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Multimorphic Teases Open Source Multi-Game Pinball

fractalVisionz Re:I played this at expo last year and it felt lik (40 comments)

I played this at the Pacific Pinball expo this last year. I 100% agree that the too much focus was put on the under-ball display. In fact, during one of the games, I couldn't even see the ball due to all the explosion animations happening around the ball that I lost a ball. It was much too distracting. The rest of the play-field was just boring as well, symmetric and didn't invoke any reason or story to even play the game.

about 2 years ago

Fake Password Reset E-mail Hits 7,500 Black Hat Registrants

fractalVisionz Re:How many peeps fell for it? (67 comments)

I don't know whether to mod you insightful or troll, so I will comment instead.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Patents Deducing Religion From Gift Wrap

fractalVisionz Re:Unpatentable (164 comments)

After reading yet another silly patent abstract, I cannot find anything worth patenting in it...

Well, there's your problem. Abstracts are not the claims, and do not need to be novel or non-obvious by themselves. That is the job of the claims.

From US Patent 8060463

The first claim:

1. A computer-implemented method of matching users to other users, the method comprising: storing, in computer storage, event data comprising order data reflective of items ordered from an electronic catalog by each of a plurality of users; programmatically generating a score that reflects a degree to which item preferences of a first user of said plurality of users are similar to item preferences of a second user of said plurality of users, said score taking into consideration a first plurality of items ordered by the first user and a second plurality of items ordered by the second user, wherein generating the score comprises weighting a first item and a second item identified in both the first and second plurality of items, wherein the first and second items are different, wherein the first and second items are weighted differently based at least in part on a first inherent characteristic of the first item and a second inherent characteristic of the second item, wherein the first and second inherent characteristics are different, and wherein generating the score further comprises taking into consideration at least one additional type of event data reflective of user affinities for items represented in the electronic catalog; and based at least in part on the score, programmatically determining whether to recommend the second user to the first user.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Develop New Method To Improve Passwords

fractalVisionz hunter2 tag (104 comments)

From http://www.bash.org/?244321:

<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
<Cthon98> ********* see!
<AzureDiamond> hunter2
<AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me
<Cthon98> *******
<Cthon98> thats what I see
<AzureDiamond> oh, really?
<Cthon98> Absolutely
<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?
<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> awesome!
<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?
<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.

more than 3 years ago

Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor

fractalVisionz 2012 (426 comments)

What lazy SOBs, giving a date of 2012 and all, since the world will end.

more than 3 years ago

Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter

fractalVisionz Re:It's failure on multiple levels (250 comments)

It seems you didn't RTFM. Only one switch out of many failed, due to it being set up from the factory incorrectly. The rest of the system switched over properly. I would say that is pretty good considering the data center size and number of switches needed for redundancy.

more than 4 years ago

In the last 24 hours, I've consumed ...

fractalVisionz Once at 8000+ (496 comments)

I was a rower in high school. We had practices 4-6 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week. Between a 5K (3 mi) run warm up and 25-30K (17-20 mi) row every day, I burned a up lot of calories and lost a lot of body fat. Seeing how a lot of vitamins and minerals are fat soluble, my caloric intake was very well above average to maintain the needed level of vitamins (bah on supplements).

My parents were not to happy with me as I would eat them out of house and home every day. Cereal has always been my staple, and I can not have any less than 10 pounds of cereal stocked up at anyone time and 2 gallons of milk. To this day, this remains true, and I can still easily polish off a box (16 oz) a day.

Lessons learned, if you want to be the next Kobayashi, become a rower.

more than 4 years ago

Making Old Games Look Good On Modern LCDs?

fractalVisionz See "Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs" (367 comments)

"A group at Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a fun little open source program to emulate the CRT effects to make old Atari games look like they originally did when played on modern LCD's and digital displays. Things like color bleed, ghosting, noise, etc. are reproduced to give a more realistic appearance."

From Slashdot story Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs.

more than 5 years ago

Become Your Own Heir After Being Frozen

fractalVisionz The Door into Summer (375 comments)

Looks like Heinlein was right again.

Time to buy some more Hired Girl stock!

more than 5 years ago

Linear measure of books on shelves in my dwelling:

fractalVisionz I own a Kindle (576 comments)

You insensitive clod!

more than 5 years ago

The Kindle Killer Arrives

fractalVisionz Re:international? (542 comments)

From http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/support/:

Q. Can I use my nook while traveling abroad?
A. Yes, when you travel abroad, you can read any files that are already on your nook. You can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots that do not use proxy security settings, such those commonly used in hotels, and download eBooks and subscriptions already in your online digital library. You cannot, however, purchase additional eBooks and subscriptions.

Q. Will new issues of eNewspapers and eMagazines be downloaded to my nook while I'm traveling?
A. Yes, if you are traveling in the United States, or if you are abroad but connected to a supported Wi-Fi hotspot, new issues are delivered to your online digital library in both cases. When travelling abroad without Wi-Fi access, new issues are not downloaded to your nook (automatically or manually).

