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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

gman003 Re:the problem with Twitter (106 comments)

140 characters ISN'T ENOUGH! That's not enough to say anything of substance.

With you so far.

If there was a service that came out with 300 characters as a limit, it would crush Twitter.

And now you lost me. Twitter isn't for "anything of substance". It's either insubstantial stuff, or links to substantial stuff. People don't use it as, or want it to be, a place for "anything of substance". Leave that to the blogs.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

gman003 Logitech Anywhere MX (397 comments)

The Logitech Anywhere MX has a physical middle-click button underneath the scroll wheel ("clicking" the wheel itself just toggles a friction gear on the scroll wheel). If it weren't for your additional complaint about needing a massive mouse (this thing is tiny), it would be perfect for you.

Interestingly, while it really can run perfectly on surfaces as weird as glass, I have found one surface it does not work on: my old mousepad.

yesterday
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

gman003 Re:128-bit Memory Interface? (111 comments)

Normally the x60 card uses a 192-bit bus, but nVidia's betting big on their texture compression and insane clock rate. Same reason the 980 uses a 256-bit bus instead of 384-bit.

3 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

gman003 Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (111 comments)

I generally prefer ATI hardware because I think nVidia's stock cooling kills graphics cards and I'd rather deal with crappy drivers, but the current ATI hardware is a complete non-starter. There's really no level at all where it can be justified.

Well, yeah, because ATI doesn't exist anymore, even as a brand. AMD bought them in 2006 and retired the brand in 2010. The last ATI card was the 5870 Eyefinity Edition, which packs about as much punch as this 960, but in a card with the size, noise and power draw of a top-end card. Everything since has been AMD.

I know exactly what you meant, and I even agree with you on your points, it's just hard to take those points seriously when you're using a half-decade-old name.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

gman003 An Offline Mode (322 comments)

I've already given more data to Google than I would like. I'm not buying Glass unless I can use it as MY device, not theirs. No uploading shit to the cloud. No monitoring my location or what I look at or what apps I use.

I'm not worried about people recording me with Glass. I actually think that could do more good than harm (mainly by recording police). So I'd be recording anything I think interesting (fortunately for you all, I find humans incredibly dull). But those recordings would have to remain MINE, under MY control.

4 days ago
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Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

gman003 Re:wtf are you talking about (40 comments)

There's still data to be found. You get a precise angle, and you can do things with the velocity it goes to the limits at (see Super Smash Bros), and good players will actually use partial range.

And even with the limitations on the data, it's still way more detail than a D-pad gives you.

5 days ago
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Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

gman003 Re:wtf are you talking about (40 comments)

Goldeneye had, primarily, a 2D gamespace. The graphics were 3D, but altitude rarely factored into things (unless you played Oddjob).

Any game with a real 3D gamespace was brutal on the N64. Daikatana, for instance, although that one had more problems than just control issues.

Consider games as part of an information system. Data flows from the game to the user (display, sound, rumble) and from the user to the game (controller). The more data that can flow, the more complex the game can be without overwhelming the user. On the output side, that's why game designers push for higher resolution and framerates. On the input side, that's why we go for the maximum number of analog inputs (two sticks plus analog triggers, plus sometimes a touchpad or touchscreen), and cram as many buttons as possible onto the pad.

about a week ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

gman003 Re:Where did you read WHO forced them? (141 comments)

From the tone of the articles, it seems more like "they couldn't justify continued funding with current levels of success". In other words, they're having a budget crunch (not unreasonable given the current economy), and the space program vanity-project was one of the first things on the chopping block.

about a week ago
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Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

gman003 Re:wtf are you talking about (40 comments)

Not necessarily - keyboard+mouse gives you one (really good) analog input, a gamepad gives you two analog inputs. The way it's normally mapped, it's WSAD for movement and mouse for camera, which is fine as long as you don't need precise movement. RTS, FPS, those kinds of things. Once you need analog movement as well as camera, a gamepad starts to be better - platformers, twin-stick shooters (obviously). Action games (like Assassin's Creed or Arkham) tend to be close to the crossover point, where a gamepad is better but keyboard+mouse is almost always sufficient.

about a week ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

gman003 Re:Not going after you (105 comments)

Because the Republican offering is still going to be worse.

about a week ago
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Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

gman003 wtf are you talking about (40 comments)

Tiny? Compared to what, an Atari joystick?

I have every generation of Nintendo controller out for testing and measuring. Every single analog stick is bigger, and has more range, than the D-pad on the SNES pad (which is slightly larger than on other controllers). So if your problem is that your thumbs are too big to finely use an analog stick, your thumbs are too big for a D-pad as well.

There's a reason analog sticks dominate the landscape these days. A D-pad simply doesn't have the sensitivity or the freedom of movement needed for a 3D gameplay environment. Even PC games know this - a mouse is used for any 3D game, rather than having two hands on keyboard.

Was the SNES controller good for SNES games? Of course. Nintendo actually experimented with analog sticks during the SNES's development, but couldn't find a good use for it with the predominantly 2D games the console was capable of. But look at the N64 controller - they still weren't sure, at launch, how best to control 3D games, so they made that weird controller you could hold three different ways. And then the analog stick proved to be so essential, later consoles had two of them.

