listed.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

afidel Re:Fracking takes water out of action (191 comments)

and """contiminated""" frac water isn't any more polluted.

Really, you say that with such conviction. Would you drink untreated, or lightly treated fracking water every day for a year? Because AFAIK nobody but the fracking companies knows exactly what they're putting into their mixtures (and often not even then, many wildcaters buy from Halliburton and friends). The companies have fought extremely hard against any attempt to have them disclose what they are using, or at having and independent scientific analysis of the safety of the fracking effluent. One of the few scholarly articles I've found shows significant risks:

The analysis of effluent samples collected prior to the PADEP’s request supports our first hypothesis that concentrations of analytes in effluent were above water quality criteria (Table 1). Ba, Sr, and bromides are of particular public health concern. For the metals strontium and barium, both surpassed the federal MCL for drinking water
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about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

afidel Re:Excellent Question (191 comments)

Bullshit. There was a case here locally where a farm that had had fine drinking water for almost 200 years suddenly had flammable water with Benzene levels 5-10x the allowable limit. They have water reports from as little as 2 years before the fracking began because they were contemplating selling the farm (they ended up donating most of the land to the county for a park and taking a 100 year tax abatement on the homestead instead, which is how the land ended up being fracked to begin with, talk about no good deed going unpunished). You can check out the story yourself if you think I'm some fringe lunatic.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

afidel Re:Transition fuel (191 comments)

Trains will probably never run on synth fuel, with a train storage is a complete non-issue, fuel takes up a tiny fraction of the available cargo room and towing capacity so trains will just use lightly compressed natural gas directly, it's WAY more energy efficient that way and the conversion from traditional diesel is trivial (Berkshire owned CSX is already starting to convert their fleet)..

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

afidel Re:Transition fuel (191 comments)

Natural gas basically just subsidizes the cost of drilling, the profit comes from the liquid petroleum fraction, that's why BP recently pulled out of their holdings in SE Ohio, their test wells were all much drier than expected resulting in wells that had ROIs well below other global areas so they shifted their capital elsewhere. So as long as they can find large pockets of wet gas there will be as much supply as the transportation network can handle, and if they're finding enough wet gas then liquification will become economical and we'll start shipping natural gas to Europe, which will have interesting geopolitical impacts as it will neuter Putin.

about a week ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

afidel Re:Math. (67 comments)

It's much more important than the 31k affected sites, 1024 roots are weak enough targets that just about any nation state and many crime syndicates can create a flood of valid and trusted certs just by factoring the private key of that one CA cert.

about two weeks ago

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afidel afidel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

afidel (530433) writes "Dell announced a somewhat shocking development at Oracle World, they are shipping two lines of AMD Opteron based servers! The article mentions this being a break from Dell's longtime Intel exclusive partnership. Is the love afair over, is Dell throwing Intel a bone to help them with their antitrust lawsuit and has no real plans to push the Opteron servers, or has customer demand finally forced their hand?"

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