Man, all these mod points. Where's the "-1 Whoosh" modifier when you need it?
1. You could add a directional glare filter like the 3M PrivacyScreen. It functions basically as a linear polarizer and wayward light (from the sun or other sources) doesn't bounce back as much.
2. Turn it into a hackintosh if you really want to, but then you'll miss out on Windows 8's integrated touch and pen support. I don't mean Metro (which is really pretty worthless) but many applications are aware of touch, and a few (like OneNote) natively take advantage of the pen as well. Not sure if you can even get OSX drivers for the touchscreen and stylus.
Also, I believe OSX's HiDPI scaling works best with Retina displays that are 2x the resolution of normal Macbooks. I don't think you'd get the same effect with the Surface Pro's 1080p display because no Mac has that resolution by default; I think it'll pixel-double to Retina and then downsample to 1080p, and I'm not sure how that'll look on the tiny screen.
So what if you're playing the bad guy? I don't understand the problem.
If you commit war crimes and win the war, nobody's left to prosecute you. Just like real life. If you lose, it could just be part of the defeat video.
If you're a grunt on the ground in a WW2 game, nothing you do is really going to affect the overall strategic theater much anyway. Maybe your commander gets annoyed with you and throws you in the military jail for a little while, like in America's Army. If you're the Nazis, maybe nothing happens, or maybe in the next area, you find a discarded newspaper lambasting your unit's crimes against humanity. Maybe crying children, whatever.
Or maybe if you spare some Jews, a few of them later on spares one of your comrades in an ambush because they recognized you. Just write it into the story in a minor but interesting way. It doesn't have to dramatically alter gameplay.
And at worst, sometimes there ARE no visible consequences for practicing evil, and there's no need to artificially add that into games where it doesn't make sense. But whenever it does make sense, I just see it as another element of depth.
Can you use a reputation system? If you do too many bad things, your allies start questioning you, and if you keep doing that, you get mutinies, rebellions, factions uniting against you, etc.
4X games like Civilization are a good example of that. You can be a ruthless slave-driving militarist or a peaceful ecoscientist and your choices affect how other factions treat you, whether they want to trade with you and give you gifts or whether they all team up to kill you.
And even if it's a first person shooter, adopting reputation systems from RPG works just fine too. You start losing teammates if you do too many wrong things, or you get docked pay, or assassins start coming after you, etc. Knights of the Old Republic and most of the D&D/Bioware games have a karma system that reward both good and evil play.
If you mistreat all your POWs, for example, there could be a small chance they start an insurrection with the help of the local resistance. Or perhaps some wannabe World Police entity will step in and bug you from other fronts.
And torture... maybe sometimes you'll get useful answers and sometimes you won't, and once you get a reputation for it, you could start an arms race and your future enemies might use illegal ammunition against you, or chemical weapons, or just be more vicious and never let you take them prisoner, etc.
Choice can be interesting and educational even if it's on-its-face evil. Morality isn't just about "do this thing because society says so" but understanding the desires and consequences of our actions on the bigger picture.
Well, I am American and I'm not opposed to US military. But I am opposed to how massively funded it is in respect to the rest of the world in respect to other parts of the national budget. I am also opposed to how our troops are used in conflicts of dubious security value on false moral pretenses.
75% of their revenue comes from the military, though. It would be more appropriate to categorize them as an arms dealer that also does other things on the side.
But an AC pointed out that the stoppage does not affect military funding, so it's probable that the 3000 laid off did not work directly on military projects.
In all seriousness, doesn't his mean 3,000 fewer people are building fighters, drones, missiles, and other weapons? How many foreign lives will this furlough save? And the layoffs? 75% of Lockheed's revenue comes from the military. That's 2,250 genius serial killers we've been funding before the furlough, the 2,250 people who've been hoarding a fifth of the national budget to murder people for profit.
Isn't it a good thing they're out of work?
If the price of peace is a few closed national parks and slower passport processing, isn't it perhaps worth it...?
By that definition, you might as well call it Congress.
My guess... maybe the glasses block certain frequencies instead of adding to the human visible range, enhancing contrast rather than enhancing range?
1) Suppose your eyes can see near-infrared (NIR) light (they can).
2) Then suppose your eyes are more sensitive to lower-frequency light, especially around the yellow-green portion of the spectrum (so far this isn't controversial)
3) (This is where it gets hypothetical) Maybe minute changes in the NIR portion of the spectrum aren't very noticeable to the unaided eye under normal, multi-spectral light because your eye cells are more tuned to the lower frequencies.
4) But if you wear glasses or contacts that filter out lower-frequency light, suddenly your entire range of vision is limited to the NIR portion and you can focus your vision and attention on that and not be overwhelmed by the other data.
5) Then if you used special ink that could affect this contrast, absorbing slightly more or less NIR light than the regular printing ink, maybe you can use it to mark cards such that they'd be unnoticeable to most people under normal lighting conditions.
As an analogy, if you have a pair of those old-school 3D glasses (red and blue), try drawing a bunch of red Xs on a piece of paper. Then with a pen of a different color, draw a tiny dot in the middle of one of the Xs. Not very noticeable, right? But if you look through the red lens of those glasses, all the Xs disappear and the dot will stand out. The card trick could be the NIR version of that, with fancier inks and more selective wavelength filtration.
Just a guess.
Isn't that what happened at first? Then peoples across history, independently across geographical areas, evolved societies with rules and laws.
Maybe we as a species prefer limitations on our freedom in exchange for our survival and comfort.
I'm not in Gitmo yet. Ergo, I'm not important. They may be monitoring me, but spying is cheap. You're nobody until someone tortures you.
I want an all-purpose university machine: A good keyboard to type notes with, a digitizer to draw diagrams with, and a touchpad tablet mode to read assigned PDFs on. I would also like it to be reasonably usable as a regular laptop and run Office. It should be affordable.
Sadly, the Surface Pro ALMOST covers all that.
The keyboard cover is accept, but the lack of an actual hinge makes it unusable as a laptop; I don't always have a desk to type on that's the right position and angle.
The digitizer is nice, but the 10" screen means it's hard enough to see anything to begin with, much less with my hand covering half of it.
I can use it as a tablet, but the apps all suck compared to Android and its battery life is sub-par.
It works as a laptop, sort of, but its huge charger, small but high-DPI display, and limited RAM and hard drive space makes it at best an average laptop.
It's not as expensive as top-tier ultrabooks, but it's not exactly impulse-buy either. It's an expensive device with a bunch of compromises, a bunch of almosts, and I've considered and reconsidered it so many times that I could cry. If it were just a bit better at these things it'd be no-brainer, but as it is I'm afraid I'd just spend a lot of money to be a little disappointed in every aspect that I care about.
So I just keep ignoring the Surface and looking at other options that sacrifice one or two of those things but does everything else really well. I guess you just can't have it all (yet).
Wow, how much did they pay you to say that? Did they offer your family a Cuban vacation?
Isn't it just a matter of when, not if, they'll send you that letter? A few years from now, NSLs will probably be automated and as common as DMCA takedown requests.
Don't you end up with warlords vying for power?
This is Slashdot. What else is Slashdot good for, if not "really technical"?
Summarizing yesterday's Reddit?