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Comment: Re:Put some content in your damn game (Score 2) 126 126

I think the refund system will actually drive more sales -- even for small games because it might reduce risk enough for people to be willing to try games that they wouldn't otherwise buy.

Making a game interesting enough for 2 hours of gameplay really isn't that hard. That's a VERY low bar.

Comment: Re:Explanation seems to violate charge conservatio (Score 1) 265 265

Isn't this just plain photoelectric effect but the novel thing is that thrust is generated because the electrons are apparently all released in the same direction?

So I imagine it isn't really 'fuel free' in the sense of that it would still need some source of electrons eventually.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 4, Insightful) 164 164

It's not like convicts get out of prison and they're reset to a neutral state and can try hard and do ok in life.

Ex-convicts are actively persecuted by society. It'd be like if you fell off the wagon and then a buffalo decided to sit on you.
It's not just "on you" to get back on the wagon.

And a significant portion of the population is now an ex-prisoner or ex-felon. "In 2008, about one in 33 working-age adults was an ex-prisoner, and about one in 15 working-age adults was an ex-felon. Among working-age men in that same year, about one in 17 was an ex-prisoner and one in eight was an ex-felon." http://www.cepr.net/press-cent...

Millions of people. Your short sighted "I personally don't care about your well being because you fucked up and I'm scared of you" mentality would be like saying, "Why should I pay taxes for public schools if I don't have kids?"

Comment: Re:Not convinced (Score 1) 408 408

But see the thing is that it doesn't have to be perfect (though people have the unreasonable expectation that it should be.)
Autonomous cars just have to be safer than people driving cars... which is a pretty low standard.

And it's not like people can't take over driving the car for edge cases. They're supposed to be paying attention the whole time they're driving anyway (even though humans suck at focused attention.)
Planes have autopilot but pilots are still responsible for staying in the cockpit and monitoring so that they can take over as needed.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 5, Informative) 184 184

I might be wrong but isn't it also when the SSD is stored at 55C AFTER having been stress tested at 55C to their endurance rating in terabytes written (page 39) under a given workload?
And even then the cherry picked value was in example data submitted by Intel for unknown hardware and very likely extrapolated and quite possibly meaningless because it wasn't part of the chart targeted for the standard.

The article seems to have totally misrepresented the presentation's purpose: which is to lay out endurance testing methodology/standards.

The only important values were on page 26 where they set the minimum requirements of 40C 8hr/day load/30C 1 year retention for consumer (with a higher error ratio) and 55C 24hr/day load/40C 3 months retention for enterprise (with a lower error ratio.)
And it looks like they haven't actually worked out the consumer workload for testing yet.

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 1) 356 356

That's what they are doing?

We’re boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results.
This update:
Affects only search rankings on mobile devices
Affects search results in all languages globally
Applies to individual pages, not entire websites

A whole bunch of ignorant nonsense of slashdot this morning.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 4, Informative) 591 591

If you can't bear to kill your 'criminal' by ripping off their heads with a rope tied to the back of a F100 you're just putting lipstick on a pig and calling it pretty.

I strongly disagree with this sentiment. Even if you're against capital punishment you can still recognize the reality of the current situation and desire a better form of execution.

It's quite simple, if you yourself were to be executed which method would you think is more humane? CO2 buildup is an extremely painful way to die, not just merely "aesthetics." CO poisoning is as well.
In studies (google for them), nitrogen (or another inert gas) has been shown to be one of the most humane ways to kill any mammal.

I, in fact, hope this sets a precedent and that states move to nitrogen gas as the primary method of execution. At least then the innocent people we kill wouldn't have to suffer while it's done.

Comment: Re:Enjoy Your New Internet Taxes (Score 2) 157 157

While I'm pretty sure you're mocking the GP I thought someone might actually want that information.

The summary: http://www.fcc.gov/document/fc...
I think the rules are here (but a fourth of it is commentary): http://transition.fcc.gov/Dail...
I think this is the related "title II" stuff so you can see what portions they picked to apply: https://www.law.cornell.edu/us...
I find it weird that I couldn't actually find that chapter on ecfr.gov but oh well.

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089 1089

I agree with you but the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act opt-out "fee" is not a fee and is instead a tax penalty with no teeth (the worst they can do is take it out of an income tax refund.) And it allows exemptions for various reasons.

So it's really only a fee/burden on healthy people who make decent income and don't want to get health insurance and subsidize others. Anyone who is poor and who can't actually afford insurance (even with subsidies) is either exempt or just wouldn't bother to pay $95.

Comment: Re:This guy has a better idea (Score 1) 221 221

I'd just like to note that while electric cars are doing well in Norway I believe that Teslas are not the most popular cars in Noway.

I found the statement surprising and was hoping it was true but the claim seemed to be from news articles with cherry picked statistics over a short time period -- supposedly when batch orders were being delivered. Basically if a whole year's deliveries are in a few months then it it will be the post popular for those few months but not overall and not for the whole year.

Electric cars make up 1% of all cars in Norway (something like ~25,000 vehicles out of ~2.5 million, not including trucks/vans/buses/etc) which is a lot compared to most countries but still a small amount.

Comment: Re:What's the alternative? (Score 1) 270 270

I swear you must work for the NSA or some other three letter agency. Please don't come to my house and rape me.
Down with China! Up with the West! Um... nukes bad and scary! Mall bombs bad and scary!
I promise I won't ever demonstrate outside of a "free speech" zone or without a permit. I'm a good citizen!

I'm sorry for the ad hominem but your only valid argument against preferring a foreign government spying on you, Average Joe, to your own government was the identity theft risk and that seems worth it to me.
The rest of your points are frivolous. It doesn't matter if China is a modern Nazi Germany -- the other countries still aren't paragons of excellence either.

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.