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Comment: Re:Ewww... (Score 1) 130

by Psykechan (#47439513) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

This process is called "toilet to tap" and is perfectly safe. I would guess that any first world location that doesn't have easy access to ground water will be completely doing this in the next twenty years; it's that damn useful.

Probably the worst part about reverse osmosis is that it eliminates the water "taste" that people are used to because it gets rid of minerals as well. That's why they usually mix it with some other source like lake or ground water before it gets piped out to homes. Unfortunately the secondary source also adds in the usual pollutants as well as minerals.

For people who get the "ew yuck" factor, there's always bottled water, but just don't tell them that it comes from the same source.

Comment: Re:Grammar (Score 1) 329

by Psykechan (#47004893) Attached to: Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

I've had pressed CDs and DVDs fail. I'm finding that the DVDs are worse, although I have a larger sample size for them so it may be just that.

In the case of DVDs (or CD based games) there are tons of DRM to prevent legal backups. Good luck with getting manufacturers to replace them for less than the original purchase price though.

Comment: Re:..and we need this technology why exactly? (Score 0) 176

by Psykechan (#46632949) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Someday, scholars will see the portmanteau as being even worse than the pun. There is no real wit in the creation of a portmanteau. Compressing words because you're lazy does indeed make a new word, but it's not a word that helps further the language. I would actually consider it a form of literary mumbling.

As for your Fluttershy tags, well I bet you were nervouscited about revealing your brony status on Slashdot. ...I hate myself.

Comment: Re:What are these shiny discs you speak of? (Score 1) 250

by Psykechan (#46461147) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

You can transfer them over to another 360 but without either the license key, or having the purchaser's account actively signed into XBL, they will run in demo mode. The 360 will treat them as if they are unlicensed copies of the game. If you've ever purchased a game after playing it in demo mode and it downloads the "full game" practically instantly, it's because it was just downloading the license key.

You can perform a license transfer to a new system which will let you then manually download individual license keys to the new console. The license transfer can only be performed once per four months.

Once Microsoft stops supporting XBL for the 360 then your games will only work on the system with the license keys, and when the console dies (or HDD as the license key cannot be copied to other media), the games will be gone.

Comment: Re:Inaccurate the Security update fixes a ton of i (Score 1) 241

by Psykechan (#46364649) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

10.6.8 is the last version that you can use if you don't want to have an Apple ID as everything after (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) requires it during installation.

If they release a version of Mavericks with Rosetta and without forced Apple ID then I'll upgrade. Otherwise I'll just run Linux/Windows on them when Apple does stop supporting Snow Leopard.

Comment: Re:Why? Because, that's why! (Score 0) 2219

by Psykechan (#46201537) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I despise the beta site. I tried it back when they made the first big notice about it. When I went to comment on it, I found that other people had already commented with the exact same problems that I experienced (although perhaps wording their comments more eloquently than I would have). There wasn't much for me to do except maybe post "me too" which as proper adult Internet users, we've been trained to not do. I figured that the powers-that-be would read the comments, see their mistake, and euthanize beta humanely.

For months I continued to read /. practically unaware that beta still existed, let alone be the unstoppable train of the future. I thank the #fuckbeta users that were the 25% of randomly fucked users forced into using beta for alerting me that the train is still coming. Admins take note; this is just a taste of what will happen when it goes live. If you need a car analogy (and hey, I understand), the check engine light has been on for months and now the oil light is on too. Perhaps you should get the site properly serviced instead of sticking Type-R stickers everywhere, adding a spoiler, and silly underbody lights.

The simply amazing thing here is that this is fucking Slashdot! When Dice bought the site, they had to realize that this of all sites on the Internet is a place where the community is the consumer and product all rolled into one. Toy with this ecosystem with extreme care as once it's injured, it will devour itself and all you'll have is a silly domain name of historic note. This will happen quickly and you may not even have enough time to backpedal from New Coke back to Coke Classic. Seriously though, the admins here should have been able to come up with the idea of forking the site. Keep Slashdot basically the way it is and make a new site that 'speaks' to this 'wider audience' of the future that gets its content from good ol' classic Slashdot. Call it Hip Techie and Political News for Cool Future People or something. Add a "Powered by Slashdot" note with a link to the old site so that the kids can go and occasionally poke the neckbeards.

So I will participate with the others on a Slashcott this week. Likely nothing will change except the train will be a week closer. I may just settle on civil disobedience and post "me too" until my karma goes to the point where all of my messages start at -2. Perhaps the most interesting thing about all of this is that we nerds here have always talked about combining our efforts to change this and that. If we can't even combine our efforts to save our playground from being paved over in the name of progress by the villain in a cheesy 80s movie, then we've really lost. Until then, we'll fight as hard as we can. Now cue the montage music!

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Comment: Here is how Nintendo can recover (Score 1) 559

by Psykechan (#46033639) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

No one will read this, but it will sit on /. so I can eventually point to it years later and say "I told you so".

They've already messed things up royally with the Wii U. Some things they can easily fix, some things are difficult, and some will just have to be ugly warts. The 3DS is going strong so there's nothing here that applies directly to it.

