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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Brazilian Geek No reason to get rid of the old slashdot (2219 comments)

Don't get rid of the classic Slashdot look and feel.

If you do, you'll be alienating most of your user base and we'll depart in droves - a la Digg a few years ago.

about 7 months ago

What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance

Brazilian Geek Heroes, fuckin' heroes (168 comments)

Soon after I heard of Neil Armstrong's passing I was chatting with my wife about the lack of real heroes, men that were so far above mortal men with actions, deeds and behavior that all of us could only look up to them in awe.

From now on we'll hear more and more about the Apollo 11 crew and I truly doubt what we'll hear will make them lesser Gods. These little tidbits of how these men were scared but braved through it accomplish such feats are part of the mythology of our times.

Full moon tonight, don't forget to look up and remember Neil.

about 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Brazilian Geek Re:Today ... (1521 comments)

Heh, I'm with you on this. My inner 22-year-old nerd that discovered Slashdot all those years ago died a little today.

Good thing I already had a booze-fest scheduled tonight with my running buddies, all of them definitely non-nerds so no Slashdot war stories.

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Brazilian Geek Re:See You Rob, and thanks for the ride (1521 comments)

I couldn't agree more - most of my online life has been spent on Slashdot and after this bit of news I feel a little lost.

Oh well, change is the only constant so we might as well push forward into the brave new world that's Slashdot with CmdrTaco.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

Brazilian Geek If you're short on time... (655 comments)

Start with the 11th Doctor.

It's a sort-of fresh start and while it does reference the past Doctors, if you're interested in knowing more - look up the episode on Wikipedia and I'm sure a bigger nerd will have linked to the past episode.

The biggest things that came back from past episodes were the Steven Moffat episodes from the previous seasons - those might be worth viewing just to catch up and also to see how good Doctor Who can be if in the hands of a good writer.

Previous Steven Moffat stories:
Series 1:
1.9 "The Empty Child"
1.10 "The Doctor Dances"

Series 2:
2.4 "The Girl in the Fireplace"

Series 3:
3.10 "Blink"

Series 4:
4.9 "Silence in the Library"
4.10 "Forest of the Dead"

Just listing those episodes reminds me of a lot of the stuff introduced in them that are referenced in later episodes.

more than 3 years ago

Are Gamers Safer Drivers?

Brazilian Geek Another anecdote (220 comments)

I don't know if it's true or not but my definitely non-gamer wife that only 3 years ago started driving drives like a mad-woman in town while I, a driver for the past 15 years and avid gamer, drive cautiously and actively avoid conflict. When we hit highways, we trade personalities - I drive fast and furious, respecting as many laws as I dare, while my wife turns into 25kph-old-man-with-blinkers-on.

I tell her that I don't trust other drivers in town, I feel like they can swerve at any time and cut me off - like they do in oh-so-many games. On highways I feel more at ease so I cut loose and step on it.

more than 3 years ago

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

Brazilian Geek Re:Try Minecraft (418 comments)

It's uncanny that you just described my past 3 months of gaming and the submitter described my feelings of late.

After finishing Mass Effect 2 (which I recommend, along with Dragon Age) I spent a while with Minecraft until I started to feel sick playing it, the game is awesome but the cramped spaces or heights and constant sense of fear had me feeling woozy so I had to step away and I turned back to Mount & Blade and Mount & Blade: Warbands. The vanilla game isn't all that hot but the mods, oh boy, the mods are worth it even if a few are buggy. I personally like Prophecy of Pendor (M&B) and Brytenwalda (M&B:Warbands) - both change the game significantly for the better but they're not easy and, while the AI is still dumb as a rock, the battles are still a lot of fun.

Currently I prefer games that I can play at my own pace - an hour a day - but still have a sense of accomplishment. I'm still not a fan of casual games but I can find fun in them but I still like the idea of building characters or worlds except not in MMORPG's, I tried that once as a way to kill an hour a day and lost 14 months of my life.

more than 3 years ago

Dragon Age 2 Announced

Brazilian Geek Re:I can't freakin' wait, man. (183 comments)

I too loved Dragon Age: Origins.

The whole world seemed so alive and the break of a few RPG paradigms (No Clerics, dwarfs with US accents, elves with spanish... I FUCKIN' LOVED THAT!) brought back that feeling I had as a teen playing RPGs - I really could lose myself in that world.

At any rate, I'll anxiously wait for it and I'll buy it like a good Bioware fanboy should and I'll love it.

I only hope they make a proper PC version for the game like they did for Dragon Age: Origins. I can't even begin to describe how much I hate Mass Effect 2's PC-as-a-second-thought interface. Mind you, the game is awesome, the scope is epic, the story is fantastic, the sound and visuals are breathtaking and the characters are all "real" but the console-like controls drive me nuts.

more than 4 years ago

Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

Brazilian Geek Re:electrolytes (819 comments)

I wonder how long it'll take until someone posts the xkcd comic that seems obligatory everyone makes a comment from Idiocracy.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese Human Rights Orgs Hit By DDoS

Brazilian Geek Not surprising (156 comments)

China is giving the world the middle finger and not giving a shit about the repercussions.

Face it, corporations are hungry for dollars and one of the only markets left for them is China and the whole Google thing proved that it doesn't matter what China does, the corporations are going to fall in line and obediently do what China wants of them. Of all the companies affected by the breech only Google has spoken out - the rest are quiet and will remain so in fear of losing precious Chinese business.

China has seen that it has nothing to fear from the corporate world - the ones that give them money. They'll do whatever they want now - taking down sites and silencing opposition will only be met with silence and their homeland population is so docile that they'll never revolt so why the fuck should they care.

more than 4 years ago

Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March

Brazilian Geek Re:Unlock the camera in Dragon Age please (80 comments)

It's been a long, long time since banter was so much fun. In fact, the last time banter was so good was on another Bioware game - Baldur's Gate.

