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LEGO Universe To Shut Down

AdamWeeden Re:Open Source an MMO? (121 comments)

Cool Lego protected it's brand so much they never released a line of sets based on a movie based on a game that was completely inappropriate for children 7-10 years old.

Debbie Does Duplo?

more than 2 years ago
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DC Universe Online Goes F2P

AdamWeeden Re:Shows how little you understand about money (103 comments)

The credit card companies don't like this of course and in fact the agreement that merchants sign with Visa and MasterCard specifically prohibit them from setting a minimum transaction amount. Theoretically if enough people complained Visa could cut the merchant off.

That used to be the case, but not anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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New Technique To Help Develop MMORPG Content?

AdamWeeden Re:User feedback is overrated (71 comments)

Another way to reward players is to let them feel that they're really having an impact in changing their world -- that they've modified something that others will experience in a durable manner.

This is one thing that always brings me back to A Tale In The Desert. It's not the prettiest game in the world, and can definitely be awkward at times, but it's unique in it's mutability. For those unfamiliar, every aspect of the game is democratic. Don't like something? Then write a law and attempt to convince others to pass it. For example: a resource that is needed for certain recipes is cactus sap. To get this cactus sap you have to cut the cactus and wait for it to come out after a few minutes. Common courtesy is that, when done, you cut the cactus for the next person to make their time shorter. Someone decided there ought to be a law that when you collect sap, you auto cut the cactus. This saves you clicks (1 click to cut and collect vs. 2) and it means there will always be sap for the next person. Everyone loved the idea, it was passed into law, and the developer implemented it. It's a beautiful system.

more than 2 years ago
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DC Reboots Universe

AdamWeeden Re:Am I really supposed to care? (292 comments)

If I want a story, I'll read a book or watch a movie. I can't make myself care about a story crammed into tiny speech bubbles and narrator boxes.

Completely agree. I have given comics a shot numerous times, especially with what is considered by many to be the best of the best: Sandman and Watchmen. Don't get me wrong, it's not that they were horrible; I just think they could have been done so much better (in terms of story) in a true novel form. Since I like the art as well, just throw in some images every few pages, and voila, best of both worlds IMHO. This is not to say that anyone who likes comics is stupid. My tastes are not your tastes. To each their own.

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft To Officially Launch 11/11/11

AdamWeeden Re:Release date (235 comments)

the game will be sold for the same price before and after that date

That is not the case. The price in Alpha was 10 Euro (50% off), the current price in Beta is 15 Euro (25% off) and the price at release will be 20 Euro.

about 3 years ago
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Should Smartphones Be Allowed In Court?

AdamWeeden Re:You fu$$ing what? (218 comments)

There's the old adage to the effect of "I'd rather X guilty men go free than imprison a single innocent one". Is this lost on people these days?

In my experience, yes. I was having a discussion with someone the other day on the merits and detriments of capital punishment. I brought up this adage and they honestly said they didn't care how many innocent people we sent to jail as long as we caught all the guilty ones.

about 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

AdamWeeden Re:It's your own fault for purchasing Sony (312 comments)

Yep. Me, I only purchase goods from companies who are complete saints. That's why I am typing this on a computer I made out of grass, sand, and rocks.

Your posting from inside Minecraft?

more than 3 years ago
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Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

AdamWeeden Re:Damned shame (362 comments)

Defend yourself. If you can't or won't fight for yourself, then I see no reason to fight for you.

/sarcasm Yeah who cares about quadriplegics, infants, and those with regenerative physical or mental defects. Let them defend themselves!

more than 3 years ago
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Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder

AdamWeeden Re:I wonder how many (184 comments)

Why should I have to change my name? He's the one who sucks^H^H^H^H^H killed someone.

more than 3 years ago
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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

AdamWeeden Re:Go for it (1065 comments)

I normally don't do spelling corrections, but since it's in your sig (and will be repeated): It's spelled lingerie, not lingere.

more than 3 years ago
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Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

AdamWeeden Re:US Definition (348 comments)

Why does it have to be a team made out of all one country? Isn't that a little nationalistic? I like the MLB's model: take the best players from the whole world and mix them into one league.

more than 3 years ago
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With the Jack PC, the Computer's In the Wall!

