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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

drinkypoo Not just download (67 comments)

But free-to-p[l]ay gaming is also becoming a serious contender. It solves the problem of gamers who won't buy a game without a demo, it solves the problem of having an adequate online player base, and it solves the problem of gamers who simply won't buy games but who might buy the occasional piece of DLC.

The truth is that Gamestop guaranteed their eventual nonexistence when they dropped games for old consoles. I get that they can't stock everything, but it eliminated my reasons to go in there. I can get all the same stuff cheaper somewhere else, and I can get a lot of stuff that they can't (or won't) get. Since I don't really need a $200+ headset, I'm not sure what I'd go in there for anyway.+

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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

drinkypoo Re:Actually makes good sense (656 comments)

Just because some terms can have vague boundaries doesn't mean that anything goes

In theory, that's true. In practice, that's false.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:1. Area too large; 2. Expires in 30 days (172 comments)

You might consider giving Garmin some money, then. They have a product with offline maps which apparently lets you buy map data and indeed basic functionality piecemeal. It's a dollar right now, but it's supposed to remain cheap. I guess they are or were also offering deals on content. Linked article complains about spending a hundred bucks, but if that were lifetime that would be well worth it. The big problem with buying a Garmin GPS is that the hardware pretty well sucks unless you spend a lot, and your updates are tied to the device so you could get into a situation where you're motivated to give them money to repair a device that was kind of lame (hardware-wise) when you bought it. But if I can take their app to a new phone when I upgrade, then I can let that unit go to a friend and just use my phone, which has a much nicer screen overall. In particular, text input on my Garmin is horrible. I forget what model it is ATM or I'd include that info. Suffice to say it was a cheap refurb.

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (172 comments)

Guess that's why they killed it - people remember it, but didn't realize it was still around - you certainly don't see it advertised anywhere.

Well, there were really two reasons why it died. First, it required a windows machine to run, and until recently none of them have really been that nice to use in the car. You need a combination of battery life (in case you forget the charger, you won't be able to get another cheaply and you're depending on this thing, remember?) and form factor that just wasn't there. Second, even when it was brand new it was out of date, so why buy it new? If you bought one a year old you could get it for $20 with the GPS dongle. If they had actually put in the effort necessary to keep it up-to-date, then I'd have paid for it when it came out, rather than when it got old. I've bought it twice now, a couple years old both times. It would fall on its ass anywhere around new construction, but it was pretty sweet for route planning and it was a cheap way to get an adequate GPS dongle.

I also bought Delorme's software a couple years aged on the same basis. It was better at turn-by-turn but the interface was atrocious and that made it worse at everything else. The GPS dongle is bright yellow, so I suggest the Microsoft package instead. Either one is adequate as a time source :)

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:I Use Streets and Trips on RV Trips (172 comments)

I think the problem is that they can't compete with the dedicated units. Garmins and Tomtoms are fairly cheap and fit nicely on the dashboard, and even they're losing market share (or redirecting their business) to built-in systems.

Too bad Microsoft didn't have any synchronization between their automotive platform and streets and trips. If you could plot a route on your PC and then load it into your car (why isn't the key also a USB key?) then both Microsoft automotive bullshit and S&T might have received a boost.

yesterday
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

drinkypoo Re:Kind of like supermarket loyalty schemes (340 comments)

It's the perfect libertarian excuse for corporate abuse. You don't have to go along with the abuse. You can just live like an Amish person and avoid the abuse if you really want to. It's all your "choice".

Well, to be fair, Libertarians also often suggest the dissolution of borders. Everything which was not necessary for the function of the minimally-sized government would be private property, and you could sell it to anyone you liked. But they'd be motivated not to move to certain places because they'd be exposed to prejudice; under such a system, you cannot be forced to trade with someone. It's a sort of choose-your-own-feudalism-adventure.

yesterday
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

drinkypoo Re:Car Insurance Companies Too! (340 comments)

I'm glad that my cars are pre-OBD-II.

Don't be. If it is ever decided that thou shalt be tracked, they will simply install Accelerometer/GPS-based black boxes in all of the vehicles, and your engine will be irrelevant. They'll know how you were driving, and when you were doing it.

But really, it comes down to that they can raise your rates when they want to for any or no reason. The only thing stopping them is competition from others that want the same revenue source.

Yep. Anything which is mandatory and not fully transparent is guaranteed to be a scam.

yesterday
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

drinkypoo Re:quelle surprise (681 comments)

So you are opposed to a carbon free source that has killed no one in this whole country after 70 years but has elsewhere?

It only hasn't killed anyone in this country due to luck. We have the same shitty reactors as Fukushima, sitting on fault lines and so on, with spent fuel sitting around in pools dependent on backup power which is on-site. Only the Tsunami risk is absent, but a big enough 'quake will do the job and is feasible at a number of sites.

