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I prefer my peppers ...

netsentry Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Protip: Never, ever drink water if you just ate something that was "too spicy". Capsaicin isn't water soluble, so you're just spreading it around with the water, making it burn even worse. Try whole milk or ice cream instead. Much, much better. Also, some people enjoy the delirium/euphoria that accompanies overwhelming hotness. It's one of the few altered states of consciousness that hasn't been outlawed yet. I once ate a 1cm thick slice of Bhut Jolokia, fresh from the garden. It was indeed painfully hot, just as I had expected. After 10-15 minutes of various fluids being expelled from my face (crying, runny nose, etc.), I was totally fine. The key to eating insanely spicy foods is to avoid getting them on your hands and lips. Your mouth will clean the sapsaicin away in short order, but your lips will be on fire for quite some time. And god forbid you go to rub your eyes after you just held some bhut jolokia in your hand...

Addon to protip: Any type of bread product works, especially in combination with milk, to quench the fire. I also like extraordinarily spicy food, but I don't want it to linger more than a few minutes.

about 5 months ago
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Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

netsentry Re:Ouya's killer app....where is it? (107 comments)

The big problem with the Ouya is that there is no really good exclusive out there to show people what the console can really be pushed to do. So you have a lot of half-hearted ports from other platforms, pretty much limiting the sales of the product to people who haven't purchased any recent computer, game console, phone or tablet (very few indeed).

Frankly, Ouya needs to pick a product that is distinctly their market - nurture and help it be THE GAME on the Ouya to own, a reason to buy the console and controllers. Really showcasing what the system can do with the hardware its got will bring developers looking to 'one-up' that product and it really would have a shot.

Right now - its a no-mans land of retreads and badly written indie games. And I can say this as someone looking to release a product on the Ouya.

With that said I wish you the best of luck with your product release.

about 5 months ago
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Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

netsentry Re:Awesome! (107 comments)

When I was one of the first few hundred to sign up for their kickstarter and then received my unit well after I could have purchased it for the same price at Best Buy, I was done.

Then, when it took them another 3-4 weeks to get me my other controller, I sold it on the Internet like I did the Ouya and first controller.

I've heard nothing but complaints about it, and now they're removing one of the only promises they've actually kept to this point.

What a way to blow through millions of dollars. It'll be dead in a year. And I say good riddance.

+1 for similar experiences. I was also early on the Kickstarter, and my model showed up with a bad HDMI solder. When I found out how long it would take to get a replacement, and that I couldn't walk into the aforementioned big box store and swap it out, I decided to fix the solder myself. Then it worked...but the controller rattled because of a broken tab, which would occasionally cause a button to stick as well as just being purely annoying. Build quality control did not seem to be a priority. I never did return that nor did I sell it -- opting instead to throwing it away. Partially out of laziness and partially out of spite. I like to support the little guy, but when the little guy has millions to invest into a project I would expect a million dollar project. 2

about 5 months ago
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Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

netsentry Take California (489 comments)

The Propellerheads had this idea years ago. [end of obscure musical reference]

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

netsentry Re:Elder Scrolls Online (555 comments)

Closed beta is this weekend, I know that. I think they're doing a stress test.

This is the only choice. Play now if you're in, play later if you aren't, but either way play it. It's groundbreaking.

about 9 months ago
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Google Updates ReCAPTCHA With Easier CAPTCHAs For Humans

netsentry Re:still treating the symptoms and not the disease (81 comments)

right now we are developing stronger armor when what we should be doing is stopping the shooter/spammer.

Seems easier said than done! I don't have numbers to support this, but I would think most form spam comes from botnets. As long as Oracle (Java), Adobe (Flash), and Microsoft (ActiveX) products (among others) continue to have security issues, malware will continue to thrive. And so will botnets.

On topic, as a web developer I ended up just custom coding a little check box that asks if my users are human and programmatically placing the form submit button the page after that is clicked. Since a bot can't see an input button on the form it skips the page. Maybe that's too simplistic for experts, of which I am not one, but it has resulted in less user complaints than the old ReCAPTCHA I used. This number one does look easier to use, but it's still bulky.

about 10 months ago
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The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

netsentry Re:THE DEATH OF PC GAMING (272 comments)

Wish I had points to mod this up. With anything mainstream-popular there will be a backlash from people determined not to like the product, for one reason or another. A prime example is the Twilight movie series. I for one do not enjoy pretty much anything about these movies, but they did gross 1.3 BILLION dollars. (http://boxofficemojo.com/franchises/chart/?id=twilight.htm) I can't realistically say the movies suck because there are enough people watching to prove me wrong.

