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Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 0) 543 543

The editors ignored the pro-gamergate news, pro male news, but kept the healthy does of anti-gamergate news like the Wu around. Lets have more articles on harassment of women, how women have it tough in Amazon, how women are being ostracized in tech!

With a readership of mostly males interested in tech, they really did push a feminist liberal agenda over tech news. And look what it got them, most of the users left, the quality of news went down, and click bait appeared.

Comment Lets see (Score -1, Troll) 543 543

Killed off freshmeat, turned sourceforge into bigger pile of crap, slashdot is become a SJW haven for articles against men and hides articles for its corporate masters.

Did we hire gawker staff to run this place into the ground? I'd say get back to roots, and support your audience, but alas, appears to be a tad too late.

Shame, I remember when /. was at the heart of tech news, remember CPU magazine? So sad.

Comment Re:wrong answer (Score 3, Insightful) 551 551

That was expected, "if you are not for us, you are against us" would be her answer.

She was unknown to me before gamergate, and now the only thing I ever see from her is hate speech against men. Her toxic views of male gamers appear on video game sites as fact. Her views of video game design as being misogynistic is being promoted as fact.

Her video games reviews are only about sexism, leaving off what games are really about, gameplay, interaction, puzzles, design, ingenuity.

Shes a one sided hate parrot, and I really cant condone her viewpoints or actions. The professional victim act gets old.

Comment Does indeed happen. (Score 5, Insightful) 634 634

Getting into my late 40's, I find my friends are experiencing this all over. EMC keeps contacting a buddy who is a storage architect, he designed storage hardware at sun, they never make an offer after multiple interviews, he says its because hes almost 60. Facebook keeps calling a few of my buddies, but they too never get hired and are in their 50's. I was turned down by 2 companies when they learned my age and I had a family. But I dont want to work in a sweat shop anymore, so its good to know exactly how bad some places can be. Amazon so far seems to be hiring everyone, because they burn them out quicker than they can hire.

Yeah, people are working until retirement age now, so this is a problem. (You know, that reset button that wipes out your entire life savings called divorce)

Comment 4k downsampled to 1080p is AWESOME (Score 3, Informative) 181 181

I was always wondering why a 4k video playing on a 1080p looks so awesome compared to same 1080P video. Well, the 4K and 1080P uses 4 pixels in a square with the same chroma. When you downsample the 4k on a 1080p, it goes to a 1/1 pixel matching, so no more 4 square pixels. You get a more detailed video with more vibrant colors and detail. Its crazy how better it looks. So the true visual quality is lost in the encoding on 1080p!

We are being robbed of visual quality, so more pixels is a selling point. (mostly)


Company Extends Alkaline Battery Life With Voltage Booster 243 243

New submitter ttsai writes: Batteroo is a Silicon Valley company preparing to release its Batteriser product in September. The Batteriser is a small sleeve that fits around alkaline batteries to boost the voltage to 1.5V. This means that batteries that would otherwise be thrown into the trash when the voltage dips to 1.3V or 1.4V could be used until the unboosted voltage reaches 0.6V, extending the useful life of a battery 8x, according to the company. This product has the potential to reduce the number of batteries in landfills as well as increasing the time between replacing batteries. The expected price of the sleeve is $10 for a pack of 4 sleeves.

Comment Is this an article on wealth redistribution? (Score 5, Interesting) 296 296

Ok, so lets recap the article, Amazon needs to lead on diversity, assist low income in the area, change tax codes to be more "fair" in Seattle and Washington state.

And the article says how horrible interviews are at amazon, but only for a woman. As if people around here don’t realize its a sweatshop, and everyone has to be oncall 24/x and work insane hours. They are burning people to make products, they pay great, sign on bonuses, moving costs, but life sucks there. There is a reason people are leaving after a year in droves.

Crazy article, ignores many facets of working at amazon and concentrates on social reform outside the company. Agenda much?

Comment Re:This never works (Score 3, Insightful) 304 304

I have a 27 inch 2560x1440 monitor, with youtube 4k and test 4k media, I can tell the difference with 1080P vs 4K. Its a very big difference.

4K downsized to 1080P gives a great more detail, due to downsampling gives a higher detail, due to 1080P using 4 blocks with the same pixel, so 4k downsize, each 4 blocks are have a different pixel, its very noticeable. Chroma Sampling

Plus 60fps over 30fps YT is very noticeable, so thats another technology I want to see take off.

Also have a HDTV that is a normal 1080P HD tv, works great, yet i can tell the difference due to the low encoding rate on movies and the much higher on sports. Sports look absolutely amazing, none, none of the HD Prime movie channels are selling true blue ray quality tv. Comcast is ripping people off.

So do I want 4k? Hell, I want as fine pixels per inch as you can get, with the bandwidth to push it. We are no where a 50 inch tv running a high PPI, going to be a few decades away,which is a shame.

Comment But wait theres more! (Score 1) 150 150

EA Star Wars Battlepacks only 4.99$ Act now and you can get the Super Deluxe Version for 199 dollars with access to the beta!

EA is screwing over everyone with micro transactions in all their games. The grind to unlock gear, and reducing quality. Where is Battlefield 5? Hardline is an absurd step back and it seems to be a fluff game so they can rape consumers by using the BattleField name.

Comment Wtf? Where?! (Score 5, Informative) 79 79

From article.

> Women have been ruthlessly targeted on Twitter and on other sites like Reddit and 4chan, due to sexism in the video game industry, sometimes referred to as “Gamergate.”

This makes no freaking sense, How the the hell is the video game industry, reddit and gamergate followers ruthless attacking women on twitter?

Other than the 3 women who are anti-gamergate, where are the actual victims? Where are this masses of criminals doing this? I keep reading about it, all these evil people doing it, but nobody is ever arrested... Smells like propeganda for some special interests, like some group looking for funding for their businesses... Look war on women going on over here! But please dont investigate, just take our word.

So, this Zack Miners who wrote the story for IDG, the same IDG that pushes the war on women narative on all its publications without backing up it up with any facts. IDG Tech news = gossip, rumors and attack on evil gamers attacking women. Sheesh.


Tor Project Aims To Eclipse US Government Funding 53 53

An anonymous reader writes Developed by the U.S. Navy and the recipient of millions of dollars of government grants, the Tor Project is now aiming to ween itself off dependence of U.S. government funds "including setting a goal of 50 percent non-U.S. government funding by 2016." The initiative comes after months of discussion over what some vocal critics deemed a contradiction in funding and purpose.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"