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Comment: Re:I played this at expo last year and it felt lik (Score 1) 40

by fractalVisionz (#43132259) Attached to: Multimorphic Teases Open Source Multi-Game Pinball
I played this at the Pacific Pinball expo this last year. I 100% agree that the too much focus was put on the under-ball display. In fact, during one of the games, I couldn't even see the ball due to all the explosion animations happening around the ball that I lost a ball. It was much too distracting. The rest of the play-field was just boring as well, symmetric and didn't invoke any reason or story to even play the game.
Star Wars Prequels

+ - This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For->

Submitted by fractalVisionz
fractalVisionz (989785) writes "The White House officially responded to the petition to secure resources and funding to begin Death Star construction by 2016, as previously covered by Slashdot. With costs estimated over $850,000,000,000,000,000 (that's quadrillion), and a firm policy stating "The Administration does not support blowing up planets" the US government will obviously pass. However, that is not to say that we do not already have a death star of our own, floating approximately 120 miles above the earth's surface.

The response ends in a call to those interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields of study:

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

"

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Comment: Re:Unpatentable (Score 1) 164

by fractalVisionz (#38489160) Attached to: Amazon Patents Deducing Religion From Gift Wrap

After reading yet another silly patent abstract, I cannot find anything worth patenting in it...

Well, there's your problem. Abstracts are not the claims, and do not need to be novel or non-obvious by themselves. That is the job of the claims.

From US Patent 8060463

The first claim:

1. A computer-implemented method of matching users to other users, the method comprising: storing, in computer storage, event data comprising order data reflective of items ordered from an electronic catalog by each of a plurality of users; programmatically generating a score that reflects a degree to which item preferences of a first user of said plurality of users are similar to item preferences of a second user of said plurality of users, said score taking into consideration a first plurality of items ordered by the first user and a second plurality of items ordered by the second user, wherein generating the score comprises weighting a first item and a second item identified in both the first and second plurality of items, wherein the first and second items are different, wherein the first and second items are weighted differently based at least in part on a first inherent characteristic of the first item and a second inherent characteristic of the second item, wherein the first and second inherent characteristics are different, and wherein generating the score further comprises taking into consideration at least one additional type of event data reflective of user affinities for items represented in the electronic catalog; and based at least in part on the score, programmatically determining whether to recommend the second user to the first user.

Comment: hunter2 tag (Score 2, Funny) 104

by fractalVisionz (#35701244) Attached to: Scientists Develop New Method To Improve Passwords
From http://www.bash.org/?244321:

<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
<Cthon98> ********* see!
<AzureDiamond> hunter2
<AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me
<Cthon98> *******
<Cthon98> thats what I see
<AzureDiamond> oh, really?
<Cthon98> Absolutely
<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?
<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> awesome!
<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?
<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.

Comment: Re:It's failure on multiple levels (Score 4, Informative) 250

by fractalVisionz (#32203596) Attached to: Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter
It seems you didn't RTFM. Only one switch out of many failed, due to it being set up from the factory incorrectly. The rest of the system switched over properly. I would say that is pretty good considering the data center size and number of switches needed for redundancy.

Comment: Once at 8000+ (Score 3, Interesting) 496

by fractalVisionz (#31622756) Attached to: In the last 24 hours, I've consumed ...
I was a rower in high school. We had practices 4-6 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week. Between a 5K (3 mi) run warm up and 25-30K (17-20 mi) row every day, I burned a up lot of calories and lost a lot of body fat. Seeing how a lot of vitamins and minerals are fat soluble, my caloric intake was very well above average to maintain the needed level of vitamins (bah on supplements).

My parents were not to happy with me as I would eat them out of house and home every day. Cereal has always been my staple, and I can not have any less than 10 pounds of cereal stocked up at anyone time and 2 gallons of milk. To this day, this remains true, and I can still easily polish off a box (16 oz) a day.

Lessons learned, if you want to be the next Kobayashi, become a rower.

+ - Kindle Development Kit Announced->

Submitted by fractalVisionz
fractalVisionz (989785) writes "Amazon has just announced a Kindle Development Kit coming in the next month. It will be first released as a limited beta, so reserve you place in line fast.

From the press release:

The Kindle Development Kit enables developers to build active content that leverages Kindle's unique combination of seamless and invisible 3G wireless delivery over Amazon Whispernet, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, and long battery life of seven days with wireless activated. For example, Handmark is building an active Zagat guide featuring their trusted ratings, reviews and more for restaurants in cities around the world, and Sonic Boom is building word games and puzzles.

Additionally, the revenue sharing was announced, "User revenue will be split 70% to the developer and 30% to Amazon net of delivery fees of $0.15 / MB. Remember that unlike smart phones, the Kindle user does not pay a monthly wireless fee or enter into an annual wireless contract.""
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Comment: See "Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs" (Score 5, Informative) 367

by fractalVisionz (#30126718) Attached to: Making Old Games Look Good On Modern LCDs?
"A group at Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a fun little open source program to emulate the CRT effects to make old Atari games look like they originally did when played on modern LCD's and digital displays. Things like color bleed, ghosting, noise, etc. are reproduced to give a more realistic appearance."

From Slashdot story Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?

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