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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

kamapuaa Re:Wii U was dumb move (183 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.

9 hours 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 (161 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.

yesterday
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

kamapuaa Re:House of Lords? (274 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.

yesterday
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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!

4 days ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

kamapuaa Not really a robot (61 comments)

The robot barely moves, you could pretty much just put a cell phone on a stand and run a Jibo app and it would be the same thing. Make a $100 stand that's capable of being articulated about by cell phone software, and you could do everything that's in this video.

So while the youtube video is fun, what the company is really promising is a version of Siri that's far & away better than what Apple is capable of, delivered in less than a year and a half, on a budget far smaller than Apple's. I wish them the best but I'm sorry, I have to be a knee-jerk cynic.

about a week ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

kamapuaa Re:Blah (293 comments)

Not a troll. I actually do use Libreoffice, both on Mac and on a Linux. However even for my very simple jobs, I often find Libreoffice has some bug I can't work around and I have to load up my pirated copy of MS Office, which actually works.

I keep using the open sores software based on some weird principle. It's fine (but not quite as good) for editing basic text documents.

about a week ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

kamapuaa Blah (293 comments)

Great, they save $100/employee/year. If the employees spend an entire 2-3 hours of their time / year dealing with the piece of shit that is Libre Office, it's already a stupid business decision.

Unless they're writing very, very basic papers in the word processor, it's a stupid business decision.

about a week ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

kamapuaa Re:Well, to be fair... (116 comments)

But the very article you posted says that there's testing because they're hoping to get classified as a sport, which no international sports league currently does. Chess promoters want to get into a sports competition such as the Olympics or Pan-Am games, and figure drug testing is a great first step.

Chess is not a sport, the idea is ludicrous.

about a week ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

kamapuaa Re:Android? (81 comments)

Playing these games with no mouse and a virtual keyboard half an inch tall doesn't sound like very much fun. Even if it's technically possible.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

kamapuaa Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (282 comments)

Well to be fair they're mostly firing a bunch of Finns.

about two weeks ago
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Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road

kamapuaa Re:There are modern day fruit tree efforts too (71 comments)

You're off by a billion people or so. Cooking over wood fires or using rudimentary wood-fueled cooking stoves is very common.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

kamapuaa Re:How Many Employees are Required? (272 comments)

Actually Windows XP was based on the Windows NT architecture. Windows 95, was based on the DOS architecture.

Windows 95 was decades ago, it wasn't up to modern standards but it was certainly better than Mac OS 7 or Linux 1.0. It's time to move on.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

kamapuaa Re:Corporate culture (272 comments)

40' RV? That's like when the trashiest of white trash wins the lottery.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

kamapuaa Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (214 comments)

Even if they don't, how long is the turnover? Any person could download it from another site and then put it up on Piratebay 5 minutes later. And with a popular movie like Transformers, with tens of thousands of seeders, surely that's what happens. It's not like there's blu-ray screeners on other sites and piratebay is lagging 3 weeks behind.

about three weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

kamapuaa Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (214 comments)

No they don't. That was sort-of true 3 years ago. Pirated content of current releases is from camcorder recordings. For instance that's all that's available for Transformers. Picture quality is generally shit. This still from the top-rated download may look OK, but in reality as a movie I find them pretty much unwatchable. And that's better than most camcorder recordings -Transformers was very popular around the world, and has been out for a while already, so better camcorder recordings are available.

Yeah I'm able to believe bootlegs are a slight positive, because anybody who wants to see the actual thing enough to suffer through a low-quality bootleg is going to want to go and see the movie in a theater.

Of course where bootlegs hurt the studios is in Blu-Ray recordings, where easily-available, free, high quality versions of the movie compete with the same thing that is not free. There is no economic method for not-free to compete with free. Just legal threats and an appeal to morals.

One exception is after the Oscar nominations in February or so, where review screeners are bootlegged, and some art movies may still be playing in the theaters.

about three weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

kamapuaa Re:Tiny Projectors (129 comments)

The idea is, commercial affordable pixel densities have gotten higher and higher over the past few years, but tiny projectors haven't really improved. Why should further advancements in pixel densities start helping now? Perhaps it's something else holding them back.

about three weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

kamapuaa Re:Tiny Projectors (129 comments)

You'd think, but microprojectors/picoprojectors haven't really advanced over the past five years.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

kamapuaa Re:IETF next (311 comments)

How does that justify posting her nudes? What were you trying to accomplish? You can understand that it comes off as "I disagree with her about something, so here is a personal attack where I post her nudez on the Internet." Very childish and not really part of any argument. It's just being an asshole.

Perhaps anonymity is a good thing. Perhaps tor is great. A mean-spirited personal attack isn't the way to support it. It undermines your argument, because it's tempting to believe that anybody who does such an asshole move must be wrong.

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  |  more than 4 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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