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Kidney Printer

paeanblack Re:Kidney shortage (147 comments)

In the TED talk, he blames things like "we're living longer" for the shortage of organs.

Improvements in trauma medicine, vehicular safety, and workplace safety are the biggest causes for the shortage of organs.

Things like seatbelt laws, motorcycle helmet laws, and OSHA aren't helping either. Catastrophic fatal injuries (especially head trauma) are jackpots for donor organs. Crass, but true.

more than 3 years ago

Browsers — the Gaming Platform of the Future?

paeanblack Re:Quake Live works... (95 comments)

I personally wonder how companies expect to make money from games when they are giving out the source code.

The same way authors make money even though everybody knows how to assemble and bind a book.

The source code is not the's just framework and presentation.

more than 3 years ago

Browsers — the Gaming Platform of the Future?

paeanblack Re:Unlikely, but, whatever, everybody has an opini (95 comments)

There's really not that many situations that I can see where developing for a web browser would be more advantageous than developing a game for a native OS architecture, whether it be for a console (xbox, PS3, etc.) or computer (Mac, Windows, etc.). Even for mobile devices, if you design for a browser, what does that leave you with?

The value of video games is 1% technology and 99% game design.

The actual graphics in a game is much like the box art and advertising; it gets people to buy the game, try the game, and discover if it actually is a decent game. They don't improve the gameplay any more than Tony the Tiger makes Frosted Flakes taste better. They do, however, let games compete for shelf space alongside other games with decent graphics.

Successful browser games are the best thing to happen for gamers since games moved from the arcade to the home in the early 80s. They lower the barrier to entry and increase the amount of risk developers can take. We can get new genres, new mechanics, new everything. Publishers aren't going to take risks with $30 million development pricetags. All the fancy graphics/physics/art/music/voice/etc ever did for us is lock us into seeing the same shit every year.

Imagine taking the entire development budget of EA Sports NFL $year and making a thousand "crappy flash games" instead. You'd end up with a whole lot of shit and a handful of real that will be played 20 years from now, unlike the nth iteration of the same expensive low-risk crap.

This is far too appropriate:

more than 3 years ago

Office Robots of the Near Future, Gearing Up

paeanblack Re:Marking Coffee? (100 comments)

the coffee maker (usually coffee girl) would make you any coffee drink you wanted, and has your preference memorized, usually for free as a company perk

I'm not sure a machine ever gets that good.

Minimum wages kill that possibility up here.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers

paeanblack Re:This is a seriously bad idea! (459 comments)

I grew up when phone numbers were public information. Everybody had a book where you could look up the phone number and address of anyone in the area. A few people were unlisted at their own request, but this was the exception.

Phone numbers and addresses were treated as public knowledge.

When cell phones first arrived, receiving calls cost money, so cell phone numbers were kept private. Now that the cost of incoming calls is much, much lower, there's little need to keep treating these things as private, especially with people replacing land lines with cell phones.

The problem lies not with facebook making this data available; the problem lies with everyone who pretends this is secret information to begin with. Some companies consider your phone number to be a unique identifier. Other (idiotic) companies treat it as an authenticator...something nobody else knows. Mix those two and BAD SHIT HAPPENS.

SSNs are treated the same way. Some places use them for identification and others use them as a freaking password. Frequently an individual bank or credit provider will be using a SSN as both a username and password simultaneously. THAT is the heart of the problem.

Would knowing the address for the White House help you steal Obama's identity. No, because everybody knows that is public knowledge. The problem is the people who think "wow, this guy knows his own address, so he obviously must be who he claims to be, because nobody else would know that"

more than 3 years ago

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

paeanblack Re:Evil commenting on evil (378 comments)

There's no question that the US has an extremely ugly history when it comes to relations with Latin America. The Monroe Doctrine was grossly twisted into a license to establish hegemony over the Western hemisphere and join the emperor's club of Old Europe. Half of the current problems in Latin America stem from US meddling. I've lived outside the US long enough to have a realistic perspective. Culturally speaking, we certainly prostitute ourselves to the entire world. We're okay with that; you aren't.

