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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

rogoshen1 Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (125 comments)

Ah, for moi growing up in Eastern OR, late 90's -- ICQ was the most popular for a long, long time, until being supplanted by AIM (aol instant messenger)

yesterday
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RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

rogoshen1 Audio = gimmick (88 comments)

The problem has always been that in games audio (sound tracks withstanding) is seen basically as a gimmick. A few games do it well, but for most, it's an afterthought.

The selling point has been, and always will be, graphics. Some reasons: Humans are predominantly visual, magazine based reviews can't demonstrate audio (this is changing due to youtube and other video reviews), lack of audio hardware that WORKS properly (IE; a sound card that processes EAX/positional audio, speakers to take advantage of it, and non-shitty drivers.. Fuck you Creative.)

This will not change until things like the Occulus rift become more mainstream; and shitty, non directional audio is the new bottleneck for immersion.

yesterday
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

rogoshen1 Re:Let me help them (126 comments)

Do *NOT* mention hosts files! You'll summon..him.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

rogoshen1 depends on who's there (377 comments)

If people aren't too uptight, cards against humanity is great.
Mario kart (any version)
trivial pursuit

subjective lists are awesome! If you don't know your friends well enough to know what they like, you have other questions you should be delving into first :)

4 days ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

rogoshen1 Nationalize em. (110 comments)

If comcast wants to have monopoly power, if they want to act like a monopoly.. We should turn them into a monopoly. A government owned, government run, public service monopoly.

Or threaten to carve them up like Ma Bell.

Dollars to doughnuts they'd start playing nice as far as competition goes, post haste. Either way, we as consumers win.

5 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

rogoshen1 Re:just because the dept of ed.... (522 comments)

Not all states are economic equals. Should kids unfortunate enough to be born in MS start out with even more of a disadvantage relative to the kids born in MN or MA? I'm not generally in favor of schemes to distribute income along 'social' lines -- but attempting to keep the states competitive with each other in terms of education is not necessarily a bad thing. (methodology is another debate entirely.)

Hypothetically speaking, if the states were left completely on their own, libertarian jerkoff fantasies aside; you'd see wealth and human capital accumulate on the coasts, and the rest of the country falling to pieces...

In this completely hypothetical and pretend example, education would continue to get worse in the interior. Short of being able to provide unskilled manual labor, they'd lose the ability to 'compete' with the better educated areas, and fall further and further behind.

5 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

rogoshen1 Re:not so fast (128 comments)

tell that to a diabetic.

about a week ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

rogoshen1 Re:not so fast (128 comments)

Well, glucose in the blood is basically a toxin; by overfeeding carbohydrates you're really just taxing the bodies ability to cope with blood sugar (IE, insulin spikes and making you fatter).

The brain has its own needs, and will take what it needs basically no matter what. Not enough dietary carbohydrates to provide glucose? No problem, some of your muscle (or protein from our diet) is broken down and converted by the liver. Bear in mind the amount of glucose the brain needs per hour, and the fact that at any given time you have around 2 teaspoons of glucose circulating... the body is very very (very) good at preventing the brain from running out.

about a week ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

rogoshen1 Re:tax by transaction (316 comments)

Take a Penny? from the crippled children????

about two weeks ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

rogoshen1 Re:Proves point (139 comments)

Yet we tolerated the russian version?

about two weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

rogoshen1 Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

Ah gyms.. never give those bastards permission to auto-debit from your account. If there was a way to go cash only, it would be so nice.

about two weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

rogoshen1 Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

I think you're missing the distinction in how corporations vote. Sure they can't cast ballots. But they the can cast lots of bucks. That is far more powerful. They can either outright lobby a politician to go against his constituents, or through a blitz of adverts, cause the voters to act decidedly against their best interest.

You also realize that lefty/righty factions both have their own talking points for useful idiots, dittoheads, whatever condescending grouping you'd prefer to use. Really, dividing the country into halves over what boil down to imaginary issues, and conjuring up this massive distinction between voters is the real problem.

Partisan politics is something we'd be better off without. Any positive change that is attempted, will almost certainly have 50% of the population frothing at the mouth. And it's almost solely due to the D or R in parentheticals -- rather than the policy itself.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

rogoshen1 Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

What do you suppose the impact of a strong dollar (Bretton-Woods) would have had on making imports cheaper though? Remember that Germany re-industrialized very quickly, and by the 1960's Japan was making cars as well.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

rogoshen1 Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

Well partially, Japanese makers were able to externalize their health care costs and (caveat: AFAIK) pension/retirement costs by having a government that actually has a functional social safety net. They also greatly benefited from things like CAFE standards. (When the core of your business is SUV's and large sedans, CAFE disproportionately affects you, and forces you to create compliance models with shitty reliability.)

The US makers are coming around, I believe Ford and GM are now both profitable, and as of about 3-4 years ago matching or surpassing Toyota and Honda in terms of safety and reliability. (bias: I drive a Fusion)

The thing with manufacturing that people seem to gloss over is that because you are producing a tangible good from raw materials, you need infrastructure, suppliers, intermediate manufacturers for components (the auto industry in particular is an example of this.) Sure, blame GM/Ford/Chrysler for being mismanaged -- but when they go down, they take down a huge swath of other companies, industrial capacity, and an enormous amount of jobs.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

rogoshen1 Re:The oblig. quote from Snow Crash (233 comments)

An Italian viewing American pizza would probably have the same reaction as an American hipster going over your CD collection (seriously, any CD collection).

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

rogoshen1 Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

It wasn't always like that though. Blame globalism if you want; but in the post war years, DETROIT was the richest city in the United States. It did not get that way due to service industries and intellectual property creation. They took raw materials, and made cars. for profit. and did not pay slave wages. The rust belt was bedrock of the American middle class.

I do not buy the argument that manufacturers have to pay shit wages to stay competitive. I think that's an excuse to either inflate managerial / executive salaries; or cover up for failing to invest in increasing efficiency.

Or it's due to the rise of the MBA. Labor is simply an input, a cost to be minimized. There's knock-on effects to selling your workers out in order to slightly lower production costs -- and those goons didn't look at the bigger picture or what we'd lose -- a stable, well functioning, organized society (Look at Detroit/Flint/Gary in 2014)

(In before some libertarian blames government regulation for companies moving production offshore.)

about two weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

rogoshen1 Re:Game of Thrones = Sci-FI? (180 comments)

Ah Gotcha, had always assumed the Hugo award was relegated to just sci-fi. Thanks for setting me straight with a minimum of snark :)

about two weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

rogoshen1 Game of Thrones = Sci-FI? (180 comments)

I like GOT as much as the next nerdish type dude, but how is it sci-fi?

about two weeks ago

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