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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

twocows Re: Someone put gum in the outlets. (119 comments)

That reminds me of this post by Brian Krebs. How hard would these things be to set up with some nefarious device that installs a Trojan on any phone that connects? I imagine a well-crafted overlay panel wouldn't be too hard to put on one of these things, or they could come by at night and just install it internally. Sounds too dangerous to me, I think they're going to find this is more trouble than it's worth.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

twocows Re:UF***D (123 comments)

Uplay integrates into their games, and it's their DRM/game platform thing. They don't use Steamworks, which is Steam's DRM system, they just make a release on Steam because a lot of people prefer that platform. But it just uses Steam for distribution, their DRM system is still Uplay, which is why you need to log into it.

about 4 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

twocows Re:Ubisoft and PCs... (123 comments)

Well, I am a pirate. And I bought the game, and even all the DLC shit for it: roughly about a $95 purchase after tax. So they're not far off. I just generally use piracy as a means of figuring out which games are or are not worth my money. But with Watch_Dogs, I'd been following it since it was revealed and I've been planning to buy it since about as long.

Also Uplay used to be buggy, but I haven't had any problems with it lately, and I do like their "micro-DLC" system as someone I know called it. You do stuff in the games (mostly just play them to completion, though there are usually one or two challenges you need to complete) and you can unlock stuff. Usually nothing major, I think AC2 had a wallpaper, some costumes, and an interesting DLC mission (that was probably the best reward I've seen from it), Watch_Dogs has an avatar, I think a wallpaper, and some unlockable items/a vehicle. I think Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon had a skin for your profile and some music, but I don't remember. It's a neat system that rewards you for actually playing your games more than just having achievements (which also exist), and I like it enough that I buy Uplay-native games on the Uplay platform instead of Steam because I like to support it and Ubisoft/Uplay haven't sufficiently pissed me off to avoid them.

There was some weirdness with my payment (their system double-charges you before revoking the second charge for whatever reason), but the guy on the phone was friendly enough (hour and a half queue though).

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

twocows Gmail (90 comments)

Just a reminder that calls within the US are free through Gmail's voice and video plugin thing (which doesn't work with 64-bit browsers because reasons). I don't even bother with a cell, since I'm already at a computer most of the day anyway.

about 4 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

twocows Re:Derp (250 comments)

That's the exact same for me with my face but the exact opposite with my hair. If I wash my face with soap or shampoo, I get acne problems. If I DON'T wash my hair with shampoo, I get all sorts of scalp problems, presumably from the excess of oil. It's worse when it's longer, slightly better when it's shorter.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Jennifer Granick What You Will

twocows What's one thing we should do? (58 comments)

I think most of us here agree with the EFF's mission, but we don't really know what to do aside from donate to the EFF to help. What would be the most important thing that we can do to help change things for the better?

about 4 months ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

twocows Forking is bad? Since when? (293 comments)

No, fuck that. Forking is awesome. When the people managing a project, he mentions GNOME, that's a good example, when those people get their heads too far up their asses and no longer serve the interests of the people who actually USE their software, forking lets us take back control by making an entirely new project without their shitty management. Is he really arguing that projects like MATE and Cinnamon are somehow bad things? Because a substantial number of users would disagree, and many developers, too.

Likewise, OpenSSL is a huge mess. The folks at OpenBSD have a track record of doing shit right and making it very secure (some would say to a fault, but this is supposed to be core software used to secure nearly every web server on the internet, I don't think there's such a thing as "too secure"). Their philosophy is perfect for a project like this, and I think their OpenSSL fork, if it ever branches out from being OpenBSD-specific, will probably be a lot better than the original.

Obviously, forking has other uses, as well. Sometimes someone just wants to take the software in a different direction that's outside of the scope of the original project. That's perfectly fine. I don't know if he's implying that's a bad thing, but if he is, fuck that. He's wrong.

I agree with his overall philosophy that GNU/Linux has some good and some bad shit about it. That's to be expected, it's not perfect, and we absolutely do need to acknowledge the suckage. But forking is a good thing, not part of that suckage, and it pisses me off that he would even insinuate that it's a bad thing. Now, the fact that things so often get to the point where forking is necessary, that is most definitely suckage.

about 4 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

twocows An unusual addon (403 comments)

Keep in mind Google Voice and Video won't work with 64-bit Pale Moon. Learned this from experience; spent a considerable while trying to figure out why it wouldn't work before I pinpointed that as the problem. I keep a portable 32-bit install handy just for making voice calls in Gmail.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

twocows Re:Screw other people (800 comments)

Then it's irrelevant to what's being suggested, or at least how I interpreted it. What he's suggesting is that, if it comes down to an option where someone's going to get hurt regardless, the vehicle should opt to protect the driver. Obviously, in other situations, it should do both when that option is available.

