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Comment: Re:Is it called Ouya? (Score 1) 143

by LiSrt (#44131479) Attached to: Google Developing Android Game Console

Of course it doesn't use the Play Store. It's not meant as a general-purpose Android platform (and neither would any Google console). It has to have it's own specialized store. You can't very well have a console loading apps that expect a touch screen, accelerometer, etc. Even if Google let their console use the Play Store, they would have to wall it off into it's own area.

I think an accelerometer would be a logical component of a console, in the controllers though.

As for having its own "area" - as long as the app developers are careful about marking what devices the app is compatible with, there shouldn't be any problems.

Comment: *StiII* Can't Override Font Settings (Score 1) 169

by LiSrt (#35427576) Attached to: Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 10

UnIike firefox, it's not possibIe to override a website's font settings, this means l'm stuck with whatever idiotic decision the designers chose, which sometimes feeIs like the bad old days of geocities.

ln some circumstances, this means it's not possibIe to teII an upper-case 'I' from a Iower-case 'l'.

(Try viewing this post in firefox and chrome to see what l mean.)

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Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities 192

Posted by samzenpus
from the strength-of-heart dept.
Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power."

Comment: Re:Elite 2: Frontier (Score 1) 282

by LiSrt (#27473023) Attached to: Strange Glitches In Games

Then you had another kind of glitch where you found two planets (or was it even on the same planet, just different traders it's been a really long time...) where you could do a trade with ridiculous margins, making loads of money in a few minutes...

"Cemeiss" as I recall, precious metals and gems were illegal and had negative prices, like rubbish and radioactive waste...

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+ - Online Banking Customers Migrating to Lynx->

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Jibbler writes "Following the recent Pwn2Own competition, Netcraft has has observed a surge in popularity of the text-based Lynx browser. Netcraft points out that Lynx supports the latest cryptographic ciphers, and at least one online banking site has seen Lynx usage overtake that of Internet Explorer and Firefox. To boost Lynx's excellent security history, Netcraft has even developed a version of its anti-phishing toolbar for Lynx."
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Comment: Cashew - PLEASE provide a way to get rid of it. (Score 1) 131

by LiSrt (#27326449) Attached to: KDE Project Invites Ideas With Online Brainstorm

For those that don't know what I'm talking about, it's the yellow thing in the top right of the desktop, used for some sort of menu button.

Anyway, there is no obvious way to get rid of it, not even a config file that can be edited - the only option being to download a third party add-on.

Seriously, is it so hard from a programming perspective to add a "Hide" option?

It's the only thing that annoys me about KDE (apart from the system tray icon background issue, which I think is being worked on).

Comment: Re:The Eyeball Singularity (Score 1) 203

by LiSrt (#27075423) Attached to: Bionic Eye Gives Blind Man Sight

There's an old question - is the red that I see the same as the red that you see? - something that is probably unknowable.

I imagine we'd still see the same range of colours, except they'd be assigned to a much greater range of frequencies - i.e. what appears to be red, is actually far infra-red with pretty much all of the traditional "visual" spectrum appearing blue/violet.

Or it might all be random..., in any case I'd expect the brain to adapt to the new inputs well enough:

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.04/esp.html

Comment: It makes sense, BUT... (Score 1) 625

by LiSrt (#26515641) Attached to: Single Drive Wipe Protects Data

Intuitively, this makes sense - being able to recover data from an overwritten part of the hard drive effectively means the capacity has been multiplied (if you can recover from 1 overwrite, while still being able to get the new data, the capacity has just doubled.)

If this was easy enough to do, Seagate, Hitachi, WD etc. would all be doing it (or are already).

That said, taking the word of someone whose job is actually recovering data - well, that might not be a good idea.

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