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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

rodrigoandrade None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

Wake me up when a smartwatch is a standalone device that does everything my Nexus 5 does now with decent battery life and an affordable pricetag. We're making progress, sure, but nowhere near primetime.

about a week ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

rodrigoandrade Regulation, regulation, regulation (253 comments)

What's wrong with you people? Can't you take care of your own fucking problems without crying to dad..., er, I mean, government for help???

Get something through your thick skulls: regulation is ALWAYS bad!! But you'll only get once some regulation affects you in a negative way.

about two weeks ago

New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

rodrigoandrade Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Right, because all PCs are black boxes that won't let you wipe the HD clean and install your own Windows.

Oh wait.

about three weeks ago

Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

rodrigoandrade Re:MADMADMAD (61 comments)

Correct. Bezos isn't a billionaire by chance. He definitely saw the writing on the wall before everyone else.

And keep in mind that Amazon sells digital games for BOTH hardcore gamers (Steam customers) AND casuals (Android).

about three weeks ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

rodrigoandrade Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

You jest, but that's a prety big deal in places like Thailand, which's a left-handed, but borders right-handed countries. How will an autonomous vehicle handle crossing the border?

Same fror French Guiana in South America.

about a month ago

China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

rodrigoandrade There Ain't No Such Thing As... (64 comments)

A cheap high end smartphone. Apple couldn't do it, Nokia couldn't do it, Blackberry couldn't do it, Samsung couldn't do it, etc.

If you're not paying with dollars, you're paying with something else...

about a month ago

Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

rodrigoandrade Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

Yeah, remember that when you're flying with your family and someone is hacking the plane away while everyone else is asleep.

about a month and a half ago

Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

rodrigoandrade Facemoooo (66 comments)

I see an IPO on the horizon..

about a month and a half ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

rodrigoandrade Wow, amazing... (139 comments)

Pre-historic animals in Siberia mutated to grow feathers and withstand the blistering cold. That's called evolution. It still doesn't mean all dinossaurs were feathered. I bet in Australia they wore bathing suits.

about 2 months ago

The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

rodrigoandrade Slashvertisement for a 1984 game? (28 comments)

As I started reading TFS, I really was expecting the announcement of a new space combat sim or 4X game, but... Elite? really?

about 2 months ago

Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

rodrigoandrade Re:Google+ has taken off? (71 comments)

It's taken off in the sense that it gets shoven down your throat every time you sign up for a Google service.

Of all the Google+ accounts (basically all Google accounts), how many actually log into that specific service?

about 3 months ago

Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

rodrigoandrade This news piece has been greatly exagerated (219 comments)

Seriously, come on. Do you PERSONALLY know ANYONE who was affected by this? Neither do I.

TFS and TFA should include something like: This news brought to you by our scaremongering overlords, courtesy of privacy nutjobs all over the globe.

This isn't legal documents we're talking about here, anyway. I'm also pretty sure this is covered under Facebook's EULA/TOS you didn't read.

Life goes on. Don't like Facebook, don't use Facebook.

about 3 months ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

rodrigoandrade Re:Seen them all come and go (132 comments)

I can only think of BREW because it relates to beer.

"Beer: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." - Homer Simpson.

about 3 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

rodrigoandrade What's wrong with unregulated? (270 comments)

Our lives are already regulated by governments all the way to hell and back and look how messed up it is now.

Regulating internet will lead to more expensive and less efficient service for all. The only winning parties will be politicians and lawyers, as usual. The population always loses with regulation.

about 3 months ago

Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables

rodrigoandrade Business plan (76 comments)

1. Set up VM
2. Download all the crap they ask me to
3. Profit

Seriously, what kind of idiot would download an unknown executable on his main PC to earn a fucking dollar?

about 3 months ago

Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

rodrigoandrade Free market always wins (38 comments)

No matter how much government tries to regulate something, no matter how much money is poured into lobbying, the free market forces always win.

Good riddance, I say.

