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Comment: Re:So stating the obvious then (Score 1) 227

by Grizzley9 (#48419251) Attached to: Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

PC is the best then PS4 then Xbox One. I guess hardware does matter when it comes to gaming. Anyone else not surprised? As for Xbox, it looks like they will be behind until the next generation unless they update the hardware. The ESRAM buffer does not seem to be making up the gap as they hoped it would.

Only behind (in graphics) to PS4 owners. Hardware is virtually the same.

Comment: Re:All we need it to get rid of is Apple... (Score 2) 133

by Grizzley9 (#48410577) Attached to: HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

with it's payed developer program. Why they h*ll do we need to pay $75 bucks to be able to put some stuff on our phone that we own.

You don't. You have a choice to choose another platform or to even jailbreak it. It's actually fairly smart of Apple to do that as it keeps down the cruft, is easier for reviewers to wade through the submissions and arguably makes for a better experience for the end user since most are not developers themselves. But Android has more marketshare/eyeballs and a more open platform. Your beef isn't with Apple, it's with your own decision to choose that platform.

Comment: Rendezvous with Rama (Score 1) 242

by Grizzley9 (#48362745) Attached to: HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show
Still hoping someday to see a movie based on Arthur C Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama" book/series. Wish a serious producer would develop it (yes I know of that IMDB entry that has been there for nearly a decade). It is one of the best works of one of the best SciFi writers. Are the rights to it too expensive? Is it too difficult to translate to the big screen? The set at least would be no more complicated and green screened than any other larger SciFi. I'm just surprised it hasn't been done yet on what seems an obvious choice instead of yet another rehash of a current scifi series.

Comment: Re:Discover life? (Score 1) 221

Historically, "Life" has been defined as being any phenomenon that possesses all 5 life processes:

#1 Food intake/ nutrition #2 Respiration #3 Excretion #4 Growth & Repair #5 Reproduction

However, this seems to have been expanded to 7:

#1 Movement #2 Respiration #3 Sensitivity #4 Growth #5 Excretion #6 Reproduction #7 Nutrition

This is for "Life" in the generalized sense, fully abstracted away from any specific mechanisms by which those processes may be achieved. It is perfectly sensible for an artificial lifeform to be constructed, as long as it is able to fully carry out those processes. It needn't have any organic components whatsoever.

Nowhere in the historical definition of "life" used by life science is there a requirement for specific mechanisms-- just processes.

By your second list, some forms of organized sets or software can be considered life.

Comment: Re:Well... no. (Score 1) 126

by Grizzley9 (#48309135) Attached to: Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

> Apple's security is added

Hmmmm, that's not exactly a selling point I'm afraid. Scanning my Visa card into Apple's cloud just creates another possible point of security breach imho.

You obviously know nothing how Apple's security with it's pay system works. Your card info is never in Apples cloud. Basically without too many details, an encrypted blob is initially passed via them to your bank and another encrypted blob comes back from your bank with your token and device ID. Apple never sees it or could see it. That's the only time its done is in the setup. After that all transactions are made via a one-time token via your phone to the reader along with your fingerprint, never going to Apple. It's not backed up to iCloud.

Comment: Re:Why do folks think anyone cares (Score 1) 764

by Grizzley9 (#48271489) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

You would never have even heard of this story if it weren't news and weren't of interest to a lot of people.

We wouldn't have heard it *this time*, and frankly, good cause I'm tired of hearing about his sexual preferences making the news. This has been in articles since before he was CEO of Apple. This is not new nor is it news. #slownewsday

Comment: Re:Target, KMart, and WalMart (Score 1) 558

by Grizzley9 (#48240515) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
This. I noticed when first announced that no major grocery stores are supporting Apple Pay (yet - in store, Target is only for online through their app). Most iPhone users would love to use this, hence your theory is correct. The first grocery or gas station (at pumps-not at register Texaco) to allow Apple Pay will reap a huge first-mover award just due to the novelty of it.

Comment: Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (Score 1) 558

by Grizzley9 (#48240437) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
When will Apple Pay work with Paypal instead of the CC companies? While there are less protections, I would think Paypal would want to be involved in this. Though seeing as how their own app doesn't even work with their own 2-factor authentication, I'm not very optimistic this will happen.

Comment: Re:And what of upselling? (Score 1) 720

These days it's often faster to pump the fuel and walk into the building to have a human clerk ring-in the purchase and accept payment. I detest ATMs and pay-at-the-pump machines which all make the process more lengthy then the old manual ways.

What gas pumps are you using? In no station have I ever been at where the pumps are slower than walking in. Besides, for the past 10 years all pumps make you pay before pumping. Slide card, put in zip (usually), want receipt?, occasional ask for car wash, select grade and pump. Literally like 3-5 seconds in every pump I've ever seen.

Comment: What do they mean... (Score 1) 256

by Grizzley9 (#48209447) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales
What is meant by "direct sales". Is it like in NJ where they can have a rep tell you about it but cant discuss price? In order to buy you have to go to and order it yourself? Or do they mean you can't even do the latter and get it delivered to your house or won't give you tags in that state?

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