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Mega Accepts Bitcoin; Email, Chat, Voice, Video, Mobile Coming Soon

bazald Megasite (143 comments)

It sounds like Kim Dotcom is turning Mega...

...puts on sunglasses...

...into a megasite.

Yeeeeaaaaahhhh!

about a year and a half ago
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Carmack: Next-Gen Console Games Will Still Aim For 30fps

bazald Fixed Refresh Rates (230 comments)

A display (television or monitor) has a fixed refresh rate. Assuming vertical synchronization is turned on to avoid tearing, you're pretty much limited to a framerate which evenly divides into the true refresh rate of the display. If the refresh rate is 60 fps, possible targets include 60 frames per second (providing 16.7 ms of computation time per frame), 30 FPS (providing 33.3 ms of computation time per frame), 15 FPS (providing 66.7 ms of computation time per frame), and so on. Anything below 30 FPS is kind of a joke, so nobody reputable would consider allowing more than 33 ms computation per frame in a shipping game.

about 2 years ago
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Gameplay: the Missing Ingredient In Most Games

bazald Re:Accomplishment? (308 comments)

A nitpick on my writing style, perhaps. I never claimed that novels or movies were interactive.

about 2 years ago
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Gameplay: the Missing Ingredient In Most Games

bazald Accomplishment? (308 comments)

Do you feel a sense of accomplishment after having finished reading a novel, or watching a movie? Not every interactive piece of entertainment has to have a sense of accomplishment associated with it. A game can be interactive in a way that's interesting and entertaining without requiring a player to pick up a whole set of skills and really master them. You've missed the parent poster's point entirely. Some people prefer skill-based games, but not everyone does.

about 2 years ago
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US Judge Orders Apple To Share HTC Deal Details With Samsung

bazald Re:The Shadows and Vorlons... (106 comments)

So the question remains, which one is Samsung, and which Apple ?

Pretty obvious, really. Apple cares about being hip, "Who are you?", and Android is all about user choice, or "What do you want?"

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Ann Arbor, MI, US

bazald Miss Leopold Brothers (8 comments)

Too bad Leopold Brothers is gone. It was a good venue for this. FYI, it's just "Pizza House", not "The Pizza House".

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?

bazald Re:Hey Slashdot (247 comments)

Excellent. Thanks.

more than 2 years ago
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Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?

bazald Hey Slashdot (247 comments)

What happened to the attendees lists for the 10th anniversary parties? The comments have been preserved, but they all seem to be registering 0 attendees. Losing that history is a bit sad.

more than 2 years ago
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Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?

bazald Tubes Eaten Away (358 comments)

How much energy goes into the production of the liner tubes, which are apparently eaten away throughout the course of the fusion reaction? Obviously this is all preliminary research, but I still think I'm missing something.

more than 2 years ago
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Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?

bazald Seriously? (405 comments)

For a serious computer user, an SSD has been worth the money for a while now.

* If you need to do serious disk I/O with a mid-size or smaller notebook, RAID isn't even an option for increasing speed.
* Running multiple virtual machines? Want them to boot quickly? An SSD makes them feel native.
* Running Windows as a native operating system, and have more than one or two programs that you legitimately want to launch at boot, and can't/won't disable? An SSD makes your computer usable within tens of seconds as opposed to multiple minutes.
* Doing compilation? Syncing of filesystems with a system such as Unison? Doing anything filesystem heavy? The speedup is insanely awesome.

If all you care about is running Your Web Browser and editing Word documents, or storing a few photos, obviously an SSD is a more questionable upgrade, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.

more than 2 years ago
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UPEK Fingerprint Reader Software Puts Windows Passwords At Risk

bazald Which Registry Entry? (122 comments)

Can anyone tell me which registry entries I should check for? I'd like to verify that uninstalling the software has removed my "barely scrambled" password from the registry.

more than 2 years ago
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New State-Sponsored Malware "Gauss" Making the Rounds

bazald Re:Yet another part of the world getting pissed of (106 comments)

Yeah, the island of Lesbos isn't big enough to be considered a nation. Any 4th grader should know at least that much geography.

more than 2 years ago
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Hubble Discovers 5th Moon of Pluto

bazald Four (137 comments)

There... are... four... moons!

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook API Bug Deletes Contact Info On Phones

bazald Thanks Google (178 comments)

For the first time, I appreciate your API changes which broke direct contact synchronization through the Facebook app.

more than 2 years ago
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LinkedIn Password Leak: Salt Their Hide

bazald "Password" Manager (192 comments)

It's called a password manager. KeePass is a nice one. There are many others. How many passwords are so important to you that must internalize all of them? For me, the answer is "very few". Never reuse. Never recycle.

Still, you're right that passwords are unideal--a PGP-like solution would be better. Even done poorly, all they could leak would be the information that you have an account. But if you stored a different PGP-key for each site in Keepass, then they couldn't even do that.

more than 2 years ago
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After Launch Day: Taking Stock of IPv6 Adoption

bazald Re:I Tried (244 comments)

I saw references to SixXS, and that's just about the only thing I haven't tried yet. Maybe when I get some spare time I'll try it, but I'd really rather get it working using my router than just passing through it. It's all just an experiment for me anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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After Launch Day: Taking Stock of IPv6 Adoption

bazald Re:I Tried (244 comments)

Yeah, I had problems with OpenWRT almost entering a bootloop. I didn't have any trouble with Tomato, but I seemed to be missing RADVD. I think I've gotten closest with DD-WRT, but I'll probably just wait until I finally decide to spring for a router upgrade. Thanks for the suggestion.

more than 2 years ago
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After Launch Day: Taking Stock of IPv6 Adoption

bazald Re:I Tried (244 comments)

Having iPv6 enabled on the big servers sounds good, but pinging www.google.com won't help me test anything unless I set my system to prefer IPv6 over iPv4. Seeing as I utterly failed to forward any actual IPv6 connectivity through my router, I'm still cut off from the IPv6 world. It's a good thing it shouldn't matter much until the ISPs will be virtually required to support it. By then I'll probably be inclined to just buy a new router that fully supports the IPv6 stack out of the box--no need for 6to4. (Maybe I'd have succeeded without the need for 6to4 anyway.)

more than 2 years ago
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Is OpenStack the New Linux?

bazald Whenever I see (185 comments)

Whenever I see "Whenever I see",

more than 2 years ago
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After Launch Day: Taking Stock of IPv6 Adoption

bazald I Tried (244 comments)

I really tried. I tried versions of DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Tomato on my WRT54GL. I tried using 6to4 using both anycast and tunnelbroker. The best I managed to achieve with either method was successfully pinging ipv6.google.com. I never succeeded in pulling it up in a browser on any of my computers. I thought I got radvd working, but it must not have been working well enough. Maybe next year.

more than 2 years ago

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