Friedman, Hayek, and Mises were right all along!! :-)

about 3 months ago

GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

rodrigoandrade Another bubble (110 comments)

This is going to make top Go Daddy execs millionaires, and every other stockholder gets screwed after the execs flip and the stock tumbles down in the months following said IPO.

Protip: NEVER enter an IPO, no matter how awesome you think the company is. Wait and see how the stock performs over an extended period.

about 3 months ago



Pay to Win game made almost US$1 billion in revenue in 2013.

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about 8 months ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "CrossFire, a South Korean first person shooter by SmileGate, took in nearly $1 billion in revenue last year, making it the most lucrative free-to-play game online, according to Super Data Research. Runner-up League of Legends earned "only" US$624 million. CrossFire is heavily based on Counter Strike, but implements a clear pay-to-win strategy that prioritizes money over skill. Players must pay to even equip body armor, for instance.

Don't let EA read this."

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Tech websites NOT run by Apple fanboys

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Are there any tech websites nowadays that aren't run by Apple fanboys (or any fanboys in general)? I just read a screen comparison (link below) between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5 on PhoneArena, and it's pretty obviously written by an Apple fanboy. They only tested the strengths of the iPhone 5's IPS display, and not the weaknesses. For instance, nowhere does the article mention the Note 3's AMOLED display's low power consumption compared to IPS.

But I digress. Lately, it's become increasingly harder to find objective tech websites that are not biased towards Apple (and Sony Playstation 4, to a lesser degree--hello, IGN)

What tech website do you guys recommend I should read to find fair and balanced tech news, reviews, etc??"

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The Elder Scrolls Online will demand $15 a month, on top of a $60 pricetag

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  1 year,22 days

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "In a day and age where all MMOs are going fom subscriptions to free to play in order to stay afloat and turn a profit, The Elder Scrolls Online will go against the tide and charge monthly $15 subscriptions along with a $60 pricetag. All recent games that tried this approach recently failed, and eventually went free to play with cash shop, for better or worse. TESO will probably follow suit and go free to play when the novelty factor wears thin and people start quitting over the new shiny game in the future. Even if the Elder Scrolls series has a loyal fanbase, I'm afraid it won't be enough, since een the MMO wth the STAR WARS brand couldn't keep the subscription model alive."
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Help me find a new hobby

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I'm almost 36 and, as I grow older, I no longer feel passionate about my current hobbies (mainly listening to heavy metal and playing video games--on a PC). Leaving aside the ideological discussion on the current state of the gaming industry, and the fact that new heavy metal bands really suck, I've come to accept the fact that I'm just getting old. I don't want to be 50 and still be listening to Motorhead or playing Doom. The burning desire to download Far Cry 3 or the new Helloween album just isn't there anymore.

Over the past 35 years, I've had several hobbies. Otherwise, I'd have gone crazy just studying and working all the tim. I've done a lot, from backgammon to amateur bodybuilding, including playing the bass, watching NHRA, and building model trains. I don't feel like going back to any of them, as I like trying new things (I'll watch Daytona 500 this Sunday, though).

So, I'm looking for suggestions for a new hobby. Here are a few guidelines so you're not completely in the dark.

1. I hate outdoors and nature stuff, so mountain biking, rock climbing and such are out of the question.
2. Money isn't (much of) an issue. Any money-intensive hobby (flying real airplanes, offshore racing) are out of the picture.
3. It doesn't snow where I live, so winter sports are a no-no.
4. It'd be nice if it didn't require a huge time commitment, a lot of analytical thinking and math. I need a hobby, not a second job.
5. Low tech would be nice, too, but not required.

Any ideas???? TYIA!!"

Ouya: The $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Ouya is a new Android-based home console that promises to bring to the living room the $0.99 games business model that has worked so well for Apple. Admittedly, its vaporware so far, but it could turn the industry on its head, effectively putting an end to the things we all hate about modern console gaming ($60 games, DLC, DRM, endless sequels, movie tie-ins, etc.)"
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How Much Does Data Recovery Cost?

