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Submission + - Skills to Thrive in a Post-Collapse World 1

Ponca City writes: "Jeffrey Green writes in Counter Currents that some experts see a perfect storm emerging for a dramatic collapse of Western civilization claiming we’ve reached environmental, economic, and geopolitical tipping points and points out that some skills will be far more valuable than others if such a societal breakdown occurs. "Imagine fulfilling human necessity without consistent fuel or electricity, large-scale food production, or fully-stocked pharmacies and hospitals," writes Green. "The only form of wealth in a collapsed civilization is the knowledge and skills to produce something of human value." For example, skills involving food production will be the most valuable in a post-collapse society and learning to grow your own food is a must. Obviously, it is necessary to feed your family, but you will also be able to trade your abundance for other items. Other skills likely to help you sustain yourself in a hand-made local world include food preservation, medicine, animal husbandry, construction, water purification, and alternative energy. "Remember, knowledge of and skills to produce human necessities will be the only form of wealth creation in a hand-made world. Knowledge is something that no one can take from you.""

Comment Re:Uhhh... Yeah (Score 2, Informative) 111

The big problem with stop motion is the lack of motion blur. Film is still shot at 24fps, so there's normally a huge amount of blur, and stop motion looks very different without it. It's possible to simulate motion blur by moving the models while photographing each frame (Robocop did a reasonably good job with this), but most films don't bother and the stop motion looks unnatural.

Comment I used a book today (Score 5, Funny) 122

First I had to get up and retrieve it from its special storage shelf. I was surprised at how heavy it was. It didn't have any search functionality, so I had to manually find the index, and then find my search term in the index. The pages didn't have any backlighting, so I had to move it to face the light so I could read it easily. The contrast ratio was rather poor. Most of the words in the book were not indexed at all, but luckily my search term was present. I couldn't click it, and I had to manually find the correct page again. There wasn't any highlighting either, so I had to manually search the page too. I read my information, and them put the book back onto its storage shelf where it uses a ridiculously huge amount of space.

On the plus side, the resolution was high, but that's not enough to make up for all the other annoyances. Books are obsolete.

Comment Re:CRT look (Score 1) 492

Phosphor decay is exponential, so you'll see a faint glow for a long time after the beam moves on, but this isn't enough to cause visible sample-and-hold blurring. Even on old televisions the phosphors will have decayed to less than 10% brightness in a few hundred microseconds. Blurring caused by LCD switching delay is completely different.

Comment CRT look (Score 2, Insightful) 492

The article mentions attempts at simulating CRT display artifacts, but it doesn't mention the most serious problem. CRTs light up each pixel for a very short time as the beam crosses them. LCDs keep all pixels lit constantly. This makes a big difference to motion, especially scrolling as found in 2D games. The CRT will always look sharper because there is no error with respect to time for each frame. Each frame is shown as single point in time, and the human visual system is very good at reconstructing motion from that kind of sampling. With the LCD style sample-and-hold display you can think of each frame as being composed of many samples spread over time, all except one of them being incorrect (shifted into the past or future). Visually this shows up as blurring. It's completely independent of the response time of the display. Even with instant pixel switching speed you'd still see this kind of blur.

You can see diagrams explaining the problem here:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/archive/temprate.mspx

Comment Re:If you want *good* - arcade controllers (Score 3, Informative) 262

2nding this. I have an XBox 360 Mad Catz SFIV Fightstick modded with real Seimitsu arcade parts and it works great. It's tough and responsive and it works on Linux. Best controller I've used.

I followed these instructions: http://pineconeattack.com/2009/08/06/how-to-mod-the-madcatz-fight-stick-with-seimitsu-parts/

In the US and Japan you can buy a Hori Real Arcade Pro EX-SE with Seimitsu parts already included, but with import taxes it would have been too expensive for me. Or if you prefer you can use Sanwa parts, the other popular brand.

Censorship

Submission + - University Networks Block Student Project (timesonline.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A computer science student at University College London put together FitFinder as a bit of a joke — it's been described as a cross between Twitter and personal ads, and it rapidly became very popular. The university took exception to this and started by blocking the site from being accessed on campus. Not content with this, a few weeks later they fined the student £300 and had him take the site down completely. Currently, the site is still offline, although there is a petition with several thousand signatures requesting its return. In the mean time, a site called PhitFinder has appeared, claiming to have no link to the original.

Submission + - I love the free speech of Slashdot 2

AthleteMusicianNerd writes: This is the only site I've ever been on that I can type "Fuck Fuck, Mother Fuck, Piss, Shit, Cock Mother Fucker" and not have my account banned. While the rest of the world continues on a path of pure vagination, at least the nerds of the world can still curse.

Comment Re:Chromium B.S.U. is supposed to be hard! (Score 0, Troll) 204

It's not all that difficult, and it's not fast paced. This game is a slow battle of attrition. Can you collect enough shields/extra lives to make up for the unavoidable damage you'll gradually accumulate? What's more, it runs at 50fps, which guarantees jerky scrolling on any common monitor. This is a very bad game.

For a Free shooting game that's actually fun, try rRootage:
http://rrootage.sourceforge.net/

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