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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

pushing-robot Yeah, yeah... (154 comments)

So, the problem with first-person shooters is that you're running or crouching or jumping in the game but not in the real world

Yeah, we know you're just trying to sell these.

4 days ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

pushing-robot Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

Because something that has to be done every year gets done every year, like taxes.

Something that has to be done every 10+ years is a lot more likely to get lost and forgotten. Sure, you could set a reminder...but where? Staff get replaced, calendars get replaced, software gets replaced, computers get replaced, offices get cleared out, and the people who trained the current employees weren't even around themselves the last time it needed to be done.

It's like the hundred year $DISASTER, which kills hundreds and causes billions in damage simply because it's so rare. If it happened every year, damages would paradoxically go down because building codes would improve and the public would be better prepared.

about a week ago

SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

pushing-robot Re:Say what? (80 comments)

We are required by law to deport illegal aliens to their point of origin.

Further information on this subject is classified.

about two weeks ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

pushing-robot Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

The problem with dystopian theories like this is bullets are cheap. If you've subjugated the public to the point that you can force expensive brain surgery on them, why bother? Just shoot the people you don't like.

Besides, there's a huge market for non-lethal weapons; if this works on everyone and incapacitates rapidly, government labs and defense contractors will be tripping over themselves to reproduce this effect through external stimulus. No surgery necessary. Woo...

...and, of course, the end result is police and militaries doing whatever the hell they please with the excuse that their phasers were set to stun.

about two weeks ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

pushing-robot Re:A ban on swearing in books, plays, and films? (158 comments)

Fortunately for you Slashdot isn't a book, play, or film. (Although I'm probably skirting the edges with Google's Operafier plugin.)

about three weeks ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

pushing-robot Re:Not money (162 comments)

What's amusing is that because they have the word "coin" in their name, people automatically consider coins money. But they're not money. They're just tradeable metal discs. If they had called them Nickelplates or Copperounds, no one would think of them as money, and they would have gone nowhere.

*dons white beret*

Guess what! Everything is arbitrary! And it's wonderful! You can buy a house with colored pieces of paper or wear a beaver tail or race steam-powered airships or conduct a symphony underwater. The world we know is nothing but the sum of a billion crazy ideas, and the greatest people in history are the ones who made it a slightly weirder place...Or not! Who knows?

about three weeks ago

Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

pushing-robot Re:the NSA already thought of this. (104 comments)

Bluffdale Utah has a population of approximately 8000 residents who could at any time have seen the blimp, but the location of the site is so far to the outskirts of the city as to make it pointless.

If only someone had invented a tele-seeing apparatus— then people from all over the world could witness and converse about their protest.

Alas, such a thing does not exist, so no one even knows it happened.


about three weeks ago

Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

pushing-robot Re:Biofurs: the next generation of furry fandom (105 comments)

It would just become a political mess; Biofur would get mired in a war between the sweatshop garment workers' union and the hoover lobby.

about three weeks ago

Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

pushing-robot Re:"Almost" works? (126 comments)

A phone that can get to the dialer to make a phone call would be "working"

And this is why QA hates devs.

about a month ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

pushing-robot Re:Plus bonus.... (501 comments)


about a month ago

Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

pushing-robot Re:What B&N needs (51 comments)

Whew! For a second there I thought you were going to say "M".

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

pushing-robot Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

And SCOTUS 2: Justices In Time was a pretty good movie.

about a month ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

pushing-robot Re:Oh well, Jeff (199 comments)

Or, as the late Tom Clancy proposed, Boxes From God.

about a month ago

The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

pushing-robot Re:"Inciting" (208 comments)

Perhaps, but we can't incentivize the use of 'incentivizing'.

about a month ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

pushing-robot Re:Funny ... (274 comments)

Well, the rich have always benefited the most from business, and will most certainly continue to do so.

But corporate serfdom is a result of a lack of labor opportunities, from the mining towns and workhouses of the 1800s to sweatshops and factories in third world countries today. So I'll turn your idea on it's head: A world where labor pools can court business from all over the world is far better than one where workers are beholden to the local oligarchs.

about a month ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

pushing-robot Re:Funny ... (274 comments)

More like "dropped on average a few percent in real purchasing power from its peak a couple decades ago".

Considering how many of the world's problems are caused, enabled, or exacerbated by abject poverty, it seems a small price for bringing a couple billion people in the BRICS nations out of it.

Unless you're one of those who think you were born deserving more than everyone else in the world.

about a month ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

pushing-robot Re:Reckless (184 comments)

Yes, and in the 'real' world anyone can break into your home, take your stuff, rape you, kill you, and eat your liver with fava beans and a nice chianti.

So forgive me for staying in the fictional 'legal' world; I'm not quite ready to throw away all of civilization whenever it happens to inconvenience me.

about 1 month ago

Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables

pushing-robot Re:Did they say HOW to run it? (76 comments)

Who said anything about a buck?

1. Create script to register Amazon Turk account and spin up EC2 instance for an hour
2. while (true) { run_script(); }
3. Profit!

about a month ago

Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

pushing-robot Enforcement? (135 comments)

Also, criminals are asked to kindly inform local law enforcement before committing their next crime.

about a month ago

"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

pushing-robot Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

Well, they obviously aren't moving their legs fast enough.

about a month ago


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