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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

iONiUM Re:I own the game (93 comments)

I should mention I have it for 360, and really appreciated they made a version for my old console. I refuse to upgrade, and I guess eventually I'll only be able to play PC games.

3 days ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

iONiUM I own the game (93 comments)

I bought the game when it came out (digital download, who needs line ups or EB?) and I agree with the reviews.

I play FPS on both console and PC so ignoring the argument people like to have, which isn't the issue, the game is lacking. The thing is it actually has a lot of potential, and I really want to like it, but its just.. Boring. If they had of had more variety of quests, a real open world, any sort of story, and public match making for campaign it would have been a lot better. A shame, really.

3 days ago
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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

iONiUM Re:Chip and Pin isn't worth it. (132 comments)

I live in Canada and now almost all debit / cc cards require chip + PIN (if it has a chip, and it's over $50, you must use it).

It didn't appear to cost them much, or even take much time to roll it out (about 2-3 years). What's the problem?

about two weeks ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

iONiUM Re:Doesn't work (158 comments)

Thanks! I live in Canada, but it's greyed out? Our internet is not censored, or if it is, they do such a good job that I don't even know it's censored.

about three weeks ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

iONiUM Doesn't work (158 comments)

The summary links to an article which has a link in it to the map which doesn't load.

What a waste of space. Why is this on Slashdot? Find a reliable source, and then post it.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

iONiUM Re:All white meat (426 comments)

Dark meat?

about a month ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

iONiUM Kind of explains "by reflex" (160 comments)

I think this study kind of explains when you learn something so well (say, by doing it so many times), you can do it "by reflex." Perhaps what that really means is you no longer need cognitive ability to do those tasks, such as riding a bike, driving in clear conditions, or typing.

I think what they've found is that the brain becomes more reliant on on older parts of the brain that operates in the sub-conscious, perhaps like the brain stem. So doing something over and over might move the ability from the cortex down into lower parts, not unlike programming something in Java, vs assembly. Both languages can accomplish the same thing, but they way they do it is very different, as they are at different layers of abstraction.

about 2 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

iONiUM Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

Can't you just find a fresh water stream and drink that? Hell there are like 10 just in my area, not including fresh water lakes that are technically drinkable within 15km.

about 2 months ago
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

iONiUM Is this really a breakthrough? (69 comments)

Against the Slashdot rules, I read TFA and watched the entire video.

Unless I'm mistaken, all they did was create a giant array of possible motor combinations for movement, and then the robot just randomly tries them until it finds one which lets it more-or-less go in the same direction. It may not be the best one, but one that mostly works (it just stops at the first one that mostly works).

Is that really a super big breakthrough? If the robot dynamically adapted to the broken leg, and figured out how to move using some semi-intelligent algorithm, I would say that is really awesome. But this is literally just trial and error through pre-created movement specs, randomly, then just selecting one that is mostly okay.

Not trying to downplay other's achievements or research or anything, but it just doesn't seem like a big break through, unless "brute force" is something novel.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

iONiUM Re:Simple (509 comments)

Never own a credit card. They are all scams and are far more likely to ruin your credit than help it.

This is quite possibly the worst financial advice I have ever seen. Forget about credit. You realize credit cards provide you with free money for 30 days, that is INSURED against all fraud/false claims, and most importantly, offers cash-back (or travel/movie/your interests) rewards by using it?

If you are responsible and pay off your credit card and never accrue/pay any sort of interest, you will actually gain money by using them (through rewards, and the ability to invest the money you spent for free for 30 days!), and be protected by VISA/MasterCard/whatever against bad purchases (someone trying to rip you off).

The only people who say "never use credit cards" are those with no self control, and thus wrongly assume others have no self control either. I have never held credit card debt (unless it was special 0% offers), and every year I get a few hundred dollars just for using it (no annual fee). In addition, several times I have made online purchases, but never received the item, called VISA, and they immediately refunded my card and dealt with the seller.

about 2 months ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

iONiUM Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

But, it's obvious that you can't identify them.

