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MasterCard Forcing PayPal To Pay Higher Fees

finity Re: Card to Card payments (260 comments)

Are you suggesting that Bitcoin is as safe as the USD? One of those still works when the lights go out...

about a year and a half ago

The Nielsen Family Is Dead

finity Re:no, it's not dead (170 comments)

I agree. Downloaders, Hulu watchers, or network website viewers will not see the TV ads because that's not how the system currently works. To include those folks in the Nielsen ratings would make the ratings less relevant to the people who actually pay for the shows. Viewers don't pay for the shows, advertisers do (excepting premium, which, why can't I buy an Internet subscription from HBO?).

It's unfortunate that the number we talk about as a show's popularity is the Nielsen number, which increasingly does not represent actual popularity. Because these networks are a business, though, as these other audiences make up more of their income due to Hulu ads/whatever, the networks will have to start taking them into account. Then the definition of show popularity will no longer solely be the Nielson rating based on TV viewership. It'll probably just be proportional to delivery medium income...

about a year and a half ago

Who Should Manage the Nuclear Weapons Complex, Civilians Or Military?

finity Re:Frying pan or fire? (183 comments)

[Citation needed] It's not that I think this can't be true, I'd just like to know specific cases where it was true. Certainly I can think of unethical appropriations of the type you mention, but I wouldn't put deals with Boeing in the category of "worst acts from our government".

about a year and a half ago

Mesa Finally An OpenGL Implementation (On Intel Hardware)

finity Re:What is Mesa? (80 comments)

Here's the relevant part (sorry, editing on a phone isn't that easy...):

Now comes the fun part: modern hardware acceleration. I assume everybody already knows what OpenGL is. It’s not a library, there will never be one set of sources to Each vendor is supposed to provide its NVIDIA provides its own implementation of OpenGL and ships its, based on its implementations for Windows and OS X.

If you are running open-source drivers, implementation probably comes from Mesa. Mesa is many things, but one of the major things it provides that it is most famous for is its OpenGL implementation. It is an open-source implementation of the OpenGL API. Mesa itself has multiple backends for which it provides support. It has three CPU-based implementations: swrast (outdated and old, do not use it), softpipe (slow), llvmpipe (potentially fast). Mesa also has hardware-specific drivers. Intel supports Mesa and has built a number of drivers for their chipsets which are shipped inside Mesa. The radeon and nouveau drivers are also supported in Mesa, but are built on a different architecture: gallium.

about 2 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Community Game Diaspora Has Arrived

finity Gamer Diaspora (121 comments)

I saw this headline and was worried about the Cheeto and Mountain Dew famines that would occur if a community of displaced Battlestar Galactica Gamers was unleashed upon this land.

about 2 years ago

Satellite Uplinks For the Masses

finity Re:For the masses? (49 comments)

Well, if you were talking to a geosat satellite, those are way out there in orbit. Fast electrically steerable antennas may allow comms with low earth orbit satellites, which would lower latency.

about 2 years ago

The Chaos Within Sudoku - a Richter Scale of Difficulty

finity Re:Chaos... what? (74 comments)

There are a lot of ways to look at hard, somewhat generic problems, like Sudoku. Have you seen the SAT problem? One way to consider it is like you describe - a set of simultaneous equations. Another way to consider it is to use the equations and some rules to draw a graph, then perform graph operations. NP problems are an active area of academic interest. It's generally not possible to know how hard these problems are before solving them, so if this technique can be more general than just Sudoku, that could be important.

more than 2 years ago

Sexy Female Scientist Video Draws Fire

finity Re:Whats the problem (404 comments)

Personally, I think smart girls are sexy - end of story.

Yes. This. In the same way, dumb folks are a complete turnoff, I don't care how good you look.

