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Asteroid Passes Closer To Earth Than the Moon on Nov 8

Ash.D.Giles Re:I have to say... (169 comments)

How do you know it won't hit the moon?

Using the same basic orbital calculation that let us send a dozen or so space vessels to the moon rather than off into the sun or something. We've become pretty good at telling where the moon will be at any given time. Maybe there are even "Full moon" days written in your calendar. They are when the moon and sun are in roughly opposite directions from us.

more than 2 years ago

App Store Developer Speaks Out On Game Piracy

Ash.D.Giles flagged? (762 comments)

How exactly do you set a software flag to determine whether it's pirated or not?

more than 4 years ago

Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

Ash.D.Giles Missing the best bit... (652 comments)

After all the comments here "Why is someone being paid to do this", "This is lame" and so on, I think this research is brilliant. Next time I say something stupid to my girlfriend, or make a dumb choice I now have an excuse and a way to butter her up in one go!

about 5 years ago

Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

Ash.D.Giles Re:I have my doubts. (590 comments)

Sure. But why? I understand how they got those results, but why make that comparison? It's a peculiarly short-sighted concern, if in the world's game output, you are concerned if local ratios don't apply...

more than 5 years ago

Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

Ash.D.Giles Re:I have my doubts. (590 comments)

Yeah... Why are the Native Americans and Hispanic singled out? I mean, if you're going to complain about ethnic groups who aren't represented much in games, then what about Persians, Portuguese, Maori, Aboriginal... This smells of a very US-centric perspective taken in the study...

more than 5 years ago

Why Video Games Are Having a Harder Time With Humor

Ash.D.Giles Re:Maybe TF2 for inspiration? (202 comments)

Sure, there are lots of games that aren't cutting edge graphics and are still great games. I'm not trying to trot out that old point. The interesting thing I found with TF2 was that it *was* graphically impressive. It took the progress that had been made in graphics and aimed it in a different direction to the realism that every other game had sought. And that visual tone carried through into the gameplay. It sought to provide a light-hearted (comic even) environment in which to play that same old CTF mechanic.

more than 5 years ago

Why Video Games Are Having a Harder Time With Humor

Ash.D.Giles Maybe TF2 for inspiration? (202 comments)

Team Fortress 2 has been a great demonstration of how an amazing graphics engine can be used in a less-realistic way, but the high-quality graphics still do a good job supporting the gameplay. Maybe more of this will come soon? And perhaps the artists in game development studios will get more of a chance to be... well... artistic as a result.

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For Starcraft 2

Ash.D.Giles Re:Confusing Comparison: RTS vs RPG (737 comments)

The only time I'd play a multiplayer RTS is with friends, I've never been big on the computer assigned stranger thing, and most of the time that would be with my flatmate. No seedy LAN party, just a bored tuesday night with time to kill at home. Other times, if there were a group of us, we'd head out to an internet cafe with a gaming setup and play together in the same room so we can talk. I really don't think the advent of broadband changed everyone's gaming habits. and just how fast your broadband is, depends greatly on what country you live in.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft's Bing Refuses Search Term "Sex" In India

Ash.D.Giles Re:Duh. (355 comments)

Does it have to be said that it is quite reasonable to search for sex for a number of reasons apart from pornography? How about sexual health? For a young teen or something, searching for "sex" online because you're curious could lead you to some great articles that would tell you some pretty useful information. Like wearing a condom can help prevent you getting some nasty diseases. I'm pretty sure the idea of SafeSearch is to keep those search results whilst filtering the porn sites. Blocking all searches of the term completely seems like lazy design.

more than 5 years ago

"Reality Mining" Resets the Privacy Debate

Ash.D.Giles Privacy as a recent phenomenon (209 comments)

Isn't territorial behaviour a precursor to privacy? I mean, the idea of "Stay out of my room, I'm getting dressed" can't be that far off "Stay out of my burrow or I bite you, you strange animal"

more than 5 years ago


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