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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

sg_oneill Re:Dial up can still access gmail (183 comments)

Beware the Doom floppies you found "left behind" at school. GET U PWND LLAMA!

There used to be a series of commands you could send to a C64 to get the motor to do some fairly unnatural moves(such as slam down the write head and then eject, if I remember rightly. Its been a *long* time).

We used to leave "game" floppies around the classroom (This was back in the 80s) and then wait for the high pitch whine , and if we where lucky , even a whiff of blue smoke.

Kids are little terrorists, and I wasn't much better lol.

1 hour ago

Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

sg_oneill Re:Spoiler (187 comments)

Well if we're taking inspiration from a 2000yo book of philosophy, we can solve the problem of god killing the tower of babylon by taking inspiration from a 100year old book of philosophy (Niztche's "The gay science") and just kill god before he kills us!

2 days ago

Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

sg_oneill Docs have long suspected as much. (212 comments)

One of the problems of Psychiatry is that because the brain has been bit of a black box to us for so long (We can see the input, we can see the output, but the gears and cogs inside remain a bit of a mystery) disorder classification has been mostly about symptomology rather than causes, most of the time. Docs have long suspected that "schizophrenia" was a collection of disorders with similar-ish results. This finding appears to confirm it.

See also: ADHD and Autism.

2 days ago

Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

sg_oneill Re: Then I guess you could say... (212 comments)

*rimshot*. I do realise your just making a joke, however it is worth noting that multiple personalities is not considered part of the schizophrenia spectrum, but rather part of the disasociative disorders spectrum. Its a ketamine disease rather than an Acid disease, to make a metaphor.

2 days ago

Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

sg_oneill Re:Let's look at the data (59 comments)

The new inhalers that don't use CFCs are 10x the cost... $30 to $80 an inhaler, up from $5 to $10. There might not be new hospitalizations from people using the new inhalers, but there may be more deaths from people not buying the inhaler they need.

..... or $0 if you live in a country with a healthcare system thats evolved past the 1800s "fuck the poor" model.

Seriously speaking though, I just googled the price of a Ventolin puffer in the US. $23!!!! What the hell america? Thats over half an hour pay for most people!

about a week ago

Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened

sg_oneill Re:Let's look at the data (59 comments)

How many asthma patients have died as a result of this plan, because they can't use CFC propellants for their medication?

The precise number is --> Zero.

The change in propellants is completely transparent to the puffers efficacy.

about a week ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

sg_oneill Re:football can cause brain damage (404 comments)

Speak for yourself. If its someone elses kit, I really couldn't give a damn. Whatever works for yo.

Some folks love their surfaces. Some folks love their droids, and I kinda like my iPad. And we're all right, they are all the best device for whoever has it and thinks its right for them.

about a week ago

California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

sg_oneill Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

while the intent of this law is good, it might have unintended consequences for contracts requiring NDA's that now allows customers to review secret details of products or company practices on public forums.

If it ends oppressive NDAs I'll pop a cork. Any gain in freedoms should be celebrated. Protecting corporate secrets just isn't as important as protecting free speech.

about a week ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

sg_oneill Re:No. (368 comments)

Go's an awesome game, but try convincing an 11 year old to pick up a board game.

about a week ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

sg_oneill Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Right - so if hackers can just sniff this protocol, and with NFC cards being quite common nowadays here in Europe, why aren't we hearing about the widespread abuses? I know there haven't been any erroneous payments on my NFC-enabled card for the ~2 years I've had mine (unless the hackers have also managed to hack my bank statements, those bastards).

Its happening all over the place dude. Theres a damn good reason I hacked the rfid chip thingo out of my card.

about a week ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

sg_oneill Re:No. (368 comments)

To some degree it has already happened. With no further updates to bukkit my 6yo is in hell. He has been playing Minecraft since he wasn't even 2yo, his entire youth has been focused on it.

