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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

lordofthechia Re:stupid comparison (501 comments)

Yeah, but even engineers can get lazy. Why try to get 3900 mile lines even when you can just copy an paste the hoover dam blue prints 20,000 times?

about a month ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

lordofthechia Re:Occulus Rift (186 comments)

as a gamer I'm no longer interested in 4K video since I know Occulus Rift (and competing VR set) are coming.

Same here, I've been due for a monitor upgrade for a while (was running a triple 19" monitors), but it doesn't make sense to do that now since the budget can be used to snatch up Oculus CV1s when they come out (for less money)!

about a month ago
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Virtual DVDs, Revisited

lordofthechia Re:Ignorant of legal issues (147 comments)

Easy way around this. Netflix could purchase thousands of DVD players, set them to stream, and lease the player to the customer.

Each month you can call in so many times to have them change the movie in the player!

about 2 months ago
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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

lordofthechia Re:Long-Term vs. Short-Term (273 comments)

It would have seemed sane to only tax ***coins when cashed out or exchanged for a good.

An analogy I heard for the current IRS guidance is that it's like taxing furniture makers for the full price of a couch (minus material + labor costs) when they combine wood, cloth, and padding. Furthermore they must calculate the price based on the current sale price of the couch in furniture stores.

about 4 months ago
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Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

lordofthechia Re:Luxotica (125 comments)

If you're looking for other online glasses providers (and want to avoid the Luxotica cartel) there's a few alternatives that I've seen come up on previous discussions:

Zenni Optical
glassesshop ?
goggles4you
cheapglassess123
Warby Parker
Classic Specs

We bought 3 pairs from Zenni Optical for just at ~$100 ($110 I think?) and we've been *very* pleased. This after paying $250 - $300 per pair year after year at the local places. Seriously, the glasses online are so cheap it's worth it even just to have a throwaway (for going to the beach, theme parks, etc) or a backup pair.

about 4 months ago
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Is This the End of Splitscreen Multiplayer, Or the Start of Its Rebirth?

lordofthechia Re:Lower detail (126 comments)

On the PC, Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed is a great example of this. The game runs smooth on modest hardware on single player or local split screen multi-player. It even supports 4k resolutions (though I have not tested this myself yet).

If the game uses lower detail meshes and textures when it goes split screen, it hasn't been noticeable.

 

about 4 months ago
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Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

lordofthechia Re:Hmm (132 comments)

Except the Linux community isn't expecting you to support SteamOS alone, they want you to support Linux at large

As part of the Linux community, I'll have to disagree. This also came up the last time Steam on Linux was discussed . As was concluded there, each distro can implement their own package that installs steam and any missing dependencies necessary to get it to work. Alternatively, the user can devote a small partition to Steam OS and switch out when they're done working for the day and want to game instead. In fact, the user can install SteamOS and separately install the steam client in their main distro and have them both share the same game install folder and only boot into SteamOS when a game isn't working as well as expected in their favored distro.

That said the developer can just choose to support SteamOS and leave it at that. As a *bonus* the game should work in other Linux distros.

about 5 months ago
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Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

lordofthechia Re:Linux sales figures (132 comments)

I think there's more value than an extra sale here.

Valve is offering game developers a single target in Steam OS.

Right now a game developer has to contend with: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 32bit or 64 bit, various versions of Direct X (different versions of windows are limited to certain Direct X versions). Bug in the OS causing you grief? Submit a request to Microsoft and hope it gets fixed (hah!) or code around it. Getting customers to upgrade to the latest windows is not always feasible due to the cost.

SteamOS will offer one version. Which version do you support? The latest one. 64 bit or 32 bit? SteamOS is only 64 bit. Bug in the OS affecting your program? You can look up the code, fix it, and submit the patch to Valve. Did you find a fix or setting that'll improve everyone's Steam OS experience? Submit it!

about 5 months ago
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Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

lordofthechia Re:Valve (49 comments)

My bet is that HL3 will be the first source2 game and it will have full VR support and be sold in bundles.

As cool as that would be, Gabe also said this in the same AMA:

6) We aren't holding any game until VR is shipping. You don't want to create that kind of dependency.

about 5 months ago
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Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

lordofthechia Re:Curse of the Linux-only gamer (99 comments)

Definitely replay it from the beginning. The dialog you've missed is pretty awesome and sets up one of the important characters in the game.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

lordofthechia Re:Not long (520 comments)

I think the better analogy is the post office.

You pay shipping to receive packages (to the post office). You also pay for the content of those packages (to whoever you bought the item(s) from).

Now more and more people start ordering stuff from Amazon. The local post office realizes that their mail trucks are filling up and they're unable to pick up all the packages they need. Some of the packages get left behind, some get crammed into the truck (and end up damaged), some make it through.

