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The $45 Windows Laptop

dreemernj And I think that's about it. (299 comments)

This is a slashdot story about an ebay auction of a discontinued crapbook that I've seen for sale in hardware and drug stores. I think it's time to just give up on this place. This is fucking terrible.

more than 2 years ago
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Next Generation Xbox and Playstation Consoles Will Have Optical Drives

dreemernj Re:It would be stupid not to (206 comments)

I agree with basically everything you say. But I do think there is another model for game distribution they could have in mind: partial downloads on demand. You buy the game, it downloads 10% of the game and lets you start playing, as you play through it has to download more, and if you never finish the game, it never actually downloads the whole thing. I imagine MMOs already operate this way, so it's not a novel idea or anything, but using it for every game for a console could be a new take on using the technique.

I don't think this is a good idea to do for a console right now because 10% could still easily be 500MB, which can be a daunting download on PSN, even with a good connection. But I can see that being a desired approach for the future from the standpoint of distribution and piracy. People that play 15% of the game download 15% of the game and, since you download the game a chunk at a time as you play, I would imagine there is an argument to be made for how this could prevent piracy.

I don't know if it would actually put a dent in piracy, but I can imagine people convincing execs that it will.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Windows 8 Succeed In a Cloud-Based World?

dreemernj Re:What does that even mean? (213 comments)

Ahh, so Vista was good too since it falls under NT6 just like Windows 7 does? :-D

more than 2 years ago
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Another Raspberry Pi? $49 ARM Single-Board Computer With Android

dreemernj Re:Keyboard and mouse... (206 comments)

Atrix 4G and Atrix II can do it but I believe, as you say, they were added by Motorola. You could get a dock to make hooking USB devices up easily or just spend a little time getting them hooked up directly to the phone and then you had keyboard and mouse via USB and video via HDMI for a nice little setup.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Chrome Becomes World's No. 1 Browser

dreemernj Re:Those IE9 browser commercials don't help (449 comments)

Maybe they can make another nerdier commercial that says something like "Hey, remember IE? The first browser with XMLHttpRequest and favicons and innerHTML? It wasn't all bad, was it?"

more than 2 years ago
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'Inexact' Chips Save Power By Fudging the Math

dreemernj PROTIP (325 comments)

Excel has been running its numbers through an emulated version of this hardware for years.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360

dreemernj Re:Same reason as before... (530 comments)

In regards to the video cards, that just comes down to getting what you pay for. You don't have to buy a vid card every year to keep playing the newest games. If you don't update, then at some point you won't be able to set your games to max settings. If your goal is to have the best graphics possible, that's no good for you. But if you are content with console graphics, then a vid card that is 3 or 4 years old is still going to deliver better than the consoles can right now.

My vid card is about 3 years old now I think. It's a 4870 that I got for around $250. It plays Skyrim at 40-50 fps on the High preset. Very High and Ultra cause the framerate to drop too low. I think that's 4xAA, the texture quality looks beautiful and I am playing at 1080p. I could have spent the $280 on a console instead and been playing games at 720p or less and 2xAA or no AA. Graphics aren't all there is to gaming, but when it comes down to picking a vid card vs a console, the graphics are an important part of the consideration.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientific Cruise Meets Perfect Storm, Inspires Extreme Wave Research

dreemernj Re:2006 (107 comments)

2006? Wasn't that around the time a rogue wave was recorded on The Deadliest Catch?

