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Comment Re:Offtopic (Score 1) 132

I've been meaning to mention that, too. The related articles seem to have been frozen/broken ages ago. I think it's based on some function of high post count (those are all around 1000 comments). Might be vaguely related to topic, too. On a lot of articles the "Kentucky man shoots down drone" article shows up as top recommendation.

Regardless, that feature badly needs some attention.

Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 1) 86

I know many will disagree with me but I liked the least common denominator aspect of consoles. It meant that you could go to the store bring the game home and just play it. It worked and played the way it did in the store or on the TV commercial. ... Where you have to buy the thing to find out it runs all choppy on your hardware or many of the cool visual effects are disabled etc.

I'm with you on this, because that's exactly the principle that got me into buying consoles rather than constantly fiddling with my computers. However, I've honestly had some issues with earlier Playstations. I can think of one PS3 game I've got that I've never finished, because there's a scene halfway through with some sort of memory error due to too many things on the screen. There are supposedly fixes, but I've never gotten them to work, and unlike a computer where I might add more RAM, on the PS3 I'm out of luck. I can think of another game that has PS3/PS4 versions, and while the PS4 version is nice, the PS3 version is slow and clunky and/or dumbed down. One of the most egregious cases I've seen is an instance where the PS2 version of a game is completely unrelated to the PS3 version of the same game, and also terrible.

I'm probably rambling, but I think my point is sometimes developers try to squeeze too much into a game on a system that can't handle it, or they run into trouble trying to straddle the generations, and one or the other versions of the product comes out massively inferior. I think the game that kept crashing and I couldn't do anything about it was actually the last one I bought for a console. I realized I was stuck and my money was essentially wasted on that game. Since then I went back to the computer for gaming.

Comment Re:well... (Score 1) 147

I remember my old college Vax system would throw an error if your password was in the dictionary. The strength meter does not have to exclusively say "weak" and leave it at that, it could say "do not, under any circumstances, allow 'password' to be in your password, you idiot" and then there's no confusion at all.

The Vax system failed in that respect, in that the error it returned was pretty confusing. I do not remember the details after this long, but it was missing some helpful words and came out like: "Password change failed. Dictionary match." when it should have said "Your password matched a word in our dictionary and isn't complex enough. Please try again."

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

It's fine to queue in the middle of the intersection and once the lights go red you can then make the turn and clear the intersection.

I've gotten wary of this recently. Last year in my town they redid all the traffic lights to add in blinking left yellow arrows at all the intersections, instead of just the implied yield when there's a green circle. In the process they made some of the intersections asynchronous, so that the blinking yellow left would go to hard red left while there was still oncoming traffic. I'm pretty sure this was a mistake, and given a year I think they've cleaned most of them up now, but I got trapped once and saw it happen to others a couple of times, to the point that now I'd rather be cautious than efficient.

Comment Re:Can I sue the government for drug smuggling? (Score 2) 225

I think the trick is in having a button that you can press without being able to tell if you've really pressed it or not, because the combination of high resistance and minimal give, plus the unpredictable timing and organization of every particular stop light, ensure that you've got to hit it again and again, just in case, until you actually see it change.

Presumably on the back end the city electrical grid is powered by all these extra button pushes, and they're making a massive profit on the generated electricity. Only reason I can come up with that they'd make them so confoundingly lacking in feedback.

Comment Re:Next up for debunking (Score 1) 330

3. Trump is just a total narcissistic fuckwit who has no idea what he's doing and thinks that his stream-of-consciousness primary success somehow translates into "All people love me and how I act" ... I deem the latter the most probable

I've been fairly certain of #3 for a couple of decades now. In fact, roughly 8 years back when I needed a self-centered, power-mad, casino-owning, billionaire tycoon type to be the ultimate villain for the superhero computer game I was working on, I put in several nods (subtle, so as to avoid lawsuits) to The Donald as being just that type. Players of Twilight Heroes have been (unwittingly, for the most part) beating up his caricature over and over for almost a decade now.

Comment Re:Next up for debunking (Score 1) 330

You know, just the other day I was thinking about that. Decades ago, maybe it made sense that you could curry fame via publicized debates, but now the idea of two anonymous people squabbling on the internet (no matter how articulate) and gaining enough fame to become a leader is just absurd. One, there are so many articulate voices it's impossible that any two would stand out among the crowd, and two, there's so many more inarticulate voices (unclear, confused, uninformed, shills, trolls, outright lies, conspiracy theorists, etc.) that even the articulate ones are for the most part drowned out. Can you imagine anyone rising to the presidency based on even a large collection of viral youtube videos?

Comment Re:$78,000,000,000 (Score 1) 102

My grandmother is 99. She's been living off investments for thirty or forty years. A million spread over that much time doesn't really give you that much. Of course, the money's been invested and wasn't just a pile of cash, but on the other hand inflation over that long has cut the value of the money down to a third of what it used to be. By the time I retire in 20 or 30 more years, a single million isn't likely to be anywhere near enough.

Comment Re:$78,000,000,000 (Score 1) 102

I don't that was a good example. $25k * 40 years is $1 million straight up. Assuming you get interest and growth, you don't need to set aside anywhere near that much. Running some overly simplistic calculations in a spreadsheet, I think more like $4k/year at 8% growth will hit $1m in 40 years. If you want to assume 6% growth, it's a bit over $6k/year. That's still difficult to save, especially early on, but it's not ridiculous.

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