But you are for it there but not here?

I am for it in places which seem to be able to manage it, and not in places which are just piling up their waste and finding more and more excuses for not dealing with it.

Wait until you hear the number of people killed in plane crashes HERE!

I only care about the number of people killed by plane crashes, less the number of people killed in plane crashes. You can choose whether or not to get on a plane.

yesterday
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

drinkypoo Re:dont care (149 comments)

No, the real issue is what the NSA is doing. They're reading my damned mail, listening to my calls

Yes, and how are they doing that? Because you're using easily-tapped electronic forms of communication. If you were sending your messages via sealed scroll (presumably with something more modern than wax) you might have greater informational security. And indeed, when corporations or even simply savvy humans want to communicate, that's precisely what they do. The data gets bundled up and handed to a courier, and if security is sufficiently important, they will literally drive it to the airport, get on the plane with it, take it to another country, and hand-deliver it so that you have a reasonable expectation that there has been no eavesdropping.

Or, you know, you could just use encryption. But they'll still gather metadata. But then, they can do that regarding the travel related to your package. There's always going to be some kind of wrapper, even if the only one they get to read is your itinerary, gathered retroactively.

How do I "not use" the NSA?

Move out of the country, become a citizen of another nation (tricky if there's not a baby on the way) and renounce your US citizenship. Then, don't use electronic communications :)

yesterday
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The World's Best Living Programmers

drinkypoo How would you know? (274 comments)

You only know if you get to see their code, and/or if they are a public figure.

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:Garmin for the win (172 comments)

I cracked open my wallet and spent $150 on a unit with lifetime traffic and maps. It was last year's. Might have been a good idea to spend another $50 and get a slightly more optioned one, but there it is. It's not even necessary to spend $300. Cheaper is better, because the units are still fairly fragile — especially around the cable connection. You don't want to be financially motivated to actually be sending units in for repair.

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:I'm always amazed MS blew the mapping race (172 comments)

I could snap you in half with no effort, weakling.

If you even had a mother (we all know that anonymous cowards come out of lawyers' assholes) she would be aghast but probably not surprised at the emotional results of your tiny, shriveled member.

yesterday
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

drinkypoo Re:Using SSN? (73 comments)

I don't see this as a SSN problem; it's more a greed problem on the part of the seller, who failed to enforce due diligence.

He didn't just fail to enforce due diligence, his intent was to sell the car to someone not entitled to buy it, so that he could get a judgement. You can borrow against owed debt. It's all a very well-known scam.

yesterday
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

drinkypoo Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (514 comments)

Masses of armed drones will, though.

Yes, your job is to build and maintain those tiny robots. But that race to the bottom can only end at monkey with a stick.

yesterday
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

drinkypoo Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (514 comments)

Neal Stephenson had it right when he said Music, Movies, and Microcode. But the rest of the world will figure this stuff out eventually. It is adorable and charming watching them gradually zero in on our style.

yesterday
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

drinkypoo Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (514 comments)

Is it more likely they will (a) resign to slowly starve or (b) start growing and trading for food amongst each other,

It's actually illegal to produce produce in your own yard in many places, even for your own use. The law says that you must starve. Feeling free, yet?

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:Microsoft can't innovate (172 comments)

Well, they came up with the XBox, and established online gaming as a serious thing.

Well, no, PC developers did that. And they did it pretty much completely without Microsoft's help, because DirectX was just coming into being when it had really taken off.

the "start" menu (which incidentally was another MS innovation).

Because it does not resemble the Apple menu at all, simply with more launcher functionality added in?

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (172 comments)

You have to be a member of AAA to get access to decent maps. Otherwise you're stuck with the Rest Area state maps.

AAA maps have gone downhill and many have just (in the last few months) been discontinued. All that's going to remain are overview maps. And their days are numbered as well, because paper maps just suck compared to digital in every way except availability.

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:I Use Streets and Trips on RV Trips (172 comments)

There's a handful of offline GPS packages for PC, Delorme has one, Garmin used to have one but they still have two nav apps for iOS and Android that have offline map support (one exclusively, one with caching.)

Streets and Trips will still work until the roads are too different from it to be useful any more, or you can't get it to run on some version of Windows any more. But it will become steadily less useful. I've bought S&T before, and it was outdated when I got it.

yesterday
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

drinkypoo Re:I'm always amazed MS blew the mapping race (172 comments)

So yeah, come "waste" me little guy, it will be adorable to see you try.

