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Comment: Re:meh (Score 1) 148

by the_skywise (#49132349) Attached to: Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games

> Let me know when the AI complains about the ending of Mass Effect 3.

BUZZ CLICK WHIRRR... This Game Sucks. Click.

(Side note - I wonder how long before the AI evolves (degenerates?) into comic book guy nerd speak... Are all of our nerdisms really just natural progressions of logic?
BUZZ CLICK WHIRR... Worst Game EVER. Exclamation point. Exclamation point. Exclamation point. Click. )

Comment: Re:Is this his first veto? (Score 3, Insightful) 430

by the_skywise (#49122295) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Few bills - His first two years was a Democrat controlled congress so anything that reached his desk was something he wanted.

Ever since, until this year, the Republicans controlled the house and the Democrats the Senate and Reid basically played bad cop to Obama's good cop. Reid would block and deflect any legislation that wasn't in the Democrats interest so all legislation was slowed down considerably as most bills originate in the house. (which is why there's been no budget bill for years just continuing resolutions on the one passed years ago, Reid would never act on them). Now the Republicans have control of the congress so legislation Obama doesn't want has reached his desk.

Even though this legislation could be reasonably stated to be a bipartisan bill. There's not enough votes currently to override but it's not an insurmountable number, either.

Comment: You younglings don't get it! (Score 5, Insightful) 294

by the_skywise (#48994379) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

Before cell phones, before the internet, before computers... heck before REMOTE CONTROLS FOR YOUR TEEVEE!

Radio Shack was THE place for geeks to hang out. Kinda like a micro-Fry's in every mall. My dad swore by the Realistic stereos (I never did but when the only other alternatives at the time were Sears or JCPenney's for stereo receivers... They held up pretty well.) I cut my teeth on a TRS-80 Model 1 (Of course I promptly pooh-poohed it for the TRS-80 Model II because it's still true that geeks don't handle obsolescence well! Christmas was asking for the 150 electronics project kits or other gadgets.

Sure, it sucks now and we don't seem to live in a time where people play with electronics or chemistry sets anymore but a time where people are content to watch what the kardashians are up to and re-tweeting it on their phones because, gosh darn it, math is hard.

And now I watch as Radio Shack sells off to the Undying Lands. It's better this way anyway, it was a lousy cell phone store and the last time I went in there to buy a pair of speaker stands, to match the set I had purchased in that store 5 years earlier, I was told by the new kid manager that they don't have *and never sold* speaker stands.

yah... Fare thee well...


Comment: Cool. (Score 2) 78

by the_skywise (#48940197) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

I've got one of these and I honestly don't care if the band isn't secure. Sure they can get my motion data and I'm sure some nefarious insurance company could install bluetooth readers worldwide to pilfer my data, confirm that I'm not moving enough and raise my rates but... heck any good scale and heart rate meter would tell you that and probably be a lot more useful.

But now that it's been cracked -
I'd like to see somebody use this to make an android version of the software.

I'd like to see somebody interface with the iPhone better so when I get a call it could display the name of the caller or an appointment reminder on my band (ooh, wotta concept!)

And maybe, just maybe somebody would write a download tool that'd COLLECT THE DATA BETTER THAN NIKE DOES!!!! Because right now I average about 1 bad read a month. (Killer if you're trying to go for the consecutive days award or, y'know, actually, accurately *monitor* your activity levels)

Comment: Government agit-prop (Score 4, Funny) 139

by the_skywise (#48931365) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

> The results are in perfect agreement with predictions from the 1990s--there are no grandfather-type paradoxes.

There is no time travel citizen! Go on about your lives.

Meanwhile the military starts researching chrono-troops. Because, you know, Australia has always controlled the world with its benevolent Empire...

Comment: Not a career politician? (Score 3, Insightful) 120

by the_skywise (#48899327) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky
> I don't care what anyone says, the masses are morons. My own grandmother is an idiot. You can't count on them to pick good stuff. Just check out Network TV to see what the masses want for entertainment. There's certainly a place for that kind of thing but it's not on Fark. Now go away and let me finish taking a crap!

And now he wants the "masses" help to elect him?

Do you think that's air you're breathing? Hmmm...

Comment: Nein (Score 1) 332

by the_skywise (#48893965) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

I was one of the early (and later) adopters of HDTV. I've currently got a ~5 year old Pioneer Plasma (Kuro baby!) that does 1080p and, frankly, I'm fine with it. I've seen the 4K TVs and the additional resolution, to my eyes, doesn't seem to do much for the picture. I'm sure there's more detail there. I had the fortune of seeing the Hobbit in both the new HiDef projection screen (with LCD style panning, oooh) and in an IMAX theater back to back and I was amazed at how much more sharper and detailed the HiDef projection was vs the IMAX (EG I could see specific details and patterns on emblems on the clothing) But I only noticed it for a few seconds and then that was because I was specifically thinking about the picture quality. On a "smaller" screen (50" TV screens oughta be enough for anybody!) I just don't think those details are going to be noticed as much.

If I NEED a TV I'm sure I'll take 4k screens into consideration (especially if they're commonplace by the time I need one) but it's not going to make me jump from my current setup.

That said, do I want a 4K monitor for my PC? Oh yeah!

Comment: And this is why MBA CEOs fail (Score 5, Insightful) 126

by the_skywise (#48892873) Attached to: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

This, a thousand times this.

The one reason that people like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, et al made such lasting impacts on not only their companies but the world as well was not because of some great business acumen but because they fixed the problems directly. Sure, they were assholes but ultimately they cared about their products and how customers reacted to them.

Degree milled MBA's don't understand this and would not have given this fix a second thought because a> they couldn't do it and b> the economics didn't make sense because some team would've had to be picked to go out, ascertain the problem, determine the solution which might be a larger fix than a one line change and now you're looking at potentially tens of thousands of dollars expense to fix a bug in a product that isn't even YOURS! It just don't make no economic sense and you'd get dinged and the next stockholders meeting.

You see this in all the industries. Apple after Steve Jobs. Car manufacturers who were eventually run by "businessmen who understood the auto markets" instead of "a car geek who understood business" the entire industry turned into regurgitated pablum with a few occasional bursts of brilliance by a car geek that broke through the red tape. I worked in the consumer electronics industry and have seen first hand how once highly held and coveted products have been turned into cheap commodities by a "fresh executive team" because it's easier to sell to the masses who don't understand the finer details of a product than it is to actually push the envelope and innovate your product into the next generation. Then, when that market dies out completely because the enthusiasts don't want your product because it sucks so the masses don't want it anymore because "it's not cool", the CEOs blame the market for being fickle.

Comment: Re:Once more (Score 1) 100

by the_skywise (#48888347) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Agreed. I can't even get the new gas station attendant, a block away from my house that I've been going to for 10 years to get gas, to print out my lottery ticket appropriately.
"I want 2 lottery plays, same ticket."
Hands me 2 tickets with one play each.
"Uh... same ticket?"
"Oh sorry, I don't know how to work the machine that way, I'm new here and I'll figure it out eventually... Is this OK?"
-- Next week - same attendant
"2 lottery plays, same ticket please."
Hands me one ticket (yay!) with 3 plays.
-- Next week - same attendant again
"2 lottery plays, same ticket please"
Hands me 2 tickets with one play each. "Oh sorry, I didn't hear you right."

Yeah, I trust this person to be able to handle maintenance checking of a flammable liquid.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?