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Comment: Re:Bitcoin hype over? (Score 1) 305

by dasacc22 (#45570793) Attached to: Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions

People have to use it?! Of course! and banks aren't part of the equation for decentralized currency. So see, you took a valid issue here, people need to use bitcoin, but left off the important part, "as intended".

Bitcoin is a decentralized currency and people are going to have to learn what that really means and how to use it properly for bitcoin to succeed.

Comment: no (Score 0) 246

by dasacc22 (#45568671) Attached to: Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

what a crockpot of gas. You mean there are people out there that identify with a brand (idolization) and want to give value to said brand over other "generics" that don't measure up? And this is found with, wait for it ... heavy metal fans.

I'm just going to hamper a guess and say idolization and acting on that is prevalent in any brand of music, and surely other areas of life.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 64

by dasacc22 (#42634537) Attached to: Corporate Hackathons: the Fine Line Between Engaging and Exploiting
As it was put over on reddit, "Another way to look at this is that if you were to work 3 weeks for 40 hours a week on the app, and have a 1 in 30 chance of winning the $50,000 prize, then your expected value is $13/hour. And that doesn't include the time spent on the initial proposal."
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+ - Corporate Hackathons: The Fine Line Between Engaging and Exploiting->

Submitted by dasacc22
dasacc22 (1830082) writes "Campbell is inviting developers to hack the kitchen with their recipe API, but wait! The API is private, so first you need to submit an idea. If they like the idea, you'll be given access to develop the app. If they like the app, they may give you some money. Otherwise, you can expect to have an app that connects to an API you no longer have access to. The author covers his recent experiences after engaging with Campbell Soup Global Head of Digital and Social, Adam Kmiec, to try and answer the following: "... my question to software developers out there who are thinking of devoting any real effort to a corporate hackathon like this is, “Why?”""
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Comment: What games keep me from being productive? (Score 1) 951

by dasacc22 (#42037991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
WTF did you just ask me?

Guess I'm not the target for the question but I use to be an avid gamer, sometimes 30-50+ hours a week only so many years ago. Even today, when I pickup a game, I just have to play it through like a long movie with ramen snacks during downtime.

With that said, I've been primarily working from my laptop which is running linux, and I just don't play games anymore b/c it's inconvenient. I dont want to dual boot, I've messed with wine for over 10 years, and the only game I'm actually active in right now is EVE Online. I run the client in VMWare Workstation 8 on an intel video card of my laptop.

Id like to see steam for linux b/c then I'd have a no nonsense way to see what's available for my platform and who knows, maybe I'd be playing again. If there's some crazy insane awesome sauce windows game that causes me to divorce my wife and disown my kids, I have an old desktop in the corner collecting dust I can play it on.

Comment: Re:Screw Actizard, contact privacy@blizzard.com (Score 1) 272

by dasacc22 (#41300975) Attached to: Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users
actually I've never played WoW, just way too goofy for me. I emailed blizzard to have my account deleted during a diablo III fiasco. They nerfed increased-attack-speed gear, which needed to happen, but I was unaware of this until a couple days before hand and spent all my earned gold left over making it to inferno on IAS stuff.

All that aside, the reason I asked them to delete my account and access to games (starcraft 2, diablo 3) is b/c of how they handled people on their "community" forums. I only use the word community in the sense that it's in the title on the page somewhere. Post after post after post discussing the IAS nerf was deleted, even sane and civil posts where the OP could easily reconcile the difference through discussion.

That's not a community. That's damage control. I could overlook the crap handling of the nerf but shutting up the player base? not so much.

Comment: Screw Actizard, contact privacy@blizzard.com (Score 2, Interesting) 272

by dasacc22 (#41299999) Attached to: Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users
Got fed up with all the BS and emailed privacy@blizzard.com to have my account and all my games perma-deleted from their system. Took an untold number of weeks for them to finally follow through on it but I'm now no longer a zard-tard.

Doesn't look like many slashdotters here care, but if you actually do then claim your info back and stop affiliating with this once decent company.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 257

by dasacc22 (#41274671) Attached to: For Android Users, 2012 Is Still the Year of Gingerbread
I'm not big on bragging rights, but if some of those issues bother you, in my response I detailed one of the main issues to a couple of those points is a lackluster api for handling concurrent requests while also playing nice with other bits android offers (share by intent for example). You can check this, https://github.com/dskinner/AndroidWeb

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 257

by dasacc22 (#41274637) Attached to: For Android Users, 2012 Is Still the Year of Gingerbread
A repost (yeay no edit functionality), my first real post on slashdot that needs line breaks

> *Splash screen (and side note: the tutorials I found on the web on how to make one were all horrible, involving spawning threads and making sleep calls).

