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Microsoft Sued Over Bing Trademark

g0dsp33d Re:fp (191 comments)

Bung is the past tense, as in, I really Bunged up that search. Bettered Google it next time.

more than 4 years ago
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Nvidia Waiting In the Wings In FTC-Intel Dispute

g0dsp33d Ugg... (143 comments)

I'm jaded enough to realize someone says so and so will be getting into the CPU market soon every few months. I've heard Creative and NVIDIA, probably some others I've forgotten. The thing that stands out to me is that VIA gave up. IBM gave up. Motorola gave up. Maybe the FTC can change things, but if they do it will probably break a few patent laws apart or force some fairly broad cross licensing agreements. Anything monetary is really just some fodder for the bankers to burn.

more than 4 years ago
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The State of Social Gaming On the iPhone

g0dsp33d Re:Deck chairs on the Titanic (33 comments)

Yeah, I remember how PC gaming died. I miss it still sometimes. /sarcasm

Actually can you any platform where gaming died? I'm trying but can't really think of any. As long as people are playing games, you can make money, you just need to make a better product and innovate (or flood the market with clones).

more than 4 years ago
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The State of Social Gaming On the iPhone

g0dsp33d Re:oh look five minutes went by (33 comments)

Get used to it, its synonymous with smartphone, but saying iPhone gets more readers, so everyone will keep using it. It got you to click and comment after all.

more than 4 years ago
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Lake On Titan Winks From a Billion Kilometers Away

g0dsp33d Re:billion kilometers (139 comments)

It is generally accepted to try to use the prefix that will best keep the number of units between 1-999. More people might still speak parts of Latin if people used the correct terms. Also Slashdot is a technical crowd and I would bet that less than 1% doesn't know what a Tera means.

more than 4 years ago
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Lake On Titan Winks From a Billion Kilometers Away

g0dsp33d Re:billion kilometers (139 comments)

Its 1024 ^ n. Everyone knows that!

more than 4 years ago
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Lake On Titan Winks From a Billion Kilometers Away

g0dsp33d Re:Proof (139 comments)

Its not really a "camera", it does have a CCD, but apparently it uses diffraction grating and a mirror rotating along a single plane to make images. My guess is that this allows super-accurate mapping of light frequencies, but hurts the resolution. Also at this kind of distance the slightest imperfections in the lens would have much bigger impact, as would uneven gravitation fields. I just kind of expect clearer images from NASA by this point (especially after the upgrades to Hubble). Dually so for "proof".

more than 4 years ago
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Lake On Titan Winks From a Billion Kilometers Away

g0dsp33d Re:billion kilometers (139 comments)

Actually I might place more trust any of those. They have the sound of a extremely quirky scientist (1/2 NASA still uses miles, remember). Especially with decimal places.

A billion kilometers sounds like it went through a news source and was dumbed down for someone who doesn't understand powers of 10 (eg That's a one followed by 12 zeros!).

more than 4 years ago
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Lake On Titan Winks From a Billion Kilometers Away

g0dsp33d Proof (139 comments)

The picture, even in "full resolution" is fuzzy. It reminds me of the original Quake logo. Considering that our atmosphere has strange phenomena causing glowing orbs that can be seen from space, I would see this "proof" as suspect.

more than 4 years ago
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Lake On Titan Winks From a Billion Kilometers Away

g0dsp33d billion kilometers (139 comments)

Its called a terameter. What is the point of the metric system if you don't use the other scales?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads

g0dsp33d Re:Ads? What ads? (419 comments)

We're talking about geeks here. Having an extra button to push is awesome no matter what it does!

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft develops PhotoDNA to fight child porn

g0dsp33d Neat technology.. (1 comments)

Too bad it only captures known images. Newer pictures won't be added until someone is caught with them. Also since the technology works by breaking the image down into black and white gradient averages, it can probably be pretty easily fooled without greatly modifying the image if people wanted to. Still if it catches anyone making that filth it is worth it.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads

g0dsp33d Re:And to them I say (419 comments)

I don't necessarily make purchase decisions based on the advertising. Sometimes its links to a charity or alerts me to the existence of products. Sometimes it just helps me find the correct search terms for something I can't find. Purchasing isn't the only use, but if I conversing with someone about shopping and a link for a product I want comes up (Gmail is a typical source for Google ads in my case), then yes, I would certainly consider checking it out.

