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Comment: Neat idea, but overpriced for what you get (Score 2) 33

by Cyfun (#47555333) Attached to: A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

For $50, you get a tiny monochrome screen, a D-pad and TWO WHOLE BUTTONS, and a non-rechargeable 9 hour battery.

A coin cell battery? This is 2014, and it doesn't have a rechargeable battery? He did mention you can get rechargeable coin cells, but they only last an hour. So with moderate use, you're gonna be spending a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, not to mention having to carry around spares with you.

Yes, it's nice and thin, but nobody is gonna stick this in their wallet unless he invents a flexible PCB.

Or, for $30, you can get a brand new LG smartphone from Walmart, running Android 4.4, with a 3.5" color touchscreen, a dual core 1.2ghz processor, camera, wifi, bluetooth, GPS, accelerometers, speakers and a microphone, several gigs of storage space, and a RECHARGEABLE battery that will last 10 hours heavily used and over a week in standby. I guess the only downside is that touchscreens aren't as good as D-pads and physical buttons for games, but you could always buy a USB controller and get a lot more buttons. And while it IS about the size of a credit card, but half an inch thick. And instead of shelling out a few bucks a week on coin cell batteries, you could spend that money on a straight talk cellular plan and get UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS!

Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 1) 152

by Cyfun (#47542597) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

A friend of mine is a single mom and is routinely broke, but was still shelling out $60/mo for cable TV. I was giving her shit about it one day, and she said she only does it just for the kids channels. For her it was worth $2 a day just to plop her lil bastard in front of it so she could get shit done around the house.

So I took one of my old modded Xboxes, downloaded all the damn kids shows I could find (even those from 20 years ago), showed her how to rip DVDs to it, and set up XBMC so that she can just fire up a playlist and it will run all day with no user interaction

She was able to drop the cable, and I get free meals for life. :D

In a year or two, I'll introduce the kid into the wonderful world of SNES emulators.

Comment: Screw other people (Score 5, Insightful) 800

by Cyfun (#46937487) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Let's be honest. The job of YOUR car is to keep YOU safe, so the smaller car is probably the better bet as it will have less inertia and cause you less harm. Sure, the most important law of robotics is to protect human life... but if it's going to prioritize, it should probably start with its owner.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 243

by Cyfun (#46800939) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

No, this will just cause companies to hire the rest on as "contractors," which is worse because those people will usually get screwed over on benefits. This is what Exxon Mobil does. They only have about 75,000 employees, but are one of the most profitable companies in the world. Although they do take fairly good care of them... but can you imagine if a company like Walmart did this? Hell, they pretty much already do!

Comment: Re:Bad things (Score 5, Funny) 195

by Cyfun (#45865393) Attached to: Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose

Illegal narcotics are made in garages and jungles in unregulated conditions BECAUSE they can't be made legally. One of the main reasons they cause so much harm to people is BECAUSE of these poor manufacturing conditions and how they're cut. We should legalize them simply to allow us to create and distribute them in a safer manner that we can regulate and monitor.

Besides, people die many times more from prescription drug abuse than illegal drug abuse.

And alien races likely avoid us because of or proclivity for violence over diplomacy, greed over innovation, and utter lack of common sense. If anything, legalizing narcotics and spending the money treating addicts instead of just tossing them in jail would make it MORE likely that aliens would see us as sensible motherfuckers and contact us.

So... let's legalize drugs so we can meet some hot green Orion women already!

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