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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

asavage Re:Quit buying games on day one (474 comments)

Ubisoft still hasn't batched a bug in the ACIII DLC which makes the DLC unplayable for me and many others. I am boycotting all Ubisoft games.

about two weeks ago
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Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

asavage Re:How does mesh network works? (85 comments)

I think some of the peer-to-peer software development might have solved this problem. the first generation peer to peer software all nodes were created equally creating massive traffic overheads. The second generation used the "super peer" model where high bandwidth nodes were connected to each other and most nodes connected with a super peer. With people moving around physically the mesh network becomes more complicated but when density is high like at a protest or sporting event a super peer network model would work really well and scale much better.

about 2 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

asavage Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

The guy who made the video above did a followup with the Note 3. He uses more force and the phone gets almost no permanent damage. The iphone 6 and 6+ are having serious bending problems worse than other phones. In the original iphone6+ bending test video above he noticed his iphone was already slightly bent before doing the bend test and only owning for a few days.

about 2 months ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

asavage Re:Hulu: Television for Women (138 comments)

$80M for 3 years and $8/month means they need to gain 277K subscribers to break even, not counting ad revenue and hosting costs. It seems like new episodes will still be on the south park studios website reducing some possible views. Another way to look at it is they will need to grow their subscribers by about 5% (6M now) and it cost them about 3% of their yearly revenue (1 Billion). It doesn't seem like it would pay back but we'll see I guess.

about 4 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

asavage Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

Here is an example with fake pledges: http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/exatogames/day-one-garrys-incident-0/#chart-daily. If you look at the day 2 stats, $26,720 raised from 34 backers or almost $800 per backer. Someone put in a few large fake pledges to try to "kick start" the funding.

This game creator also tried to remove a bad youtube review with copyright infringement request even though they gave a license key to that reviewer.

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule

asavage Re:PR (140 comments)

Note that Hadfield is retired from CSA/NASA and while he held positions at NASA it was on assignment from the Canadian Space Agency.

about 6 months ago
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Ben Starr Answers Your Questions About Sustainability and Kitchen Tech

asavage Re:Removing gluten in the mash? (46 comments)

Reading the link from pancake_lover below, it is a different method but it sounds very similar to "fully hydrolyzed" wheat flour. This can be done using components that often naturally occur in sour dough starters to break down the gluten into smaller components. Apparently regular sour dough bread is partially hydrolyzed so better for people with gluten intolerance but still causes some microscopic damage to people with celiac disease (although they might have no symptoms). There is a study about this you can find on google but they made sure they had specific components in their sour dough that might not always be present. It is also my understanding beers are lower in gluten than expected from the ingredients as the gluten gets partially broken down during the fermenting.

about 7 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

asavage Re:Battery life (243 comments)

I have owned 3 cell phones. The first was a flip phone that lasted 16 days on stand by and I bought an extended battery that gave it even longer life. My second phone had a touch screen and a keyboard that slide out underneath. It lasted about a week on standby. Now I have a Nexus 4 that would probably only last 2 days on standby. This does everything I need from a phone and more but the biggest feature I want in my next phone is longer battery life. I don't need any more pixels, RAM, or CPU speed. Maybe a better camera.

about 7 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

asavage Re:Maybe that their AV sucks? (254 comments)

I remember when Microsoft first came out with their antivirus it seemed to test quite well compared to other antivirus software. Now it comes with windows 8 it seems to have fallen off the chart which makes sense as any virus writer should make sure it works against a default windows 8 install.

about 7 months ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

asavage Re:New? (181 comments)

The one good thing about plants vs. zombies 2 over most other fremium games is the game isn't too hard to beat without paying. All the pay only plants and player upgrades are totally unnecessary. They do have game currency boosters which I think I needed to beat optional levels but you get enough coins from just playing so no reason at all to use real money to buy. While I don't like fremium games, PvZ2 I think is one of the better ones I have seen.

about 8 months ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

asavage Re:Entitlements vs. consumables (181 comments)

The other thing about free to play is games is a game that should cost maybe $5 for the whole game can cost thousands of dollars to get everything. To make up for the 99 that don't pay they want to make $500-1000 from that 1%. Games like Simpsons Tapped Out for phones/tablets can cost over $20 just for a single "premium" character like Barney Gumble. You can't even grind to earn these characters as they are pay only. The premium currency (donuts) is given out so slowly in a year of playing you won't have enough to buy even one of the higher cost premium characters.

about 8 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

asavage Re:Its too bad.. (357 comments)

The swimming tech suits were banned by FINA (International Swimming Federation). I think the IOC follows rules set by each sports international federations, outside of drug testing etc.

about 9 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

asavage Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (293 comments)

Google hangouts wants to read your text messages as it is the default text message app for kitkat.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

asavage Re:MS Security Essentials (408 comments)

Firefox has an account sync feature so if that is setup you can have bookmarks, history, passwords, add-ons, etc. all backed up automatically.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

asavage Re:I live in the Puget Sound area (506 comments)

This has been the nicest Fall by far I have ever seen in the 8 years I have lived in Vancouver. Usually November has rain almost every day.

about a year ago
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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

asavage Re:Surprising results (327 comments)

A 1000W heater with a 50% duty cycle at 12 cents/kWh costs about $1.5/day it is plugged in. Having it cost between 10 and 99 dollars over the next decade by guests after they have left probably isn't a bad estimate. Usually you would check a guest room soon to wash bedding etc.

1 year,8 days
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

asavage Re:Hurrah Slashdot! (473 comments)

CBC's comments also got a lot worse a few months ago. They removed the downvote option, now require logging in to upvote a comment, and removed the ability to remember viewing preferences (ie sort by most liked). Requiring a login to upvote you might think is a good idea but they have so few people upvoting that now every extreme comments can be most rated and people can't downvote them. You also get auto logged out frequently with a login field that doesn't let browsers store your user name and password. Oddly also if you open a few stories in tabs and then login in one tab, all the other tabs even reloading or refreshing the tabs won't log you in.

about a year ago
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My favorite season:

asavage Re:Joking of superiority? (346 comments)

Soccer was also called soccer in Britain before it was called football. Now they get upset North Americans use the wrong word.

about a year ago
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US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

asavage Re:Coincidentally... (293 comments)

The poster you are commenting on is talking about house wiring. Europeans will have only 1/4 the voltage drop for the same load (as a percent off nominal voltage). This means voltage drop is negligible in an European house. A 2000W load using the smallest wire size allowed (#14 AWG) can go over 45m with less than 3% voltage drop at 240V, but can only go 11m and might trip a 20A breaker if wired with 120V.

about a year ago
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Barnes & Noble Won't Give Up On the Nook

asavage Re:Why bother with a Kindle or a Nook? (132 comments)

It is so much nicer to read off e-ink screens than tablets, especially when outside. The battery life also makes e-readers great for traveling as they get much better battery life. When I see people reading on a electronic device in public it is almost always an e-reader over a tablet. Sales might be down but there is no reason for most e-reader owners to buy new devices as a new e-reader isn't noticeably better than one bought 4 years ago. A 4 year old tablet is much worse than a 2013 Nexus 7.

about a year ago

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