Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 2) 329

by unapersson (#49568021) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Nuclear is expensive and needs a huge amount of public subsidy. Private industry doesn't seem to have found a way of doing it cost effectively. People also seem to have problems with it being a global solution to power needs, given all the jumping up and down about countries like Iran getting into nuclear power. Then there's handling of waste and water consumption, so it's hardly problem free.

Comment: Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 109

by unapersson (#49560079) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Has a Message For One Direction Fans

The kid in the parallel universe was still dying, it's just that his character had worked out how to save him whereas the father in the parallel universe had been distracted just as he was about to hit on the solution.

I don't think playing eccentric characters says anything about the psyche of John Noble, probably more to do with casting agents etc. who need to fill the role of a crackpot.

Comment: Great news! (Score 1) 101

by unapersson (#48967635) Attached to: Sony Sells Off Sony Online Entertainment

I've always found the rootkit story an interesting one. There are a large number of third party DRM systems that have been in use on Windows over the years. This was just another one of them. Sure this one had some nasty side affects, but so do a lot of DRM systems that Windows has supported. As far as I'm aware this DRM did nothing on any other system. So why is Windows given a free pass on this one? It was designed to allow auto-install of software from CDs that were placed in the drive. Designed to be a DRM friendly system. So you you boycott Windows as well?

Comment: Re:Cars are just part of what's on the road (Score 1) 454

by unapersson (#48447927) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Well if all the self-driving vehicles communicating with each other, they could easy make room for the tractor-trailer to turn at that busy intersection. That's the one big difference I can see with self-driving cars, the possibility of them knowing what neighbouring vehicles are doing: what speed they're going, what turn they're intending to make. You could end up with the situation where vehicles are collaborating in the same way that ants do.

Comment: Re:Linux desktop never happened (Score 2) 265

by unapersson (#48357755) Attached to: Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

It happened and it's worked fine for a long time, the problem is there is just no channel for the hardware and never has been. The high street chains where a lot of people go to get their hardware are effectively Windows only and when those Linux netbooks starting appearing Microsoft did a good job of making sure they stayed that way. With even Apple having to open their own chain of shops to get their hardware in front of people. Ubuntu just don't have the resources to open a huge chain of Ubuntu stores.

Comment: The Articles Intel Dropped the Site For (Score 1) 724

by unapersson (#48054855) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

You might want to try watching her lo-fi let's play videos on YouTube where she plays through some 80's text adventure games them see if you feel the same way. That's where I first encountered her, without a clue that she was busy terrifying people elsewhere on the internet, she's far more a geek than a lot of self professed gamers. If anything I think she harks back to the era before the COD crowd came to dominate everything.

Comment: Re:So Intel pulled out (Score 1) 724

by unapersson (#48054781) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

She was talking about gamers as a marketing demographic rather than as individuals who play games. The idea that there's a whiteboard in Activision somewhere with "GAMER" and a bunch of stereotypes written on it and they target/market their games at that demographic:

* dudebro
* unwashed
* likes violent games and rock music
* watches summer blockbusters

That this is not a true representation of people that play games and that this concept needs to go away and is going away. A lot of people seem to have read the article and gone, "How dare you, I represent that demographic!" rather than, "Yes, that's not us, stop treating us like morons".

I remember reading it and thinking it was inflammatory, but at the same time understood what it was saying. I guess everyone wants to have their turn at being offended and outraged.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

Working...