  They also notice that a third of all packages have Amazon logos.

Does the post office:

A) Use the extra money it has been receiving from postage fees to upgrade it's fleet, buy more trucks, hire more drivers, etc.

B) Pick up on Amazon's generous offer to have some items already stocked, packaged, and automatically labeled next to the Post office so that commonly ordered items can be transferred locally instead of going through the USPS's now heavily taxed fleet?

C) Extort money from Amazon in exchange for their customers receiving their packages in a timely and undamaged fashion (which their customers are already paying for).

Now you can say the main difference is that the post office is charging per package vs selling a service to its customers where they can receive a certain amount of mail (say in pounds) per day. Either way though a service is being promised, paid for, but not fully delivered.

And now to add self interest:

What if you got an ad flyer from your local post office with "Now you can order movies and books from the USPS!" while at the same time movies and books that you are paying shipping to receive from Amazon are getting delayed, crushed, or lost.

about 5 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

lordofthechia Re:Netflix should get benefit from desirability (289 comments)

I have not seen any data, but my gut feeling is that the number is a fraction of a percentage of people who have high speed connections.

Look at it this way:

* Netflix has over 30 Million subscribers .

* According to the US Census data, 75% of US households have internet.

* 115 Million Households in the US

Some math:

115 Million households * .75 = 86.2 Million households with internet.
31 million Netflix Subscribers / 86.2 Million Internet users = 36% of households with internet in the US use Netflix. Yes, over a third.

Now add the fact that cable companies are losing cable TV customers in the hundreds of thousands *each quarter* and you can see how more and more people are depending on Netflix (and other services) to fill their video entertainment needs. The name for the trend is cord-cutting .

So based on that I would surmise that a substandard Netflix experience would be a dealbreaker for 1/3rd of all internet customers and a larger proportion of *high speed* internet customers (since people who don't need to stream video opt for the cheaper services).

about 5 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

lordofthechia Re:riiiight (361 comments)

This is like buying a computer case from Newegg, paying for 3 day UPS shipping, then the UPS driver that shows up to Newegg and demands a tip to pickup the package because it's too big and heavy and without the tip the package could take much longer to arrive.

The shipper shouldn't get to charge twice for a shipment. Likewise ISPs shouldn't be allowed to sell data delivery to its customers then try to also extract fees from the data providers.

about 5 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

lordofthechia Re:Heat and noise.... (110 comments)

I opened the link scrolled through it, only to get all excited that my card (the R9 290) was trouncing everything else in one of the charts!

Then I realized I was looking at the temperature charts....

about 5 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

lordofthechia Re:Fork Slashdot (188 comments)

Perhaps we should just fork slashdot and name it **Plusdot**.

Yes! As a convenience we could require users to login via google+ !

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors

lordofthechia Re:And all that being said ... (208 comments)

I was referring to the cost of Cobra. I was referring to him not being able to bend far enough to take the huuuuuge price you have to pay to keep your insurance via Cobra (most of which I understand it the employer portion which is no longer being payed).

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors

lordofthechia Re:And all that being said ... (208 comments)

You could have kept your employer plan through COBRA. Why did you not do it?

Due to a pre-existing condition, he couldn't bend over far enough.

about 6 months ago
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Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

lordofthechia Re:Oh, well (296 comments)

I'm not going to cram my current desktop rig into my home theater, because it's a powerful machine that is capable of doing far more than spitting out a movie or playing a Steam library.

Well for you there's In-home Streaming

Per Valve:

You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

The streaming function doesn't require a beefy machine ( even Tegra 3/4 devices can handle it).

about 7 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

lordofthechia Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

reduced travel times *and* reduced in-state traffic fatalities.

In an accident, the vehicle occupants are ejected clear across the state border.

Ha ha! Your fatality now, Wyoming!

about 7 months ago

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The year of the Linux (gaming) desktop

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  about 2 years ago

lordofthechia (598872) writes "With the upcoming Linux Steam client and Left4Dead 2 for Linux, there's been a lot of questions regarding the possible number of games available at this year's Steam launch for Linux. The folks at Phoronix have listed a rundown of recent Linux friendly Kickstarter projects. Indeed many developers are not only letting the fans sponsor the games they want, some are even adding the option to develop Mac and Linux support.

Some confirmed upcoming Linux releases (a few of them thanks to Unity4 adding support for Linux) include:
Shadowrun Returns , Double Fine Adventure (led by Tim Shafer), Faster than Light , The Banner Saga , Nekro , Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes , Z , Hexit , Carmageddon: Reincarnation, Wasteland 2 , Legends of Aethereus and lastly from the creators of the Spacequest series Space Venture !

Others are on the verge of offering linux support. The potentials include Takedown (offering a Linux based on demand), Starlight Inception , Legends of Eisenwald , and Defense Grid 2.

