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Comment: Two Possibilities (Score 1) 349

by FalleStar (#46456759) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

1) The author has managed to uncover a conspiracy by Comcast to hold the good people at down by denying the no doubt millions of potential customers that would be flocking to the domain otherwise. After all, that domain name rolls right off the tongue.


2) Comcast doesn't have an entry in it's DNS servers for the site because it is a Chinese domain that looks like spam that no customer of theirs has tried to access before now.

Comment: Re:I don't dislike Valve (Score 1) 102

by FalleStar (#46145995) Attached to: Steam Music Now Accepting Beta Signups

But what can they bring to the table that old winamp and mp3s can't do better?

Here's a few thoughts:

  1. 1) Manage/Control music without leaving Big Picture mode, not useful for keyboard & mouse really, but if you're playing with a controller on a television I think this would be very useful.
  2. 2) Add a way to mix your music library with the in-game sounds. You could set the music volume to lower than the sound effects and dialogue volume, so that you could hear the music just fine, but without drowning out the noises from the game that might be useful to the player to hear (gunshots, mission directions, etc).
  3. 3) Integration with games to allow the music to pause automatically when a player enters a cinematic or cut-scene.
  4. 4) Use your own music library as background music for subtle immersion. Maybe you're playing GTA and walking down the street, as NPCs drive passed you might hear some of them listening to songs from your own collection. Not sure that this would be done, but it's possible.
  5. 5) The ability to maintain playlists that will trigger per game. To take it a step further even, perhaps you'd want to listen to different music when questing in World of Warcraft as opposed to when you're PVPing (I know I do).

I'm sure there's more creative uses for a feature like this, but these are just what came to me off the top of my head.

Comment: Re:Toy Example (Score 1) 186

by FalleStar (#45946767) Attached to: How Reactive Programming Differs From Procedural Programming
It also doesn't help that he's clearly trying to exaggerate how complex this simple logic would be in other programming languages. The "500 lines of Java code" is mostly whitespace, curly braces, and comments. When you remove the comments from the code he provides while keeping the generous line-spacing, it's only 275 lines of code.

Comment: Links to Patents (Score 5, Informative) 204

by FalleStar (#45946465) Attached to: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case
#5715314 - The second most long-winded description of every online store ever.
#5909492 - The most long-winded description of every online store ever, much of it seems to be copied & pasted straight from the top link.
#7272639 - Describes what a session is.

Soverain Software is just another patent troll that never should have had them assigned in the first place.

Comment: Re:Why does Ford need this data? (Score 1) 599

I was under the impression that much of the data is actually transmitted via OnStar which is built into most new cars. My 2012 Chevy Sonic doesn't have an active OnStar subscription, but at any point I can double-press the button on the mirror and get connected to them. I don't know if the network connection is persistent or not, but I've always just assumed that it is.

Comment: Re:It doesn't matter (Score 1) 470

As someone that purposely went from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (got it for $40 from Newegg on sale), I have to say it was money well spent. The whole Metro setup is terrible, but with Windows 8.1 + Classic Shell, I never see that screen at all. My setup is almost identical to Windows 7, but it runs much better. My gaming rig runs on average 10-20 FPS higher on the same games in Win8 compared to Win7 and there is noticeably less input lag as well.

With all of that being said, if you're not a gamer, there is no reason to upgrade. On my non-gaming systems I run Mint because it is a superior desktop environment in just about every way.

Comment: Re:STILL not accurate and STILL misquoted (Score 1) 182

by FalleStar (#45546671) Attached to: SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy
I'm surprised to see so many people had issues with their OCZ SSDs. I've been running my 256GB OCZ Agility III for over a year with zero issues. I use the drive strictly for the OS partitions though, all my games and media are on my 1TB & 2TB drives. For what I paid for it, I feel like I've already gotten my use out of it. If it does fail on me, that's what backups are for.

Comment: Re:problems with multi-monitor support? (Score 1) 111

by FalleStar (#45477063) Attached to: Mir Won't Ship Even In Ubuntu 14.04

Don't know why I'm bothering to respond to an AC but what the hell, I'll bite.

When was the last time you actually used a good install of Windows, that is one that isn't full of malware/crapware that comes pre-installed from OEMs? Windows has been pretty rock-solid since XP SP 2 (skipping Vista of course). I'm currently running my gaming desktop dual-boot with Windows 8.1 (with Classic Shell of course) & Linux Mint no problem.

I admit that Windows lacks a lot of the things that make Linux great for power users, but at the same time I virtually never have issues with Windows. I've never once had issues with multi-monitor support and I run a dual, sometimes triple monitor configuration.

But go ahead and spread your FUD AC, what do I know?

Comment: Edutainment (Score 1) 79

As far as ways to communicate online goes, I'm not sure how useful of a tool this would be. I can definitely see how this could easily become the best way to learn sign language though if paired with Rosetta Stone-like tutoring software. My wife has been planning to learn sign language soon, I'm sure she'd love to have something like this as a learning aide.

+ - What will the future bring? (Ask Slashdot)->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes "Slashdot's recent article about Andrew Marshall (the pentagon's predictor of future events) got me wondering about about the future in general.

What major changes do you think will happen within the next 5 years or so? What problems do we face today that will become non-issues, what little-known problems will become big, and which problems of today are non issues?"

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+ - Do you need headphones while working?-> 1

Submitted by headyo
headyo (3414225) writes "I recently joined a multinational company as a software developer and there is no cubicle system. Constant buzzing is always there.I bought a noise cancelling headphones for myself and guys, believe me, I am so relieved that I can concentrate on my work. Is use of headphones OK while working? What do yo all think?"
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+ - Toyota's Killer Firmware-> 1

Submitted by Smerta
Smerta (1855348) writes "On Thursday, a jury verdict found Toyota's ECU firmware defective, holding it responsible for a crash in which a passenger was killed and the driver injured. What's significant about this is that this is the first time a jury heard about software defects uncovered by plaintiff's expert witnesses. An interesting summary of the defects discussed at trial is interesting reading, as well the transcript of court testimony. Wonder what the impact will be on self-driving cars?"
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+ - Nvidia Adds Game Recording To GeForce Experience->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Until yesterday, Nvidia's 'Geforce Experience' app was a way to keep your video drivers up-to-date and to optimize graphics settings in your game. Nvidia has always said this was just the beginning and yesterday's update added the ability to stream games to the Nvidia Shield handheld gaming system, and the first beta version of Shadowplay, a way to record gameplay by using the H.264 encoders on your GeForce GTX 650 (or higher) desktop video card. ITworld's Peter Smith gave this feature a quick test and while it has a lot of potential there are a few limitations."
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