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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

blackraven14250 Re:Myopic viewpoint (348 comments)

I believe in Tesla, but you just don't know the facts if you think Ford doesn't have a $31k Mustang at 420 HP. Dodge has slightly cheaper Charger, and I imagine the other American automakers have entries in that range as well. Also in fairness, they're not nearly as nice as the Model S.

2 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

blackraven14250 Re:Simple math (245 comments)

mod support,

That's a feature on consoles. Games should be able to stand on their own.

Skyrim stands on its' own. Mods make it even better, and it's one of the most actively and heavily modded games. That applies to any game with a highly active modding community. Hell, look at the games that NexusMods supports to get an idea - they include such shitty, unplayable titles that can't "stand on their own" as Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Mount & Blade, Mass Effect, World of Tanks, Dark Souls, Starbound, The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights, XCom....

2 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

blackraven14250 Re:Graphics card in a laptop (245 comments)

It's rare to be able to upgrade laptops graphics that way - it's usually not possible at all without outright replacing the mobo.

2 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

blackraven14250 Re:Simple math (245 comments)

Fighting games are kind of baffling to me - the 360 controller is very well designed, durable, and is easy to use (100% plug and play on Windows) for the majority, and any 360-compatible arcade stick should work on PC just the same. I can only guess that they just think it's a bad move to release a game that almost requires a third party controller on PC since the joystick died off. Party games, on the other hand, are pretty obvious - it's that the sheer number of HTPC systems aren't there to support them. Steam Big Picture is among the first steps to mass adoption, and that's going to take a lot of time to penetrate the market. You are still using 360 controllers at that point, and to be honest, a lot of the Wii offerings with nunchuks were just better at being party games anyway.

about a week ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

blackraven14250 Re:I hope they do and watch costs go even higher (214 comments)

Harvard has a $32 billion endowment. They're not raising fees anytime soon from a half percent adjustment to their endowment's growth rate. In addition, endowments are specifically meant to be used to perpetually fund aspects of the school, not short term, and thus the professors have a solid point against investing it in an industry that will clearly be unsustainable over the life of the endowment.

about a week ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

blackraven14250 Re:Here we go again (179 comments)

It's entirely possible there's an alternate explanation, which is why I described it as a "non-zero chance" instead of "the absolute reason why he does it". In his case specifically, I know your explanation is incorrect since it was one of the possibilities I prodded him about before getting to the XBox UI.

about two weeks ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

blackraven14250 Re:Incentivising the good behaviour (116 comments)

That's not the behavior they want to disincentivize anyway. They don't care if you talk shit about your teammates constantly when you're with friends. They care about you and your friends flaming those randoms ingame. If anything, talking to friends about it on TS itself is a way to prevent users from flaming/trolling, since it's an outlet for frustration that would otherwise be directed at the randoms.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

blackraven14250 Re:Here we go again (179 comments)

Well, even though my example is a relatively small change in behavior, it's the fact that it displays as a compulsion for such a long period of time, and is transcribed to a large number of different services, that makes me think that investigating the ways we design our technology can affect behavior. I've given a lot of thought to efficiency and layout before, but never how X UI would change Y thought and cause Z behavior which is then transposed to A + B + C related platforms, and D + E unrelated services, and real life on top of it.

I'd imagine that examples of a momentary, highly intense frustration due to UI/mechanics (i.e. dying in CoD, sudden loss of many days of work) are more likely to be turned into violent outbursts, while longer term frustrations (i.e. a shitty friends list UI, low rare item drop rate) turn into long lasting behavioral shifts. That's all guessing though, we need a lot more science to understand the impact well.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

blackraven14250 Re:Here we go again (179 comments)

I think this article brings up something really interesting that I was actually prodding my friend about the other day regarding UI design. See, he was playing a game with a friends list, and he was telling me that he needed to delete friends. His list is far smaller than mine on this game, only around 40 people. I eventually dug down to his original experience with friend systems for video games - the original XBox. The XBox had an awful UI for sorting, displaying, and finding friends - you could only see 4 or 5 friends at a time, and it would never get a passing grade under today's UI standards. This was a system from nearly a decade ago, and there's a non-zero chance that his experience with the UI still affects his behavior a decade later, manifesting as a vague compulsion to keep his friends lists short.

So, how does this relate to the article? If a UI can train people into long-term compulsive behaviors, it's not unreasonable to research whether they can also nudge people's behavior in other directions on a shorter timescale.

about two weeks ago
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8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

blackraven14250 Re:Chile worst dictatorship in South America? (86 comments)

No, he wasn't elected. He lost to von Hindenburg in the presidential elections, who later appointed him as chancellor. Meanwhile, the Reichstag switched to a largely Nazi composition due to success in elections, and passed a law (the Enabling Act) that gave Hitler the ability to pass laws without the Reichstag's approval. When von Hindenburg died, Hitler used the Enabling Act to merge von Hindenburg's former office with his own.

