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Comment: Re:Life on Mars? (Score 1) 142

by Crashmarik (#47420519) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Oh I believe you underestimate the stupidity of the electorate and the congressional love of pork.

Figures for NASA's SLS costs

They are putting the costs at a potential 5 billion/launch before any development overruns.

This is to get us to Mars. Brilliant like we have done so much with the Moon in half century since we went all out to get there.

Comment: Gamer Masochism vs Self Interest (Score 1) 67

Be interesting to see what wins. So far masochism looks like it dominates every online game I have ever seen. I remember when City of Heroes launched going rogue, and had Gamestop only gear. I have to think that pissed off veteran players who didn't need to buy the game and people in other countries that didn't get access. Can't imagine that anyone who didn't like Gamestop but played the game was happy about this either.

Anyway look at any MMO's forums.

1 Comment the game is horribly buggy, Response all software has bugs you should learn to live with it.
2. Game breaking bugs are not being fixed in a timely fashion. Response: Programming is hard did you expect these people to do it right ?
3. Continual rebalancing of the game resulting in stranded non performing characters. Response: That's the life of an online gamer.
4. Developers shifting ever more content into layered methods of cash extraction, gets a non response.

I can certainly appreciate the feeling ardent players have to support their favorite online games, but you do have to wonder at what point they wake up and realize that the publishers see them as nothing but a bunch of greenbacks, and their best strategy is to view the publishers as people trying to do as little as possible to get maximum return. Think about it how many times do you see add on content that is essentially pay to win in one way or another going for a significant fraction of the initial game cost even though there is little to it ?

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Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 209

by hacker (#47417145) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

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Comment: Re:Garbage In (Score 1) 209

by hacker (#47417131) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

You may have uninstalled the app, but did you also freeze the in-ROM Facebook SNS service? Not likely, and it will bridge (eg: phone home) to other apps that integrate with and talk to Facebook.

Get Titanium Backup and freeze SNS, or use Root App Delete (for rooted Android phones) and get rid of that bugger. It eats data, leaks your location every 60s, and does all sorts of things you don't need or want it doing.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 478

by Crashmarik (#47415879) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Apologies, but we still have all those old tools. We just don't use them any longer. Because you can't use Turbo Pascal to make web pages, but you can use jQuery. .

Man Microsoft pulled a Rome to Borland's Carthage here. True you can't use Turbo Pascal but you can use Delphi the Indy Lib, and intraweb

Really incredible tools for getting the job done better than so much of what is out there, they only have a couple problems

1. They aren't hip and score no points in games of buzzword bingo
2. They work.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 478

by Crashmarik (#47415831) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Dreamweaver and other WYIWYG editors for web pages sucked ass though.
These days we have simple web frameworks that allow you to set up web pages simply unless you have some strange requirements.

OH man it's Barbie's first web project there. I guess that attitude really goes so far to explaining why websites usually don't have anywhere near as nice a threaded comment system as Slashdot does.

+ - My next desktop will be an LG Chromebox -- will yours?

Submitted by lpress
lpress (707742) writes "My primary computer is a laptop, but I've already abandoned my tablet for a chromebook (as has my ten-year old grandson) and my next desktop will be the recently announced LG Chromebase or someting similar (like a Chromebox with a nice keyboard and display). I've got three desktops at home — used for game playing, an occaisonal personal document or spreadsheet, email, surfing the Web and making Skype calls and Google Hangouts. For those applications, a Chromebase will be as fast as my desktops, boot way faster, be more reliable, and, most important, be locked down. (My grandchildren regularly download some cool-sounding program that turns out to be crapware or worse). Not convinced? What if Microsoft were to release a decent browser-based Office suite? Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg each predicted that the time would come when browser-based applications would significantly displace installed prorams, but they disagreed on the timing. For LG and me the time is near."

Comment: You Insensitive Clod (Score 1) 478

by Crashmarik (#47415791) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

You're like an old man whining about nail guns(because what are those new kids going to do when they can't use a nail gun for a particular job).

I am old and you don't see me complaining about nail guns.

Even though, I am pretty sure 3D printers are just toys for spoiled youngsters that never saw the inside of a machine shop or know which end of a saw to hold.

+ - Dedicated low power embedded dev system choice?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm a Solaris user which is not well supported by the OSS toolchains. I'd like to have a dedicated Linux based dev system which has good support for ARM, MSP430 and other MCU lines and draws very little (5-10 watts max) power. The Beaglebone Black has been suggested. Is there a better choice? This would only be used for software development and testing for embedded systems."

Comment: Re:Mars no, (Score 1) 70

by Crashmarik (#47415545) Attached to: Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

Hell we we will be out of helium on earth before we are doing anything useful on mars.

So at the very least it will be something useful even if horribly expensive.

Even the Roanoak colony had a business plan, Whats the one for Mars ? Sell advertising time to fund the launch ? (Note a heck of better way to spend them than giving them to facebook)

+ - The Future Of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, Everywhere->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Wearable tech has been a pretty niche product so far, and a widely derided one at that, but moves are in the works to help the category break into the mainstream. One of the biggest irritants is that most wearable devices must pair with a smartphone to actually connect to the Internet — but an AT&T exec says that his company will be selling a standalone wearable by the end of 2014. Google Glass has been a flashpoint of conflict not least because it's extremely obvious; its creator says that subtle, non intrusive versions are coming. And while everyone wonders what Apple's play in this space will be, it may be best to imagine what they're working on as a successor to their fading iPod line."
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