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Comment: Re:Set course for accountability... (Score -1) 372

by steelcobra (#44905841) Attached to: NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

It could be argued that the forward viewscreen and top-deck bridge are pointless anachronisms in TNG and later eras, too.

They have cheap non-physical desktop holographics (Data's hologif of Tasha Yar, the holographic display built into the Captain's ready room desk), and the screen is just that, a screen that generates an image based on FTL sensor data synching visual light images to real time. They could just as easily build the bridge in the middle of the saucer section so one lucky shot wouldn't kill the command group, and have a central holographic display that gives the big picture. Tactical and Navigation don't use visual information for their activities, and they could just project a holographic "screen" at the front for communication or on the rare case they need to manually pilot the ship.

Comment: Didn't they already learn this lesson? (Score -1) 329

by steelcobra (#34886670) Attached to: Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad

Who else remembers the short-lived iteration of the iPod Shuffle with only the on-off on the device and the goofy control built into the earbuds?

It was an experiment in eliminating buttons just like this that failed because of multiple reasons.
#1 was that it was no longer compatible with any other headphones, since Apple didn't simultaneously release a controller to plug them into.
#2 was that the controller itself was built around a "count the taps" system you had to memorize.

The reality is that Apple might release this "no home button" concept in real life, but sales will drop so hard they'll be forced to scramble to release a new version so everyone will forget the fuckup.

Comment: Historically... (Score -1) 238

by steelcobra (#33829234) Attached to: The Encryption Pioneer Who Was Written Out of History

Cryptography is a long series of people reinventing schemes because A: they didn't know about them (the secrecy of the existence was maintained), and B: it was effective. A great example is the Jefferson disk (1795) and Bazeries Cylinder (US-Army M-94, 1923-1942), which were functionally identical.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_disk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-94

Comment: Re:Vitual center (Score -1) 183

by steelcobra (#32565756) Attached to: SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server

VMWare could handle that. It dynamically assigns resources of the hardware to the the VMs so they are running at maximum efficiency. Unlike with traditional physical servers where the hardware is mostly at idle while the processes take maybe 10% of operating ability, or run up when overtasked and lock up when maxed out.

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."

Comment: "Poisoning Education"? (Score -1, Offtopic) 926

by steelcobra (#29214409) Attached to: FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

I don't know about you, but except for a C++ class in my sophmore year every single computer in my school district was an Apple system. And I'm sure quite a large majority of districts use Macs as well.

It was only once I actually had to do things that mattered that I really got into using Windows.

Comment: Re:Script (Score -1, Flamebait) 460

by steelcobra (#26189531) Attached to: New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

I'm not an average user, have some odd peripherals, and like to play games. Thus, Windows and decent hardware.

And considering you can get a decent PC for 600 or so now WITH Windows...

As to OSX that's because they refuse to sell the entire OS standalone and support the open-hardware environment.

Ubuntu does not do enough to make me happy.

Comment: Script (Score -1, Flamebait) 460

by steelcobra (#26189191) Attached to: New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

Mac/PC ad freezes, nerdy looking guy walks in front.

"And hi!, I'm linux. I'm free, unlike these guys. And I've been configured to run on just about any hardware!

"As long as you don't care about using all the software these guys use, and are willing to deal with no real customer service, I'm a great alternative! I admit that unlike with these guys I don't easily work with the hardware you already have...

"Ummm...I'm really best in a server...en..vironment..." (trails off)

Walks off with head down.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce

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