Other current titles with Linux support (many of which are already on the Steam store) can be seen in the listing of past Humble Bundles ."
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Up and coming Linux Titles

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  about 2 years ago

lordofthechia (598872) writes "With the upcoming Linux Steam client (and Left4Dead 2 for Linux), there's been a lot of questions regarding the possible number of games available at launch for Linux. The folks at Phoronix have listed a rundown of recent Linux friendly Kickstarter projects. Indeed many developers are not only letting the fans sponsor the games they want, some are even adding the option to develop Mac and Linux support.

Some confirmed upcoming Linux releases (a few thanks to the Linux support of Unity4 include:

Shadowrun Returns , Double Fine Adventure (led by Tim Shafer), Faster than Light , The Banner Saga , Nekro , Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes , Z , Hexit , Carmageddon: Reincarnation, Wasteland 2 , Legends of Aethereus and lastly from the creators of the Spacequest series Space Venture !

Others are on the verge of offering linux support. The potentials include Takedown (offering a Linux based on demand), Starlight Inception , Legends of Eisenwald , and Defense Grid 2 with expansions and a full sequel.

Other current titles with Linux support (many of which are already on the Steam store) can be seen in the listing of past Humble Bundles .

So what other up coming Linux games have you heard of?"
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Linux Gaming Now - Kickstarting our own games

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  about 2 years ago

lordofthechia (598872) writes " Phoronix has listed a rundown of recent Linux friendly Kickstarter projects. Indeed many developers are not only letting the fans sponsor the games they want, some are even adding the option to develop Mac and Linux support!

Some confirmed (and funded) upcoming Linux releases are: Double Fine Adventure (led by Tim Shafer), Faster than Light , The Banner Saga , Nekro , Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes , Z , Hexit , Carmageddon: Reincarnation, and lastly from the creators of the Spacequest series Space Venture .

Others are on the verge of offering linux support. The potentials include Takedown (offering a Linux based on demand), Starlight Inception , and Legends of Eisenwald.

Just announced is Defense Grid 2 with expansions and a potential sequel to an excellent tower defense game for the PC . Linux support is pledged at the $750,000 goal.

So what other up coming Linux games have you heard of?"

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The Future of Linux Gaming - Kickstarting our own games?

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  about 2 years ago

lordofthechia (598872) writes "The folks at Phoronix have listed a rundown of recent Linux friendly Kickstarter projects. Indeed many developers are not only letting the fans sponsor the games they want, some are even adding the option to develop Mac and Linux support.

Some upcoming (confirmed and funded) Linux releases are: Double Fine Adventure (led by Tim Shafer), Faster than Light , The Banner Saga , Nekro , Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes , Z , Hexit and lastly from the creators of the Space Quest series Space Venture !

Others are on the verge of offering linux support. The potentials include Takedown (offering a Linux based on demand), Starlight Inception , Legends of Eisenwald , and Carmageddon: Reincarnation.

Just announced is Defense Grid 2 with expansions and a potential sequel to an excellent tower defense game for the PC . Linux support is pledged at the $750,000 goal.

So what other up coming Linux games have you heard of?"

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OUYA: An open Android powered console

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  about 2 years ago

lordofthechia (598872) writes "An effort founded by Julie Uhrman, the OUYA aims to take the power of Android 4.0, the nVidia Tegra3 SoC, and design by Yves Behar (OLPC XO tablet). Boasting its openness, the console will be hackable and available to be developed by anyone. Games to be released by its own app store will have to be either free or have a free playable demo.

The Next Web has an interview with the founder here. The projects kickstarter is already halfway to its goal (with 29 days to go). Of note, the first 5,000 pledges of $99 or more will receive one of the first run of consoles (due March 2013)."

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A Digital Direct Democracy for the Modern Age

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lordofthechia (598872) writes "One month ago the White House created an online petition system by which constituents could directly voice any grievances and concerns to the US Goverment. Any petition that reaches 25,000 signatures (5,000 originally) is promised an official reply.

This weekend the first petitions will be closing and already many have far exceeded the required number of signatures. Is this the way for the voice of the electorate to gain more weight in modern politics or is it the web version of a placebo button? Will the President's office really consider the top pleas which include petitions to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana, Forgive Student Loan Debt, and Abolish the TSA?"

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Online Petitions as the future voice of the people

lordofthechia lordofthechia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lordofthechia writes "The White House has created an online petition system by which any petition that reaches 25,000 signatures will receive an "official reply". Is this the way for the voice of the electorate to gain more weight in modern politics or is it the web version of a placebo button ? Will the President really consider the top pleas which include petitions to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana, Forgive Student Debt, and Abolish the TSA?"
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