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Comment Lots of complaints, did people actually play this? (Score 1) 91

I was put off from buying the game because of the Metacritic comments and other "high-profile" review sites.

However, after reading conversations on reddit about how the gameplay actually is, I bought the game and I'm not sorry at all.

Yep, it's a bit buggy (crashes sometimes), and the controls are not perfect. But, it's a Dragon Age, and it's tons better than DA2. It's not DA:O, but I'll take this any day over no more Dragon Age.

To me it almost look like all the people saying bad things about the game and claiming positive reviews are EA-payed are actually payed to write bad reviews. The game is definitely not *that bad*, and is quite fun - unless you want an expansion for DA:O, which - the truth is - you won't get.

Comment Re:No one see's a problem with this? (Score 1) 278

You seem to believe that all hacks are due to finding flaws in listening daemons/open services. That's definitely not the case, and the era when any complex network could be thought as separated into inside, DMZ and external parts is long over. Your browser has many vulnerabilities, yet it doesn't "listen" on a port.

Any such a drone would have sensors that process incoming data (visual, IR, radar, GPS, etc.). Simply by the fact that it processes external data makes such a sensor potentially vulnerable to external threats; it doesn't have an open port that you can firewall, it simply has to read external data and it is in theory vulnerable.

For example, imagine finding a flaw in the image recognition software; "hacking" the drone could simply mean showing it an appropriate picture (which can easily be done remotely). Yes, doing a full 'gain-control' hack is hard, but we're talking here about state-actors with enough resources.

Comment Re:That's one way to look at it.. (Score 5, Insightful) 444

That's not quite right.

The problem is that US went in and replaced the security structure (policy, army, etc.) of the Iraqi state with its own troops. However, in the process of doing so, they provided this only for some parts of the country.

Look at it this way: before US went in, Iraqi police (probably) protected the universities. After US went in, noone did. Yes, of course, the looters are the ones that actually stole the stuff, but US has its own part to blame in this, IMHO.

Comment Learn something new and *different* (Score 2) 516

So I can't relate to your situation, but what got me out of being bored with my project and in general with writing code was learning something entirely new. In my case, it was *finally* learning functional programming, and starting on an associated path to (re)learning some math concepts.

Whether that works for other people, I have no idea, but it did work for me, and made me enthusiastic again about simply writing code.

Comment Re:Could this explain Asia's development? (Score 1) 290

They are pretty much using the 'current solution' everywhere

Sure, but that's exactly what I was referring to---the ability to catch up to the 'current solution', across many fields; I didn't mean to say they are advancing above the current solution, not at all.

Even for just catching up, I think they've done a good job at it, and my point is that maybe there is a relation between this and not having NIH. That was what I trying to say :)

Comment Could this explain Asia's development? (Score 1) 290

Folks in Asia have almost zero "not-invented-here" issues, whereas it's pretty prevalent all over the U.S.'

Hmm, could this explain how Asia was able to move so quickly in the past decades? Yes, it means that you steal (either figuratively or literaly) ideas more often, but it also means that you'll always try to use what it's best, without being hang-up on the current solution.

Anyway, I thought about the relation/contrast between being "liberal" with other peoples ideas and having a NIH syndrome, and I find this interesting.

Comment Re:All you need to know, from TFA (Score 1) 815

They have that whole mass-energy conservation bullshit, but both fission and fusion apparently produce tons of energy.

Wrong. Fission of elements heavier than iron produces energy, but their fusion would consume it. Fission of elements lighter than iron consumes energy, but their fusion produces energy.

Really, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fusion describes it pretty clearly, no need to speculate.

Comment Re:These screenshots kinda suck (Score 1) 399

PNG can be lossless, if you choose 0 for compression level - then the image is basically a bitmap when it comes to file-size (except png inherently supports Alpha-channel transparency).

Uh... PNG is *always* lossless, the compression level only affects the tradeoff between compression/decompression level and savings achieved (a la gzip -1..9). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Network_Graphics for more details.


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