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Interviews: Ask Bre Pettis About Making Things

rodrigoandrade If Apple made a 3D printer... (69 comments)

Do you think it would mop the floor with the competition simply because they'd make it so that any granny could pick it up and use it easily?

about a week ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

rodrigoandrade 18 pages, really?? (146 comments)

Does anyone actually reads those ridiculousy long tech reviews? Or just skip to the verdict/conclusion page?

about a week ago

Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

rodrigoandrade Easy answer (88 comments)

They develop their game to the platform that already has the most users, thus maximizing their potential profit.

This is the kind of stupid question that's asked by geeks who diss MBAs.

about two weeks ago

College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

rodrigoandrade Re:Lemme posit this... (100 comments)

<i>Question: why cannot the "professional" commercial makers do this sort of thing? Why are current car commercials always screaming at me?</i>

Because, when it comes to car commercials, ad agencies are bound by so many rules and regulations regarding depictions of reckless driving and such things that it becomes almost impossible tp create a cool car commercial without running the risk of going to court over it (both the ad agency AND car manufacturer).

These kids are not bound by such ass backwards rules, thanks goodness.

An the car ads that scream at you are from dealerships, not manufacturers. I still remember JOE MYERS FORD (Houston, TX dealership) ad screaming in my ears despite not having seen it in over 10 years.

about a month ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

rodrigoandrade Privacy nutjobs take note (149 comments)

Please notice that this feature can be disabled in you Facebook account options. I'm at work and can't access it right now but I know the option is there, which takes care of both auto tagging (i.e. DeepFace) and manual tagging (i.e. your friends tag you on photos).

And It's not like your Facebook ID was issued when you were born, like your SSN or birth certificate. You willingly signed up for the service, so quit complaining about privacy bullshit, or quit using Facebook.

about a month ago

New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

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about 2 months ago

Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

rodrigoandrade Fuck Slashdot Beta Fuck Dice (156 comments)

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about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

rodrigoandrade None (361 comments)

I find it hilarious that news corps expect me to pay them to access their sites, when all they do is sit on their asses copying/pasting shit from AP, Reuters, or Bloomberg (for financial news) like everyone else does. No wonder many news outlets (both online and in print) are tanking.

If they expect me to pay, I expect them to bring me some original, exclusive news coverage/articles that's not easily found elsewhere for free.

about 2 months ago

Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

rodrigoandrade Ah... the Nobel Peace Prize (343 comments)

Gives a whole new meaning to the classic phrase "it's not what you know; it's who you know."

about 3 months ago

Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

rodrigoandrade Competition is always good (153 comments)

Yes, I think Tizen will ultimately flop for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being the fact that Samsung will need to support THREE different operating systems.

But in the end, competition is always good for consumers. Bring it on!!

about 3 months ago

Blizzard Releases In-House Design Tools To Starcraft Modders

rodrigoandrade Re:I'm calling the future of gaming (96 comments)

This is pretty much how it used to be in the late 90s and early 00s, except for the online publishing part.

But then game companies realized that gamers wouldn't buy a new game if they could still play new free mods in the old one.

about 3 months ago

Smart Racquets Could Transform Tennis

rodrigoandrade Amateurs (64 comments)

This is great news for amateur players who can't afford to hire a personal coach.

about 3 months ago

Online Streaming As Profitable As TV, Disc Sales By Charging Just a $15 Flat Fee

rodrigoandrade Piracy kills 55% of sales (160 comments)

That's the excuse MPAA will use now.

about 3 months ago

Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

rodrigoandrade At least Princeton... (193 comments)

Offers good value for the time and money you spend there.

about 3 months ago

Pentago Is a First-Player Win

rodrigoandrade Re:This is why I don't play deterministic games (136 comments)

Yes, but do you know every objectively perfect move? Not even Gerry Kasparov or Magnus Carlson do, so chess is still a fun game no matter how good or how bad you play.

Your argument would be correct for a game like tic tac toe.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

rodrigoandrade Stick to what you know (387 comments)

You got 15 years experiene writing C code, good luck finding a "whiz kid" who can do it better than someone who's been doing it for that long.

You said it yourself, C isn't going away anytime soon. Stick to it as your bread and butter.

If you want to learn to program for Android/iOS, that's great, but do it as a hobby. Employers nowadays want 10 years experience on a tech that's only been available for 5 years (yes, it's that crazy), so by the time you get up to speed, the market will have already moved on to the next shiny thing.

You started with "It's 2014..." What will you do in 2025? Like I said, when it comes to your bread and butter, stick to what you know best.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

rodrigoandrade Re:Sleep study (384 comments)

This tip is for someone asking on /. ? Seriously?

about 3 months ago



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

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about 3 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 6 months 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  |  about 8 months ago

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 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 4 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  |  about 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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