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Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 174

It feels like the first truly social game, not play alone with strangers in the basement.

Have you heard of Ingress, Niantic's other social game? www.ingress.com

Yes, I'm somewhat bitter about Pokemon Go and the players overtaking the areas I play for Ingress. The unfortunate, but obvious decision was to use the same location for portals in Ingress, for pokestops and gyms in Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is less of a social game when compared to Ingress. Pokemon Go is also a game that will be ruined by cheaters and people who pay to play. Ingress has it's fair share of cheaters but you can't buy things to give yourself an incredible advantage. While I don't like that aspect of Pokemon Go and is part of the reason I dislike it, I know it'll only support Ingress and it's development as well. It's a double-edge sword. The game also has helped Ingress gain more players but, because the games are much different in how you play and level up it's unknown if any of them will stick around. Most probably will think it's way too hard in comparison to Pokemon Go despite our efforts to help them. There are many overlaying aspects between the two games that will ruin Ingress for some (same locations and cooldown periods). Most people can handle the initial surge of people in the areas but if this keeps up, Niantic may have just shot themselves in the foot with Ingress and some of it's players.

Comment Demise of location based games (Score 2, Insightful) 168

I can't wait for Pokemon GO to lead to the demise of any and all location based games. Niantic's other game, Ingress, was the basis for all the locations in Pokemon GO. I've seen an influx of people at the locations of portals. Mind you, there's usually an abundance of portals inside of cemeteries. I, along with others in the area I play, normally don't visit those portals often out of respect. With Pokemon GO and a younger (immature) group more apt to play, they will probably not have that same respect. It's an unfortunate thing that will probably lead to more problems for people playing Ingress. I'm sure it will also bring negative community attention if/when there's destruction of property.

On the flipside, it's brought many new players to Ingress.

Comment Re:Needs to happen more often (Score 1) 350

You can have compromise without damaging effects on both sides. Limiting the magazine capacity, I believe, can and will have lasting effects and so I don't support that. I have an AR with 30 round magazines and a FN Five-Seven that can hold 20 rounds. I like high capacity magazines. Delaying when you get the gun you purchased by a couple days doesn't have damaging effects to my knowledge. It stops people from buying a gun out of anger to go kill their spouse or group of people. Didn't some of the shooters buy the guns within days of the shootings. I'm not saying it's a perfect solution but I think it's something most can get behind. It allows for further checks to happen by 3 letter agencies if it's a previous person of interest.

Comment Needs to happen more often (Score 1) 350

Regardless of my views on guns and gun control, I feel as though this needs to happen more often when our government fails to act on important issues. Issues like warrantless searches, etc need to be discussed and action taken. Stop slipping shit into irrelevant bills that have wide effects and discuss the problem. I support discussing the topic of gun control and coming up with ways to combat the ease at which you can purchase some guns. I believe a good start is mandating a wait period of no less than 3 days before a gun (commercial or private sale) with a certain size magazine to be given/sold to an individual. It is already difficult, in terms of paperwork, to acquire fully automatic or silenced guns. I believe all the recent shootings involved semi-automatic (correct me if I'm wrong).

I think because each side is the opposite extreme of the other, they don't even want to begin to listen. Mandate ethics classes for them all. Everyone should at least hear what the other has to say. At that point, a reasonable compromise should happen.

Disclaimer: As a responsible gun owner, I like the ability to buy the type of gun I want just like I can a car. Not apples to apples comparison but brings up a similar question, do you really need a car that can go 100+ MPH?!

Comment Schools officials playing cop (Score 1) 215

I agree that it's fine for someone to monitor the public posts because that's what they are, public. My issue is that someone at the school is playing cop. What kind of background checks are done for the "cop" reporting the posts? What's their professional background? Sad that they would invest that much into the software plus the salary of one or more people to review the flagged posts. As other people said, it's nice to know they have $18,000+ annually to just piss away instead of improving the tools for teachers to teach.

Leave the monitoring to the correct, corrupt, group of individuals in the government to monitor the posts. Oh wait, they probably are and don't know how to handle all the data flowing in. Or god forbid they flow the information/posts in certain areas to local police/government to sift through.

Comment Next.... (Score 1) 346

they will pass laws saying we can't lock our doors with deadbolts or reinforce them.
Car alarms, who needs them?
bars on windows, psh.
machettes, we live in america not the jungle.

