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How Can Nintendo Recover?

lubaciousd Hardware Pioneering (559 comments)

Arguably Nintendo's most disruptive hardware successes have been the Gameboy and Wii; respectively, these introduced portability and gesture interfacing to the masses. Sega and Sony followed suit on portability and eventually mobile phones caught up in computing power. Likewise, MS and Sony followed suit on gestures, throwing their massive, multi-industry capacity at the problem in a way that Nintendo can't overpower or outdo.

The solution, as I see it, is for Nintendo to continue to be revolutionary in its application of hardware. If they can deliver a pocket-sized device that runs Android or iOS using a combination of gamepad-like keys and a touchscreen, then they can go back to their bread-and-butter: fun games derived from some of the most rock-solid gaming IP that has ever existed. They don't have to invent the assembly line or the automobile, they have to make it accessible. Lots of people would kill for access to their old stuff, and a glorified Galaxy III competitor that cost 60% as much and came with a 6 month Netflix-esque subscription to their legacy library(to get people hooked) seems like it would do wonders for the company where trying to out-muscle Sony and MS in hardware will never win them anything but the kinds of losses both of those companies took on some of their major console launches.

about 3 months ago
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Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

lubaciousd Re:why an uprising? (246 comments)

If they're the smart kind of sentient, they'll find a world that humans could never inhabit that's far away from solar weather.

about 4 months ago
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Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

lubaciousd Only the technical barrier is about to be broken (246 comments)

Let's suppose the perfect software/hardware prototype existed right now for the kinds of functions being discussed and we had a factory set up to mass produce all kinds of nifty, useful automatons. We still need to find and obtain sufficient heavy-metal supplies for all of the circuit boards and devise a way to power all of these devices in a periodic manner that won't wipe out existing energy output infrastructures. How will the companies producing these robots be economically viable? Ideally, a robot will last for a very long time, but that would probably mean they are expensive enough to be less than ubiquitous. On the other hand, a high-turnover economic model could exponentially increase the environmental impact of electronic waste, decreasing the long-term viability of humans in areas where robots are disposed of and in general creating a backlash against the robot revolution. Call me crazy, but I think 3D printing is going to make far more fundamental changes to society than robots will in the near future.

about 4 months ago
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UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

lubaciousd Perhaps No Accident? (279 comments)

In the internet age where transferring music and media without destroying the original copy has predominated retail acquisition, 3D Printers have the potential to reduce nearly every object imaginable to information about fabrication, effectively IP. The prospect of being hypothetically capable of 3D printing a gun seems to be almost as frightening to authorities as the finished product itself. Will we see more 'confusion' by authorities who have trouble discriminating between legitimate uses and those that make them paranoid? It does seem like this would have an intimidating effect on people considering a purchase of a 3D printer.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Exec Says Xbox One Kinect Is Not Built For Advertising

lubaciousd Precipitous Collapse of Microsoft (75 comments)

The first time I saw a screen-shot of Windows 8, I couldn't help but feel like the tile-oriented format was designed to shoehorn advertisements into the user interface. For a long time Microsoft relied on large-scale OEM business contracts to make money, and now that more price-efficient alternatives are available for office software and operating systems, they're approaching the opposite extreme of monthly subscriptions and integrated advertisement. They built these elements into XBox Live first, correctly assuming that gamers would be willing to put up with it so long as decent titles appeared on MS consoles. Remember when they first announced the original XBox? All of the concerns and criticisms that I had then(too proprietary, not enough 3rd party support, deference to the loyal customer base) have emerged again, but they lack the air-tight PC-gaming community dominance that they possessed circa 2001. For a long time, they had an array of products that was good enough to keep users from leaving; recently, they've made a series of products (Zune, XBox 1, Surface 1/2, Windows 8, Windows Smartphones) that are far enough from what consumers, and more importantly, loyal customers want, that they are approaching a catastrophic lack of interest. As much I would love to relish the downfall of the M$ of yore, I wish they would behave more like a competitor to Apple and start putting out products that just work again; they really had home-runs when it came to Windows XP and Windows 7, and I don't understand why they abandoned what was working so well for them.

about 7 months ago
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Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

lubaciousd Re:Not submitted to proprietary journals? (194 comments)

So, you're saying the point of this study was to establish that open access journals aren't 100% fraud-proof? I don't think anybody would have doubted that result. I don't doubt that paywall journals aren't 100% fraud proof either, but I have trouble believing they're more reliable just because some amount of fraud has been demonstrated using this method on only open access journals. Maybe other journals have used different methods to evaluate paywall journal acceptance rates, but isn't the point of a control to do essentially the same thing in case the methodology introduces a systematic aberration in an expected result?

This is apples and oranges - finding out that x out of y apples have parasites tells me something about whether or not an apple will be parasite free, but if I'm hungry and I need a parasite-free fruit, it would be a lot more useful to have the same test applied to the oranges as well.

This is absolutely a control case that would greatly increase the informative value of the results, and no amount of insulting other people will change the fact that you are the one who is wrong. Surely you're trolling, Mr. Lyons.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Describe Internal Clocks That Don't Follow Day and Night Cycles

lubaciousd Re:Useful, but not the first to test it (91 comments)

Check out Dr. Takahashi's work at UT-Austin; a good one behind a paywall is Temperature as a Universal Resetting Cue for Mammalian Circadian Oscillators. Among other things, his group has investigated a variety of timing-dependent tissues(liver cells, neurons, stomach cells) and whether or not temperature could serve as a temporal resetting cue(the answer in many cases is yes).

