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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

mister_playboy Re:1337 names == cheaters (99 comments)

On the consoles at least you're forced to use a name that hasn't already been used. Over time that means longer names with 1337 characters are a necessity.

about two weeks ago

An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

mister_playboy Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

Fancy, but even that speed leaves your spinning disks twiddling their thumbs waiting for data. SSDs will be in virtual Rip Van Winkle mode.

about two weeks ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

mister_playboy Re:Later Dropbox! (243 comments)

For the kind of usage TFA talks about ("public" links), I recommend 1fichier.

50GB(!) max file size, unlimited storage, 60 days retention for free users.


about three weeks ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

mister_playboy Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

When I see how much hardware and electricity is being wasted on these various mining processes, I can only shake my head.

I'm not sure when BTC is slated to have all of its coins mined, but it will be instructive to see what happens to it at that point.

about three weeks ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

mister_playboy Re: That, and the fact that it's an MMO (195 comments)

That's a good description of XII, actually.

XII's battle system was essentially just XI's MMO system turned single-player, but as a person who had never played an MMO, I found it very fresh and interesting.

about a month ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

mister_playboy Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (195 comments)

XII's AI scripting was entirely optional. Any boredom from using it would have been self-inflicted.

Playing through the whole game with no gambits and no "pause while in menus" makes combat much more difficult. Give it a try!

about a month ago

Is This the End of Splitscreen Multiplayer, Or the Start of Its Rebirth?

mister_playboy Re:I can kinda see it (126 comments)

That game actually supported the PS mouse, but it worked OK with a controller.

The biggest problem was slowdown, unlike newer C&C console games there was no unit cap so Skirmish games often turned into a slow morass.

Buggy unit pathfinding on harvesters often led them to get stuck on walls or buildings and that caused massive slowdown... using the nuke cheat to blow them up was a quick fix. :)

about a month ago

Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

mister_playboy Re:timing is everything (173 comments)

Our 4770Ks will still have much better performance per dollar than these E-chips.

I'm not happy to find that we got gimped out of VT-d by buying the current top chip, however. Being able to (possibly) run Windows only in a VM for gaming while using Linux as the host would be awesome.

about a month ago

Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

mister_playboy Re:"If the service isn't good, fix it for everybod (235 comments)

I don't see a problem with this system at public schools (where the college cops actually count as state employees I think), but I don't really agree with it if used at a private school.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

mister_playboy Re:Linux is great for seniors! (287 comments)

The KDE bouncy icon upon program launch can be changed in the cursor settings, no need to switch to Gnome over that.

about a month and a half ago

Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

mister_playboy Re:I love my Android tablet (487 comments)

Dear god, Adobe Flash ran remotely in the cloud... terrifying!

about a month and a half ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

mister_playboy Re:Kinda funny (392 comments)

So basically if you pirate Win 7 you have to turn off Windows update.

There is one specific update you have to not download from Windows Update to avoid having your install become non-genuine, and that is made trivial by using the "hide update" feature. You can otherwise update as normal.

about a month and a half ago

How About a Megatons To Megawatts Program For US Nuclear Weapons?

mister_playboy Re:Russians sold it, company declared bankruptcy. (146 comments)

Any sources for this? I don't see any mention of MTs to MWs in the various articles about the bankruptcy or any mention of the Russians as creditors.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Propose Satellite Early Warning System For Forest Fires

mister_playboy Re:Lasers (91 comments)

Our laser technology is nowhere near being able to deliver that kind of power from geostationary orbit to ground level, having to penetrate nearly the entire atmosphere in the process.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

mister_playboy Re:Which color? (232 comments)

I think you are correct... from Wikipedia:

Two types of pigment give hair its color: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Pheomelanin colors hair orange and yellow. All humans have some pheomelanin in their hair. Eumelanin, which has two subtypes of black or brown, determines the darkness of the hair color. A low concentration of brown eumelanin results in blond hair, whereas a higher concentration of brown eumelanin will color the hair brown. High amounts of black eumelanin result in black hair, while low concentrations give gray hair.

Pheomelanin is more chemically stable than black eumelanin, but less chemically stable than brown eumelanin, so it breaks down more slowly when oxidized. This is why bleach gives darker hair a reddish tinge during the artificial coloring process. As the pheomelanin continues to break down, the hair will gradually become orange, then yellow, and finally white.

about 6 months ago

Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

mister_playboy Re:Cockroach rights? (512 comments)

I once dated a lady who would scoop up and carry out of the house any such critter and set them free in the corner of the yard. She said it was her Buddhist belief to not intentionally harm any living creature.

All of the most vital functions of the human body (breathing, digestion, the immune system) kill countless microorganisms in the course of their activities.

How is this information rectified with a commitment to non-violence? Just curious.

about 6 months ago

EA Responds To Its Appearance In the 'Worst Company In America' Poll

mister_playboy Re:Nothing will change (208 comments)


Does EA's CEO have any response to the fact that SimCity's "simulation" is so trivial that optimal play involves have 100% residential zones, no taxes, and no services of any kind?

A 5th grader with a pencil and a piece of paper could come up with a more realistic simulation that this.

1 year,14 days



Anti-piracy group uses infringing font in logo

mister_playboy mister_playboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mister_playboy (1474163) writes "TorrentFreak reports that Hadopi, the French agency charged with handling file-sharers’ copyright digressions, has just made a huge infringement faux pas of its own. Last week the group unveiled the logo which is set to represent this bastion of copyright righteousness, but embarrassingly it was designed with unlicensed fonts. Hadopi called the infringement an "error of manipulation" (article in French). The font's designer is considering legal action against Hadopi. Strike number one for the 3 strikes anti-piracy group!"
Link to Original Source

Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

mister_playboy mister_playboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mister_playboy (1474163) writes "In one of the RIAA's high profile cases the Free Software Foundation backed defendant Joel Tenenbaum, much to the dislike of the music industry lobby. John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the FSF explains in a guest post at TorrentFreak http://torrentfreak.com/the-war-on-sharing-why-the-fsf-cares-about-riaa-lawsuits-090513/comment-page-3/#comment-560645 why they think these cases impact not just music, but also free software and its technology."


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