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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Black LED Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

Ever since the Google+ marriage to YouTube if I click on a comment to see what it was in response to, it opens up a new tab and still doesn't show me the parent post. I'm using the latest version of Chromium and have YouTube whitelisted in my JavaScript blocker, so I don't know what the problem is.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Black LED Re:I won't upgrade. (681 comments)

Because they were considered a security hole. That was true, but only if you were using shady gadgets. If you want them back in Windows 8 you can use 8GadgetPack or better yet, use a different gadget engine like XWidget.

about three weeks ago
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Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

Black LED Re:Meh. (116 comments)

I don't have a problem with digital distribution, so long as companies cannot remove access to paid for content, hold it hostage and/or prevent me from making my own backups. gog.com is the only service which has done this correctly, in that I can download what I buy and write it to whatever media I want, ensuring that I can keep copies for as long as I please.

It's unfortunate that there are no video services that allow people to do the same. I suppose you could vidcap your purchases and burn those, but you shouldn't have to do that.

about a month and a half ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Black LED Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

I would go so far to say that Freelancer's keyboard/mouse flight set up surpasses flight stick controls. It was just that good.

about 2 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Black LED Re:Beta Sucks (115 comments)

That isn't in dispute. As far as I can see, The Witcher 2 was being sold through gog.com since release day.

about 3 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Black LED Re:Beta Sucks (115 comments)

I can't find any information to support your claim.

about 3 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Black LED Re:Beta Sucks (115 comments)

Duh, stupid me. Of course it was on gog.com on day one. gog.com is a service run by the makers of The Witcher series.

about 3 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Black LED Re:Beta Sucks (115 comments)

Wasn't it up on gog.com on release day? If I recall correctly, it was one of the few "big" games that gog did get right away.

about 3 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Black LED Re:Easy answers (305 comments)

I challenge you to name one game where you can do everything that you should be able to do. Oh what, I can't travel to those mountains in the distance because it's just a skybox? Failure of a game. I can't jump in a jet and fly to another country? Failure of a game. I can't dig a hole in the ground as far as I want? Failure of a game.

Come on man.

about 3 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Black LED The Witcher 2 (115 comments)

The Witcher 2 was also released without DRM on gog.com.

about 3 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Black LED Re:Article is empty (305 comments)

It's also addressing well understood problems. I designed quite a few levels in the various id Tech engines and what I would do for the fake vs real doors was to have some kind of indicator, perhaps a different colour light or design to distinguish them. For cases where the entire world shouldn't be drawn due to performance reasons, I would insert an antiportal into the doors, which would prevent anything behind the doors from being drawn until the door was actually opened. For the issue of having a door lock after a player passed through, I used a series of triggers.

about 3 months ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Black LED Re:Polution tax (158 comments)

I paid about $15 per 12W LED lightbulb (800 lumens, 60W incandescent replacement) and that was well worth it. Each bulb has a 5 year warranty and estimated lifespan of 21 years.

about 3 months ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Black LED Re:Rift (181 comments)

I was tooling around in the freebie Advanced Escort for a long time. I recently acquired a Fleet Chimera Heavy Destroyer in exchange for just 20,000 fleet credits and a single 500 zen ship module, though you do have to be Vice Admiral rank and your fleet has to have a tier 2 Dyson sphere spire in order to get it. The nice thing is even if I didn't want to spend $5 on the ship module, it really wouldn't take much time to earn/mine enough dilithium to exchange for the zen, I just tend to put all of my earned dilithium into the fleet unless I have a project that needs it, which is pretty seldom.

I'm glad they added ship loadouts. It makes it easy to swap your best gear out between ships so that you can use whichever one you want for a task instead of using one and having seven (or more) collecting dust.

about 3 months ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Black LED Re:Rift (181 comments)

This is how I feel about Star Trek Online. It's not the greatest game, but you can play through the storyline and participate in combat or events without ever feeling like the game is giving unfair advantages to paying players. It's probably one of the most fair systems I have seen in a free MMO and I have spent small amounts over the course of several years on it specifically because I wanted to help support it.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Black LED Re:Great! (180 comments)

That is what difficulty settings are supposed to be for.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Black LED Re:It's a start (294 comments)

I have been using 8GadgetPack to get my gadgets back in Windows 8.x.

about 4 months ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Black LED Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (195 comments)

The point is a person who is exposed to only JRPGs will never understand just how limited they are until they try a CRPG.

about 4 months ago

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Jack Andraka: A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager

Black LED Black LED writes  |  1 year,14 days

Black LED (1957016) writes "Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that's super cheap, effective and non-invasive."
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