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

tedgyz Re:No. (368 comments)

KHAAANNNN!

about a week ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

tedgyz Re:HAL9000 (143 comments)

At the risk of being pedantic, Daisy comes up later when Dave is in the process of disconnecting HAL.

The full conversation when Dave is outside the ship goes like this: (from imdb)
Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave Bowman: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.
HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?
HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult.
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors!
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

about two weeks ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

tedgyz HAL9000 (143 comments)

Open the pod bay doors HAL.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

tedgyz Half Life, Civ V, Settlers (382 comments)

If you are looking for an FPS game, then the Half-Life series is #1 in my opinion and many others.

For turn-based strategy, Civilization V is the best.

For board games, Settlers of Catan is the greatest.

about three weeks ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

tedgyz Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

I just wasn't in the mood to bust out my hacker skills. I wanted to watch "The Matrix" with my son. Sometimes we need to find the path of least resistance.

about 2 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

tedgyz Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

Indeed! The DVD "experience" has made streaming adoption that much faster. When I moved to my new home, I didn't even hook up a DVD player. I figured I had a PC hooked to the TV, so that would serve the purpose. The other day my son wanted to watch The Matrix. After fighting with the PC and it's rejection of the DVD because I didn't have the right decoder, we gave up. I paid $4 to watch it on Amazon Instant Video. Sure it isn't as good as the DVD, but convenience won out.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

tedgyz Burn in Hell (401 comments)

Comcast can burn in hell. I really really hope the merger with TWC is blocked.

about 2 months ago
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I typically start my workday ...

tedgyz Re:Stop it (141 comments)

I guess I didn't explain the whole day. The upside is that I can do personal stuff in between, like run to the store, jump in the pool, take a long lunch, watch the kids ballgame, etc. The point I am making is that instead of a contiguous 8 hour day, it is spread out along my awake time.

about 3 months ago
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I typically start my workday ...

tedgyz The Long Tail (141 comments)

As a remote worker, my work day is stretched like taffy. I wake up at 6am and check for "Rome is burning" emails. After a cup of coffee I respond to emails from our offshore team. Real work starts around 8am and ends around 5pm. Email and other small tasks continue until 10pm bedtime. /. reading occurs intermittently from 6am to 10pm.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

tedgyz Re:White Moto X (711 comments)

Sorry to bust the truck love, but if you want a real truck get the GMC/Chevrolet 3500.

'nuff said.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

tedgyz Re:Android (711 comments)

Great idea! I have been faithful to Motorola phones since the original RAZR (think Tony Soprano). I now have a RAZR M since I wanted the smallest, fully functional Android smartphone.

about 3 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

tedgyz Re:Home Office (216 comments)

Yes, I chose the basement option. However, it was a bit ambiguous as to whether it was the home office or the subterranean level of a corporate building (think Office Space).

about 4 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

tedgyz Home Office (216 comments)

The discussion hasn't touched much on home offices. I have full power, but I also pay the bills. My problem is that I work in the basement and do not have dual zone heat. If I want the basement warm, I have to heat the whole house.

So, I am kind of in the same boat as office minions but for different reasons. The solution is the same - space heater under the desk.

about 4 months ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

tedgyz Re:Idle threats (182 comments)

Never mind RTFA, how about RTFS? I was quoting the summary. The point was not meant to be literal. It is an expression meant to point out how little this would impact the cost of drilling.

about 4 months ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

tedgyz Idle threats (182 comments)

The other companies that argue higher taxes would scare them from drilling are full of crap. How about paying a fair share to keep the infrastructure well maintained and the populace well educated?

As the last line of the summary says. Compared with those other factors, Kaiser says the tax rate is incidental. 'It's a rounding error.'"

about 4 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

tedgyz Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

That's not even the quote, where did that even come from?

Take a chill pill Sheldon. I paraphrased. If you want the exact wording, pull up the script.

about 4 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

tedgyz Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

Luke! I am your Father!

'nuff said

about 4 months ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

tedgyz Re:Here come the flippers (250 comments)

I don't recall all the details. You can read the linked article for insight. I see your point about the spiral, so now I too am wondering exactly how it worked. The bottom line is it was faster, but not 7x faster. It was a good idea at the time since CD rotational speeds had been maxxed out.

about 6 months ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

tedgyz Re:Dead on Arrival (250 comments)

That is too funny. I just watched MiB with my son last weekend. I laughed when I heard that line because it was so long ago, but people still keep doing the same thing.

At least with physical media you have control. If you bought it on itunes you are locked into the Apple-verse for life.

about 6 months ago

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Diablo III Authentication Servers Down

tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "All of our worst fears have been fulfilled. Read this cheery message from Blizzard. Thanks indeed!

Update 5:00 p.m. PDT: Maintenance has concluded and Diablo III is now available for play. Auction house maintenance has concluded, as well, but commodities are still disabled at this time.

We're continuing to investigate latency affecting successful sales and purchases on the gold auction house. Please note that while these issues may cause a temporary delay in having purchased items appear in your Completed tab, your items have not been lost. If you do not see your purchased items immediately, please check back later.

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We're aware of issues affecting our authentication servers which may cause players to experience failed or slowed logins (e.g. getting stuck at "Retrieving Character List"). We're currently investigating the cause of these issues and have brought all Diablo III game servers offline for maintenance. We will provide updates as they become available.

Thank you so much for your reports!"

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Bee research details harm from insecticides

tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tedgyz writes "The Washington Post reports that new research points to pesticides as one of the causes of the disappearing bees. Ironically, these pesticides are considered more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. The neonicotinoids do not kill the bees outright, but disorient them so they cannot find their back to the hive. The study also shows an 85% decline in production of queens."
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The Living Machine Sewage System

tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "Wired discusses the dirty topic of handling our waste in an environmentally friendly manner. I had the benefit of seeing one of these systems in action at a rest stop in Vermont. I paid a visit to the rest room and then walked into the greenhouse to see where "things" get processed.

From the article: Everybody likes trees, but (aesthetics aside) sending poop from the bathroom to the lobby may seem sort of icky. In environmental terms, though, it's a solid choice. Just as photovoltaics can help take a building off the power grid, living machines take strain off the pipes and municipal wastewater facilities on the "sewage grid." They also show that being green means thinking more creatively about our brown and yellow."
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tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "With duke-nukem-forever style delays, it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Optimus Maximus keyboard. Engadget reports:

After some OLED display supply issues and a few setbacks, it looks like Lebedev and company have finally settled on a launch date and price for the king of keyboard, the Optimus Maximus. Hold your breath, it'll be due late November (the 30th, to be specific) for $1536 US ("Shakespeare's birthday"). Bad news, we know, but the worst news is still to come: only 200 keyboards per month for November and December, and 400 keyboards are scheduled to be made next January. (On second thought, at over $1500 apiece, maybe that's not so few keyboards.) Ok, exhale, it's going to be alright.
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tedgyz tedgyz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tedgyz (515156) writes "Wired has an article describing a high definition video service from Azureus. It looks like the previous article about commercialization is coming to fruition. Youtube is mentioned as the low definition predecessor.
From the article:
Available at Zudeo, users can upload, download and comment on videos in a manner similar to other video sharing sites like YouTube, Metacafe and Revver. But instead of the low-resolution video offered by competing services, the Azureus system promises internet video at better than DVD quality, thanks to BitTorrent's ability to distribute huge video files speedily.
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