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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

joocemann Don't fix the problem, treat the symptom (135 comments)

... that way we can pretend nothing is really happening. And the industry to make the filters? Produces pollution to do so... A cycle of foolishness.

2 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

joocemann Re:Radicalization (834 comments)

The people that existed there, before the extradited/oppressed Jews were placed there, had sovereign rights to their land. A number of other countries placed those Jews in that land and then tried to force ideas by way of the UN. From my understanding, this forced invasion, in your opinion, needs to be accepted willingly and peacefully. What reality is showing is that the expectations of the homeless Jews and the saviour-states that moved them there have never been met. The locals don't like it. It was a bad idea.

What's going on now is that the bad idea is backed by power and money and the locals have nothing but terror/militia-scale effects to combat the invasion with.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

joocemann Re:Radicalization (834 comments)

What you mean is that Israel doesn't consider what is 'currently' Gaza to be its own terriitory -- but that its own territory expands inch by inch at the crest of a bulldozer, and that any 'living beings' within that expansion ought to move to Gaza or die. Is that what you mean?

Lets at least keep reality on the table here.

2 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

joocemann Re:I disagree. (116 comments)

At the high level of competition, you'd be surprised at the skills being developed. We don't use IM, we use radio comms similar to when I was in the military. PTT. We also have programs that model the maps (3rd party software) and allow us to draw and place icons and such so as to communicate out a strategy for everyone to work out and understand. It's like a chalkboard, but far better.

At the end of the day, you guys naysaying eSports simply lack the experience to know what you're talking about. So far every comment that dislikes eSports has been incredibly naive and demostrates a lack of knowing anything at all about the difference between competitive and casual gaming. Did you know that some people cheat by using methampetamines? Did you know that meth is to eSports as steroids are to baseball? Did you know the pro-leagues, when competing in person, test for these substances to ensure integrity?

5 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

joocemann Re:It's about time!!! (116 comments)

You just don't understand the competition. The competition in gaming is not at all the same as the regular 'public' play. Competitive gaming is about developing and resonating on new advantages that other teams do not have and then applying them in carefully orchestrated strategies. You're right that it's not fun for you because your expectation of the game is similar to how the game was advertised. The people having fun with competitive gaming are reaping the rewards of hard work and the feeling of success when some very intricate feat the team developed actually worked.

A great example of what it means to game competitively comes from the Kubra Dam map on 8v8 battlefield 2. On that map there is to most people only one way for vehicles to go at the beginning -- straight across the top of the dam. If you tried to get to the lower part of the dam from the MEC side, you'd have to drive a long snaking road in the wide open. But.. while screwing around, my friend and I accidentally drove the MEC Vodnic (van-like vehicle) off of the top of the dam at the spawn down a huge veritcal drop, and the vehicle didn't explode! We were very surprised and *knew* immediately that we had discovered an advantage nobody had but needed to figure out how it happened and how to use it.

This then became an event taking a full evening of testing to find out that if you drive the van off the cliff at the right speed, and the front wheels go off, you can hit reverse, which would stop the vehicle from flipping forward while braking, and keep the vodnic level as its rear wheels exited the cliff lip. The vodnic goes off the cliff perfectly flat (when trained correctly for a couple hours), and lands on all four wheels. This makes it bounce very high and lose half of its health, BUT IT SURVIVES! And so this gave us a strategy nobody had. We could use the vehicle from the breakout, load people up on the top of the dam at the full frontal attack, but run one guy off the cliff in the Vodnik across the bottom of the dam, unnoticed, and into the USA Main base in under 30 seconds. This was not even known to be possible, so arriving in that base is unexpected and unprotected. The guys ramming to the full frontal on the top of the dam are battling alongside tanks, but to be smart, they are in the squad of the guy in the vodnik arriving at the USA main. This means that if your push for the middle flag gets killed, they will take it and it will stack the invasion of their main base further against them as those guys respawn in on the USA main that is just now being invaded.

