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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

artor3 Re:20,000 H1Bs for the country vs 320 million citi (288 comments)

And don't forget it's a three year period, so the actual number of H1-B visa holders in the company could be as many as triple that. It will actually be somewhat less, because not everyone stays for the full three years, but there are certainly at least half a million people in the country on the H1-B visa. And that's not counting the other work visa types, such as the L-1. When you consider that the total number of engineering, programming, and technician jobs is around 4 million, it becomes clear just how big an impact visas have.

about 5 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

artor3 The human is just a passenger (301 comments)

If the car is truly "fully autonomous" as the question suggests, then the human is just a passenger. Since when do we need a license or insurance to be a passenger? Some age restriction would be nice, so that little five-year-old Jimmy doesn't steal the family car for an automated trip to Disney World, but anything beyond that is just clinging to the past.

about 5 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

artor3 Re:Bullshit (101 comments)

If a tool is for internal use only, it can have a messy UI. It can involve half a dozen different programs that must be used in a particular order. It can have crap documentation, relying on the developers' tribal knowledge. If you were to just "zip them up and putting them on an ftp", your community would turn on you in a heartbeat, declare that you don't care about supporting your game, and that this justifies pirating it. They'll spam every review site they can find with the worst scores that the site will accept. They'll spam your message boards with abuse, and drive away other customers.

I've seen gamer communities fly into a rage over much less. If you're going to publish mod tools, you need to actually do it right.

about 5 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

artor3 Re: I never asked for this (101 comments)

1. Dumbing things down just breeds better idiots who will then require even more dumbing down. Offering challenge above and beyond the players current ability is what grants the opportunity for improvement. You don't learn how to play by sticking with "I'm too young to die" mode.

How dare those people enjoy different things!?

Did you ever think, maybe some people don't care about honing a useless skill, and are just looking for some light entertainment?

It's not like hard games no longer exist. New ones are being made all the time. The casual market has been booming, so as a percentage, hardcore gaming is down, but why get upset over that?

Hollywood pushes out mindless crap like the Avengers, but that doesn't mean quality films no longer exist. The TV is full of reality shit, but there are still good programs to be found. Trashy romance novels make up a sizeable portion of book sales, but you can still find fantastic literature being written every year.

Stop dwelling on the fact that things you like aren't the most popular things. Unless the thing you like best is being angry, in which case, don't let me stop you.

about 5 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

artor3 Re:Bullshit (101 comments)

Did you even bother to read what you quoted?

Sure, a company can spend the time and effort to produce good mod tools, but that's not necessarily a good business decision.

Read that a few more times, to be sure it sinks in.

Skyrim? Good mod tools.
DA:O? Good mod tools.
XCom? Good mod tools.
Fallout? Good mod tools.
Dark Souls? You've gotta be fucking kidding me, there are no real mods for that game. Just a borderline essential fix to boost the resolution, and some texture replacements.

Every good example you gave had mod tools released by the developers. Those aren't free to make, ya know. The time and money spent developing those could go towards making a better game. You call it a "laziness issue", but that's absurd. Have you ever worked a real job? I guarantee you, the developers worked their fucking asses off to get those games out the door. If they didn't have mod tools, it's not because they were lazy, it's because they had finite resources, and decided those resources were better spent elsewhere.

about 5 months ago
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In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

artor3 Re:Bullshit (101 comments)

It's not really that, either. It's that modding modern games is simply more difficult, because the games are more complex. Sure, a company can spend the time and effort to produce good mod tools, but that's not necessarily a good business decision. It's a major selling point for certain franchises, but not every game is going to develop a big modding community. Would Company of Heroes 2 have sold better if it had better modding support? Or would that just have been wasted money by the developer?

about 5 months ago
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Momentous Big Bang Findings Questioned

artor3 Re:Peer review (154 comments)

Yup, 'cause those are literally the only two things in the world, and we can never ever talk about one without bringing up the other.

about 5 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

artor3 Re:Wow, the Republicans... (194 comments)

You missed the part where the House Republicans voted to end net neutrality years ago, only to be stopped by the Senate Democrats.

You also missed the part where Obama implemented a limited net neutrality via executive order, only to have that struck down by the courts, following a lawsuit by Verizon.

You also missed the part where Republicans cheered the court's ruling, declaring that net neutrality is "socialism".

Look here, or just google "obama net neutrality court" for a dozen other sources.

Here's the lede, in case you're too lazy to click:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down regulations that require Internet providers to treat all traffic the same, dealing a potentially fatal blow to President Obama’s push for “net neutrality.”

Opponents of the rules, led by plaintiff Verizon, hailed the decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals as a victory over government meddling in the marketplace.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), one of the biggest opponents of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules in Congress, applauded the court for striking down “socialistic regulations.”

Do you get it yet? The Democrats have been fighting for years to try to keep net neutrality around. The Republicans have fought to destroy it. The Republicans won, because the courts were on their side. And now you blame ...the Democrats.

