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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

ubrgeek Re:Who knew? (61 comments)

Hence the Ingress game as a source of said data.

2 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

ubrgeek Re:Hmmmm (186 comments)

Wasn't the same thing true of the Buck Rogers (the one with Gil Gerard, Erin Gray et al)?

about a week ago
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R. A. Montgomery, Creator of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books, Dead At 78

ubrgeek Re:Got you, Mrs. Sampson (80 comments)

If you want the answer from a Theoretical Physicist, turn to page 43.

If you want the answer from a Quantum Physicist, turn to page 63.

about a week ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

ubrgeek Please add the wontdoanything tag (285 comments)

So what? At least in the US companies will "convince" Congress to repeal any parts of the agreement that might affect their profits, regardless of what the majority of people want.

Wait. We are talking about Net Neutrality, right?

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

ubrgeek Just first-person? (183 comments)

The game play trailer looks like there's third-person perspective, too? Which would be great for those of us who puke when playing FPSs

about two weeks ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

ubrgeek Re:Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (167 comments)

Concur with the number of folks in my circles that actively use it being quite low, but I find the niche groups to be quite useful, as well as the pick-up RPG sessions via Hangout.

about a month ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

ubrgeek Not trying to be a smartass but ... (38 comments)

> As it looks more likely that the U.S. will impose net neutrality rules on landline ISPs

Is there a citation?

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

ubrgeek I'm confused (622 comments)

the rebuttals themselves tend to violate the rules of logic and consistency

How dare Vanity Fair steal Slashdot's business model!

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

ubrgeek Expensive weddings (447 comments)

Expensive weddings can also mean large bank accounts. Large bank accounts can mean expensive alimony. Expensive alimony can mean no desire to get a divorce. No divorce means long marriage (albeit most likely an unhappy one).

about a month ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

ubrgeek Re:In space (470 comments)

> The TIE Fighter sounds were ion streams (from their engines) hitting the hull.

I always felt bad for the TIE pilots. I mean, there they were, minding their own business, and the Falcon comes by and shoots them first. At least, that's how I remember it.

about 2 months ago
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

ubrgeek Re:Motion sickness issues ... (65 comments)

Unfortunately, I am. For example, I can't play a FPS for more than a minute or so - regardless of distance from the TV, lighting, etc. (I've tried all of the recommended things). The worst part is when it hits it lasts for hours.

about 2 months ago
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

ubrgeek Motion sickness issues ... (65 comments)

I had a chance to play with the Rift but could only do so for a few second before motion sickness kicked in big time. I can't do first person shooters without the same thing happening. I'm wondering what will happen as we move more and more toward these types of immersive HCI's and how folks like me will be affected. As some point will these devices become ubiquitous and this type of reaction be considered a "handicap" because it will require special accommodations in the workplace?

about 2 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

ubrgeek Re:$230 (611 comments)

> I'm convinced that ad based funding is a bubble waiting to pop.

Yes, and I'm convinced the Internet is a fad. As soon as we're no longer interested in porn the Internet will go away.

about 3 months ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

ubrgeek Re:Retransmission consent (85 comments)

But they can charge advertisers more if they can legitimately claim they have more TV-watching customers, regardless of whether those customers are actually tuning into anything.

about 3 months ago
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Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets

ubrgeek Droids (32 comments)

Unless these are not the droids you are looking for.

about 3 months ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

ubrgeek Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

> Run that backwards in time and we're all in the same place about 13.7 billion years ago.

New Jersey?

about 3 months ago
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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

ubrgeek Re: String theory is not science (147 comments)

> Is there any form of math for which no match to anything in reality exists?

Yes. Standardized tests.

about 4 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ubrgeek Re: It's already going on... (353 comments)

It's true. From what I recall it was Jefferson who was angry that he wasn't able to get the no-insurance-dongle requirement in the Declaration of Independence. And Franklin kept pissing off every time he showed off his FitBit.

about 4 months ago

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Evernote forums compromised

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  about 2 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "Looks like Evernote was the victim of a successful attack against its forums. According to a notice posted on the site's forum page, no password information was lost and there's "no reason to believe any personal information or database content was compromised.""
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Patent troll claims Minecraft infringement

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ubrgeek writes "Popular game Minecraft has hit the big time: It's being sued for copyright infringement by patent troll Uniloc who claims the game infringes a patent it holds on copy protection software. Developer Markus "Notch" Persson sounds like he's up for the challenge: "Unfortunately for them, they're suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent.""
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French president hypocrite, pirate

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "According to "Le Canard Enchaîné" reported that French president presidential audiovisual services "produced 400 unauthorized copies of the 52 minutes
documentary 'A visage découvert : Nicolas Sarkozy' ... It is even more appalling that we are dealing with repeat offenders : last spring, while the Hadopi law was discussed, U.S. music duo MGMT received â30,000 as a settlement for a copyright infringement by French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party who used one of its songs at a political rally without permission. ""

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OS wars in Sci-Fi

ubrgeek ubrgeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ubrgeek (679399) writes "How does any OS "battle" like *nix vs. OS X vs. MS play out in an environment like Star Trek where there is obviously one OS ("Computer"). Will there still be alternative OS's? Will they be allowed in an environment like a Starship? Will Vulcan geeks hack the Tricorder to run an alternate OS X?"

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