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Comment: Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (Score 1) 522

by poly_pusher (#44255581) Attached to: Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible
This is interesting.

However, I do also wonder what effect the deterioration of the rest of your body has on your brain. If your heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, etc. are all in the state of an average 20 year old for 60 years, what would the human brain look like after 60 years?

Comment: Re:Buying AMD (Score 0) 251

by poly_pusher (#44144967) Attached to: AMD/ATI Drops Windows XP Support
I admire that you put up with it for so long... I loved AMD. The X2 was an amazing processor for it's time. I abandoned AMD processors after waiting for Barcelona and went with the Core 2. I abandoned AMD/ATI cards after the 5000 series. Really it is very sad. Regarding their graphics, their hardware and architecture has always been really interesting. However, their drivers have been abysmal. They have done a pretty good job with gaming products in the recent past but I used to also buy their Firepro products. I switched to their gaming cards which ironically was an improvement "Workstation cards like Quadros and Firepro's are generally slower at most things... Sigh..." and eventually abandoned the Firepro's for Nvidia gaming cards. As an example, when I switched from my 5870 to the GTX 480, I was able to handle 10 times the amount of geometry in my 3D application with the same framerate. It would take a lot of convincing for me to buy another card from them.

Comment: Re:Why so expensive (Score 1) 135

by poly_pusher (#43343949) Attached to: NASA Gets $75 Million For Europa Mission
As mentioned below, the requirements for different missions produce many different variables that require specific redesigns. We also learn a great deal from each mission and improve our methods. The purpose of these missions is to get information on specific topics but it is also to improve our ability to travel in space in general. If your thinking was employed 40 years ago would we have ever moved past Voyager?

There is no "dust of those blueprints and plug in the coordinates for Europa" The "blueprints" are a small portion of the overall costs. So to gain as much knowledge and advancement as possible, we need to redesign each time.

In reply to what you say about the Camry, there wouldn't be one if we hadn't reinvented the wheel in wood, metal, then rubber and so on. Something tells me the Camry wouldn't handle well with stone wheels...

Comment: Re:$2.7 million in stock? (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by poly_pusher (#42222551) Attached to: GameSpy's New Owners Begin Disabling Multiplayer Without Warning
They were bigger than this. They really bungled an opportunity for control of a niche that Steam ended up filling. I remember when I used to play Quake 3 through Gamespy. I couldn't help but think "wow, if they add the ability to let me buy and download games through here, provide a single location for access to game mods, and figure out a way to let me order Pizza while in game, they are going to take control of PC gaming."

Instead Steam did it "no you can't order pizza directly but you can open a browser and grubhub."

What Steam and Valve also did well was they gave you a reason to want to be a part of their community. Games like left 4 dead encouraged you to make friends otherwise you'd get stuck with a horrible team. When I was on Gamespy, there was never any incentive to participate in the community.

Comment: Re:LTE is very old news (Score 1) 83

by poly_pusher (#42084785) Attached to: Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE
My data speeds went from 1Mbps to around 16 Mbps when switching from 3G on Verizon. I top out around 22 Mbps. It makes a huge difference. Even a 5 Mbps jump is very significant when your starting point is about 1 Mbps, a pretty normal speed for me on 3G. LTE makes my phone a suitable backup for my landline and for traveling. 3G didn't cut it, too slow in comparison.

Comment: Re:value of time? (Score 1) 547

by poly_pusher (#42020263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?
So I didn't just pay to download Brave from Amazon last night? The only conclusion is freetard? Seriously,.. the only conclusion?

And referencing your statements above:

I download a movie in about 10 minutes, 30 minutes for full HD. They both can start playing within seconds. It's not a crappy copy, it's HD. No, there is no 50/50 chance of viruses from online movie rental services like Amazon. I have never gotten better advice or curation from a store than I have gotten from an online distributor of movies.

I just have to ask. Why do you want to spread false information? I'm tempted to accuse you of straight out lying but for now I'll just assume total ignorance in the topic...

Comment: Remember the X2... (Score 1) 226

by poly_pusher (#41974847) Attached to: AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options
That was my favorite processor ever. I upgraded from a pentium 4 to the X2 series "actually the opteron 170 I think." It provided a dramatic improvement in performance over the single core P4, and trounced Intel's Pentium D.

Then Intel came out with the Core series, the Core2 providing a dramatic improvement over the X2's.

AMD responded with Barcelona, and it was all down hill from there. I promptly bought a Core2 based system and have been using Intel again ever since, AMD never became truly competitive again "I believe they've had some success competing at the lower-end."

I really loved AMD, they made some great products in the past but have slipped too far. I used to actually check out AMD's new offerings when they debuted, but I haven't done that in the past year. I just have no faith they can ever be competitive with Intel again. Sad really...

Remember the X2...

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 878

by poly_pusher (#41921415) Attached to: Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?
Ya know, I'm not opposed to that idea. It is possible. I'm not a programmer, I'm an artist and on that account I can say that you really aren't necessarily supposed to be creative at work. It's a very frustrating scenario but true for most artists. You get to be creative outside of work.

On that basis, whatever you want to do outside of work should be your business as long as it doesn't have a negative effect on the hours and effort you put in for work. When I was in college I used to really enjoy going out to the bar then coming home and writing while my buzz wore off. Looking back through some of that writing there is some very good work. The better work is very honest, secure and fluid. In many cases it was rather creative. However, there are also some pieces that make absolutely no sense at all.

We are discouraged as a society from drinking on the job "and in my opinion this is the same as doing drugs on the job, alcohol is a drug," for many important reasons. In my experience the biggest problem with drug use of any kind in relation to performing a task is inconsistency. Too much is a problem, too little wont do anything. For that reason, be sober for at least the hours you spend at your paying job. If you feel drug use improves your creativity, do that at home on your own personal projects and make sure it doesn't take over your life damaging both your personal projects and your employment.

It really comes down to moderation and respecting the expectations of your peers when you are in a situation that could also affect their job performance.

Also encouraging any sort of drug use for creative purposes is very dangerous. Every one is wired differently. Some people are predisposed to abuse, others are not.

Comment: Awesome! You need artists... (Score 1) 113

by poly_pusher (#41909373) Attached to: MIT Slows Down Speed of Light In New Game
The concept is great, mechanics are clever, and anything that helps people particularly kids gain a better understanding of the physical world deserves to be promoted. You might be able to snag some talented artists to work on this. There are many 3D software communities on the web. Blender forums is of course a great place to start. However, I would recommend the Luxology forums. The makers of Modo. Lots of talent over there, great community attitude and I know there are many people there would like to make their name artistically with a project like this. Also, since Unity is used, Modo and Unity work beautifully together, direct import of Modo's native format is already available in Unity.

Check it out!

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982