Why the crap are you wasting peoples time with sleeping for a splash. If a client asks for this, make it actually do something useful. Create an activity that starts downloading relevant data. At worst, sleep for a duration and then call finish(); startActivity(...);. There's an entire activity there to do real work while.

> *Intents to just play full screen video, or audio and matching image.

And your point? I'm glad this intent fulfills your need but if you want to raise REAL android issues, lets talk about mp3 playback on 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3+ devices. Lets talk about how 2.2 devices vary in the backend hardware decoder and what kind of havoc that raises. Lets talk about having to roll our own implementation of the http live spec.

> *An Image widget that can use a resource or a URL as the source.

This could be useful as a builtin but it's stand alone. What if your caching what your app downloads? What if you're looking to share that image via intent with other applications that accept that? Let's talk about the real issue here, and that's a lack luster api for handling multiple concurrent web requests that integrate with all of the niceties android does offer. Then lets talk about a WebImageView class.

> *A wrapper around their gyroscope and accelerometer to form a compass sensor. Something they used to have (ORIENTATION_SENSOR) then deprecated.

This does suck.

> *A single function call method to get a URL as a string (or as an image, etc).

Same point as two questions ago essentially. This is a dead end that accomplishes very little. I'd be insulted by Google if this was some "improvement" announced on their dev blog.

> *A view that displays the output of the camera, and manages requesting access to the camera when the activity is paused/unpaused. Really, how the hell did they miss this?

Valid point, this along with other phone sensors are needlessly complicated to work with. The complication comes down to, in my opinion, how the api is represented. They could require we still do all of the necessary bits, just like presented as above, but create a much better api.

> *A JSON parsing library that will take JSON and an object definition and use reflection to turn the JSON into a java object.

See GSON, It's stupid easy and works great. XML is a bigger issue.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 257

by dasacc22 (#41274595) Attached to: For Android Users, 2012 Is Still the Year of Gingerbread
> *Splash screen (and side note: the tutorials I found on the web on how to make one were all horrible, involving spawning threads and making sleep calls). Why the crap are you wasting peoples time with sleeping for a splash. If a client asks for this, make it actually do something useful. Create an activity that starts downloading relevant data. At worst, sleep for a duration and then call finish(); startActivity(...);. There's an entire activity there to do real work while. > *Intents to just play full screen video, or audio and matching image. And your point? I'm glad this intent fulfills your need but if you want to raise REAL android issues, lets talk about mp3 playback on 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3+ devices. Lets talk about how 2.2 devices vary in the backend hardware decoder and what kind of havoc that raises. Lets talk about having to roll our own implementation of the http live spec. > *An Image widget that can use a resource or a URL as the source. This could be useful as a builtin but it's stand alone. What if your caching what your app downloads? What if you're looking to share that image via intent with other applications that accept that? Let's talk about the real issue here, and that's a lack luster api for handling multiple concurrent web requests that integrate with all of the niceties android does offer. Then lets talk about a WebImageView class. > *A wrapper around their gyroscope and accelerometer to form a compass sensor. Something they used to have (ORIENTATION_SENSOR) then deprecated. This does suck. > *A single function call method to get a URL as a string (or as an image, etc). Same point as two questions ago essentially. This is a dead end that accomplishes very little. I'd be insulted by Google if this was some "improvement" announced on their dev blog. > *A view that displays the output of the camera, and manages requesting access to the camera when the activity is paused/unpaused. Really, how the hell did they miss this? Valid point, this along with other phone sensors are needlessly complicated to work with. The complication comes down to, in my opinion, how the api is represented. They could require we still do all of the necessary bits, just like presented as above, but create a much better api. > *A JSON parsing library that will take JSON and an object definition and use reflection to turn the JSON into a java object. See GSON, It's stupid easy and works great. XML is a bigger issue.
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+ - The Impact of Returning Mass Effect 3->

Submitted by kube00
kube00 (1768000) writes "It appears the hate mail and outrage over the ending to Bioware’s legendary series has reached a fevered pitch. As more and more gamers tweet, write emails, and grumble, a few retailers have decided to lend a sympathetic ear and let gamers return their opened copies. But what impact will that have on the industry?"
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Comment: I vaguely recall.. (Score 1) 3

by dasacc22 (#36310090) Attached to: Kororaa 14 Released; Think of it as Linux Mint for Fedora
gen-who? I vaguely recall using a distribution way back with a similar name, excited by the prospect of tinkering and thrilled by the text flying across my screen at crazy speeds. Now-a-days, these are just regression fixes and queues for grabbing some fresh coffee. Not to say I hate what I do, but love the deeper level it brought me to. People might take a lot of cracks at gentoo but I appreciate the opportunity it provided for someone without a formal education.

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