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Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

iamhassi Re:Dumb move... (107 comments)

this is the best possible move for the platform. customers win when they can play great games that they feel are a reasonable price. OUYA is giving devs freedom to experiment with different ways to pay. the best games and ways to pay will float to the top. As somebody who invested a couple hundred $$ into onlive, I'm a big fan of online gaming.

Maybe, but OUYA still received $8 million in funding with the promise that "ALL GAMES FREE TO PLAY". The fact that they're going back on their promise now makes every kickstarter campaign look bad.

Whether the games are free or not is the not the reason OUYA is failing, the reasons are obvious: it doesn't play regular android games (game must be OUYA compatiable), poor controller, it's slower than modern smartphones and tablets, and when you can just plug your tablet or smartphone into your TV why buy a OUYA at all?

about three weeks ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

iamhassi Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

And yet, AT&T wants more money because they think they have the right to charge Netflix more to pass through their tollbooth.

- it's not their 'tollbooth', it's their road. On a road you can charge different rates for different types of vehicles, this is the same situation. An eighteen wheeler can cause more damage to the road that requires more maintenance than a motorcycle, this is the same thing: a movie that needs to be streamed a million times takes up much more capacity and energy and basically uses the system much more than millions of small individual requests do.

See, I even used an appropriate car analogy.

Ok, but if you charge the 18 wheeler more, how long before you decide to charge the pickup truck more? or sedan? or maybe make a special license so only 18 wheelers with your license can use the road and no one else? How long before they go after Youtube? Or Amazon Video? Or Facebook? Or Google? Or XBox Live? Anyone can make an argument that some service or website is "using more than others so you should pay more" but we're already paying for the service, we pay for the internet, what we decide to do with it is our business, whether we have unlimited or a 5gb cap or metered, if we want to use all of it for netflix instead of youtube why does that matter? Customers of these ISPs are paying for the net-neutrality already, they don't need to charge more. There will always be some website or service or something that uses a bit more than everyone else. If they start charging Netflix then they'll need to start charging Youtube, and then etc, before long they're charging every website or service that uses the internet that we're already paying for.

No other utility functions like this. The electric company doesn't say "oh you're using electricity for a air conditioner? We charge extra for air conditioners". No, they say "here is your electricity, use it as you see fit, whether it's a A/C or a dozen bitcoin servers or an electric car, we don't care how it's used, you are paying for that electricity." Internet should work the same way, they should charge us whatever they want to charge us and let us use the internet anyway we want, whether it's netflix or youtube or amazon prime.

about three weeks ago

Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

iamhassi Re: Battery life? (217 comments)

Lol I wish smartphones lasted 15-20 hours with normal use, or maybe it does if I don't use it for 15 hours? I'm sorry but I bought this thing to actually use it. When it can play a game and run gps software for 20 hours straight then I will be happy, until then the batteries suck. Maybe that's why nokia brick phones lasted so long, no gps or clash of clans to suck the battery dry in a few hours.

about three weeks ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

iamhassi Re: Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

After reading the article I do not agree with spark fun. Seems they knew exactly what they were doing, copying the exact look of a fluke dmm and selling it, and when they got caught they cried foul. Seriously spark fun man up and make them a different color, or did you copy fluke because you knew it would sell more dmm? I have two dmm and they're both red because the color doesn't matter unless you're trying to copy someone's trademark.

about a month ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

iamhassi Re: Apple? (409 comments)

Googles version of free involves harvesting every personal detail about your life from now until the end of time. They say it's just for advertising but it could be used for so much worse, and the fact that android users just hand google every email, every photo, every video, every text, every password, where they are located at all times and all of their friends and family information is very scary. If apple is doing it at least they're not trying to make a social network and making it obvious. Wanna hear really scary? Recently Facebook asked me to rate places on Facebook.... places I had been but did not tag on Facebook. Apparently I may have checked my Facebook while at that location and Facebook went ahead and silently tagged that I was at that place. Now what if Facebook shared that info with the business while I was there and the business decided to have live ads saying "hello iamhassi do you need (blank)?" Or if using google android, they could scan my recent conversations and see what items I recently said I wanted to purchase. Scary indeed, minority report is here.

about a month ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

iamhassi Re: How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

True, but there were many touchscreen phones before iPhones and none had the "obvious" slide to unlock feature. I had palm and windows mobile smartphones, both had touchscreens and neither unlocked like that. I love how no one does it until Apple but once Apple started doing that it's now "obvious" and shouldn't be patentable? That's BS, apple deserves the patent and to charge for it, if they don't like it then they can continue doing things the way palm and windows mobile did, which is press the power button to wake up the screen which seems pretty obvious to me.

about a month ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

iamhassi Re: The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

No, not like that at all.

