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Comment: Wow!! no one has said these. (Score 1) 278

by Foo2rama (#41757797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling - Historical Fiction about Babbage.

The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C Clark - extensive subplot around chaos and fractal theory.

You can also make an argument about the Foundation series from Asimov being math based. The entire series is predicated on using math to predict the future and Humanities actions.

Comment: There is NO WAY this is correct. MATH INSIDE (Score 5, Insightful) 464

by Foo2rama (#41084001) Attached to: Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%
Lets do some math....

The last ghost recon has sold 1.03 million units so far world wide. Which assuming the 95% piracy rate means 20.6 million units would have been sold or 14.7million units at the 93% piracy rate.

The original Bioshock on xbox360 only moved 2.53 million units worldwide, and we can assume a very low piracy rate as it was on Xbox 360 only. That game was a huge hit, the Last Ghost Recon did well not amazing.... So you are saying that between 5-9 time more people played Ghost recon vs Bioshock? Yes the lat Ghost recon has cross platform but even if you take that into account...

Anyone else see the math issue?

Data pulled from here. http://www.vgchartz.com/game/43311/tom-clancys-ghost-recon-future-soldier/

Comment: Re:lots of options (Score 1) 195

by Foo2rama (#40961067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?
My thoughts exactly. Quickbooks works, the format is transferable to almost everything. You know the taxes will work out, and hell buying it itself is a business writeoff.

I am all about open source solutions for small offices, but do not skimp on your financial software. It will pay off much more in the long run.

The fact that quickbooks can handle everything from POS to inventory to payroll with no issues and little to no training, makes it a very obvious choice.

Comment: Re:Single Sign on aka FB (Score 1) 446

by Foo2rama (#40758291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?
That is a good point...

But in order to have a trusted SSO you need something like facebook or google, and there are going to be tradeoffs. Personally google, is bad as that PW has way to much private info tied to it. Facebook can function as a catchall for less restrictive security needs for a generic SSO...

Comment: I think you are looking at this wrong (Score 1) 543

by Foo2rama (#40701247) Attached to: Asking Slashdot: Converting an SUV Into an Hybrid Diesel-Electric?
1st You understand that Hybrids with regen braking makes more sense in SUV's look at the Chevy hybrid trucks awesome gains for in town milage.


Why reinvent that wheel, if your going to do this look at Natural gas instead of Diesel.... Look at turbines on constant velocity driving a generator... These all make more sense then what you are proposing...

Comment: Re:Heard about Marathon (Score 1) 105

by Foo2rama (#38240286) Attached to: Aleph One 1.0 Released
Marathon was the 1st full featured FPS. Sure Wolfenstien and Doom beat it, but Marathon was the first true 3d game. Doom was actually a 2d game that faked the vertical component.

Marathon was the first that allowed networked game play. Had all the major multiplayer modes, king of the hill, tag, DM etc. Marathon was really the seminal FPS that set the stage for all other games. It is still impressive in the level design and storytelling given the minimal resources available at the time. It beat Unreal and Quake by a few years to the market.

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