If it was any other game I'd say "...and thats a good thing", but minecraft is a phenomena not like any other. A friend of mine has a deeply autistic son who's never had friends due to the toll autism takes, and he's had deep troubles with school and the like. Until minecraft. On minecraft he's just another kid on a server making castles with his buddies and being part of a gang of kids creating and playing. Its really brought him out of his shell and if I come over to visit his mom he'll even come out and say hello and want to talk (about minecraft... always about minecraft. Its a hobby), and thats a fucking achievement.

He's now interested in school and maths finally because he wants to be jeb (the main 9-5 developer on minecraft these days) one day. He's got a hero.

Basically minecraft is turning him into a normal kid, and I'd hate to see anything ruin that.

about a week ago

Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

sg_oneill Re:Sub Reddits that still aren't banned... (307 comments)

SRS is awesome, and making fun of racists and sexist knuckledraggers is a pretty important service to the community. If we cant make klansman womenbeaters leave of their own voltiion, then maybe reddit isn't actually banning enough.

Heres a better proposal: Give SRS mods global admin rights.

about two weeks ago

Carmack On Mobile VR Development

sg_oneill Re:fucking google should adopt posix (60 comments)

I think your misunderstanding the scope of POSIX. Posix handles a number of unix type contingencies but its somewhat mute on a lot of I/O. For instance there isn't any standard for Audio. There ALSA, AudioKit (on macs, its a unix too!) , Jack, OSS, FFADO, Pulse, GStreamer and so on.

Then for graphics you've got framebuffers, GL, X windows, Mir and so on.

And pretty much no standards for driving Phone hardware, and no your favorite open source "One day a phone will use this" impleentation doesnt count.

Most of which are somewhat unsuitable and overbloated anyway.

You are right in some sense in that Androids weak point has been traditionally situating drivers in the davlik core making C/C++ coding have to loop back into java to access it , although as time goes on Google has gotten wise to this. I worked on a project maybe 4-5 years ago porting SIP software to the android and it was nearly impossible to get any sensible latency due to the fact there was no native audio driver we could find and the JNI davlik ones where just terrible. Apparently this isn't the case anymore, and newer android doesnt really have this problem.

The problem for App developers though, is that unlike iPhone where apple has tight control over loadout and has made it silky smooth to upgrade (Well compared to reflashing most droid models) Androids tend to end up stuck on the OS revision it shipped with meaning theres a hell of a lot of Android 2.x phones out there that are next to useless for cutting edge development.

about two weeks ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

sg_oneill Re:Going off my ex and other females I know... (276 comments)

"The real question is: Is this just going to fuck up the genres of games males prefer by the gaming companies 'overly feminizing' "

You know if the gaming community had actually listened to Sarsekian instead of a loud vocal campaign of "We dont understand just how ridiculously expensive broadcast film is, but we sure do have opinions on it for some weird reason", they might have learned that "feminizing" characters is precisely NOT what girl gamers want!!!!!

They want plausible female heroes that succeed on wit and strength, just like guys do. Ever wondered why female sheppard was such a popular character? The complaint was that female game characters tended to be princess peach, generic helpless maidens in distress or big boobed maidens in inexplicably skimpy armor. Who the hell wants to play that?

Theres a LOT of research out there on this topic and adult female gamers tend to want much of what male gamers want, they just want the games to show them a bit of respect. Thats all!

about three weeks ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

sg_oneill Re:How to make any programming language seem cool (511 comments)

Hah. Remember the "Fuck Perl" cheerleader image for PHP. Sure was an enticing image, but holy schmoly was PHP3 a disaster of a language.

about three weeks ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

sg_oneill Re:LOL (465 comments)

Asking them for an unbiased scientific opinion is about as credible as asking foxes for an unbiased opinion on whether chickens are tasty.

Give me an example of a "biased" opinion on that site. Just one. But to be sure we are speaking clearly here, lets lay down some ground rules.
1) By "biased" I assume you mean "claim not from the scientific literature
2) And is contradicted by a claim from the scientific literature.

