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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

torchdragon Re:what will it take for general acceptance (921 comments)

Its a good thing you're apologizing for the thuggish behavior of the aggressors. I'll make sure that you compensate me for any injuries I receive when I'm robbing your house.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

torchdragon Not a simple question, or maybe it is... (421 comments)

I'm an early adopter because of my employer. We do mobile development and have been pushing to be a leader in Glass development. I've had a lot of hands on time with the device and its is a really cool piece of tech but there's a bunch of gotchas for it.

1. Its limited. There's little it can do right now that isn't handled better on your smartphone.
2. Battery usage is pretty abysmal. If you're looking to get a solid 8-10 hours of casual usage, you won't make it.
3. Its expensive. $1500 is a lot for what it can do.

Those things are severe downsides as a non-developer. However, if you're interested in learning how to develop on the device and juicing up your resume with wearable design / implementation experience, then for someone like me (a mobile developer), the $1500 is an investment that you get to play around with on your off hours.

So if you want to be a leading edge developer and you can back up your interest with cash, go for it. If you're looking for a good investment on a solid end user experience you will be disappointed, just wait for the consumer version to hit the market.

about a year ago

New Interface Could Wire Prosthetics Directly Into Amputees' Nervous Systems

torchdragon Making tech level progress... (160 comments)

Excellent! Now we can build Copters, Thinkers, Drop Pods and start work on the The Cyborg Factory.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Game Publishing CEO Resigns

torchdragon Re:A Linux game company that wasn't troubled? (142 comments)

Except that those numbers are incredibly weak when compared with the "mainstream" game channels.

When I checked, there were $488k in 82k sales. That's for 4 titles and a charity. Assuming a 100% revenue push from customer to developer (an impossibility), that means their average of $5.95 per sale gets split into 4 companies equating to almost $1.50 per sale, per company.

So we've got $122,000 total possible revenue without any removal of revenue hitting the developer. If you're a one or a two man independent development team, Congrats, you get to (possibly) pay your bills. If you're a 3 or a 4 man team, you're still working a second job. If you're at all bigger, you'll be shutting down unless you have another source of revenue for your game.

Out of those 82,000 sales, less than 25% are linux sales, but even going with 25%, that means 20,500 people specifically bought the Linux version.
Now, not all of the users on Steam have paid $5.95, but I'm willing to be a vast majority have. As I type this there are 4.1 million users on Steam and the vast majority of them are going to be Windows.

So honestly it really isn't hard to argue that there's no market. 20,500 people is great for an interest group, not for a global market.

more than 2 years ago

Senator Rand Paul Detained By the TSA

torchdragon Re:Obligatory (941 comments)

"Bwwweoooo boop beee wheeeeeeerrooooo boop bweeep oooop wee*"


* "The only reason the Queen deserves to live is that I've got a bowl of hot grits waiting for the two of us back at my space condo. You, you amphibious turd, should never have been conceived."

about 3 years ago

Windows 8 To Include Built-in Reset, Refresh

torchdragon Re:My mother's house. (441 comments)

My grandfather is still using a machine that I built for him 8 years ago off the same Windows XP install that I put on the machine. Yes he uses the internet, yes he uses email. He's not really a computer person, he's been retired from repairing clocks for over 20 years now. I've been over to his house once to fix the computer, and that was to install a new hard drive to replace a failing IDE drive.

My brother works in landscaping, he's not a computer person. I've had to go to his house a couple times to replace hardware.

My mother is an HR manager, my father a retired factory worker. I've had to go to their house a couple times to replace hardware.

My family is not comprised of geniuses, yet they still manage to operate Windows computers for years at a time without requiring an "OS reinstall" or massive software surgery. I know there's counter-rage against the PEBKAC group but there has to be something done about user knowledge. Ignorance really isn't an excuse if you've been doing the same thing wrong for 10 years or more. We have the capacity to learn and change. We should exercise that frequently.

about 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Sues the Guardian Over Leak

torchdragon Re:"[Americans] learned in Earth's final century.. (289 comments)

Same thing with the Hunter-Seeker Algorithm. Deny it to Zakarov and you don't even have to bother researching your own tech for the rest of the game.

more than 3 years ago

LHC Knocked Out By Another Power Failure

torchdragon Re:What's that widget? (338 comments)

I believe the phrase you were looking for is...


more than 5 years ago

NVIDIA Targeting Real-Time Cloud Rendering

torchdragon Re:Won't work in some areas (184 comments)

Perhaps you could call my condo association and have them reverse their decision to disallow Verizon's deployment of FIOS.

