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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

n30na Re:Change your place of business (371 comments)

Unlikely - many things that are technically illegal to import/export but not particularly interesting get through customs easily. At worst they'll have to insure against the 1% seizure rate.

about 9 months ago

Are We Socially Ready For Wearable Computing?

n30na Re:Form Factor (214 comments)

I would argue that glasses are a just goddamn fine form factor as long as they look like normal glasses.. we just need to give the tech a few more years. It would also help to have a less shit interface to it.

about 10 months ago

New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

n30na Re:What about SVG? (246 comments)

Actually, their $25,000 stretch goal is a SVG animation editor for Inkscape. My guess is that it's a bigger project than an apng authoring tool.

Either way, I'm honestly more hopeful for that than for the apng bits.

1 year,16 days

The Nintendo Sequels We're Still Desperately Missing

n30na DK64 (135 comments)

I feel like if we're going to talk about this, we need to mention Donkey Kong 64. That was an excellent game, and while the recent DKC games have been neat, seeing DK return to 3D platforming would be awesome. And while i'm wishing, a more classic-style paper mario.

about a year ago

BBC Gives Up On 3-D Television Programming

n30na Re:Yea! Another thread for the luddites (120 comments)

This sounds like a reasonable and accurate summary. I'll add that I hope that we move to all 3D movies actually being filmed in 3D, as "converted" movies tend to give it a bad name. Also, I hope that console makers continue to make some effort to support 3D, as it can be great for some kinds of games... all else fails, nvidia doesn't seem to be giving up any time yet (so I just need to save up enough to build another decent gaming pc for the living room...)

about a year ago

What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

n30na Games and one big annoyance. (1215 comments)

There are two major reasons that I do not always use linux 24/7. Games, which has been talked to death so I won't elaborate on. If I'm just playing one or two games that I know work well enough in wine then I will sometimes switch back to linux for a while, but it's nice to not have to worry about it.

The second is multi-gpu support. Right now, if you want an accelerated desktop that spans multiple gpus without having seperate X screens.. well, you can't. I've spent a LOT of time making sure that it's not possible. I have hopes for both wayland and/or randr sorting this, but for the time being it makes using Linux rather painful for me. I've also had issues with messed up xinerama hints when using two gpus with one in twinview (or any other way of having two monitors on one of the gpus with acceleration), such that things were annoying to use.

I love linux and having the options it brings me, but not being able to set up my system correctly is a frustrating roadblock that i'm often not interested in working with. Sure, I can have a semi-usable setup where I have to force apps onto the seperate x screen and can't maximize windows correctly, but it's kinda sucky.

about a year ago

Will Your Video Game Collection Appreciate Over Time?

n30na Re:No, because (127 comments)

There are call of duty games on that list...

about a year ago

Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

n30na American ISPs (572 comments)

He must have one of the few reliable ISPs in america. Even though I have broadband, it's kinda shitty because options are limited (at&t, please roll out u-verse already, the people a fucking block over have it). It tends to be flaky, so I don't really like things depending on it not crapping out. And I live in a comparatively civilized area, so it only gets worse. They must not be paying attention to the state of internet in this country. Things just aren't good enough right now, same reason they're not going straight to digital distribution only just yet. Maybe in a decade, but right now this is a recipe for disaster.

Plus, I'm not sure wtf the point is in the end really. Piracy wasn't a serious problem this generation, outside of maybe on the Wii. Just securing things effectively should be more than enough to prevent piracy, and you just need check-ins to lock used games out. (Though even that probably alienates a large enough portion of consumers to matter). It just seems like they're shooting themselves in the foot.

about a year ago

Sony Reveals More PS4 and Dual Shock 4 Details

n30na Re:Nuh uh (242 comments)

Previous generations usually achieved this by having the chips for the old console in them, in one form or another, when playing just one generation back at least.

about a year ago

Sony Reveals More PS4 and Dual Shock 4 Details

n30na Re:GPU already years out of date (242 comments)