The end result is that no matter how you approached it, you would capture key flags, and if necessary, the enemy would be left without any main base, stranded in the middle of the top of the dam.
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And that is just a glimpse at one technique required to win in the top of competition. When my crew took the TGL 8v8 world championship, we had a shoutcast with 2200 viewers. It was pure glory. We even took a game from what is known as the best BF2 team ever, Team HOT, in the TWL 12v12 ladder because we had a large array of these awesome technical feats trained for Sharqi Peninsula, and I developed a strategy for about 60 hours of effort and trained all 15 members (backups included) on how each stage of the strategy should happen and what fallback procedures would occur if primary objectives fail. We sacked their main in under a minute.

5 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

joocemann It's about time!!! (116 comments)

eSports have been my long-time favorite way to spectate gaming (or demonstrate skill to an audience). I've never been much of a fan of watching real-life sports -- some have been pretty interesting, especially if they don't have downtime (like soccer, rugby, etc) -- but at the end of the day, the fact that I don't participate in these sports has left me with less interest.

Competitive Gaming on the other hand, has been a staple in my life since Doom II. I will never forget how Quake 1 had great multiplayer mods with capture the flag, etc, and that you could go into a spectator mode. At that point, I was very excited to see how other players would react and strategize in situations I myself would encounter.

Fast forward over a decade and we've got competitive counter strike, battlefield 2, etc, rolling along and the shoutcasts started. These were always very niche, but they were far more frequent than the extremely rare CPL video streams and the poor attempts by big media companies to create an eSport event on television. Back then (about 10 years ago), those big media events usually had too many shots of the crowds and of the gamers themselves, and not enough attention to the gameplay. For me, the best shoutcasts were direct video streams from observer mode and first person mode, with announcers discussing the game as it unfolds.

Anyway... In the last several years, there have been Twitch streams and much larger scaled video game streams or recordings on youtube that are really starting to please my tastes. It's good to see that gaming, a very popular medium for competition and pleasure, is gaining mainstream attention. This is also a great sign that our generation is finally starting to matter.

about a week ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

joocemann Please tell me... (310 comments)

... that the Policemen involved will be charged with fraud or lying of some sort.

Please tell me that the police are not immune to law.

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

joocemann Re:What haven't they lied about? (201 comments)

The intelligence oversight act of 1974 gave small groups in congress the ability to oversee intelligence activities that breach rights -- the basis being that warranting evidence would then lead to permissions of privacy violations, etc. I don't understand why this isn't still important. It was important in August 2001. It was important on September 10th 2001.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

joocemann Re:Americans don't care (201 comments)

Every lock you build has a key. A security cold war is inevitable.

about three weeks ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

joocemann Our politicians hate us... (148 comments)

Our politicians (Obama included) continue to say we need more STEM education. They also continue to expand H1-B visas. What does this mean? It means a hypersaturation of the workforce. This merely reduces the value of the most passionate and educated people in the country. We don't need more STEM. We need more reasons for STEM educated people to exist.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

joocemann No.... (431 comments)

No no no... lets just stop buying things that need to be reliable from people who cannot produce reliable things.

about a month and a half ago
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OpenXcom 1.0 Released

joocemann Or... (50 comments)

.... you could just buy XCom. A little work, like mowing someone's lawn or just saving on a few tactful choices, can pay for the game. I have a saying... You can spend your life building a ladder to the moon, or you could work for a few years to pay for a trip there.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

joocemann Analog engineering probably can't go away... (236 comments)

Analog is how information is collected from nature. For most (if not all) digital systems, the device used for actual measurement will have analog sensors. The electrical, then converted to digital, signals are dependent on the analog receptor.

