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Comment: Re:Or, just read a book. (Score 1) 447

by Gibgezr (#48611353) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Black Like Me was a really good read. Well worth the time, although I imagine it's pretty dated by now.

From wikipedia:

"Black Like Me is a nonfiction book by journalist John Howard Griffin first published in 1961. Griffin was a white native of Dallas, Texas and the book describes his six-week experience travelling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia passing as a black man. Sepia Magazine financed the project in exchange for the right to print the account first as a series of articles.

Griffin kept a journal of his experiences; the 188-page diary was the genesis of the book.

At the time of the book's writing in 1959, race relations in America were particularly strained and Griffin aimed to explain the difficulties that black people faced in certain areas. Under the care of a doctor, Griffin artificially darkened his skin to pass as a black man."

Comment: Re:Someone has (Score 2) 270

by Gibgezr (#48578797) Attached to: Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

The poster you replied to specifically said "an ordinary espresso machine"; from your reply ("waste") I gather that you are unfamiliar with how a typical home espresso machine works. They typically make one (or some larger machines two) cups of espresso at a time, and they use steam forced through a reusable metal cup with tiny holes in it. There is no extra coffe to get cold, there is not even a filter to toss away: just take out the cup and tap it with the metal part of the handle that twists off when you release teh cup, and the grounds fall into the garbage/compost bucket (coffee grounds make great compost). The steam means that the cup is sanitized on every use, so you don't need to wash it more than once a month or so, and measuring a couple of spoons of fresh coffee into the cup is super easy and quick.

If you are afraid that a home espresso maker is not going to make a nice "regular" cup of coffee, you might be surprised to find that if you buy some nice coffee and try it out, it will likely make a much nicer cup of coffee than your k-cup machine; the beans are the most important thing about your coffee.

Comment: Re:Occams razor says this girl is lying (Score 1) 189

by Gibgezr (#48460795) Attached to: Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

CBC did a report on this, it seems that Zoosk has a deal with Facebook where they get all your info, so that creating a full profile (with picture) is a "one click" automated process. As soon as you agree to join Zoosk, you have a full profile.

So, applying Occam's razor to this story, the simplest explanation is that she accidentally clicked the "OK" or "Next" button instead of the "Cancel" or "Close" button, right?

Comment: Re:irrelevant (Score 1) 57

by Gibgezr (#48415007) Attached to: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

No, they don't need a mouse. Maybe 20 years ago, when gamepads and the software written for them were clunky and awkward (remember playing FPS games with no response curve applied to the input?), but nowadays lots of folks who are comfortable with a dual-stick controller prefer playing PC shooters with a gamepad. Yes, I might be a tiny bit more accurate with a mouse, but I no longer care about being the world's best Quake player. I play games to have fun, and most shooters are more fun for me if I use a gamepad. BTW, I have a nice mechanical gaming keyboard and know, for games that don't support gamepad input. Nowadays, though, few PC shooters are released that don't support gamepad input (off the top of my head, I can't think of any released lately that lack it); it would hurt sales too badly, as gamepads are extremely popular. I teach classes full of 18-25 year olds, and every year I ask them how many play PC games, and whether they prefer mouse or controller for input; the balance has swung from one side to the other steadily over the last 20 years, to the point where almost the whole group prefers controllers now (of course, 20 years ago it was joysticks, not twin-stick game controllers that I asked about, and they almost all preferred mouse and keyboard for Quake, although a few preferred joysticks for Descent).

I do think mice give you an edge in precision aiming, but unless you are a pro gamer it hardly matters, and of course it doesn't make any difference in a single-player game. There are lots of videos that show PC gamers using a controller and doing just fine against other PC gamers:

Comment: Re:This is why the Menonites do what they do. (Score 1) 100

by Gibgezr (#48404703) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

I wasn't aware of the Mennonite practice, but I know that hobos used to "mark" houses all over North America this way. If you gave one hobo a sandwich, others would eventually show up who had never actually met the first hobo or talked to anyone about it; they learned of your generosity by seeing the mark he had left at the start of your property. They used various chalk marks, piles of stones, bent branches etc. to designate "generous folks"/"work available"/"stay away, they are nuts"/"good for one meal" and so on. I always assumed this was the etymology of the phrase "they are an easy mark".

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane