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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

damnbunni Re:No horns? (267 comments)

In my experience cows are rarely impressed by car horns.

And moose ignore them completely. You sit there till the moose decides to wander off to do whatever it is that moose do when they're not blocking traffic.

I'm not gonna ask. A moose's business is its own.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

damnbunni Re:Q10 or Wiko (303 comments)

A lot of Android apps, even ones that run just fine on the BlackBerry Z10, fail miserably on the Q10.

I think it's because of the perfectly square screen - the hardware doesn't HAVE a 'portrait' or 'landscape' mode, so the app goes AUGHWTFBBQ and quits.

The other issue I have is that the hardware keyboard simply doesn't work in a lot of Android apps. Letters will type the wrong character, and using the Sym key to access things like the = is a real crapshoot.

All of which is extra-irksome because there are some apps which simply don't have a BB10 equivalent, even when there's a BB7 version. An AOL Instant Messenger client, for instance.

I really like my Q10 overall, but the Android sandbox still needs work.

about 3 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

damnbunni Re:Erm, the 3DS (559 comments)

Touchscreen is a horrible interface for FPS. The only way I've found to make touchscreen FPS controls not suck is to use a Bluetooth controller and some controller-mapping software. Or an nVidia Shield.

I would far rather use the 3DS's controls for an FPS. (Use the analog stick for look and the ABXY buttons to move, shoot with the triggers. It works well.)

What I can't figure out with mobile strategy games is, why are they all RTSes? I haven't found any turn-based games, which I think would be far more suited to touchy-pokey controls.

Am I just not finding them? Is there some Android equivalent of Heroes of Might and Magic out there? Heck, HoMM3's interface actually works perfectly well on a touchscreen - I've played it on a Windows slate. And I'd happily re-buy it for my phone if it existed.

about 3 months ago

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

damnbunni Re:"Windows 8 is a piece of shit !" (470 comments)

Or you could buy a copy of VueScan and keep using the old scanner.

It's a third-party scanner driver package for basically every scanner ever. For Windows, Macs, and Linux.

about 3 months ago

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

damnbunni Re:Windows XP still at 28.98% (470 comments)

I run unsigned drivers on my Win7 Ultimate/64 bit install. You just have to enable installing unsigned drivers. There are a half-dozen ways to do it, with varying levels of permanence and hackery required.

about 3 months ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

damnbunni Re:MS won't allow this anyway (564 comments)

Wait, I thought Danger went to Microsoft, and were responsible for the Kin?

That's what killed the Sidekick/Hiptop. (I'm still pissed off about that. Sure, Android/Blackberry 10/iOS do far more than my Sidekick LX 2009 did, but what the Sidekick DID do, it did far better.)

about 4 months ago

Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes

damnbunni Re:They didn't test the Samsung 840 or 830? (293 comments)

Given that the 840 EVO only came out this summer, both those drives are still under warranty.

So why didn't you get them replaced?

Lots of people are using those drives without issue. It sucks that you got two bad ones, but it's hardly representative of the drives as a whole.

Or if you really don't want to deal with them, take them out of the 'garbage bin' and give 'em to someone who'll do the RMA themself for a free drive.

about 4 months ago

Alan Turing Pardoned

damnbunni Re:Not enough, (415 comments)

Usually these 'weird laws' turn out to be not so weird.

When you investigate them, generally the 'weird law' is an overly specific interpretation of a law that's perfectly sensible. For example, one list had a town in Montana where it's illegal to tie a whale to a fire hydrant. When you track down the law, it bans tying any animal to a fire hydrant - so yes, tying a whale to one WOULD be illegal, but the law wasn't written that way.

I'm willing to bet the Oklahoma issue is much the same - a ban on feeding animals alcohol. I bet it was done because of health issues with pigs being fed brewery leftovers, or something like that.

about 4 months ago

A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

damnbunni Re:too little too late (288 comments)

Take a pie plate. Cut it into an 'omega' shape. Strip the ends of a piece of coax, tape the wires to the plate. Plug the other end into the cable-in port on any vaguely modern TV.

Look! Rabbit ears!

The FCC didn't 'mandate a shift away from rabbit ears'. They just mandated that the rabbit ears be connected to a digital tuner rather than an analog one.

I get 35 channels this way (well okay, I used an aluminum roasting pan, not a pie plate) and about half of them are in HD.

Which is about 15 more than I was getting with an analog antenna here.

about 4 months ago

The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

damnbunni Re:360 and PS3 emulators. (227 comments)

The Dreamcast didn't use a Windows kernel.

It could boot Windows CE from disc, if you really wanted to develop for a Windows environment, but it primarily used its own OS.

You could tell the games that used the Windows CE kernel; they ran like crap.

about 4 months ago

The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

damnbunni Re:Locked down tighter than a CEO's wallet (227 comments)

To be fair. even Sony's own PS2 emulator (the one used in 80 gig PS3s) can't handle Ratchet and Clank.

That always amazed me. It's a top-name first-party franchise, and the software-emulation PS3s couldn't handle it.

