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Edward Snowden is ...

gamer4Life Re:The real hero is... (601 comments)

Not sure if that defines a "hero", "astute" politician is perhaps the better term.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden is ...

gamer4Life Be careful... (601 comments)

Anybody who voted for Snowden being a hero, you might not ever be able to work for the NSA. Sadly, the way the economy is going, government jobs will be one of the few jobs left...

about a year ago

Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

gamer4Life Government spying? (536 comments)

Government spies on citizens.
A citizen leaks out that government is spying on citizens.
Government charges citizen for spying.

about a year ago

Sony Sends DMCA Takedown Notice To GitHub

gamer4Life Re:How the mighty have fallen... (266 comments)

Sony definitely lost their way ever since they went into the content business. Eventually the content executives took over and started calling the shots. No longer was technology the main driver of the business. Now technology only exists as a way to deliver their content. This is why Howard Stringer is the CEO. He's a media guy who worked in the media business for over 30 years before he worked at Sony. This is why Sony failed to capture the MP3 player market, or the cellphone market. They were more capable than Apple in creating an iPod or an iPhone, but their content division crippled them.

more than 3 years ago

Internet-Based Realtors Win Monster Settlement

gamer4Life It's about the lack of choice (337 comments)

Buying or selling a house should be like buying or selling a car. You can do it yourself, but you probably will need a mechanic, get it certified, and so on.

Likewise, buying or selling a house should be the same. If you need to fix up the house before selling it, employ a home repair person. Need advice about neighbourhoods or values, search it online yourself, or hire a specialist.

The problem is that with a home, your choices are limited. You are paying 3% regardless of the job your real estate broker is doing, even if you don't need one. To those who say a real estate agent does this and that, or how valuable their agent was, wouldn't that be the same if you employed a specialist and paid them hourly? Let's see $5000 / $50/hour is 100 hours... that should be enough time for you to employ any specialist to fix up your house, drive you around, do some research for you.

One way to break this monopoly is to first create a national database of homes sold along with contact number of the person selling. Make it required by law. After everyone is enrolled in this database, make it available to the public.

Problem solved.

more than 6 years ago



Best Text Editor for 2008

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "Seven years ago, Slashdot users got to vote for their favourite open-source text editor. While this vim and emacs are stalwarts for the Linux platform, I was wondering what the best text editor is for Windows?"

Mark Rein talks about Unreal Tournament 3

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "Epic Games Vice President, Mark Rein, talks about Unreal Tournament 3 which came out on the PC in the past month and is slated to come to the PS3 this December. In this interview, Mark gives his insight into opening up consoles to play mods created on the PC, as well as online gaming in general. He gets particularly annoyed when the interviewer asks why all "Unreal games look the same". All in all, a good interview, both informative and entertaining."

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "News sources everywhere are reporting that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled 5-4 in favor of giving authority to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases coming from automotive vehicles. From the article:

The states and environmental groups who brought the case said the US government had a legal duty, under the Clean Air Act, to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA had argued that the 1970 Act did not give it the powers to impose limits because CO2 was not deemed to be a pollutant.
The Bush administration has consistently rejected capping greenhouse gas emissions, saying such a move would be bad for business."

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "According to U.S. drugs giant Abbott Laboratories said it would stop launching new medicines in Thailand in protest at the army-backed government's move to override international drug patents. From the article:

"Thailand has chosen to break patents on numerous medicines, ignoring the patent system. As such, we've elected not to introduce new medicines there," Abbott spokeswoman Jennifer Smoter told Reuters.
Abbott is believed to be the first pharmaceutical maker to withhold new drugs from Thailand since the government shocked drug makers late last year with its first compulsory license, for Efavirenz, an HIV-AIDS treatment made by Merck & Co."

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "According to IGN, Sony Computer Entertainment and Immersion announced that both companies have agreed to put an end to their ongoing legal dispute and enter into a business agreement to incorporate Immersion's patented force feedback technology into future "PlayStation format products." From the article:

As part of the agreement reached between the two companies, Immersion will be granted the full amount dictated by the District Court — this includes damages, pre-judgment interest, and legal fees. The agreement also provides Sony with expanded rights with respect to Immersion's patents.
While it is unfortunate that Sony gave into a patent troll company (vibrating cellphones, pagers, rumblepak anyone?), this should benefit all PS3 owners and should give developers the go-ahead to incorporate rumble into their games."

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "According to Yahoo!, the United States has created their list of banned products from being exported to North Korea. This list includes iPods, plasma televisions and Segway electric scooters. U.S. intelligence officials who helped produce the Bush administration's list said Kim prefers Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac cars; Japanese and Harley Davidson motorcycles; Hennessy XO cognac from France and Johnny Walker Scotch whisky; Sony cameras and Japanese air conditioners.

According to the article, it would seem that he's ignoring his doctor's advice:

Kim is reportedly under his physician's orders to avoid hard liquor and prefers French wines.

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "LinuxWorld reports that the web host Shimpinomori is holding a challenge for everyone to hack into their web site hosted by a Sony PlayStation 3. According to the web site, the hack must be "clean" (no DDOS attacks). The operator of the site, Augustin Vidovic, expects the PS3 to be "much harder to crack" because it uses the Cell processor which protects against buffer overflows. The first person to do the job wins the PS3 which includes a 160 GB hard drive, Fedora Core 5, and Resistance Fall of Man."

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "CBC reports that Second Life has been taken offline by attackers using a method known as a "Grey goo attack — inserting self-replicating objects whose rate of growth forces the system's computers to spend most of their time creating the items. The attack leaves little to no processing power to handle normal operations, such as drawing people's characters and updating their movements through the three-dimensional world.

According to the official Second Life blog, log-ins will be closed to all except Linden staff while they finish cleaning up the aftermath of the grey goo attack."

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anonymous (803857) writes "Daily Tech reports that the PS3 will allow their owners to upgrade their hard drive. From the article:

Sony is making things a bit easier for gamers with its PlayStation 3. Sony encourages its customers to upgrade their hard drives and even gives them instructions on how to do so in the PS3 user manual. The HDD used in the PS3 is a standard 2.5" SATA unit, so just about any drive should work should you crave more storage space.
Seems like good design decision on Sony's part. With the ability to run Yellow Dog Linux, the PS3 really seems a lot like a PC. Perhaps we can write it off as a business expense?"

gamer4Life gamer4Life writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gamer4Life (803857) writes "Terra Soft Solutions says it will be shipping a version of its Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution for the Sony Playstation 3. The first release will be based off the Linux 2.6.16 kernel, and key components include gcc 3.4.4 and glibc 2.4, Cell SDK 1.1, 2.0.2, FireFox 1.5.0 and Thunderbird 1.5.0. According to, the PS3 is also expected to be available with various Linux-based productivity packs that will allow for special applications such as digital video editing."


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