AdamWeeden Re:Obligitory Hackers reference... (119 comments)

Into BDSM much? Slashdot BDSM is probably far more extreme than normal BDSM.

Nope, Slashdot is mostly into BSD-M.

more than 3 years ago
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UK's National Rail Shuts Down Free Timetable App

AdamWeeden Re:Legality (145 comments)

I think, sadly, the important question in terms of practical consequence is not whether these boilerplate legal blurbs are legal or enforceable. The important question is does this guy, if he decided to ignore them, have a chance in hell of fighting against a legal onslaught from a company as large as ATOC? I think the answer is likely to be no, which enables the CEO to do it with a reasonable chance of success despite the legality.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers

AdamWeeden Re:Missing from the summary (246 comments)

At first they came for the Germans, and I said nothing because...it's the Germans. Who cares? ;)

more than 3 years ago

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Can You Copyright A Tattoo?

AdamWeeden AdamWeeden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AdamWeeden (678591) writes "The great economists over at the Freakonomics blog are asking a very interesting question: can you copyright a tattoo?

Last week, Victor Whitmill, the tattoo artist who inked [Mike] Tyson, filed suit against Warner Brothers, claiming they had infringed his copyright in Tyson'(TM)s tattoo. Which raises an interesting question: Can you copyright a tattoo? And if so, who owns it: the artist, or the person who has it on his skin? And what happens when it appears in a film?

This also poses interesting questions of "How far is too far when it comes to copyright?""
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HP accused of illegal exportation to Iran

AdamWeeden AdamWeeden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AdamWeeden (678591) writes "According to research done by the Boston Globe, HP has been secretly using a third-party company to sell printers to Iran. This is illegal under a ban instituted in 1995 by then U.S. President Bill Clinton. The third-party company, Redington Gulf, operates out of Dubai and previously stated on their web site that the company began in 1997 with "a team of five people and the HP supplies as our first product, we started operations as the distributor for Iran." though now the site has been changed to remove the mention of Iran. Has HP unknowingly been supplying Iran with technology or have they been trying to secretly get by the U.S. governement's export restrictions?"
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/03/05/ask.makeover/in

AdamWeeden AdamWeeden writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AdamWeeden (678591) writes "The Associated Press is reporting that ask.com will be dropping their endeavor to compete with Google in the search engine market and will return to a function closer to that of its original iteration as askjeeves.com. This new ask.com will focus more on answering questions posed as queries about ordinary things.

With the shift, the Oakland-based company will return to its roots by concentrating on finding answers to basic questions about recipes, hobbies, children's homework, entertainment and health.
This change also comes with a layoff of 40 of its roughly 500 employees. This comes not too long after ask.com invested heavily in advertising itself as a general purpose search engine, indicating that its investment did not prove as fruitful as they had hoped."
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AdamWeeden AdamWeeden writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AdamWeeden writes "Trouble is brewing in the Debian/Ubuntu camps over their use of the Firefox trademark and copyrighted image sets. Debian maintainers wish to use, and have been using, the Firefox name without it's adjoining copyrighted image sets. Mozilla is now claiming that this is not a valid use of their trademark and giving them two choices: stop using the trademark or submit what you change as a patch to Mozilla for approval. Debian's solution may come in not including and not supporting Firefox in future distributions. The discussion thread between Mozilla and Debian on Debian's bug site is available, as well as a thread on the Ubuntu forums."
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AdamWeeden AdamWeeden writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AdamWeeden writes "According to gameindustry.biz Microsoft announced a roadmap for crossplatform gaming between Xbox360s and Windows including the ability for the two to play with each other over the internet.

From the article:
Speaking in a session at the Games Convention Developer Conference in Leipzig, Microsoft UK third-party account manager Steven Blackburn ... confirmed that the first truly cross-platform playable title, Shadowrun, will launch in early 2007 — before revealing that Microsoft will incorporate a number of online-only gamer achievements to help deliver "first blood" in persuading gamers to try out the online functionality between PC and console. Blackburn added that the first third-party cross-platform content would arrive in autumn 2007, by which time the application and certification process will have been finalised, with the "floodgates to open for all titles" in 2008.
Could this also mean that Microsoft and other developers would consider a single distribution medium that would allow you to play your new purchase on either platform?"

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