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Afraid Someone Will Steal Your Game Design Idea?

thereitis Re:I also have given up hoarding my ideas (140 comments)

One of my favorite ideas lately is expanding upon minecraft to allow for bots.

I've thought for awhile that Minecraft would be a great sandbox for writing AI routines. I agree - there's lots of potential for supporting bots in minecraft.

about a year ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

thereitis The dual purpose of common people (395 comments)

1) Criminals or potential criminals. People not to be entrusted with information regarding important dangers the country faces.

2) Brave men and women who fight in wars and give their lives for their country.

1 and 2 are the same people, viewed at different angles for different purposes. I find it sad that people who are expected to give their lives for their country if need be are not deemed worthy of knowing more about the inner workings of their country. Instead they are spied upon and, under a magnifying glass, treated as insignificant. We should all have the right to understand the inner workings of our country and take part in shaping its security and its future.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk's New Hologram Project Invites 'Iron Man' Comparisons

thereitis Re:Can't wait to enroll in Musk University (135 comments)

If Musk waited around for everyone else to "get it" he'd probably need at least 2 lifetimes to accomplish his dreams. Jobs' style sounds like a good choice.

about a year ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

thereitis Re:Seriously? (506 comments)

We can only talk about something for about 2 days here, and then container story gets buried no matter how important the topic.

I've thought of this as a problem as well. Slashdot also disables comments on a story after some time. One thought I had was the ability to post stories under a set of tags, and people could view all the stories under a set of tags and view all the comments under a set of tags. Hopefully the tags wouldn't dilute the conversation too much - I'm not sure it's a good idea, actually, but might spark someone's imagination.

about a year ago
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Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

thereitis pdf-epub (193 comments)

My main use case is converting PDF -> EPUB. I haven't found the output the greatest, at least on my Kobo. Will have to check the new version out.

about a year ago
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US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

thereitis Re:Well... we knew it was comming. (427 comments)

A video explaining plastic to oil conversion. I noticed in the video that all the plastics were perfectly clean. Recycle bins are a lot dirtier. How much water would have to be used in this process to clean the plastics? Can the poisonous gases generated be burned off safely? Interesting tech, anyway.

about a year ago
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Notch Shelves Space Game 0x10c, Cites Pressure, Desire To Work On Small Projects

thereitis Re:Notch beaten to the punch (178 comments)

Procedural-generated space game - nice. I was thinking a couple days ago about whether there's a Tradewars 2002 type of game with procedurally generated warps, resources, etc. Yeah, retro. :)

about a year ago
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Notch Shelves Space Game 0x10c, Cites Pressure, Desire To Work On Small Projects

thereitis Re:Fix Minecraft x 1.6.x sucks donkey balls (178 comments)

It makes no sense that horse armour can't be crafted. I hope they change it. The new launcher is a step in the right direction - upgrades were a killer for bukkit servers since you couldn't play them after a client game (until the server also upgraded). Now at least you have a fairly straight-forward way to play on servers running older software. I wish horses could be summoned like on World of Warcraft. In their current form your horse is basically locked to a continent unless you want to build a massive bridge to get somewhere else. Horses also wander off too quickly. Can't even cut down a tree without having to go and chase it down. I also find the constant need to get XP to repair items is makes minecraft "grindy". I use my tools/weapons to gather resources and the XP I get is enough to keep them repaired, but more often not enough left to enchant new tools.

about a year ago
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Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%

thereitis Re:Cause (352 comments)

I was wondering the same thing. A large percentage of sites point at at least one of google-analytics.com, googleadservices.com, *.googleapis.com (and likely others). An addon like RequestPolicy for Firefox lets you limit connections to 3rd party websites (and can be educational as well).

about a year ago
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NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds

thereitis Re:Take a breath, get some perspective. (312 comments)

You're right, it isn't an either/or proposition, and yet some people are clamoring for the NSA to be shut down (the "flying blind" choice). But imagine a continuum between "flying blind" and "sacrificing privacy of X thousand citizens" where greater intelligence gathering correlates with greater privacy invasion. Somewhere along the line there will be a point around which the majority of people say "yeah, this is the right balance", don't you think? Is it possible to avoid *any* collateral damage while retaining an effective level of intelligence?

about a year ago
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NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds

thereitis Re:Take a breath, get some perspective. (312 comments)

