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Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by stms (#49200583) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

So when we're talking about gun control, taking an amendment from the 18th century and applying to today's technology is bad, but if we're talking about net neutrality doing the same thing with a 1930's law is somehow good? Pick one, liberals.

Legally speaking I would say conservatives have a better leg to stand on simply because an amendment is much more fundamental to how our government is supposed to govern. I don't really agree with either of them completely.

Comment: Re:Nintendo bleeds (Score 1) 203

by stms (#47579433) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

I read somewhere that Nintendo had 15 billion dollars of cash reserves. So assuming that's true they can do this for 50 years.
It's kind of a shame actually. I love Nintendo's philosophy in game design. If Nintendo had a platform that was helpful to third-party developers I might want a Nintendo system. If Nintendo Developed for systems other than their own I would likely buy more of than half the games they release. But I have no interest in buying a Wii or Wii U.
I'm not worried about Nintendo. Plenty of idiots will eventually buy a Wii U for the latest Zelda or Whatever ends up being the first big killer app for their system.

Comment: Re:I dislike Beats... (Score 1) 188

by stms (#47116461) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

I think he means that beats made "high quality headphones"* sexy. Which in turn made the average Joe consumer actually care about the quality of their audio gear. Which helps nerds like you and me get better priced audio gear because big companies see the value of investing in the production of high quality audio gear.
*I use the term "high quality headphones" loosely because beats aren't great but they are much better than what most people were using before.

Comment: Re:Missed the point (Score 1) 224

by stms (#46854113) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

Then you're going to be disappointed.

The speed of light in optical fibre is about 200km per millisecond. So a round-trip ping of 10ms, ignoring all other sources of latency, limits you to a range of 1000km (call it 600 miles). And that's never going to change.

Really? Because that kind of latency sounds awesome to me. Hell even 15-20ms would be awesome. Within 600 miles on any semi-popular game there's going to be at least 8 people matchmaking at any given moment. It would also be affordable for a large company to put up a data-center every 600 miles within the U.S. (or any 1st world country for that matter). So that sounds like it'll be the opposite of disappointing.

Comment: Re:Gates wants your children (Score 2) 122

by stms (#46853917) Attached to: Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"

As a former teacher, the problem is that people want to spend money on ***EVERYTHING*** other than what will help educate children: public schools with the highest-paid, best trained teachers in the world

That's good for the few who can afford the best trained teachers in the world. Good teacher are unfortunately an inherently limited resource. You're right that in the short term big data will probably not help our children to learn much. In the long term however I think that it can help students by understanding their needs better than their teachers ever could. Check out what CGP Grey has to say about this.

Comment: Re:There are several good indie titles (Score 1) 669

by stms (#46290399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Yeah there are lot of mechanics stacked on top of the COD core of the game but the shooting itself (which is the core of any FPS) feels like COD. Which isn't a bad thing the core mechanics of COD feel very good. Stacking all those extra mechanics on top of the COD mechanics makes them slightly interesting again.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"