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Comment: Re:Transportation is not a limiting factor here! (Score 1) 243

by psychokitten (#44069905) Attached to: NYC Tech Sector Growing Faster Than City Can Keep Up
Seriously. I don't even live in LA (But I've visited multiple times,) and in my city my short 14 mile commute takes an hour on the best days. If there's an accident or even someone simply pulled over by the police it's guaranteed to double it at the very least.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 312

by psychokitten (#39364443) Attached to: Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee
Low quality our poorly made coffee tastes like shit, and if its coffee being made at work it's most likely going to be both of those.

Quality, well-made coffee is a completely different story. The current method of making decaf though completely alters and ruins the coffee taste. I'd kill for a decaf that actually tastes like, you know, coffee.

Now Coke, there's something that tastes like shit.
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Music By Natural Selection 164

Posted by samzenpus
from the survival-of-the-grooviest dept.
maccallr writes "The DarwinTunes experiment needs you! Using an evolutionary algorithm and the ears of you the general public, we've been evolving a four bar loop that started out as pretty dismal primordial auditory soup and now after >27k ratings and 200 generations is sounding pretty good. Given that the only ingredients are sine waves, we're impressed. We got some coverage in the New Scientist CultureLab blog but now things have gone quiet and we'd really appreciate some Slashdotter idle time. We recently upped the maximum 'genome size' and we think that the music is already benefiting from the change."
Businesses

Treading the Fuzzy Line Between Game Cloning and Theft 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the welcome-to-the-world-of-policeactioncraft dept.
eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"
Censorship

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-the-thought-that-counts dept.
thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

Comment: Re:FOSS, maybe? (Score 1) 259

by psychokitten (#29069805) Attached to: Digsby IM Client Quietly Installs Badware
People never mention Miranda because I imagine most people want to just install an IM app and start using it - not spend hours hunting down necessary plugins and tweaking it just to give it basic functionality.

That being said, I LOVE the concept of Miranda - it's just too much work and too much of a pain in the butt to bother with.

Comment: Re:The radio industry is dying... (Score 1) 629

by psychokitten (#28928353) Attached to: RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?
No DJs between 6pm and 6am? You don't know how truly lucky you are. I -wish- our radio stations had no DJs for any period of time, you get more of their inane babbling (whatever happened to entertaining, witty DJs?) than you get music. I'm just glad there's a Jack FM station here so I can at least hear SOME music on the radio.

Comment: Re:Look into the crystal ball (Score 1) 195

by psychokitten (#28831913) Attached to: Google Latitude Arrives For the iPhone — As a Web App
As someone who has to charge her phone multiple times a day I can say that something as simple as leaving an IM client running in the background takes a HUGE hit on the G1's already pathetic battery, if nothing else.

That is, assuming Android's brain dead memory manager keeps the program running in the first place, and doesn't decide to just kill it off for some reason.

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