1. Win back the hardcore fans! This is going to be hard as Nintendo has been actively attacking their customers for some time now. We understand that sometimes you need to protect your trademarks but don't go overboard. Yes, some people may not buy your game if they see it on YouTube but many more people will due to the free advertising. There's no need for you to demand ad revenue from those vids because it doesn't belong to you. Also stop with the limited uses counter in demos as that stops people from even bothering with them. It's just not possible for multiple people to demo a game when the use count is per system... which brings me to the next point.

2. Improve the eShop store. Nintendo has the worst store out of all three console manufacturers. Seriously, try searching for something sometime. Fix the UI, make it universal, and make it usable available online through a browser. Also, purchases need to be tied to the console (for any user) and the account. Take a page from Xbox Live on how this is done. Purchases should also be cross platform compatible if it is an option; Virtual Console games should be the easiest of these to "port". Convert those Wii VC games so that users don't have to run them in Wii Mode and in doing so add them to the users eShop account. Start doing Steam style sales... but more on this later.

3. Win back the developers. This is a hard one, and a lot of those triple-A devs are gone and not coming back. Focus on the indie devs and put out a devkit that anyone can download and use. I don't care if it's sandboxed, it just needs to be in people's hands. Work with them. Fund them if needed. Feature them in the advertising, including the TV ads. Get some games on your system right now. You cannot compete with the PS4 and the Xbone. Your only chance here is to be a better OUYA. Also, whatever obstacle is in the way on getting Minecraft on the Wii U needs to go away as soon as possible even if that means licensing it and developing it in house.

4. Go big or go home. If you intend on keeping the Wii U around, you're going to have to spend some significant money to get it into people's minds, and once they purchase it, make sure that they still turn it on. The Steam style 'price drastically slashed' sales need to happen. Give games out to users each week or give a few games out each month and announce that in the commercials. You need a pack in set of games and simple, but useful, utilities that every Wii U sold will have. I figure that that is what Nintendo Land started out as but somewhere things went wrong. Get these things developed and out there immediately. It'd help if they were killer apps, but those can come later as long as they are always part of the core apps.

So start there. I'll leave with a few odd questions like: Why doesn't the OS have some sort of "working" icon? It tends to be painfully slow and appears to be locked up and many people especially kids are impatient. Why isn't there an off switch on the Wii U Gamepad? Why didn't you use the DSi/3DS power supply for the Gamepad? Oh and when is the next good Metroid game coming out?

Comment: Re:50-year-old movies (Score 1) 211

by Psykechan (#45692523) Attached to: Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

People still enjoy 50-year-old movies. Why is a video game necessarily "expired milk" just because it's five years old?

The games industry makes their money on game sales, so they want customers to purchase something new and not play something that is five years old. People do in fact play old games, some even are new customers paying for these old games via re-releases or emulation from (formerly Good Old Games), Nintendo's Virtual Console, or any of the other digital distribution services. It does happen but it is not the norm, nor what the games industry, and certainly not the triple-A game makers, really wants.

1. Playing games is time consuming. Where the average movie may clock in at slightly over 2 hours, most games require ten times that much time. In fact, some gamers demand that a game occupy their time for a certain length or they feel that it's not a good value. These people are a problem too but that's another story. Games also require more of the user's attention. You can have a movie on in the background, and maybe even be having a conversation about it. For the most part games require significant more concentration by the user in order to be completed.

2. Playing games requires a higher cost of entry. If you purchase a cheap $20 DVD player, you can watch practically any movie released on the format. (yes there are region coding issues but anyway...) And since Sony was able to finagle Blu-Ray to be the de facto standard, purchasing a cheap $60 player will let you watch practically any movie on that format as well as the ability to play DVDs. Contrast this to console gaming where someone would have to purchase a specific console if they want to play an exclusive game, or if it's a PC game, have one that meets the minimum system requirements. These are more complex than the "purchase disc, put disc in player" that even your grandparents can perform.

3. Video games have their opening month where they make the most money for the publisher. This is the closest thing the industry has to a theatrical release. When they start being traded in to the second hand shops, the price starts to fall and the major money making starts to slip. This is why triple-A titles are trying to go for a long tail sales period and sell DLC to extend the life of the game. This unfortunately means that points 1 and 2 are made worse by the publisher trying to make money. It also leads into...

4. Video games, or at least newer ones, are ephemeral. They are more and more reliant on hosted servers and active player bases in order to simply function. This point alone makes the "expired milk" comment simply due to the fact that once a game is unsupported by the publisher, it is no longer playable. In some cases, games that could be perfectly playable otherwise have been removed from digital download services and are no longer available for purchase.

Any time that a publisher is selling you an old game, it is either as shovelware or due to the fact that they are banking the nostalgia to sell you the latest version... or in some cases it's because they have such a small lineup of games for their new console that they have to bank on Earthbound which could have easily been also ported to the previous console but hasn't because they are trying to move stock... but I digress.

