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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

techprophet I've heard that government moves slowly... (299 comments)

I've heard that government moves slowly, but having high-power officials 20 years behind the times seems a bit outrageous.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

techprophet Re: Value (253 comments)

I've played for only a bit more than a year and have 2 80s and several 40s. I get the feeling that you've not put a significant amount of time into the game during that year.

sPvP also has a button on the GUI, it is placed immediately to the right of WvW. It -- unfortunately -- cannot be bound to a hotkey.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

techprophet Re: Value (253 comments)

You did WvW, which is a completely different animal from sPvP. sPvP boosts you to 80, gives you exotic gear and unlocks all skills and traits and skill slots for you. The only grind in it is for epeen. I personally can't stand WvW, but greatly enjoy sPvP.

I had a very different experience while leveling. I consistently out-leveled my story missions when doing zone completions on my guardian. However, I also went out of my way for group events and gathering modes, both of which give a significant amount of experience.

Also, not to nitpick, but: your traits and utility skills do more to define your role than your weapons. Using engineer as an example, a rifle engi can be a bunker, power burst or support in sPvP. Which the engineer actually is depends on their traits and utilities (and amulet, but it's less defining). I typically play pistol/pistol engineer, which can be control or condi dps. The reason for P/P is that rifle has fewer conditions than pistols. Deep alchemy traits combined with elixir utility skills give group support and slipperiness. Deep invention traits and skills would make me tankier and more control-oriented (pistols have an aoe root and blind that helps with that). I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea: weapons are only one piece of what defines a build. That's really good, because engineers only have 4 options for weapons (not counting kits, which are also utility skills).

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

techprophet Re:Value (253 comments)

I'm not the op either, but I'll comment on this:

1. I didn't have this issue, mostly due to complete unfamiliarity with GW1. This was more a failure of marketing/differentiation than game design.

2. I'm not sure what you mean by this. Yes, if two characters equip the same weapons they'll have the same weapon skills, but that only sets half of the bar. The remaining 5 skills can be set at will.

3. Not being able to reorder weapon skills was an odd choice. It didn't bother me, but I can empathize.

4. The story had highs and lows. Some parts were good (the death of "Mr Apples", as my exgf called the order of whispers helper character, was well done. Less so for other helpers) others were atrocious. This was a more major problem for me. I really enjoy the story bits, so the painful parts are just that: painful.

5. Maybe it's because I'm a PvPer and explorer, but I have no idea what you're talking about.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

techprophet Re: Don't go to school for languages... (149 comments)

I'm currently in university (a public American one, no less!) and this has not been my experience with the cs and math professors. The physics ones...hit or miss. tl;dr blanket statement not always true. More at 11

about 9 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

techprophet Re: the moral of the story (448 comments)

I never understood while people did in the first place. Their website has always been ugly as sin and barely functional; their tv advertisements have never had anything to do with their actual business; they get way more bad press than good (have they ever gotten good press?).

about 10 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

techprophet Re: So, whom to H8? (325 comments)

Maybe anecdotal, but many of the CS students in my class (myself included) are only "well-off" in the respect that they have a job to pay for uni.

about 10 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

techprophet Re: So, whom to H8? (325 comments)

How your post reads: my name is AC. The sky is blue. I blame the *ists

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

techprophet Memorize tons of arbitrary information (384 comments)

No joke. The best way to increase the rate at which you retain information is to train yourself to retain information without regard for its utility. Commit lyrics to memory. Memorize the hobbit appendices. Takes time of course, but it isn't something that you have to sustain for your entire life.

about 10 months ago
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The Other Exam Room: When Doctors 'Google' Their Patients

techprophet Re: It's the sign of our times (231 comments)

Google is like a car: neither inherently good nor inherently evil.

about a year ago
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The Rise of Hoax News

techprophet Re: A natural reaction to Faux News i think (181 comments)

I wish people would just shut up about those three altogether. We all know they're all three screwy; either post solutions or stfu /rant

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

techprophet Re: Rewritten for /. (321 comments)

And thus the saga of that damned Frenchman continues

about a year ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

techprophet Re: ya know... (710 comments)

"Attila and the Hunlets" love it!

1 year,18 hours

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Reports of Warrantless Phone Data Collection as Far Back as 2004

techprophet techprophet writes  |  about a year ago

techprophet (1281752) writes "Raymond Bonner writes that his phone records were obtained without a warrant by the FBI in 2004' through an exigent letter that the anonymous "Company A" — the information supplier — helped write.
Metadata, that dubious drug of choice by questionable organizations nationwide, was turned over by said company in much larger quantities than was requested."

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Moixa Developing a Multi-touch Sphere

techprophet techprophet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techprophet writes "According to the Moixa website

Moixa is awarded a patent on its apple sized multi-touch sphere that can be used to display the world (e.g. Google Earth), browse web pages or control interactive games.
London, 31st March 2009, Moixa, the UK based pioneers of folding keyboards and USBCELL re-usable batteries announced today that it has been awarded a patent GB2414309 on Sphere — a spherical hand-held display and control device.

Now to stand back and watch the patent wars."
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New Conficker variant primed for April 1st

techprophet techprophet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techprophet writes "

Conficker has caused trouble for months since it appeared in late 2008 and a new variation of the worm is set to launch again in just over two weeks. The new "C" variant will be significantly harder for the security community to track, and could cause headaches for infected users as it's much more difficult to remove.

My eveel plan is vurking! Muhahaha!

Original Story"

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Self-healing polymer means scratch-free screens

techprophet techprophet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techprophet writes "

Material scientists from the University of Southern Mississippi have created a new polymer that can fix its own scratches under regular sunlight, a feat that has no end of practical applications. ... In today's issue of Science, Biswajit Ghosh and Marek Urban from the University of Southern Mississippi present a new polymer design that can employ UV light from the Sun to activate a latent self-pair capacity.

Now if only they had self-healing filesystems. Wait, you mean they do?"
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France save millions by adopting Ubuntu

techprophet techprophet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techprophet writes "According to ArsTechnica:

Since 2004, he says that the Gendarmerie has saved up to 50 million on licensing and maintenance costs as a result of the migration strategy. He believes that the move from Windows to Ubuntu posed fewer challenges than the organization would have faced if it had updated to Windows Vista.

"Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users," said Lt. Col. Guimard. "Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority."

Next up: the Department of Transportation"

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Windows 7 download limiter?

techprophet techprophet writes  |  more than 5 years ago I just installed firefox and started downloading my audio drivers for vista (I am actually running Windows 7 build 6956). It is downloading at 10k/s. Meanwhile IE8 downloading from the same site downloads at 100k/s. This is not a coincidence. I tested it with several other sites and it does the same thing. There are two possiblities here. One: Microsoft implemented a download speed limiter for all non-IE browsers. Two: Firefox is way slower than IE8. I can safely cross the 2nd off the list after running 6801. With 6956 it is almost always 50-100k slower with FF than IE. I hope to God that this is not what I think it is.

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Slow, yet Fast

techprophet techprophet writes  |  more than 5 years ago I could have told you <URL: http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08%2F12%2F11%2F232252&from=rss >this</URL> a month ago when I finished downloading Windows 7. I installed it in a VM in which I had accidentally left the RAM and GFXRAM settings to the default 512 and 8MB, respectively. And it <em>still</em> ran faster than XP! Yeah. Build 6801 (what I tested) was indeed <b>that fast.</b> It was actually faster than Arch until I built my own kernel and stripped down some old crud that I was running. It almost seems like blasphemy to say that, but it's true. My point? Two actually: 1) ZDNet is slow, and 2) Windows 7 is fast.

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