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Comment Re:Rhetorical... (Score 0) 57

They'd save on gold and silver.

But seriously, the amount I care about the Olympics: 1.01-1.011%

Olympic games are all about politics, nothing is about sport (and I don't care watching people perform sports, but I realize many do).

If games have to happen they should be happening in Greece, there should be permanent stadiums there, they could be maintained by everybody who cares about the games.

But this way how could the governments steal billions from the populations and redistribute that money to their close friends? That's the real problem, apparently governments still need some pretext for stealing for some reason.

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1) 241

So you're saying that Russia should have all the emails sent and received by the Secretary of State?

I'm guessing most of our largest enemies and likely many of our allies...DO HAVE copies of her emails from her "private server".

I've heard many of the Three Letter Agency types and experts saying that any intelligence agency worth their weight, had gotten into that server and gotten any info they wanted.

I personally have little to no doubt that Russia and many other foreign governments have Hillary's emails on that server in their files.

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1) 241

Sounds like a form of Treason if true. Inviting a foreign nation tho cyber-attack America and/or Americans... can;t believe people actually are willing to vote for this piece of garbage

OH c'mob, lighten up Francis....

He's only saying something that MANY folks have been jokingly been saying since they first released the DNC emails....

I've heard numerous folks joking and saying "well, hell, if the US govt can't find the missing emails, maybe these Russian chaps can...."

Comment First episode free (Score 1) 107

I really wish the Android Play Store had a search option to only show games priced $5 or more, because micro transaction and spam-the-player are dismal experiences.

Would a 1-episode game available without charge on Google Play Store, with additional episodes available for in-app purchase, also be a "dismal experience"?

Comment How many people have that controller? (Score 1) 107

Adding physical buttons to smartphone or tablet is not a problem. I constatnly use my iPega controller

How many other people own that controller or others like it? I haven't seen one third-party controller maker release sales figures, and without them, it becomes hard for a for-profit company to justify developing a game targeted at a particular third-party controller. It's also bulky to carry in a pocket.

I think there is lot of money to make if Nintendo released an attachable controler that hosts the device such as smartphone as its screen with built-in battery. AND also released its vast library of oldschool games on it. They have means to do it via all this virtual console stuff they have on their current systems.

Then why hasn't every third-party developer on the NES and Super NES released iPega editions of its games?

Comment Swipe gestures with your thumbs (Score 1) 107

A smartphone does not beat an Atari 2600, because fundamentally it doesn't have enough buttons.

In theory, a multitouch device can support seven actions per thumb: tap, hold, swipe up, swipe down, swipe left, swipe right, and large swipe. Swipes can be combined diagonally. That already gives you more gestures than a 2600 controller. One might make a platformer by using tap to stop, swipe sideways to go (large swipe to dash), swipe up to jump, and tap with the other thumb to shoot. Do any Android games use a similar control scheme?

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 107

Agreed, none of the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone games have anywhere near the depth or fun of a halfway decent DS/3DS cartridge game.

I'm pretty sure that's for two technical reasons.

Limits of blind positional input
A touch screen is designed for applications where you activate objects that you're looking at. That's fine for point-and-click games or continuous runner games like Rayman Jungle Run where a whole quadrant of the screen is the button. But a lot of other genres don't handle well with a touch screen as the only input method, especially games where you control the speed and direction of movement and attacks of a character in the center of a scrolling view. The virtual gamepad in Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure for Android was an exercise in frustration, as I kept pressing outside the controls' active area. Unlike a modern smartphone, the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS systems have physical buttons and directional controls, and I'm pretty sure that most action-oriented games for those systems use them.
Android is reportedly plagued by input lag and audio lag. A game like Punch-Out!! would be unplayable under such conditions.

Comment How to make a defense under 17 USC 117 (Score 1) 107

But if I go buy the game cart at the flea market, download a dump of the same cart, and play it on an emulator, in practice nobody is going to sue me.

And if you buy the Game Pak and a Kazzo or Retrode dumper, you have a defense under 17 USC 117(a)(1) (or foreign counterparts) if someone does sue you, so long as you can afford a lawyer and don't distribute the dumps.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 462

Tesla is in the process of increasing the capability of its radar to create a sparse point cloud, not entirely unlike lidar. This would give more detailed information about the direction of individual radar echoes, as well their speed relative to the car. This would seem to make crashes like the one mentioned here less likely.

I read that the truck was correctly identified in size and shape, but the case of a low-hanging sign (perhaps by damage) wasn't considered or was considered and rejected as too unlikely. But that the system incorrectly didn't recognize the hazard, while the sensors gathered enough information to identify the hazard. The height angle was correctly recorded, as was the distance. The numbers both were in the acceptable range for a sign, but also calculate a crash hazard. There will be a software update, not too far off, that will correct for this.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 462

No, you don't get it. You don't get to define "autopilot". The autopilot system in an airplane, where the name came from, can't communiate, and doesn't read signs. So how would that be a requirement of an automobile "autopilot"?

It's more of a "tries keep the car in your lane" device.

And since "lane hold" and "lane keep" and other similar names are taken, why not call it something different? Like "autopilot" a system that'll fly you on course, even if that smashes you into another plane.

Comment Re:No one will be ruled by Trump even if he wins (Score 1) 764

I had neglected those, but under policy at the time, they weren't "foreign" countries, but US administered countries, according to the Treaty of Paris. Most of the precedent set for Presidential acts of war without a war declared were in response to Vietnam, because it wasn't generally done before Eisenhower invaded and seized control of the Vietnam government (whose party later blamed Kennedy for "starting" the war).

Comment Re:Rookie mistake (Score 2) 141

Nope. In this case, they aren't looking at the design of the door, but the guy who pushed "close" while Harrison Ford was under it, and the lack of process to seal off a set while people are building/testing dangerous props. The guy who made the door isn't in trouble, at least as far as the news around this indicates.

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