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Comment Re:What do you use the smartphone for outdoors? (Score 1) 135

" (non-smart but connected) Garmin Fenix watch"

Connected to what? becAuse if it connected to your phone I have to wonder at the waste of money. The phone has a clock, gps, alarms, what ever else you are using the garmin watch for.

I'm using my Garmin watch things like day-long hikes, or runs, or swims, or ski days. Without consuming my phone battery, which I keep for emergencies. When your smartphone can give you swim statistics, or be able to have GPS on for 8-10 hours, then yes, the Garmin watch will be "a waste of money".

Comment What do you use the smartphone for outdoors? (Score 1) 135

I don't know of any such phone, so I'll ask differently: what do you use the smartphone outdoors for?

You mention seeing who calls and reading texts; that I can do very well on my (non-smart but connected) Garmin Fenix watch, which is very readable outdoors (the downside being the large number of software bugs). If you're looking at maps/routing, there are quite good GPS devices with transreflective displays (so the sunnier the better).

Comment Re:Yeah, whatever ARM (Score 1) 90

If you get the Latest and greatest GPU you have features that Game makers will not publish in decades, Thus you will have less of of an overall benefit from the upgrade.

Decades, really? A couple of years a most.

In terms of raw power your PC is almost always superior to the console. However Consoles tend to have better quality games because it can take advantage on what it has. Because not all gamers will shell out $10,000 for the ultimate gaming system that will be out of date next year.

What? What are you smoking? First, a very solid PC (much better than a console) doesn't cost $10K, second, it's definitely not out of date next year, and third, opposite to consoles, a PC doesn't get obsolete "at once". You can upgrade components piece-wise, and keep your PC at whatever distance you want from the top of line.

Either you're a troll or you don't understand the economics and IT aspects of PCs

Comment Greatest challenge—finding a meaning?? (Score 1) 508

"Humanity is about to face perhaps its greatest challenge ever, which is finding meaning in life after the end of 'in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread'".

What? Meaning in life without work? Yep, that'd be a hard problem indeed. Let's see, which of my hobbies would get promoted to main hobby?

Comment Lots of complaints, did people actually play this? (Score 1) 91

I was put off from buying the game because of the Metacritic comments and other "high-profile" review sites.

However, after reading conversations on reddit about how the gameplay actually is, I bought the game and I'm not sorry at all.

Yep, it's a bit buggy (crashes sometimes), and the controls are not perfect. But, it's a Dragon Age, and it's tons better than DA2. It's not DA:O, but I'll take this any day over no more Dragon Age.

To me it almost look like all the people saying bad things about the game and claiming positive reviews are EA-payed are actually payed to write bad reviews. The game is definitely not *that bad*, and is quite fun - unless you want an expansion for DA:O, which - the truth is - you won't get.

Comment Re:No one see's a problem with this? (Score 1) 278

You seem to believe that all hacks are due to finding flaws in listening daemons/open services. That's definitely not the case, and the era when any complex network could be thought as separated into inside, DMZ and external parts is long over. Your browser has many vulnerabilities, yet it doesn't "listen" on a port.

Any such a drone would have sensors that process incoming data (visual, IR, radar, GPS, etc.). Simply by the fact that it processes external data makes such a sensor potentially vulnerable to external threats; it doesn't have an open port that you can firewall, it simply has to read external data and it is in theory vulnerable.

For example, imagine finding a flaw in the image recognition software; "hacking" the drone could simply mean showing it an appropriate picture (which can easily be done remotely). Yes, doing a full 'gain-control' hack is hard, but we're talking here about state-actors with enough resources.

Comment Re:That's one way to look at it.. (Score 5, Insightful) 444

That's not quite right.

The problem is that US went in and replaced the security structure (policy, army, etc.) of the Iraqi state with its own troops. However, in the process of doing so, they provided this only for some parts of the country.

Look at it this way: before US went in, Iraqi police (probably) protected the universities. After US went in, noone did. Yes, of course, the looters are the ones that actually stole the stuff, but US has its own part to blame in this, IMHO.

Comment Learn something new and *different* (Score 2) 516

So I can't relate to your situation, but what got me out of being bored with my project and in general with writing code was learning something entirely new. In my case, it was *finally* learning functional programming, and starting on an associated path to (re)learning some math concepts.

Whether that works for other people, I have no idea, but it did work for me, and made me enthusiastic again about simply writing code.

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