You mean because I'm not specifically linking you to what I started with, then going into depth about the modifications and ethos I developed from there? Of course I'm not going to, that's between me and my company. Figure it out yourself.

Resig falls squarely in to the "incompetent" category, by any measure.

Well, what can I say. jQuery is used by 80% of the top 10,000 most visited sites (jQuery). How about you make something that is used by a small percentage of that, and then you can bitch about his ability. But then I am sure you have done nothing, and you are nobody, so I don't know why you think you know what you're doing, nor how you became so arrogant.

about 2 months ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

iONiUM Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

Yes I agree 100%. Languages and platforms are a tool, what matters is the person choosing and using them.

about 2 months ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

iONiUM Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

Using prototype is part of the approach of our inheritance pattern, which is based off a methodology from John Resig.

The only person who failed here was you, for trying to be a smart ass. There are many people who are good at coding aside from you, and probably many who are better, or at the least, not a dumbass.

about 2 months ago
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Famo.us: Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

iONiUM Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

but what is really scary is what a mess Javascript is in 2014 --- makes Perl look like BASIC. No need to obfuscate Javascript in 2014.

I've been working in software development for about 15 years now, and I've worked professionally with all the majors (C++ a bit, Java, PHP, Perl, VBScript which was awful, C# extensively which I like a lot). For the last few years I've been tasked with writing a very large client-facing web application, where my team was mostly responsible for the front-end (JavaScript/HTML/CSS) that communicates with a large RESTful service provided by another team. This included writing an API in JavaScript with documentation.

The first thing I did was set ground rules on how my team should program in JavaScript, the structure we would use, how we would use the functional language to maximize its abilities and have some class-like things (properties, inheritance, etc.) too. Now we have a full blown web-app with a JS front end with over 900 JavaScript files (when in debug) that are very nicely sorted and categorized, full class/inheritance structures, and many other things. We use Visual Studio 2012/2013 with a few custom JavaScript extensions, and along with Chrome's debugger, it is more than manageable. But we also don't need to target any old browsers. Nothing pre-HTML5.

I'm not saying JavaScript is the best language in the world or anything like that, it definitely has its problems, and it certainly doesn't fit as a choice in many situation. But programming for it these days is not the nightmare it once was (assuming you don't need legacy browser support), and in many cases, it's actually rather refreshing after 13 years of strictly typed non-functional languages, because you can do some interesting things.

about 2 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

iONiUM Re: work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

You're a CTO of a company with 4 plants, and you make more doing after hours work than what your job pays you? I'm not sure what to make of that, except that perhaps you're underpaid, and also appear to be working insane hours.

I also love my job, and what I do, but there is a balance, and I like my life outside of work as well and am glad to make enough from it to not have to worry.

about 3 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

iONiUM Snow (583 comments)

How many miles were in snow or dense fog or severe rain? I drive in this conditions all the time and its totally different than a sunny day in California.

about 4 months ago
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eBay Compromised

iONiUM Re:Throw away password (193 comments)

I had to sell something once, so I needed it. For buying, I just use paypal and anonymous access. I hadn't logged into the account for 2 years.

about 4 months ago
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eBay Compromised

iONiUM Throw away password (193 comments)

As per my usual, my eBay account has all fake information and a throw-away password. eBay often tells me to make it stronger, but it's ironic, because had I of actually used a strong "normal" password (one of my strong ones I can remember), it would now have been possibly compromised.

