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Power and Free Broadband To the People

jxander Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (254 comments)

I wonder how much money the government would save if they worked with banks to "give" (temporarily loan) some of the empty, foreclosed houses out to homeless people. We've got a bunch of people without houses, and a bunch of houses without people. Seems kind of obvious to me.

Provide shelter with a few basic stipulations. No illegal activity (e.g. drugs) and general upkeep on the house. Provide them with brooms, simple green and such. "You clean it up and fix a leaky faucet or two, and the house is yours for a year." (or something like that) I bet a lot of homeless people would get real handy real fast.

A roof over your heads and a steady mailing address certainly make it a lot easier to find some kind of job, if only temporary. Having access to a shower might help as well.

yesterday
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YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

jxander Re: pay money for youtube? (221 comments)

I trust that the community at large will always be one step ahead of youtube.

If they make ads harder to block, people will write better software to block the new ads. Currently ABP is a one stop shop, but if I had to install a separate "YouTube Adblock" extension, I certainly would.

Or just stop using youtube. There are much better things in life than staring blankly at the screen.

yesterday
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

jxander Re:Numbers (299 comments)

Perhaps intentional. The forest service (or whoever is behind this) has to know that the whole concept is unconstitutional and will not survive a day in court. So the draftsman decided to have a little laugh with it, and make sure we all knew it wasn't being taken seriously

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

jxander Re:So, when can we expect... (155 comments)

Na. Dota is always just a single character per player.

Did you ever play WarCraft 3? Remember the hero units that would level up and progress with you? DOTA is basically *only* those. You pick one hero (the list has expanded to ridiculous levels) and fight in 5v5 with other people, in a top-down isometric view that can be moved independently of your character (exactly like Starcraft or non-MMO Warcraft) instead of the over-the-shoulder camera that moves with you in MMOs

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

jxander Re:So, when can we expect... (155 comments)

How about this, for an interesting concept... players could control multiple characters to balance it out. Not full sized armies or anything, but small swarms/squads

... just an off-the-cuff example, you could play as: 1 Ultralisk or 3 hydralisks, 4 terrans (Marine/Firebat), 2 Zealots, 1 Siege Tank, 3 Dragoons, or 8 zerglings, etc etc. (tweak as necessary)

The bigger units would play like a traditional MMO character, and the groups would play like a pet-class, with one of the pack designated as the lead (or some newly invented mechanic specifically for them).

about a month ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

jxander Re:I'm happy about it (155 comments)

Kinda reminds me of chess.

At low/mediocre level play, people will make "bad" moves on which a top-tier professional would easily capitalize. Lower skill players don't always know the perfect strategies, so it mixes up the games and keeps things interesting. You can try some bonkers strategy, and if it doesn't quite go to plan, you're not completely hosed

At the top tiers, it's all about sticking to formula crafted by the absolute pinnacle players, and never deviating from those formulas unless you manage to become one of those pinnacle players

about a month ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

jxander Re:Law Enforcement (70 comments)

Keyboard password with an altered letter... é ò ñ... one of those or something similar.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

jxander Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

While GP is definitely off the mark, it's easy to see how it came to be

There are many women who confuse feminism with misandry, especially in social media.

Combine that with the fact that Anita S. is preaching a very flawed view of feminism, primarily through social media, and it's easy to lump her in with the misandrists.

Personally, I just think she's a poor researcher, and poor orator. Her underlying points have merit, but her methods are flawed, and she lacks a level of eloquence that I'm used to seeing on "professional" internet opinion blogs.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

jxander Re:Subjective (382 comments)

Blue... no, wait .. Gree- AHhhhhhhhhh

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

jxander Re:The death of leniency (643 comments)

Doubtful

The vast majority of the footage would never actually be seen. Just cataloged and stored for however long the statue of limitations is. The stuff that gets watched will be in the event of an incident or complaint.

I highly doubt many citizens will start complaining: "He let me off with a warning!! HOW DARE HE! Check the tapes, you'll see!"

about 2 months ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

jxander Re:The US slides back to the caves (528 comments)

So ... do you find your 100 kilosecond work days more convenient?

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

jxander Re:Like it or not Comcast is correct (341 comments)

The problem becomes the sales pitch: "Unlimited Internet, No data caps... $100"

And an extra $20 for going over the unlimited threshold

And another $40 penalty for consecutive over-your-threshold months

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

jxander Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (341 comments)

Because those jackbooted thugs at the energy company ... wait, no. They're pretty reasonable.
You were talking about the monopolistic thugs that provide my municipal garbage collection service? No, actually that's pretty cheap too.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

jxander Re:But what of Netflix (341 comments)

Comcast is getting to double-dip from Netflix with the new agreement you mentioned... why not go for the triple dip and charge customers extra on top of the extra they're charging Netflix, on top of the "unlimited" plans they're already selling.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

jxander Re:Illegal (182 comments)

Is that quote in TFA somewhere? I'm not seeing it, though I have a lot of their flash blocked.

As best as I can tell from the article, the entire devious plans boil down to "Book Lyft ride. Preach the gloriousness of Uber to the driver. Repeat"

So you have to wait to make sure you get a different driver. Otherwise you'd be preaching to the same driver.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers To Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

jxander Re:Ender's Game (84 comments)

Well, the government did the same thing with 1984, so ...

about 3 months ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

jxander Re:All you need to know about this story. (393 comments)

Actually Detroit is a perfect example to bolster my original point.

The auto industry had such deep connections to Capitol Hill that they never had to worry about much competition. German and Japanese automobiles were stymied and lobbied and mudslung at every opportunity. The whole thing was propped up artificially by red tape and legislature. Ultimately, it wasn't sustainable. Detroit was so far behind the times that everything came crashing down around them, and we're left with the wasteland that it is today.

Had the congress critters removed themselves from the equation, and let Detroit suffer earlier, the suffering could have been significantly lower. American cars would have started to lose ground sooner, hopefully before they were completely lost causes, and just maybe caused manufacturers to get with the times and keep themselves competitive. At least they would've had a chance. Yeah, it would still have been painful. But at least the city would've stood a chance.

Now we're starting the same song and dance with Space-X. If Congress puts up the same fight for Boeing, Lockheed and Northrop that they did for GM, Ford and Chrysler, expect similar results (cough*F-35*cough) Space-X will eventually get tired of the BS and pack up. Musk is from South Africa, and he's half Canadian and half Brit... so I think he can find somewhere else to setup shop if the US government gives him enough crap. At which point, he can just sell the rockets to NASA if they're still interested, siphoning American dollars into whichever country he's working from. Oh, and this is the guy trying to revolutionize the auto industry at the same time, AND build that giga-factory which might help create some jobs... but na, lets keep the short sighted approach and make sure the middle managers in these 3 peoples' towns stay well employed, and keep their property values high.

about 3 months ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

jxander Re:Engineers do dress well (166 comments)

I think you're definitely on the right track: It's much less an opposition to dressing nicely. Rather, engineers tend to oppose things for which the only rationale is "because that's just the way we do it."

Professional business attire is acceptable when dealing with clients/customers. Makes logical sense. No opposition.
Suit and tie, to sit in a cube and churn through code all day ... makes no sense. So you'll get push back.

Anecdotally, I've noticed that this tends to be more common back east. DC to Boston, random working stiffs rocking the jacket and tie every day for no adequate reason. I worked for Intuit out in San Diego for a few years though, and engineers would quite often come to work in flip flops and board shorts (we were 10-15 min from the beach, so a long lunch of surfing was fairly common). You might be khakis and a polo shirt for important meetings. Maybe.

about 3 months ago

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