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Comment: Re:um (Score 1) 219

by jafac (#46824893) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

(Windows 8 version): No save buttons, per se, see, because we've uncluttered the interface. Youve got to slide your mouse over to the left side of the screen there, see? And then, the "charms bar" will slide out of the edge. If you're in "save" mode, and if your user has admin privileges, you'll see a button that looks like a circle with a little box in it. That's the save button.

Everyone: "WTF?"

Comment: Re:Uh... (Score 1) 301

by Kjella (#46823649) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

This. The NPR article seems misleading. They stopped him based on the 911 call. Which seems reasonable to me. If some moron is driving like a fool I'd really like to cops to stop him. The probable cause for the SEARCH was due to the marijuana smell. I don't think this ruling is a broad as it's being made out to be.

Well the cops did get a tip of one reckless maneuver that allegedly forced the tipper off the road. They tailed the truck for five minutes, saw no traffic violations or poor driving to collaborate the story. Then they pulled the truck over instead of being on their way. I'd agree with the dissenters, there's no reasonable suspicion of an ongoing crime - that is, drunk driving - and they pulled him over on a fishing expedition. One incident, observed by nobody but an anonymous tipper who may or may not have called it in just to be mean - I mean it's quite impressive to get a full license plate down while you're really being run off the road so some generous exaggeration may have happened. She didn't even accuse them of driving drunk, that's the court's argument that maybe they were while completely ignoring that the officers saw no sign of it.

Comment: Re:By what definition of "rich"? (Score 1) 291

by dpilot (#46822471) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

By "right school" I didn't mean Ivy or anything, I meant internet-connected. Though the likes of MIT or CMU aren't cheap, either. Since I don't remember the year, I don't remember how widespread internet acces was at that point.

Or to put it another way, did Slashdot come before or after AOL let the unwashed masses onto the internet?

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 73

by Kjella (#46821929) Attached to: BioWare Announces <em>Dragon Age Inquisition</em> For October 7th

Or maybe you just have a pack rat obsession with owning things while the rest of us as just looking to get some entertainment. I "buy" a non-transferrable license to a DRM-locked online-tied sandbox, even a DVD which also has DRM is more liberal as I can sell, lend, play anywhere without anyone's approval or activation but even that one I can't back up or format shift legally as I expect to do with my own property. None of that is an absolute necessity though, what matters if if the value (utility, desire) exceeds the costs (money, inconvenience) and if I am confident that I'll get my money's worth from it before Steam goes under and the service disappears in a puff of smoke I come out ahead. If I desperately want to play it 10+ years down the line I suspect it will be available somehow on GOG (legally), TPB (not so legally) or whatever so it's not a "now or never" situation.

Yes, I get pretty pissed when you abuse DRM to deliver use control like unskippable commercials and region locks, crap that acts more like malware (hello StarForce) and such things but ultimately I am looking to get entertained, it's in the same class as Netflix (subscription), Spotify (subscription) not about having my documents and data trapped in proprietary products with lock-in. Realistically if Steam said all games are now a 5 year lease it'd probably not change my habits at all. If they start acting like asses I always have the option to say here are the letters F and U, I'll be sourcing my entertainment elsewhere from now on. It's not like there's a shortage or anything, particularly since it won't cost me a moral fiber to download games I used to have on Steam off TPB should that ever become necessary.

Comment: Re:Experimental science vs narrative science (Score 1) 446

by Kjella (#46821271) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Well, if we do an experiment on gravity we determine it only in a point location at a given time, the rest is extrapolation/intrapolation that gravity remains constant between locations and across time. Take two sections of forest, build greenhouses around them and pump more CO2 into one and you have a pretty good scientific experiment. Yes, putting the pieces correctly together is complicated but as long as you accept that things obey the laws of physics and chemistry and don't magically become different at a macro scale you can build bigger and bigger pieces of the puzzle from small blocks. There's no "irreducable complexity" here as the relgious like to trot out when they don't like the science.

+ - The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest->

Submitted by gollum123
gollum123 (810489) writes "The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans. The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands. Thirty-five years ago, the reverse was true."
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+ - What is 4chan? A Look at the Dark Side of the Internet->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Memes, internet trolling and hacker collective Anonymous all have something in common – they were born out of 4chan, a simple imageboard website which has over 20 million viewers a month.

While it is well known among geeks, the rest of the world has little idea what 4chan actually is unless the website makes the news.

A fan of anime, 15-year-old Christopher Poole designed the site in 2003 as a simple anonymous imageboard in the style of Japanese imageboards. Users could discuss and post pictures of their favourite anime cartoons and manga comics in various sub-threads in a similar way to how Reddit works.

But while the concept of 4chan is simple – an online community for fans of Japanese culture — in reality the boards have often been used for cyberbullying and explicit content.

Geeks have been affected by internet trolling, i.e. cyber bullying for much longer than reported by mainstream media, but at least the website makes no money at all."

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Comment: Re:Thank goodness for these experts. (Score 1) 227

Me too. After reading this:

As the aircraft climbs, the body enters a state of hypoxiaâ"that is, it lacks oxygenâ"and the person passes out. At the same time, the frigid temperatures cause a state of hypothermia, which preserves the nervous system. 'It's similar to a young kid who falls to the bottom of an icy lake," says Roman. "and two hours later he survives, because he was so cold.'"

I'll never fly coach again! The wheel-well appears to be way more comfortable!

Comment: Re:Interesting hat it mirrors the electric car iss (Score 5, Interesting) 431

by Waffle Iron (#46810089) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

I think the electric companies have a pretty good point that they still have to pay to maintain lines to your house even though you are now consuming a fraction of what you would have.

I don't know about Oklahoma, but my bill is split into two parts: a fixed per-day customer charge, plus a separate charge per kWh. Presumably, the charge per day covers the lines and administrative overhead. (The per-kWh charge is further divided into separate fuel and generation charges, and the fuel rate changes frequently.)

If Oklahoma uses this system, then the utility is being fairly compensated for the power lines no matter how little electricity the customer actually buys.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau