Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

subanark Re:Online only gives the illusion of accomplishmen (230 comments)

Then maybe this isn't directed at you. No need to defend yourself, but it is still true for a lot of people, even if they don't want to admit it. All I'm saying is that online only has an attraction to people, as it is a safeguard against cheating.

4 hours ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

subanark Online only gives the illusion of accomplishment (230 comments)

The problem with non-online only games, is that you can't prove that you accomplished anything in it, since it is so much easier to cheat.

Yes, people can cheat in multiplayer games, but there is a sense that there is a limit to how much you can cheat, and you know that those that do cheat risk getting banned.

11 hours ago

Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

subanark Re:How long until every stream links to Amazon? (61 comments)

>Bets on how long until that become a link straight to Amazon to buy said game, and how long until streamers become Amazon affiliates and start getting money for driving people to buy their games off Amazon?
For 1, it could easily happen. For 2, already happening. I see lots of streams put buy links to Amazon in their channel description.
IMDB (owned by Amazon) doesn't have buy links on their site from movies (at least none I could see), but it does have a stream on Amazon Prime.

>Because that's the only angle I can see Amazon having here: trying to get gamers to grab games off Amazon. (And they do sell digital game downloads, so they do compete with things like Steam.)
Buying games has a really small profit margin. Twitch allows Amazon to expand further into the gaming market itself. As for #2, you are right, but just to make things clear: a lot of games you buy from Amazon include a Steam key. Steam doesn't really use vendor lock in. You are free to generate an unlimited number of steam keys for your product at no cost, and sell those keys though any channel you want.

Disclaimer: I am an Amazon employee. Everything I said here is my own opinion, and guesswork. I do not work for the gaming division of Amazon, nor do I have insights into what they do.

about three weeks ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

subanark Re:Even versions of Windows the good ones? (346 comments)

Windows 4: Windows NT
Windows 5: XP
Windows 6: Vista

Yes, I know that some versions of the non-NT kernal in 4.0 (Windows 95 - Windows ME) are good.

My original post is meant more of a joke than anything else. I've selectively chosen data points to validate my claim.

about 2 months ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

subanark Even versions of Windows the good ones? (346 comments)

So, basically it is:
Even versions: try out new stuff. See what people like, and what they don't
Odd versions: remove the stuff that people didn't like, polish everything else.

Windows 1 & 2: Too young, didn't use
Windows 3: Lots of people used this. A good UI over DOS
Windows 4: Noooooo... can't play my games :(
Windows 5: Yes... it works, its great, it gets attacked my malware, but I'll just reinstall
Windows 6: WTF is this shit. Sooo slow. And the "security enhancements" just suck to work around.
Windows 7: Well it isn't as slow anymore, and it isn't as vulnerable to malware.
Windows 8: Where's my start menu? Do you think I'm some kind of kid with this interface?
Windows 9: The future will be better tomorrow (quote from Dan Quayle).

about 2 months ago

Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

subanark Let's reword this a bit... (86 comments)

Game X is coming out soon.
Company Y is going to sell the game.
In order to provide incentive, they mod the game to provide some extra content.
Since moding is expensive for Company Y to do, they outsource it to the makers of Game X who know the game better,

So, what is evil in this scenario (select all that apply)?
A. Company Y shouldn't bundle stuff it sells.
B. Game X makers should provide the mod kit to everyone.
C. Game X makers should prohibit their product from being bundled.
D. Company Y should sell any mod it makes as a standalone option.
E. Company Y shouldn't outsource the mod to game X makers.

Where is the evil here?

about 2 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

subanark Re:Huh? (465 comments)

Government is also slow on the technology pickup. The university back home still only keeps emails up to 1 year on their servers (citing space issues) and tells teachers and staff to archive emails if they want them longer. Typically, email hasn't been a "must keep a record of this" on the list of documents you save. The only reason they still have the computers that crashed is probably due to a requirement that they be properly disposed of to avoid leaking out sensitive data, and they just didn't get around to disposing of them.

Fine, sure 3 computers crashed, they were probably way out dated and many computer equipment isn't built to last. How many computers did they retrieve emails from? What percentage of these 3 is of the total?

about 3 months ago

Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

subanark Re:US Government is Corrupt by Inspection (253 comments)

The proof is all about connecting things. It is like trying to prove that humans can walk on two legs using the general theory of relativity. You have models that work on the small scale, and those that work on a bigger scale. Proving even the simplest things that are normally done on the large scale is a quite difficult exercise, but it helps to add validity to the small scale model.