Thanks for the good points.

about 10 months ago
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Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

netsentry Re: This actually isn't half bad (139 comments)

I disagree that the keyboard is defunct as a gaming device. Combined with a mouse it allows for two separate sets of controls, something a game controller can never reproduce. It is "just a bunch of buttons" but its a bunch of buttons that can be operated with one hand.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

netsentry Mortgage limbo (1144 comments)

I can't get my goddamn home purchase closed because nobody's home at the USDA. Then again, looking at the hundreds of thousands of employees out of work, I feel like my problems are minimal. Nothing good can come of this.

about a year ago
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China's Web Surveillance System Employs More Than 2 Million

netsentry Witch hunt (63 comments)

The witch hunt continues.

about a year ago
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Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Approve Work On DRM For HTML 5.1

netsentry Re:Good luck with that (307 comments)

My post relates to approving work on DRM in HTML 5.1. How is your reply relevant to my point that it will be twenty years before this spec sees the light of Internet-day? The fact that Netflix uses EME now? Ok. Apparently Netflix users don't care and I overestimated 21 million streaming customers' common sense http://www.wired.com/business/2012/01/netflix-q4-results/...and Netflix is not the entire Internet.

about a year ago
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Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Approve Work On DRM For HTML 5.1

netsentry Good luck with that (307 comments)

Even if this does get included in the HTML 5.1 spec, it will be twenty years before it sees the light on Internet-day. Hell, a pretty huge chunk of the web doesn't even use HTML 5 and that spec isn't even finished. Even if 5.1 supports DRM individual site owners have the option of making use of it. And those sites will revel in the shit-ton of complaint emails and unsubscribers. Let them try it I say.

about a year ago
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He Fixed 300,000+ Machines - America's Oldest Typewriter Repairman Dies At 96

netsentry Re:Technophobia (201 comments)

pun p = "This guy was a specialist, who capitalized on his expertise and lived a happy life.";

return p;

No longer weakly-typed.

about a year ago
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The Tech Behind Man of Steel's Metropolis

netsentry Re:Critic? (74 comments)

I'm not much of a fan of the Total Recall remake myself, but is a thread's description the appropriate place for such opinion?

no.

about a year ago
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Samsung Ups Ante In Smartphone Size Wars: 6.3 Inches

netsentry Re:Ridiculous (221 comments)

Well, a phone isn't going in the same pocket as keys, and I don't like to jingle when I walk so I tend to keep spare change in the opposite pocket as my keys. That leaves wallet and Nexus. Back pockets seem logical.

Not to mention that a decent-sized smartphone is not exactly comfortable in the front pocket when sitting down, and also it involves standing up to fish it out and answer a phone call. First world problems.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

netsentry Re:Really?!? (1448 comments)

While I would defend to the death his right to publish his ravings on the internet, he still has no inherent right to my money.

Apparently a lot of other people feel the same way, hence a boycott.

I tried to read Ender's Game once. A friend lent a copy to me. I don't think I got further than the first 20 pages or so when I found myself thinking that, gee, something's not quite right here. This sounds just as contrived as a Chick tract. So I looked up his background and lo and behold I found out he was a Mormon.

Maybe some day I'll finish Ender's game, but if the first few pages are any indication, it's a contrived, shallow story that attempts to create a pity party for a contrived, shallow protagonist. Apparently I'm not the only person who thinks that, and apparently there are people who think that who don't even care about gay marriage.

Neon Genesis Evangelion was a much more compelling story with similar themes. Then again, I just set a pretty low bar for a compelling story.

That being said, maybe the movie will be better. Perhaps I'll torrent it at some point in the future and watch it opposite Battleship.

It's pretty easy to look back at works written decades ago and see them as contrived because we have been exposed to so many books and movies in the genre since then that use similar plot lines. Ender's Game was unique because the shallow protagonist you refer to is an enigma. He is a combination of understanding well past his years, genius beyond the level of nearly all adults, and yet sees everything through a child's innocent eyes. The telling of the story with this combination is far from shallow in my opinion. Aside: I also very much enjoyed Evangelion.

Thanks

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

netsentry Re:Takings (509 comments)

Nope. Nobody force feeds me marketing now. There's no problem to solve there. No force is in play. The only force I experience comes from the government. All else is at my option. You're a bit bewildered here.

I am having trouble figuring out how this is a response to my comment. Did you reply to the wrong comment? If not, where did I imply that you had a problem to solve? I was explaining how you misinterpreted the previous poster's comment.

Also, if you live in modern society, you are subjected to billboards, media ads, and other marketing at every turn. You don't have a choice about what to see on the side of the road. It's there, you look at it. This is force-fed. If you want to pretend you have magic pretentious blinders and don't see them, fine, have at it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

netsentry Re:Takings (509 comments)

Of course you have an option for paying taxes: don't live in a society that demands rent from you for the privilege.

No. This old canard incorrectly presumes that there is somewhere to go that resolves the issues you have with where you are; it also incorrectly presumes that such mobility is practical or even possible. All of these are disingenuous presumptions.

You're wrong. The previous comment suggested to live somewhere that doesn't charge taxes and/or rent. Live off the grid, out in the wilderness. Practical? Maybe not, depends who you ask. Possible? Definitely. Would I do it and lose my Internet? Hell no. From what I gathered though, this wasn't the point of the comment, the point was that there is an option to not be force-fed marketing.

about a year ago
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Tool Reveals iPad and iPhone User Locations

netsentry Re:As usual, misleading (36 comments)

"The tool works by accessing Apple's database of wireless access points, which is collected by iPhones and iPads that have GPS and wifi location services enabled."

Although other devices may be accessing these points as well, these locations were reported by Apple devices. Once the MAC is resolved for that point, the process continues by isolating the devices using that router using a service such as Google's location services. Google locked down security on this service for this exact reason http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20074571-281/google-curbs-web-map-exposing-phone-locations/.

Read deeper into the article before judging.

about a year ago

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