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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

dyslexicbunny Re:Awkward (112 comments)

I was one of the poor saps who preordered Homefront....

At least I got Metro 2033 for free with it! Hell of a game if you haven't played it.

yesterday
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dyslexicbunny Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

I would contend that it depends on the subject. I'd seriously consider teaching math or science but given that my friend is making $42,000 with a masters in Industrial Engineering to teach stats and CS, why bother? I can make twice that or more in industry when I finish my doctorate. I'd bet if you were offering $70,000 to math and science teachers, you'd get plenty of talented folks.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

dyslexicbunny Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (364 comments)

I was a part of the group that did the second engine study to defend continuing the funding for the F136. Since it was cancelled, I'd expect GE to continue funding it internally and when the F135 can't do the job, they show up with an engine that costs significantly more than it would otherwise and they've got Uncle Sam by the balls.

I would actually argue that it's not an R&D problem but rather a requirements problem as well as a military acquisition problem. The former is largely due to the VTOL requirements that the Marine Corps want is largely incompatible with the Navy and Air Force requirements. The problem is that the Marines needed a replacement aircraft and Congress wouldn't approve two aircraft programs so they tagged along. The latter is a far bigger problem in that Congress dictates what systems the military get, which is why we're making tanks that we don't need and sending them directly to the Boneyard.

I personally think the military should be able to establish their own priorities and initiate weapons programs as needed subject to review from Congress. Congress could then insist that the military defend their position but they would not be able to force systems on the military that are unwanted or unneeded.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

dyslexicbunny Re:WUWT (441 comments)

The house I currently live in apparently existed in the early 1900s. It has slowly been improved but it has tons of problems. So many that it would be far more beneficial to tear it down and start over from scratch. But my landlord has no interest in doing that or even having people come in and make minor improvements. Why bother putting that kind of money into a house you're not living in? And there are many houses in the area in the same boat, if not the country. What I would do is come up with a metric that looks at annual energy used vs size of the house and charge a hefty tax on properties that are higher than some particular value (might be a function of residence so some places aren't as penalized). And over time, reduce that value to include more houses.

about a month ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

dyslexicbunny Re:As a trend (238 comments)

I'm honestly not sure how one should fix it as electric cars become much greater in number. I'd hate to have a hybrid system where gas cars are fuel tax and electrics are per mile tax. But the solution I like is to have everyone pay a per mile tax to cover the roads and then gas cars pay the fuel tax as well with the revenues going to energy research.

about 2 months ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

dyslexicbunny Re:As a trend (238 comments)

Is the plan to keep the fuel tax and introduce the per mile on top of it, I assume? What a pack of jackasses. They could just increase the fuel tax and problem solved...

about 2 months ago
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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

dyslexicbunny Re:Fuel economy? (119 comments)

Yep. Unlike aircraft, there just isn't a significant desire by the auto manufacturers to really get serious about drag reduction. It's really a shame too since things like wheel skirts are really simple.

I think part of the problem is that they intentionally put them on the most unconventional looking cars just to help ensure they don't sell because people are hesitant to significant change. I'd rather they step up and tell people how much fuel that would save with them on and what that would cost annually. And have it as a package you can put on at the dealership.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

dyslexicbunny Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

Abrams didn't write either of them. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the first one and Damon Lindelof joined them for the second one. But I do concede that if you have Abrams, you get some combination of the rest of them.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

dyslexicbunny Re:There's no money lost... (626 comments)

Are we supposed to feel bad for those towns? Hampton was a 500 person town that pulled in $200k in traffic revenues in 2012. It was done by annexing part of a state highway and lowering the speeds abruptly to cite people. That's utterly absurd.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

dyslexicbunny Why is that a bad thing? (626 comments)

Either move them to other types of crimes or let them go. I don't see why law enforcement should be immune to downsizing. If it's essential to keep these guys on the force, it shouldn't be hard to make the case to the taxpayers.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

dyslexicbunny Re:except your products are killing children (584 comments)

Well that sounds like a problem with people not properly securing their guns. Put severe negligence laws on the books (which many states don't have - http://smartgunlaws.org/child-...) and enforce the penalties when they happen and I imagine that the numbers will significantly drop.

Are there cheap, shitty safes that kids can get in? Yes. So let's certify them to some standard and go from there.

about 2 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

dyslexicbunny Re:seems like a back door (566 comments)

What qualifications are they looking for? I'm finishing an engineering doctorate in the coming months and am still looking for a job. Not that I think I'm qualified but I'm sure intrigued.

about 3 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

dyslexicbunny Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I read that report when it came out. Those safes look like cheapest of the cheap. That doesn't make their failures excusable but they certainly shouldn't be advertised as safes.

Trigger locks work fine. As does a higher quality safe. Will they stop the most determined of individuals? No but it's enough to stop young children.

about 2 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

dyslexicbunny Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

We shouldn't need "smart" guns for things like children finding their parent's guns. We just need severe negligence laws for not properly securing your guns.

about 2 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

dyslexicbunny Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

Most of those "do this and you'll be fine!" folks are generally out of touch. If you spend all day around smart engineers, it's pretty easy to think that most of them will be able to make a career shift fairly easily. But when you interact with people that aren't so sharp fairly regularly, it's overwhelmingly easy to conclude that those folks are shit out of luck. I think in the next 20 years, many of the repetitive simple jobs will be reduced such that we're going to have a hard time finding things for these newly unemployed people to do.

about 4 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

dyslexicbunny Better Uses? (712 comments)

Couldn't we just use that $50B to improve efficiency across the US? Upgrade plants and transmission lines. Replace older appliances like fridges, air conditioners, water heaters. Change out windows and doors while adding insulation. I feel like that would be just as helpful and probably cost less than buying all the coal.

