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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

illaqueate Regarding Boris Karpichko (346 comments)

yep, pretty much. He claimed that Mi6 killed David Kelly because he would have undermined the case for the iraq war. This guy is a clown. Slashdot should be embarrassed to post this nonsense.

about 6 months ago
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Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

illaqueate Re:Slow death despite nostalgia? (312 comments)

iirc Rasmussen telephone polling doesn't even include cell phones. Polling people who still have a land line seems like a good way to get a skewed result.

about a year ago
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Ubuntuforums.org Hacked

illaqueate Re:Should have used Windows. (146 comments)

passwords are rarely in plain text. the issue is if it's not salted then the passwords can be discovered by looking at a precalculated table (rainbow table). so it would be useful to know whether or not it's salted

about a year ago
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Ubuntuforums.org Hacked

illaqueate Re:Should have used Windows. (146 comments)

This kind of breach is usually just bugs in the forum software or the server software they run on.

about a year ago
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Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties

illaqueate Re:Not much of a sample size. (224 comments)

Abrash is critical of AR for technical reasons he has shared on his blog. She most likely was fired because they didn't believe in AR as it has significant problems to solve over and above the problems in the way of implementing good VR.

Further VR follows a fairly obvious path from current games whereas AR requires innovation in game design and input to realize its potential.

about a year ago
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Intel Haswell CPUs Debut, Put To the Test

illaqueate Re:Graphics.. (189 comments)

that said the only article I saw there was comparing a $650 chip vs a $130 AMD A10 chip. and the only game it's close to the 650 in performance is Crysis Warhead which is heavily CPU limited. in other games they were only competitive where the settings were low which not only allowed the Intel card to close performance but also the A10.

the 4770k which is the $339 part is slower than the a10 in games according to this

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Core_i7_4770K_Haswell_GPU/

about a year and a half ago
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Fake Academic Journals Are a Very Real Problem

illaqueate Re:And what's non-"fake" about legacy print journa (248 comments)

There are plenty of bad articles in good journals, true; however even if you point out it's not a difference in kind there's surely a large difference in degree. It doesn't give anyone ammunition to say anything negative about the non traditional models (e.g. plos). All these fake journals are parasitic on the reputable journals that have a rigorous peer review whether they are for profit or are completely voluntary, print or online only.

about a year and a half ago
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Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

illaqueate Re:Presupposition (320 comments)

It also presupposes phone primary functionality on a device that is an internet connected general purpose computer. What if you watch videos on the train? What if you like to browse the web? What if you like to play games? Any of those things can make one want to use a larger device and ignore the existence of substitutes for the phone criteria (like using a bluetooth headset). The person doing a lot of one handed texting and value that over other things will want a smaller device but even in that case I think it's exaggerated as I see people all the time holding the phone in one hand and typing with the other. Further those keyboards like the one in iOS are slow and inefficient in the first place and are not ideal input devices. I can probably type twice as fast as an iOS user with a swiping style keyboard (those can also be used one handed - just pointing out that the status quo isn't as ideal as it's made out to be)

about a year and a half ago
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Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

illaqueate Re:iterative innovation (417 comments)

Most of this discussion is just bad historiography. Some people here should go read James Burke to see the connections between the development of different technologies through history.

about 2 years ago
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Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

illaqueate Re:This just in, duh (264 comments)

That said, ~48% of Steam users still have a dual core on Steam according to their hardware survey

about 2 years ago
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Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

illaqueate Re:This just in, duh (264 comments)

The question was whether it improved it enough to be a viable upgrade. And the answer is yes, assuming the CPU in the system is a quad core or better. Dual core, no. Luckily people stopped buying those around 2007 (e8400)

about 2 years ago
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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

illaqueate Re:Some of my most reliable servers are FreeBSD... (245 comments)

he may also just be referring to how easier it is to install on Ubuntu just small things like installing a server will have it properly configured already meanwhile I'll install some things from a port then need to edit for what seems like forever to get things up and running assuming I can find the conf files as they aren't necessarily put in a logical place like in ubuntu

about 2 years ago
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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

illaqueate not that great for home servers anymore (245 comments)

I've been using FreeBSD on my home servers since 2.1 until recently when I tried Ubuntu on the new server I was building. It's just drastically better at initial configuration. Most of the servers I would want to use are either installed by default or are very easy to install or configure with little intervention. There are too many hoops to jump through on FreeBSD.

about 2 years ago
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A.I. Advances Through Deep Learning

illaqueate Re:Sources of improvements? (162 comments)

Yes, we often interpolate from knowing what is being discussed. We can have algorithms to stand in to some extent but there is a limitation when the inference we make is from a representation of things out there in the world and knowledge about how those things work. We can sometimes get a sense of a conversation from very lossy understanding of what is being said.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Find 'Mind-Control' Gaming Headsets Can Leak Users' Secrets

illaqueate Re:Just "gaming" headsets, you say? (107 comments)

This is another one of those cases where the authors want to write about a science fiction scenario that doesn't exist like direct neural input so they do an EEG study that in no way resembles the scenario they are imagining. EEG is terrible for extracting information so there's not much to worry about.

more than 2 years ago
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Disarm Internet Trolls, Gently

illaqueate Re:Depends on the Troll origin (417 comments)

Actually cognitive therapy shows why it won't work. The change in cognitive therapy comes from a process through exercises to change thoughts, question beliefs, alter maladaptive behaviors.

If you imagine beliefs people have as reinforced by a web of other beliefs trying to find a middle ground will run into a million excuses why the original position is right. The troll (who often has no clue they are a troll) won't change their opinion in the moment - their beliefs will change gradually then they will act as if the new position was what they believed all along. The worst trolls have personality defects or don't get out enough to have social skills.

The attempt to use intelligence is more likely to defuse the original intention (to make themselves feel better or superior through antisocial behavior)

more than 3 years ago
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PC Gamers Crush Console Brethren

illaqueate Re:Shocking news: (387 comments)

the stats were wrong in the past so i dont know whether or not you could assume they are correct. there were a few months when the pc stats up there where frozen

more than 3 years ago
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PC Gamers Crush Console Brethren

illaqueate Re:Shocking news: (387 comments)

in the types of games many of us are playing it's also very difficult to see with split screen. in my game room I have two televisions and two ps3 and 360. in the past the only games we would end up playing in the same room would be the games with same screen gameplay like fighting games, side scroller, or overhead shooters. no one wanted to play left 4 dead or motorstorm when it was split screen

more than 3 years ago
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Patent Supports PSP2 Rear Touch Pad Rumor

illaqueate Re:Ghost of the turbotouch 360 calling (49 comments)

could also use both index fingers to swipe while using the left analog. there are possibilities there like

i) using one or the other (player would prefer swiping one or other finger depending on the direction they are turning)
ii) tracking both simultaneously for additional acceleration
ii) tracking both for error correcting fine movements without requiring an aim mode to reduce sensitivity too much

more than 3 years ago
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Patent Supports PSP2 Rear Touch Pad Rumor

illaqueate Re:Ghost of the turbotouch 360 calling (49 comments)

this isn't equivalent to a laptop touch pad btw. the ergonomics of this is better and the player could travel more (less repeated swiping). the question is if it's accurate enough to track small movements for fine aim

more than 3 years ago

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