In one breath, you call us a whore and complain that our prices are too high.

What makes no sense is that you, despite all your invective towards the US, will readily sacrifice your personal honor and integrity at the altar of US commercialism. It is, in many ways, a disease, this "keeping up with the Jones'" or "he who dies with the most toys wins". What you don't realize is that you have also been infected, and you are helping to spread it.

If you can't stand Sony's pricing, if you hate what the advertisers are pushing, if you loathe what it all represents, then walk away! Don't become a prostitute yourself. If you have to amuse yourself with a Balero, then do so. Your kids will respect you for it.

more than 3 years ago

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

paeanblack Re:Evil commenting on evil (378 comments)

I should just NOT play games? Should I resort to a Balero (Cup-and-ball) only because that's the "noble" thing to do?

Only you can answer that question. I don't know what your honor is worth to you.

more than 3 years ago

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

paeanblack Re:Evil commenting on evil (378 comments)

There is a cultural gap in play here. I do realize you actually feel personally insulted by Sony's pricing structure, but that doesn't translate here in the US. Business is business; it's not personal. Americans in general feel it's perfectly acceptable for sellers of non-monopolized, non-essential goods to charge whatever price they wish. The idea of one day being the seller of a highly-coveted product is central to the "American Dream"; it's part of our national psyche.

Personally, I think you demean yourself more by resorting to piracy as revenge. The noble response here would be to take your business elsewhere. Perhaps that's considered too passive or cowardly where you are from. Maybe your culture expects a more active response.

Either way, don't expect much sympathy on a US-centric forum. Americans just don't have that honor/revenge mindset about business.

more than 3 years ago

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

paeanblack Re:Evil commenting on evil (378 comments)

So considering all this, will you tell me why sould I care about getting a $800 console (almost 2 months salary), pay $100 for a game, and be told by sony/MS "we don't allow your kind here, get the fuck out" on PSN/Live. For me, piracy is a form of boycotting sony, for treating me like a second-class citizen.

Keep all of that in mind before thinking people who pirate games are just "cheap".

You could always take your business elsewhere. MS and Nintendo do offer, in the grand scheme of things, a comparable product. Your rationalization of piracy as a just and noble revenge against perceived insults from a Japan/US-centric company is complete bullshit.

You are just being cheap.

more than 3 years ago

Why Android Is the New Windows

paeanblack Re:mobile platform (424 comments)

Linux doesn't have fragmentation issues either, unless you're goin for the fud route.

The commercial Linux companies don't have a strong financial incentive to fragment the market. They rely on app developers to directly support their product, and if they stray too far from OSS principles, they lose the dev support. There is not enough money to be made locking in customers to overcome the losses on the development side.

Phone companies do have a strong incentive to fragment the Android market. Their business model relies on making it as difficult as possible to switch providers and to provide incentives for unnecessary hardware upgrades by artificially restricting software upgrades to newer models. They don't care about openness. They don't have to. They are the phone company.

more than 3 years ago

Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

paeanblack Re:I've heard that before (440 comments)

As the motor, the tank, the fuel, the cooling etc doesn't have to be lifted with the orbiter, actually the energy is not at all comparable.

Actually, you do need to lift a tank, fuel, and a motor. It's impossible to fire a object into orbit from the ground without a delta-v later.

It's basic orbital mechanics. Unless the bullet is traveling fast enough to escape Earth's gravity well, the bullet's trajectory will return back to it's starting point. Any bullet fired from earth will be on a trajectory that intersects the Earth.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

paeanblack Re:In b4 shitstorm (435 comments)

The best description of hell I ever heard was also from a Vatican worker.

Paraphrasing a bit:

> ''Hell, by definition, is just a place where God does not exist. To a Christian, that is the worst place imaginable. We speak of fire and brimstone and eternal physical torture, but that's only the best analogy we have to describe it. It's just a place without the presence of God. People have their entire life to form a relationship with God; if they don't, they go to Hell. When I say, "you are going to Hell", it means you will be without God forever because once you are dead, you can't change anything. As a non-Christian, this is meaningless to you, but thinking about it makes me sad.''

