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Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 571

by Higaran (#48626935) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
I'm sure you've never been to the south side of Chicago. This city has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but it literately is a warzone. It is not uncommon for 20-50 people being shot on any particular weekend, most of the guns are illegal, and I'm sure a good part of it is gang violence. I totally agree with the above comment, there is never a good middle ground because the pro and anti gun people are both wackjobs. I am firmly pro gun btw, I believe that if we went full open carry like Arizona then alot of that would calm down in a year or two at the most.

Comment: Almost any car from the last 5-10 years should do. (Score 1) 195

by Higaran (#48435467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?
I'm not sure why you'd want to display the RPM to anyone but the driver, that should be very simple to pull off. The windows SHOULD already work the way you describe, as for the remote starter, those are VERY common now a days and you can get off the shelf parts to in stall one in a few hours.

Comment: Re:A highly relevant comment from the previous pos (Score 2) 262

by neokushan (#48393039) Attached to: Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Comments like the one linked are a great read, but without ANY sourcing what so ever, it's hard to take it seriously.

Certainly, Nvidia is more than happy to donate engineers and code that favours nvidia hardware (as well as the hardware itself) in return for some branding and an exchange of cash, but to claim that it deliberately gimps older or competing hardware seems beyond the realm of likelihood. IF such a thing was happening, there'd be easy ways of proving it and lawsuits would be flying around pretty quickly. Furthermore, ultimately the performance difference in games between similar competing cards is all in line. You get a bit of variance per title, but it's not like 80% difference here, it's a few frames, single-digit percentages.

Comment: Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 525

They've addressed the "why aren't you opening up all components?" part by saying this is just the start and that they'll be releasing more when they're in a better state for other platforms.

Sure, this could be an empty promise but just a few years ago people wouldn't have ever considered that Microsoft would open source any major .net components, let alone the core and with full Linux/OSX support.

Considering that Winforms is very dependant on the underlying Win32 components of windows, it does stand to reason that it'll be one of the hardest things to port over to other platforms so just this once, we can probably give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt.

+ - The largest Kuiper Belt object isn't Pluto OR Eris

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Out beyond Neptune, the last of our Solar System’s gas giants, the icy graveyard of failed planetesimals lurks: the Kuiper Belt. Among these mixes of ice, snow, dust and rock are a number of worlds — possibly a few hundred — massive enough to pull themselves into hydrostatic equilibrium. The most famous among them are Pluto, the first one ever discovered, and Eris, of comparable size but undoubtedly more massive. But there’s an even larger, more massive object from the Kuiper Belt than either of these, yet you never hear about it: it’s Triton, the largest moon of Neptune, a true Kuiper Belt object!"

+ - Slashdot Skeptics Were Right About Dual-Core TK1 Performance 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In August, Slashdot published a scoop titled NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order. In the comments section, many skeptics chimed in, saying that while the out-of-order architecture being re-introduced by NVIDIA would likely lead to improved benchmarks, real-world use scenarios might experience stalls-aplenty.

Turns out the skeptics were right, as The Verge, Gizmodo, and even the rather Google-biased Android Police have panned the user experience rendered by the 64-bit to be choppy, laggy, slow, and unacceptable. Needless to say, this is rather ironic, considering the chip has been flaunted by NVIDIA as the fastest mobile SoC ever.

After stepping out of the phone game, the lack of design wins for the past few years, the spontaneously cracked trim and weak WiFi antenna on their flagship SHIELD Tablet, it seems that NVIDIA's future in producing fabless mobile SoC's is in serious peril. Stock 64-bit ARM A57/53 cores (which stick to the proven out-of-order architecture) are predicted to be smoking fast, while even the current 32-bit A15, and even A12/17 (which are next generation's midrange cores) provide a very smooth user experience. ARM's high-end stock GPU, the MALI T-T60 series, is no slouch either, and when scaled up to its maximum of 16 cores, provides similar computing power to the 192 Core Kepler architecture used in both the 32-bit A15 and 64-bit Denver variations of the Tegra K1 SoC.

NVIDIA has essentially run out of wildcards to differentiate themselves in the high-end segment, which their own CEO has claimed is all they are aiming for at this point. It would not be far fetched to imagine a world in which NVIDIA totally bows out from the mobile-SoC game in only 1 or 2 years. They simply can't keep losing billions on it year after year, forever; not when the future looks this bleak."

+ - Bounties are killing extreme Internet harassment->

Submitted by squiggleslash
squiggleslash (241428) writes "Brianna Wu, a game studio owner in Boston, found herself the target of numerous anonymous death threats last month, apparently the escalation of a campaign that started when she spoke up for women in gaming, and that intensified during the GamerGate train wreck. Rather than hide, she's offering an $11,000+ cash reward for anyone who helps put her attacker in jail, and she's reporting — albeit at a time many see GamerGate being in its death throes — that it's already having an affect. Wu is also setting up a legal fund to go after those promoting more extreme libels against her and others, with screenshots of a forged tweet purporting to be written by her still circulating around the Internet. Still, why do we seriously need threats prison time to get people to knock off threating to rape and murder people, or threats of lawsuits to have people not forge the kind of libelous "evidence" that drives such hatred in the first place?"
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+ - Don't burn CurrentC at the Apple Pay heresy stake just yet->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "Barely hatched and condemned as the Anti-Apple Pay, CurrentC could improve shopping experiences in the microcosm of a retailer’s brand in ways that Apple Pay’s brand macrocosm can’t. It’s premature to burn CurrentC at the Apple heresy stake.

Indisputably, Apple Pay is at least more secure than the mag-stripe plastic credit cards. Who benefits from Apple Pay security? The credit card companies, banks, and to a limited extent the retailers that are liable. Consumers aren’t responsible for any fraud whatsoever."

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