So no, it isn't international.

more than 5 years ago

New Kind of Orbit Could Ease Mars Communications

fractalVisionz Re:lets wake up here (127 comments)

and let either private enterprise (?) explore space

I agree, even 6 year-olds are doing it.

more than 5 years ago

Kindle Finally Ready For Global Distribution

fractalVisionz Re:How fast is this thing? (145 comments)

The flicker, which I don't consider unpleasant, is due to the physical properties of e-ink. It is a bi-stable screen, which means that little black pixels are electromagnetically moved up and down in white fluid to produce an image that stays without power, pretty much forever. This is why e-readers with e-ink screens have a battery life of over 2 weeks, no screen to actively power.

As far as the kindle goes, K2 is pretty fast, on the order of 250 ms (screen limitation, not hardware/software). I haven't seen any faster, but I am sure that as the technology evolves, the refresh time will shrink considerably.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Delaying Public Domain Submissions On Kindle

fractalVisionz Re:And? (100 comments)

No, the PD books on Amazon are free. However, there have been an ever increasing amount of duplicates submitted by 3rd parties that have a price tag. They are just trying to remove the duplicates that have the price tag to provide a better user experience.

Please see Pride and Prejudice kindle store search. The first PD copy that comes up is free, the rest charge. That is not a good user experience as the free one is just as good as the rest (or should be).

I completely agree with this policy, as it makes it easier for me, a user, to determine what book I should get. I don't think they should limit the different editions of books, but seriously, how many public domain books have multiple editions, like super deluxe edition with forward by Abraham Lincoln himself. Not many.

more than 5 years ago

Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

fractalVisionz Re: Not quite correct (835 comments)

Georgia Tech fully supports Linux, from ssh/scp, wan, san, and printing, to full desktops and software. Linux student software distribution. In addition, it even provides full linux OS's (just rhel). Everything you stated above is at Tech also.

I never had a single issue running Linux (gentoo) my entire time there, and there was a pretty decent LUG there too. In fact, even my freshman English courses made us use Linux for some tasks.

more than 5 years ago

WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds

fractalVisionz Re:Slashdot sucks... (322 comments)

Silly mods, this was a joke stating that the researchers cracked my WPA to write the comments. Read the entire comment please.

more than 5 years ago

WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds

fractalVisionz Slashdot sucks... (322 comments)

Slashdot sucks, eat my shorts.

(Haha, we broke into your WPA v1, in less than a minute - Japanese Researchers)

more than 5 years ago

BrainPort Lets the Blind "See" With Their Tongues

fractalVisionz Danger... Hot Food (131 comments)

What happens when you burn your tongue? Does your "sight" degrade or get blurry while your taste buds are being repaired?

more than 5 years ago



This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

fractalVisionz fractalVisionz writes  |  about 2 years ago

fractalVisionz (989785) writes "The White House officially responded to the petition to secure resources and funding to begin Death Star construction by 2016, as previously covered by Slashdot. With costs estimated over $850,000,000,000,000,000 (that's quadrillion), and a firm policy stating "The Administration does not support blowing up planets" the US government will obviously pass. However, that is not to say that we do not already have a death star of our own, floating approximately 120 miles above the earth's surface.

The response ends in a call to those interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields of study:

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.


Link to Original Source

Kindle Development Kit Announced

fractalVisionz fractalVisionz writes  |  about 5 years ago

fractalVisionz (989785) writes "Amazon has just announced a Kindle Development Kit coming in the next month. It will be first released as a limited beta, so reserve you place in line fast.

From the press release:

The Kindle Development Kit enables developers to build active content that leverages Kindle's unique combination of seamless and invisible 3G wireless delivery over Amazon Whispernet, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, and long battery life of seven days with wireless activated. For example, Handmark is building an active Zagat guide featuring their trusted ratings, reviews and more for restaurants in cities around the world, and Sonic Boom is building word games and puzzles.

Additionally, the revenue sharing was announced, "User revenue will be split 70% to the developer and 30% to Amazon net of delivery fees of $0.15 / MB. Remember that unlike smart phones, the Kindle user does not pay a monthly wireless fee or enter into an annual wireless contract.""
Link to Original Source


Judge orders Microsoft to stop selling Word

fractalVisionz fractalVisionz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fractalVisionz (989785) writes "A judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word, one of its premier products, in its current form due to patent infringement.

Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according to a statement released by attorneys for the plantiff, i4i."

Buy the Milky Way Galaxy

fractalVisionz fractalVisionz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fractalVisionz (989785) writes "In an attempt to replicate Lunar Embassy, an anonymous group called the Milky Way Team claims to have gained ownership rights to the Milky Way. With this possession, they are now auctioning it off on eBay. From the FAQ, 40% of all proceeds will go to charity, with possibly more if the price is right.

Currently there are 13 bids at a price of $224.72. Be the second to own the Milky Way today."


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