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I have a 1 TB external harddrive (Toshiba Canvio USB 2.0) that crashed on me. It's for personal use, so no trade secrets or FBI data were compromised. Aside from my encrypted financial data, my life doesn't depend on any of the files in the drive but I'd really like to get that data back, since I've spend so many years collecting it. It's about 550GB worth of investment, fitness, dieting, e-books (plus more crazy shit that interests me); DVD rock concerts (my vice); some old pictures etc.

I did all troubleshooting short of cracking the shell open, but it was a no go. I tried using tools like Easy Recovery and others to no avail. So I took it to a specialist. He gave me an estimate of U$200,00 to recover the data, which I thought was a major rip off. The tech eve had the audacity of telling me that my harddrive is physically OK, and it'd be even more expensve if there was physical damage to the unit. I looked around other places (both brick and mortar shops and services online), and found some even more expensive shops.

Then again, if I were to buy all the DVDs (not including out of print and imported ones) and dead-tree version of the e-books (obviously not including the online-only ones), I'd be out of a lot more than US$200.

I'd like some expert opinions from the /. crowd: should I just cough up the $200 or is this really too much for this type of service?? TYIA!!!"

Living PC free

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I just had enough of fixing my own PC problems. I grew up using PCs and messing with

hardware/software, configuration, tweaking, upgrading, etc., but this is 2011 and I'm not

getting any younger here. These things should work like any home appliance by now, but

they aren't. So I was thinking maybe the problem is with me. Maybe the industry already

moved to something else (tablets?) and I haven't noticed.

My home use of PCs is fairly basic. I play gams, watch movies, browse the web, and do some

very light office work (nothing MS Office can't handle). Geek factor aside, there isn't

much that my PC does that can't be done on another device. And yes, it's a fairly decent

gaming PC (C2Q, HD5850, etc.)

I don't buy into this perpetual upgrade cycle some PC guys love. I only buy new parts when

old parts breaks, but then I'll buy the best parts I can afford. What I feel I no longer

have (or I'm quickly losing) is the TIME and WILL to do these upgrades, then

troubleshooting, etc. I work all day and when I come home exhausted the LAST thing I want

to do is dick around with the PC just to get a gamer running. I'll just wait untill

Saturday to fix it.

So I decided to free myself from this dreaded PC legacy, and wanted to see how /. readers

would go about it. I know it's impossible to actually live PC-less, so any combination is

welcome as long as it keeps the PC relegated to the backstage (file/print server, torrent

box, streaming content, etc.). My reasoning is that a PC that's used less frequently has

fewer problems. Also, if the PC breaks down, I'm not at a complete loss."

What to do in SW:TOR for just 3 days?

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I've been invited to participate in the beta testing program for SW:TOR. However, EA's giving out 3-day passes to most testers. A few people are receiving passes for longer periods.

Mine will be from Friday 5am through Monday 12am (CST) (i.e. Sunday evening)

Since it's a frakking 10GB download (amost 2GB for video alone) I'll use for only 3 days, I'd like to make the most out of it. If you're an experienced beta tester, please post some tips travel-guide style on what I should do, quests I should take, places to visit, etc. TYIA. May the Force be with you!"

Swedish factory fined $3,000 for robot attack

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rodrigoandrade writes "Maintenance worker was attacked by a robot. The robo-assault reportedly took place in 2007, when a man attempted to repair a defective machine used to lift rocks without properly checking the power supply beforehand. And unfortunately, the human head isn't all that different than a big juicy rock to such a robot."
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Change "Games" Section

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rodrigoandrade writes "Hello folks, am I the only one who gets upset about the "Games" section being blocked at my workplace's firewall?? I'm pretty sure many geeks here have the same problem, and /. won't accept my proxy connections, so I'm SOL. Well, I suggest changing the section name to something else, like, oh, "Mario" or something that reminds people of games."


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