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Comment: Re:Well that does solve the vertical video problem (Score 1) 134

by Mal-2 (#47412681) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Listen to the words of the serpent I shall not!

For in my visions I have seen The Answer... and it is spelt thus:


As much as I swear by Dvorak, it's not particularly well suited for thumb-boarding. (Also, not related to Blackberry style keyboards, but it's MUCH worse than QWERTY when it comes to trying to type with one hand on a temporary basis.)

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 656

by Mal-2 (#47406335) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Quite difficult. C4 has a density of 1.6 gm/cc. So 500g of C4 would occupy 300cc. That is more than half the volume of my laptop, including the case. I would have to strip out the battery, and circuit board. I don't see any way to do that, and have it still work.

I do. Fit in an Aspire One mainboard and battery instead, freeing up the other half of the case for nefarious purposes. Stick in a Raspberry Pi. It doesn't have to be useful, just look functional. You're going to blow it up anyhow.

Of course, said C4 would still be readily detectable by residue and scent, so this isn't a particularly good idea, but it's certainly within the bounds of plausibility.

Comment: Re:Sue them for all they're worth (Score 1) 495

by Mal-2 (#47380953) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

I did not bail on No-IP, and within 24 hours they had made unaffected domains available for use as alternates. One of them happened to be, which is a quite valid description of what I'm doing with it. Now they've gotten all of their domains back, my old one is working again, and the new one remains in place for the places I've gone and changed it. No-IP wants to know what they can do to retain our good will, and I said, "Please let me renew both subdomains with one captcha, since I didn't want to have two in the first place. Also, if you could increase the time between keepalive captchas, that would be great." That's all they need to keep me happy, and neither one should cost very much at all.

Comment: Re:Legal Precedent? (Score 1) 495

by Mal-2 (#47361923) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Most people I know that use no-ip are people setting up their own minecraft servers its not a hotbed of criminal activivty like MS claims.

For the record, this is exactly what I do with it as well. I sent out messages to some users, but I don't have other means of contact for a lot of them so they're shit out of luck. Also, if my IP address changes (the whole point of using dynamic DNS), they won't know what it is until I send out another message -- and first, I'd have to know.

This is really like saying that because criminals use cars to transport drugs, all cars will be seized until they can be inspected.

Comment: Re:Google should talk with Tesla (Score 1) 236

by Mal-2 (#47357103) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Google might want to look toward Mazda then instead. They always seem to be a little bit cash-strapped, and their Skyactiv-G engines really are poised to change the game. About the only thing wrong with them is their need for free-flowing exhaust systems, which makes them harder to fit into smaller engine bays. (Not impossible, merely harder.)

Comment: Re:Not EA's fault. (Score 1) 208

by Mal-2 (#47312721) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

I think it's been a long standing policy to push forward on optimisation and game refinement at the expence of stability. Which does work for a lot of teams and seems to be standard practice in Sweedish studios, which can be inferred by looking at games like Magica, Goat Simulator or even to a lesser extent Minecraft. You cannot blame EA for this.

It's a fair bit different when you pay $15 for a game that is announced as still being in alpha (or $20/beta, or to a lesser extent, even $25/release) when it comes to tolerating bugs. Paying $60 for a game, and then being forced to buy content on top of it, certainly makes any remaining problems a lot less acceptable. Also, Minecraft has always had an emphasis on privately owned servers that cost nothing to set up, meaning that I'm not the least bit concerned they might "turn off the lights" some day.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 2) 340

by Mal-2 (#47289213) Attached to: Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

They also cloned the Z80, the 8086, the Casio pocket computer, HP calculators, the Apple ][... it wasn't all big iron. Some of it went beyond cloning, to support the Cyrillic character set where it otherwise wouldn't. Aside from the fundamental mistake of using the "metric inch", thus making it impossible to mix and match parts with Western ones, they actually did a reasonably good job on most of it. Some of it still works.

Comment: Re:Lets Get Real (Score 1) 340

by Mal-2 (#47287981) Attached to: Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

No matter how many announcements and throwing of cash at the problem (plus rampant corruption) they will not make any breakthrus.

Except for Big Iron (for which they aren't going to be using ARMs, real or clone), they aren't in need of breakthroughs to make usable hardware.

Look at it this way -- say for some strange reason, Apple stopped making new iPhone models, and Samsung and HTC got sued into not doing anything new. Three years from now you're stuck with the same one they make today. It still works. Would that really be so awful? Legally it would suck. Technologically, not so much.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 4, Interesting) 340

by Mal-2 (#47287831) Attached to: Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

The Russians have cloned foreign hardware before, with varying degrees of success. While it will always be one or two generations behind (because you can't reasonably clone something not yet released), their past history would indicate that these will actually work, if they are willing to commit the necessary resources. With there being less and less difference between generations lately, cloning now makes more sense than it did ten years ago. ARM processors themselves were originally cobbled together by a team with plenty of talent but little financial backing, so who's to say a clone can't be done under the same conditions?

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