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NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

BigSes Re:Nascar .. cha ching (359 comments)

I was expecting to see Randy Marsh in the video.

"You don't understand, SHARON!"

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

BigSes Re:Go the way of Sega... sort of (403 comments)

This, completely. Sega opting out of the hardware market and producing their titles on various systems has saved the company (so to speak). Granted, they aren't the Sega of old, with tons of success and cash, but they have come back from the brink. Sonic finally got to next-gen without Sega having to build the hardware. Could you imagine Mario Kart, Zelda or an SMB game done on PS4 or 720? Give me a piece of that action!

about a year and a half ago
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I go through keyboards ...

BigSes Re:Model M (341 comments)

I'm much younger than you, 1979 to be exact, but....best....keyboard...ever. Feels good, sounds good, etc. My "E" key stopped working, and I still feel pain about losing it!

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

BigSes Solution (464 comments)

Why don't they just stop making PC games then? I don't buy their products, just as disclaimer.

about 2 years ago
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Workers Working An Extra 20 Hours a Week Thanks To BYOD

BigSes I bring my own device to work daily. (202 comments)

Its called my brain, and trust me, worrying about that bullshit when I leave the building should count as "additional hours".

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo Power To Shut Down

BigSes Re:Why? (78 comments)

I suspect it might cost more than $8 million a year to run a magazine. On advertising for games, they only feature Nintendo available products, or marketing for other teen related products, such as movies, snacks, etc. Maybe its not such a financial windfall.

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo Power To Shut Down

BigSes Re:Thread is SAD! (78 comments)

Indeed, my man, C64 was superior. I was a big PoR player myself, along with Hillsfar, Rocket Ranger, and Red Storm Rising (and any other Microprose game). Damn, those were indeed the days. ANYTHING Cinemaware put out on C64 was superior to most things on NES, especially in the early 1990s when shovelware really bloated the NES offerings. I was always so jealous of my friend who had an Amiga, my family couldn't afford to get me one, but the graphics looked amazing. Heck, the first DOS-based PC I had was an IBM PS/1 386SX-16mhz. Once I got ahold of Kings Quest 5, it was all over, I was a point and click adventure game fiend. Those types of games never translated to consoles very well, they still don't.

about 2 years ago
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Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

BigSes Re:"Robot Maid" has so many connotations (317 comments)

Dude, you should see most maids. They'd make your dick go limp. You've been watching too many 80s movies! Hehehe.

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo Power To Shut Down

BigSes Thread is SAD! (78 comments)

My other two posts are one of the 37 current comments on this thread. Thought everyone loved original Nintendo / SNES? Just for cozy feelings, at least!

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo Power To Shut Down

BigSes Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (78 comments)

I won... a neon pink fanny pack. I believe it came stuffed with a t-shirt and some chocolate coins. The t-shirt was kind of crappy, and the coins were quickly consumed. And the neon pink fanny pack was... neon pink and a fanny pack. So kind of the worst prize ever, but i remember the shit out of having actually won something!

LOL, sorry man, you know you have to be a kid to eat chocolate coins. They gotta be the worst chocolate ever! To think, I was gonna make some snide remark about you still wearing the fanny pack, but I held back, I figured eating those coins was punishment enough. Sorry man. Their prizes were useless though, no joke.

about 2 years ago
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Nintendo Power To Shut Down

BigSes Just like EGM, damn. (78 comments)

I own every single issue of Nintendo Power ever printed, even all the Nintendo Fun Club newsletters. Sad, I know, but I felt that I should continue my subscription as it was one of my favorite magazines when I was a kid. I remember getting Metal Gear strategies from there, and actually getting in the magazine for maxing out the score on Xenophobe (had to send a Polaroid pic, which was my only camera, but it had to show your TV and Nintendo. Not an easy shot.). I guess I'll eBay them all when they finally nail it to the cross, just like I did my EGM2 collection. It's decent that something like this is revealed, unlike EGM, who just ended production and unceremoniously replaced my subscription with a sub to Maxim. Not that I minded, but it'd have been nice to have a choice. Anyhow, these things happen, its the digital age now, and kids don't hang on every word from a video game magazine nowadays. Hell, those were the ONLY places that you could get video games tips / strategies / cheats back in the day. Now, we have the internet. As biased as it was, I gotta say: Fly high, Nintendo Power!

