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The New Difficulties In Making a 3D Game

spydabyte Re:Crosshairs shouldn't be that hard (190 comments)

I think that's the hard part.

Think about developing a handheld game that needs to work on all screen sizes (iPhone, iPad, Android, Simbian, etc etc....). There have been efforts to minimize these problems.

Then think about the UI for a web page or game. There have been some pretty successful results, while they are anything but simple.

Now think about adding a 3rd dimension to all those problems. It's not as easy as saying "just make it realistic". There is a reason why lives are spent on UI. It's not an easy task and it just got a 3rd Dimension.

Oh and was it just me or did anyone think it was just a 3D FPS (Like Tribes, Q3, you know.... All FPS?) and not a 3D Displayed FPS.

more than 4 years ago
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More Than 10% of Mozilla Bug Finders Refuse Cash

spydabyte Re:But 90% accept the cash... (115 comments)

By your comment I cannot tell if you are a developer or someone not related to computers at all. Bug finding is not an easy task by any measure. Talk to your local Test Engineer.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

spydabyte Re:Should be automatic (370 comments)

I always thought that it would make sense to automatically adjust people's "plans" retroactively, based on your usage. A phone company having set plans to begin with tells us, as customers, that they're willing to accept X amount of money based on Y amount of usage. Now if I estimate poorly, or have an emergency and need to use my phone a lot more than I estimated, I shouldn't be unjustly punished for that. I should just be moved up a "plan".

Thinking about it now, maybe they shouldn't call them plans with this new system (what I'm suggesting is different than pay as you go). A plan makes it sound like you pay ahead of time, like renting an apartment or mortgage payments on a home.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Source Outed To Stroke Hacker's Own Ego

spydabyte "Salon" impresses me (347 comments)

Unlike the summary posted above, the article is very unbiased. I'm surprised how sensational slashdot has become on issues like this. This isn't about some hacker wanting street cred, it's about an agent of the government getting a criminal to talk. Salon even stops slander found in other articles that is just journalism upon journalism leads to US Government vs. WikiLeaks, which at this point looks completely ridiculous.

I for one congratulate Salon for this very well balanced article.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store

spydabyte On AT&T Too: Maintenance (285 comments)

Maintenance In Progress

AT&T is continually working to improve our internet site for our customers. As part of this ongoing effort, we are currently doing maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience and ask that you please try back again later.

Apple isn't the only one... With these two companies relying on each others servers, it's no wonder that both are having issues.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

spydabyte Re:Mods (704 comments)

Agreed. I started "coding" per se with Tribes. That lasted into Tribes 2 and I only grew from there.

But seriously, find something he's interested in. A 2-week program like some at digipen might be the most interesting for him to visit and learn a lot in a little time. If you can't make it to Seattle, then I suggest finding a local community college or hackerspace or LAN center, etc... and find what he enjoys to do. I've also found that mentors are a great help, even if they are just older kids.

more than 4 years ago
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Chains of RFCs and Chains of Laws?

spydabyte Academia (168 comments)

Lawyers and Network Engineers.
In all seriousness, they're probably our best tool invented to date.

Like my professor said when I asked him if he had an auto-grader "Yes, it's called TAs".

more than 4 years ago
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Free Remote Access Tools For Windows and Mac Compared

spydabyte Very Deep Evaluation (152 comments)

His evaluation of all of these products is incredibly insightful. "Firewall friendly"? He means: "Can it get around firewalls without changing their settings properly?" Never mind the security issue of opening your desktop / server / whatever to a third party using something like LogMeIn.Thanks, Keith!

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Fight Russian Site Cloners?

spydabyte Re:ok, so you abandoned it and your customers (208 comments)

agreed. it sounds like to me that he stopped working on a website, stopped offering a service, and let everything expired. That leaves a great business plan for someone to start where you left off. If the people are paying for a service they aren't receiving, that's their fault. If the Russian "cloners" are actually providing the same service you did, then good for the Russians.

