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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

nowsharing NASA/ESA Astronomy News Sites? (64 comments)

What are some of the best astronomy-specific news sites? I know that each individual agency has their own news sites, but would like to find a site that gathers everything in one place.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

nowsharing Everdrives (382 comments)

Pick a system that relates to you and your friends' nostalgic gaming eras: NES, Genesis, N64, etc. Track down a nice console for cheap on craigslist, and then just buy an Everdrive for it. The Everdrive is a flash cart that allow you to jack up an SD card with roms and play them on the real hardware. For the price of five to ten common games, you could instead buy an Everdrive and have every game ever made.

I personally avoid subjecting friends to Atari or emulated games.

about a month ago

The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

nowsharing Re:Trailer not HFR? (156 comments)

I was very excited to see Smaug in HFR, and made a bit of a voyage to see it in a theater that was projecting 48FPS. I was completely blown away by how shitty it looked. Smaug the dragon was very good looking, as was a lot of the scenery and landscape. The sets and characters looked like a cheap theater production though. Everything screamed out that it was a prop or a backdrop.

Believe me, 48FPS is not the future. Or if it is, then there is a long way to go in setting it up and filming it properly.

about 2 months ago

Your Personal Data Is On Your Phone -- In the Form of Bacteria

nowsharing Clean your data! (21 comments)

This is exactly why the security-conscious always wipe their phones clean

about 2 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

nowsharing Re:Big fuss over nothing (646 comments)

It's a big fuss over the complete genocide of native peoples, and further public denigration despite their protests.

We shouldn't tolerate the "Redskins" any more than we would tolerate the Washington Xs
X=African American racial slur; Jewish slur; Polish slur; Mexican slur; Italian slur; Obese American slur; etc

Any time that Indian subjects come up in popular venues, a racist fury is unleashed. You racists need to confess this to yourselves, and attempt to overcome your ignorance.

about 3 months ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

nowsharing Fuck Google anyways (364 comments)

Do Indie bands and labels even need Youtube? It seems like the big loser would be Youtube itself, both through a loss of freely submitted content, and through the terrible backlash that this is going to cause.

Little by little, Youtube posters have been jumping ship as the deal has gotten progressively worse. In the end, what good is a media service with no content? Or even worse, with only low-quality and corporate content?

about 3 months ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

nowsharing Re:a 20kg pod machine (192 comments)

Pods are great on earth, and would be a godsend in space.

about 3 months ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

nowsharing No good for anthropologists (169 comments)

In the field of anthropology, we typically get our degree first before moving on to Starbucks employment.

about 3 months ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

nowsharing a 20kg pod machine (192 comments)

Espresso at zero gravity is just not possible. This is simply going to be the world's most expensive pod machine. I would be interested in knowing how it ended up weighing 20kg though. Surely that must be incorrect.

about 3 months ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

nowsharing Accountability (307 comments)

There are forum threads a hundred pages long covering the same faulty ignition switches in '99-'05 Impalas, yet the recall doesn't cover them why? GM waits until their customers are rendered into bloody piles of death before recalling a model. The bean counters make the decision.

about 4 months ago

OpenPandora Design Files Released

nowsharing Bad timing (65 comments)

When it was announced in 2008, this was a big deal for retro gamers. I just can't believe that they are still marketing it in 2014 though. This is a product that comes from another era, and was never improved. I have an old Sega Nomad that looks more modern.

Today you can choose from a number of high-quality snap-on bluetooth controllers for your smartphone and get so much more than what OpenPandora offers. There are incredible Android emulators for every system, including uncommon platforms like the Sega Saturn. Going this route, you can spend as much as you like on a controller, and utilize that super-computer (relative to OpenPandora at least) in your pocket with a beautiful, large display. And you don't have to deal with the bulk of a giant first-gen Nintendo DS clamshell.

With a bluetooth controller, you can even connect your device to a TV via HDMI and play wirelessly in HD, adding scanlines and filters to get a beautiful gaming experience. OpenPandora will never be able to do that.

about 4 months ago

Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

nowsharing Is it possible? (212 comments)

How is it possible to be a psychopath in a game? This and other research are based on the premise that video games contain real violence. No game has ever contained true violence in this sense, which is why violent video gaming behavior doesn't lead to the harm that real psychopaths cause in society.

The only way to act psychopathic--doing actual harm to another human being with true apathy--in a video game would seem to be through communications between players inside the game, where feelings could be hurt. It would be hard of course to separate psychopathic communicative behavior from other common factors like immaturity, inebriation, gaming cultures, etc. That should probably be the real focus of these kinds of studies. Another interesting study might be to study actual psychopaths, pulled from corporate environments or the like, and seeing if/how they play games differently from non-psychos.

about 4 months ago

eBay Compromised

nowsharing Has anything changed? (193 comments)

Should users really rush to change their passwords on an insecure site? I don't quite see the points of a PW change until ebay has changed their security precautions. As the customers, we should demand that THEY change their practices before doing anything. Otherwise we'll be throwing hackers another bone.

Ebay's silence on this matter is completely unacceptable. Do we really know that credit card info wasn't stolen? They've sealed their lips about all of this so far, because if card numbers were compromised, they would be the demons of the week and permanently have their names tarnished.

about 4 months ago

Ancient Desert Glyphs Pointed Way To Fairgrounds

nowsharing Logical (38 comments)

The Nazca Lines Alien Conspiracy fucktards will never buy into such a simple, logically formulated theory.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

nowsharing Re:Do the math (201 comments)

err, I meant "if the output format is DVD"

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

nowsharing Re:Do the math (201 comments)

VHS > DVD: Why go from one horrible format to another? It would be a complete waste of time transferring VHS at all if the source format is DVD. These are old memories that will probably never be transferred again, so the least I'd do is a high profile h.264 or something similar. If you've watched a DVD lately, you'll notice that they look like complete shit.

It's kind of shocking to me that people still feel restricted by physical media's limitations.

about 5 months ago

How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

nowsharing Collapsing Theories (384 comments)

Archaeologists always get a good laugh out of these prime-mover theories. They're great for attracting public attention, but the reality is that sociopolitical collapses are much more complex than most researchers want to appreciate.

The first question that you should always ask about a collapse-theory is if the target actually disappeared at all, or did it transform through time into something else?

about 5 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

nowsharing 4-inches to freedom (196 comments)

After having owned a Galaxy S3 for a year, I'm ready for the return of smaller phones. I've been waiting for prices to come down on used GS4 Minis. However, if they released a OnePlus with a 4" screen, I'd order it immediately.

A phone configured specifically for CyanogenMod is a killer feature in my book. My next phone will have to be much smaller, lighter, and thinner than 5.5" unfortunately. Any suggestions?

about 5 months ago

Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

nowsharing Foobar2000 for Linux (87 comments)

The Ultimate Music Player would be a solid port of Foobar2000 to Linux. Groove Basin...not so much.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

nowsharing Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (702 comments)

My 2300d spends its life in standby too. 5-10k pages per toner makes it practically free to use, and it does duplexing. I paid $50 for it on CL about 5 years ago, and it came with maxed out ram and a 500-sheet add-on tray.

My father had a first gen Laserjet (1200d?) in his business, which he had purchased new. It printed thousands of receipts per month and it never had a problem. When he retired, I got him a serial-to-USB adapter and it's now his home printer. Not only are the machines rock solid, but their drivers are as well.

about 5 months ago


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