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Comment: Re:Common Sense, anyone? (Score 1) 788

by joek1010 (#36949872) Attached to: Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

Look, I'm not saying there isn't friction.

> So, are you saying we should build a mega-wall separating Europe from the north of Africa? Or that we should organize militias to shoot down illegal imigrants that crosses the border?

This is quite an unfair characterization of the US. I suggest you read a bit more about the drug running problems on our southern border; border patrol is much less a xenophobic exercise and more of a security necessity. We could argue about the wisdom of US drug policy (and its effect on this situation) but then we'd be getting way off topic. I think its also worth noting that people interacting with the guys with guns on the border are (usually) breaking US law. We certainly treat criminals differently then law abiding citizens.

> Try wearing a turbant or traditional garments on a midsize american city.

I've lived in several US cities with fairly high Muslim populations. Hell, I've even seen women in the niqab on US streets. The vast majority of Americans don't give it a second thought.

Comment: Re:Common Sense, anyone? (Score 1) 788

by joek1010 (#36944186) Attached to: Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

> The cleaners and waiters are much more often black or hispanic than white, and quite frankly it is a bit disgusting to see.

My guess is this is pretty much the same in the Netherlands (and in Europe as a whole) but with Turks and Moroccans (or more broadly, Muslims). And maybe I'm just a dumb American, but I think we handle our (significantly greater) ethnic diversity better than Europe handles Muslims immigrants. The recent tragedy in Norway is evidence of this, and even beyond that you have mainstream politicians in Europe spouting off about the failure of multiculturalism. We seem to make it work.

Games

Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the truth-or-dare dept.
sinij writes "An EA insider has aired dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for the upcoming Bioware Star Wars MMORPG. Quoting: 'We shouldn't have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn't done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down ever since. It's 'stable' now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade [old] make more money than our biggest project." The (unverified) insider, who calls himself EA Louse (named after the EA Spouse who brought to light the company's excessive crunchtime practices) says similar trouble is ahead for the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA has not commented yet. God of War creator David Jaffe has criticized the insider for having unrealistic expectations of working in the games industry.
Handhelds

When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook 104

Posted by timothy
from the faint-of-heart-attack dept.
Benz145 writes "The famous Sony VAIO UX UMPC may have been cancelled a few years back by Sony, but the community at Micro PC Talk won't let it die. Modder Anh has carefully removed the relatively slow 1.33Ghz Core Solo CPU and installed a much faster Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 (a process which involves reballing the entire CPU). On top of this, he managed to install an incredibly small 4-port USB hub into the unit which allowed for the further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G data/voice/SMS, a GPS receiver, and a Pinnacle HD TV receiver. All of this was done without modifying the device's tiny external case. Great high-res pictures of the motherboard with the modded hardware can be seen through the link."

Comment: Re:Possible hoax (Score 2, Interesting) 100

by joek1010 (#33410236) Attached to: The iPad As a Shape-Recognition System

I'm pretty sure he's talking about using flash to develop native iOS apps. (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/logged_in/abansod_iphone.html).

BTW, I don't think I made it clear in my original post; the reason people think its a fake is because some stuff happens on the screen before he actually places the shape/figurine on it. He claims that his finger brushed the screen.

Comment: Re:Possible hoax (Score 1) 100

by joek1010 (#33410124) Attached to: The iPad As a Shape-Recognition System

Here's the guy's response to a comment about this on his website:

Non tu ne rêves pas, mais j’ai juste appuyé avec mon doigt au moment de prendre le pion et cela à créé un contact. La démo est développée en Flash et marche vraiment très bien. Nous sommes en train de la redévelopper en Objective C (merci Steve;-).

It says: No, your not dreaming. I just pressed (brushed?) my finger at the moment when I picked up the piece and that created a contact. The demo is developed in Flash and works very well. We're in the process of porting it to objective-c.

Comment: Re:I appreciate the moral implications for some (Score 1) 388

by joek1010 (#33351092) Attached to: Court Rules Against Stem Cell Policy
I never really got how someone could hold view like this (that some abortions are ok). It seems to me like you can cut down the issue to one essential question: is the fetus a human life? If you think it is, then obviously no form of abortion is ok (its murder). If it's not, then abortion is no different then terminating a pregnancy by using contraception (or a woman's period, or male masturbation). All of these activities involve the potential to produce human life (steps in the process), but due to certain conditions the process is terminated. I don't see much of a middle ground here.
Linux

Slackware 13.1 Released 155

Posted by kdawson
from the taking-up-the-slack dept.
Several readers made sure we are aware that Slackware 13.1 release is out. Here's the list of mirrors. "Slackware 13.1 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.6.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy-to-use desktop environment, and KDE 4.4.3, a recent stable release of the new 4.4.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment."

Comment: Re:It's no secret (Score 1) 457

by joek1010 (#32187472) Attached to: The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy
Lol, yep I really had to dig for the first result on google (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=define%3Aatrocity). The first definition was from Princeton. Btw, the rest of the definitions are: An extremely cruel act; a horrid act of injustice - Wikitionary atrocities - are acts that are shockingly cruel - McGraw-Hill I excluded unrelated entries (like band names and movies). As for this being the first time that someone's criticized your literary style; isn't this the same as Godwin's law? Basically people are apt to use hyperboles in an argument online? I mean, stuff like this literally happens all the time on Slashdot. And finally, way to be a prick. We can't have a nice discussion about word choice in arguments without me having to "get over myself?"

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