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BART Disables Cell Service To Disrupt Protests

pizzach Re:Solidarity (440 comments)

The irony is that the communist government likely in many instances uses the same reasoning to explain to the people their reasons for doing what they do. (Papers please!) When you flip a coin over, it may have a different picture to appease you into thinking it is something different, but in reality it is only the other side of the same thing.

more than 3 years ago

Foxconn To Employ 1 Million Robots

pizzach Robotic Death (372 comments)

It could be a golden age -- or a Darwinian nightmare -- it all depends on how we deal with this as a society. I fear that the Wealthiest, are too busy trying to create a police state and already look upon the teaming masses as useless eaters.

I picture China and other communist countries having less issues than us adjusting. It is probably right that they are one of the first countries to really employ robots. Though, It will be unfortunate if Foxconn forces the robots to suicide, too.

more than 3 years ago

The Rise of Git

pizzach Octopus. (442 comments)

Thank you git for giving me reasons to use such an awesome word. In normal conversation.

more than 3 years ago

Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

pizzach Re:Whiners... (574 comments)

Netflix shows proof of another concept that people like to gloss over: sometimes when you buy a movie all you want to pay for is the movie. The extras do not come free and add no real value in most cases. Downloaded movies (legal or not) is the only place you can get the movie in great quality with no excess crap. It does not cost $10 extra dollars a movie to encode it at a higher bitrate with a higher resolution.

more than 3 years ago

Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

pizzach Re:Insufficient Alternatives (292 comments)

The fact that the US Government doesn't trust American citizens to do the right thing in a plane hostage situation is a telling. After 9/11, does anybody think US citizens on a plane will just be sheep in a hostage situation? That is the one and only reason there hasn't been any hijackings at all after 9/11. Once you're in the air, the TSA means crap.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

pizzach Re:Funny about PayPal making a claim like that. (391 comments)

I sold something for about $1000 on Paypal a few months ago. I kept the money in paypal in case I had to do a return thinking it was the honest thing to do. Ended up doing a return later, and the return took the money from my bank account instead of paypal. The timing was so that I had no money for anything for 4 days because they emptied out my bank account. I also happened to have no gas or food in the fridge. The paypal fuckers can die in hell. Do not touch paypal people. Ebay is just about as bad.

more than 3 years ago

Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"

pizzach Re:But the Best Buy guy said it does (664 comments)

This is the symptom of ignorant shoppers wanting black-and-white answers- even if they are wrong because they have someone they can blame things on. I was in a radio shack back when DVD-R was a new thing and asked if DVD-R+ would work in a DVD-R- burner. The person at the counter said it would. That is not something I should have heard on a non-returnable item.

more than 3 years ago

Time To Close the Security Theater

pizzach Something happening to yourself vs someone else (457 comments)

That the person is 90, a woman, or a breast cancer survivor shouldn't matter. Perhaps the "book" should be rewritten so that a 20-year-old bra-wearing drag queen otherwise in the same situation shouldn't have to remove his bra, just like the old woman shouldn't have to. Randomly deciding some people aren't dangerous is dangerous.

May your wife have breast cancer and she be groped every time she goes through the airport and force you to listen to her bitching about it for the next few days after. That is the real boat that people are in right now, but because it is happening to other people and not yourself you can shrug it off. You would be amazed how much your wife will effect your opinion over time.

Passengers at airports get the shit end of the stick right now. You don't deal with this kind of crap on any other form of mass transportation. This disparity is a magnitudes larger issue than the "randomly deciding that certain people aren't dangerous" problem and serves to further highlight that something is very very wrong.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Announces That It Is Done

pizzach Re:What timing... (412 comments)

Approving men raping other men in prisons is wrong DaveV1.0. It's not even appropriate as a joke. The act likely screws people up so bad that they have problems returning to society which is not what prisons is for. Especially if going to prisons starts meaning you get aids.

more than 3 years ago

Homemade 'Mars In a Bottle' Tortures Bacteria

pizzach Re:Contamination (154 comments)

News for ya: if bacteria survives as implied by the article, Mars was likely contaminated long ago even before humans started space explorations. Most likely by a comet bashing into things.

more than 2 years ago

Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

pizzach Because of the shits piggy packing on medicaid (950 comments)

as free health insurance, I can't get a doctor so he can write a note that I had my leg amputated. It's the kind of thing needed for getting a prosthetic leg and the leg is needed for work. Something that takes 5 minutes to write. Fuck you world. I can't even get an handicapped sticker because of the nimrods who run into the hospital when they have a slight cough.

more than 3 years ago

Tom's Hardware Dissects Ubuntu 11.4's Interface and Performance

pizzach Also like Mac OS X... (272 comments)

Gnome 3 was developed for good keyboard shortcuts so you don't have to mouse everything. Tapping the window key is a lot easier than dragging your mouse to the corner. You also now have alt-tab and alt-~ to play with. But you have to get over your fear of the keyboard.

The odd thing that I have noticed is that the people who complain the most about clicks seem to have the greatest fear of the keyboard. :-/

more than 3 years ago

Bin Laden Hideout Recreated In Counter-Strike

pizzach Bad idea (502 comments)

I think a lot of people fail to see the larger picture. We aren't all from Texas and the US isn't the wild west anymore. We are dealing with large groups of people and not a one-on-one gunfight.

Longer term, jailing Osama and putting him on world trial, a terrorist who would only be proud dying for his cause, would have been the largest blow to the terrorist psyche. He would be paraded around as an example. Shooting him would have just created another martyr, incentivizing more people to hate the evil US of A.

