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YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

stms Re:Ads always load fine (225 comments)

Try using a plugin to enable HTML5 video if you're using Firefox. It works much better if you don't have much bandwidth. It consumes a bit more computational resources than Flash Player so your mileage may very.

about 3 months ago

Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

stms Re:But what of Netflix (341 comments)

I imagine the conversation will go much like the last 3 frames of this comic

about 5 months ago

Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

stms Re:Nintendo bleeds (203 comments)

I read somewhere that Nintendo had 15 billion dollars of cash reserves. So assuming that's true they can do this for 50 years.
It's kind of a shame actually. I love Nintendo's philosophy in game design. If Nintendo had a platform that was helpful to third-party developers I might want a Nintendo system. If Nintendo Developed for systems other than their own I would likely buy more of than half the games they release. But I have no interest in buying a Wii or Wii U.
I'm not worried about Nintendo. Plenty of idiots will eventually buy a Wii U for the latest Zelda or Whatever ends up being the first big killer app for their system.

about 6 months ago

How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

stms Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

All those experts are either complete, utter fools - or they were outright lying to all of us!

You say that as if they share some kind of mutual exclusivity.

about 7 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

stms Re:I dislike Beats... (188 comments)

I think he means that beats made "high quality headphones"* sexy. Which in turn made the average Joe consumer actually care about the quality of their audio gear. Which helps nerds like you and me get better priced audio gear because big companies see the value of investing in the production of high quality audio gear.
*I use the term "high quality headphones" loosely because beats aren't great but they are much better than what most people were using before.

about 8 months ago

How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

stms Re:Missed the point (224 comments)

Then you're going to be disappointed.

The speed of light in optical fibre is about 200km per millisecond. So a round-trip ping of 10ms, ignoring all other sources of latency, limits you to a range of 1000km (call it 600 miles). And that's never going to change.

Really? Because that kind of latency sounds awesome to me. Hell even 15-20ms would be awesome. Within 600 miles on any semi-popular game there's going to be at least 8 people matchmaking at any given moment. It would also be affordable for a large company to put up a data-center every 600 miles within the U.S. (or any 1st world country for that matter). So that sounds like it'll be the opposite of disappointing.

about 9 months ago

Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"

stms Re:Gates wants your children (122 comments)

As a former teacher, the problem is that people want to spend money on ***EVERYTHING*** other than what will help educate children: public schools with the highest-paid, best trained teachers in the world

That's good for the few who can afford the best trained teachers in the world. Good teacher are unfortunately an inherently limited resource. You're right that in the short term big data will probably not help our children to learn much. In the long term however I think that it can help students by understanding their needs better than their teachers ever could. Check out what CGP Grey has to say about this.

about 9 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

stms Unsurprising... (116 comments)

Unsurprising I'm 5 users myself.

about 9 months ago

Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

stms Re:Excuse me for one moment. (207 comments)

You know who activated Godwin's Law? Hitler, you are just like Hitler.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

stms Re:There are several good indie titles (669 comments)

Yeah there are lot of mechanics stacked on top of the COD core of the game but the shooting itself (which is the core of any FPS) feels like COD. Which isn't a bad thing the core mechanics of COD feel very good. Stacking all those extra mechanics on top of the COD mechanics makes them slightly interesting again.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

stms Re:There are several good indie titles (669 comments)

Check out Rogue Legacy it's one of the best games I've played recently.

If multiplayer is more your thing I've been playing Loadout it's one of the first free-to-play games I've actually enjoyed.

I had access to the Titanfall beta if Call of Duty with Mechs sounds cool to you then you'll probably like it. The whole game is much better implemented than COD.

The Dolphin Emulator Devs finally fixed some major problems with Wind Waker in the latest snapshot so I've been going back to that.

For upcoming games the two I'm most anticipating are The Witness and No Man's Sky. Though I'm highly skeptical of No Man's Sky. It's incredibly ambitious for the small team working on it.

about a year ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

stms Re:Future? (745 comments)

I think what he means is our simulation is a simulation of the original programmers universe and one day in the future our simulation will simulate the programmer that wrote the simulation for our universe. Which begs the question how many levels of simulation are we from the original?

about a year ago

Carbon Nanotubes and Spongy Polymer Help Transistors Stretch

stms Stop!!! (17 comments)

You can stop posting a /. story for every new application for Carbon Nanotubes we get it they can do everything. At this point I would be more surprised if it was discovered that there was something they couldn't do.

1 year,12 days

Steam Controller Hands-on

stms Re:This thing is DOA (138 comments)

I'm confused if there aren't any games for SteamOS doesn't that make it exactly the same as PS4/Xbone?

1 year,20 days

The Geek Group's Hacker-Oriented High Voltage Lab In Michigan Damaged by Fire

stms Re:Not again... (65 comments)

It seems plausible that a group of people regularly hacking high voltage equipment might have multiple incidents of fire. I would however be leery about taking their advice regarding the matter.

1 year,24 days

Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

stms Re:Brazil charges prohibitive import duty (312 comments)

The Xbox One is almost half the price of the PS4 in Brazil. So, Brazil's ridiculous Tariff is not the only thing making the PS4 expensive.

about a year ago


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