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Samsung Release First SSD With 3D NAND

gaelfx Re:USD/GB? (85 comments)

But that's all the way at the end of the article! How are you supposed to get all the way there? I mean, I could see myself doing it if they had some sort of handy drop down menu, but come on, who has that???

about three weeks ago
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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

gaelfx Counter-offer (54 comments)

I would like to offer them eight ningys in exchange for one of these devices. I just hope they're willing to deal in small change.

about 1 month ago
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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

gaelfx Re:Yes (54 comments)

One byte is eight bits. Better luck next time.

about 1 month ago
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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

gaelfx Tell me.... (249 comments)

The only percentage regarding Windows that I care about is what percentage of a reasonably priced SSD it will take up. Now, I realize that metric is subjective ("reasonable" being relative), but honestly, that's the worst part of the Windows tax: on a 240GB SSD, the footprint is something like 10%. Am I the only one who feels that's absurd?

about 6 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

gaelfx What I could change (559 comments)

Well, one thing that I always felt was missing from Nintendo's disc-based consoles is the ability to play DVDs and/or Blu-rays. I mean, it doesn't make much sense to buy a device you can put a disc into that can only be used to interact with a VERY limited number of discs.

They could also release apps for Android/iOS to allow phones and tablets to be used as a controller of some sort, or at the very least to interact with the consoles.

A whole other direction could be to let go of the hardware market; they do have some pretty successful names that would probably do very well on the app stores. If they really wanted to keep the hardware, they could make side-games that influence the console titles with accomplishments on other devices.

I think their biggest problem is the way they've isolated themselves from all other media/devices. They just can't survive alone, they need to realize that it's better to embrace others than it is to fear them.

about 6 months ago
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Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

gaelfx Re:Recurring theme? (346 comments)

You haven't read much news lately, have you?

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of XboxOne.com

gaelfx Notify GoDaddy (381 comments)

Am I the only one that gets the GoDaddy.com spiel when I try to go to xboxone.com? Seems shenannigansy.

about a year ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:How? (125 comments)

Ok, here is the actual answer to your question. Sorry about the other posts.

about a year ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:How? (125 comments)

Well, a few clicks confirms that suspicion. No word on weight, but I think the scale of the thing says it all, really.

about a year ago
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Google Acquires Kite-Power Generator

gaelfx Re:How? (125 comments)

Sounds like the wing itself is modeled after a turbine blade, so the wind is simultaneously holding it up and causing it to generate power. From the pictures, the thing looks pretty small (not much longer than the truck in the same pic) and it's presumably really light, depending on what materials they're using to construct them. My guess is carbon fiber, but I'm no engineer.

about a year ago
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'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

gaelfx Jumping on the bandwagon... (245 comments)

... but it seems they are willfully ignoring Linux as a platform. And teaching about computers. Yeah, cliche to complain about it, I know, but it does seem kind of disingenuous at best.

about a year ago
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The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

gaelfx Re:In summary (241 comments)

Let's not forget that apparently he can't figure out how to talk on the phone and type with both hands at the same time? Who would hire someone who can't figure out speakerphone?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?

gaelfx Re:Tell him (379 comments)

If Bob has any geek in him at all, I think he just did.

about a year and a half ago
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Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules

gaelfx Yeah! (319 comments)

See, carbon credits are sooooooooooooo great y'all!

This is the kind of problem that's created by adversarial politics, we almost always end up choosing a single bad guy to blame all the ills in the world on, but in the end, it's a systemic issue that creates these problems. We'll never find a metric that tells us what is right and wrong to do with regards to the environment, and any solution that seems to offer such a measurement is disingenuous at best.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court To Decide If Monsanto GMO Patents Are Valid

gaelfx Stupid question (308 comments)

I didn't RTFA, but I'm assuming that the summary is correct where it says the Obama administration was opposed to SCOTUS hearing the case. What reason did they give for the case not being heard?

about 2 years ago
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If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

gaelfx I know the answer (405 comments)

Mod me to oblivion!

about 2 years ago
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Electric Car Environmental Impact: Power Source Matters

gaelfx Re:Location of pollution (341 comments)

I've lived in China the past 6 years, and I have to say, this is exactly what I think when I'm walking down the street inhaling the bus and truck fumes. That being said, if an electric car has to last a few years on the same battery to be ecologically sound, I don't think they're ready for prime time.

