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Comment: Re:Also it stands to reason (Score 2) 303

If you Google you may have found this as the top result as I did:

http://www.redmondpie.com/iphone-5s-touch-id-requires-a-live-finger-to-unlock-wont-work-with-one-thats-severed-from-body/

The attack you describe doesn't work - you can't use a severed finger either. It's not so trivial to bypass.

Comment: Re:It feels old and already seen (Score 1) 413

by runenfool (#37118550) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft</em> Finally Loses Subscribers

That's a great point about how people are behaving and how the game feels much less social. It's true that LFD isn't brand new, but it seems like around the time of Cat people got used to the fact that you'd never see each other again and were all too happy to toss you for some minor infraction (such as not having enough DPS). For those players that get kicked, it's a pretty un-fun experience and makes running any other dungeon much more stressful.

Idle

Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers 419

Posted by samzenpus
from the super-power-corrupts dept.
It probably comes as no surprise, but researchers have found that most of us would gladly put on a mask and fight do-gooders if given super powers. From the article: "But power also acts like strong cologne that affects both the wearer and those within smelling distance, Galinsky noted. The person gains an enhanced sense of their importance, and other people may regard them with greater respect as well as extend leniency toward their actions. That combination makes for an easy slide into corruption."
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Own Your Own Fighter Jet 222

Posted by samzenpus
from the only-one-on-the-block dept.
gimmebeer writes "The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the US had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet."
Censorship

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

Posted by timothy
from the your-ethics-may-vary dept.
bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

Posted by Soulskill
from the oh-hey-it's-real dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.

Comment: Re:Forcing people into impoverished lives (Score 1) 822

by runenfool (#30249650) Attached to: Engaging With Climate Skeptics

Do you even bother to read the science? It *has* warmed in the last decade.

Remember, this is climate not weather. Year by year shifts aren't as important as the total area under the curve for the past decade when looking at something like this, and since something like 9 out of the 10 hottest years ever were in the last decade Im pretty sure its still warming. Check out places like climate.nasa.gov or realclimate.org if you want a good idea what the scientists currently believe to be the case. At least read the Copenhagen report that just came out a few days ago.

(I can see why climate scientists get frustrated dealing with this - I've taken a few hours to read and try to understand the basic science - you clearly haven't even gone that far - repeating what the so called skeptics say isn't the same as finding what the true arguments the scientists are making are)

Games

The Psychology of Achievement In Playing Games 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-you-don't-get-points-for-reading-this dept.
A post on Pixel Poppers looks at the psychological underpinnings of the types of challenges offered by different game genres, and the effect those challenges have on determining which players find the games entertaining. Quoting: "To progress in an action game, the player has to improve, which is by no means guaranteed — but to progress in an RPG, the characters have to improve, which is inevitable. ... It turns out there are two different ways people respond to challenges. Some people see them as opportunities to perform — to demonstrate their talent or intellect. Others see them as opportunities to master — to improve their skill or knowledge. Say you take a person with a performance orientation ('Paul') and a person with a mastery orientation ('Matt'). Give them each an easy puzzle, and they will both do well. Paul will complete it quickly and smile proudly at how well he performed. Matt will complete it quickly and be satisfied that he has mastered the skill involved. Now give them each a difficult puzzle. Paul will jump in gamely, but it will soon become clear he cannot overcome it as impressively as he did the last one. The opportunity to show off has disappeared, and Paul will lose interest and give up. Matt, on the other hand, when stymied, will push harder. His early failure means there's still something to be learned here, and he will persevere until he does so and solves the puzzle."
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."
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Philosophies and Programming Languages 239

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-it-all-mean dept.
evariste.galois writes "Wikipedia has a special section called, 'Language Philosophy,' in every article for a programming language. This section looks at the motivation and the basic principles of the language design. What if we investigate further than that? What deeper connections between philosophies and programming languages exist? By considering the most influential thinkers of all time (e.g. Plato, Descartes, Kant) we can figure out which programming language fits best with aspects of their philosophy (Did you know that Kant was the first Python programmer)? The list is not exhaustive, but this is a funny and educative start."

Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet 1010

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the color-me-skeptical dept.
pkluss noted Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft making the proclamation that "Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is the safest, most reliable OS we've ever built. It's also the most secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple Leopard. It's the safest and most secure OS on the planet today."

Comment: Re:Smalltalk is the answer. (Score 1) 825

by runenfool (#22914822) Attached to: Study Shows Males Commonly Mistake Sexual Intent
Sounds like great advice to become "just friends". I must assume you are either married and forgot how to attract women or are single and have a lot of female friends. :)

Im not saying being a jerk is the answer but making the other sex feel "secure" around you before they are "yours" is a great way to make them feel "bored".

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