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Comment: Annoying, but possible workaround (Score 1) 907

by alaskana98 (#47995747) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
When the debt collector comes a knockin', just keep the car running. If it works by preventing the car from starting, just don't turn it off. I'd imagine the extra cost in fuel you'd incur by constantly idling while parked is preferable to the hassle of having your car disabled and subsequently having to pay a fee to have it 're-enabled). Once you've made the (late) payment resume normal vehicle operation.

+ - Apple iPhone 6 Plus Confirmed To Have 2 GB Ram->

Submitted by alaskana98
alaskana98 (1509139) writes "According to a recent article in Macworld, the iPhone 6 Plus is said to sport 2 GB of RAM according to data gleaned from a Geekbench benchmark:

"Early benchmarking using the Geekbench application suggests that the processor is dual core, and has a frequency of 1.4 GHz. It's paired with 2GB RAM."

This is in contrast to other sources who have inferred a total of 1 GB of RAM based upon early photos of the A8 processor. The article doesn't indicate what type of RAM however if it is anything like the iPhone 5S it will be a DDR3 variant. This will come as welcome news to the many Apple fans who have clamored for Apple to bump up the amount of memory in its flagship phones in the face of competitors often featuring up to 3X-4X the amount of RAM in their handsets."

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Comment: Re:Here is my (incomplete) list: (Score 1) 382

by alaskana98 (#47779163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
Yes, that would be fantastic. I'm pretty interested in the CPS 1 hardware, on which M.E.R.C.S runs and always thought it would be cool to have one of those boards. You can message me at alaskana_98@yahoo.com if you are still interested in getting rid of it. Thanks!

Comment: Here is my (incomplete) list: (Score 1) 382

by alaskana98 (#47778093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
Not saying these are the best games, but these are some of my favorites from some classic systems: -Atari 2600: Hero, Pitfall, Pitfall 2, Combat, Frogger, Yars Revenge -NES: Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, Bionic Commando, Battletoads, Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Mega Man 2, Castlevania 3, Dr. Mario -SNES: Super Mario World, Pilotwings, Final Fantasy 2 (IV), 3 (VI), Secret of Mana, Street Fighter 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, E.V.O -N64: Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarnia of Time, Cruisn' USA -Arcade: Daytona USA, Star Wars (the original vector one), Willow, Attax, Street Fighter 2, Final Fight, M.E.R.C.S, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Virtua Fighter 1, 2, 3 -3DO: The Need For Speed, Gex, Wing Commander 3, Star Control 2 -Gameboy: Tetris, Super Mario Land, Gargoyle's Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure, Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker -Sega Saturn: Virtua Fighter 1, 2, Daytona USA, Street Fighter Alpha, X Men: Children of the Atom, Panzer Dragoon 1, 2

Comment: Just a thought (Score 5, Informative) 247

by alaskana98 (#47764471) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory
Upon reading the research summary, I don't see anywhere where it implies that we are in a simulation. I think they are just proposing that the fundamental construction of reality is 2D but is ultimately 'projected' as 3D due to quantum effect. At least that is the way I interpret this, I could be wrong though.

Comment: Here are my must play classics (Score 1) 3

by alaskana98 (#47750633) Attached to: So, what are THE BEST games to have in your collection?
Not saying these are the best games, but these are some of my favorites from some classic systems:

-Atari 2600: Hero, Pitfall, Pitfall 2, Combat, Frogger, Yars Revenge
-NES: Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, Bionic Commando, Battletoads, Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Mega Man 2, Castlevania 3, Dr. Mario
-SNES: Super Mario World, Pilotwings, Final Fantasy 2 (IV), 3 (VI), Secret of Mana, Street Fighter 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, E.V.O
-N64: Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarnia of Time, Cruisn' USA
-Arcade: Daytona USA, Star Wars (the original vector one), Willow, Attax, Street Fighter 2, Final Fight, M.E.R.C.S, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Virtua Fighter 1, 2, 3
-3DO: The Need For Speed, Gex, Wing Commander 3, Star Control 2
-Gameboy: Tetris, Super Mario Land, Gargoyle's Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure, Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker
-Sega Saturn: Virtua Fighter 1, 2, Daytona USA, Street Fighter Alpha, X Men: Children of the Atom, Panzer Dragoon 1, 2

Comment: On a more serious note (Score 1) 7

by alaskana98 (#47748941) Attached to: What is Nothing?
I've recently come to think of the concept of 'nothingness' as the lack of any information in any given system. For example, if our reality is a simulation, and matter/anti-matter is represented as information in the computer (or whatever is driving the simulation), then a lack of information would represent nothingness in the simulation. This of course would imply that there is still a container for the nothingness, which would itself be 'not-nothing'. Just some of my personal musings, of course.

+ - What is Nothing? 7

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "Fraser Crain explores the issue of "Whether there any place in the Universe where there's truly nothing?". That article is also discussed at phys.org. One comment there by Evgenij Barsoukov uses the rules for finding mathematical limits to compute the probability of the Universe coming into spontaneous existence out of absolute nothingness at 0.6...."

Comment: Freaky (Score 2) 110

by alaskana98 (#46130499) Attached to: Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science
The Dylatov Pass incident is one of the more freaky, but lesser known horror events of the 20th century. I'm a paranormal buff and I only learned about it in 2008. Whether the outcome was just the result of a series of unfortunate but scientifically explainable events or something more of the paranormal variety, here are some key takeaways from its Wikipedia page:

-Six of the group members died of hypothermia and three of fatal injuries.
-There were no indications of other people nearby apart from the nine travelers on Kholat Syakhl, nor anyone in the surrounding areas.
-The tent had been ripped open from within.
-The victims had died 6 to 8 hours after their last meal.
-Traces from the camp showed that all group members left the camp of their own accord, on foot.
-To dispel the theory of an attack by the indigenous Mansi people, Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny stated that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, "because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged".[2]
-Forensic radiation tests had shown high doses of radioactive contamination on the clothes of a few victims.[2]
-Released documents contained no information about the condition of the skiers' internal organs.

No matter how you slice it (no pun intended), this is some freaky shit.

+ - What the World Might Look Like if Microsoft, Apple and Google were Counties

Submitted by alaskana98
alaskana98 (1509139) writes "Slovekian artist Martin Vargic has created a breathtaking old world style map depicting the major players that comprise the 'Internet ecosystem' as if they were countries. From the Slate article:

            "The Internet map's nation-states aren’t represented precisely to scale, but it does take their Alexa rank into account, so that one can easily see which kingdoms are the United Stateses and Chinas of the Internet and which are the Tuvalus and Luxembourgs. One real-world dichotomy that’s reflected in the Internet map is the concept of an Old World and a New World, with AOL, Microsoft, HP, and IBM composing a sort of online Europe, while Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest form a virtual North America."

Can a new version of 'Risk' be far behind?"

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