If you were not in fact a coward, you would have provided address information here. You are in fact a coward, which is why you did not. Cry yourself back to sleep, coward. Nobody likes you.

yesterday

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Supermicro fails at IPMI, leaks admin passwords

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about three weeks ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes "Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152." These BMCs are running Linux 2.6.17 on a Nuvoton WPCM450 chip. An exploit will be rolled into metasploit shortly. There is already a patch available for the affected hardware."
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UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

drinkypoo writes "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
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Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""
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Scientology proven false... by their counsel

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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OMFG it's "rein in" seriously WTFBBQ

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lately, I'm seeing more and more "reign in" on Slashdot and I've got to say, I'm disappointed.

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2+ port router+asterisk server?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 months ago

I need a new system on which to run asterisk, bonus points if I don't have to configure it from scratch. I'd like to spend less than $200 (ideally I'd pick up something used if necessary for $100) but I have storage devices available, whether CF, SD, USB, or what have you. It can have wireless, but it doesn't have to because I have a routerboard for that. I have found my pogoplugs to be unreliable at best.

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nosupportlinuxhosting fail

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I decided to try out nosupportlinuxhosting but they appear to have suspended hyperlogos.org without notice or explanation. I sure hope I don't have to issue a chargeback, that would be stupid. I'm already waiting for Amazon to process two returns that have been sitting around at their facilities for weeks.

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This website has gone to shit

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I'm not talking about the content, that has always been shit
I'm talking about what happens when I try to modify my relationships.

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The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, admin@slashdot.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at slashdot.org Port 80

Of course I reported the error. Of course I never heard back. Now I'm seeing it again.
Slashdot is basically unusable without friends/foes lists.

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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Subject says it all. If I can't read your content without javascript, either you are an idiot, or you're evil, or you're an evil idiot.

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Users opt in, but they don't opt out

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Google will tell you that their collection of "anonymous" location statistics is opt-in. That is, technically, true. However, on Gingerbread it is not opt-out. Once turned on, there is no option to disable it, that was added later. That, or I have forgotten all I once knew about google-fu. I can find how to change your mind about this on ICS, but not on GB.

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Slashdot Achievements Leaderboards?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I became curious (about Slashdot achievements, silly) and searched to no avail. Anyone have any clue?

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Keep it coming, mod trolls

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42803807
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436175&cid=42803841
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3430839&cid=42803897
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42804399

I can afford it.

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Modtrolls troll mod. Film at eleven.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771455
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771437
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3426877&cid=42770781
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427061&cid=42770777
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427083&cid=42770769

Pretty sure this time I offended an iFanboi.

Too bad you can't tag things "slashdot"

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Bring it on, bitches

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Every time I get a modtroll I get validation. Here are the five comments in question, all downmodded in a row by someone too lazy to even spread out their punitive moderation.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3411745&cid=42715053
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412111&cid=42714885
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412141&cid=42714871
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714843
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714801

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Internet Bravery

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I should very much like to demand satisfaction from people who are badly in need of correction. Namely, those who use insults against me in lieu of argument. (I am not above answering insult with insult, of course.) When are we going to get internet VR boxing, so that I can realistically challenge some random dipshit who talks a lot of shit to a boxing match and announce his cowardice should he decline?

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Moderation works?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Well, some mod douchewaffle spent all his points on me because I'm anti gun control. I heart slashdot.

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Android for Raspberry Pi

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

More or less every day I visit the Raspberry Pi home page to see if there is any new information on when the allegedly-mostly-working Android 4 will be released, and every day there isn't. As far as I know, Broadcom is the holdup. This does not give me confidence in Broadcom...

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What can be done about the Microsoft astroturfers?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Is there indeed anything we can do about the new cadre of Microsoft astroturfers with modpoints? Is it just time to finally give up. I can't imagine that they haven't actually paid their way in.

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Good large-format inkjet with continuous inking?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I am looking for a large-format inkjet with continuous inking that is suitable for printing poster prints and the like. Ideally it would have both Linux and Windows support, preferably through a standard protocol, but this is not an absolute necessity. What IS a necessity is the ability to install a continuous inking system for making these large prints, and being able to change inks. I am biased towards Epson or Canon but I want good advice, not just biased.

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Copyright

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Copyright is not a natural right, and if it had been instituted in its current form (denial of copying, as opposed to forced copying) two thousand years earlier we'd probably be at least a thousand years behind where we are now.

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Strategy games that don't cheat?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK, I know AI is hard (no pun intended) but are there any strategy games out there that don't cheat on any but the lowest levels? Haven't tried Civ V yet, but IV is just another case of easy easy easy IMPOSSIBLE to me... I just can't muster the interest to outsmart a computer program written to cheat against me.

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Continuous servos?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I want some continuous servos. Should I buy or hack? What's good to buy if I just want to do that? Double-BB and metal gear would both be nice.

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