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China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

locater16 Production? (313 comments)

Seriously, production? China wants to have factories, let them. It's all vastly low margin stuff. Investment in research is much more of high return on investment. Other countries can manufacture your designs all you want, let them have the pollution and low paying jobs.

about a year ago

Wordpress Sites Under Wide-Scale Brute Force Attack

locater16 Re:Seems like..... (110 comments)

Passphrase? Cracking it is called a dictionary attack, it's what almost every password cracking attempt uses anyway. It's just a list of words run against the password, and can be rather easy to crack. SAFE passwords are long enough series of random letters numbers and symbols, something an attempt would have to brute force character by character and thus wouldn't have much of a chance of getting. $57*ghU^61@nm is a far safer password that "Correct Horse Staple Battery" which would easily be crackable in a reasonable timeframe. Unfortunately $57*ghU^61@nm is friggen hard to remember. Maybe it's time to find convenient and cheap biometric scanners.

about a year and a half ago

AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever

locater16 Micosoft giving it up? (305 comments)

There's still stuff left to do, access to things that programmers want. If Microsoft wants to stop its API development, and give up the ghost of it's Microsoft only policy, leaving OpenGl and the Khronos group to do all the advancement, then maybe that's a good thing. While Microsoft and DirectX overtook OpenGl in terms of what the API could do since around DX10, it did so at the cost of being locked into Microsoft stuff if you wanted to use it. But if things go a little slower now in order to have only one, open API advancing then maybe that's a good thing.

about a year and a half ago

Electrical Engineer Unemployment Soars; Software Developers' Rate Drops to 2.2%

locater16 Demand for H1b programmers reasonable (419 comments)

There's a notion in most sane economists theories that there's a "good" level of unemployment, that if the supply of employees dries up to much things will start to slow down. After all, why work hard when you know someone else will hire you once you get out?

The target most often cited as "good" is around 5% unemployment (actual, counted unemployment without people "giving up"). While that's still too high and probably says something about a bias of economists, it's still a good notion fundamentally. And 2.2% may be starting to push the limits for a single category. Even if you disagree, it's no wonder that Google and MS and et al. want more H1-B visas and are collaborating against you, they need to stop paying you so much so they can save more for the poor CEOs!

about a year and a half ago

Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain

locater16 Dubstep Warning (84 comments)

Warning, obnoxious dubstep sountrack for video. You have been warned.

about a year and a half ago

3D DRAM Spec Published

locater16 So we can expect (Hope?) to see this in GDDR6 spec (114 comments)

? I mean, money? Psssh, there's people out there that have two GTX Titans ($1,000 cards) and would have more if there was room on the motherboard. Plus the vast reduction in power usage would be really useful for mobile high end stuff. Would love to grab a Nvidia 850 or whatever next year with 4 gigs of this onboard.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Also Making a Smartwatch

locater16 It's not who comes first... (196 comments)

"First!" isn't what counts here, this isn't an internet forum. Apple didn't build the first "smart" phone, or first MP3 player, or the first tablet. It built the most useful, and user friendly, tablet and smartphone and MP3 player to date. I'm not sure it matters if Samsung is "first". If Apple's product seems significantly "better" it's going to dominate anyway.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice For Summer Before Ph.D. Program?

locater16 Camping/Hiking (228 comments)

Why not? The appalachian trail is driveable relative to you, or if you want an even more amazing experience go out to California and stay a week or two in Yosemite. Or surfing, go somewhere where there's surfing! It's not hard to pick up if your even semi athletic. Whatever you do, you can try photography at the same time, it really lends itself to being a hobby while doing another hobby. Travel or hiking or whatever, wherever you are, you can be taking photos at the same time. Go on an adventure.

about a year and a half ago

When Will We Trust Robots?

locater16 Re:A robot with a human-like face is a lie (216 comments)

Speak for yourself meatbag! I mean, uhh- gross! Ew, yeah that's, that's sure not, what I would want. A human, an ordinary everyday human. Nothing different about me. All glory to the humans, down with those dirty disgusting robots! That I'm not one of, by the way.

about a year and a half ago

Canon Shows the Most Sensitive Camera Sensor In the World

locater16 Re:Amazing but (218 comments)

This true, even the most sensitive cameras can't capture nearly the range of the human eye, or the resolution per millimeter for that matter. But as pixel size gets larger the range of light captureable tends to increase, with such large pixels I wonder how this stands up. It might do quite well with a single exposure all on its own, at least versus other comparable full frame sensors.

about a year and a half ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

locater16 In other words... (353 comments)

they took our jerbs!

about a year and a half ago

What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

locater16 Gotta go with the classic (469 comments)

The halberd is the sturdiest besides the bec de corbin, but gains over that in both reach and just plain looking intimidating. Most other polearms looks slightly silly in comparison, and you can't underestimate fear, or a good thwack to the brain if your facing the fearless zombie hordes.

about a year and a half ago

EA Building Microtransactions Into All of Its Future Games

locater16 Yay, more reason to buy EA games (303 comments)

Because hit titles like Dragon Age 2 and Dead Space 3 are just what I w- oh no wait I don't care.

Still, I'm SURE this will do it. Yes EA, this will save your continuous quarterly disappointments. Just like every game you make having multiplayer, or desperately chasing such growing franchises as Call of Duty (declining year over year for two years straight) or companies like Zynga (desperately cutting studios and employees to remain in business).

