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Comment: Re:You're screwing it up devs (Score 1) 468

by Asgard (#48410995) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Every single-player exploration game falls under the 'could make exploration pointless' category, yet they are still fun games.

It doesn't make sense that a game with one player requires more CPU then a desktop can provide -- tracking that a NPC spawned some items on a market in various star systems is not that intensive. The CPU intensity of MMOs comes from tracking all the player interactions and routing/filtering those actions, not the spawn rates of various events.

The alternative is to say that one players interactions require more resources then a desktop CPU can provide, which bodes poorly for the scalability / longevity of the game if they need 1.5 cloud-nodes to run 1 player's simulation.

Comment: Re:really? (Score 1) 986

It had to be plugged in to operate, the manufacturer was directly involved in several parts of the test, and it sounds like the outputs were measured in a questionable way. It'd be awesome if it was true, but there is a lot of room for tricks in that.

Even if nobody knows how it works, it should be possible for one of these to be handed off to a disinterested 3rd party with the appropriate inputs detailed, and have it function such that it can be detached from external power and continue to generate significant heat.

But, having the manufacturer involved with setting up the test and fiddling with it partway through casts great suspicion on the claims.

Comment: Re:that's sorta the problem (Score 1) 192

by Asgard (#48011813) Attached to: NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

Then you'd have people ransacking stores looking for serial #'s that test above their price level, buy them all up and resell them after unlocking them. Instead, perhaps publish a serial #/model catalog. That works so long as the serial # on the card is relatively tamper-evident, and the manufacture has to be ok with essentially exposing their exact manufacturing numbers. Probably not especially palatable.

Comment: Re:telnet (Score 2) 566

by Asgard (#44230437) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

Exactly. It is useful to be able to demonstrate that a given request/response occurs with minimal interference. Otherwise there is always questions as to whether FireFox or Curl is sending a request 'differently' somehow; being able to show that a given behavior is reproducible with a request issued over least-common-denominator telnet is inarguable.

Additionally, telnet is nearly ubiquitous while protocol analyzers are much harder to find, plus are often forbidden on desktops in large corporate environments as a security issue either due to their sniffing capability or for innate vulnerabilities.

Comment: Re:Perfect is the enemy of good. (Score 1) 1103

by Asgard (#44154565) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

They may be required to accept cash, but it can be very inconvenient. Cash transferred via 3rd parties (mail, drop-box, etc) could be pocketed'/lost' before it gets credited to your account, leaving you to pay the bill again plus late fees with no recourse as there is no paper trail. The alternative of spending a solid weekday (not everyone has a weekend office open) each month traveling to places where you can hand the cash to a person/machine and get an immediate receipt is not practical for many.

Comment: Re:An annoyance (Score 1) 294

by Asgard (#43082757) Attached to: Do Kiosks and IVRs Threaten Human Interaction?

Indeed. A frequent caller would normally find out that the options have changed on their first call after the change by way of being misrouted. An infrequent caller will have to listen to the prompts anyway. Telling both classes that the options have changed on every call takes up everyones time and rarely actually helps anyone.

Comment: Re:It is the cost of "participation" (Score 1) 323

by Asgard (#35498016) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia

Legally, you do not have to pay any taxes until your file your tax return, but if you earn a taxable income of US$50,000.00, you will have to write a check for US$12,500.00 when you file your taxes.

Income taxes have to be paid throughout the year; if you are in a situation where you do not have an employer to do witholding on your income then you have to pay estimated tax payments. You can't just hold on to all the income tax money untill the end of the year and pay it in a lump sum; you'll be penalized for that.

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=110413,00.html

What Ways Can Sites Handle Spambot Attacks? 75

Posted by Cliff
from the barbarians-at-the-gates dept.
Amazing Quantum Man asks: "I'm a member of a site devoted to nitpicking TV shows and movies. It has always had an open posting policy — no registration required, and you could use any name you wanted. This policy was instituted way back in 1998, and led to some quite fun, freewheeling threads on various boards. Recently, we have come under spambot attack, with spambots posting links to gambling and porn sites on every single discussion board on the site. The admins have been trying to block IPs, but it's useless against a botnet. As a defense, it looks like the site is going to require registration, and disable anonymous posting. Many regulars, while they understand the need, are concerned that the freewheeling character of the site will be lost. Let me continue by saying that I'm not a site admin, merely a member there. Also, if it helps, the site in question is running Discus. Has anyone here been in a similar situation? How did you handle it, and what did it do to the 'culture' of your site?"

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