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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

crazyjj Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

Hi, welcome to /. You must be new here.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

crazyjj Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

The Librarian of Congress doesn't answer to the President.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

crazyjj Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

The decision was made by the Library of Congress [emphasis mine]

Is the "they" you're referring to Congress? Because *they* haven't said anything about reversing this.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

crazyjj Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

No, grandstanding is going for the easy applause when you know there is absolutely no political price to be paid for doing do (and no chance that it will matter).

about a year and a half ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

crazyjj Political stunt (256 comments)

Obama knows that such a ban stands no chance of getting through Congress (the big telecommunications companies bought and paid for them long ago). He's just politically grandstanding on a popular issue. Nothing will actually come of it, and he knows it.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

crazyjj Re:Great, but what does it *DO*? (327 comments)

With Super-Duper Ultra-Retina(tm) display technology?

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

crazyjj Re:Great, but what does it *DO*? (327 comments)

I'll wait for the iPIP 2, which is rumored to have inventory cataloging too.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

crazyjj Re:Does anyone use watches anymore? (327 comments)

Yeah, but most of that comes from one sale of the $15 billion "Rolex God" to a Saudi prince.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

crazyjj Great, but what does it *DO*? (327 comments)

Aside from the fact that the Apple logo alone will have people lined up outside of Apple stores across the country to buy this thin, I'm inclined to ask what this watch actually DOES (aside from the obvious "tells time").

The screen is going to be way too small to type on. And if Apple claims that Siri won't run on even older iPhones, it seems unlikely that it's going to run on this watch. So that leaves only the simplest of input options.

And the screen is going to be crazy small for much output, not that it will have much CPU or memory to do much anyway (unless the form factor is HUGE).

The only thing I can figure is that this is going to be a blutooth front-end for an iPhone, but in that case, having a full iOS install seems like overkill.

Has anyone actually seen a working prototype of this thing in action, who could maybe clue us in?

about a year and a half ago
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Gamer Rewrites Valve's Steam Installer For Debian

crazyjj Re:Ubuntu is NOT the most popular Linux OS. (158 comments)

Hate to break it to you, but most downloads on Steam are going to ask you to pay for them too.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

crazyjj Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

So much more funny when you read that as "You can lead a mormon to knowledge, but you can't make him learn."

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

crazyjj Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

Next time you see a tree, I hope you realize that all the carbon in it came from the CO2 in the air.

Denier propaganda.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

crazyjj Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

Is that what Exxon told you?

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

crazyjj Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

Clearly, you are in the pocket of big oil. Keep drinking their Kool-Aid.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

crazyjj Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

Denier!

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

crazyjj Cars produce more (976 comments)

In an ideal world, we would be able to eliminate CO2 from our atmosphere completely. And ultimately, if we as a species are going to survive, we need to do that. But in the here and now, we have to do the best we can. And cars produce way more of that poison than anyone on a bicycle. The Congressman is just an ignorant jackass who has no understanding of how our biosphere works.

about a year and a half ago
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The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

crazyjj Re:The harsh reality (193 comments)

The "potential solution" he seems to be advancing is "We should just all agree that open-source journals shall be as prestigious as the print ones." But that's never gonna happen, for the reason I described.

about a year and a half ago
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The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

crazyjj The harsh reality (193 comments)

Most academics are publishing to advance their careers/reputations/chances-at-tenure, not as a community service. So publishing in "Bob's Open Source Mathematics Journal/Blog" is NOT the same as publishing in Annals of Mathematics to them. You may be able to talk them into *republishing* their articles in some open-source repository at some later date (and that seems to be the President's goal), but you can forget asking them to forgo the prestige of established print journals for idealism. It's hard enough to get tenure today even with a list of publications in prestigious journals, much less with a long list of publications in fly-by-night open-source journals that your review committee may not have even heard of.

about a year and a half ago
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US Wins Appeal In Battle To Extradite Kim Dotcom

crazyjj Re:Monster Cable Exec Too (175 comments)

The guy at Best Buy said that oxygen-free Monster cables offer much faster download speeds on pirated movies than any other cable brand.

about a year and a half ago

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Sony To Announce PS4 At Mysterious Press Conference On Feb 20th?

crazyjj crazyjj writes  |  about 2 years ago

crazyjj (2598719) writes "Wired is reporting that Sony is inviting its investors and the press to a mysterious press conference (dubbed "PlayStation Meeting 2013") for February 20th in New York City. Sony has also released a rather odd short video to go with the invitation.

