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Comment: Constantly evolving (Score 1) 391

by Krazy Kanuck (#47569789) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I believe the oldest part in my current PC is my PSU, its survived seven years and after having it reconditioned and the leads updated this year I suspect it will last a good while longer. The newest piece would be my case, I kickstarted the red harbinger cross desk and am loving it! It will take quite a while to piece together all the parts needed to fully realize its potential but that's the fun.

Comment: Where's the story? (Score 4, Insightful) 152

by Krazy Kanuck (#45587749) Attached to: Patent Battle May Loom Over 'Copenhagen Wheel' Electric Bike
So we have a link to a story about Company A who has exclusive license to use BigShot school's patents to make a fancy wheel and at the end of the article the reporter asks Company A whats they think about Company B's simliar product. The CEO says "Company B CEO came by 18 months ago wanted to co-lab, hung out and left, but I haven't looked at his patents" and we're slashdotting "impending legal doom", yet neither side has said boo to that nature or is there any other relevant link to anything remotely newsworthy. Where's the story?

Comment: Re:When you have a bad driver ... (Score 1) 961

by Krazy Kanuck (#45584511) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?
The only thing obvious to me is your lack of information and community's need to use Roger as the scapegoat for Paul's death (hence the +4 Insightful for the idiot comment)

The short story here is that Roger was going out to shakedown the car that was at his shop being worked on for stalling issues when Paul (who was visiting for a charity event) jumped in the car they were for about a 20 minute drive. That is not to say they did not speed or were not reckless, but lets be honest here, you don't shakedown a ~350,000 supercar like a F150 do you? There's evidence of some mechanical failure but nothing that has been officially announced, just what is being discussed close to those involved.

Anyways, there is risk in everything and driving exotic cars is probably on the higher end of the spectrum and both of these fine gentlemen were well aware of those risks and embraced them.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 212

by Krazy Kanuck (#44509465) Attached to: Australian State Bans IBM From All Contracts After Payroll Bungle

Indeed. IBM's reputation is pretty well established. They are slow, tedious and yet effective. They are a glacier in IT. But I see it everywhere -- people making decisions in an IT project that have know knowledge of what it takes to make things happen. The illusion that "it's all so easy" has really gotten buried too deep in someone's head somewhere.

The magic phrase is "All You Have To Do Is..."

Those six words have destroyed more IT projects than anyone can count.

My favorite requirement is: "Works as designed"

Comment: The only title worth playing (Score 1) 212

by Krazy Kanuck (#44436881) Attached to: Wii Outselling Wii U, Only 160,000 Units Shipped Last Quarter
I dragged my feet for some time on this purchase, the console has potential, but for now the only game I've purchased for it is Lego City Undercover. The Wii U is really just a big non portable Nintendo DS. The Lego game makes great use of the gamepad, interactive map, vehicle/character catalogs, video chat, surveillance device, etc. Very likely the best Lego game so far (pretty sure we've played them all now). The problem with most of the other titles is they really don't know what to do with it, even Nintendo has yet to release a convincing title that makes it an exclusive or must have game. The saving grace is the vWii console can play all of our old titles so it still gets a fair bit of use, but the slow rate of good Wii-U releases makes me wonder; I may not bite the next time around .

Comment: Government-run Utility (Score 2) 355

"For those who favor the idea of Internet service as a government-run utility, what do you see as the best-case scenario for such a system?"

I'm not sure there are too many in favor of that idea anymore (recent privacy issues, corp lobbying). There would need to be an unprecedented amount net neutrality and transparency involved; which we've been promised but received little of in other government projects.

Comment: Re:pretty much required, isn't it? (Score 2) 402

by Krazy Kanuck (#44157325) Attached to: D.C. Awards Obamacare IT Work To Offshore Outsourcer
I've made a living cleaning up after these clowns (Infosys, not the government, well not directly anyways). So when the money runs out, and/or you get tired of shoveling money at them, feel free to give me ring. They excel at playing shell games with resources you just trained to proficiency or completed KT sessions with. Deadlines are often met with rehashed code form other projects or dummy code (always love digging through forms and procedures to find its hard coded to NULL or finding code that has the rare comment or variable that has another firm's name on it). When you think you can't possibly explain an idea or concept any other way they'll still come back asking you to explain it again, and again, and again....

Comment: Re:Umm... (Score 1) 74

by Krazy Kanuck (#43741679) Attached to: Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass

" Unfortunately this appears to only be for future released games, those previously released will still be subject to this feature"

Will they or will free codes be made available? There seems to be no concrete information on this anywhere.

Everything I have read on this today states "going forward" or "in the future", which would suggest that they do not plan to redact the existing program for existing games, most likely due to the cost involved to patch, or I would assume. So to answer your question, no I do not have any concrete evidence that would truly support that, though you'll note I prefaced it with "it appears".

+ - Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass->

Submitted by Krazy Kanuck
Krazy Kanuck (1612777) writes "Introduced in 2010, Online Pass was marketed as a way to "preserve" online content or DLC as titles were sold in the used game market. Many saw this as a way to cut out the second hand game market. EA has now decided to end this program "partly because the players didn't like it". Unfortunately this appears to only be for future released games, those previously released will still be subject to this feature. Activision and Ubisoft still use this form of content control, it will be interesting to see if they follow suit."
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+ - Stop Motion Effects Master Ray Harryhausen, Dead At 92->

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott (2917251) writes "Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation pioneer behind the special effects in such movies as “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), and “Clash of the Titans” (1981) has died in London. This note was posted on the Facebook page of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation: “The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.”"
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+ - Defense Distributed's Entirely 3D-Printed Gun Works Alarmingly Well ->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The Liberator is not perfect. Subsequent tests led to a misfire, and when the Texans tried to fire a rifle bullet, the whole thing exploded. However, Wilson later returned to the firing range with an improved model, one that he felt comfortable enough holding in his hand and firing. And that's exactly what he did. Behold: (VIDEO)

The most alarming thing about this mostly functional little plastic firearm is the fact that Wilson has now uploaded the CAD files for the gun parts so that everyone can 3D-print his own weapon. And yes, there is definitely an arm-the-people element to the project. There always has been, but Wilson seems to have taken an even more radical point of view as his 3D-printed project becomes more successful."

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