The discussion continued to whether he believed all this stuff was real. Again, paraphrasing...

> ''What is real? Pain, love, remorse, joy, anger...all of these are things we can identify and predict, but not explain. They are all in your head; they have no physical manifestation to inspect. We could argue that they aren't "real", but they certainly exist. "Real" is semantics. God, and by extension, Hell, both exist. That doesn't mean I can convince you they are real.''

Frankly, it was a pretty interesting discussion.

more than 3 years ago

House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

paeanblack Re:'Free Market'? What on Earth? (408 comments)

Government regulation was the only way to combat this.

Yeah, but this is a case of BAD regulation. Yes, it solves a problem that many people want solved, but it does so in the wrong way.

The better solution is that all commercials be broadcast with sidechannel metadata that identifies the type of content and the sender. Any content that is subject to truth-in-advertising free speech restrictions should be properly tagged so we know it is an advertisement. This would also let us loosen the free-speech restrictions that are in place.

This method lets the consumers DECIDE how they want to deal with commercials. Previously, the broadcasters had the choice. Now nobody does.

more than 3 years ago

Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot

paeanblack Re:It's official (225 comments)

The terrorists have won.

Why should they get the credit? It's our idiocy and our tax money that brought us to this state.

Saying "The terrorists have won", is shirking responsibility. This is our fault. We did this.

more than 3 years ago

Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems

paeanblack Re:Tag article witchhunt (890 comments)

But let me give you a hint. Trains? Didn't you watch old cartoons as a kid? When we want to derail them, we don't need to be on them, and if we are, we have wasted some kamikaze brothers who could have better employed elsewhere.

The problem with trains being soft targets is that they take specific paths at predetermined times. Because it's too expensive to guard the millions of miles of railway track from terrorists, I propose, for security's sake, we randomize the train departure times and destinations and implement random delays and schedule changes en route.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Boston and New England Amtrak have had these security measures for years and, as one can infer from the lack of terrorist incidents, they have clearly presented a most difficult target. Note that when the 9/11 attackers left Boston, they chose to fly rather than take the train.

about 4 years ago

Like Democracy, the Web Needs To Be Defended

paeanblack Re:bullshit (108 comments)

some person's private information is NOT the resource of the site that stores it. a person's private information belongs to that person alone. there can be no other argument to that.

Facebook doesn't operate on wishes and thin air. Their server farms are paid for with the understanding that they will use and exploit the information you give them to make money. It's not "your private information" after that sold it to pay Facebook for the service they provide to you.

about 4 years ago

US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans

paeanblack Re:Good. Hope this keeps up (712 comments)

President Merkin Muffley: General Turgidson, I find this very difficult to understand. I was under the impression that I was the only one in authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.

General "Buck" Turgidson: That's right, sir, you are the only person authorized to do so. And although I, uh, hate to judge before all the facts are in, it's beginning to look like, uh, General Ripper exceeded his authority.

about 4 years ago

Google Bans Sale of Android Spying App

paeanblack Re:Good For Google (415 comments)

Even if this app smelled like roses and shat apple pies, it shouldn't be allowed in the app store.

It's not about 'evil intent', it's about a program that behaves doesn't appear in the list of installed apps, it doesn't use the normal install/uninstall procedures, etc.

I can think of several legitimate, useful reasons for an app that duplicates text messages, even if such a program could be used maliciously. OTOH, a piece of code that circumvents the OS to hide itself? That's not an application. "Applications" are expected to mostly conform to certain norms on how they interact with the user and the OS.

There is no heavy-handedness on Google for kicking this one to the curb.

about 4 years ago

US, China Working On Intellectual Property Rights

paeanblack Re:one sided? (90 comments)

Coincidental timing after China's latest strangling of rare earths, yes?

It just means that China is now doing significant in-country R&D and authorship that they have a vested interest in protecting.

Pre-1900, the US was the same way. We couldn't give two shits about the European IP we were constantly ripping, and it pissed off plenty of European countries. Once we really started developing stuff in-country, our IP laws suddenly grew teeth.

History repeating itself itself.

more than 4 years ago


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