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Twisted Metal Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games

brain1 So, it just run, shoot, run, respawn (313 comments)

Sorry I have to disagree with Mr. Jaffe. A good game is like a good movie. You become immersed in it for hours. And it should always have an excellent single player version which, in my experience, on many top titles is severly lacking. Too much "Call of Duty" and "Battlefield" type play is out there and it's primarily geared towards selling copies for multiplayer. As someone who really treasures the immersion and cinematic flavor of a good single-player shooter, I refuse to invest my money into something we used to call a "twitch game." It becomes boring as all you do is run and try not to die. You don't get to really experience the game.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Buys IBM Patents

brain1 Sweet (72 comments)

Look out Oracle. You wanted to pick a fight with an 800 lb gorilla, didn't you. You had to think with your wallet and not with your brain. Well, with this kind of ammunition I think Google is poised to really mess up your day.

more than 2 years ago
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Ukraine To Open Chernobyl Area To Tourists

brain1 Sign me up! (207 comments)

Ah. A vacation that leaves you with a nice healthy glow! What could be better!
But seriously, sign me up. The research possibilities are endless. All the sci-fi mutant stuff of "S.t.a.l.k.e.r" aside, seeing how life responds and adapts to that type of environment is fascinating.

more than 3 years ago
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Look-Alike Tubes Lead To Hospital Deaths

brain1 Simple solution (520 comments)

We, in the electronics industry, solved the problem decades ago by two simple solutions. Color coding and making connectors unique so you cant plug the wrong plug into the wrong connector. You might have to stock more tubing and catheters - but when human life is involved the argument falls flat.

And yet, with human life on the line, the medical industry cant seem to grasp such a simple concept. Very sad, and it makes me worry as I have a daughter that is expecting soon.

more than 3 years ago
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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

brain1 Laughable (830 comments)

Let's see. On another recent article it was stated that the average car has several million lines of code running in it. I haven't come across a sentient Prius yet.

And there's that pesky parallel processing the brain does. I don't think that a rack full of Nvidia Tesla cards can approach the average two year old's parallel processing capability.

I agree, Kurzweil is smoking something and not sharing.

more than 3 years ago
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Some LA Coffee Shops Are Taking Wi-Fi Off the Menu

brain1 So I just fire up tethering... (312 comments)

On my Nexus One (or substitute your favorite Android phone running Froyo 2.2) and keep on surfing. Ho hum.

Personally, I don't abuse the privilege. I will take my notebook with me when I go to a Coffee Shop, buy coffee and a snack and enjoy reading Slashdot (and others) while I sip my cup. I suppose they could ban anyone bringing in a notebook computer, but then they would lose me as a customer.
 

more than 3 years ago
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Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

brain1 This has to be the stupidest design decision ever! (757 comments)

As an engineer I work to make hardware robust and failure resistant. But to make hardware that actually will destroy itself is insane.

We all know software is never absolutely perfect. There are always bugs no matter how comprehensive the testing. Somewhere, sometime there's an application that does something to throw an exception. We've all seen kernels crash. It happens.

So Motorola has put into their device a mechanism that can at any time there is a crash kill the hardware permanently??? That can only lead to one result. A massive recall and/or class action suit to replace thousands of bricked phones.

I'll go one step further - they have planted the most perfect exploit ever. Just write an app that causes the fuse to trip. You cant, you say? It's too protected? Bull! Go ahead and live in la-la land where everything is perfect, software never fails, and no one writes malicious software.

Ok, how about the fact that Android is open source. As always, the open source community is willing and able to help with bugfixes, features, and patches to make what is a great mobile operating system even better. That is the point, Motorola! Get it through your tiny, pointy head! It's not *YOUR* O.S. And it's *MY* hardware. After I buy it, I can use it, smash it, drown it in water, and run over it with a truck. I paid for it, I didn't "rent" it, and I don't need your blessings to upgrade it.

I'll stick with my HTC. At least until they decide to follow suit...

about 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

brain1 Been there before (1146 comments)

I had a 1969 Chevy Nova that had this same kind of problem. The design of the accelerator was a set of rods that was hinged off the pedal, up the firewall to a pivot, and straight forward to the carburetor. All was well and good until an engine mount broke and it rocked a bit to one side. Engine mounts are intentionally captive, so it never breaks free, but suddenly there's a lot more transverse travel. Make a hard turn in traffic and the throttle gets pinned full open by that fixed linkage as the engine rocks to one side and stays there due to torque. I was a scared 16 year old kid in a suddenly hurtling rocket. But even through that, I had the presence of mind to reach up and turn the key off. So the question begs: Why didn't these people just switch off the engine when things went wrong?

more than 4 years ago
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Left 4 Dead 2 Announced For November

brain1 Old 'Nawlins (231 comments)

Well, I recognize the setting in the screen shots as the French Quarter in New Orleans around Royal Street. Looks like a typical Mardi Gras to me. Especially the morning after. -dh

more than 5 years ago
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FCC's Duplicity On BPL Revealed

brain1 Good Riddance (97 comments)

It's about time this whole lamebrain flawed "technology" finally was put in the grave. There was a lot more than just Amateur Radio at stake. Military, Shipboard, and Aircraft use the 3-30 MHz band as well an I think they wouldn't have been as nice as the ARRL.

more than 5 years ago
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What is Your Favorite Fictional Company?

brain1 Where's UAC? (1086 comments)

I vote for Union Aerospace Corporation.

more than 6 years ago

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brain1 brain1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brain1 (699194) writes "Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSWEN46512 0070222) is reporting that Microsoft was hit with a $1.52 Billion patent suit damages. Looks like Microsoft lost even they licensed MP3 technology from Fraunhofer in Germany. This doesn't bode well for fighting software patents, but Microsoft seems to have been bitten by their own game.

This looks like a good time to switch to Ogg Vorbis!"

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