/. likes Tesla so they don't have to play by the rules but /. hates Apple so they must play by the rules.

Make sense?

about a month ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

iamhassi Re: not in use? (921 comments)

You are right. Google glass is like walking around with a camcorder pointing at people all the time. Even if it appeared to not be recording I do not think I would trust the user and besides who wants to answer the "are you recording me??" question you're going to hear constantly? Don't even get me started if you try to wear them in a bathroom. Google is not perfect they have had many projects fail and glass is just one of many.

about a month and a half ago

Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

iamhassi Re: Fly fishermen have used this property for year (111 comments)

I'm sure someone figured it out long ago and I'm sure fishing line has probably already been used for this purpose. This is just the first time someone was willing to swallow their pride and publish it in a scientific journal. I'm sure there are scientists and engineers out there saying "no duh" and "thanks captian obvious" to this article.

about 2 months ago

Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

iamhassi Re: Bubble bursting in 3, 2, 1 ..... (199 comments)

I'm glad I'm not the only one. Is this a chinese only app? Because 450 million is more than everyone in the US, hard to believe savvy /. users would not have heard of it

about 2 months ago

'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

iamhassi Re:Wow.... (218 comments)

actually that doesn't sound unreasonable, you have to figure they got at least $100,000 of use from the photos and the rest is essentially free, putting him down as a sponsor, putting his name on the photos he took.... all sounds like reasonable requests. And that $100,000 provides royal free usage of all photos he has provided the color run from now until eternity, I would think that's a great deal for the color run.

about 2 months ago

How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

iamhassi Re: Too bad... (124 comments)

I thought the same, disappointed to read story is no different from someone losing their phone. Faith in slashdot diminishing

about 2 months ago

ICANN's Cozy Relationship With the US Must End, Says EU

iamhassi Re: UK invented HTTP. (193 comments)

I wish I could mod this troll but unfortunately the last few years sure makes this seem +1 Informative. How the mighty has fallen, I hope the next administration stops all this spying

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

iamhassi Re: The brick builder's employees still get paid (716 comments)

Exactly. Brick builder is probably a contractor hired to build that wall and nothing else, so he (or his boss) is paid a set amount to build wall. Programmer that is hired hourly is paid for any work he does while working hourly, so just like any other hourly employee that makes a mistake at work the programmer is paid the same hourly whether a project takes 10 hours or 100 hours. Think McDonald's employee that drops soda, aren't they paid to clean up that soda?

about 2 months ago

CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

iamhassi Re: Sounds great (238 comments)

Same. Usually every week or two I'd get mod points but it's been many months. Thought maybe it had to do with getting +5 comments but I've had comments get +5 recently and still no mod points

about 2 months ago

Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

iamhassi Re: Alleged Apple patents on Android (249 comments)

Exactly. Apple doesn't need android anymore then apple has needed windows for the past 25+ years. Apple will survive just fine for many years without Android.
Android is the one in trouble. With Samsung making their own smartphone OS and China moving away from Android we might see Android quickly fall to 3rd or 4th in the most popular new smartphones OS's sold.

about 2 months ago

Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

iamhassi Re: I'm male but... (545 comments)

I don't know about you but a lot of young women I've met like open "source" (said no one on /. ever)

about 2 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

iamhassi Re: Normally I do not encourage piracy ... (385 comments)

But..... isn't this extortion? "Oh the thing we sold you has exploits? We can fix that right up.... for more money HAHAHA!!" That would be like buying a new car and finding out the air bags don't work and I have to pay manufacture to fix it, doesn't seem right.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

iamhassi Re: 50 cent (361 comments)

Exactly. Problem is news has become a commodity, they're trying to sell us the news, and unfortunately most people only want to buy things that are interesting and fascinating or agrees with our political view. Therefore you get tons of articles about Justin bieber and very little about science.

about 2 months ago



Surge in PlayStation 3 trade-ins due to PSN Outage

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

iamhassi writes ""The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is beginning to have an effect on the high street, Edge can reveal.

Our sources indicate a growing trend of PS3 consoles being traded in for cash or Xbox 360s, slumping sales of PSN points cards and a shift in the ratio of multiplatform game sales and pre-orders away from PS3.