The fact that this had to be explained to you makes me think you haven't actually played any games since the Super Nintendo.

about a week ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

gman003 Re:I'm not sure I understand why... (206 comments)

I'm getting it from, of all places, the bible. Specifically, the Latin Vulgate - I learned more than enough Latin in two decades of Catholicism to be able to read it, with regular glances at a dictionary. There's some debate as to the quality of the translation, but a) it was the "standard" bible for far longer than any preceding *or* succeeding version, b) it was the basis for most other translations (only recently have English translations been done directly from the greek and hebrew), and c) the translators were far closer to the authors than we are, and so are less likely to distort it to a *modern* worldview.

The Exodus bit is a bit of a stretch - it pretty specifically says "if fighting men hit a woman who is pregnant" as a qualifier ("si rixati fuerint viri et percusserit quis mulierem praegnantem"). I would interpret that as a prohibition on forced abortions, which I don't think many people would argue with, but interpreting it as a blanket ban on abortion is extending things further than the literal text can support.

The Corinthians is a mistranslation on somebody's part. The Vulgate reads "neque fornicarii neque idolis servientes neque adulteri neque molles neque masculorum concubitores neque fures neque avari neque ebriosi neque maledici neque rapaces". I would translate that list as "fornicators, servers of idols, adulterers, the soft, the male concubines, thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers and the greedy". The New International, and some others, seems to translate "molles" as "homosexuals", which is blatantly wrong (the same word is used as an adjective when Matthew speaks of "soft raiment"). King James translates that as "the effeminate", which most other translations agree with. So that at least relies on God speaking very indirectly to get to the point (if there's one thing Latin has no lack of, it's words for homosexuality - paedico, paedicator, pathicus, irrumator, et cetera). Honestly, given the phrasing, it almost seems like a later addition to the verse.

So yeah, even if I *did* still accept the bible as infallible, I would not be convinced by your citations.

about a week ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

gman003 Re:I'm not sure I understand why... (206 comments)

There's nothing in the Bible about abortion or gun laws, and barely anything about homosexuality, yet those are like the three biggest religious-right political issues. And hell, Jesus was basically more pro-communist than Lenin, but during the Cold War, no siree, it's us good Christian capitalists versus those damned heathen commies. So obviously "it wasn't in scripture" isn't going to stop religious nuts.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

gman003 Re:design flaw with placement of antenna (130 comments)

Why? Without solar panels, it would quickly run out of power, so you'd get barely anything done even if the antenna did deploy. Having the antenna underneath the panels probably helped protect it during atmospheric entry and landing as well.

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

gman003 Re:Good idea...outside of the public eye (141 comments)

the "Google now knows exactly what my eyes are tracking in any given image" kind of creepy. I'm not a millenial, so I probably sound like an old coot, but Google already knows enough about us - phones, search, Gmail, etc.

And that creepy stuff is why I'm not going to buy an eyepiece computer from Google. Or from Apple, or from Facebook (even Oculus), or from Microsoft. I'm already concerned with how much Google knows about me. I'm not giving them any more.

That said, I would gladly buy an eyepiece computer, but it would have to be from a company that does not do data-mining at all. I'd actually be fine with one that doesn't even have mobile internet, and works as a self-contained computer.

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

gman003 Age group? (174 comments)

I tried to look up what age group this dictionary targets. It took a while to find, because this particular dictionary seems to exist in a sort of quasi-online, quasi-physical state, where the book's website tells you to go buy it, and the official OUP site doesn't recognize it.

Anyways, it's apparently aimed at ages 7 and up, and defines 13,000 words over 288 pages. You might be able to justify it, if these words are no longer in the top 13k words by usage. Then again, the common words aren't the ones you need a definition for.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

gman003 Re:Say what? (227 comments)

Let's see here:
Albert Einstein - Nobel-winning physicist
Richard Feynman - Nobel-winning physicist, later used his celebrity power to popularize physics through his books
Carl Sagan - Astrophysicist (PhD thesis was "Physical Study of Planets", much of his work involved determining environmental conditions on other planets and moons), simultaneously was a television host and science celebrity
Stephen Hawking - Physicist (PhD thesis was on singularities in spacetime), author, and occasionally played himself on TV.
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist (PhD thesis was on star distribution in the galactic bulge), author, television host and science celebrity.

Well, Einstein's the only one who (AFAIK) was not a major pop writer. Tyson's the only one with a Twitter feed. Hawking's the only one with a physical disability, and Feynman was the only one to do engineering as well as science. So I'm actually not sure who you think is different from all the others.

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

gman003 Re:Our strongest weapon (512 comments)

Perhaps I should have been clearer.

Attacking, with extreme precision, those who committed or are responsible for the attacks, is completely justified. I was speaking against larger-scale retaliation against muslims as a whole, which a surprising number of people seem to feel justified.

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

gman003 Our strongest weapon (512 comments)

Our strongest weapon in the fight against extremist religious groups is continued freedom.

If they attack us over free speech, let us speak ten times as freely.

If they attack us over free religion, let us start ten new churches of ten different faiths.

If they attack us for treating people equally, let us treat them equally as well.

We should not attack them in retaliation - that just makes us both wrong. Violence will not solve this problem. This is a war of ideas - and freedom of speech will carry our ideas further and louder than theirs ever will. It will take generations, but it's already in progress. They are resorting to violence now because they can already see that they cannot win by words.

about two weeks ago

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