All because those are things terrorists might use along with a long list of other consumer items.

Comment My Experience (Score 1) 432

Overall, I've been pleased with my Nest. I've had it for about 1.5-2 years now. It's nice for me because I can't have the ideal schedules setup during the day because my wife doesn't work the same days every week. Auto-away has worked okay except when the Christmas tree is in the way and it goes to 64 F while we are home. Other times, if I remember, I'll set it to away remotely if I know she works that day. Working on a solution to know when both of us are not home to set to away automatically instead of waiting on auto-away.

I can't say I had this particular issue but I had a similar one where the blower on the furnace would run but not blow out any hot air. The furnace would light and have a flame for maybe a minute but then shut off with the blower still running. It would repeatedly do this and we only had warm air coming out of the vents for a couple minutes at a time. I had to disconnect the wire for the A/C and this solved my issue. Disconnecting the A/C during the winter in the midwest isn't a big deal for me but I'm sure others would have an issue with it. I also only have the heat or A/C enabled at a time, not both so that really left me wondering wtf.

Comment Re:Don't press the stupid empathy button. (Score 1) 127

I would've just modded you up but I'm out of mod points :( I guess I'll just have to comment instead. :P

Seriously though, you make an excellent point. It's bad enough people have a hard time even speaking with someone on the phone or in person. I'm mostly an introvert but I refuse to communicate solely over text or IM much less via buttons or emoticons. I can't even imagine what relationships, whether just friends or more, will be like in the near future if people never interact with each other like you stated.

I think that sums up my feelings about this particular topic in a nutshell without going full rant.

Submission + - Scientists discover how to 'switch off' cancer (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Florida researchers made cancerous breast and bladder cells benign again. Now believe many other types of cancer should be in their grasp. Say the discovery provides the code, or software, for turning off cancer.

Submission + - A breakthrough in creating fusion power?

An anonymous reader writes: A privately funded company has successfully kept a ball of superheated gas stable for a record time, 5 milliseconds, putting them closer to producing fusion power.

"They've succeeded finally in achieving a lifetime limited only by the power available to the system," says particle physicist Burton Richter of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who sits on a board of advisers to Tri Alpha. If the company's scientists can scale the technique up to longer times and higher temperatures, they will reach a stage at which atomic nuclei in the gas collide forcefully enough to fuse together, releasing energy.

Although other startup companies are also trying to achieve fusion using similar methods, the main efforts in this field are huge government-funded projects such as the $20 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in France by an international collaboration, and the U.S. Department of Energy's $4 billion National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, California. But the burgeoning cost and complexity of such projects are causing many to doubt they will ever produce plants that can generate energy at an affordable cost.

Tri Alpha's and similar efforts take a different approach, which promises simpler, cheaper machines that can be developed more quickly. Importantly, the Tri Alpha machine may be able to operate with a different fuel than most other fusion reactors. This fuel-a mix of hydrogen and boron-is harder to react, but Tri Alpha researchers say it avoids many of the problems likely to confront conventional fusion power plants. "They are where they are because people are able to believe they can get a [hydrogen-boron] reactor to work," says plasma physicist David Hammer of Cornell University, also a Tri Alpha adviser.

The article does not say how much this success cost the privately-funded Tri Alpha, but it certainly wasn't in the billions of dollars. Yet, it appears that in less than a decade they have accomplished more than all these big government-funded projects have in the past half century, and for less money.

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Comment Think Outside the Box!? (Score 1) 255

Our education system seems to be getting into a worse state. I don't remember seeing anything positive happening for a while. And no, I don't count free iPads or Chromebooks as positive.

See below for my very sarcastic remark that I decided not be my primary comment to the story. I figured it was still applicable though.

That would create chaos to make people think for themselves and outside the box. Why would we ever do such a thing?! I mean it's not like anyone ever needed to do that to be successful. Oh wait, there are "things" to do things for us now so why would we need to worry about those ever failing.

Comment Great (Score 1) 80

Now, when someone's password is compromised, not only will they get access to your account but be able to close someone else's or mark it as if they died.

But seriously, I get the point of them doing this and limiting what you can actually do to the account. It's not like they can post anything. I wonder what protections or back out strategies they have when the designated person's account is compromised and they close a family member's account who isn't deceased.

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