An aside: in the US, I think they need to focus more on public transport. A lot of mid-level cities lack a good way for those in the suburbs to make it into the city (I'm from Milwaukee and there's one bus line that I know of, if you live in the suburbs, you need to drive to the bus stop). The unfortunate truth of the matter is that once a city is the right size (and shape) for building something like a subway, they simply don't have enough money to build it. The government has to wait until there are too many people (read: taxpayers) to build something, and by that time, the effect is minimal. Not saying we should have to pay more taxes, but there must be some solution to this sort of problem.

about 2 years ago

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Sexism in Gaming

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  about 2 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "The NYTimes has an interesting article up about sexual harassment in the gaming industry. While the article seems to place most of the responsibility on the industry's shoulders, it fails to discuss what other gamers might be able to do in such situations. What are the options for those of us in the gaming community who witness such situations but don't have moderator privileges or other such powers to handle it?"
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Solar Chargers for cellphones?

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "I recently ran across a very interesting device almost completely by accident and it has piqued my interest. The device is basically a portable power generator that can be used with most small electronic devices and uses both solar and wind power to charge its battery. Since I live in China, I can't purchase this particular device unless I go back to the US to receive the package, so I was wondering if any of my fellow slashdotters have tried any such device, and if so what are your thoughts on this technology? Is it still in its infancy and not worth adopting, or is this a healthy new class of devices worth getting into now? Obviously, I'm eager to find greener ways to do exist with all of my fun little gadgets (I realize this is perhaps a little ironic), since I stumbled on the device whilst looking for pictures of a particularly elusive eBook reader that was recently released by a Chinese company, so if there are any other ideas in this realm, I'm all ears."
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China to pull 2D Avatar from its cinemas

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "The China Daily has a story up about the Chinese government pulling the 2D version of 'Avatar' from Chinese cinemas due to its overt popularity and the soon to be released 'Confucius'. According to the article, the 3D version will still be available to moviegoers, though it should be noted that tickets for that particular version are significantly more expensive.

Reportedly, part of the reason is to reduce competition for China's homegrown films, like the state-backed biopic of Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher, starring Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat, which opens this Thursday. The Beijing Youth Daily on Tuesday quoted UME International Cineplex assistant manager Liu Hui confirming the pullout at theaters in the capital. She said it won't affect the cinema's revenues. "In UME, the 3D and Imax version make up 90 percent of our box-office income, so it won't affect the majority of viewers. With the pullout of the 2D version, movies like Confucius will gain some room for showing," she said. Next month is Lunar New Year, the nation's biggest holiday. With a week of vacation or more, many Chinese are expected to flock to the country's theaters. China boasts about a dozen IMAX screens, another 800 3D screens and an estimated 4,500 regular screens. It's unclear how many 2D screens Avatar was playing on.

Another thing I've noticed since this announcement is that IMDB seems to be inaccessible in China. I wonder if this is another prong of the attack against foreign films in China or just a coincidence. I'm uncertain exactly how long it has been inaccessible."
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Torrents & Schedules

gaelfx gaelfx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gaelfx (1111115) writes "I live in China, and as such, my connection to the outside world is largely upheld by downloading torrents (for some reason, it's much more reliable than downloading things from webpages), but recently I have noticed that most things tend to download faster at night-time here, which is daytime in most western countries. Most of what I download comes from western peers, so it seems that many people use a scheduler for their torrent program and that they set higher bandwidth for uploads during day-time hours. Now, I'm assuming that most of the people uploading anything to me are using a broadband internet connection, so I wonder what is the advantage of using the scheduler? Which of you ./ers use scheduling in your torrent program and what times do you allow higher upload bandwidth? Why?"

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