about 2 years ago
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The Extremes of Internet Gaming In South Korea

BigSes Re:Typical of their culture (152 comments)

I don't recall any of your /. posts, but I love this one. I'm setting you to fan immediately. More to my point, people from the Quake generation, as I was from the Doom generation, always talk about their prowess at gaming....but they always seem to leave out modern titles. I would agree with you 100% that MW3, MW2 or CoD games ARENT the same as Quake, as they arent the same as Doom, but why havent gamers in our generation evolved (I know that answer actually: job, kids, wife, bills)? We always talk about our own accomplishments and never appreciate what others have done. StarCraft 2 might be this guy's Doom 2. There is something totally satisfying about dominating a game against others. I used to win LAN matches on our old PS/2 token-ring network in high school (where people who knew and played Doom religously) where I was in the 100s in frags and the others were in negatives.

Now, we get to modern gaming, and everyone bitches about the "tea-bagging" Halo tweens, as if snotty brats ruined gaming. We were snotty brats too, we just didnt have voice chat! LOL! I had a guy call me a hacker piece of shit for beating him 5 times in a row on Virtua Fighter 5 on PS3 the other day. I never knew a hack to any fighting game, EVER, that pressed buttons for you. I seriously had to block him from my PSN account because the messages kept coming. There are always haters to success, always, no matter your occupation or talent. I get frustrated when I play MW2, MW3, Battlefield 3, because my skills just arent there anymore, but I dont dedicate my time to one game. I can usually hit middle of the pack on end rankings. These kids have what we used to have, love and moxy to put yourself into something that gives you joy, completely. Sometimes it so happens that in the nerd world, maybe you arent good at anything else. I really think these guys are amazing, and most importantly, they are truly doing something they love. Its not for the money, its for the emotional reward. Technology was always so cool to me, and I grew up poor with a single mother who worked two jobs, I know how gaming can fill a void in your life. Some people are just a no go for sports, acting, modeling, what have you....its better to be known for something than nothing. I'd rather be have the highest score at anything than die unknown making $45k a year at some mindless job. These guys are young yet, I think we should celebrate what they can do because we never had the chance to do so with such monetary compensation, and I'm positive there are more than a handful of people on /. who would have been unbeatable in their day at their game of choice. Kudos to these guys, and I honestly do hope their love of gaming brings them success, not ridicule as it used to be!

Lots of professional athletes die because of their profession, they push their bodies too hard. Drug addicts are trying to fill a void in their lives and push their bodies too hard as well. If you are so dedicated to one thing, anything, and it costs you your life, sometime people just wouldnt mind going out that way. I remain impressed, and I think we all should be as well. I'd rather almost reach Mt. Everest and die climbing at 32, if I loved climbing, than die at 70 after 50 years of rewardless drudgery in a cubicle. Everyone, think about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did

BigSes Re:Ridiculous (403 comments)

Keep in mind the concorde needs a very long runway and operated at only the largest airports were it would have to wait in line and/or travel a long way from loading to takeoff at low speeds which is very inneficient for a jet engine.

This is portion is false, completely. Fuel useage aside, it had extreme thrust from its afterburners for takeoff, and could function wuite well on a small scale airport / runway. We have flown to and from BGI in Barbados for years, and its far from a large aiport with very long runways. Its a very small airport with only one runway, for both arrivals and departures, that doesn't appear to be any larger than a standard regional airport, I'm not talking Dulles, or Charlotte or even Pittsburgh, Im talking regionals. Yes, that was one of the 4 main ports of call for the Concorde, and there is currently one there at the aeronautics museum at their airport.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?