Many insiders have jumped on the purpose of this conference as the likely announcement of the long-rumored PS4 (previously codenamed "Orbis"), which has been the subject of many leaks in recent weeks."

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Why do console games still use checkpoints?

crazyjj crazyjj writes  |  about 2 years ago

crazyjj (2598719) writes "A recent article in Wired on the nature of permadeath in games and the recent release of the WiiU (the first Nintendo console to support significant internal storage, now a feature of all modern consoles) has me contemplating the question of why so many modern console games still use the checkpoint system as opposed to the "save anytime" feature used in many open-world and RPG games like Skyrim and Fallout 3.

Of course the checkpoint system was initially created back in the days when consoles had a miniscule internal storage capacity (usually a small chip on the game cartridge itself), and only the most basic of game data could be retained. It was quite revolutionary for its time in the console world, meaning that players could play through complex worlds without having to start the entire game over when they ran out of lives or ran into a particularly nasty boss battle. This allowed games to progress beyond the early days when plotless games were relatively simple, with each "level" often just speeding up or adding more enemies until the player died. Given storage limitations, the checkpoint system (often just a simple check indicating what level a player had reached, with no other data saved) made sense.

But with the ubiquitous presence of hard drives and SSD's, with gigs of storage to spare, in modern consoles, why does the checkpoint system still remain in so many games? Many open world games and RPG's have shown the attractiveness of a system that lets players save anytime (some limiting this only in combat situations). And constructing a good checkpoint system (which can mean the difference between only having to replay a few minutes and throwing a controller at the wall) is still a tricky proposition, fraught with pitfalls.

Grand Theft Auto 4 and Dead Rising were particularly notorious for having checkpoint problems, for example. And since many games only allow a player to access one checkpoint save file, a checkpoint autosave at a particularly bad moment could mean having to replay an entire level.

So, why do console developers keep using the checkpoint system in games? Is it force of habit? Is it a reluctance to move into the modern "save anytime" age or adapt their game styles? Or is there still some merit to the checkpoint system that warrants its continued use?"
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The End is Not Nigh, Why We Shouldn't Worry About the End of the World

crazyjj crazyjj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crazyjj (2598719) writes "In a recent Wired article, Matt Ridley takes a look at the long history of man predicting the end of man. From the time when doom and brimstone were primarily the purview of religious zealots, millennial doomcasting has today evolved into something everyone seems to be doing. But, looking back on all the predictions gone wrong, perhaps it's time to chill out and stop panicking. Man, it seems, is here to stay (until the asteroid hits us in 2122, of course)."
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Sony Taking Heavy Loses On Disappointing Vita Sales

crazyjj crazyjj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crazyjj (2598719) writes "Sony lost 24.6 billion yen (approximately $314 million) in three months, the company revealed Thursday in an earnings report for the first quarter of its 2012 fiscal year.

Among the company's woes were drops in their game division's profitability and disappointing sales on a number of their consumer products, most notably the PlayStation Vita. Sony lowered its predicted yearly sales expectations for the Vita (and PSP) from 16 million to 12 million and the Vita is apparently getting hammered by Nintendo's new 3DS XL in Japanese sales.

Sony’s $5.8 billion losses in 2011 were the highest in company history and its fourth straight year of coming up short, according to the Associated Press."

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U.S. in danger of losing earth-observing satellite capability

crazyjj crazyjj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crazyjj (2598719) writes "As reported in Wired, a recent National Research Council report indicates a growing concern for NASA, the NOAA, and USGS. While there are currently 22 Earth-observing satellites in orbit, this number is expected to drop to as low as six by the year 2020. The U.S. relies on this network of satellites for weather forecasting, climate change data, and important geologic and oceanographic information.

As with most things space and NASA these days, the root cause is funding cuts. The program to maintain this network of satellites was funded at $2 billion as recently as 2002, but has since been scaled back to $1.3 billion at present, with only two replacement satellites having definite launch dates."

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