about 5 months ago
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PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

dyslexicbunny Re:problem is (212 comments)

I imagine though that if companies want their games in a physical store (and for some reason they still do), they have to keep the prices the same. Why would I as a retailer be willing to make room for your products when you're selling them for less elsewhere and ensuring I can't get a sale?

about 5 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

dyslexicbunny Re:V2V Developer (390 comments)

Why is GPS being built in as the critical piece to this? I can lose GPS just driving around town in places. Does that mean no car knows where my car is? Why aren't these systems be based using the same inputs that I can use as a driver?

about 6 months ago
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Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

dyslexicbunny Re:Disappointed in the ending? (852 comments)

I agree with you about Lost but it has been much more plot oriented this season and I think rivals season 1 as the best season yet. Depending on how things go this season, it may change. But I don't recommend Lost to anyone to watch out of fear that it will do what the Sopranos did.

Another thing I really have a problem with is the fact that so few writers (and BSG is guilty of this one) have a general idea of what direction they're going to take from start to end.

Indeed. I was never satisfied with the whole "And they have a plan" because from what I could tell, there wasn't one. I really don't think it's hard to sit down and think about where the show will go as a whole and how many seasons it should cover. I think part of the problem is that they don't want to commit a ton of resources to a show that may not end up working based on viewership.

While 6 (as in Lost) is a bit much in comparison to BSG's 4 (I just think it's a bit trimmed in terms of fat), it still falls within my rule of 7 seasons max with human cast. Example: X-Files was pretty solid until Duchovny left and that was somewhere in season 6 to 8.

I've just grown tired of the overused mechanics in storytelling.

Shows like Burn Notice pull this off very well I think. Psych might be in that boat too. House attempts that a little bit and 24 doesn't much matter because it's often "intense" anyway. But on the whole, I think there is honestly too much competition/reality programming on cable television these days and a lot of it I just have to pick and choose since no one ever shows reruns much anymore since the dvr can only do so much. And with this competition comes the same story elements being constantly used. Shows like Law and Order just too predictable.

Abrams is tough. I've watched Lost, MI3, Joy Ride, Cloverfield, and Fringe. Lost, as we seem to agree, has it's problems. MI3 was enjoyable but it had references to Lost in the movie. Joy Ride is a generic horror movie that disappoints but I think Leelee Sobieski is hot. Cloverfield was an amazing concept (Blair Witch filming meets monster) and was a great movie to have seen in theaters, BUT all the trailers were incredibly vague on showing the monster - which I found to be laughable upon seeing and I understand why they did. Plus, there's a sequel planned and from what it sounds like, it could just be someone else's perspective. Fringe has similar elements to Lost that piss me off and some of the faux-science is just silly but I really wanted another X-Files and this attempts to fill the niche. Well, as long as it can dodge the Fox effect.

As for Star Trek, we will have to see but I think it's hard to take it seriously with Shaun of the Dead as Scotty. Based on the trailers it appears to be trendy action movie remake of a classic franchise. But if he can pull it off, I might cut him some slack.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

dyslexicbunny Re:Disappointed in the ending? (852 comments)

I think it's disingenuous to sum up the entire show in the second to last paragraph in that frame. While being accurate to the second season (also the weakest of all of them), the show is a little more than just that. However, I agree with the premise that BSG will have had a better thought out ending than Lost.

A weakness of Lost is in that every episode has a cliffhanger element and has ruined the cliffhanger for me. But the biggest problem I see with Lost is that as the show as progressed, new nuggets provided continue to produce more conspiracy theory, more nonsense, and more distrust of everything you previously knew. Lost has become a show that I just accept what happens and don't really bother to think about the future anymore - something any producer should never want to happen to their show (I spent hours thinking about how BSG would end, I already forgot what the Lost episode is about this week). And sadly, this disinterest in cliffhangers and thinking has carried over to other shows I enjoy as well. Or perhaps I have become more critical of television as a whole.

All in all, the biggest problem I have is that JJ Abrams has become too big for himself. He loves referencing all his work in other works, which makes him come across as a major douche. And I find that his overuse of misdirection in his projects fails to make him the "master" of showmanship that he may think he is. But unfortunately Abrams has developed a big enough name for himself such that any project his name is associated with will draw people in and the flaws will be neglected until it becomes too apparent. Alas.

more than 5 years ago

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First Draft of Climate Change Bill sent to Congres

dyslexicbunny dyslexicbunny writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dyslexicbunny (940925) writes "With both President Obama and the Democrats committed to green energy, it is of little surprised that a bill would be coming to Congress shortly. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 focuses on four principle areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Reducing Global Warming Pollution, and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy. The targets are consistent with various promises made by Obama during his campaign.

Although the bill addresses many of the concerns abroad regarding the lack of commitment by the United States, one concern should be the potential cost of this program that will likely be staggering and how Obama plans to also meet his deficit targets in 2012 as well. A summary of the draft bill can be found here(PDF)."
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Shot Down at the Rockets game

dyslexicbunny dyslexicbunny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dyslexicbunny (940925) writes "I don't really hate people that propose in front of crowds but I saw this and it was too hilarious. The announcer calls it Nostradamus style. Even the mascot can't help but laugh.

http://www.yardbarker.com/backyard/articles/Shot_down_at_the_Rockets_game/168541"
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Putin named Time's Person of the Year.

dyslexicbunny dyslexicbunny writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dyslexicbunny (940925) writes "This isn't Russia's Person of the Year but actually Time's Man of the Year. Given the interesting discussion on /. regarding Putin's politics, I thought this could result in discussion of other worthy candidates for Person of the Year as well as thoughts on Putin's win. Should we be concerned that the Person of the Year is one that sacrifices freedom for security?"

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