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Comment Re:What is the problem here? (Score 1) 495

I think your post deserves a little more love. If the OLED keyboard is one thing in one application, the entire reason for this is so that it can be another thing in another application. It stands to reason that the default case for terminal, vim, and emacs, would look like a real keyboard. Until the emacs guys make a version that makes all the buttons different flavors of cotton candy or whatever, at least.

Comment Oh good, software! (Score 1) 424

I'm so glad these guns will need software to work. As someone who works with computers every day, I'm very impressed at how software always does exactly what I expect it to every time. So much so that I'm really hoping that something that my life could depend on could also rely on software.

Oh, and radio signals. That's another thing that always works for me in every circumstance.

Oh, and batteries. I have a 100% success rate with batteries, they have never failed on me or anyone else in any circumstance.

Oh, and fingerprint recognition. That always works the first time. I never need to reposition my finger repeatedly, and I have never had it just refuse to read based on temperature of the sensor, more or less blood in my hand, or gods only know what astral plane bullshit affects it. None of that ever happens.

Also none of these things are disturbable by hostile actors in any way. Software has security, so no one ever gains access in an unauthorized fashion, and it is impossible to disrupt legitimate access via any manner of denial of service. Software is immune to this. Likewise, radio can never be jammed, spoofed, or otherwise screwed with. Just as when seconds count the police are only minutes away, when someone has a twelve dollar Chinese jammer than blocks your communication with your gun, the FCC is only weeks away from sending a fine to the perpetrator, or perhaps days if there are local ham volunteers. And there's definitely no problem with having an RF signal that is detectable at some distance, especially if your life depends on your hiding. That's definitely not a problem.

I say, lets bundle up the software, with the radio, and the battery, and then mandate that everyone use it to defend their lives. Nothing can go wrong!

In fact, New Jersey has already mandated the exclusive use of these as-yet nonexistent weapons, the moment they actually exist:

Such a great idea! For you, at least. I mean, I'm sure the police and military will stick with old fashioned weapons. They are so traditional like that!

Comment Re: Equal amounts? (Score 2) 333

> And honestly, I think Bernie would have been too good for that. I think he'd have been too nice to Trump, and not given Trump the reason to prove what his natural temperament was.

Right, but without thirty years of accusation and baggage, without a ton of awful shit on his record, Bernie wouldn't have had to try to turn Trump into some demon in order to prevail. We wouldn't have a bunch of stuff on the record of Bernie cheating Hillary out of the nomination, for instance. This election would have a totally different character, possibly without massive damage to the national psyche. It's not really fair to compare them, but I'm still of the opinion that Bernie would have a better chance of defeating Trump than Clinton does, and, win or lose, the USA would be in a much better spot after a Trump/Sanders election than a Trump/Clinton one.

Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 3, Informative) 333

Politifact is run by the Tampa Bay Times, which has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Right wing sites throw around its somewhat loose ties to Clinton Foundation donors, which you may or may not find compelling (I don't). There's also a whole (right wing) site devoted to calling out stuff politifact does, . Those claims at least can be accepted or rejected on a case-by-case basis.

When a site claims to be neutral or know facts, even if it is launched and initially operated with the BEST of intentions, there's a big chance it will become biased via some method or other, soon enough.

Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 5, Informative) 333

> It's morphed into Breitbart.

It's morphed into Jill Stein, not breitbart. Republicans don't like their nominee being called a "pied piper candidate", for instance, which Wikileaks absolutely called him (the quote is from a Democrat email, of course). The Green party is absolutely calling out the Democratic party too, remember.

Also note that Assange spoke at Jill Stein's nomination. He didn't endorse anyone (neither did Wikileaks), but when asked whether he prefers Clinton or Trump his quote was "you are asking if I prefer cholera or gonorrhea".

Comment Re:Ruling Party (Score 1) 333

The party of the president is the ruling party when it comes to something that is handled by the executive branch, such as a great deal of military actions (these days, everything except open war). Make no mistake, the president could not oppose a fully or nearly united congress- but that would normally take a president who is wildly out of touch or tyrannical. Even veto overrides on generally popular legislation are pretty rare (though we just had one).

Comment Re:Plastic vs metal on those controller rails? (Score 1) 269

> Can't do that with Switch if the batteries are dead and non-replaceable.

Pretty sure you can "plug it into a modern TV" in the future and do that. It may not be portable if the battery can't be changed, but it will still run on power.

I definitely wonder about the battery, though.

Comment Re:So many important unaswered questions (Score 1) 269

> one device that going forward will have essentially both the Wii and 3DS games then I'm already sold

Well, it's a capitulation in some ways. The 3DS offered stuff no console could do, besides portability. The Wii-U offers some things no console can do, and also has more capability than mobiles. Nintendo seems to be gambling that no one will be willing to risk this form factor before they have established a home there, and that they can get both the 3DS and the console stuff on board. It seems kinda likely, to be honest, but we'll see.

Comment Re:Hoping (Score 1) 269

Top selling? Highest grossing? Most profitable? These are all different metrics. How do you calculate Niantic's Pokemon Go? It sold 0 copies, but made millions instantly. I guess it isn't a top seller. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 cost 200 million to make and market, and is in any top whatever list with its roughly 800 million-ish of gross income.

The top selling game is World of Warcraft. Wait, does that count? They constantly tweak and update the game. The original version of the game can only be played on private servers, and is only a very small subset of the original game- arguably the current WoW has nothing in common with the original WoW- the addons from then don't work, every aspect of the GUI has changed since then, how items are tracked has changed, every character model has changed, every spell and ability has changed, every class has dramatically changed, and even the old places you can walk to are completely different now, so not even the old maps from launch are around any more.


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