As someone who has 16gb of RAM in their pc, I'll say that games rarely use more than 1gb, and only see them use 2gb on very rare occasions. Some of this is likely due to things being held back by the current console generation, but I definitely think that it won't be the kind of limiting factor is has been for developers this generation. Sure, we'll hit it eventually, we always do, but to be honest I don't see it being a big deal.
As for gpu power.. I agree that it's a little skimpy, but it's because they have to save money somewhere, and to be honest I think that the "average" console player is starting to not care about graphics as much, as things get closer to the "good enough" range for most people. Not to mention that console games tend to run a bit closer to the metal, coupled with being specifically targeted/optimized for the platform generally gets a solid amount more performance compared to how similar hardware on a pc. Obviously PCs will still have better graphics at the mid-high end, but that's just how this always is :)

about a year ago

New Advance In 3D TV Technology

n30na Re:where do 3dtv's cost a few grand? (143 comments)

I got a 47" one for more like 600, it's not super fancy, but it's not terrible either.

about a year and a half ago

Obama Administration To Allow All Spy Agencies To Scour Americans' Finances

n30na Re:Forgotten 2012 campaign poster (405 comments)

Maybe we need to come up with "Facist America" jokes instead

about a year and a half ago

Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

n30na Re:Blame Google (418 comments)

This is obviously more work, but you CAN always fliter out specific content using the - operator, such as, or similar. Obviously an inferior solution, but better than nothing if you need to cut some things out.

You probably already knew this though.

about a year and a half ago

Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

n30na Re:Violent is the key word here, not porn (684 comments)

True, but there's still lots of illegal content out there, hosted in other countries and the like. Of course, filtering that sort of stuff would probably be nigh impossible, but I can at least understand the sentiment.

about a year and a half ago

Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

n30na Re:Violent is the key word here, not porn (684 comments)

I have to wonder if this would really do anything useful. If they just mean banning porn that's depicting actual violence against women (and I don't mean bdsm or something, I mean actual rape and sexual assault, not consenting staged acts), then that's perfectly reasonable. But if they're banning *depictions* of violent sexual acts, then it's probably pointless. It will do somewhere between nothing to spurring the people who are into that to find other "outlets." Potentially as far as committing actual sexual violence.

about a year and a half ago

Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

n30na ugh (684 comments)

As a woman who is proud of her sexuality, this offends me. There are many other things that can be done to improve equality than ban porn. If anything, banning porn may well increase sexual violence.

about a year and a half ago

The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't

n30na Re:article doesn't make sense. (226 comments)

The original fix in question was feeding /dev/urandom into /dev/random because the entropy pool was running low and sometimes running out, which is what was causing ui hitching.

Of course, it was actually just an old android bug that'd been fixed ages ago, iirc.

about a year and a half ago

Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy

n30na Re:Blasphemy in whose term ? (275 comments)

Here, (in Kansas), liquor stores have to close at 11pm. 8pm on Sundays. Bars and etc are allowed to serve until 2am. It's all rather silly and annoying, since I tend to think "a beer sounds nice, should go buy some" around 11:30.

about a year and a half ago

Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta

n30na Re:Good for Linux. (353 comments)

I agree that this is true in theory, but my experience thus far is that things are very.. quirky.

I ran Win7 until I moved to Win8 about a month ago, and getting games that ran fine before to start is sometimes an issue, particularly games that use GFWL, ironically. Other weirdness is not uncommon as well.

Another issue I'm having, though honestly it's hard to pin fault for this, is that every boot I need to reinstall graphics drivers (nvidia), or games will just crash if they use dx10/11.. the error can even be traced back to something nvidia-related via the event viewer.

It's not the end of the world, but you'd think most games, especially GFWL games, would work just was well in Win8 as 7.

People will say that it's a new OS, and that things will be fixed in time, but they're missing the point. the ball is being dropped, and other platforms look more attractive because of it. Plus, I used Win7 starting at the first RC and never had any extra issues getting games to run, unless they were games that didn't run without hacks in vista either.

about a year and a half ago

In Mississippi: 15-Year Jail Sentence For Selling Pirated Movies and Music

n30na Re:Srsly? (339 comments)

Considering that loads of places with free wifi exist (even if there are still other cost issues like transportation), it's still more cost effective to just download things if you're going to make effort to get them.. the only thing I could fathom being worth purchasing physical bootlegs of would be hd video content, particularly 1080p content, as going somewhere to download that could be impractical.

Obviously this requires access to a computer that is not completely locked down, but you'd need one to use mp3s as well.

It should also be noted that the above is only reasonable for the developed world, but that's what I assume we're talking about given that TFA is about the USA.

about 2 years ago


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