Keep in mind here that *all* the staff of realclimate (that I'm aware of) are working climate scientists with unchallenged scientific reputations in the actual field (ie not "cranky undergrad geologist" or "television weatherman") , so if your going to make big claims about this site, be sure to use big evidence!

The site gives proper scientists a bad name. Their only concern is looking after Hansen's reputation,

Why does hanson's reputation need to be protected. The man hasn't done anything wrong! Having lots of spiral-eyed pseudoscience bloggers yelling at you isn't a personality fault dude!

and they gang up and abuse anyone who dares raise proper scientific questions, or who opens discussion about counter-evidence, or suggests that there is something we do not know about the subject. They think the planet works as trivially as a test tube.

They report on the science. If you think theres counter-evidence, the correct forum is to write a paper and submit it to any one of the hundreds of journals that operate in the field. Remember though, big claims require big evidence, and to overturn human driven climate change would likely require junking about a century of physics progress. Theres a Nobel prize in this one if anyone ever did find such evidence!

And then they affirm their lack of scientific integrity with a site ban. Really, the site is best classified as comedy. They don't understand the basis of scientific inquiry nor the scientific method, and think that science is decided by unshakeable opinion and shouting people down.

Whats wrong with a site ban? Having people going on there spouting pseudo-science and then demanding scientists go over the same damn points over and over refuting it gets tiring when theres a perfectly good index on the site for people to educate themselves as to why the pseudo science they are spouting is wrong.

Remember boys and girls, science is not a democracy, it actively silences incorrect opinions becuase they are wrong and don't need to be listened to. The politics forums are elsewhere.

about a month ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

sg_oneill Re:Well, that's bad news... (465 comments)

Why is this marked insightful? The whole " is biased!" thing is no more "insightful" than shouting about how is biased because it claims that obama isn't a kenyan homo-muslim atheist.

Unless someone can actually point out claims on there that aren't in the scientific literature, theres nothing "+1 Insightful" about it.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

sg_oneill Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

Uh, DOS most certainly did have drivers. I know for fact you weren't plugging an SB16 into a DOS machine and expecting it t work just by modifying your autoexec.bat and config.sys files. You had to install the drivers for it, first.

Wrong. DOS did NOT have *any* support for audio drivers. Instead *applications* had the support. An application would have to select the 2 or 3 most common types and then write code to interface with the different drivers separately. At no point did DOS interact with this process at all because DOS simply had no concept of audio outside of the BEEP command for honking the inbuilt speaker.

about a month ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

sg_oneill Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Both the Dems and Republicans are as bad as each other on this point. To their credit the Dems haven't bowed to the denialism PR campaign by going full retard on the pseudoscience, but instead seem to be just doing as little as possible to seem like they are doing something and practically doing fuck all.

Is it any wonder its the states that are really taking the lead on carbon reduction. I grant thats partly due to how US federalism works, but staunch action from the whitehouse would certainly send a message that no its not OK to shit in the commons without consequence.

about a month ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

sg_oneill Re:Actually... (123 comments)

If a doctor recommended surgery, and the mortality rate was 1 in 4000, I'd make damn sure the benefits outweighed the risk. And I'd update my will.

Boy are you in for a rude shock. Even a common place apendectomy has a mortality rate of about 2% last time I checked.

Have fun never having surgery for anything!!

about a month ago



Banner project kickstarter cruises past $500K, aims for $700K

sg_oneill sg_oneill writes  |  about 2 years ago

sg_oneill writes "Promising vikings, stunning hand animated graphics, set piece turn based battles and now an orchestral score, Stoic Studio, an indy game outfit started by veteran game developers from the SW:TOR project, have exceeded their original $100K pitch to net a stunning $580K in kick starter funding for its "Banner Saga" game.. The project now is aiming for $700 stating that reaching this goal will allow for a full orchestra soundtrack, XBLA port and some expanded end game content such as user buildable cities. With only a few days left, the race is on to make this game epic. With its vikings, epic orchestra content, turn based warfare and Disney style hand drawn animation, banner is already set to become one of the most anticipated indy games of 2012."
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