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

twocows Re:A bunch of nuns? (800 comments)

Maybe that's the best solution, really. Is it the vehicle manufacturer's job to play moral philosopher? They're just trying to sell a useful product, and the most useful behavior in that regard is to do whatever benefits the owner the most. Of course, if your ex-wife is trying to run you down with your car, it may not be able to detect that...

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

twocows Re:It's a turd that's slowly being polished (435 comments)

It was Bjarne himself who said that there are two kinds of programming languages: those everyone complains about, and those that nobody uses.

I'm sure that was said more or less as a joke, but it rubs me the wrong way. The basic suggestion here is that no language that reaches sufficient usage is going to be without its problems. That's fair, but I'm reading from it an implication that the criticism is purely due to its popularity, and that's not fair. There are a lot of problems with C++; some are fixable, some are too inherent in the design to be fixed. A lot of what could be fixed has been, and that's fantastic, but there's still plenty of room for legitimate criticism that has nothing to do with hating what's popular.

Regarding languages that "nobody uses," that doesn't necessarily say anything about their quality; some things just don't take off for whatever confluence of reasons. It remains to be seen whether D specifically will or will not, but from what I understand, it is very well-designed and avoids a lot of the design issues present in C++. That's really cool if true and I'm looking forward to seeing if those claims hold up.

about 5 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

twocows Re:It's a turd that's slowly being polished (435 comments)

On the other hand, the people behind it seem to be pretty active and passionate about it, which is a good sign.

about 5 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

twocows Re:It's a turd that's slowly being polished (435 comments)

When I'm working on any project of significance (which isn't often anymore), I tend to write in C, so what you said is about as far off-base as you can get.

I don't know why you're fanboying about a language like C++ (or any language, for that matter; being a fanboy is stupid, and that is what you're doing), but I was just airing my thoughts on the topic, which is what TFS asked for. If you can't possibly comprehend why someone would deign to suggest your glorious C++ is anything but the result of angels crying tears of code, here's one perspective on some of its issues; it's certainly not the only one of its kind (but it's more in-depth and better-written than anything I'd come up with in a comment on /.).

about 5 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

twocows It's a turd that's slowly being polished (435 comments)

I can't stand C++, but they are doing a good job of making it considerably less horrible with every iteration. If they keep it up, the end result will be a well-polished and beautiful turd that is, nonetheless, still a turd. I don't think it's salvageable; if we want something good that serves the same role as C++, it will need to be something completely new with similar goals. D sounds interesting, but I don't really know much about it other than it sounds neat.

about 5 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

twocows Re:True for two main reasons (278 comments)

The problem is that some tools are worse than others. Yes, an artisan craftsman can make a good house with a carp and some thumbtacks, but that doesn't mean those are good tools. C++ is not a good language, nor are any of the languages he mentioned, and they just make things all-around worse for everyone involved.

about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

twocows Re:wrong & ruining slashdot (410 comments)

Then explain why he's wrong rather than posting a bunch of ad hominem garbage.

about 5 months ago

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Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days

twocows twocows writes  |  about a year ago

twocows (1216842) writes "From the article: "Scientists from Washington University have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of a enzyme that exhibits AIDS-like behavior, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in ten days.""
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Age of Empire II (yes, II) to get new expansion

twocows twocows writes  |  about a year ago

twocows (1216842) writes "From Tom's Hardware:
AoE II HD is getting a new expansion pack on Steam sometime this fall. Quoting from the article, "Gamers who procure "The Forgotten" can look forward to a ton of new content, including five new civilizations, four new historical campaigns, a handful of new multiplayer maps and direct streaming to Twitch.tv. Players will also be able to control up to 500 units at a time instead of the current 200-unit limit."
I know what I'll be doing at my next LAN party."

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ARM Launches DRM-laden Processor

twocows twocows writes  |  about a year ago

twocows (1216842) writes "From TorrentFreak
It seems like ARM is launching their newest processor complete with DRM on-chip. Given the prevalence of ARM processors on mobile devices, this could be bad news for people who are pushing for more freedom on mobile devices."

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FOX to host new Cosmos

twocows twocows writes  |  more than 3 years ago

twocows (1216842) writes "FOX is set to make a new season of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson and written by none other than Ann Druyam (Carl Sagan's widow). Let's hope they don't screw it up like every other good show they've aired in the past decade."
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GeForce 400 series releases to tepid reviews

twocows twocows writes  |  more than 4 years ago

twocows (1216842) writes "Nearly half a year after the initial projected release date, Nvidia premiered its new GeForce 400 series of cards at PAX today. After a development period mired in controversy, Nvidia showed off the capabilities of the 400 series in a 3D presentation demoing gameplay footage from titles such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and World of Warcraft. Despite the polished presentation, critical reception has proved to be tepid at best. A number of sites have criticized the line's mediocre performance in benchmarks compared to rival ATI's line of Radeon cards, with some older cards even surpassing the new line in gameplay performance; some also cite the cards' extremely large power draw as another point of contention."
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