The only way you can claim Hitler was "elected" is by indirectly having his cronies get elected.

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

blackraven14250 Re:Different part, same number? (357 comments)

Except the pumps don't fail. It's just an annoying noise under fairly specific conditions.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

blackraven14250 Re:Different part, same number? (357 comments)

From what I understand, it's an extremely common practice. For example, in my Scion FR-S, there's the original fuel pump, and another newer model under the same number that doesn't make a chirping noise under certain conditions (not a serious problem at all, just a bit annoying during the summer, it's triggered by heat and a long engine run time without cooling down). The difference is that the newer pumps have a green dot on the box. I imagine they do it for inventory/systems reasons - instead of having a system to handle 4-5 different part numbers for what is effectively the same part (i.e. 2013 FR-S fuel pump) as they are upgraded or redesigned, they just use the single number, so they don't have to update their entire maintenance system constantly. Don't forget, a lot of these maintenance systems don't get updated often, so there could be a mechanic ordering part X when the upgraded part is X+1 if they were switching part numbers, and a company would have to ensure the entire supply chain gets those updates.

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

blackraven14250 Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Part of what happens when something like this comes up is completely irrational, like using it for punishment against prisoners. However, there's other angles that should be seriously contemplated - what if we gave prisoners on a sentence that's not effectively-life, say ten years, the option to experience a week in prison without the drug, then a week with it. Then, we give them the choice whether they'd want to serve a reduced time sentence on it (with all the benefits and risks) or a full sentence without it (no benefit, no risk). So yes, while this philosophy professor is just being a "punish them all forever!" parrot with nothing useful to say, there's things to consider here from more legitimate angles if this drug truly acts as a dilation of the experience of time.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

blackraven14250 Re:I wrote anti-terrorist software for banks. (275 comments)

Using Soundex on something like the terrorist watch list would undoubtedly increase the false positive rate, even though it would solve the true positive problem laid out by the summary. We need something that doesn't create far more problems (you know, like expanding the invasion of rights) than it solves.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

blackraven14250 Re:No. You do not get to pull this bullshit. (275 comments)

The "bad database entry" wasn't a fault of the database. It was human error, and the summary makes that completely clear.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

blackraven14250 Re:EXACTLY (278 comments)

Probably a majority of the parents would do this. After being there for a couple months, I realized that when new students came in I should take the first 15 minutes to figure out if they're going to even try to learn. I couldn't refuse to tutor them if they made it seem like they wanted help, and students were very good making it look like they were getting help instead of answers, so it was easier to just figure out what they wanted and give it to them under the guise of "learning". It was very rare that they took up the opportunity, but I became good friends with the ones that did.

about a month ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

blackraven14250 giving answers vs insight (278 comments)

I used to work in a tutoring center at my college, and something that came up more frequently than not was the students would show up with their homework, and tutors would end up giving them answers rather than teaching them how to find the answers themselves. I imagine that this kind of data might be highly related, since it's exactly what you'd expect if a parent is "helping" with homework by providing answers instead of real insight into the topics.

about a month ago
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Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

blackraven14250 Re:Agriculture for nerds. Stuff that matters. (116 comments)

There's a significant difference between this and the typical aquarium.

Pretty much just surface area, since this system would be designed to ensure the bacterial load, while home aquariums typically do not. Any real aquarist (i.e. not people with a betta or goldfish in a tiny bowl) is relying on nitrosomas and nitrobacter to a massive extent, and even "aquarium specialists" at a place like Petco will be able to describe this process to you (albeit without being able to name the bacteria).

about 1 month ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

blackraven14250 Re:Fuck that (516 comments)

"Jobs Americans won't do" is incorrect when applied to most jobs, but particularly in agriculture, it's a totally legitimate phenomenon. You wouldn't pick oranges for minimum wage.

about a month ago

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China now halting shipments to rare earths to US

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "China is halting rare earth exports to the US now. They did this in retaliation for investigations into their green energy policies.

http://washingtonindependent.com/100834/obama-administration-says-it-will-investigate-chinas-green-tech-trade-policies

http://www.livescience.com/technology/etc/101019-china-halts-shipments-tech-crucial-minerals.html"
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Sen. Franken asks about Net Neutrality at Hearings

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "During supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, newly-appointed Senator Al Franken asked her about her stand on Net Neutrality. He questioned whether there was an "overriding first amendment right" when it came to content providers not being able to speed up their own content when they are also service providers. Sotomayor dodged the question in the same manner as the day and a half of questions before it, but it's more about Sen. Franken at this point, as he hasn't had much time to make any sort of impression to the nation as a whole what his key fights are."

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