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Comment: Re:Another misleading title (Score 2, Insightful) 41

by Thantik (#46376435) Attached to: NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water In Martian Meteorite
The title isn't misleading at all, you're simply lacking reading comprehension. My 6 year old has better reading comprehension than you do. Evidence by its very nature is generally something that is produced or an after effect of some other process. A scratch on a car door is evidence that something harder than the surface scraped against it. You don't need the key that did it to say that the scratch is evidence of it....

Comment: Re:Apple is making Jewelry? (Score 2) 62

by Thantik (#46261283) Attached to: Apple's Hiring Spree of Biosensor Experts Continues As iWatch Team Grows
Troll or not, there's a good point made here. Apple doesn't seem to be doing anything that everyone else isn't already doing anymore. At least when the original iPhone came out in 2007 it had a real web browser, web apps, touch screen interface that didn't suck, etc. They were pretty much "never" going to do an iPad-mini...and then they followed that gravy train. Everyone jumped on the smartwatch game...and then Apple followed. Apple isn't doing their own thing any longer. They're merely trying to stay relevant at this point.

Comment: Re:Never about search (Score 0) 205

by Thantik (#46005689) Attached to: Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World

It's amazingly sad how far I had to scroll down in order to finally find someone who understood this. Google's business isn't web-search. It's advertising. The types of acquisitions that are "out of place" are things like their robotics acquisitions, certainly not home automation, travel, and social networking.

Comment: All because they don't want to pay people (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by Thantik (#45964083) Attached to: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

what they're worth. Flood the market with H1Bs, so they can tank the amount paid because then there is lots of competition. STEM education is there, the people are there, the (large) businesses simply don't want to pay them the $100k+ they deserve. They want a large pool of $20k/yr workers.

Comment: Re:WoW and GW2 (Score 1) 555

by Thantik (#45496613) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Except there wasn't really alternate equally working set of abilities. There was pretty much one obviously best set for each trait tree.

There actually were in the early days. Before the simplification. I played a mage and there were a lot of different builds you could play, and none of them were "the best". There were 3 talent trees, arcane, fire, and ice. Couldn't play fire in some raids, because bosses were fire immune...but not all of them. Some people played an "elemental" build where they went half way down fire and ice trees and had amazing control and still some good firepower. Some went full ice and got major control in pvp. Some went a mix of arcane and fire...some more fire, some more arcane. Mages back in TBC had _so many_ good builds and strange tricks that it was amazing. But the developers said that it was "too hard to keep up with" and they couldn't "anticipate all the builds" and there were times where things got quirky and a strange build popped up that was absolutely killer. His statements aren't opposed to each other at all. There were complex systems in place, and no -- it wasn't balanced. It was a rock-paper-scissors type game at the time. Mage destroyed warrior. Rogue destroyed mage. Warrior destroyed Rogue. You relied on having friends around you to keep you safe.

Comment: Re:World of Warcraft (Score 4, Insightful) 555

by Thantik (#45496501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Basically all the single-button-click group matchmaking, and cross realms created an atmosphere where there was no sense of community anymore. There were no reputations to be worried about. There's way less of the "Multiplayer" in WoW as an MMO now. Yes...there are loads of other players. But they've taken away soooo much of the incentive to actually interact with those other players, that you might as well be playing a single player game with bots now.

Comment: Re:WoW, ESO (Score 1) 555

by Thantik (#45496465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

I not only agree, but this is what has kept me away from so many other MMOs. They focus so heavily on graphics, and making things "look real" that they hit uncanny valley with their animation. The fact that WoW has the "cartoon" look, and a wide range of body heights keeps things very interesting without making your brain shout at you that something isn't quite right.

The thing that has killed WoW for me, however, has been the lack of danger. The shoving everyone into battlegrounds. Virtually no world PVP anymore. Auto-matchups for group runs have killed much social behavior that existed prior. Yes, waiting around town spamming trade for hours at a time wasn't very fun. But in a way, it forced socialization, it forced people to remember "ok, this guy is a pretty damn good tank, I'm going to put him on my friends list and we'll blast through shit together", it's just click a button, and wait. Once you're done, likelihood of you ever talking to anyone from that group ever again is practically nil.

I played MMOs not for the grind. Not for the waste of time. I _DID_ do end-game. I did spend time at the hardest possible points in the game, because I wanted a challenge. I wanted friends who wanted a challenge. But now, no way. VERY few people want that challenge anymore, because the game is catered to people who want a grind. They want a game that's on a set of rails, that slowly has everything around you nerfed until you can defeat it with a set of monkies pounding at the keyboard.

Take away flying. Take away the simplicity of just BYPASSING EVERYTHING. Make it so if you travel the wrong direction, you risk getting caught in a pack of something. If someone is higher level than you, and you run into them...don't make it so you can just fly away or hover mid air completely untouchable. It gets rid of any sense of danger. Some of the most memorable moments in WoW were when I was scared shitless of some massively overgeared character finding me, but still being able to _defend_ myself by casting snares, running away, or getting to safety at a town. Constantly having to watch out for a same-level character who wanted a fight when I was in the middle of an existing fight was also very fun. Frustrating at times, but massively fun.

It's not an MMO if you don't have to deal with other players. If you can successfully gear up, without ever having to chat, the MMO has failed. Right now, in WoW, you can successfully gear up without having any real interaction with players at all, and that sucks.

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 2) 53

by Thantik (#44912715) Attached to: Ultimaker Debuts Ultimaker 2 3D Printer With Open Source Cura Software

The things that 3D printers excel at are really anything close to Robotics. There's the OpenRC project which is a fully open source RC car, there's the InMoov which is a full upper torso of a humanoid robot ( They have a fully articulated GLaDoS ceiling robot. Tons of stuff like this. Also, almost anything you can do with a hobby laser cutter, you can extrude out to act like a laser cut piece of acrylic at whatever thickness you want and have it snap together just like something laser cut.

Comment: Re:Cue the usual "debate" ... (Score 1) 82

by Thantik (#44844601) Attached to: Raspberry Pi As an Ad Blocking Access Point

This is like people charging $100 for a porn movie. There will always be someone willing to provide it for free. It is a serious overstatement that advertising provides "free content" - the content will be there with or without advertisers because people enjoy the things they enjoy, and like to share it with others.

+ - Why Not Replace SSL Certificates With PGP Keys? 9

Submitted by vik
vik (17857) writes "The whole SSL process has been infiltrated by the NSA, GCSB and other n'er-do-wells. If governments want a man-in-the-middle certificate they simply issue a secret gagging order to the CA to make them issue one. Consequently "certified" SSL certificates can no longer be trusted. Ironically self-issued certificates are more secure, but not easily verified.

However, PGP/GPG keys can be trusted and independently verified. They are as secure as we can get for now. Why not replace the broken SSL CA system with GPG/PGP encryption keys? Make the NSA-infiltrated stuff obsolete, and rely on a real-world web of trust?"

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