“In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades,” says one source, a store manager at a major UK retailer speaking on condition of anonymity. “However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead.”""

Link to Original Source

Shop owner calls customers "tard" in Craigslist Ad

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iamhassi (659463) writes "In an amazing display of lack of judgement Tony's Computer Shop in St. Charles, Missouri decided to refer to customers as "tard" in a recent ad on Craigslist: "shop owners hate when people say that, and it makes you look like a tard... Tony's Computer Shop , 1207 S Duchesne , St.Charles MO 63301 , 636-493-9392". Copy of the ad incase it disappears"
Link to Original Source

Toyota to borrow, test Woz's Prius for a week

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iamhassi (659463) writes "Only a day after Steve Wozniak mentioned at Discovery Forum 2010 (and reported on slashdot) that he was having sudden and repeatable acceleration issues with his 2010 Prius, the Toyota U.S. President has passed Woz his personal number and his Toyota dealer will be testing the car for a week and giving him a loaner. They're also recalling the 2010 Prius, but of course this has nothing to do with Steve."
Link to Original Source

How many Processes are running on your desktop box

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iamhassi (659463) writes "this same poll was asked Feb 24th, 2000. I think it should be asked again to celebrate it's 10 year anniversary

How many Processes are running on your desktop box?
More than 150

How to pick a really good security question

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iamhassi (659463) writes "Web developers are always looking for a better way to provide security for their sites. Answers to common security questions like "What's your mother's maiden name" or "Where did you meet your wife/husband" are all too easy to find on social networks as we all discovered from Sarah Palin's email hacking. Lifehacker provides some insight and tips on how to choose a really good security question and what to avoid."
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Hasta la Vista, baby: Ars reviews Windows 7

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iamhassi (659463) writes "With much fanfare and even a few parties, Windows 7 has arrived. In this extensive review, Peter Bright of Arstechnica.com dives deep into Microsoft's new OS offering to see what's new, what's still the same, and whether it's worth upgrading."
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Choose Good Security Questions and Better Answers

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iamhassi writes "Security questions are a part of the internet, right up there with logins and passwords. No one thought much about them until Sara Palin's Yahoo account was hacked because her security question was something stupidly easy to find online: "Where did you meet your spouse?"

So now security questions have been given the attention they deserve, but I still see supposedly knowledgeable websites (I'm looking at you goodsecurityquestions.com) suggesting really poor security questions.

Because I hate the idea of people googling "good security questions" and being offered poor questions like "What is your oldest sibling's birthday month? (e.g., January)" (Bet I can guess it in twelve guesses or less!) or "Where does your nearest sibling live? " (Gee, hope you two aren't friends on each other's facebook or myspace, because it would only take a minute to find the answer), I've decided to post actual good security questions and why they're good questions.

A good security question will have the following characteristics:
1. Easy to remember, even 5 or 10 yrs from now
2. At least thousands of possible answers
3. Not a question you would answer on facebook, myspace, in a "Fun Questions to Ask" survey, or in a article or interview
4. Simple one or two word answer
5. Never changes"

Link to Original Source

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamhassi (659463) writes "from consumeraffairs: ""When my car is on any kind of slick surface that causes one of the front wheels to slip, ALL power to the drive system is stopped," wrote Christopher of Reston, Virginia", and he had to push his car up a hill because the wheels refused to budge. The dealership was able replicate the problem, and a Toyota spokeswoman calls it a "safety feature"."



did we go to the moon?

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  more than 8 years ago the idiots saying we didnt are way stupider than the people saying we did.

here's a page saying we didnt: http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicapollo.html

under their "Still Not Convinced?... Here's 32 things that need to be answered!" at the bottom of the page it says for #28:
"In 2002 a top of the range computer requires at least 64 Mb of memory to run a simulated Moon landing, and that does not include the memory required to take off again once landed. The alleged computer on board Apollo 11 had 32k of memory. That's the equivalent of a simple calculator."

umm... maybe because it's running windows jackasses! Guess the morons weren't alive back in the pre-windows days, when I was playing full color video games on a Apple II with a whopping 4k. They had a spreadsheets similar to Excel called VisiCalc that could automatically calculate forumlas AND display them on PCs with only 4k of ram. And this was running on generic BASIC code on the Apple, image a computer completely designed for one purpose only, calculating getting to the moon and back, similar to how PC's require far more processing power to play games that game console systems play with 1/10th of the CPU and graphics abilities.

