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Comment: Mass Effect (Score 5, Informative) 892

by theVP (#39103165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?
I think they have it right in Mass Effect. It's going to be really really awful and boring. Gunners are going to be mathematicians, and you can turn into some sort of butcher simply by missing.


Gunnery Chief: [as the character enters the Citadel] This, recruits, is a 20-kilo ferris slug, feel the weight. Every five seconds, the main gun of an everest class dreadnought accelerates one to 1.3% of light-speed. It impacts with the force of a 38-kiloton bomb. That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth. That means- Sir Issac Newton is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space. Now! Serviceman Burnside! What is Newton's first law?

Serviceman Burnside: Sir! An object in motion stays in motion, sir!

Gunnery Chief: No credit for partial answers, maggot!

Serviceman Burnside: Sir! Unless acted on by an outside force, sir!

Gunnery Chief: Damn straight! I dare to assume you ignorant jackasses know that space is empty. Once you fire this hunk of metal, it keeps going til it hits something. That can be a ship. Or the planet behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years. If you pull the trigger on this, you are ruining someones day, somewhere and sometime. That is why you check your targets. That is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution. That is why, Serviceman Chung, we do not "eyeball it". This is a weapon of mass destruction. You are not a cowboy shooting from the hip!

Serviceman Chung: Sir, yes sir!

Comment: Please no, Verizon. (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by theVP (#38348812) Attached to: Verizon Considering Purchase of Netflix
You know, it's bad enough that ISP's, Verizon definitely included, are using bandwidth caps now, which limits the attraction of a service like Netflix.

It's bad enough that Verizon charges you extra to use functions on your phone that don't have a damn thing to do with their network at all (Mobile Hotspot).

I don't think I want to know how they manage to ruin Netflix, if they were to snatch it up.
Government

+ - How Should IT Respond to Anti-Overtime CPU Act?->

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snydeq writes "The CPU Act being discussed in Congress to gut IT workers of overtime pay begs the question, How should IT respond? 'Because most IT workers are not members of a union (and don't seem to want unionize), it isn't clear who's fighting the bill. The AFL-CIO opposes it, but I don't know if the organization is putting real muscle into the effort,' InfoWorld's Bill Snyder writes. The AFL-CIO's Paul E. Almeida has sent a letter to Congress, saying, 'The same companies that send work offshore and bring lower-paid workers to the U.S. on H-1B visas now want to pay U.S. workers less in the U.S.,' adding that if this effort succeeds, every other industry may follow suit in gutting FLSA for every covered private-sector worker. 'Almeida is right. There's a well-organized movement afoot to blame workers in both the public and private sector for a recession caused in large part by the greedy and irresponsible actions of a small minority of corporations and individuals.'"
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Communications

+ - Bill To Let Telemarketers Call Mobile Phones->

Submitted by esocid
esocid (946821) writes "Current law bars telemarketing calls to cell phones unless the customer has given approval. The proposed change would allow prerecorded “informational” calls to be made to cell phones without consent, called the “Mobile Information Call Act” and would allow all sorts of nuisance calls to cell phones.
The sole Democratic sponsor stated

"Do we really want to stop FedEx or UPS using modern technology to deliver your holiday gifts on time? Of course not, but that is what we heard at the hearing is one consequence of this 20-year old law."

His statement is still at odds with the ability to give consent to receive such calls."
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Comment: Re:Unlicensed band? (Score 1) 77

by theVP (#36587996) Attached to: Forty-Five Mile Wireless Tech For the Smart Grid
Because when it stops working in some communities thanks to the interference that this supposedly slides under, you'll stop selling it in others.

However, if you were to start off in a licensed spectrum right off the bat, you could sell the tech to just about every utility company in America.

I am, of course, assuming they intend to make more than one in the future, and have more than just one customer.

Comment: Re:Unlicensed band? (Score 1) 77

by theVP (#36587452) Attached to: Forty-Five Mile Wireless Tech For the Smart Grid
Okay, but, again, why an unlicensed band? If this is for utility companies to use, and has a large over-reaching benefit to all sorts of communities (many of them owning or running the utilities), why wouldn't there be cause for a licensed band? I understand the intention, and the expectation that this will work anyways, but why not just make sure by using a licensed band instead?
Games

+ - Notch Announces Minecraft 'Adventure Update'->

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jjp9999
jjp9999 writes "Notch announced that Minecraft 1.7 will include the long awaited “Adventure Update.” In an E3 roundup on his blog, Notch wrote “The idea with this update is to flesh out the game a bit, making it reward exploration and combat more.” Although he added, “We’re keeping the details secret so people can get surprises,” Notch wrote back on July 7, 2010, that Adventure Mode would be one of the three game modes in Minecraft (the other two being Survival and Creative), and would include a health bar and an inventory, but would remove the player’s ability to place or destroy blocks. He said the value of this is that “people can design ‘challenge maps’ in creative or survival mode, then share them with people so that they can try to beat them in Adventure mode.” Interestingly, Notch also announced the release of the Minecraft source code to a small group of mod developers, in his latest blog post."
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Government

+ - Spanish police website hit by Anonymous->

Submitted by arisvega
arisvega (1414195) writes "The website of Spain's national police force has been briefly knocked offline by hacker collective Anonymous.

The attack on the site was carried out in retaliation for the arrest of three Spanish men the police claimed were 'core' members of the group.

The hackers managed to keep www.policia.es offline for about an hour from 2130 GMT on 12 June.

Spanish authorities would not confirm that Anonymous was behind the attack, saying only that the site was offline.

However, a statement was posted on a website linked to Anonymous, claimed responsibility for the hack, which it called #OpPolicia."

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