Yes EA, your recent history of brilliant strategies will save you this time. "Let's make people who seem uninterested in paying in first place for games like Warfighter, PAY MORE FOR THEM!"

about a year and a half ago

France Plans 20-Billion Euro National Broadband Plan

locater16 Re:Cool! (178 comments)

Because... France's economy can't support it, France has a huge public debt and far too much of it's GDP is spent by the government, with it's ultra restrictive labor practices fiber optics everywhere still aren't going to attract startups like Kansas city and Google Fiber, and large government projects such as this usually end costing far too much for what is paid for. Just for starters.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

locater16 As a huge gadget geek... (770 comments)

A pair of "Ultra" book should run you less than $2,000 all told. I'm sitting here typing on a Sony Vaio Ultra Book that cost me $700 last year, and except for the low res screen (hey, pay for what you get) I've got no complaints. I can play DOTA 2 at medium settings, smooth as butter while something simultaneously streams to a nearby PS3. These things are sleek, high performance, and well worth the money. If you're a big gamer you could get one with a dedicated Nvidia mobile card and not even bother with the desktop.

As for a camera, since you just mentioned it offhand I'm guessing you're not big into photography. So it really depends on what you want. If you're up to spending $500-$600 you can get a Sony RX100, a perfectly pocketable camera that will get you photos equal of a somewhat older professional DSLR. It's that sharp. If you're not that into it, then honestly modern high end smartphones are getting good at this stuff. An iPhone 5 or something similar (go to engadget for reviews) will net you "good enough" photos. Or, alternatively, if you wanted to start photography as a hobby you could pick up a Panasonic GH2 or Sony NEX mirrorless camera, which will give you all the manual control, features, and often image quality of a DSLR without the cost.

As for a TV, honestly it's so competitive you just select your size and price range and look over a few reviews. Companies are at razor thin margins for HDTV's so one or two (or whatever) excellent ones can be had for a good price all around.

Hmmm... speakers are speakers. Bose are overpriced so get something else for half the cost that's just as good. But otherwise I think that about covers it. Like I said, don't bother with a desktop unless you REALLY want one. I've got mine sitting, disassembled since I moved for 2 months now. Haven't used it thanks to my cool laptop, though that may change if I end up getting Crysis 3. Which is why I suggested a dedicated Nvidia card.

You could always stream stuff to your tv's and ditch a cable/satellite service entirely. A Roku is extremely user friendly, and between Netflix and Hulu Plus you'd have a good selection. Even better if you've certain proclivities visa vis copyright. A fast internet connection can do wonders, and PS3 media server makes it supremely easy to stream things to a 360 or PS3, or any DLNA device so far as I know. Not to mention most new laptops have HDMI out on them.

Anyway, that's all I can think of. Good luck!

about a year and a half ago

Groups Accuse EU Parliament of "Caving In" To Pressure From Business and US

locater16 How dare they (58 comments)

Be concerned for multi billion dollar businesses! We should force all the freely accessible places on the net to disregard all profit making practices and any notion that they could even have the ability to run their affairs in the way they see fit! Places like Facebook belong to the people, the people damn it! We should be able to run it however we want, even if we have to seize the means of service! We'll see about this, it's not over!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

locater16 Re:Change your WPA keys (884 comments)

Yah, as long as it's not on some list of used passwords , which costs $35 to run through online, you should be good. I like finding a random product and using some random code on the packaging. I.E. have a cat walk across your keyboard and use that as a password.

about a year and a half ago

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Uses 7.1 Billion Transistor GK110 GPU

locater16 Re:What's the point? (176 comments)

Crysis 3, Battlefield 3, New consoles due out this year. Please update to the 2012 model of yourself at least, security patches may be highly critical :P

about a year ago

Unigine's Newest Benchmark Features Huge, Open-Space Expanses

locater16 Impressive (87 comments)

Impressive enough, it's always neat to see even programming as utterly performance intensive as a game engine pay off with something so pretty.

about a year and a half ago

Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

locater16 Re:California (398 comments)

More importantly, it has been shown in studies that those, with cancer, are incredibly likely, to develop cancer. Thus it is now the law that when you develop cancer, doctors must warn you about the health risks, visa vis, your likelihood, to then develop cancer. Don't do cancer kids, it leads to cancer.

more than 2 years ago



The future of the Livingroom Computer

locater16 locater16 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

locater16 (2326718) writes "A /.er Writes on the notion of platforms, and the livingroom computer, that box that's connected to your TV 'There remains a gap, perhaps of a decade long, before the portable space and the Big Computer space might divide up the “living room” computer as a platform between them. Today it’s a gap filled by imperfect competitors, boxed in by their own narrow views of the world. A gap that could be dominated, with the right device, the right user experience, one that combined all the right things. An easy to use experience, an open software platform where everything from the next Minecraft to Netflix, to the next Elderscrolls can co-exist, and the ability to actually use all those things as well and easily as possible.

It remains to be seen if any company will actually provide that user experience."

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Game Design: Why Skyrim has awful Gameplay

locater16 locater16 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

locater16 (2326718) writes "The Elderscrolls Five, Skyrim. A highly praised game with an incredible amount of sales. And awful gameplay?
So says this blog post:

"Good gameplay comes from making interesting choices." — Sid Meir

"In an interview I believe I read Skyrim director Todd Howard spout much the same concerning combat. Unfortunately the meaning of this sentence didn't seem to come through to him. Skyrim's combat is full of choices that aren't interesting at all. Potions that restore your health are cheap, plentiful, and work instantaneously. There's no interesting choice in any of that. When you're hurt you just open your inventory and your health goes back up, there's no reason not to do so.""

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A cure for the common cold?

locater16 locater16 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

locater16 (2326718) writes "Perhaps the most important medical break through since penicillin. Researchers at MIT have apparently created a new type of medicine that, in initial lab tests, acts as a general anti viral and has already proven successful at curing cells infected with the common cold, while proving nontoxic to uninfected cells. Of course the mean time from a discovery in the lab till a product is on the market is currently 13 years. So don't skip those yearly flu vaccinations quite yet."
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