These are the morons people believe?? I mean sure some of their stuff sounds weird, like shadows and stars and flags flapping in the wind and all that shit, and that all of this was made in a movie studio (although what's with the wind in a movie studio?). If it was in a movie studio all this shit would have been way more perfect! I mean they had some pretty damn good movies come out before 1969 when the first landing took place, like Planet of the Apes and 2001 both came out in 68. If they wanted to fake it i'm damn sure the director of 2001 could have done it and at least got the damn shadows right! They could have gone back and edited and reshot everything until it was completely perfect and still broadcast it as "live", not like anyone would know it wasnt right? See all the "mistakes" only prove it's 100% legit.


my +5 posts

iamhassi iamhassi writes  |  about 10 years ago just my posts that reached +5. I've had quite a few but lose track of them over time.

where's the 8 lbs of lead?? (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday April 08, @04:07AM

Re:Train My Replacement? (Score:5, Informative) by iamhassi (659463) on Wednesday April 07, @02:54AM

it plays SOUND? .... wow, what's next? (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Tuesday April 06, @12:45AM

Re:Normal Practice at Wal-Mart (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Sunday April 04, @07:40PM

Re:Ob5thElement (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Tuesday March 30, @04:50AM

Re:how much video can the camera hold? (Score:5, Interesting) by iamhassi (659463) on Friday April 09, @07:51PM

Re:Testing (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Sunday April 11, @07:21PM

Re:You could build a video projector (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Wednesday April 14

how does frame dragging relate to warp speed? (Score:5, Informative) by iamhassi (659463) on Monday April 19

In other news, slashdot buys XMPCRs (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Monday August 30

Re:What? (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Wednesday November 24, @10:32PM

Re:No Reg Required... (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Monday December 20, @03:56PM (#11140336)

Re:Not exactly standard... (Score:5, Informative) by iamhassi (659463) on Sunday December 26, @09:03PM (#11188320)

screw two words, just one: SCARY (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Saturday November 27, @06:02AM (#10930129)

How much can they really sue for? (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday January 27, @02:37PM (#11495436)

Re:PDA's (Score:5, Informative) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday February 17, @04:47PM (#11705007)

Re:David R Foley (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Monday February 21, @01:42AM (#11733825)

Re:Photos of the carnage (pun intended) (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Wednesday March 16, @04:59PM (#11958371)

just make Blu-Ray HD-DVD DVD-+RW CDRW drives (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday March 17, @04:00PM (#11969185)

/. circa Sept 1995.... (Score:5, Interesting) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday March 24, @06:20PM (#12040789)

screw the fans, all i hear is hard drives! (Score:5, Informative) by iamhassi (659463) on Saturday June 04, @12:02PM (#12723713) (Last Journal: Friday April 09, @07:20PM)

Re:Thoughts on virtual thoughts (Score:5, Informative) by iamhassi (659463) on Monday June 06, @09:01AM (#12734923) (Last Journal: Friday April 09, @07:20PM)

Re:About time(Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday August 25, @06:27PM (#13402097) (Last Journal: Friday April 09, @07:20PM)

Re:Rio Carbon still beats it...(Score:5, Interesting) by iamhassi (659463) on Thursday September 08, @01:34PM (#13510877) (Last Journal: Friday April 09, @07:20PM)

THANK YOU APPLE!!!(Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Tuesday September 20, @06:55PM (#13609391) (Last Journal: Friday April 09, @07:20PM)

Re:the defense of liberty(Score:5, Interesting) by iamhassi (659463) on Friday September 23, @03:30PM (#13632063) (Last Journal: Friday April 09, @07:20PM)

Re:marine life? (Score:5, Insightful) by iamhassi (659463) on Tuesday October 11, @12:16AM (#13762414) (Last Journal: Tuesday October 18, @02:42PM)

Re:this sucks, (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Tuesday November 15, @01:25PM (#14036532) (Last Journal: Tuesday October 18, @02:42PM)

Re:It's not built yet (Score:5, Interesting) by iamhassi (659463) on Saturday January 14, @07:31PM (#14473287) (Last Journal: Saturday December 31, @03:21PM)

It took 6 years (Score:5, Funny) by iamhassi (659463) on Wednesday February 08, @03:32PM (#14672420) (Last Journal: Saturday December 31, @03:21PM)

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