I love mixing and matching the characters and trying to spark their comments just to listen in to their chats and comments.

more than 4 years ago

Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March

Brazilian Geek Re:Unlock the camera in Dragon Age please (80 comments)

Morrigan with Claudia Black's voice is pure fanservice - of which, I'm very thankful.

BTW, Leliana's voice is also really sexy.

more than 4 years ago

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry

Brazilian Geek Bye-bye BF Heroes! (221 comments)

I really enjoyed playing BF Heroes - it's light, I never felt that other players had unfair advantages, the promise of no grind, easy to pick up and get going game with fun graphics and I was happy. There was a single problem that use to keep me from giving them some paypal love - the game would disconnect me for no reason after 5 minutes or so of no-lag play.

I was patiently waiting for this to be fixed or for servers to pop up here in Brazil but alas - the fun of BF Heroes is gone.

Paying now means serious advantages to gameplay so no more for me, I don't have hours a day to play nor do I think that I should constantly pay for a game so I'll stick to CS:Source or my other free-to-play games and give money to indie game companies.

EA screwed up BF Heroes, what was fun now became unbalanced - all the best to the players that stick around but I'm having none of it.

more than 4 years ago

Patent Issued For Podcasting

Brazilian Geek Not exactly related to the patent (150 comments)

But weren't there a few guys, back in 1999 that used to have a pretty neat weekly show. Back then I don't think they were called podcasts but I do remember that the shows were really fun.

Anyway, I found a link to it on Wikipedia but I'm sure there are more links around.

It was called Geeks in Space, or something like that, and the site's admins that used to make the show was called flashdot, dashdot, slashdort or something like that.

more than 4 years ago

Glenn Beck Loses Dispute Over Parody Domain

Brazilian Geek Spread the controversy... (1172 comments)

The parody domain has been given to Glenn Beck but the controversy still hasn't been answered.

Here's the new(ish, same content, different domain) site:

Spread the controversy because, after all, people are asking whether or not Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990. I, personally, cannot believe he did such a thing but why hasn't Glenn denied these allegations?

What is Glenn hiding, if he's hiding anything at all.

more than 4 years ago

What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Brazilian Geek Robert Heinlein! (1021 comments)

Robert Heinlein!

Note: I'll write only about the books I've read, other folks might have other points of view.

Heinlein might have had a weird way of looking at things but he has great stories as an introduction to the scifi genre - light(ish) reading with plenty of topics to discuss.

Take two of his works that I recommend to folks, Starship Troopers and Farmer in the Sky. Both are "juvenile" books - sex and misogyny are themes in Heinlein's later works - but deal with life in space in a very realistic way. They're wildly speculative yet, just barely, they're plausible enough to make sense.

If you're looking for short stories, there's The Man Who Sold The Moon - short stories populated with really far-fetched ideas yet it's a really fun read.

I'm sure other people will suggest other things but I strongly suggest you take a look at Heinlein for the kids, after all he wrote a bunch of stories for them that are easy reads and are, as far as I can remember, kid-safe.

I'm resisting recommending more authors - as I'm sure this thread will be full of them - but Heinlein's earlier works, from what I recall, are nice examples of scifi aimed towards younger audiences.

more than 4 years ago

Elite Turns 25

Brazilian Geek Re:Elite spiritual successor- Infinity: QFE (159 comments)

It looks great but for space sims I'd prefer a single player experience - nothing against MMORPGs but I'm not all that into fighting to stay alive and get better ships nor participating in a corporation. I want to freely explore space and pick fights only when I want to fight all at my own time.

The ability to freely fly through space is something that really attracted me in Final Frontier (my first game of the series) and I really liked swooping down on planets and explore them without worrying to much about making a buck.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up, nice game but I'm not too sure that's for me.

more than 4 years ago

Your Browser History Is Showing

Brazilian Geek Re:workaround in firefox (174 comments)

Worked for me too.

On Firefox 3.5 and with the about:config edit, the tests return zero results.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

Brazilian Geek Oh good god... (1582 comments)

I never understood achievements in games, they seem to me like a cheap way to add replayability, and now it's come to Slashdot.

What does replayability (or whatever else achievements are meant to give) mean for a site that's "news for nerds" and random microsoft bashing?

more than 5 years ago


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The Register's Anthem...

Brazilian Geek Brazilian Geek writes  |  about 13 years ago

This is what I've submited to the Register's anthem contest - sung to:

You Got It
- Roy Orbison

Everytime you read our articles online
You know they're good, nobody can deny

One week, away
You'll go insane
You'll miss the Reg
But then we'll say:

IT is the hand, we bite it.
Register's the site, we write it.
Register's it all, you love it.

Everytime you read our lovely online rag
We see some money from our on-line ads

Kieren's, the bloke
That writes, "b*ll*cks"
No one dares write
The things he does...

IT is the hand, we bite it.
Register's the site, we write it.
Register's it all, you love it.

IT is the hand, (we bite it.)
Register's the site, (we write it.)
Register's it all...

(... you love it ...)

We're glad you like
The stuff we write!
We're you like
The way we write!

IT is the hand, we bite it.
Register's the site, we write it.
Register's it all, you love it.

IT is the hand, we bite it.
Register's the site, we write it.
Register's it all, you love it.

IT is the hand, (we bite it.)
You love it!


First Journal Entry

Brazilian Geek Brazilian Geek writes  |  about 13 years ago

Man, the new slashdot's acting up - I hope they fix stuff up quick. It's intresting that they killed the infamous 'FP's but I don't know about the rest.

Oh - I've gone from user ID 38xxx to 25299 - nice to see that I'm a /. old timer.

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