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Comment Jalopnik? (Score 1) 133

So they bought all the sub-gawkers except for the main gawker.com, right?

When do we get to see Jalopnik TV on our local Univision station? The production values of the average Univision entertainment show combined with Jalopnik's focus on all kinds of cars (low-riders, anyone?) would be an awesome match.

La Marcha Superior! Starring Señor Jason Torchinsky!

Comment Re:RealSense == 3D camera. (Score 1) 55

In other words, it's really a devkit for the camera, not the CPU. But they can't miss the opportunity for another chance at forcing x86 into the embedded space.

Intel still hasn't gotten the clue that most people don't care about or don't even want to go near x86 (or x64) for embedded computing. It's a hammer looking for a nail. The only thing x86 ever had going for it was the momentum of decades of MS-DOS and its follow-ons. It's a really mediocre architecture full of bodges on top of warts, and it would have died long ago if IBM hadn't picked it.

Comment Re:So it's minecraft...without... (Score 1) 157

From what I read yesterday, it's like a cross between Elite (apparently the game was inspired by Elite) and Minecraft, only with the persistence of Minecraft removed (very few things you do will persist after you move on, even on your own game client) and the building parts of Minecraft basically removed, too. So you just visit random planets and see random alien life. I'll admit that back in the day it was awesome seeing some of the landscapes from Minecraft.

But what else did Minecraft have? Minecraft = random world + persistent building + survival. Which part hasn't been mentioned yet? That's right! Your exploration is constantly interrupted by SURVIVAL! You must get more resources before you can continue looking at awesome landscapes!

Apparently it really is a beautiful game engine, but with nothing particular to do other than wander around. In hindsight, maybe it should have had procedural generation, but dared to keep a potentially infinite database of what you changed (like Minecraft), and had a multi-user server mode (like Minecraft) where you and one to thirty of your friends can explore the random shit together. There should be no need for any attempt at global persistence, Minecraft has shown global persistence to be unnecessary for fun, just you and a few of your bros. And it brings in uncontrolled content that lets people spray virtual graffiti worldwide.

What's wrong with games where you can set up your own server for a dozen or two players to just have fun? It certainly avoids the server capacity problems that NMS had at opening when "everyone tried to play in the first 15 minutes". I mean, if you're going to have hardly any persistence or player-to-player interaction anyhow, why make people have to use the same servers for anything but authentication? But muh software piracy? Like that stopped Minecraft from printing money when people figured out how to hack it for unregistered players.

Comment Re:The age of subscription services (Score 5, Insightful) 534

On the other hand, the ads in dead tree newspapers don't sing, dance, cover the non-advertising content, or attempt to install crap on your computer. In my experience the few sites that actually run their own ad servers tend to have non-annoying ads (for instance, hackaday), but most whore themselves out to ad wholesalers who will sub-whore out to other ad wholesalers, the latter of which are often the ones with the lowest standards. The real bottom-feeding scum are the ones that are used by piracy sites like TPB, but I think they expect their serious users to block ads anyhow.

Comment Re:Yes, because it would be (Score 1) 213

He's not talking about "exacting specifications", he's talking about the standard fucking 4- or 5-wire connection that most normal thermostats have been using for decades. (The one that somehow operates relays off of 24VAC.) It's a weird spec, but it's a well known one. Even then, there are still home HVAC manufacturers out there that insist on their own special snowflake wiring.

Comment Re:Yes, because it would be (Score 1) 213

It is also completely impossible to make a smart thermostat that doesn't expose itself to inbound connections from everywhere. I have one that connects out to the cloud service every 3-5 minutes. (It also doesn't have a fancy color display for those l33t pwnz0r screens.) So when you make a change from their web page it may take a few minutes before it happens, but it it's not being a port slut to every kiddie scan out there.

Comment Re:I'm a developer with a 5 year old Mac Pro (Score 2) 472

Late-2011 17" here, bought it in 2012 when they were discontinued, 16GB RAM and a 480GB SSD (from about two years ago). The trackpad has worn out, but I have a replacement on order. I immediately downgraded it to 10.6.8 (it shipped with 10.7), and only recently upgraded to 10.9. I also recently purchased a used Core i7 Mac Mini (6,2) which I haven't upgraded from 8GB RAM yet.

I had one PPC and two Intel Aluminum era Powerbooks, and that case was flimsy crap (for instance, CDs wouldn't eject because the case frame went out of alignment). The Unibody is a lot more sturdy, and mine has been through more than its share of abuse and is still ticking, aside from the trackpad.

Current Apple hardware isn't as good as it was back in 2011 before they became obsessed with Retina displays and gluing shit together, but it still isn't quite as bad as the 4-digit PowerPC era.

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