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Comment: As a corrections officer (Score 0) 434

by SlimXero (#35255298) Attached to: Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

I understand this man's plight. As a Florida Corrections Officer, we can be investigated and/or FIRED for posts made on our facebooks... and not simply security issues, but there is currently an employee on administrative leave because he posted on facebook that he "had a bad day" and earlier that day he had a use of force on an unruly inmate. I understand the department has a responsibility to keep tabs on it's employees, but someone has to draw the line.

Apple

+ - Verizon To Begin Selling iPads 10/28/2010->

Submitted by SlimXero
SlimXero (1001229) writes "Evidently, the rumors that Verizon would soon be selling an Apple product were true, just the wrong product was the subject of those rumors. According to TechRepublic:

"Apple and Verizon made a surprise announcement on Thursday when they revealed that they had reached a deal for Verizon Wireless stores will begin selling the iPad on October 28...However, don’t mistake this for an iPad with Verizon’s CDMA 3G chips embedded in it. No, it’s actually the iPad Wi-Fi, which all U.S. Verizon Wireless stores (over 2,000 locations) will be selling in bundles with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot.""

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Comment: Re:Nice headline (Score 1) 178

by SlimXero (#33872410) Attached to: Computer Defeats Human At Japanese Chess

Incorrect. There are exactly 9 different rock-paper-scissors games:

Rock-Rock
Rock-Paper
Rock-Scissors
Paper-Rock
Paper-Paper
Paper-Scissors
Scissors-Rock
Scissors-Paper
Scissors-Scissors

You may attempt to argue semantics such as Rock-Paper is the same game as Paper-Rock, but you would be wrong. In a Rock-Paper game, the second player would be the victor, where as in a Paper-Rock game, the first player will claim the spoils. You could argue and say that from a scientific standpoint, that the victor doesn't matter. Wrong again. The very spirit and focal point of competitive scenarios is to win. No one turns on COD and says "How many different ways can I die today?". Sure, the outcome may not matter to one or more of the players, but the likelihood of going into a competitive situation, intentionally attempting to lose, is slim. Whilst none of the parties involved will be upset if they lose, they will still continue to pursue a victory.

Games

+ - Lost online games from the pre-Web era->

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc (1641347) writes "Long before the Web came along, people were playing online games--on BBSes, on services such as Prodigy and CompuServe, and elsewhere. Gaming historian Benj Edwards has rounded up a dozen RPGs, MUDs, and other fascinating curiosities from the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s--and the cool part is, they're all playable on the Web today."
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Comment: XBMC Dedicated (Score 1) 516

by SlimXero (#33459740) Attached to: Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?

The Acer Revo and several other machines will handle this, but I've felt that the full 1080p just doesn't feel smooth with one of the small nettop style boxes. I would recommend something like the following (customized to your discretion):

http://www.computerlx.com/config.aspx?t=&product_ID=1390
ALLPCZONE AMD 215 ICEBERG SERIES AMD 215 MIKE

Current Configuration:
        AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 PROCESSORS
AMD Athlon II 64 X2 215 2.7GHz Dual-Core AM3 Processor
        AMD PROCESSOR COOLING FAN
AMD STANDARD COOLING FAN
        THERMAL PASTE (STANDARD PASTE INCLUDED)
OCZ/ARCTIC Ultra 5+ Silver Thermal Compound
        MOTHERBOARDS FOR DDR3 (PICK IF GOING W/DDR3 RAM)
MSI GF615M-P33 Socket AM3/ GeForce 6150SE/ DDR3/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
        DDR3 DUAL CHANNEL RAM
2GB (1 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
        SATA HARD DRIVES
Hitachi / WD 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB CACHE SATA 3.0Gb/s
        DVD-RW/BLU-RAY DRIVES
22X DVD-RW DUAL LAYER
        PCI-EXPRESS VIDEO CARDS
nVidia GeForce GT220 1GB DDR3 DVI/VGA HDMI SLI PCI-EXP Video Card
        SOUND CARDS
REALTEK 6-CHANNEL DIGITAL SOUND ONBOARD
        NETWORK CARDS
REALTEK 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)
        COMPUTER CASES
HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case
        CASE COOLING FANS
THERMALTAKE/ANTEC ULTRA-QUIET CASE FAN
        POWER SUPPLIES
OKIA 420 WATT POWER SUPPLY (BASIC LOAD)
        WARRANTY 3 - YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLAN
3-Year Limited Warranty Plan with Lifetime of free USA based Support...Custom Hand Wiring For Ultimate Air Flow, Assembled in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
        SHIPPING METHOD
FED-EX GROUND SHIPPING "INCLUDED" (1-7 BUSINESS DAYS)

Beyond that, install XBMC live instead of using it as an application in Windows. All of the newer Nvidia cards support VDPAU, which allows for the video decoding to take place on the GPU, which is much better than software decoding. I think you'll find this solution much more satisfactory than running both windows and XBMC (especially considering Windows 7 has between 768MB - 1GB memory footprint by itself, not to mention CPU usage). Alternatively, your current setup may work just fine with XBMC live and you may not need to build anything at all (and i would suggest trying that first). Good luck.

+ - uTorrent Linux Server Released, Client Coming Soon->

Submitted by raicesrasta
raicesrasta (1121823) writes "Earlier this year BitTorrent Inc. promised they would release a Linux client this summer, and today they are one step closer to achieving that goal. The company just released uTorrent Server for Linux, a daemonizable 32-bit binary of the uTorrent core, suited to those familiar with running programs from the command line. A full Linux client is expected to follow in the coming weeks."
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Role Playing (Games)

+ - 10-year RPG server project surfaces->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh2QPhOTbuk , you can see a video and link to a free visual chat server containing three impressive games: an original RPG; a tactical RPG-inspired card game; and a battle game with around 250 characters playable in combat up to 5v5 (including Cloud, Samus, Luffy, etc). This free server was started in 1999 and continued production until now, and is now welcoming new users. There is a little learning involved, but the Colosseum alone (factoring in # of playable characters, abilities, status effects, etc) is debatably the battle system with the most to it of any in the world."
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Sci-Fi

+ - Secrets of Time Travel for Sale on eBay...->

Submitted by SlimXero
SlimXero (1001229) writes "For a paltry 10 Million Dollars, Ronald W Francis wants to sell you some good old fashioned time travel, a la H.G. Wells.

Please do not be alarmed, and we hope not to alarm anyone... But the Possibility of Time Travel Truly Exists...
I have been Pondering how to Market such a Phenomenon and feel that eBay is a Good Open Market Forum. Support is available as I am the Innovator and would very much like to Advance this Science. This process is Explained in Complete Detail in Real Language. Experiments, Illustrations, Calculations, and Projection Information Required is Included. I Believe the Event of Time Travel is Possible and can Only be Achieved in Presented Theory. I Believe a Simulation is Possible. We will need a lot of Energy/Power. This is the Only way Possible. This Theory/Project is Physically, Mechanically, and Mathematically Sound. All Peaceable Partners are Welcome. Government, Research & Development, Technology Science, Universities, Media & Entertainment Welcome. Principals must be Peaceful in Nature, as it's Sensitive Implications. Please NO WAR MACHINES.


$10,000,000. But you have 90 days to pay, so no problem if it works right?"

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