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody

dreemernj Re:Incidentally (440 comments)

I've used an Android phone for personal stuff for about 2 years now and a BlackBerry for work for about 5 years. The BB is work issued, and the one I have is old, a Curve 8320. What BBs have you used with good email apps? My 8320 butchers every email. I tried a newer curve, I think a 93xx or something, a Storm, and a couple of other random ones, and they all butchered email as well. I'd consider paying for a new BB out of pocket for work use if it could actually display an email correctly.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases ASP.NET MVC Under the Apache License

dreemernj Re:ASP.NET MVC is OK, but C# is awesome (177 comments)

I think the moment I realized I needed to learn more in order to do less was when a friend saw me code an enumerator class to do something that involved fetching paginated results from a local database and he replaced 90% of my code with the word yield.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases ASP.NET MVC Under the Apache License

dreemernj Re:ASP.NET MVC is OK, but C# is awesome (177 comments)

I've used C# a bit for work and it's the language I pick whenever I can for personal projects. Compared to Python, there is definitely a fair amount of boilerplate. But, it never bothered me the way boilerplate bothered me in Java back when I used it. That said, I haven't used Java outside of building demo Android apps in about 7 years so it could be just as good as C# or better and I wouldn't know.

When I am coding C#, if I notice a build up of boilerplate, it is usually a sign that I am not taking advantage of something that is available to me. I could probably write code that looks almost identical to the code I wrote in Java years ago, but that'd be a fault of mine, not of C#'s. Also, I haven't used an IDE that handles generating boilerplate as nicely as Visual Studio does for the occasions when it is still necessary. I'd probably be using Python for my fun projects if I found an IDE for it that I enjoyed using as much as I enjoy using Visual Studio with C#.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

dreemernj Re:The Most Secure Mobile OS (291 comments)

IM, email and Twitter type applications are bad examples because they would probably be using push notifications instead of an app running in the background. It's the only way on iOS. It sounds like it's the only way on Windows Phone. And Google made it an option for Android when they added C2DM in Android 2.2 and I would be annoyed if an IM or email app opted for a background service instead of push notification on my Android phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

dreemernj Re:The question is will he live to collect it (294 comments)

It's like in a horror movie when a psycho killer steadily follows after a group of fleeing campers. He doesn't have to run. He knows he'll catch enough of them.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

dreemernj Re:There's Your Problem Right There (1108 comments)

Phlogiston theory fit the definition when it was considered a scientific theory. It is now a superseded/obsolete theory meaning it is not regarded as correct. Nothing about it goes against the agreed upon definition that I mentioned.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

dreemernj Re:There's Your Problem Right There (1108 comments)

One definition of the word theory is: a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena.

I think this whole thing comes down to a lot of people not understanding this definition of the word "theory."

more than 2 years ago
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Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers

dreemernj Re:It's finite. (159 comments)

My guess is they don't want to give up because they enjoy playing chess against other people.

more than 2 years ago
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Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers

dreemernj Re:Why is it 'cheating'? (159 comments)

If they created another league for computer-aided play, they would still be trying to eliminate cheating from the non-computer-aided play league. So that doesn't solve anything.

And, who exactly is shunning technological enhancements? How much press have human vs computer matches gotten? And how frequently do people play chess against computers?

Computers in chess is not really a new thing, and it certainly isn't shunned from chess in general. But, this is a league that is meant to test one player against another player, not one player's team and tech vs another player's team and tech. This league, and any other leagues that decide they don't want technology aiding players, have no reason to change that position if they don't want to. It's their league, they are playing a game, there is no right or wrong, there is simply what the people involved prefer. If a majority of players in the league wanted the technology, they would probably allow it.

more than 2 years ago

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Has Target always been a bunch of dicks?

dreemernj dreemernj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've been to 2 Target stores, one in NJ and one in PA, in the past week and in both cases I was met by idiots. In both cases I came across tons of items marked at the wrong prices. When I went to ring up my order, and things rang up incorrectly, they simply told me that they change their prices every week and they can't be expected to keep all the prices marked correctly.

Have I gone mad? Or is keeping the prices correct on their shelves a very basic expectation of any such store? And, at both stores, this was not a case of an individual being grouchy. Because in both stores I was told this by the cash register attendent and then by someone at the customer service desk. I have to believe this is their policy and it seems wrong.

Perhaps they reached a level of brand recognition and have so many customers they don't have to worry about little things like not posting misleading prices?

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