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The Least Amount of Exercise Needed To Extend Life

nitroscen Life Expectency vs. Extended Years (249 comments)

An interesting concept to note: TFA mentions they found it extends life expectancy by three years. With this, I would argue that the exercise was found to "extend your life" by more than three years.

For example, imagine I said there was a process to delay "old age" deaths by 50 years. Does your life expectancy go up 50 years? No, it goes up far less than that due to other types of death that can occur.

It's all semantics and statistics anyway, but I just thought I'd point out they were using life expectancy values.

more than 3 years ago

Interview With 'Idiot' Behind Key Software Patent

nitroscen Re:Anonymous? (223 comments)

How is he an anonymous reader if his name is in the second sentence of the article?

Even if AC was the original 'Idiot' in the summary, he could still wish to keep his Slashdot account and real life names separate.

more than 3 years ago

Reaction To Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement

nitroscen Re:Single Player Cheating (591 comments)

For multiplayer, fine. put cheat detection, require Battle.NET, whatever. If I am playing with other people I want to feel that the games are fair. But don't restrict what I can do on single player. If what I do in single player impacts multiplayer so much that it requires these kind of measures, then that is just plain bad game design. Also, until I have broadband internet access everywhere I take my laptop, constant internet requirements are going to guarantee I will not buy the game.

There's one caveat to this argument - for Blizzard game developers, it would take more time to create a single player mode*.

The game is currently developed as a client/server relationship - the Diablo 3 client intentionally doesn't have everything needed to play the game*. This is in contrast to it's predecessor, which had a very weak client/server relationship (and it's why in Diablo 2 there are dozens of map hacks and other cheats that function on Battle.net)

So sure, they could create a single player mode mode that cannot log into Battle.net that doesn't have this relationship. But it would require a lot more effort for a subset of their audience. Like Starcraft 2, I bet they decided it wasn't worth the extra development. I also bet they didn't expect such an outcry, especially since Starcraft 2 already set their precedent.

*Note - pure speculation. I have no sources. I'm just a Diablo 2 player and software developer.

more than 3 years ago

Google Launching Music Service Without Labels

nitroscen Re:This can only mean one thing (406 comments)

Wrong. Amazon launched a cloud-based music locker. Google is launching a cloud-based music catalog that will not have a per-use fee, precisely what got mp3.com destroyed. Credit goes to Google.

Are you confusing Amazon's MP3 purchasing service with their Cloud-based MP3 Storage service? It is easy to confuse the two, especially since if you purchase a MP3 with Amazon they will automatically place it in their free Cloud-based MP3 storage. Amazon's cloud based storage does not have a per-use fee. They do have a limit to the amount of free storage you have, which if you want to go above, you must pay them for. Otherwise, you can enjoy free streaming of MP3s you upload to their service. If I'm missing a difference between what Google just launched and Amazon's service, I'm interested to hear it.

more than 3 years ago

Robots 'Evolve' Altruism

nitroscen Re:This only addresses one aspect of altruism... (360 comments)

So why do we help people who are not related to us?

Compassion and caring is not bounded by family boundaries, so it seems to me that the evolutionary advantage behind altruism is still questionable.

Why would that invalidate the advantage? You still benefit the people around you, who are more likely to be your family members. Especially if you go back a few hundred years. I don't believe you need to directly explain evolution on a "family" scale in the first place. It's not selective breeding. It takes a large number of iterations to cause a behavior like altruism to surface. Perhaps it takes a much larger number of iterations than a behavior that is more "greedy", but the behavior's evolution isn't invalidated.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle, Google Move To Streamline Java Suit

nitroscen Re:More poo slinging... (49 comments)

a pound is a pound is weight -


guess you're the 'you doit' here

- Macaroni Hat


more than 3 years ago

The Real Reason Apple Is Suing Samsung

nitroscen Re:Yes, and? (514 comments)

Apple is doing so much better than its competition, this article is delusional. Apple has always maintained the look and feel of their products as something unique to them. They created it, why should other companies be allowed to copy them? They can come up with their own unique designs. This lawsuit fits perfectly with this idea. No need to project some sort of desperation scenario.

Also, the article is factually incorrect when it states Android is surging past iOS in market share (iOS maintains a significant lead over Android, and always has, although on Slashdot ignorance is bliss, so I fully expect some replies from people ignorantly claiming this isn't true), and Apple's market share is increasing, and their revenues are increasing, and their profits are increasing. They are the most financially successful cell phone maker on the planet. They do not fear Google's business model. Why would they when their own is working so well? Not just working well, but working significantly better than that of anyone else?

This article is just the same old uninformed nonsense you expect from people who don't understand that the reason people make money is to buy things. Just because something is free (or "less than free") does not mean people will want it, nor does it mean that people won't pay more for something else. Store shelves wouldn't contain name brands if people always chose the cheapest option.

iOS far outsells Android, yet clearly Apple's business model is doomed? Brilliant!

