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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

the_scoots I'll reconsider buying an XBone... (227 comments)

... when these announcements start coming with an apology and resignation of whichever C-suite mandated the "feature".

about 4 months ago

How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

the_scoots Re:AWS is NOT cheap (146 comments)

That's assuming everyone is paying the sticker price. Larger customers can negotiate better rates with Amazon.

about 5 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

the_scoots Another incremental step towards fly-by-wire cars (518 comments)

The closer car makers get to having cars reliably driving themselves down, the more they'll lobby to get their features mandated one by one.

about 6 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

the_scoots DNA Testing (747 comments)

Maybe we'll have the capability to cheaply trace each confirmed case back to the source through the DNA of diseases. Turn a few ambulance chasing lawyers loose on folks causing outbreaks for whatever reason and a few people might change their tune.

about 6 months ago

IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

the_scoots Re:Sounds horrible (146 comments)

I make games for a living, and have tried many of the gamification apps for things like household chores or which beers you've drank to see what they're like. They're a pain in the butt to enter things into and just aren't much fun IMO.

What you're saying can be summarized as "this is hard so it isn't worth doing".

This is what passes for insightful commentary on Slashdot today?

I know, I know, I must be new here.

I'm sorry that's what you gathered from my post. It's not what I wrote or intended anyone to take away.

A better summary: Layering a game like structure on top of everyday activities has so far not produced many good experiences. Unless there are major unforeseeable advances in experience design and technology over the next couple of years, there will not be anywhere close to 85% of daily activities structured as "games".

about 6 months ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

the_scoots Thanks HR department! (427 comments)

I guess the race to pay everyone as little as possible has leveled the pay out!

about 6 months ago

IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

the_scoots Sounds horrible (146 comments)

I make games for a living, and have tried many of the gamification apps for things like household chores or which beers you've drank to see what they're like. They're a pain in the butt to enter things into and just aren't much fun IMO.

I've seen some interesting things in education, where achievement and point systems are used to construct a less bad grading system, which is cool. But to get to 85% of daily tasks being gamified would take a ton of amazing experience design and technological advancements that I just don't see happening by 2020. Maybe more like 5% would be a more reasonable estimate.

Also, if my HR department decides to gamify performance reviews I'm going to lose it.

about 7 months ago

GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

the_scoots Cue the false outrage from Yahoo (137 comments)

I find it hard to believe anything the big tech companies say after years of favors from the government.

about 7 months ago

Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK

the_scoots More HDMI dongle devices coming (104 comments)

We've been playing with a number of yet to be announced similar pieces of HDMI hardware at work, as well as Chromecast. The #1 feature I wish was available is to make multiple dongles stackable on one HDMI port.

about 8 months ago

Device Mines Precious Phosphorus From Sewage

the_scoots Re:Now if we can get this device onto storm drains (96 comments)

Or, perhaps retain storm drainage on golf courses so their fertilizer doesn't end up in streams to begin with. If golf courses and farmers wouldn't mow and plow right down to the water and then over-fertilize, we could reduce phosphorus in streams a ton. If you're interested in the health of golf course sized stream in the US, I recommend checking out the EPA Wadeable Stream Assessment (I worked on the field work in Arkansas)

about 8 months ago

Behind the Scenes of Wii U Software Development

the_scoots Re:People actually liked the controller? (92 comments)

I bought the console strictly for social play. The controller design excels at enabling fun multiplayer games for use in the same room by giving one player things the other can't see (a hide and seek style game for example). Keeping UI off the TV is nice, but not terribly effective when you have to continually take your eyes off screen to interact with your inventory, map, etc.

about 8 months ago

Developing Games On and For Linux/SteamOS

the_scoots Article is generic (145 comments)

There's really not any information specific to SteamOS or even games in particular, just general info. Not a bad article, but a misleading title.

about 9 months ago

NSA Metadata Collection Program Has Stopped Zero Attacks

the_scoots Re:I doesn't matter (199 comments)

Not to be all conspiratorial, but I think it's been a while now since politicians were really in charge of this sort of thing.

Agreed. I would add, I doubt that anyone who's done the things you have to do to get elected at the national level wants to cross the folks that have access to potentially EVERY electronic piece of information generated by them, their family and staff in the last decade plus. Don't think for a minute that if someone like Feinstein got critical of their programs, some shady business dealings of her husband's or his associates wouldn't get laundered to FBI or others.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

the_scoots Virtualization has helped out experimentation (308 comments)

Our workplace has been pretty laid back about people experimenting with whatever they would like once we got set up with Amazon. Want to try out anything new, just remember to shut down the services when you're done. We're limited to what Amazon has available, but for a web and app focused business, we have a ton of options available.

about 8 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

the_scoots Expect these claims to be walked back (698 comments)

Once those pesky real journalists that insist on facts and sources start digging into this, I'd expect the cataclysmic claims will be slowly walked back to something much less sinister, like almost all other claims of thwarted plots.

about 9 months ago

A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

the_scoots Common Core or a crappy test? (663 comments)

I don't see the Common Core standards as the problem, this is just a poorly written test made by people who were not the authors of Common Core. Unless I misunderstand, Common Core simply defines what skills a student should be proficient at by the end of school years. It doesn't define these test questions, Pearson Education did.

about a year ago

Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

the_scoots Re:XBOX? (616 comments)

The Microsoft goal is to flush so much money down the drain it will become plugged up.

So soon they'll be swimming in their own crap?

about a year ago



NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Fossils

the_scoots the_scoots writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the_scoots writes "Dr. Richard B. Hoover of the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center has published "definitive evidence" in this month's Journal of Cosmology of alien microbe fossils in meteorites. The findings were previously made available to other researchers and responses will be published along side the article beginning March 7th."
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