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Console Manufacturers Want the Impossible?

naroom Re:Another perspective (316 comments)

Yes. This is correct. We have an upcoming generation of gamers who, in five years, are going to be interested in playing things that aren't crap. If even a tiny percentage of the Angry Birds crowd grows into console and PC gamers, the industry is looking damn good in about five years.

about a year ago

Predicting IQ With a Simple Visual Test

naroom Re:Popcorn time! (325 comments)

Well played.

about a year ago

Cockroaches Evolving To Avoid Roach Motels

naroom Re:Roach Motel - Free Wifi (315 comments)

Once wifi has been around for 30+ years, we may start to see pests like roaches and mosquitoes becoming attracted to it. A wifi signal is a good indicator of delicious things nearby.

about a year ago

World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

naroom Re:The author has the RAW file. Case closed (182 comments)

Personally I know of no software that can currently reverse a jpeg into raw.

Print at high res, then take a picture of the print!

about a year ago

The New AI: Where Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Meet

naroom Re:Yes--But the Trend is Toward Biological Realism (209 comments)

I'm still mystified by the desire to make computational neural nets more like biological ones. Biological neurons are *bad* in many ways -- for one, they are composed of a large number of high signal-to-noise sensors (ion channels). This random behavior is necessary to conserve energy and space in a brain. But computers have random-access memory and energy isn't really a limiting factor; why impose these flaws?

Sure, there may be things that can be discovered by playing with network models more inspired by biology. But there's this bizarre meme going around that we have to make computers act like brains for them to be any good. We don't.

about a year ago

The New AI: Where Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Meet

naroom Re:Geoffrey Hinton (209 comments)

Thanks for the rec. It's very cheap used on Amazon right now.

about a year ago

Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

naroom Unconstitutional as heck (326 comments)

But very practical, and should have happened sooner. The overall efficiency of our society will increase if people buy more things at local stores. Less gas wasted on shipping, more money staying in its own communities.

about a year ago

Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

naroom Re:Amazon Showroom Effect (207 comments)

I started looking at other retailers when I saw how much Amazon was overcharging on the Nexus 7 (and still is):

about a year ago

Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

naroom Amazon Showroom Effect (207 comments)

When Amazon started out, big-box stores became a showroom: people would look at that new TV, and go buy it on Amazon.

Now, I go to Amazon to check reviews, but do most of my shopping on specialized vendors like Newegg or B&H Photo & Video. The specialized stores tend to have slightly better prices, or better selections, or better recommendations. Amazon is now my showroom for the rest of the Internet.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

naroom Re:WIRED (363 comments)

Yes, it was exactly when they started the digital version of the magazine. The advertising started to take up increasing space in the magazine. The worst were the not-too-subtle iProducts sentences interspersed into articles apparently at random.

about a year ago

ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

naroom Mint experience (863 comments)

I just went Mint with my home desktop and HTPC. Works well for both! Been using it since January, and will continue to do so.

- Most Steam games work great via PlayOnLinux! This was a very nice surprise.
- All HTPC functions work really, really well (filesharing, video + music playback, emulators for old console games). XBMC is amazing.
- Sweet, sweet terminal. Oh, how I have missed you.
- Programming is way easier, especially for Python and C++.
- Lots of historically rough spots (e.g. sound playback) have been recently overhauled and work much better than they used to.
- The Software Manager is awesome. You type in what you want, and it gives it to you. Fast, intuitive, no hassle.

- Learning curve will be harder than Win8 if you're coming from a Windows background like me. The options and settings are all very accessible and well laid out, but learning where to look for them takes a while. I Googled "how to change my wallpaper in Linux Mint" for several minutes last night, to find out the answer was "right click on the desktop". Setting up VPN access to work was a similar adventure (answer: "click on the network connection icon.") I kept expecting things to be harder than they actually were.
- Some games are just not meant to be, and won't work on Linux. Guild Wars 2 was more trouble than it was worth.
- GIMP is a pretty bad image editor.

Overall, I love Mint, and I'm sticking with it.

about a year and a half ago

Disney Closes LucasArts

naroom Re:Not shocking. (299 comments)

This is Slashdot. That only works on Kickstarter.

about a year and a half ago

How That 'Extra .9%' Could Ward Off a Zombie Apocalypse

naroom Re:Promotion? (204 comments)

If this is an example of the level of intellectual masturbation on Quora now I will continue to stay away from that boring site.

As opposed to Slashdot, where we discuss posts about blogs about Quora answers. Much more interesting..

about a year and a half ago

How Scientists Know An Idea Is a Good One

naroom Hindsight (140 comments)

The only way to know if an idea was good, is after you've already done it. Future prediction is always a crapshoot. People who claim to be good at it were typically just lucky, and are deluding themselves into thinking it was all skill.

about a year and a half ago


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