BigSes Re:Nothing new (416 comments)

The airport at Grantley Adams International (BGI) in Barbados is about 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit every day, all year. I can attest that its concrete, all of it, the tarmac, the runways, the staging areas, etc. I'm not sure about what the traditional building methods are in the states for airports and roads (road construction never fucking ends here in western Pennsylvania either, I feel you) but it seems damn sturdy for their needs. No matter what some posters said above, I would bet dollars to doughnuts that in any place in the world where temps hang around 100F that they would use concrete instead of asphalt. I think concrete isnt used as much for roads or highways in the states, as it doesnt have the nicer "ride" as softer asphalt. That was always my guess. I didn't think it had anything to do with durability or cost, as concrete would largely be better in our enviroment, since the snow plows pull huge chunks of the asphalt up here every winter.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

BigSes Re:Take the red pill (708 comments)

OK nice job Jeremiah Johnson but OP has a wife and kids. I doubt they'd be that keen on living in a log cabin and bathing in the creek. Many people (well men with families) would willingly do a boring job of drudgery for 25 years if they could thereby guarantee economic security for their family.

You know, still bothers me that people always mention "men" doing this, I can't wait for the day more women do it. I would love to be a stay at home dad!

more than 2 years ago
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Why 'Nigerian Scammers' Say They're From Nigeria

BigSes Re:And yet, it appears that Nigeria IS involved. (209 comments)

The best part of that article is they "continued their actions after being warned by Brighton police." Niiiiceeee. "Hey, stop stealing!" Good work there officers!

more than 2 years ago

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New Online Auction Sites - Thoughts? Suggestions? Reviews?

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "After being bombarded nearly non-stop with commercials for new online bidding sites, such as Quibids, Beezid, and others, I was curious if anyone has used these sites? Would anyone care to elaborate on their experiences, found "deals" or horror stories? Since the commercials make them seem like they are such a value, whats the secret? I can't help but get a Groupon vibe from these."
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Notch Stepping Down From Minecraft Lead

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "Mark Perrson, better known as Notch, is stepping down as Minecraft Lead Developer. Now that Minecraft is "completed" and has been released, Notch is planning to step away from game development for a time. The lead role will be handled by long-time Mojang team member Jens Bergensten. Notch plans to continue to contribute to Minecraft, but what is to be expected without its founder at the helm?"
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Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer for a Hobbyis

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "I had been in the amusement repair industry (video gaming, pinball, jukeboxes, etc) for more than a decade, but have recently taken a new career path. I still greatly enjoy tinkering with all the electronics, and collect many arcade games and pinball machines for my home. I always had access to EEPROM / PROM / PIC / GAL programmers on the job, but never owned one personally. I'm finding it difficult to work within my chosen hobby without one, and ordering pre-programmed chips can be cost prohibitive for some projects. I would love it if some of you professionals or other hobbyists out there could recommend a great programmer that supports a large number of chip formats for me to use. Id like it to be something USB, more modern than Serial or Parallel port (usually what we had in the old days) and preferably sub-$300, new or used. There are tons of Chinese import types on eBay, but I'd hate to spend $80+ if I am unsure of the quality. I appreciate it in advance guys!"
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Netflix Drops Quickster Plan, Serivces to Remain o

BigSes BigSes writes  |  about 3 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "The title essentially explains it all. It seems as though Netflix has decided to pay attention to the customer's desires, and has opted to drop the Quickster plan. The DVD rental service will maintain the Netflix name, and the DVD content will stay on the website alongside the On-Demand items."
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Real-life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger." Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled "go" and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway.

Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom? Wait, I'm betting that has already happened."

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The McRib Returns Nationwide - November 2nd!

BigSes BigSes writes  |  about 4 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "McDonald's famous McRib sandwich returns to over 14,000 US locations on November 2nd. This marks the first nationwide release of the sandwich in more than 15 years, and it is also the first time the sandwich has been available in nearly 3 years. Knowing its large cult following, I'm sure many Slashdotters are huge fans. I'm already set to devour its saucy, processed, pork patty goodness!"
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Man Caught Marinating Cat In Car Trunk

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "A Buffalo man, Gary Korkuc, was arrested by police for running a Stop sign. What they found upon opening the trunk was shocking. A live black cat was found marinating in a sauce made of red chilis, salt, oil and other ingredients. Korkuc, 51, claims the he was not going to eat the cat, but that he was on his way to return it to the animal shelter, and that the cat had miscarried and thats what the substance was. Further review deterimed that the cat is indeed a 4-year old neutered male. The suspect denies all charges and also claims that the police were in the process of fire-bombing a nearby building when they decided to stop him."
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Boomer the Dog-Man

