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Comment Re:How much data storage? (Score 2) 70

The rest you can store in the cloud

Which only works if you're on a system that has reliable internet access and your user is capable of setting up some sort of account credentials and is willing to go through that process any time they're playing a game on a different system. Remember who the target audience is here (young chlidren).

It's plenty of space, roomy in fact, for quite a lot of useful data structures.

For an embedded programmer, sure. Most of the people making console games nowadays have no experience programming for a system that doesn't effectively have as much storage space as they could want. Out in the non-embedded world, I've got preference files for text editors that are larger than 4k. I've seen save game files that are dozens of megabytes.

Comment Re:How much data storage? (Score 5, Informative) 70

The hardware in the Amiibo have 4 kB of writeable space, which is almost inconceivably tiny nowadays. You could fit enough data in there for a couple of games if you're using minimal, tightly-packed C structures, but nobody does that any more when every game console has enough space that you can use dozens or even hundred of kB for storing saved games.

To be fair, I really don't know why they couldn't have just put a whole MB of storage space on the chip and then allocated something like 4 kB per game. Sometimes Nintendo makes baffling hardware decisions.

Comment Dear media companies: (Score 3, Insightful) 519

Please find a business model that does not involve annoying and exploiting the people who consume your media.

Now, it's not my job to tell you what your business model should be. Sell merchandise, provide paid services, ask for donations, or whatever else you can think of.

But if the basis of your business model is providing content for free to me while accepting money from people who solely want to annoy me or buy information about me, then I'm not going to allow that and you deserve to go out of business.

Comment Re:"Heat death"? (Score 5, Informative) 199

"Heat," in an atomic sense, is basically a measurement of how constrained molecules are within a structure and how rapidly they're bouncing around. "Cold" molecules are those that arelocked into a rigid structure and don't move around much. "Hot" molecules are ones that move about freely, without constraint. In that sense, the "heat death" of the universe will be when there is no more solid matter in the universe, and all of its atoms are distributed evenly, bouncing around freely.

Comment Re:Honestly, is anybody surprised? (Score 2) 62

What kind of bubble have you lived in that with a Slashdot id that low you still put any faith in this crap?

As Kidpro pointed out, you're making an incorrect assumption. I don't think smartphone credit card readers are secure. I think that all of the other types of card readers are insecure, too. There have been many cases of them being compromised.

Comment Re:What's Cash? (Score 1) 294

The problem with debit cards in the US is that there's virtually no consumer protection on them. If somebody steals your card and PIN, they can easily drain pretty much as much as they want from your bank account, up to whatever your bank's daily withdrawal limit is, and the only thing you can do is tell your bank that your number was stolen so they can cancel it and send you a new card. You'll never get that money back.

Credit cards are better because although a thief doesn't need to steal a PIN, you can dispute unauthorized charges with your bank and they will dismiss them. So, they're less secure, but also much less risky. Put everything on your credit card and pay off your debt before your next monthly statement, and doesn't cost you anything.

But that has nothing to do with the crash back in 2008, that was mostly due to the subprime mortgage crisis.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581

I'm not talking about what is legal, but what is moral. Merely being part of a "protected class" does not make it moral or immoral to deny services to certain classes of people.

Setting legality aside, why would it be wrong to refuse to provide an apartment or cake to a gay person but not to ban them from Reddit?

You're still misconstruing what everybody who is upset about this is saying. Reddit is not obligated, in the legal sense, to provide a forum for anybody. But if they tout themselves as being a place that values freedom of speech and open discussion -- which they previously have -- then it is hypocritical of them to exclude certain classes of people just because they find their views distasteful.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581

How does that relate to reddit? Are you suggesting that owners of popular web sites (and maybe TV channels or newspapers) must be burdened with publishing everyone's speech?

I don't see anybody suggesting that Reddit should be forced to allow everyone to speak. That seems to be a leap that all the anti-free speech here are making -- that because somebody is opposed to Reddit's actions, they must think Reddit should be legally compelled to allow everything.

No, people are saying that Reddit's actions are in the moral wrong. They're within their rights to do it, and we are all within ours rights to say we disapprove of it and that if you actually care about free speech (the concept and ideals behind it, not the legal enforcement of it), you should support other sites that don't filter out opinions they find distasteful.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581

Just so we're clear -- would you be ok with, say, if Reddit decided to ban everybody who says something opposing gay marriage because they consider that to be hate speech?

What if it's the opposite way and they decided to ban people who support gay marriage?

How about if a bakery decided to refuse service to bake a cake for a gay marriage because they didn't want to support that point of view?

What if an apartment complex decides to kick out and ban all gay tenants?

What if every apartment complex and housing community in the city decides to ban gay tenants? And every restaurant, and grocery store, and internet provider, too? Nobody's stopping those gay people from going outside the city and farming their own vegetables, generating their own electricity, building their own houses, and making their own internet, after all.

I'm trying to figure out where the line should be here. It seems like there are a lot of people here who completely support removing people who have unpopular views as long as the government isn't involved.

Comment Re:Free speech has no meaning (Score 1) 581

you should be defending Reddit's right to exercise whatever editorial policy they choose to put in place on their own system

I've never said otherwise. I certainly think they can have whatever policies they want. I am 100% behind that. I am also exercising my right to walk away from them and encourage other people to do the same.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.