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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

blackicye Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

As a child who grew up in a similar fashion, living in multiple continents and always having to leave my life behind, I can say that is a double edged blade.

I'm going to have to agree with AC on this, having experienced a transient childhood I can also attest to it being double edged blade.

about 2 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

blackicye Don't see why not. (290 comments)

If they're palatable and economically harvestable, they're prime candidates for om nom nom nom.

The Chinese have a saying that roughly translates to: "If it swims, crawls or flies and its backbone faces the Sun, it's edible."

Lots of invertebrates and crustaceans that don't meet that criteria also still make it to the table. Heh.

about 2 months ago

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

blackicye Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

Your calculations are also assuming that power to charge the EV is free..

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

blackicye Re:Relax (466 comments)

Since it sounds like you have to refactor everything this developer writes or hold their hand while writing it, maybe it would be faster for you to skip those steps and just figure out what code they are about to write and implement it yourself. Then, when they are about half way through coding, mention to your boss (preferable with the developer in question present for dramatic effect) that "Oh, I see Glen[n] is writing the Foserbaum module - I wrote that for amusement a couple days ago and tested it, should I just go ahead and check it in?".


Eventually Glen[n] will either quit or transfer out of humiliation or will get fired.

This is how thing would theoretically work in a perfect world. The reality is more likely that the codebase will devolve into an unmaintainable mess at which point you're either left to pick up the pieces, or look for a new job.

about 2 months ago

Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

blackicye Re:Ghostery (219 comments)

However, the problem with these types of tools is they frequently break some type of (needed) functionality on the site.

These sites are not going to like the way that users are going to work around this; by visiting other sites.

There is so little unique content being generated now, that will just go to other sites with more progressive privacy policies, or disable the app grudgingly if we're feeling lazy or can't find the content elsewhere, and hold it against them for all eternity.

about 3 months ago

Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

blackicye Re:Path of Exile (181 comments)

I totally agree, Path of Exile is one of the best, if not the best F2P models I've encountered, I spent $20 on it purely to support them, I spent almost all of the credits on storage space though. :)

about 4 months ago

Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

blackicye Re:Just like Nuclear Fusion (256 comments)

No. Nothing like nuclear fusion. This is not an energy source. It is a fuel source.

I think the parent was referring to the power that would need to be input into these processes. Without nuclear power of some sort, this would be kinda pointless for the Navy's purposes.

about 4 months ago

Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis

blackicye Re:I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. (134 comments)

I wouldn't want to be Mark Karpeles at all. He's going to have annoyed a lot of dodgy characters who want their money back. I think he'll be looking over his shoulder for the rest of of his life.

At least he can rest easy knowing that they no longer have bitcoins to hire hitmen with. ;)

about 4 months ago

Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

blackicye Re:well that was new... (75 comments)

Actually, a lot of people *like* to enjoy the universe of their choosing without some douche who's spent half a lifetime grinding up to maximum constantly coming around and squashing players they're not involved with just to screw with them. Halo isn't for everyone. I prefer the games where you can flip PvP on and off.

This was one of the things that was interesting about the PvP in Ultima online (and many MUDs) as well, full corpse looting was enabled.

It was pretty hilarious because all the good items were hoarded in players houses (which were prone to break-ins from either exploits or owners getting killed with their keys on them,) and most of the players went about their exploring wearing disposable junk.

about 4 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

blackicye Re:Costco's target market DOES buy extra goods (440 comments)

I say; boycott Costco peanut butter. Take multiple jars of it to the checkout counter, but then set them aside and say you aren't buying them.

Please don't do this Costco will not be affected by it, you'll just be inconveniencing and aggravating the staff who will have to restock them.

about 4 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

blackicye Re:Strategic move to compete (535 comments)

2 billion seems like a lot of money to sink into a gaming headset....Think more about where you could go from where the product is now, and think that other companies are doing that is similar.

What I don't understand is why they don't just develop a better product from scratch for $2B. They could also easily poach Carmack if they wanted.

about 4 months ago

Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

blackicye Re:Dumb move... (107 comments)

don't think anyone cares if they drop this. People aren't going to hear about this platform for the first time and say "wait, I have a sneaking suspicion that previously I'd have been able to play a free sample of all games, not just some games, and that makes me less likely to want to play games on it".

I don't think anyone really cares about the Ouya. The one person I know who owns one got it from the kickstarter and hasn't unpacked it from the shipping box yet.

about 4 months ago

Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

blackicye Re:Dumb move... (107 comments)

If they have to compete with Google Play, they need to drop anything that developers might not like.

That is really the problem, they will never be able to compete with Google Play as far as installed base goes, the smartphones alone will be a bigger draw for developers, who will at most support the Ouya platform in parallel, if a market still exists.

And they are about to put a hole into their own market and start taking on water.

about 4 months ago

Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

blackicye Re:Dumb move... (107 comments)

this is the best possible move for the platform. customers win when they can play great games that they feel are a reasonable price. OUYA is giving devs freedom to experiment with different ways to pay. the best games and ways to pay will float to the top. As somebody who invested a couple hundred $$ into onlive, I'm a big fan of online gaming.

That is the theory, the reality is that the kickstarters are already feeling screwed over from the launch, and they are the ones that "believe" the most in the platform.

Without this feature there is nothing to differentiate themselves from the market, and they'll end up as a low cost, obsolete platform inside of a year.

about 4 months ago

Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

blackicye Re:no thanks (166 comments)

The console versions don't have that requirement.

The console version is a different game now essentially, with different mechanics and different content.

about 4 months ago

IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

blackicye Hmm (273 comments)

So if you take payments in bitcoin, they will be taxed as property, and not as currency?

Interesting, and messy.

about 4 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

blackicye Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

Pulling the breakers on everything non-vital is a fairly standard procedure when dealing with electric fires on planes.

We cannot yet be certain that the pilots are to blame for this horrible outcome.

Except that when you do this, you make a beeline for the nearest runway and enter the holding pattern.

about 4 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

blackicye Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

My bet is no government wants to out their level of sophistication in the surveillance world... It's a massive tactical advantage.

This is likely the reason that it took Thailand so long to share it's radar data. And why no other SE Asian nations have stepped forward with their input, it's a potential breach of OpSec.

about 4 months ago


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