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City of Heroes Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

Emerssso Re:There's a reason SE hasn't shut down FFXI (290 comments)

Profit is hard to define or rather it can't be looked at in isolation. Killing CoH means NCSoft can leave the North American market, 98% of their revenue is in Korea. So they can shut down their US offices, data centers, marketing, get rid of Korean personnel with N. America knowledge, Korean managers dealing with N. America and so on. Lot's of secondary costs that can be lowered or gotten rid of totally. Just saving the time and hassle (late hours, mis-communication, flight costs, etc.) of communicating with the North American offices may be worth it. So even if CoH was profitable in isolation, once you add in all those other North America costs that get saved it may very well be a loss. Either way NCSoft clearly didn't want to deal with the hassle.

Doesn't NCSoft own Guild Wars 1 & 2 (one of which is practically brand new)? Shouldn't they still need offices in North America to support them? I'm confused about how they can manage Guild Wars in North America without offices and personnel.

about 2 years ago
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Google Launches Apps Certification Program

Emerssso Re:Chrome. (32 comments)

That's pretty easy to fix. Just click the collapse arrow next to the apps row, and the Collapse arrow next to the Frequently Viewed row, and it will look almost identical to the old page. (However, I agree that it is kinda annoying.) This change is stored and maintained for all new tabs opened afterwards.

more than 3 years ago
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7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail

Emerssso Re:Stephenie Meyer is a talentless hack (320 comments)

That's what you think. Just wait until I finalize the deal with my publisher and my first novel hits the market. It features Zack the Zombie and his star-crossed love affair with teenaged Sarah, a clumsy yet lovable girl I'm sure young women across the country will fall in love with.

about 4 years ago
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Game Distribution Platforms Becoming Annoyingly Common

Emerssso Re:Stardock (349 comments)

You are correct. Stardock does not require that Impulse be running to run any game purchased through Impulse.

more than 4 years ago
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Babies Begin Learning Language In the Womb

Emerssso Re:Dramatic Findings (250 comments)

What you're talking about (phonemic recognition by babies) doesn't happen until a few months after birth (I don't know the exact time, as by book on the topic is currently on loan). Until that time, they will respond equally to phonemic inventories not of their native language.

more than 4 years ago
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Babies Begin Learning Language In the Womb

Emerssso Re:Dramatic Findings (250 comments)

Assumed by some child language acquisition specialists, yes. Assumed by the ones who are scientific about their research, probably not.

As I understand it, we have a fair amount of information about children responding to other phonetic and phonological aspects of the language(s) spoken around them, but there hasn't been any other research on prenatal language acquisition.

more than 4 years ago
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Babies Begin Learning Language In the Womb

Emerssso Re:Genetics (250 comments)

Because vocal fold size determines a range of pitches available to the speaker, whereas phrase-level tone contours are language based and proportionate/relative. You can't genetically determine that any more than you can other aspects of a language's lexicon.

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Emerssso Re:Focus on Contempory Sci-Fi (1021 comments)

Much as I agree with your argument for contemporary work, I really do have to point out that there is more going on in fantasy than "Orcs, Elves, and stuff".

First, fantasy is a much larger genre then the epic, Tolkien-esque work that is most pushed by publishers. First, mythic fiction, which while not always fantasy in a sense that most people identify with, often has most if not all of the characteristics of fantasy, and is much harder than a great majority of the the current popular SF (I mean, really guys. How many Star Wars books does the world need?)

We also have lovely options for class readings in urban/contemporary/indigenous fantasy. This might even be better, in my opinion, as there are quite a lot of short stories that have a fair bit of analytical meat.

The Endicott Studio used to have some excellent reading lists for both of these subgenres.

Maybe the greater proportion of Slashdotters don't see the need for looking at this kind of fiction. However, they provide many useful insights into how to critically analyze fiction, as their references and tropes tend to be more relevant to high schoolers than monks who live to do math.

more than 4 years ago
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We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

Emerssso Re:Liar. (431 comments)

Actually, smiley faces (not emoticons, but the symbol from a Wingdings type font) do manifest in serious work. Optimality Theory, a very popular formalism used in phonology (the linguistics branch dealing with the differences between the spoken and underlying forms of words) uses these to indicate "winning" candidates, typically those actually found in the language in question. They also use bombs, flowers, and a goodly collection of other odd symbols.

For more information, I recommend Rene Kager's book, /Optimality Theory/... or some googling of you don't feel like going to your local college library.

about 5 years ago
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Judge Rules Against RealDVD

Emerssso Re:The problem is... (407 comments)

Judges are not held accountable for their own bullshit. We just have to collectively hope they are fair, similar to dictators or kings. If they ruin lives, oh well.

What? As I understand it, a judge's purpose is to decide whether or not an individual (corporate or otherwise) has broken a law, not to legislate from the bench. Your statement makes no sense. This judge stated that her decision was based on the *laws* put in place by the legislature. Take your bitterness to your *elected* local Congressman, not the judge who has to muck around in the horseshit they spew and figure out what to do with it.

more than 5 years ago
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MIT Building Batteries Using Viruses

Emerssso Re:It's harmless. (98 comments)

Technically speaking, as a linguist, *both* are acceptable plurals of the word 'virus'. They both meet the broad definition of morphological variants, namely that at least some English speakers use both /virii/ and /viruses/ and nearly all speakers of the language can understand the content the speaker is attempting to convey. Furthermore, both use morphological pluralization rules found in other words in the language (for example, /cacti/ and /foxes/. From a linguistic standpoint, it doesn't really matter whether or not this would be correct in Latin, as we are discussing English. The point I'm trying to make is that it may be the case that from a traditional lexicographical standpoint, only one is correct, most modern linguists would accept both as valid plurals, and neither as superior over the other. Remember, the sounds we make are ultimately arbitrary representations. As long as the are consistently intelligible within a community, it doesn't matter what they are.

more than 5 years ago
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Preferred Method of Immortality

Emerssso Re:Who wants to live forever? (473 comments)

How do you know you would want immortality to end? Are you admitting to being between 200 and 10,000? What's your secret? Can I have some? You won't be alone if you share your life extending powers!

more than 6 years ago

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