The point is I like ads if they support websites I use and pertain to my interests. I'm not making purchase decisions because it is the first thing I see, but I'd be foolish to ignore extra sources of potentially competitive prices if I am looking for something.

more than 4 years ago
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$300 Sci-Fi YouTube Video Lands $30m Movie Deal

g0dsp33d Yey! (315 comments)

I can't wait for the upcoming "Leave Britney Alone [2011]" and "Cat and Box [2012]".

more than 4 years ago
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Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads

g0dsp33d Re:Ads? What ads? (419 comments)

Some of us non-subscribers can turn them off due to good karma. I'm not sure how long it lasts though. I prefer to leave them up to support the cause. Plus I'm a sucker for Tux items.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads

g0dsp33d Re:And to them I say (419 comments)

I think you and the GP stumbled on the idea. Googles ads, IMHO at least, have always seemed intrusive and sometimes downright useful. They generally don't break web layout either.

That makes Google a winner either way. If people who don't like ads, refuse to use them and most important won't click them want to block ads, Google as the biggest web advertiser can get a higher click-through rate. Conversely, the people that actually interact with helpful ads will block some annoying ones, which will probably leave the remaining ones to be a higher percent of Google ads. Win - win.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC's New Broadband Plan Prioritizes Competition

g0dsp33d Hopeless (71 comments)

I really want this to work out. Unfortunately with the US government, this is an investment opportunity for tube manufacturing and installation.

more than 4 years ago
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What Does Everyone Use For Task/Project Tracking?

g0dsp33d Project management.. (428 comments)

I use post-it notes. The only downside is sometimes my passwords are mistaken for critical updates.

more than 4 years ago

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Google in talks to buy Yelp

g0dsp33d g0dsp33d writes  |  more than 4 years ago

g0dsp33d (849253) writes "Google may be looking to buy Yelp for as much as 500 million. If acquired, Yelp would help Google boost the amount of information and reviews for all kinds of businesses. Once integrated, this would be a valuable addition to Google maps, especially in competing with GPS makers with its free navigation application for the Android platform."
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Angry AT&T customers may disrupt service

g0dsp33d g0dsp33d writes  |  more than 4 years ago

g0dsp33d (849253) writes "Fake Steve Jobs, the alter-alias of Newsweek's Dan Lyons, is calling disgruntled AT&T users to protest comments from AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega that smart phone (specifically iPhone) usage is responsible for their network issues and his plan to end unlimited data plans. The post, dubbed "Operation Chokehold" wants AT&T customers to use as much data service as they can on Friday, December 19th at noon.

While Fake Steve Jobs is notable for its satire, many Twitter and Facebook users seem to be rallying to its cry. It is unclear if there will be enough support to cause a DDOS."
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Amazon opens video store

g0dsp33d g0dsp33d writes  |  more than 6 years ago

g0dsp33d (849253) writes "Amazon opened the doors on its new "Video On Demand" service. Some promotional videos are free and the quality seems to be good. Purchasing allows downloads to two machines and unlimited viewing online. There is also "rentals" for movies.

The service claims 14.5k movies and 1200 TV shows including pre-purchasing the rights to upcoming seasons.

Considering alternate adbased free online video sites such as Hulu is this service too pricey?"
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Old Security Flaw Lets Sites Guess Your Gender

g0dsp33d g0dsp33d writes  |  more than 6 years ago

g0dsp33d (849253) writes "Mikeonads has a sample script that checks the client browser's history and performs analysis to guess the user's sex based upon Quantcast top 10k websites and the male to female ratio of visitors. Judging by the comments it seems somewhat accurate, and the script is admittedly not perfected. It would be pretty easy to use this information to identify other demographies as well as harvest information for more nefarious purposes.

In case your curious, Slashdot scores a 1.74 ratio."

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