I've come to think that any person or organization with an important enough purpose can get away with most things. Some examples: Even a convicted murderer can get off the hook if they help bust a giant racketeering ring; a failing multi-billion dollar company will get bailed out by the government if it is a big enough backbone for the country's economy. In this case, an agency as important to the security of the USA as the NSA will be allowed to continue operating as-is despite a relatively small number of infractions. If the choice was between "flying blind" and "having massive intelligence but sacrificing privacy of X thousand citizens" I think the choice is pretty clear.

about a year ago
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Obama on Surveillance: "We Can and Must Be More Transparent"

thereitis To be taken seriously (537 comments)

To be taken seriously, he'd have to put Snowden in charge of this new transparency initiative. Obviously that's not going to happen.

about a year ago
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Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't

thereitis All at once (771 comments)

If you can't smother the shitstorm in the media, you might as well get all your dirty work done in short order so this rash of privacy and human rights abuses can becomes last week's news as soon as possible.

about a year ago
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Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

thereitis Re:No (772 comments)

Genius! Actually... I probably would watch that. :)

I'm actually not a Doctor Who fan (nothing against it... i'm too impatient to watch it) so I may be misunderstanding how "regeneration" works, but imagine for a second a Doctor who's been a man for over 10 generations who wakes up to realize he's now a woman! It might be interesting if they scripted it as if the woman still had the mind of the original male Doctor. "man realizes how some people treat women" angle. "man can't wait to be a man again" "man spends too long in the shower washing his privates" I dunno. :)

about a year ago
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NASA Appointed Team Set Out Priorities For a Europa Surface Mission

thereitis Re:Search for life (83 comments)

It still matters if you care where the species originated. For example, the difference between Europa (a) having originated life completely independently of Earth and (b) having been contaminated by life from earth and then evolved separately is very significant.

about a year ago
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NASA Appointed Team Set Out Priorities For a Europa Surface Mission

thereitis Re:Search for life (83 comments)

I read recently that NASA basically catalogs what bacteria it can't eradicate and if it finds those bacteria on an alien planet will have to assume the source was contamination. I'm not sure how they'd plan to handle centuries from now if they found a descendent bacteria that was mostly unrecognizable from the original, cataloged bacteria.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

thereitis Re:There is only one way... (195 comments)

You might get a couple of freebies with his contact info but I suspect it'd be better policy for an installation this size to set up a paid arrangement with the outgoing sysadmin. I'm not in IT so I don't know what precedents there are around this, but relying on him to reply for free just seems against human nature.

about a year ago
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NSA Director Defends Surveillance To Unsympathetic Black Hat Crowd

thereitis Auditability (358 comments)

There is 100 percent auditability on what we do.

How does that jibe with the recent story NSA Can't Search Its Own Email

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tags and Tagging, What Is the Best Way Forward?

thereitis Re:Tag index page (142 comments)

Allow users to specify tags for a story and display the most commonly entered tags. It then becomes a form of commenting, in a way. "upvote" could be just another tag.

about a year ago

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Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes High-Powered Magnet

thereitis thereitis writes  |  about a year and a half ago

thereitis (2355426) writes "The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with six retailers, is announcing the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets due to ingestion hazard. CPSC continues to warn that these products contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers. An administrative complaint has been filed which is rare, as CPSC has filed only four administrative complaints in the past 11 years."
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Old technology coexisting with new

thereitis thereitis writes  |  about 2 years ago

thereitis (2355426) writes "Looking over my home computing setup, I see equipment ranging from 20 years old to several months old. What sorts of old and new equipment have you seen coexisting, and in what type of environment?"

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Strip searches for minor offences

thereitis thereitis writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Unpaid parking tickets? Thatâ(TM)s a strip search. And no leash on your doggie? Thatâ(TM)s a strip search too. It might sound weird, and a wee bit terrifying, but thatâ(TM)s the verdict out of the United States Supreme Court this week.

Only a wee bit terrifying? American authorities sure seem to want to see everyone naked these days.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer was one of the four dissenters and argues that, in cases such as this, strip-searches were âoea serious affront to human dignity and to individual privacy.â Thank goodness someone has a little sense.

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Next PlayStation to lock out used games

thereitis thereitis writes  |  more than 2 years ago "Buckle up, Sony enthusiasts. A tipster has told Kotaku that the PlayStation 4 is named "Orbis," and that it will feature an anti-used game system, offer no backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 titles, and ship in holiday 2013. " Story is at gamespot.com.

What does this system offer that would compel a user to "upgrade"?

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