Attitudes like, "it's obvious" is what led to beliefs that the world is flat. And I'm pretty sure I can find some government of a primitive tribe that rules over less than 50 people that isn't "corrupt".

about 3 months ago

Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

subanark Re:Game fairness (252 comments)

Yes, Starcraft II is already extensible modable, and supports multiplayer. The hacks that are being provided can already be done with the moding capabilities available. The only things these hacks are effectively doing is letting people use a mod and play against players who aren't using it, thus unfair play.

about 4 months ago

Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

subanark Just treat it like China (370 comments)

Sometimes the simple solution is to remove more than what is required by law.

Someone makes (and can prove who they are) a request to be forgotten. Google will simply ban the search term and only show results that appear after the request is made, along with a notice that some hits were removed due to local laws. All the good with the bad will "vanish" from Google, and everyone will know that you are hiding something. Anyone who sees this will probably dig deeper and find other sites that record this information, and not all of them are in Europe.

about 4 months ago

Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

subanark Re:$300? (196 comments)

"Filling out a text field with spaces" isn't something that usually gets tested. I can only imagine what kind of code flaw would cause this to work, but not some other set of characters.

about 5 months ago

Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

subanark Re:PoE $0 D3 $60 + $40 (166 comments)

Not a big fan of Exiles, learn and reroll talent system that has interesting options, and flat out bad ones that require a prohibitive amount of resources to fix to the point where you are encouraged to reroll.

about 6 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

subanark Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

1. You illustrate a problem with the current prison system: It is hell to live in. I see an ideal society where prison simply a safeguard to ensure that someone is no longer able to continue doing harm to society.
2. Although I could see a possibility of using capitol punishment as a way to save money, society frowns upon attempting to put a price on someone's head so openly.

about 6 months ago

Pine Tree Has Largest Genome Ever Sequenced

subanark Re:I call BS (71 comments)

One, that map is incomplete. Second, there are plenty of facilities, even if not as numerous, that can do other sequencing. As long as the assembly techniques support combining multiple sequencing technologies together, you should in order to call upon each's strength.

For example, look at the All Paths assembler that recommends adding in a touch of PacBio to connect scaffolds together.

about 6 months ago

Pine Tree Has Largest Genome Ever Sequenced

subanark Re:I call BS (71 comments)

Well they do have a draft genome, not a "complete" one. A complete genome is really hard to generate, and doesn't really gain you a whole lot for all your effort for more complex organisms. Also, its not fair to compare cancer research, as they already have one of the best genomes sequenced to refer too, the human genome. Creating a new genome, de novo, is hard, and 63x is a good start, but not nearly enough.

Also, why did they just use Illumina? Yes it's nice they had multiple paired end ranges, but Illumina is typically only short reads of around 100bp. Generally, throwing in some PacBio sequences helps with the scaffolding process with their long reads. You don't need much either, less than 1x is fine.

Also, it looks like they did do some transcription work, but I didn't see anything in the paper detailing what areas of the tissue they took samples from. Hopefully this is well documented so that appropriate expression analysis can be done, instead of simply relying on existing database gene information to determine traits.

about 6 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

subanark Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

There really isn't a good argument for execution in today's society. The small number of people who under our current justice system whom meet the bar for such punishment don't make up a significant amount of our resources to imprison. Even if you could qualify someone as beyond redemption, the day might come where they would be found innocent, or our laws would change such that the act they committed wouldn't have merited death.

The time and place for the death penalty is either when a society doesn't have the resources to safely imprison a dangerous individual, or when the number of people who qualify for execution is large enough to be a drain on society. When this happens, it is time to reevaluate what qualifies a "person" over an animal.

about 6 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

subanark Sounds more like vendor lockout to me (769 comments)

This seems exactly what happens now with consoles. Your device will only interface with other hardware if that hardware provide a copyrighted code. If another manufacturer sells a device to use that code, then they get sued for copyright infringement. It will be interesting to see if they can come up with a system that cannot be modified by other companies to be reusable.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

subanark Nothing would get done (716 comments)

Assuming you could implement this policy, people would spend so much time trying to ensure that it works properly that they would be take far too long to complete it.

If someone is releasing buggy code, they will have a poor performance review. This should be enough to ensure that code is of high quality. If this isn't a good enough motivator, then simply emphasize more in the performance review, and if necessary, indicate the possibility of an early performance review.

about 7 months ago

Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

subanark Re:Duh (138 comments)

I don't see how this is "obvious".

You people (as I see much of slashdot agreeing on this issue) have grown up under conditions where privacy is expected, and the more someone knows about you, the more they can use it against you. This all comes about due to the individualism nature of western culture and the overall selfish nature that we are heading towards (mostly due to a move towards an oligarchy form of government). Places in the world that haven't moved towards these directions don't have any issue with the government watching over us.

about 8 months ago


subanark hasn't submitted any stories.


subanark has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>