This is why things will never get better. This is why you will lose everything, bit by bit. Because you don't pay attention, and you lash out at the same people who tried to fight for you. Really, you deserve to lose.

about 5 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

artor3 Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

I like to imagine that some rebel-sympathizer engineer included that flaw on purpose to provide the rebels with some aid. There's no way they could have analyzed the blueprints of a ship that size and found its Achilles heel so quickly, unless they were tipped off.

about 5 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

artor3 Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

It's not like Luke spent hours flying through that trench. They flew towards it in open space, but you can't just fly in a straight line in the middle of a dogfight. They got as close as they reasonably could, and at that point it made more sense to fly within the trench and take cover from some of the guns. If they had been flying, say, a few kilometers above the surface, they would have been exposed to ALL of the surface guns, rather than just those that could shoot within the trench.

about 5 months ago
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Computer Game Reveals 'Space-Time' Neurons In the Eye

artor3 Re:Zoned? (105 comments)

He might just suck at estimating weight. I used to play a game at work where we would have people guess how much a package weighed before putting it on a scale, and some people are really, jaw-droppingly bad at that sort of thing. It's sort of interesting how people can usually estimate lengths, and volumes, and temperatures quite well, but on weight they'll be off by a factor of five or more.

about 5 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

artor3 Re:Please try harder. (327 comments)

The perfect irony of course is that Google's own pagerank depends on cross-site linking... By robbing people of URLs, a future generation of net users will grow up never knowing how to share a page with their friends unless there's a sharing mechanism within the same site their friends already use.

Who say's you need a sharing mechanism within the site? I'm sure Google will let you click and drag the "Origin Chip" into Google Hangouts (tm). The fact that that lets them track what you share is just gravy.

about 6 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

artor3 Re:Don't Misunderstand Me... (548 comments)

Ehh, maybe so. Maybe the industry asked the DOJ for support. Maybe the DOJ didn't think the industry was handling it well and wanted to step in. Maybe they're wrong to do so. I don't know.

What I do know, is that a lot of people here seem to think that this is part of Obama's super-secret conspiracy to eradicate porn and fireworks and dating websites. And that's absolutely bonkers.

about 6 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

artor3 Re:Don't Misunderstand Me... (548 comments)

The question is "high risk of what?"

The answer is credit card fraud. That's what the DOJ is trying to go after here. If you google online ammo suppliers, you get a bunch of sites that look like they haven't been updated since '98. I have no doubt that the companies are perfectly reputable. But they might not have the tightest security when it comes to detecting fraudulent transactions.

No one is saying that they're engaged in anything illegal. No one is saying they're unstable, fly-by-night businesses. What the DOJ seems to think is that the payment processing companies they do business with might be turning a blind eye to fraud in order to make more money.

about 6 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

artor3 Re:Pretty chilling honestly (548 comments)

As with most stories on Slashdot these days, it's bullshit meant to make you scared and angry.

prosecutors are investigating whether third-party processors that route payments for merchants through banks are ignoring signs of fraud to rake in fees from transactions.

They're not trying to shut down porn -- what possible motive could they even have for that? They're trying to stop disreputable businesses from effectively robbing people a few nickels at a time. If innocent companies are getting caught in the crossfire, then the DOJ needs to do its job better. But quit hyperventilating. This is not some evil government plot to wipe out all of the fireworks stores and dating services in the country.

about 6 months ago
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DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

artor3 All the cool kids are doing it! (251 comments)

If you were anywhere near the internet last week, you would have come across reports of 'DarkMarket'

Can we get some editors to remove this crap? It's just a stupid marketing gimmick -- "What, you haven't heard of [PRODUCT_NAME]? You must be living under a rock! Everyone who's anyone knows about [PRODUCT_NAME]!"

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

artor3 Re:-1 Copied from Republican Talking Points (251 comments)

We won't know the exact delta, but we'll have a much better idea. According to the article you linked, the difference between the old and new questions was about 2% in the total uninsured rate. If the upcoming Census report shows the uninsured numbers dropping by less than that, then that would be evidence that Obamacare was ineffective.

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

artor3 Re:-1 Copied from Republican Talking Points (251 comments)

They have general ideas, not exact numbers. What more could you expect? The numbers will gain some precision after the Census releases its report later this year, but even then it's based on polling, so it won't be exactly right.

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

artor3 Re:Just another (251 comments)

The CBO's current estimate is that Obamacare has reduced the net number of uninsured persons by 12 million just this year, and is on track to get another 14 million insured within a couple more years. I would have preferred single payer, but Obamacare is a LOT better than what we had before, and it's the best we could have gotten in the face of Republican obstruction.

You can call it "complete and utter crap" all day, but we all know that that's just because you want it to fail. You already admitted you're a libertarian -- you're philosophically opposed to the very thing that Obamacare sets out to accomplish.

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

artor3 Re:Healthcare.gov is really big deal. (251 comments)

I'm not saying the website isn't a big deal, but how many of those websites had the kind of advertising push that this one did?

While that is true, there was also an equally large advertising push trying to convince people not to enroll. That's something that Twitter and Facebook never had to confront.

about 6 months ago

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Netflix Now Largest Media Provider in US

artor3 artor3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

artor3 (1344997) writes "Netflix now has more subscribers than any other video provider in the United States, with 22.8 million. Comcast, now in second place, also has approximately 22.8 million subscribers, but is expected to fall further behind as Netflix continues to add around a million members each month.

Given the rapid rise of online video streaming, and the fact that traditional distributors still control access to the medium, it is increasingly likely that companies like Comcast will fight back by limiting consumers' access."

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HBGary planned to sabotage Wikileaks, Other Groups

artor3 artor3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

artor3 (1344997) writes "As you may recall, some hackers recently infiltrated the networks of HBGary Federal, after the security firm had sought to expose participants in Anonymous' DDoS of sites that had come out against Wikileaks. The emails they obtained show that HBGary had proposed several nefarious plots to undermine Wikileaks, as well as some liberal organizations, on behalf of Bank of America and the US Chamber of Commerce. One plan was to submit fake stories to Wikileaks, and then expose the fraud, hoping to cast doubt on their other material. Another scheme, ironically, proposed identifying and exploiting security flaws in the networks of liberal groups opposing the US Chamber.

Predictably, BoA and the Chamber are denying all knowledge."

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