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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: The 10 Worst Wiring Jobs Aug 20, 2014, 13:16 Pigeon
Ratty wrote on Aug 20, 2014, 11:52:
I remember I built a laser in my electronics course for a project. This was before lasers were as common-place as they are now and you either spent hundreds of dollars or built your own. So I got a tube and built a power supply in a large metal case. One of the worst wiring and soldering jobs you have ever seen in your life. When I brought it to the teacher he had one look inside and told me he was afraid to even touch it. The metal case wasn't even grounded. Back then lasers required very high voltages and the case I built could kill.

I got an A on the project - go figure. I actually still have it down in the basement but yes, I am very afraid to ever turn it on again. And I'm still a lousy solderer.

There's definitely an art to wiring, and soldering I imagine. I always try to keep things neat, but accessible. Some of those after pictures look immaculate, but if you ever have to work on any of that stuff it could be a pain to undo some of the wiring. Still better than the rat's nest before pictures though.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 20, 2014, 11:12 Pigeon
Verno wrote on Aug 20, 2014, 10:13:
Blizzard should have told Microsoft their hardware was unacceptable.

From the Article:
"So we worked with them directly, they gave us a code update to let us get to full 1080p."...

...It is believed the code update Microsoft gave Blizzard was related to the new Kinect-disabling developer tools, which turn off Kinect's body-tracking abilities and free up ten per cent of GPU memory.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 11:20 Pigeon
I think it mostly stems from Microsoft's terrible decisions/PR leading up to the release. Granted they've back-peddled quite a bit, but the damage is done. Sony basically sat back and said, 'You know those things that Microsoft is doing that you don't like? We're not doing those things.' and people loved them for it.

Other contributing factors:
PS4 is more powerful
PS4 was cheaper
PSN+ was a better deal
Xbone had a mandatory spy cam

I don't think games were a huge factor, they both have pretty much the same stuff. Maybe Second Son was more of a draw than Titan Fall, I don't know.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 19, 2014, 10:08 Pigeon
I can only guess this is one of those process patents that uses existing technology in ways it was fully intended to be used and contributes nothing to the use or technology behind the use. I need to patent something that might be done in the future using technologies I haven't contributed to in anyway. Maybe I should patent shooting down threatening astronomic objects like meteoroids, comets and asteroids. That way if we ever have to destroy a potentially apocalyptic catastrophe causing meteor the entire world will owe me money.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2014, 09:30 Pigeon
If only we could charge them fees when they make a mistake.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 11:40 Pigeon
Desalus wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 09:59:
Console peasants? What's that even supposed to mean? There are so many ways one could interpret that.

Designed for console peasants but with the sophistication even the PC bourgeoisie can appreciate.
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
6. Re: Saturday Interviews Aug 16, 2014, 14:26 Pigeon
Oooo please say it's a 3rd person cover based squad tactics shooter!!! Or maybe an FPS where you mash the E key to solve puzzles./sarcasm  
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway
23. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway Aug 14, 2014, 15:22 Pigeon
I hope to see smarter AI. In the GCivII increasing difficulty just gave the AI huge Economic and Production bonuses. Also when they start building stations in my territory I'd like a way to tell the AI to fuck off or learn to exist as a cloud of ionized gas.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 14, 2014, 08:39 Pigeon

Oh well, not sure what everyone is upset about then.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 13, 2014, 22:21 Pigeon
Creston wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 20:32:
Anyone who gave Robin Williams' daughter abuse will hopefully die of agonizingly painful ass-cancer in the next two weeks.

And as for Comcast, shit, they're just doing what SCOTUS told them to do. Why the fuck do FCC commissioners show up to shit like that? Oh wait, I forgot, they work for the cable industry.

And finally, OMG, Y512K!!!!

Maybe they'll be so busy sending hateful messages on their phones they'll accidentally step out in front of a moving bus.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2014, 14:27 Pigeon
nin wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 14:00:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 13:59:
I can't recall the last time the nation mourned the loss of someone like this.

It shows what a great guy he was, and how much he was loved. I hope he knew that.

He's made so many people laugh for so long it seems wrong that he won't be around anymore. The world seems palpably worse with him gone. There aren't too many people that have that effect, maybe the last one I can think of is Mr. Rogers.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 13, 2014, 09:18 Pigeon
Amazingly enough, it only takes a USB flash drive with malicious software and some 15 seconds of physical access to the device to compromise it.

Nest has done a good job securing the device's wireless communications, but its USB port is a definite way in: the researchers demonstrated that by holding down the device's power button, which allowed them to override the security checks (firmware signing) and upload custom malicious firmware on the thermostat.

If someone has physically access to your Nest, you've got a lot more to worry about than malware.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 13, 2014, 08:32 Pigeon
This discretionary method of paying some employees wages, but not others, is in violation of the FLSA.

I wasn't aware you had to fill-out employment applications to post on the site. The US needs to employee caning for frivolous lawsuits like this; then the plaintiffs can be both literally and figuratively butt hurt.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 11, 2014, 16:28 Pigeon
jdreyer wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 15:12:
Comcast: Sneaky 'Broadcast TV Fee' Is Just Us Being Transparent.

