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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

Drogo007 Re:Lets divert some military funds (292 comments)

Let's see, according to figures I can find if we chopped US military budget in half, it'd still be twice the expenditures of the next largest military.

I'm sure that will leave us wide open for the rest of the world to waltz right in.

I promise you, we don't have to spend more on our military than the next 10 largest military budgets COMBINED to be safe.

about 10 months ago

Stung By Scandal, South Korea Weighs Up Cost of Curbing Nuclear Power

Drogo007 Re:Nuclear safety is different (200 comments)

Ok, that's fine - but only if we stop letting all the Coal Plants dump their pollution into the atmosphere for free....

about a year ago

What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

Drogo007 Re:Sugar (926 comments)


You mean there might be a REASON to use iodized salt instead of all-natural, feel-good-warm-and-fuzzy Gourmet Sea Salt??

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I say...

about a year and a half ago

NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes

Drogo007 Re:AMAZINGLY stupid on the US/NZ government... (235 comments)

"This is why law enforcement needs to actually follow the law."

Except that's NOT what the conniving bastards behind this will take away from this.

THEY will take away the fact that they need to ram through even HARSHER laws that prevent the need for apologies.

Why yes I'm bitter and cynical, why do you ask?

more than 2 years ago

Why eBook DRM Has To Go

Drogo007 Re:Sure Why Not? (299 comments)

If you read the intro to the baen free library (http://www.baen.com/library/intro.asp) you'll find that they discovered that freely available DRM-Free downloads of books CONSISTENTLY increase sales of actual physical copies.

So I'd say there's a good chance the same principles you talked about in your experience with Bandcamp hold true for eBooks too.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Wants Green Rocket Fuel

Drogo007 Re:We don't launch enough rockets for this to matt (185 comments)

Au Contraire - the susceptibility to cold was perfectly understood by the engineers.

Management is another story, but the engineers knew what the consequences of launching in conditions that cold would be. (see Roger Boisjoly)

more than 2 years ago

Why Microtransactions In Games Are Amoral

Drogo007 Re:They're not? (209 comments)

The fact that the guy you replied to didn't realize the submission meant exactly what it said - microtransactions are, in and of themselves, neither good or bad. They simply are. It's how the developer uses them that determines if it's good or bad.

But people don't work that way. Once some "thing" that is not inherently "good" or "bad" has a "bad" association in someone's mind, that thing is "bad". Never mind that the next instance of "thing" that they meet may be used in a "good" manner - they've already internalized the "thing == bad" rule and will blindly apply that to every other instance of "thing" that they meet.

more than 3 years ago

Estimated Transfer Time Is No More In Windows 8

Drogo007 Re:where is our critical mass of Linux Users? (456 comments)

I have four words: "Games and Legacy Apps"

That explains pretty much every windows install I'm personally aware of (including my own)

Either people want to play their games or they have to use/support legacy apps for a business that it doesn't want to take the time, expense and risk of replacing.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

Drogo007 Re:no substitute for the real thing (585 comments)

I'd be interested to see what you've got. I got it "running", but only for certain lengths of time - it inevitably crashes every 15-30 minutes.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

Drogo007 no substitute for the real thing (585 comments)

Not for DOS-era games, but the ones that came just after that (Dungeon Keeper 2, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Need For Speed 4, etc)

I've spent a lot of hours trying to get those games running reliably in a Win7 environment with no success (compatibility mode, virtual machines, etc).

more than 3 years ago

School Swaps Math Textbooks For iPads

Drogo007 Re:Expensive (439 comments)

You also missed that private schools get to select students to avoid all the problem students that suck down lots and lots of resources in the public school system, so Private Schools can more efficiently use their resources.

more than 4 years ago

Net Neutrality — Threat Or Menace?

Drogo007 Re:Ideology (253 comments)

Don't kid yourself, States rights went the way of the Dodo when the Union States went along with the federal government's plan to override the other states exercising their rights to withdraw from a "voluntary" union - that cemented the Federal Government as the higher power. Any protestations to the contrary since then have been empty wind and useless wishes.

more than 4 years ago

A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?

Drogo007 Re:Sigh (711 comments)

I have 4 year old twins, one is ADHD and one is not. We spent a year working our way down the list of possible solutions before we got to the point where it was either medicate her or let her fail. No it wasn't just personality or low tolerance for an active kid.

The Therapist's office was set up as a diagnostic tool - 120 linear feet of shelf space, all at kid level, just CRAMMED with toys. My son would pick a toy, play for a bit, pick another toy, play for a bit, etc.

My daughter was a ferret on crystal meth, bouncing from point to point, rarely stopping long enough to even TOUCH THE TOY SHE WAS LOOKING AT.

She's on medication now (not ritalin, but I tend to forget the name of it) and she's still a very active 4 year old. But the meds take enough of the edge off her fidgets that she can actually stop and complete tasks if she wants to. We're still doing therapy to help her learn habits that will let her succeed in school and life.

When we got the diagnosis (two separate diagnoses, actually) I was dead set against medication - lucky for my daughter's therapist, she indicated that medication was a last resort or I would've walked out of her office then and there. But after a year of trying various non-medicinal treatments with zero success, we finally tried medication.

Anyone who says all ADHD diagnoses are just "kids being kids" needs to pull their head out.

more than 4 years ago

Are Complex Games Doomed To Have Buggy Releases?

Drogo007 Re:Refunds for broken merchandise. (362 comments)

"But don't come to me to tell that bug free complex games are *impossible*. That's bullshit."

Certainly not - you're absolutely correct.

But are you prepared to pay what it would cost to buy a game comparable to today's triple-A titles that has gone through the engineering and process necessary to ensure that it's bug-free?

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Clean Install Only In Europe

Drogo007 Re:OOh (803 comments)

The reinstall each year was good advice in the 95/98 days - since MS went to the NT kernal (2000, XP, etc) - not so much.

I had one machine that served as my primary machine (gaming, light development, etc) for 3+ years running XP with no reinstalls - the only reason it's not still running is that I upgraded.

I have a machine that acts as a print server, file server, ripping/burning station, etc that's been running the same Win2k install for 7+ years now.

Neither machine suffered appreciably - not like my old Win98se box that within 9-10 months (of the same kind of use my old WinXP box suffered for 3 years) would slow to a complete crawl.

more than 5 years ago

Star Trek's Warp Drive Not Impossible

Drogo007 Re:Who put the military in charge anyway? (541 comments)

You think that's bad, just wait until his 'funny' brother Special Relativity shows up - then you get backed into a corner listening to him repetitively describe this time he crossed the street while the General stands across the room and rolls his eyes.

more than 5 years ago

Opting Out Increases Spam?

Drogo007 Re:Spam vs. unwanted e-mail (481 comments)

Yeah, except for those who DO explicitly request your newsletter/daily digest/special offers and then turn around and mark it spam instead of unsubscribing.

more than 5 years ago


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