People can always improve on these tools.

about a month and a half ago
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

joocemann Re:the taxi services have a right to be pissed (184 comments)

Personal XP here. SF cabs will skip you for the fare they just noticed on the street. Uber (a rideshare company) will be there waiting for you at least 2 minutes before you asked for them. No, I don't own stock in Uber -- but I wish I did. They just bought 2500 driverless cars from google (approved by DOT) for their fleet.

about 10 months ago
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

joocemann Re:The Third World was first (184 comments)

Welcome to reality. We've been getting screwed as 99%ers for a couple decades now.

Scan around the odd pics on the internet. You want a sign of the times? There are dozens of pictures of people that are driving on the street WITH NO TIRES AT ALL. They are driving on the metal rim. Deduce it. It's simple. The frequency of that kind of absurdity has gone up not because there are more ridiculous/insane people driving -- it has increased because the ability of people to afford their lives is being so heavily squeezed now that they simply cannot, and yet they still have to get to the store and to work. So they drive on metal rims.

I don't know anyone under 40 that isn't struggling. And that's because I don't have banker friends.

about 10 months ago
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

joocemann Re:Why is it called ride sharing? (184 comments)

So what you're saying is that they are using a loophole by relying on their drivers to lie about what they were doing. A lawyer might even argue that, of course, the driver was going in that direction because money was waiting for them when they arrive! How keen!

Pffft. Why not just deregulate taxi driving and be honest about it. I know Lyft drivers. They are *not* picking people up randomly. They treat it as a job and appreciate the income.

about 10 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

joocemann Re:Also... (617 comments)

What good and honorable people of the earth, that you know, measure success by money? If my band were to ever come upon a windfall of cash we would start a charity with it. We are the type of people who only wish for sustenance and stability. Money is for fools.

about a year ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

joocemann Re:Also... (617 comments)

I apologize if that was how I was taken. I've been vetted and validated personally by hundreds of listeners by CD/Radio/Live-Show, and, to be honest, it's not hard to be better than mainstream

about a year ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

joocemann Also... (617 comments)

... one might note that the mainstream industry has very little appeal to people that are intellectual or at least deeply interested in the actual content of their music.

The mainstream studios that are cracking out 'hit' after 'hit' (aka: highly advertised until people like it) are producing basic melodies in C Major with 'artists' that cannot honestly perform well on stage and likely can't do their music well in a true LIVE setting.

The mainstream studios are facing REAL ARTISTS and losing. What should they expect? They think they can churn out half-assed simpleton music and not be out-competed by bedroom producers with less than 5 years experience? Please... Mainstream music is awfully easy to make. 2 or 3 basic chords. Very little elaboration or demonstration of musical mastery. Major key. Generalized/Simplified/Non-confrontational/obvious/regurgitated lyrics. Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus. Except you call the 'chorus' a "HOOK" now because it's usually very simple and has a catchy jingle.

Yeah. Lame.

Full disclosure: I've been a bedroom producer for 18 years now. I have a successful conscious hip hop crew and produce more complex and better music than most mainstream labels - check my sig. My emcees are more skilled than most of the latest studio-emcess, and they have great stage presence, and we have actual artistic/intelligent lyrics that have value beyond simple entertainment. I've been making music since before it was easy. MS-DOS was the OS when I started.

about a year ago

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Keith Olbermann and MSNBC Part Ways

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joocemann (1273720) writes "In a direct business sense, MSNBC is making for poor business by axing their most popular anchor Keith Olbermann. "Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced that his contract had ended and the last installment of his show would air that evening." Many have speculated as to why MSNBC would make this move. I am curious if raising too many questions and not spewing the pro-corporate memes that the mainstream media is purposed for is what took Keith the same way as Lou Dobbs."
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Slashdot Needs more 'positive post' word options.

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joocemann writes "I love slashdot, and I really enjoy reading the intelligent posts — even those that I do not agree with. I think it might be nice to have a few other nice +1 words like "Beautiful" or "Poetic" or "Daring"... Something that might inspire a new range of response to meet those monikers.

What do you think would be a good other choice?"

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