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What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

dlingman Star Citizen (86 comments)

47.9 million via crowdfunding. 'Nuff said.

about two weeks ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

dlingman Asimov already covered this... (285 comments) Detective Del Spooner: Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a... canvas into a beautiful masterpiece? Sonny: [With genuine interest] Can you?

about two weeks ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

dlingman Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

Yah - like the new language from Apple - Swift. Except, if you think about it, Apple has been working on it for 4 years... You should be able to potentially find people with up to 4 years experience with it. That formerly worked at Apple.

Just because a product or a technology has only been on the market for 3 months, doesn't mean that there aren't people with years of experience with it.

about two weeks ago

Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

dlingman Re:Resolution (316 comments)

I've actually got a Surface Pro (1st edition - Core i5, 4 gig of ram, 128gig SSD) that I bought to run photoshop on. It, like the Surface pro 2, has a Wacom supplied digitizer in it. I only get 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, compared to 2048 for the current Cintiq tablets, but it's more than enough for me. I actually use a Wacom stylus (Bamboo Feel Carbon) with it.

This new one, while having more generic horsepower, and a bigger screen, does NOT come with a Wacom digitizer - but some other one, that only has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, and only works with their pen.

I think that this was a HUGE mistake on their part, since the size is perfect for art, but losing the detail capability is bad.

about 2 months ago

Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

dlingman hundred watts? (355 comments)

How am I going to charge my Tesla with only 100 watts of power capacity? This sucks.

about 2 months ago

Proposed Indicator of Life On Alien Worlds May Be Bogus

dlingman Re:hmm (112 comments)

Indeed, they need to realize just how much greenhouse gas interstellar spaceships create.
A lot

Pigs in Space?

about 3 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

dlingman Re:Transformer Book is a less expensive x86 tablet (386 comments)

As well as a wacom supplied digitizer. I picked up a surface pro (first gen - 128 gig model) for 499 when staples had them on sale. Tossed Photoshop, Illustrator, visual studio, 3ds Max and Unity on there. Added my bluetooth Mac mouse, and I've got a fully functional mobile dev studio. That I can draw on. With pressure sensitivity. Asus has a really nice 8" form factor as well - can't recall the model off the top of my head.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

dlingman There will be dragons... (737 comments)

This book by John Ringo does a pretty decent take on it.

about 3 months ago

Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

dlingman Re:Was it really Tesla's problem? (152 comments)

What - you don't have your lasers attached to your parking distance sensors?

about 3 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

dlingman Re:Why? (769 comments)

Nope. You need to train your minions to run the grinder FOR you.

I get up. "Brrraaaaiiinnns". "Quick - start getting coffee ready - zombie daddy is coming..."

When a bit older, I'll see if they can be trusted to use the aeropress...

about 5 months ago

Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

dlingman Re:Two thoughts on this from inside the bubble: (312 comments)

Engineers should think of managers like gardeners: they plant seeds (hire talent), provide sun & water (get their team the resources they need), & sell the crops once they've been harvested (promote team deliverables & make sure they're marketed). They don't actually grow or have intrinsic value, but they make good engineering possible.

You forgot "and supply an endless supply of bullshit that they think will result in nourishment"

about 5 months ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

dlingman Re:touchy-feely HR people? (533 comments)

If you've got touchy feelly HR people, they're probably ripe for a sexual harassment suit soon.

about 6 months ago

The iOS 7 Jailbreak Fiasco

dlingman Re:Jailbreakingg (210 comments)

I'm certainly hoping that you've not pirated any apps that have a server side component. I pay for my servers, and for the bandwidth and drive space associated with it.

Paying customers give me the ability to pay for that. Pirate users of my apps ARE a direct cost to me. If you're one of them, you ARE harming me. If you post anything on a feedback page, or click on my support link, or email me to complain - you're costing me time and money that should be spent on my actual, paying customers.

Overall though, if you never would have paid for it anyways, then why not just do without it? If it's not good enough to pay $0.99 for, then why are you even bothering to download and install it - especially in the knowledge that the cracked version might be carrying something truly nasty along with it?

about 6 months ago

Interview: Bruce Sterling Answers Your Questions

dlingman Re:What I don't get (34 comments)

It's called that, because trying to spell Speculative Fiction would make the brains of the masses explode.

about 7 months ago

Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

dlingman Re:Papa Bear and Mama Bear are People, Too (312 comments)

What's really hard to understand are life forms that have a civilization occur in a millisecond, or a synapse that takes a million years...

Well, with respect to that last one, don't you have politicians where you live?

about 7 months ago


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