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Comment Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (Score 3, Interesting) 111

So? I just don't understand how comments like yours that bash bug bounties get modded up...Bug bounties are a great thing to happen to the industry, at least for huge internet-based companies like Google and Facebook. No matter how many security engineers or developers you hire, your application will not hit the same level of testing as when it is released to the public. Google and Facebook realize this. Bug bounty programs offer legal incentives for ANYONE to make money, deterring blackhats from exploiting vulnerabilities for malicious purposes. If this guy didn't report this vulnerability to Facebook, a shitstorm comparable to the Target fiasco could have ensued if he had sold it to some other medium.

Comment Straw Man Article (Score 2) 579

The click bait title makes it look like the utility is purposefully stopping solar power from feeding back into the system in an effort to stay pertinent in the industry. This is not true at all. If they REALLY wanted to screw customers over, they would buy back the electricity at little-to-no cost. The article probably got it's conclusions from some pissed off customers.
Meeting electrical demand is a far more complicated issue then this article makes out.

Comment Re:price. (Score 1) 147

If you're enticed by price, go on Craigslist and search for a normal used Wii. You will pay half of that and probably receive additional controllers and games as a bonus. This move by Nintendo doesn't really make a lot of sense to me...but then again many of their moves lately haven't.

Comment Re:Compatibility (Score 5, Informative) 510

Read TFA:

"Hundreds of great games are already running natively on SteamOS. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014. Access the full Steam catalog of over nearly 3000 games and desktop software titles via in-home streaming."

"You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!"

Submission + - SteamOS Announced

Chameleon Man writes: Valve has finally announced it's plans to bring it's library of games to the living room. From the article:

As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

Valve appears to be championing this system on a free-standing linux console, flaunting the ability to mod and share games. Perhaps Valve will have more success than Microsoft?

Comment Re:Let's Break This Down (Score 2) 55

It's comments like this that are making me go to sites like Reddit for more insightful, open-minded discussion...something I didn't think was possible 2 years ago. There is a lot of interest in wearable tech, most notably Google Glass, which has been touted as something that feels natural and is very practical for real-world application. Take a second to look instead of living in your own world.

Comment Re:Not Holding my breath... (Score 2) 121

As someone who works at a power company, you are correct in your skepticism (mostly). The decrease on your bill will come when you choose to run appliances like your washer/dryer on off-peak hours. This is similar to phone plans advertising free nights and weekends. They are trying to develop the habit in the consumer to use electricity when it's least desired so that electric generation can stay consistent.

If you maintain your typical habits, then yes, you power bill will potentially increase. My company has yet to communicate whether an increase will happen during peak hours, but I think it's safe to assume it will. Some people believe the onus of having a chargeback model like this is a step backwards in technology.
Open Source

Submission + - Ouya Opens Pre-Orders After Gaining $8.6 Million in Kickstarter Funds (pcmag.com)

Chameleon Man writes: "Early this morning, the Android-based Ouya console ended its run on Kickstarter with nearly $8.6 million in user donations. In recent weeks, the company has secured a number of content partners for the device, but now it's time to see if Ouya can really deliver. Interested buyers can now pre-order an Ouya on the company's website. In the U.S., one console and one controller will cost $109, one console plus two controllers will be $139, and one console and four controllers will be $199. All orders include a $10 shipping charge." Here's to hoping that an open-source console can gain a foothold in an already competitive market.

Comment Re:Doesn't warrant the cost (Score 1) 332

Unlike video games which load data that will be used and reused by the system, DVD's are putting constant strain on the optical head two hours at a time. I believe I read somewhere that the durability of the drive would have to be a lot better than it is now in order to account for them. Someone correct me if I'm off base here.

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