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Comment: Re:Pre (Score 1) 114

"The battle between the three wireless charging consortiums is expected to continue to adversely impact adoption of the technology." No one wants to pick a tech that will go obsolete HD DVD. Not to mention having to pay for the licensing of said tech. And I'm guessing that any desire to grow a fourth "standard" in-house would be snuffed out by the threat of IP suits. You know, "For the good of the consumer"®

Comment: Re:Fun for FPS! (Score 1) 44

by RobSwider (#47229079) Attached to: Game Characters Controlled By Player's Emotions
Except that griefers don't get angry. Gamers like me get angry because we spend what little free-time we have trying to play a relaxing game of shoot-aliens-in-the-face, but some 14-year old learned to walk through walls and have unlimited grenade launcher ammo. If my character was controlled by my emotions, he/she would probably just sit in the middle of the floor and cry uncontrollably before pulling the pin. I play games to NOT be that person. This is a bad idea.

Comment: Re:WOW (Score 1) 142

by RobSwider (#47118757) Attached to: No, Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code
Not to mention the provider data. Which doctors are part of which networks during a given date-of-service. Are they billing under their own account or the hospital they occasionally work out of. And the fact that there is no absolute identifier on anything. SSN? Can't use it. Insurance company identifier? Well, that doctor had the OLD id on file. That claim has the same identifier on it? Is it a REsubmission or a duplicate? And you would be amazed at how many parents don't know their kids' birthdays. And don't get me started on the HIPAA "standard" EDI documents, where the segment definitions can mostly be boiled down to "Optional: If not needed, don't send." I'll be in the bathroom, hitting my head against the tile floor.

Comment: Re:Copyright or no, it's trouble (Score 1) 139

It's like going into the grocery store and getting a sample BBQ cocktail wiener. Then you go back out to the car, change your clothes, go back in and get another... Rinse and repeat until you have a cooler full, then open up a wiener stand outside the store to sell your ill-gotten meats.

Comment: Extortion (Score 1) 427

by RobSwider (#46949645) Attached to: In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot
How is this different than me parking in front of someone, backing up until I'm 2cm from their bumper, then telling them "Let's start the bidding at $200"? Once they talk me down to $100, I move my car, and they can leave. That's extortion. This is the same thing, only the paywall is moved a little down the line.

Comment: Printing the cart before the horse (Score 1) 302

by RobSwider (#46835029) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing
The way this technology was presented to "The Public" a few years ago, it sounded like we would soon be buying stuff online and printing it at home. For those of us who recognize it for what it is--basically just a CNC hot-glue gun--it's still pretty impressive. But it's nowhere near the game-changer it was said to be. It'll happen, but it's going to take time for the software and chemical engineers to work out the wrinkles.

Comment: Don't care. (Score 1) 178

The world is full of games/apps/products that the creator SHOULD have shelved and didn't. At least he's honest enough with his own motivations. Notch gets a pass from me to do whatever the hell he wants. Whether he got 'lucky' with Minecraft, whether it's finished or not, whether he has no attention span, none of it matters. Minecraft has been a source of laughter, anger, joy, excitement, and wonder to me and my son since around 1.1. We even scored Minecon tickets for November.

Comment: See my vest (Score 1) 296

by RobSwider (#44564683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?
I've been thinking about using a fly-fishing vest I have in the basement while traveling. Most of them even have a giant single pocket in the pack that would fit a tablet a small laptop or whatever else. Still slightly dorky, but at least you're not trying to conceal the fact you just need more pockets than what your pants can offer you. I tend to need more than two pockets anyway. I don't want my keys in the same pocket as my phone. I don't want money with my keys. You get the idea. Plus, you can take it off and slap it on the x-ray conveyor without having to unload everything.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.