As for emulating the PS4/Xbox One, pfft.

People said the same thing about the original Xbox, and none of the emulators for that are worth a damn.

about 4 months ago

CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

damnbunni Re:IDEs, emulators, and (255 comments)

Believe it or not, one of the main things I run on my Android tablet that I wouldn't be able to on an iPad is an Apple Newton emulator.

I also use a PC emulator, both DOSbox and Bochs, to run the occasional program I don't have a good Android equivalent of.

about 5 months ago

EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

damnbunni Re:Customer Service (470 comments)

The point of coin-lock cart systems isn't to stop thieves. If someone's going to steal them, the carts are worth far more than the coin used.

The point of that system is to get people to BRING THE DAMNED CARTS BACK.

Instead of leaving them all over the parking lot so you have to pay someone to go out there several times a day and round them up and bring them back for others to use.

This is exactly why ALDI does it. It's also part of why ALDI's prices are so much lower than other grocery stores in my area. They're ruthless about cutting costs.

It's also why ALDI charges for bags: They're not free to the store. If you don't want to bring your own, or take some empty boxes they have lying around, then buy some.

Their stores are also set up so that the shelves can be stocked with a minimum of labor, with product generally sitting in its shipping carton with a side removed. When the carton is empty, generally a customer takes it to put their shopping in, which both uncovers the next box of product and removes a box from the store, saving the company money on labor to clean it up and also saving on disposal.

I really wish more stores did things this way. It's not as pretty as Food City or Kroger, but I don't really give a damn about how pretty the shelves look.

about 5 months ago

Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

damnbunni Well, there went my only reason to use Chrome. (260 comments)

Quite literally the only reason I have Chrome installed is to use one very specific plugin that certainly wasn't installed through their store.

Time to make sure I have the Chrome updater service disabled.

about 5 months ago

Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

damnbunni Re:Or equivalently, PC as TV STB (419 comments)

The DVD player is already under the TV. In most homes the PC is not near the TV, doesn't have a spot near the TV, and there isn't a good place to put it near the TV because computers are not considered TV accessories. They require desk-height furniture to put the keyboard and mouse on, a monitor, a chair, and the person USING THE COMPUTER doesn't necessarily want to be anywhere near the TV. Or the person watching the TV doesn't want to be listening to the sound from whatever video game the person using the computer is playing.

And before you say 'What's the difference between a DVD player under the TV and a home theater PC under the TV?', DVD players are cheap and simple to operate.

about 5 months ago

Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

damnbunni Re:TV as PC monitor (419 comments)

Running cables under the door, down the hall, and across the floor from the computer to the TV.

about 5 months ago

Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

damnbunni Re:The 55-week wait for holiday movies (419 comments)

I have one of those $80 video-store tapes of 'It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown' I got when a local store closed.

My Arbor Day is saved!

about 5 months ago

Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

damnbunni Re:And nothing of value was lost... (330 comments)

Pretty much everyone uses Skype. I don't know anyone that uses anything else.

Well, there's one neckbeard around here who still has a SpeakFreely server, but that's about it.

The only 'alternatives' I know that get any use are TeamSpeak and similar services that people playing MMOs use. And even there, a lot of them have switched to Skype.

about 5 months ago

Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

damnbunni Re:HDMI port limit (312 comments)

They do make automated HDMI switches, you know. You can get one for about ten bucks.

The HDMI inputs have priority levels; plug your console into a 'high' priority one and when you switch it on the TV will change from the media box to the console automagically.

about 6 months ago



Frederik Pohl passes away at 93

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about 7 months ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "Frederik Pohl, one of the last Golden Age science fiction authors, passed away on September 2nd of respiratory distress, as reported on his blog [http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/]

Pohl is perhaps best known for his Heechee Saga novels, beginning with Gateway in 1977, but his work in pulp magazines in the '30s and '40s helped give rise to science fiction fandom."

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City of Heros to shut down: 'Management' villain too powerful.

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about a year and a half ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "NCsoft has announced they are closing developer Paragon Studios, responsible for City of Heroes / City of Villains. All subscription charges are stopping immediately and the game will be shut down by the end of the year. Apparently going free-to-play a year ago wasn't enough to foil The Bottom Line's evil plot."
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Nerd-Based Brothel to Open in Nevada

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about 2 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "A new sci-fi brothel is being put together near Area 51. Dennis Hof (owner of another brothel in Nevada) and Heidi Fleiss (famed 'Hollywood Madam') where customers can spend time with a costumed Princess Leia, metal bikini and all. Hof expects to get a lot of business from gamers and other socially awkward nerds. No word on if there will be green-painted Orion slave girls for the Captain Kirk room."
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The End of the Dr. Demento Show on radio.

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  more than 3 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "Dr. Demento has announced that his long-running comedy radio show will be ending. Modern 'format' radio has been less and less friendly to oddball and offbeat programming, and after years of declining station membership the Doctor announced on June 6th that his radio show will be no more. He will still stream shows from his web site, drdemento.com. While I'm very sad to see the show go, 30 years is a pretty good run."
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