You're right though, I suppose I should just be asking myself "Have you thought about changing residences?"

That makes a lot of sense just to play a video game, way more sense than going to NewEgg and buying a new video card for my computer.

more than 5 years ago

Xbox 360 Update Will Lock Out Unauthorized Storage

torchdragon Re:Trash the X-box ... Starcraft 2 will be here so (435 comments)

Yeah, it'll be great to play StarCraft 2 on a bunch of home built computers on your private home network! Ohhhh, yeah, that's right they took that you so you still have to connect to Battle.Net in order to play a LAN multiplayer game.

It's also really awesome that they're launching it for not one but two open source platforms! Oh, right, forgot... Windows and OS X aren't actually open source.

But yeah! Right there with ya man! I'm so sick of this proprietary crap too! I just can't wait for Blizzard to finish making their product which includes pretty much a custom built set of code that is not available to anyone but Blizzard employees... making it not really an open product.

Hmm... well, guess its not as open souce as I thought but woo, man that spin was great for about 15 seconds!

Linux!!!! Wooo! *kegstand*

more than 5 years ago

PHP 5.3 Released

torchdragon Re:features! (120 comments)

Where ever you go, there you are.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development

torchdragon Re:Science makes us great. (753 comments)

I'll see your anecdotal evidence and raise you mine. I've owned my 2003 Focus (manufacture date 2002) since Sept 2004. Ignoring normal consumables that need to be replaced I've spent an entire $100 and 2 hours on repairs for the vehicle.

My father owns an F150 that is 2 years older than my Focus and has needed a total of $250.

My brother owns an F250 that is relatively new and has never needed to repair it.

My brother's previous F150 had to be wrapped around a telephone pole before he stopped driving it and that's only because the frame's not legal to drive on anymore.

*shrug* I guess they're like everyone else in every other industry. Some good, some bad.

more than 5 years ago

The FBI Has a Trojan To Watch You

torchdragon Re:Linux, lynx, and an anonymizer (372 comments)

I think you've just written the best new CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Law & Order, and JAG episode script simultaneously. In fact, I know I've seen an episode or 12 that went exactly like that so I know the public will be excited to see your fresh take on things.

You should get a producer to sell your idea to every network so that they can all make a version of your tremendously soul-reaching plot. You'll probably want to put in some techno-babble just to give it that extra punch the media execs are looking for these days.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

torchdragon Re:America, (1656 comments)

Damn it! Where's Wesley Crusher when you need him?!

about 6 years ago

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

torchdragon Re:America, (1656 comments)

You can still reverse their polarity and align them to the deflector dish though... right?

about 6 years ago

Spore the Most Pirated Game of 2008

torchdragon Re:Standard excuses (404 comments)

Does it also cause "this disk can not be read" errors? I had thought that my system's CD writer (which worked fine for years) had finally just bit it because it wouldn't recognize any media being in the drive.

I have at least SecuROM on my system (despite buying a game from Steam, thanks EA!) and I know Alcohol 120% just added their ACID software that attempts to block DRM software from detecting and disabling A120.

I'm SO glad there's now an arms race between software developers on my system. Who do I sue to stop this? Obviously that's the only way this is going to end. If I put my drive into a new computer and it works fine, can I sue EA, or SecuROM, for the cost of labor and the cost of the new drive that I've yet to install into my machine? Can I make it a case as well to destroy the part of their EULA where it says they're allowed to knowingly damage my computer and cost me money in order to fix it?

more than 6 years ago

Obama's Election Means a Return of Vampire Flicks

torchdragon Re:This makes more sense than I expected (97 comments)

Suddenly the conversation I had in the car last week about neo-platonic duality doesn't make feel like a total outcast. Thank you.

more than 6 years ago


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