Comment: Re:Women in STEM (Score 3, Interesting) 509

by Psykechan (#45588497) Attached to: The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

"It is what it is" only because we're still getting out of the dark ages where women were being held back. I'm not saying that it will gravitate towards 50 percent and then stay there, but it will certainly change.

These studies are only trying to explain why there are differences between the sexes. This is news for nerds, stuff that matters. Personally I've always wondered exactly why I've found I could handle multiple projects much more easily than my male co-workers. Just getting a "you're a girl, duh" response is pointless. Back that up with some research and now you're cooking!

Also, this could also show why a corpus callosotomy can be more problematic for females than males.

Comment: Re:Impossible to steal too... (Score 3, Interesting) 114

by Psykechan (#45550995) Attached to: FOIA: NSA Contracts Stored In Paper Files, Unsearchable, Unindexed

Then the purpose of gathering the data was pointless too. If these files are truly "unsearchable" then it has absolutely no value and the act of storing it is a waste of taxpayer money.

This is simply a tactic to make it more difficult for FOIA requests. Terry Childs went to jail over this sort of gross negligence. Whomever designed this system should also be held responsible.

Sadly the text of the FOIA doesn't really talk about penalties for non compliance, it just states that the AG should submit a report. Yea, good luck with that.

Comment: Re: Where's the outrage?! (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by Psykechan (#45550785) Attached to: CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

The only known threats on iOS devices have come to jailbroken phones and the jailbreaks themselves.

Apparently you utterly fucking fail at understanding security. Those jailbreaks exploit holes in the walled garden to install tools that do other things, like allowing users to install their own software. Malware authors can exploit those same holes to install their crap.

Even if the garden wall was perfect and didn't have holes, you still have to trust the guard who doesn't work for you, but for the gardener.

When Android doesn't require essentially every app you install to get access to private data BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN FUCKING INSTALL IT, then you MIGHT be able to start talking differently here. Until then you just make it obvious you're nothing more than a fanboy.

Well that time is now because Android doesn't require this. There are so many problems with every security model but by defending iOS in such a half-assed way, you have proven that you are nothing more than a fanboy as well.

Comment: For offline Wikipedia use, just use ZIM (Score 1) 151

by Psykechan (#45534427) Attached to: Have 100GB Free? Host Your Own Copy of Wikipedia, With Images

If all you want is an offline Wikipedia reader, just use Kiwix. It uses the ZIM format which was created specifically for offline use and runs on Win/Mac/Linux/Android or anything else if you want to compile it yourself.

While the full English Wikipedia ZIM sans pictures is a bit old (January 2012), it has the benefit of being only 10GB and split up into 2GB chunks so it will fit on a FAT32 device like your phone's SD card.

Comment: Re:Sorry, still not getting one. (Score 1) 246

by Psykechan (#45461061) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

I actually could mod you down, but I'm posting this because there is some confusion that you are having and I would rather inform than just smite.

The word that you're missing is "bootloader". When you apply power to the pi, the boot process starts by the GPU running some closed source binary blob which eventually get around to doing things like turning on the CPU and letting you run your OS.

Yes, you actually do have to use the closed-source video even if you use ssh or run completely headless.

I'm not saying that you should never use a pi, you just should be aware of what it is and what it is not, and it is not completely open.

Comment: Re:Not this time, Sony (Score 2) 294

by Psykechan (#45444019) Attached to: PlayStation 4 Released

I'm one of the people who is still mad about the OtherOS removal. Yes, I'm aware that due to how the PS3 hypervisor limits the system that running Linux on a PS3 is comparable to running it on a Raspberry Pi. Heck, you've got more usable RAM on the current Pi than on the PS3. That's not the point.

The end result of the SCEA v. Hotz fiasco is that once the warranty period is up, Sony can do whatever the hell they want to your console. Any feature is fair game. Sony could legally push an update that turns it into a paperweight if they desired and you would have no recourse. As an addendum, the warranty isn't transferable so this could legally kill the used system market if they so desired.

The warranty time used to be a safe period at the beginning of a piece of consumer electronics usable life where if it broke you would be able to get a replacement. Now, it should be seen as the entirety of the devices usable life.

If you are planning on buying a PS4, make sure that you buy the extended (2yr) warranty. Make sure that you get your $450 worth over then next 3 years. Go into this with eyes wide open.

Yes, this doesn't just apply to Sony but they are the ones specifically have it in their warranty clause, went to court to confirm the legality of it, and are otherwise actively hostile to their customers.

+ - Schrodinger's cat experiment created in Minecraft

Submitted by Psykechan
Psykechan (255694) writes "Schrodinger's popular cat experiment has been created using a recently released mod for Minecraft called qCraft. This was done by using a special Quantum Block whose state has a 50/50 chance of being either wool or redstone and is only solidified when a player is observing it. An ocelot sits atop of TnT. If, when the player looks at the block it is wool, the ocelot is unharmed. If it is redstone, the TnT is ignited. While being unobserved, the ocelot is in a superposition of being dead and alive.

qCraft was created to help teach quantum properties like observer dependence, superposition and entanglement. It is freely available to download and use if you have a Minecraft or MinecraftEdu license."

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