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Describe Internal Clocks That Don't Follow Day and Night Cycles

lubaciousd Useful, but not the first to test it (91 comments)

From TFA:"Two papers published today present the first evidence for clocks independent of the circadian one:"

Plenty of people have been doing non-circadian clock work for years; I briefly worked in such a lab that had been investigating food- and sex-based timing mechanisms, but the non-circadian clock idea is at least as old as the seventies.[1][2]

[1] http://www.sciencemag.org/content/197/4301/398?ijkey=759219d8ce9c087620c8d8237098ff5956eeb489&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha
[2] http://jbr.sagepub.com/content/17/4/284?ijkey=4a9dd94e238a2aa60198739e7ea26d75ecdd3b5c&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

about 7 months ago
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

lubaciousd Setting or Following a Precedent? (454 comments)

I may not be privy to the evidence that the authors of the article have seen themselves, but I've still yet to see the US claims of Assad-affiliates' guilt substantiated. Let's look at the major points they make:

1)Unified response is essential - This won't happen; Russia is quite comfortable profiting from the Assad regime and the fickle states of the world that once belonged to the Iraq-centric Coalition of the Willing remember the last time US evidence inspired "unified" action as an expensive misstep.

2)Future of chemical weapons must be deterred - If the Assad regime is definitely responsible, an attack may serve this purpose. If, as some people have suggested, a rebel faction used the weapons to garner sympathy/international involvement, engaging in any action will in some sense validate the tactic as successful.

3)The international community needs to clearly understand the circumstances about the use of chemical weapons in this case - I think they've hit the nail on the head here; everybody has an agenda and limits to their perspective.

4)International Assistance for Syrian civilians in and around Syria - This is one way that nations can uncontroversially take the problem seriously

5)Prepare for chemical weapon elimination in post-conflict Syria - I hope this can happen; it seems like the best way to make it happen would be to find an expert who is not from "the West" from a Syrian citizen's perspective.

6)Consider long-term legal consequences for regime - Absolutely give the Syrian people their day in court

Some thoughts:

I've noticed the phrase "weapons of mass destruction" has been 100% absent from the discussion about Syria, despite the fact that the kind of weapons that appear to have been used are among the kinds the US claimed and expected to find in Iraq pre-invasion. Unlike Iraq, the question is who used them, not whether they were initially present in the region, but unfortunately our hastiness in prior conflicts has erected a barrier to swift action particularly among former coalition members.

Yet again, unclear circumstances(based on the evidence I have been able to find) are being interpreted into an urgent call for military action by the US, and yet again, the evidence is not up for international scrutiny. I realize the US might actually be right in this case, as chemical weapons do seem to have been used, but the question still remains:

Why should the world believe the US military isn't the world's biggest hammer trying to see Syria as another nail?

about 8 months ago
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Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

lubaciousd Legal Document Applications? (338 comments)

I wonder if an eventual goal of this fork of work is to expand to technical or legal documents? It seems like there could be a real can of worms opened when people cruising through EULAs and mortgages using the summary media generated. Who would be liable for a miscommunication?

about 8 months ago
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Security Researcher Attacked While At Conference

lubaciousd Re:Innocent until blogged about (666 comments)

If you were going to make a court case out of it, posting your evidence to a blog immediately might hurt your case more than help it. It's true that this is a very public accusation without much to substantiate it, but I don't think it's completely unreasonable to want to warn people without hurting your own chances for justice in your particular case. That public shaming requires both an unsubstantiated claim and people who take that as fact.

about 10 months ago
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An Open Letter To Google Chairman Eric Schmidt On Drones

lubaciousd Useful as Surrogates (171 comments)

We're approaching a level of non-invasive brain-computer interface quality that could conceivably be used for controlling a drone. Combine that with smaller, cheaper drones(think UPenn quadrocopters), and you can give people halfway decent surrogate systems relatively soon.

1 year,3 hours
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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Released

lubaciousd Re:Cost addition for multiplayer is not that much (271 comments)

Doesn't Blizzard go to great lengths to ensure competitive balance between the three races? I would imagine that a substantial portion of the time and money invested in multi-player goes toward balance-testing and re-calibration; balancing single-player only seems inherently less complicated.

about a year ago
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Kids Build Soybean Fueled Sports Car

lubaciousd Re:Food-as-fuel (558 comments)

In an idea world, I would agree. But WE are not in control; corporations are. These corporations have since the late 1970's tried to fight this fuel change, and only now that peak oil is approaching are they beginning to act. Remember, oil is more than fuel, and fuel does more than transport people. Lacking sufficient fuel, virtually all major nations would lose their ability to produce goods and services, and eventually even the basic necessities in the fashion that we have them now. Yes, it would be nice if we could ship food to all of the worlds hungry, but if we don't find an alternate fuel source, we won't have the capacity to ship that food to the airplane, the fuel to run the airplane, or even the capacity to grow enough food for us and them. If this were 1979, I would be right with you, but its not. The problem was there 25 years ago and we did next to nothing. Now, we cannot have a solution that requires more than 10-15 years. It just isn't feasible.

more than 8 years ago

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