Man, those guys need to be broken apart. Or nationalized. Having multiple cable companies is like having multiple parallel road systems that you have to pay monthly for.

Pretty soon Comcast will advertise "300 cable channels, $10 / month!" Then when you get your bill, it will have $90 in "fees" on it.

It should be false advertising. They say to get those channels for $39.99 a month, but then charge an additional fee for getting those channels. The funny/sad part is Comcast is doing this because they're mad their retransmission fees have been arbitrarily increased, so they decide to arbitrarily increase rates of customers for something they're supposedly under a set price for.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 11, 2014, 13:43 Pigeon
It's 2014, not 2004 so yeah 4 Mbps isn't broadband anymore. Maybe if they can't call 6 Mbps Broadband they won't feel they can get away with charging $50 for it (Looking at you Comcast).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 10, 2014, 22:53 Pigeon
NKD wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 12:46:
nin wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 12:42:
Was reading about that Tony Stewart deal last night - crazy!

Yeah, I sure hope that wasn't on purpose. A lot of people seem to be saying it was, but people more familiar with sprint cars don't seem to be so sure.

We'll see how it pans out, but either way, walking out into high speed traffic on a dirt track is basically committing suicide.

I think Tony's reputation as a hot head, he has actually done almost the very same thing, has a lot of people speculating that he was trying to intimidate the kid by gassing the car. You really can't tell one way or the other from the video. What you do see very clearly is the kid getting out and approaching the cars stupidly close to yell at Stewart. I'll be surprised if this is the only video of the event, with a wreck having happened I'd think everyone with a camera would have their lenses focused on it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: fingernails are pretty fingernails are good Aug 10, 2014, 10:07 Pigeon
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 17:56:
Cutter wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 16:44:
So my fingernail finally fell off from my accident a month ago and if you've ever wondered what a finger looks like without one it's pretty damn weird. Alien, is the word that comes to mind. It's strange we have them to begin with. I understand the practicality of claws or talons, but fingernails are all but useless to those outside the mani/pedi business.

I once thought about having all of mine removed - I figured the time and energy saved from clipping, etc was worth it. Then Someone told me they would grow back anyway.

Pretty sure there's a way to kill the nail permanently, they do it for people with chronically bad ingrown toenails; so there's hope yet.

Frankly I find them fairly useful, specially when you have an itch
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 7, 2014, 17:03 Pigeon
The students in Harmsen’s class had been on Hillsborough’s iPad pilot team, and Harmstead admits she was a little disappointed when the district chose to go with Chromebooks. She said being on the pilot iPad team transformed her classroom approach after 24 years of teaching and made her a digital-education advocate. But now that she’s spent a full year using the new device—a pared-down laptop that stores files on the Internet—she agrees with the decision.

Apple is the best... till you actually try something else
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News Comments > July Steam Hardware & Software Survey
10. Re: July Steam Hardware & Software Survey Aug 6, 2014, 13:21 Pigeon
My biggest worry with win 8 is vendors will stop supporting it should windows 9 become popular like windows 7 has. This has happened with AMD and Vista. Despite minimal differences between the two OS's they have seemingly stopped releasing Vista drivers. Even their XP drivers are more up to date.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Aug 4, 2014, 23:26 Pigeon
NKD wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 23:06:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 22:27:
My take:

MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 21:13:
Also, RIP James Brady, must have been furiously difficult to be partially paralyzed because some nut shot you by accident spend the past 30 years trying to affect gun control only to see nothing change at all.

Yeah, no kidding.

Failure to get universal background checks is one of those shining examples of where our system fails. According to numbers I read today 90% of Americans support it, 84% of gun owners support it, 74% of NRA members support it. But we still can't get it done.

It's just too easy for a felon or other banned individual to get their hands on a gun through a private seller. It's not a magic solution to fix all problems of gun violence, it's a band-aid that would be relatively easy to implement, yet it still doesn't happen.

The real problem with the gun control debate today is all this focus on what I call "crazy white person" shootings. Mass shootings (a shooting that injures or kills at least 4 people) make up an incredibly small portion of gun violence. Shootings involving middle class white people also make up a relatively small portion of gun violence. It's also the trickiest kind of gun violence to prevent.

Why are we focusing the debate on the forms of gun violence that are hardest to prevent? Shouldn't we first be going after the low hanging fruit? It wouldn't seem like such an impossible subject if we would frame the debate in a way that made sense.

Most gun violence happens to low income, poorly educated minorities at the hands of others in their same socioeconomic class. So that's where we need to focus our efforts. The fact that we only seem to care when middle class white people are shooting other middle class white people is a massive joke.

No, there is no realistic solution to keeping a crazy person from going nuts and shooting a bunch of people. But that doesn't mean we can't make a real dent in gun violence numbers by looking elsewhere.

But what if its 4am and you just have to have a gun right then and there cause you know AMERICA, but you won't be able to get one right at that moment because you'll have to wait for background checking.
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