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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

rsilvergun Resellers (153 comments)

It's not about revenue, it's about shady resellers. Steam was cheerfully ignoring your Russian buddy gifting you games for ages until a few high profile cases of shady resellers selling bad keys. As has been pointed out in the rest of this thread you can still buy a game in Russia and play it in the US. You just can't gift them anymore. Steam is killing of the key resellers so that ppl knew to Steam and computers don't get ripped off by them.

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

rsilvergun There's always starvation and dystopia (652 comments)

We could just let 99% of the world's population descend into horrifying poverty while 1% has their every desire fulfilled. As near as I can tell it was like that for 2000+ years in the age of kings and queens...

2 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

rsilvergun I kinda like science (153 comments)

and if it can solve a problem without discomfort and struggle why the hell not? Christ, it wasn't long ago that we expected the plague as divine retribution ya know...

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

rsilvergun Who buys an R290 (73 comments)

and cares about 16% better performance from Bioshock Infinite? I've got a GTX 660 in a 6 year old Athlon XP 6000 and it kicks that game in the fanny.

What I want is stable drivers. I bought an nVidia because I still don't trust AMD after my last experience (admittedly from 3 years ago).

about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

rsilvergun It's been in the news (100 comments)

that there are several Journals doing pay for play. In that context the summary is fine.

about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

rsilvergun Wikipedia (100 comments)

States that Edna has a Masters from Bryn Mawr College, so I'd say she's more than qualified to get published. Now don't you feel silly?

about a week ago
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The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

rsilvergun Re:Yeah, but black and white (122 comments)

You just need to buy 20 of them (give or take).

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

rsilvergun Re:Still not legal, right? (92 comments)

It's really only a matter of time. They'll be some delays (mostly with UPS/FedEx trying to prevent it until their ready with their own drone fleets). But it's coming.

The bigger concern is what are we doing to do with all the people this puts out of work. This will basically make retail and delivery jobs obsolete. That's several million people suddenly without work and with no prospects for getting work. I guess there's always tent cities...

about two weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

rsilvergun Everyone bitches about their coworkers (323 comments)

It's just something you do. I'm sure my coworkers complain about how incompetent I am. We magnify other's faults and lessen our own.

I don't recall American Cars rattling or coming apart. I recall the parts wearing out around 100,000 miles and being nearly impossible to fix. The missing welds you're describing would have been noticeable during a test drive. You're teacher's full of it.

about two weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

rsilvergun Cars got made (323 comments)

and continue to get made well in Germany with Union Labor. Also, I'm fed up with the guys putting parts on at the assembly line getting blamed for for shitty American Cars. They just tightened the bolts people. Yes, it's hard, mind numbing work; but at the end of the day it was management going to engineering to say "Make a car _this_ cheap that we can sell for _this_ much that created shitty American Cars. Engineers just do what they're told, and Management wasn't unionized.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

rsilvergun $800k? (329 comments)

how can they really be worth that? Isn't each medallion worth 1 taxi cab? I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how 1 taxi cab can bring in enough money to justify that kind of value.

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

rsilvergun Is this real? (390 comments)

I'm not saying it looks bad, I'm just saying it looks like what talented college students were doing for their end of year projects...

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

rsilvergun What happens if you just make 'em work (110 comments)

Nellie keeps doing her job and the Apprentice gets their work. If the Apprentice can't keep up you fire them for incompetence and suddenly they have $20k in tuition bills for what they've used so far (gotta make sure if they get lazy they pay it all back, after all we can't give stuff away for free). Suddenly the dynamics change. The Student will work 60, 70, 80 hours a week because if he doesn't perform they're on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars plus no degree. It's kinda like what they do with H1-Bs. It puts the employer in a tremendous position of power which history tells us they'll abuse.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

rsilvergun Re:Could be a good idea.. (110 comments)

You know, you can write code while you're in college even if you're not working for a company. I did it all the time. It's not like code is regulated as a dangerous isotope or something...

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

rsilvergun What are they doing with all that money? (161 comments)

With all due respect the browser has been kinda going to heck lately. Lots of performance and stability issues. I guess there's the phone, but it's not even popular enough to call it a flop. It's a complete non-starter. Where's the money going?

about a month ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

rsilvergun Mod parent up (186 comments)

It's not often an Anonymous Coward says something worth mod points. Figures I don't have any this week...

about a month ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

rsilvergun We're not a parliamentary gov't... (186 comments)

we're a Republic. The principle reason we are not is that the wealthy landowners built our gov't not to spread freedom but to protect their land. They didn't even want a central gov't but feared without one they wouldn't have the strength to keep their land from being sized by the peasantry.

Now, if this were Canada you might have a point...

about a month ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

rsilvergun You might be right (186 comments)

that there will be more jobs, but I'm left questioning if there will be any _good_ jobs. Also, while there is not a fixed pool of labor supply and demand still apply, and increasing the supply reduces the value of labor; lowering wages in the process.

There are also other impacts your not considering. The workers here are visas can be sent back at any time for any reason (with a black mark on their career to boot). They border on indentured servants. I know several that put in 50, 60 even 70 hours every week. The position they're in means they have no choice. These further reduces the amount of labor needing to get done. If I've got 2 guys working 60 hours a week I can skip hiring that third guy I really need...

If American workers were as cheap as visa holders the companies wouldn't bother with the visa holders. These aren't PHDs, they're PHP programmers...

about a month ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

rsilvergun Any chance they implemented the 'let' keyword? (67 comments)

I've always been a little bugged by how much trouble it is to write JavaScript in Chrome, particularily in an extension ( like my sig says, I write Firefox extensions, and I've been playing with Chrome lately). I woulda thought Chrome would be up on all the new JavaScript hotness...

about a month ago

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Law firm offers H1B Visa Hiring How-To Guide

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "A Law firm has taken to running symposiums on how to skirt the law regarding H1B Visas. Companies in the United States are required to seek qualified local labor before applying for and receiving an H1B Visa to hire abroad. Slashdotters have always suspected these shenanigans, but here we have documented proof. Have you experienced a job interview where you knew they didn't want to hire you? What recourse do we have in these situations?"
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Simple data transfer for my Family?

rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "As the family tech, I'm often stuck transferring data from old to new computers. These days, the process can take hours, what with gigs of mp3s, avis and jpegs. What I want is disk imaging software that makes autorunning dvds that prompt to extract the image to a folder, and then prompt for each disk in the set. That way I can make them sort out the data instead of me. I've looked at solutions from Acronis, Runtime and even Norton, and every one of them is just too technical. What do /.'ers do when stuck with this chore?"
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rsilvergun rsilvergun writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rsilvergun (571051) writes "Director Uwe Boll, in a bid to silence critics, has taken 5 of them into the ring. This September five of Boll's critics agreed to enter the ring for the upcomming movie Postal. But what started as a pr stunt seems to have ended badly, with some contestants needing medical attention."

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