I've put this statement to the test.

more than 2 years ago

At Canadian Airports, Your Conversation May Be Remotely Recorded

finity Re:FIRST things FIRST (211 comments)

Clearly, then, the solution is to install listening devices in everyone's homes.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Relents On Metro-Only Visual Studio Express

finity Re:It's a free tool! (228 comments)

That was my initial thought too. But the complaining worked, so more power to the complainers.

more than 2 years ago

How Nearby Supernovae Affected Life On Earth

finity Re:Trying to parse... (109 comments)

My interpretation was, "temperature variations caused by cosmic rays are influenced more by supernovae than by the Sun." I think it's similar to yours, but that the Sun and supernovae are causing cosmic rays to affect Earth's temperature. It probably infers what you're saying too.

more than 2 years ago

The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

finity Re:Where? (715 comments)

The problem is generally not that men dislike women, sexism takes much more subtle forms than that. I'm in the military, another male dominated career field, and I've seen that it can be hard for women to try to just fit in and work if they're being singled out even in small ways. This post discusses it a bit:

There are times that I've thought one of my female coworker friends needs to "lighten up", and I've thought that about male coworkers too. But there are many times when I've seen that the women are correct, and that they've been singled out in an unfortunate way. It really turns them off to a field that needs a more equal gender balance, and that's too bad.

I think XZVF kinda hit it on the head, too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

finity A friend was (407 comments)

I have a friend who was sued by the RIAA or one of their members. I don't know anything about it, except that he and a few others all decided to settle, and that they were all in college at the time. He's doing well now.

There have been a few news stories about the grandma who was sued, or the cute college coed that was sued, too. Not that I know them, but the people do exist.

more than 2 years ago

New Record High Temperature At South Pole

finity Re:naysayers (387 comments)

Not to defend or disagree with your comment's parent, I've been thinking a bit about science belief/knowledge and relaized that there's a lot of science which I understtand logically but that I haven't witnessed firsthand. For instance, in physics labs I've proved a lot of physics to myself, and I "know" that bit of science. I've seen the curvature of earth and know that it's round. I've used an electron microscope (don't remember the type) and understand its function and now I "know" about atoms. Biology, on the other hand, is something I'm not terribly versed in. I totally believe that white and red blood cells exist, and that that's how our immune system works and how oxygen gets to our body parts, but I can't say that I "know" it to be true. I'm sure this sounds like a drunk college conversation, sorry. It'd be better but I'm driving and typing...

more than 2 years ago

New Record High Temperature At South Pole

finity Re:naysayers (387 comments)

I totally agree, but never put it so well. Thank you.

more than 2 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

finity Re:Nothing new here (1167 comments)

Thanks for saying that. The summary is enough to enrage anybody, then I read the bill and the context and I was puzzled as to why anybody was making a big deal.

more than 2 years ago

When Having the US Debt Paid Off Was a Problem

finity Re:1% (633 comments)

Ha! It's better than that! US debt ensures that all citizens in the World economy are on the hook. We're all dependent upon each other. This was made clear by the global market instability during this last recession. Mutually assured economic destruction - hopefully it'll be as successful as nuclear MAD.

more than 2 years ago

A Day In the Life of Privacy

finity Re:Giving it away (103 comments)

We give away privacy to gain certain benefits. I work on code projects at coffee shops sometimes, instead of at home, despite the reduction in privacy. The benefit that I get is that I feel slightly more social, and I get to drink some good good espresso. Just because I choose to buy into the ridiculous game of corporate bs and use credit sensibly for all types of purchases does not make me a lemming. My fursuit does that just fine thankyou. Typed on my AndroidMegaCorp2000FancySchmantzPhone.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Simulated Mars Mission Close To 'Landing'

finity Re:Not a true experience then. (170 comments)

I agree with you vadim. If I was in this situation, for at least the first two weeks the idea that I could just quit and go back to everyday life at anytime would be at the top of my mind. There are few consequences to quitting in this situation, compared to those in a real mission. In a real mission you're completely committed both physically and mentally, in a fake mission it's a mental game.

more than 3 years ago


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It's pretty neat-o. The topic of this entry is unix because, uh, *nix roxors your soxors, or something like that.

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