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Comment: If you like old-style arcade games, (Score 1) 314

by pecosdave (#47776743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Modern awesome ones to have (not going to name super obvious classics or reading other comments first):

Beat Hazard has everything that was great about old arcade games made for a modern systems and interlaced with music you provide.

I consider World of Goo to be a must-have.

As for social meat-space games Cards Against Humanity is a favorite, but not exactly for all company.

One of my favorite board games as a kid isn't being produced anymore and I can't think of another that screams it needs to be considered so, meh.

Comment: That Wii-U shot looks sabotaged. (Score 1) 159

It looks to me like they intentionally darkened the image of the WiiU output. I have the Mario Classics collection (basically Mario All Stars) on my Wii, it looks beautiful on my 36" CRT, and I put the virtual console version of the original Super Mario Brothers on my parents Wii, again, looks great on their 60" LCD, other than some aspect ratio induced bad feelings.

Of course advertising materials have a reason to push for their product instead of virtual console.

Comment: Re:Fascist scumbag tool. (Score 1) 588

by dgatwood (#47769627) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they did.

FTFY. The fact of the matter is, if the last part of an interaction looks like you overreacted, you overreacted. It means you lost your head in a crisis, putting yourself and others in danger unnecessarily. That's simply not acceptable. Understandable, but not acceptable.

Comment: Re:progress (Score 1) 97

by Voyager529 (#47769541) Attached to: Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Not 20, not living in a dorm, and not living in 1995.

Most of my friends have laptops, and amongst the reasons we play older titles is so that they don't need $5,000 Alienware laptops to join. Setup time isn't terrible, especially since "connect to the wifi" is all it really takes (though we do prefer hardwired where practical)...that, and newer games don't work over a LAN anyway.

"Coordinating everyone's free time" is something that literally everyone does when they throw a gaming is a less acceptable activity to do at a social gathering than getting completely drunk, or pretending to like people you're stuck talking to?

There are advantages for a LAN party, too: we don't deal with 14-year-olds calling us fags the whole time. We have zero lag, ever. We have zero need for headsets, and it's a whole lot of fun to rag on the person sitting next to you. When we play in cooperative mode, planning attacks is much easier.

Finally, when the PSN gets DDoS'd, we're still gaming =).

Comment: About things "accidentally breaking" (Score 5, Interesting) 197

by Voyager529 (#47769459) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Yes, it will likely happen. However, that is, in my opinion, insufficient disincentive, for the following reasons:

1.) If it "accidentally breaks" 50% of the time, it still means that half the time it's working, which is higher than the 0% we have now.
2.) secondary units could be kept in the glove box; most juries would have a very difficult time believing that both cameras failed, or that a known-dangerous situation wouldn't warrant having both cameras on anyway, or that both police officers involved both had faulty cameras, or if only one went in that he/she was not following protocol....basically, the lack of evidence when there damn well should be would lend more credence to the victim than the police officer, leaving it in the officer's best interest to keep it working (or report it malfunctioning sooner than later).
3.) It would help curb selective enforcement; officers would be more likely to more fully follow protocol.
4.) random footage audits, like random drug tests, would assist in internal investigations; officers whose cameras are 'accidentally broken' during an audit would be much easier to penalize, again, keeping it in the officer's best interest to avoid having a malfunctioning camera.
5.) "I have nothing to hide" is a reason frequently given for giving up one's privacy when prompted to do so. If it's true, then "I have nothing to hide" should most certainly hold accurate for people on the public payroll.
6.) A highly trivial reason, compared to the major ones: checking cameras and footage in and out is a good way to add a few dozen jobs to the local precincts.

It will happen, of course...but if it even partially helps the situation at hand of "he said she said" where either no one trusts the cop (in cases where the officer was either genuinely right or ultimately wrong, but in a split-second decision situation), or victims of police brutality are further victimized by the 'ol boys club', then I'd say it's a hell of a much better use of both my tax dollars and Seagate hard drives than the use of either by the NSA.

Comment: Re: As a non-fanboy I like the Cook Apple better. (Score 1) 89

by pecosdave (#47763821) Attached to: 3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

Fanboy, I don't here any really we'll reasoned arguments here, just a bunch of Apple defense. Are you telling me we should go back to COM and LPT ports because those extra wires are there for a reason? Are you going to tell me a comparability checker program is impossible because of support costs? Are you going to tell me the "at your own risk against our advisory" upgrades like the Android community does would break Apple?

Go use your phone with the hole in the cover so the logo shows somewhere else, real tech people are having a conversation here.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 0) 501

What is this Cold War obsession with misrepresenting Marxism in as many ways as possible just to make it seem ridiculous (or evil)? ... One of the biggest contradictions of human intelligence is its desire to over-simplify the world - to make up for our human sense of inadequacy:

You seem to have demonstrated that contradiction in whitewashing Marx. You over-simplify by focusing on Marx's economic theories* while ignoring the terrible evil that he advocated.

Marx is the father of modern political genocide. (5:18-7:40)

...the Marxist progression of history is based on an increasing voluntary desire to do labour - from socialism through to communism ...

I expect after seeing political genocide in its various flavors that "voluntary" labor isn't too hard to get. That was certainly Stalin's experience.

* And those certainly aren't without their issues.

Comment: Re:"Paleolithic diets" now vs then (Score 1) 279

by div_2n (#47756603) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

The latest research points to primarily sugar being the main problem in our diets. Excessive carbs in general seem to be likely driving a fair amount of weight and health problems and my very rudimentary understanding of the paleo approach addresses this and it's why many people on it find success -- if you're eating paleo, you aren't eating much bread, sugar, etc.

It seems to me that this transition to carb heavy diets that satiate hunger probably helped accelerate civilization -- it helped to satisfy hunger more easily and freed people to pursue activities that didn't involve hunting for food from dusk till dawn. But this came at a price -- negative health effects.

Maybe I just don't understand what paleo is all about, but trying to achieve a balance of macronutrients closer to those original diets seems like the point (or it should IMO) and not actually trying to eat foods that are 100% like what our ancestors ate.

Comment: Re: As a non-fanboy I like the Cook Apple better. (Score 1) 89

by pecosdave (#47755369) Attached to: 3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

FYI, my company recently purchased a half dozen 4K Dell monitors for our Mac users. They usually growl at us when we walk in with a piece of Dell equipment (since most of our users are fanboys) but are praising us by the time we leave. They are chainable, I discovered this by plugging the computer into the out port by mistake. As far as I know chaining is part of the Display Port spec, and there's no such thing as a Thunderbolt monitor, but I've been wrong before.

They were about $500 each, way less than Apple

+ - Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe->

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cold fjord (826450) writes "The Washington Post reports, "Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people’s travels over days, weeks or longer ... It is unclear which governments have acquired these tracking systems, but one industry official ... said that dozens of countries have bought or leased such technology in recent years. This rapid spread underscores how the burgeoning, multibillion-dollar surveillance industry makes advanced spying technology available worldwide. “Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world,” said Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International, ... “This is a huge problem.” ""
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+ - Amazing New Invention: A Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs->

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Checking to see if your drink has been tampered with is about to get a whole lot more discreet. Thanks to the work of four North Carolina State University undergrads, you’ll soon be able to find out without reaching for a testing tool. That’s because you’ll already have five of them on each hand. The team — Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney — has come up with a creative and unobtrusive way to package chemicals that react when exposed to Rohypnol and GHB. They put it in nail polish that they’re calling Undercover Colors."
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