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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

kamapuaa Re: Fusion Confusion (250 comments)

I think if there really was something like that, we would have heard of it by now.

yesterday
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

kamapuaa Re:Pathfinder? (155 comments)

Some have, some haven't? Anyway it's a version of D&D 3.5. Some people unhappy with 4 went to Pathfinder. It's not really a big deal, and surely if this system is great, people from Pathinder will move to D&D 5.

yesterday
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Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit

kamapuaa Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (89 comments)

BlackBerry Ltd. has created a new business unit that will combine some of its most innovative technology and patent portfolio as the company focuses away from handheld devices[....]

Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy said the new unit reinforces the fact that Blackberry's days primarily as a handset vendor are behind it as it moves "very aggressively" toward a different business. "This is probably the most tangible evidence yet of the company's transition into something very different than it was even a year or two ago," Levy said.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

kamapuaa Re:Bribery and corruption (559 comments)

Over the years, there's been several articles on Slashdot about the problems involved with transitioning to Linux, which is like FOX news talking about problems with unregulated assault rifles. There's been constant cost overrruns, the transition has been far behind schedule, and I'd say a better take is "possible, but not a good idea." As a model, it hasn't been widely copied by other municipalities around the world, despite Linux becoming a much better, well-known, and practical system over the past 11 years.

2 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

kamapuaa Wow (417 comments)

Uhhm, OK, uhhh...I'm sorry, why is this on Slashdot?

5 days ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

kamapuaa Re:A complaint (206 comments)

I had a friend who was a lawyer working at Cisco, him and the other lawyers had essentially no work to do and spent their time playing card games. After half a year they lost their jobs. Good. That is how the system is supposed to work. Eventually my friend found a job where he did use his skills, training. It wouldn't have made sense for Cisco to teach him how to install routers, and he wouldn't have been interested in that anyway. He didn't get a job with Cisco expecting lifetime employment.

Sucks to get layed off, but companies don't owe us jobs, and we don't owe the company our lifetime dedication, and it's pretty well understood in the Silicon Valley and really all of the US.

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

kamapuaa Re:meh (164 comments)

It's even easier than that- just think, one four millionth of an inaccurate estimate of the circumference of the Earth!

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

kamapuaa Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

And when people say they are hungry enough to eat a horse, they actually would not eat a horse.

about a week ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

kamapuaa Re:Grades vs IQ (390 comments)

I suppose I meant "self-reported IQ." I was making fun of how common it is for people on the internet to claim to have an extraordinarily high IQ, when an IQ of 163 would put you in the top .0013%.

about a week ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

kamapuaa Re:Grades vs IQ (390 comments)

If you are so smart perhaps you can explain why 98% of the internet has an IQ in the 150-170 range.

about a week ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

kamapuaa Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

Minidisc and ATRAC pre-date MP3 as a format (1992 v 1995), so of course they didn't use the MP3 standard. Sony released MP3 players in the 90s, and while the software did indeed suck, it wasn't because of DRM. It didn't allow you to copy from MP3 player to computer, but that's not really a thing people want to do.

Anyway, the idea that they could leverage their movie holdings counters the idea that using an established standard as a format would have helped them. If they have large holdings, the only way to leverage that would be to restrict these large holdings to a Sony-only format. Similarly, Sony owns the company that makes Uncharted, they makes games in a Sony-exclusive format. If they owned the company that made Uncharted, and then had them design games in some open gaming format that would work on any gaming system, that would not help Sony's hardware division.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

kamapuaa Re:non military space agreement?? (150 comments)

It's de facto exactly the same. In the case of a war, any sort of informal treaty with Russia would have been forgotten and we would have taken out the other's space based assets. Of course. It's not like "they're raining death down on us from above...but we're powerless to stop them! We have an informal treaty!"

And certainly China doesn't believe it could "win" a conflict with the US. And the US military procedures and military systems are designed with the idea that GPS may become unavailable (anyway, GPS signal can simply be jammed).

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

kamapuaa Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Well of course people already don't take Windows Phone seriously.

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

kamapuaa Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Well if programming for OpenGL is more difficult and requires elite skills just to be passably decent, that's a huge knock against OpenGL.

You're approaching this like a college student rather than like an engineer.

about two weeks ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

kamapuaa Re:And... (135 comments)

Maybe you ran into a guy who did that, but TMobile promotes it pretty well on their stores and their web page, and before they had iphones they had radio ads encouraging people to just use an unlocked iphone.

I looked into prices for my wife and I, and even without the subsidized phone (and using expensive phones paid off per the month) TMobile was substantially cheaper than AT&T or Verizon. For a family of four, AT&T becomes cheapest, with its family plans.

You could say that all the different prices and contracts and deals makes comparison between companies more difficult than it should be, but that doesn't make TMobile more expensive.

about two weeks ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

kamapuaa Re:Funny (135 comments)

It's de facto been the same in the US...you just ask your company for a code and they give it to you for free (even if the phone has previously been under contract). Additionally, you've always been able to buy unlocked phones.

about three weeks ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

kamapuaa Re:Wii U was dumb move (203 comments)

Huh? Most of the people who bought Wiis put it in the back of their closet after a few months. It has to be the least-used console ever made.

about three weeks ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

kamapuaa Re:von Braun didn't take his place (165 comments)

He joined the Nazis when he didn't have to, and then later lied under oath about when he joined, saying he didn't join until years later when he did have to.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

kamapuaa Re:House of Lords? (282 comments)

Right, the parliamentary system, where the far-right and far-left parties form a single government that really makes no logical sense except as a political counter to the centrist government that is the most popular and by most senses of logic should win. Or the recent spate of far-right xenophobic parties that still manage to get the #3 position and end up with governing responsibilities.

Europe (for instance) has both a long and modern history of committing genocide and falling into fascism after a marginal political party slowly comes into power. It should encourage a political system that brings politics towards a more centrist position, rather than a political system that rewards appealing to the extremes and driving people in the center to these extremes.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

kamapuaa Some advice (170 comments)

Read a book. Pick up a new hobby. Go to the beach. Learn a language!

about three weeks ago

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Companies using new technology to track cars.

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "MVTRAC, is one of several new companies in the process of automatically tracking car license plates to make private databases. They're for use in helping banks re-possess them, or helping police find stolen cars, or really whatever the companies feel like, as the new-found industry lacks government oversight. The New York Times has an article about how it's changing the car repo industry"
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Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  about 5 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "According to a study published in the upcoming October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, US Video game players average 35, are fatter than average, and tend towards depression. Specifically, women video games players tended towards depression, while male video game players tended towards large BMIs. While the study itself points to several conclusions, one researcher noted: "habitual use of video games as a coping response may provided a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video-game playing, if not video-game addiction.""
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Radiohead vows not to repeat music giveaway

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "Radiohead has said they will not repeat their marketing stunt of giving free copies of their album over the Internet, while merely asking fans to leave money in a virtual tip jar. '"I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation," Thom Yorke said of the band's decision last October to let viewers pay what they wanted for digital downloads of the new album "In Rainbows."'"

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