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Comment: Re:Not sure why they mention Google... (Score 1) 90

by Asdanf (#36458596) Attached to: Franken Bill Would Protect Consumers Location Data
Today most browsers that can expose location prompt the user before doing so. It sounds like this bill would require the websites to also obtain explicit permission, meaning to share your location you would always have to click "ok" twice in a row. Seems like a pain; why not continue to rely on the core browser/OS to manage these permissions?

Comment: Re:Google (Score 1) 99

by Asdanf (#35582500) Attached to: Google Spends $1 Million For Throttling Detection
Hard way to do good as a business:
  1. 1. Consciously try to do good every day, despite business interests to the contrary.

Easier way to do good as a business:

  1. 1. Align your corporate business model with good things.
  2. 2. Follow the business model.

In other words, maybe it's because of Google's founders' altruism that you now don't have to trust Google's altruism.

Comment: 33% Thinner? (Score 1) 1118

by Asdanf (#35365768) Attached to: IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3
Does anyone else find "33% Thinner" a bit hard to parse? "Thinness" is not something I measure, "Thickness" is. "66% as thick" would be the clearer way to state that figure.

I don't know whether Apple opted for the more ambiguous phrasing just in order to use the word "thin" and not the word "thick", or because they're hoping to confuse people into thinking the iPad 2 is 33% the thickness of the iPad 1.

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Pac-Man's Ghost Behavior Algorithms 194

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-hate-the-pink-one dept.
An anonymous reader writes "This article has a very interesting description of the algorithms behind the ghosts in Pac-Man. I had no idea about most of this information, but that's probably because it's difficult to study the ghosts when I die every 30 seconds. Quoting: 'The ghosts are always in one of three possible modes: Chase, Scatter, or Frightened. The "normal" mode with the ghosts pursuing Pac-Man is Chase, and this is the one that they spend most of their time in. While in Chase mode, all of the ghosts use Pac-Man's position as a factor in selecting their target tile, though it is more significant to some ghosts than others. In Scatter mode, each ghost has a fixed target tile, each of which is located just outside a different corner of the maze. This causes the four ghosts to disperse to the corners whenever they are in this mode. Frightened mode is unique because the ghosts do not have a specific target tile while in this mode. Instead, they pseudorandomly decide which turns to make at every intersection.'"

Comment: Re:Does the Bear poop in the woods ? (Score 5, Informative) 378

by Asdanf (#34074488) Attached to: Is Google Polluting the Internet?

PS google is willing to invade my privacy and yours with street view; can you do streetview for the personal residences of Page and Brin and the directors and senior executives of Google ?

Yes, you can. I did a quick Google search for [larry page's home address], the first result listed his address, and then Google Maps was happy to provide me with both aerial photos and street view.

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