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "A judge will take a few days to decide upon approving the name change of a Pittsburgh area man. The man would like to change his name to "Boomer the Dog" after the short lived television series. He is also a strong suppporter of the anthromorphic movement. Should a name change be such an issue?"
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Comcast Sets Standard

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "As I attempted to check the amusement collectibles on my Atlantic Broadband newgroups tonight, I was suprised to find that my server now requires authentication. After attempting to use my email login and being denied, I email customer service. Much to my dismay, I found out that Atalntic Broadband has followed suit with Comcast, and has discontinued newsgroup service due to low interest. Of course, this move was made with absolutely no warning, and no offered refunds or reduced prices for service. They aren't even pulling the same card that Comcast did, offering a discount to a large newgroup provider, they are offering nothing. They didn't even feel the need to send out a heads-up to their customers, or post any sort of message on their website. Could the age of included Usenet newgroups truly be coming to an end?"
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Luddite Anniversary Celebration

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "The English town of Huddersfield is attempting to plan a 200th anniversary celebration of the Luddite movement. The town iteself features many historical sites where many of the murders, ambushes and acts of sabotage took place against various people and places associated with industry. The article also sheds a bit of light on the ways that the movement help in forming founding principles of democracy and organized labor. Questioning the real legacy of Luddism? Violence as a weapon against technology or as a weapon against unfair treatment?"
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Man Marries Video Game Character

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "The groom, calling himself SAL9000, married a character from the Nintendo DS game Love Plus. The bride was read her vows as she was displayed to him on the screen of his Nintendo DS. The event itself was broadcase live from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the reception included a disco.

Soon afterwards, the new bride and groom headed off to their honeymoon in Guam. Although the groom feels as though he has reached a "major milestone" in his life, he has yet to inform his parents of the wedding."

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Ted Williams Head A Toy, Says Former Alcor Exec

BigSes BigSes writes  |  about 5 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "Better off dead?

"Ted Williams was a baseball legend and spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. According to the book, "Frozen", authored by Larry Johnson, who is a former executive from Alcor, Williams's body was mutilated by workers at the organization. He reports that the decapitation of the head from the body was not performed in a surgical manner, and that Ted's head was used for batting practice.""

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Windows 7 Rolls Out to Commercial Buyers in Japan

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes "TOKYO — Microsoft Corp began selling its latest operating system, Windows 7, to business customers worldwide Tuesday, and said it received strong pre-orders in Japan topping its predecessors. Microsoft aims to sell 10 million units of Windows 7 in Japan by the end of 2010 and expects about 60% of major companies to be using the upgraded operating system in three years.The new operating system, on sale now only to large businesses with volume licensing deals, will be available to the wider public Oct 22 as PC makers pin hopes on Microsoft's long-awaited product to lift sales ahead of the year's end. So far, the company has received record-high pre-orders from 163 companies in Japan including Astellas Pharma Inc and Yamato Transport Co, compared with orders from 18 companies before the launch of Windows Vista in January 2007.

Doesn't anyone think that a corporate adaptation rate of 60% within three years seems lofty? Japanese IT deparments must see things differently."

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Ownership of Unix Headed to Trial

BigSes BigSes writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BigSes (1623417) writes " From the article: ' DENVER — A federal appeals court on Monday reversed a judge's decision that granted the copyright of the Unix computer operating system to Novell Inc. Novell, a software and computer infrastructure company, has been locked in a yearslong legal battle with The SCO Group Inc. of Lindon, Utah, over ownership to the copyright.' 'SCO filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007, drained by unsuccessfully filing lawsuits claiming its software code was misappropriated by developers of the open-source Linux operating system. "For us it's a case of survival, of protecting what we own." SCO chief executive Darl McBride told The Associated Press. McBride said the development and distribution of Linux has caused the company's revenues to drop from $250 million a year to $15 million, forcing the company to file for bankruptcy. "There are 20 million versions of Linux running around the world," McBride said, referring to his estimate of company servers using Linux. "Linux at the end of the day is a knock off of our Unix."' 'Trial dates for SCO's lawsuits against Novell and IBM have not been set. Both cases are pending in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.'"
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