The only other issue I can see here is copyright / stolen corporate identity, which if you don't know what to do already (contact a lawyer and file an international law suit?) then there's nothing you can do.

more than 4 years ago
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Library of Congress To Archive All Public Tweets

spydabyte Re:I tweeted about this. (171 comments)

too bad your tinyurl won't be archived. maybe if they did then you can set them up to recursively archive itself. hmmmmmm.

more than 4 years ago
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Rapidshare Trying To Convert Pirates Into Customers

spydabyte Re:Title is misleading (227 comments)

The term customers is simply ambiguous. In this case, it means customers of the "entertainment industry". It may also mean rapidshare customers, as rapidshare might get a cut for their redirect, depending on their business model. But yes, if a single person clicks on that redirect and purchases the software/music/movie legally, then the website has converted a would-be pirate into a legitimate customer.

more than 4 years ago
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Lord British's Lost Lunar Rover Found, After 37 Years

spydabyte Re:Proof he owns the moon. (193 comments)

Good. You couldn't use that on the moon anyways.

more than 4 years ago
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Some Newegg Customers Received Fake Intel Core i7s

spydabyte Re:Newegg has responded (447 comments)

That's a very interesting case of customer service via twitter.
http://twitter.com/Newegg/

Looks pretty much like it's replacing a contact number. Contact support and complain to your friends at the same time!

more than 4 years ago
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Google Awarded Broad Patent For Location-Based Advertising

spydabyte Re:WTF? Prior Art! - IP Address-based geolocation (54 comments)

Why don't you read the patent?

A system and method for comparing graphical content (e.g., images) of documents for approval, rating, and other uses are provided. Information may be stored about one or more graphical documents. Graphical content of a first graphical document being evaluated for distribution may be compared to at least one second graphical document. An approval determination may be made for the first graphical document based on the stored information about the at least one second graphical document and the comparison.

Where in this abstract does "location-based advertising" come into play? Seriously? Wrong patent?

And to grandparent: Just because it's been done doesn't mean you can't patent it.

more than 4 years ago
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Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

spydabyte Re:Serial Ports.. (460 comments)

I think his question is "why won't they die" USB should be replacing it by now... which I completely agree on. Sure it's an extra $0.50 in hardware costs, but if you're (Cisco, TI, Altera, etc...) a little implementation complexity for the sake of use simplicity would make my life a whole lot easier.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

spydabyte Re:The Crackers Will Win (1027 comments)

Requirements:
1 teenager with time to waste and $60 to buy the game and the brains of a monkey.

Steps:
1. Install and run the game.
2. Run wireshark to capture all the game traffic.
3. Repeat and do some application layer traffic analysis
4. Mimic
5. Profit

Other solutions? don't buy it.

more than 4 years ago
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EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

spydabyte Re:Police is investigating it too (300 comments)

these people don't. I guess that's why they do it in a subway... But in all seriousness, I don't think these people would complain either.

more than 4 years ago
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Confessions of an Internet "Shock Jock"

spydabyte Re:Not going to read it (194 comments)

agreed. my response is "who cares." but then again, who cares about my response?

more than 4 years ago

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Google Wave Just Another Big Splash?

spydabyte spydabyte writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spydabyte (1032538) writes "From Jens and Lars Rasmussen, founders of Where 2 Tech, the precursor to Google Maps, comes a sneak preview of a new product called Google Wave.

In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

Is this the perfect collaboration tool or just another website to pique our interest for a week? Check out the official Google blog for an intro, or go directly to the sign up form to sign up for an invite — as soon as it's released."
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What is Conficker going to do?

spydabyte spydabyte writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spydabyte (1032538) writes "Everyone's been talking about it, but with the payload releasing tomorrow what do you think Conficker will do? What terror do you think the infamous worm will unleash upon the un-patched windows world? Will everything end? Or is it just the greatest practical joke on American media? I for one found it hilarious that CNN is saying f*** in German on national television."
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Interactive Super Bowl Twitter Map

spydabyte spydabyte writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spydabyte (1032538) writes "The New York Times have plotted an interactive map on Twitter chatter during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

As the Steelers and Cardinals battled on the field, Twitter users across the nation pecked out a steady stream of "tweets." The map shows the location and frequency of commonly used words in Super Bowl related messages.

Twitter may be exciting and immediate, but I doubt the stereotyping of geographical America it assumes."

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Job and Internship comparisons?

spydabyte spydabyte writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spydabyte (1032538) writes "I'm a current undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology and have been getting offers for internships next summer.

I was wondering if there is a source of information on intern markets or how a market's competitive salaries are. How do you know if you're getting a decent offer or you deserve more when you're entering a (personally) new market? Is there a definite source? Do you have your favorite?

I know that many factors matter, as in location, previous experience, etc. but I think there's more to find out besides asking for my friend's current offers. If not internships, how about full time or careers? Any ideas?"

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