I think this might be an argument for using crap usernames/passwords for sites you don't trust (which is most of them), because chances are, they're going to leak your information at some point.

about 4 months ago

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BGP Exceeds 512k: Major Sites Go Down

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a month ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As reported by many news articles, the total routing table for the internet exceeded 512k on Tuesday. This caused many older routers to fail, and resulted in major websites being very slow, or completely inaccessible. Hopefully the lack of access to cat pictures woke people up to the preparation and work needed to keep the internet functioning, and the need to ensure IPv6 is working, although somehow I doubt it."
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.NET JIT Getting SIMD Support

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 5 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As per the MSDN article, the long proposed user request for SIMD support has finally been answered. A NuGet package preview is available here. From the article: "You may think that task-based programming or offloading work to threads is already the answer. While multi-threading is certainly a critical part, it’s important to realize that it’s still important to optimize the code that runs on each core. SIMD is a technology that employs data parallelization at the CPU level. Multi-threading and SIMD complement each other: multi-threading allows parallelizing work over multiple cores while SIMD allows parallelizing work within a single core.""
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Open SSL Bug Has Gone Mainstream

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 5 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Many sources are now reporting on the massive bug affecting almost the entire internet in Open SSL (including Yahoo!). There are guides offering information on the bug and how to patch it, as well as a dedicated website to test if a website is vulnerable. This bug allows users to get usernames and plain texts passwords, as well as active sessions even when the connection is using SSL. Here is a list of the top 1000 vulnerable sites."
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 6 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article, "The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned." A major document was released by the IPCC outlining the current affects on climate change, and they are not good. For specific effects on humans: "Food security is highlighted as an area of significant concern. Crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%.""
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Yellowstone National Park 2.5 Times Bigger Than Originally Thought

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 6 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "According to Jamie Farrell, the lead author in a University of Utah scientific study of Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano, the magma inside the volcanic caldera is 2.5 times larger than previously believed and spans a distance of 55 miles." As well, the article notes "The Mount St. Helens eruption created an eruption column (hot volcanic ash) which rose 80,000 feet. By contrast, should the Yellowstone caldera erupt, its smoke would circle the planet. Scientists believe the eruption would make a global event causing damage throughout the world. It is believed that the last eruption occurred 640,000 years ago. Some researchers believe the caldera is due to explode soon which notion is disputed by Farrell. He explained that he doesn’t know when it will explode, which begs the obvious question of how he is the able to refute those who say the caldera may explode sometime soon.""
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BlackBerry posts $4.4 billion loss, outsourcing to Foxconn

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 9 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today BlackBerry announced a $4.4 billion loss, and a deal with Foxconn to outsource hardware manufacturing. One interesting stat is that 75% of sales were actually older BB7 devices. That said, CEO John Chen says "We are very much alive, thank you." as well as "Our 'for sale' sign has been taken down and we are here to stay. BlackBerry recently announced it has entered into an agreement to receive a strategic investment from Fairfax Financial and other institutional investors, which represents a vote of confidence in the future of BlackBerry.""
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Prostitution laws in Canada struck down by supreme court

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 9 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today in Canada, the supreme court struck down the prostitution laws as unconstitutional in a 9-0 ruling. While prostitution has always been legal in Canada, all activities surrounding it such as brothels, or making a living from the avails of it, have been illegal. As such, it has resulted in dangerous working conditions for prostitutes, which violates the Canadian charter of rights. The court has given parliament 1 year to draft new laws surrounding prostitution."
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The first phone you can actually bend: LG G Flex

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 10 months ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "As a follow up to LG's announcement of mass flexible OLED production, and as a competitor to the limited Samsung Round trial which was only available in Korea on SK Telecom, LG has released the G Flex phone which is curved vertically (instead of the Round's horizontal bend, which many thought was the 'wrong way'). In addition, the G Flex can actually be flexed, as shown in the video in the article."
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Climate change: it's here, again

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Much like how Voyager 1 left and then it didn't for the umpteenth time, climate change is now a grave concern again. From the article: "Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across most parts of the planet than they had been at those locations in any year between 1860 and 2005." It also appears there is no way to stop it: "The models show that unprecedented temperatures could be delayed by 20 to 25 years if there is a vigorous global effort to bring emissions under control.", but delay is the only thing we can do. It will affect the tropics first, "Unprecedented climates will arrive even sooner in the tropics, Dr. Mora’s group predicts, putting increasing stress on human societies there, on the coral reefs that supply millions of people with fish, and on the world’s greatest forests." This comes on the heel of a Canadian Arctic report that claims "In a paper released Tuesday, they say their research provides evidence “that we are witnessing the transformation of the Arctic at an exceptional pace.”" Is it time to more-or-less give up on stopping carbon emissions, and just focus on how to handle the income changes?"
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Samsung Galaxy Round