Forgive my ignorance, but when I did a quick Google search for "ios vs android market share", the most recent result showed Android ahead of iPhone in smart phones. Am I missing something? http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/who-is-winning-the-u-s-smartphone-battle/

I am aware, as I think most people, that even if Apple has less market share, their revenue and profit far outweighs anyone else on the market.

Even if Apple still has greater market share, you are wrong to say they don't fear Android. iOs had over a year head start - and the numbers are already scary. Your logic - that because they are doing well, they must not fear Google's business model, is flawed. You can both be 'winning' and fear the competition.

Also, the article was stating the lawsuit is doomed. Not the company's business model.

The point of the article, that Apple's strategy here is to give Android a price via lawsuits, still seems pretty valid to me.

more than 3 years ago

Skype For Android Can Leak Data To Malicious Apps

nitroscen Re:I wonder... (79 comments)

With all the grief slashdot gives the Apple App Store, when was the last time anyone read about a malicious or flawed app leaking personal information.

Would this really have been more detectable with Apple's approval process? It's been a while, but I've heard of apps getting passed Apple's approval process that should not have - apps that had hidden functionality even. Flaws like this probably get overlooked all the time. In fact, Android may have an advantage here. I don't know how iOs apps communicate with each other, but Android apps are sand-boxed with very specific ways they have to communicate. I'm out of date on my iOs information, though. I'd love to hear comments from some iOs developers.

more than 3 years ago

Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations

nitroscen Re:Perhaps (64 comments)

I might get a-round to replying to this one.

This may the worst pun on record ever.

more than 3 years ago

GameStop To Build Its Own Gaming Tablet?

nitroscen Gamestop has been hiring Windows Mobile Developers (53 comments)

Gamestop hired several of my friends in Texas late last year - but they were all Windows Mobile 6 developers for enterprise stuff. Combine that with the fact you can develop for the XBox and Windows Mobile 7 in the same solution, and it seems like that is where they will go. I hope it works out for them.. but I don't have high expectations of Windows Mobile 7.

more than 3 years ago

Dragon Age II Released

nitroscen Dragon Age I's Choices (168 comments)

Does anyone know if your choices from the original Dragon Age carry over? I heard somewhere they were going to carry over the decisions your character made and incorporate it into the sequel - much like Mass Effect.

more than 3 years ago

Where Microsoft's Profits Come From

nitroscen Re:Class action lawsuit ? (295 comments)

Microsoft doesn't pay dividends.

Microsoft has been paying a quarterly dividend since 2004. Also, even if they did not pay a dividend, companies sometimes buy their own stock to un-dilute the shares. The shareholders then have stock that is worth more money. http://www.google.com/finance?q=microsoft Click the "5years" button.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Security Chief Defends JavaScript Support

nitroscen Re:Easy but far too simple solution (216 comments)

You should really read the posts you are replying to before bashing them. The guy was just saying it won't solve the problem. He didn't say it 'has had no impact'. He was simply stating that the solution to this problem requires some action on Adobe's part... just like how the solution to most security problems you bring up require some action on Microsoft's part.

about 5 years ago

Average Gamer Is 35, Fat and Bummed

nitroscen From TFA.. (439 comments)

"...analyzed survey data from 552 adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area. The subjects ranged in age from 19 to 90, according to the study.." Yes- I'm sure this is enough data. 552 adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area that were willing to participate in the study is all you need to prove your hypothesis! Seriously- I read this on MSNBC yesterday and was finally fed up enough to remove MSNBC from my RSS reader. This crap is meaningless.

more than 5 years ago

Netscape Founder Backs New Browser

nitroscen Re:Chrome 0 (243 comments)

So.. when he sees blood.. it's colorless!?! :)

more than 5 years ago

C# and Java Weekday Languages, Python and Ruby For Weekends?

nitroscen Correlation... Causation?? (389 comments)

This means that more programmers are using Python and Ruby on the weekend for their personal projects, showing that these languages are more fun to use.

This isn't necessarily true. How many of you choose your language based on how fun it is? I choose mine on practicality. I'm working and I just got out of college. All of my weekend projects are written in languages I do not know, as I'm trying to get a little bit of experience with them all. Since I haven't encountered Python or Ruby at work, they would be good choices. All of my work projects are in older languages- and I don't really have time to program my weekend projects on the weekdays.

more than 5 years ago

New Pattern Found In Prime Numbers

nitroscen Re:Other bases? (509 comments)

Try to imagine all life as we know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light!

more than 5 years ago

Storytelling In Games and the Use of Narration

nitroscen Re:Freemanic Paracusia (131 comments)

Two words: Roger Wilco

more than 5 years ago

Google Buys Finnish Paper Mill

nitroscen CmdrTaco == Time Traveller (166 comments)

last month in January 2008

I knew it! CmdrTaco is a Time Traveller. Getting our news from the past.. brilliant!

more than 5 years ago


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