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Comment Re: How would this work? (Score 1) 117

Seeing as though Google already has filters to match up similar images, and plays with facial recognition etc, a few buttons shouldn't be that hard.

Sure, the scummers can obfuscate their buttons, but the whole point is to make them look convincing enough like a legit download button that people mistakenly click it so there's only so much variation they can do.

Comment Too slow (Score 1) 555

Or it might just be that the average person in that area drives at an unsafe speed. This isn't a freeway.

Frankly, around here exceed the limit in large quantities all the time. Often they do so regardless of road conditions or weather. In most cases, they still arrive home. However every now and them somebody will hit that nice skiff of snow or black ice and "oops" - perhaps doing 110kph in a 90zone with icy roads ISN'T a good idea - now you have an accident. Even better, since the average person is already driving at unsafe speeds for the conditions, everyone else who suddenly has to avoid the fishtailing pickup also gets to experience the joys of winter acrobatics on ice, resulting in a multi-car pile-up.

Similarly, we have big issues with people passing school-buses that are unloading kids. Apparently the huge, flashing stop sign doesn't mean much to most people. Just because your average person doesn't have the intelligence to drive safely, should we just say "screw it, let's let everyone pass the stopped bus and speed on through crosswalks!"

In this case, it's a residential street. The "oops" might happen with weather, or it could be a kid crossing the street, a stray animal that somebody swerves to avoid and loses control, whatever. Sure, in most cases that won't happen, but in the other cases you could probably have avoided hitting that kid by DRIVING THE F***ING LIMIT.

Comment Time of year (Score 1) 173

In the case of computing, inefficient power-consumption is lost in the form of heat. If you've got a computer using a fair bit of power and generating heat, then it may actually be providing secondary value in colder days. I don't bitmine, but I have transcoded a lot of video and if I leave the room closed I definitely notice a temperate difference.

This would be good in the winter for those with electric heating etc, where at least the "waste" is actually a useful by-product. In the summer though it actually adds to the problem because that may also result in running the house cooling systems (A/C) more.

Comment Re:I can give input there! (Score 1) 220

I've often thought it would be fun to have a game that to some extent allowed legitimate use of scripting/botting, but tied into in-game elements.
In a space-sim, you might allow cool things like "hacking" enemy vessels to bring down their shields/engines/etc. This could be done by combining in-game items with code, human interaction, and timers. For example, the older "Mass Effect" games had little puzzles to solve in order to "hack" into locked doors, etc.
This could be done in a more complex way by having:
* A time-limit in which to execute a hack before intrusion was detected/blocked
* Security-style items which increase the complexity of a system, making it take longer to hack (or having their own time-limits)
* Items which were counter-measures to the security-style items, or to increase the allowed time. Some of these might be burnable/consumable.
* The ability to either go at the security/puzzles manually, or to use scripts to help solve the puzzles in combination with the above items
* Additional scripts to perform certain actions against the penetrated enemy systems, or lie dormant until needed.

It's not exactly traditional bots, but if the "systems" behaved in a somewhat automated manner where it's more a game of cops-and-robbers between defensive systems and attackers, it could be quite complex and fun. The hard part would be in striking a balance between the "twitch" players and those more cerebral, but perhaps that would bring in an in-game concept of white-hat VS black-hat where the former could design and sell defensive scripts.

You could even have stuff like the ability to drop upgrade "loot" which in reality is actual a form of trojan etc

Comment (sorta) standard PC connector, perhaps (Score 1) 406

Yeah, the closest thing might be "longest running popular connection standard for multi-resolution/computer video". There's some muddling between the good ol' 15-pin connector itself and the standard devices using it apply. For a lot of the predecessors, there were video standards but a really bewildering variety of cables/connectors for them.

So how about the others?

The old yellow RCA connectors *still* exist, but their resolution leaves much to be desired (though Nintendo stuck with a long time), but they also carried audio. Still used by low-res devices, and available on most TV's.

Replaced by S-video, which offers slightly better quality.

Then ... Component video. Higher resolution via more cables with colours that fade and are easily mixed up.

Oops, almost forgot coaxial, which is thankfully mostly dead now, and I don't recall any computers using this (exempting some addon "TV cards"). It's still used in some lower-res longer-range stuff (security camera etc) , but often using BNC's instead of the twisty connector on TV's

DVI is still around in some places, but mostly on its way out. In many cases its size killed it as vendors would opt for either VGA or HDMI.

Speaking of HDMI.... it's the cable you love and hate at the same time. Pure digital. carries audio channels and even network data . Carries video at an increasing range of resolutions. Also, a useless mostly friction-fit connection that fecking pops out or comes loose at very inopportune moments. Much as I found the pins on VGA/DVI annoying at times, at least the damn cables didn't drag themselves out of the socket or bend under their own weight. The only thing worse is damn "is this the right orientation" USB.

Displayport seems to fix the above issue a bit. At least the cables click in and seat well. The connector can still get bent by a mass of heavy cables though.

Overall ,VGA was/is a very good standard cable/connector standard. Cables tended to last well even under shyte conditions, the connector stayed plugged in. It handled a wide range of resolutions, and had a very long lifespan. The connector was a reasonable size too. Overall still my favourite.

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