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Round phone with a curved 5.7" display today. It comes with a hefty $1,000 USD price tag. This is a follow-up to the 55" curved TVs it began selling in June, and is most likely the first step before fold-able phones hit the market. Considering the recent LG announcement of mass OLED flexible screen production, it seems that we are indeed getting very close to flexible phones. One question I wonder is, will Apple follow suit? So far there has been no indication they are even attempting flexible/bendable screens."
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Blackberry Z30 Announced

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "Today the new Blackberry Z30 was announced today (release coming in the next "few weeks"). It has a 4.97" 16:9 screen running at 720x1280. The CPU also got an upgrade, at 1.7Ghz. The news claims that the battery is a 2880maH with up to 25 hours of use. I'm not really convinced this is enough of a differentiation between the Z10 to save Blackberry, and as someone who owns a Z10 and Q10 (but uses an S3 instead), I don't see how this addresses any of the real issues Blackberry is facing, the biggest being a lack of apps."
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Significant security flaw found in SIM cards

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "A German cryptographer has uncovered a security bug in mobile phones that could enable hackers to remotely attack at least half a billion phones." More technically, from the register: "Pedigree security researcher Karsten Nohl has apparently discovered two unrelated flaws in implementations of the GSM standard that (when combined) could leave millions of SIM cards vulnerable to attack.""
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Carbon dioxide not the cause of global warming?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year ago

iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "An in-depth statistical analysis of ozone depletion, temperature changes, gasses and cosmic rays by University of Waterloo professor of physics and astronomy Qing-Bin Lu suggests that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have been the key cause of global warming since the 1970s."
And the good news: "By the middle of this century we should have recovery of the ozone hole to the 1980s level," Is it really possible we've already solved man-caused global warming?"

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4D Printing: Objects That Make Themselves

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iONiUM writes "From the article: "Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.
At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble."
There could be many applications for this. Definitely a cool step forward."

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Google did not run over a donkey

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iONiUM writes "From the article: "Here’s a story you don’t see every day. Google on Wednesday has gone on record to deny reports that one of its Google Maps Street View cars killed a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana. Seriously, we’re not kidding: the story got big enough that the company actually had to waste resources dispelling the speculation."
How long until they have a similar debacle, but surrounding a human instead?"

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Cassini and MESSENGER to be Shutdown?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 2 years ago

iONiUM writes "There's been a lot of rumours today (including twitter) that Cassini and MESSENGER projects will be shutdown due to the new budget, even though they are still functional. Since they are still operating, maybe someone else can start communicating with them, to at least continue to get data? Maybe even a private company could buy the rights?"
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Mars Curiosity Found Nothing After All?

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 2 years ago

iONiUM writes "In Slashdot's / NASA's original post, it was implied that Curiosity had found something interesting: "Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something remarkable. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," he says.". However, during NASA's live AGU12 conference, NASA has now said "the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics", and "Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect.". Is this another NASA flop?"
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Global Warming On Pace for 4C: World Bank Worried

iONiUM iONiUM writes  |  about 2 years ago

iONiUM writes "From the article: "Over the years at the U.N. climate talks, the goal has been to keep future global warming below 2C. But as those talks have faltered, emissions have kept rising, and that 2C goal is now looking increasingly out of reach. Lately, the conversation has shifted toward how to deal with 3C of warming. Or 4C. Or potentially more."
Overall it seems that poorer, less developed nations will be largely impacted negatively, while some countries (like Canada and Russia) will actually experience benefits. Where does that leave the rest of the 1st world countries?"

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