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Comment: No Catan, please (Score 1) 382

by damaki (#47778923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
If you want to go for fun tabletop games, forget this smoking pile of s*** that is Catan. It was nice 15y ago, now it's just clunky, random and too complicated at the same time.
So, if you want all fun and no brain, Munchkin, Dobble or Smash Up. If you got time on your hands (2 or 3 hours), Talisman is still pretty intense. If you want something brainier, but still fun, 7 Wonders is a quick learn and fun. Rab and his cardboard children features on RPS would be a good pointer for other cool tabletop games.
For console party games, Mario Kart, Rayman Raving Rabbids, good ole Super Bomberman 4 or 5, or even Street Fighter IV will do the trick.

Comment: Re:Took the USB organization close to 20 years... (Score 1) 191

by damaki (#47663243) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production
I had a look at his, and 100W is only possible when the 20V mode is activated. So yes, there will be a power delivery negotiation.
Still, I am quite skeptical towards this standard and the ability of cheap chinese devices (understand ubiquitously rebranded devices) to conform to it securely..

Comment: Re:Mental stack overflow of the driver is more lik (Score 1) 664

by damaki (#46310307) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
Sorry to affect your american centrism, but it happened in France, too, and the case is quite documented (pardon my french). The police -which were contacted by the driver- had to make room for the car on the motorway, and to find a solution to slow the car down gracefully. In the end, nobody was hurt, but Toyota...
While I do agree that in the litigation-driven country that became the USA, most of these drivers must be full shit, and surfing on the "it's not me, it's the machine" wave, it looks like there is a real software defect.

Comment: Re:Thank you, slashdot (Score 1) 103

by damaki (#45808163) Attached to: CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes
39 usable megapixels will always be expensive. High end lenses are damn expensive, and if your lenses do not have the required resolution, you're better off using 16 megapixels. For $1000, glass included, you won't get more than 16 real megapixels. And if you do not believe me, have a look at .

Comment: Thank you, slashdot (Score 2) 103

by damaki (#45805871) Attached to: CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes
Thank you for bringing up such quality content. You know, 39 megapixel pictures are only usable if you have high end glass on your camera, which only rich camera enthusiasts can afford. That excludes forever smartphone cameras (yeah, even those whatever megapixels Nokias), security cameras, small digital cameras, which would actually render useless 99% of all cameras on earth for that usage. So you only need to have one of these rich guys take a picture of a crime scene, yeah, only that...

Comment: Sleeping in a drawer (Score 1, Informative) 246

by damaki (#45450591) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark
I bought this to use it as a lightweight server, found it highly underpowered, CPU and memory wise, and discovered that some software I needed was x86 only. So I left it gathering dust in a drawer. I have been tried finding a use for this thingy but could not. End of the story.
I end up using the t-shirt more than the pi itself.

Comment: Re:Now try it in urban neighborhood (Score 1) 101

by damaki (#45080747) Attached to: 802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Starts To Show Potential, Limits
Radio signal shaping is used to overcome range limitations. As seen in the Canard PC Hardware french magazine, 5 Ghz in *pinpoin*t mode performs mostly better than raw 2.6, even with walls on the way. Though if you're totally out of 5GHz range, you'll use the 2.4GHz range.

Comment: Innovation, modability (Score 1) 317

by damaki (#44973647) Attached to: Valve Announces Steam Controller
It's all about mods and accessories. Imagine the think with multi touch, 4 point on each touchpad. Then you could stick a direction cross over it, or regular buttons, or a plain stick, or whatever you want.
Every single gamepad these years is just plain and unimaginative or has barely usable gimmicks. Even the wiimotes are quite disappointing (laggish, unprecise). Analog buttons (not triggers these are fine) were the worst idea ever. Sixaxis motion detection is totally useless (no I wont tilt it left to turn left, I'd rather keep my wrist in good state). Wii U screen is basically a DS/3D with only one screen?
This, gentlemen, is innovation.

Are we running light with overbyte?