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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

ctheme Re:more power to him (286 comments)

The article in question is still available via, as the link preview redundantly demonstrates.

about a month and a half ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

ctheme Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

I'm not exactly contributing to the topic at hand, but felt compelled to give a source for your story. It's a reddit post from earlier this year. Here is the relevant portion:

I was once on a US military ship, having breakfast in the wardroom (officers lounge) when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he's still half asleep, bleary eyed... basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel and is just barely conscious. My back is to the outboard side of the ship, and the morning sun is blazing in one of the portholes putting a big bright-ass circle of light right on his barely conscious face. He's squinting and chewing and basically just remembering how to be alive for today. It's painful to watch.

But then zombie-OPS stops chewing, slowly picks up the phone, and dials the bridge. In his well-known I'm-still-totally-asleep voice, he says "heeeey. It's OPS. Could you... shift our barpat... yeah, one six five. Thanks." And puts the phone down. And then he just sits there. Squinting. Waiting.

And then, ever so slowly, I realize that that big blazing spot of sun has begun to slide off the zombie's face and onto the wall behind him. After a moment it clears his face and he blinks slowly a few times and the brilliant beauty of what I've just witnessed begins to overwhelm me. By ordering the bridge to adjust the ship's back-and-forth patrol by about 15 degrees, he's changed our course just enough to reposition the sun off of his face. He's literally just redirected thousands of tons of steel and hundreds of people so that he could get the sun out of his eyes while he eats his bagel. I am in awe.

Cue downmods and comments of "Slashdot has literally become reddit."

about 3 months ago

The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

ctheme Re:Curse of AI (136 comments)

If you run multiple trials of 10 participants and wait until you get a 30% failure rate on AI identification, you don't simply discard all of the previous data which was collected. It is still included in the figure you achieved when you finally "passed" the test.

about 3 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

ctheme Re:All of mine are online (329 comments)

Forget ripping speeds. On my end, torrenting a CD is almost inevitably faster than going downstairs and finding the disc itself. Physical collections do not serve a pragmatic purpose at the current time, save for collectors and the like.

about 4 months ago

$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

ctheme "Poor People"? (201 comments)

Who are these people? What is so poor about them?

Are they in poor condition? Did they perform poorly in school? Are they pitiable in the sense of being a poor, poor person? Are they generally inferior to other people, who are superior people?
Or maybe the titles is referring to Kenyan laborers who earn less than $2 a day and live in corrugated-steel shanties in one of the more impoverished districts of Nairobi which only gained access to electricity two years ago.

Maybe not. In any case, I prefer to imagine myself not being one of these "poor" people. Sounds rotten.

about 4 months ago

The Internet of Things and Humans

ctheme Re:"Web 2.0" is a decade old now (55 comments)

Really? Because from what Ghostery tells me, web services communicate with one another just fine.
The problem is that it's not in my best interest for them to do so.

about 5 months ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

ctheme Re:Carmack fully supports the move (300 comments)

Carmack appreciates impressive technologies when he sees them and has always humbly voiced his support for them. Back in the dark ages he called Ken Silverman, the developer of Duke3D's Build engine -- the supposedly direct competitor of Quake at one point -- the most talented graphics programmers that he knew besides himself. He had similar praise of Oculus VR before he joined the crew.

No, he's isn't a saint in any benevolent sense, but when it comes to commentary on developing technologies, I tend to trust him -- personal disdain for Facebook's sociocommercial business model aside.

Also, Carmack's next Twitter post directly communicates that he's been avoiding creating a Facebook profile up until this point. So perhaps his admiration of the company on a social level is not as strong as his respect for them on a technological infrastructural level.

about 6 months ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

ctheme Re:So? (300 comments)

Both are correct, but I suppose I could have gone with the more elegant looking variant, if that's what you're suggesting.

about 6 months ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

ctheme Re:So? (300 comments)

Bagh, *struck. The problem with the option to proofread my comments is that, no matter how many times I try, the fact remains that I was never very good at proofreading to begin with.

about 6 months ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

ctheme So? (300 comments)

Brusk and Gifted Independent Developer who Stuck Gold voices his frustration with a major commercial acquisition that the whole tech-concerned internet is on its toes over.

Brusk and Gifted Independent Developer who Stuck Oil tells Oculus that they won't be getting Minecraft for Christmas this year because they made a naughty capitalist decision which advances the looming surveillance state of developed nations.

Brusk and Gifted Independent Developer who Discovered Atlantis is known for having strong and pessimistic views of the game industry which -- surprise! -- strongly favor grassroots development.

I don't see how the complaints of Brusk and Gifted Independent Developer who Developed Minecraft and then Passed it on to an Equally Gifted Development Team add anything more to the Oculus conversation than the thoughts of any other half-informed follower of recently-emerging VR technologies.

about 6 months ago

NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

ctheme Re:Yes, but (326 comments)

So what you're telling me is, only astropsychics are reasonably verifiable?

about 7 months ago

China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

ctheme Re:It's not lost... (131 comments)

I'm sure Godot will show up and bail the Jade Rabbit out sooner or later.

about 7 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

ctheme Re:FIRE! (457 comments)

I've driven with Waze for thousands of miles and let me tell you, cops use it too. Frequently I will see a Waze user icon marked on the GPS map where at police car is camped in real life, where a speed trap has been reported in their database. Sometimes I'll see them move and park a mile or two away to set up a new speed traps.

I hate to think that they're picking on Waze users for employing software which might aid them in speeding. But fortunately, American cops have never been known to pull over drivers based on personal criteria without due reason.

about 8 months ago

John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

ctheme Re:Best of luck, John (146 comments)

Assuming the demons were from a hell cosmologically bound to Earth, both the marines and demons were aliens from Earth on Mars -- so who's to judge?

about 8 months ago

Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

ctheme Translating to real-life (140 comments)

Does this mean that 10% of my friends aren't really my friends?

about 8 months ago

My productivity peaks between...

ctheme 4am to 8am (309 comments)

Ah, the life of a baker.

about a year ago

Anonymous Claims To Have Hacked Sony PSN Again

ctheme Re:Do we need to draw attention to this on Slashdo (239 comments)

From the pastebin document:

I got no twitter,facebook, neither I go in IRC.. if someone takes credit for this pwnage, he's a faggot.
What's the target?...It's SONY, MOTHERFUCKER.
Contact me at for the full database, which is 50GB, fuck.
About 10 million fuckers at risk. Yes, if you play playstatio network, you're included

This is the language of someone who wants to be perceived as a threat to many people. It is not the language of democratic engagement.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Claims To Have Hacked Sony PSN Again

ctheme Do we need to draw attention to this on Slashdot? (239 comments)

Even if this is true, and PSN was compromised, what's the point? This benefits no good cause, and Sony isn't even the one being exposed here -- its users are.

Anonymous is repeating the mistakes of Cablegate; releasing private information of parties who didn't ask to be involved. That's bullying, not hacktivism.

more than 2 years ago


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