Longer term, shooting Osama would lead to more US deaths not less just to satisfy some sense of payback a lot of Americans want to satisfy but can't come to terms with.

more than 3 years ago

Bionic Leg Undergoing Clinical Trials

pizzach Yay for Wii-motion-plus level accuracy (86 comments)

You would think they would be able to do better than 90%. With that accuracy you would fall down the stairs at least 1 out of every 10 times you go down them.

I recently dumped the C-Leg for a general mechanical leg because it drove me nuts how I had no say how the C-Leg tried to guess what I was doing... and if it didn't know, it would go into geriactric safety mode. I don't plan on using another knee that I have to recharge until this kind of tech actually comes to fruitation. I have a feeling it will be another 5 to 10 years.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 5 Scheduled For June 21 Release

pizzach And Chrome is a carbon copy of Safari (266 comments)

Serously. Look at how similar the guis are. The dev tools haven't even been modified at all, icons and all. I suppose the sincerest form of flattery in imitation or something.

more than 3 years ago

Does 3D Make Your Head Happy Or Ache?

pizzach People get motion sick. (281 comments)

Not much else is new. It's happened before the advent of 3D screens. More interesting is the eyestrain issue. It seems less severe when the 3DS is used in the dark, but I wonder if people will adjust to it eventually? Much like how someone has to adjust to their first pair of glasses? I haven't used a 3DS personally yet, but it sounds like a similar sensation people are experiencing..

*disclaimer: The important part of my post has been marked bold

more than 3 years ago

Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050

pizzach The one Tea Party member I saw was a fraud (695 comments)

and it doesn't reflect well on the party. I worked for his company where he didn't pay us for 2 months constantly saying 'next week' without giving any substantial reason for why next week would be different. He would complain about taxes and government regulation of business.

When the company finally got finanial backing, he joked about how he pulled in that sucker. We got paychecks for a while, but he kept no records about where what was going. I believe he moved to Texas from New York to escape a hostile environment for himself.

From what I have seen of Tea Party, it is pulling in scumbags who favor lawlessness. Not people who favor small government and less regulation. Yes, I am sour.

I personally liked Ron Paul. He probably doesn't fall far outside of the Tea Party ideology. But at least he seems to have some values.

more than 3 years ago

The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

pizzach Re:I am suddenly reminded.... (374 comments)

Honestly, they probably should have used computer generated graphics to photoshop out the two towers in the film. It would have made the movie much less hateful.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

pizzach to each their own (898 comments)

There are a number of slashdotters commenting about how stupid the layout of PC keyboards are. I have tended to find the reverse true of PC keyboards. Particularly ones with media keys.

You like what you are used to.

I find Mac stuff tends to hide complexity and unneeded features, but doesn't treat you like an idiot. The features are usually there and easily discoverable, but you have to want to learn. In particular the command and option keys bring power that Linux/Windows users wouldn't even think of existing. But you have to be smart enough to notice it is there and not only look skin deep.

more than 3 years ago



The Lossiness of your Camera

pizzach pizzach writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pizzach (1011925) writes "I recently had something occur to me with the growing interest in 3D cameras since the appearance of the Nintendo 3DS. Pictures taken by 2D cameras are lossy. I am not talking about JPEG compression either.

Cameras can be used to apply various blurs and lighting effects to photos on the spot by using the lense and the flash before recording the image data. Most are used such that the subject of the photograph is more visible from the background.

But what if you could switch between these effects on a 'raw' photo after the picture has been taken? All it would take is having a camera that is optimized for photographing with minimuim distance blur and with high darkness sensitivity. It would also reduce the complexity on camera controls since you wouldn't have to switch between modes as often because everything is done in the postprocessing.

On top of this, photoshop filters would be able to do many interesting effects by just using a single slider and minimium tom-foolery. Want the background blurrier? Just pull the 1 slider right. Want the background less saturated? Pull this other slider. Since the photo is 3D, all of the needed data for distance should be able to be able to be automatically extrapulated with no fuss.

It seems that there are more perks to 3D photography than just for sterioscopic displays. So why hasn't this tech appeared yet, Slashdot? Am I missing something? Or are people worried so much about the glasses that they can't see the effect 3D photography will have on 2D photos?"

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Firefox Mac 2 Is Better than Firefox PC 3

pizzach pizzach writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pizzach writes "At my job I work posting AP news articles when I am not programming PHP or Javascript or fixing HTML. On their front page, they have written the warning: 'Supported browsers for AP Exchange: IE 6+, Safari 3+, Firefox Mac 2+ & Firefox PC 3+'. Now, most if not all modern browsers use the same exact rendering engine between different operating systems. There is no more Mac IE versus Win IE problem. The only real rendering difference that should occur with the same browser between different systems should be because of fonts....though so one seems to design for that either.

So this brings me to my question. Why? Is there something inherently better in Firefox 2 on the Mac to make it match Firefox 3 on PC? Does PC really mean Windows and not PC here? Mozilla does simultaneous releases which further makes the number discrepancy even stranger.

I seriously don't understand why major websites keep doing these kind of things. Can some intelligent slashdotter enlighten me?"

MacBook Air's battery is actually easy to replace

pizzach pizzach writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pizzach (1011925) writes "According to Mac Rumors, the the MacBook Air's battery is actually much easier to replace than previously thought. In fact, all it requires is a philips screwdriver. Unlike some of Apple's other products, the battery is not so soldered in which should make a lot of people at least a little bit happier. Will this news effect your purchasing decision?"
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