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The Decline of Fiction In Video Games

Eudial Re:Secret World (197 comments)

Furthermore, the game is aimed at adults with the purchasing power to subscribe to games. ... which is why it's rated M. They simply don't give a crap about the teenage demographic that most other MMOs target.

In that sense it's a niche title, but on the other hand the market they're targeting isn't very saturated so they have plenty of opportunity to gain a strong and loyal following.

more than 2 years ago
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Wind Map of US Will Blow You Away

Eudial What are they eating? (104 comments)

What are they eating in San Jose to produce all that wind?! Seriously. Something is seriously wrong. Seek medical attention.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

Eudial Screw ships, go RKVs (892 comments)

Remove ships out of the equation entirely. I don't quite see what they could contribute. They're slow and inefficient, and impossible to give orders in time over large distances.

Relativistic kill vehicles are far more menacing weapons than any ship. It's a reinvention of one of mankind's earliest weapons: The humble rock, thrown at the enemy. But this rock is accelerated very near the speed of light, making it nearly impossible to detect, and completely impossible to stop (if you blow one up, it just increases the destruction). Even a fairly modest RKV can carry the destructive force of a hundreds of atomic bombs and absolutely obliterate it's target.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Bans Game App That Criticizes Smartphone Production

Eudial Re:No win, really (213 comments)

If you censor criticism, you're not merely losing the moral high ground, you're also validating the criticism (after all, why would you censor something if it wasn't true?) as well as giving it publicity (see the Streisand effect.)

The correct thing to do is to face the criticism. If they are wrong, then you prove it (tour of the facilities maybe?). If they've unearthed something wrong, then you publicly apologize and fix that. Under no circumstances try to weasel out through semantic loopholes or by putting down straw men.

about 3 years ago
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Is There a Hearing Aid Price Bubble?

Eudial Re:Huh? (698 comments)

THEY ARE SPEAKING ABOUT SOME CRISIS OF REARING MAIDS!

lowercasetextthatgoesonandonbutissadlynecessarytonottriggertheallcapsfilter

about 3 years ago
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Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers

Eudial Re:I've been using FF for exclusively for years (683 comments)

Shit started with the "smart" URL bar in Firefox 3. It behaved completely differently to the Firefox 2 URL bar, and there was no getting back to the original behavior. Which wouldn't be bad, except the new URL bar was became incredibly slow on certain slow software configurations (largely dependent on what file system was used) after a couple of months of use.

There has been many more changes like this through the years. The official mozilla policy seems to be to never offer ways of fixing a slow or frustrating user experience ("switch to tab" in newer firefox, how I despise you), and hand all that to extension developers. Except, they're rarely able to actually fix the problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

Eudial Re:Less Duplication? (306 comments)

Experiments need to be repeated because they're fairly often wrong. If we remove verification from science, while we will produce more results initially, a large portion of that will be wrong, and so will any future science based on those results, and in the end, so much of science will be incorrect that it's completely useless.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

Eudial Re:Why I am not joining Google+ (1223 comments)

What's keeping you from creating a separate google account for google+? That way your youtube and picasa and stuff is perfectly safe if your google+ account is deleted.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

Eudial Re:Invite (1223 comments)

The gmail spam filter is actually really solid. I have my email posted out in the open on several websites, and get virtually no spam outside of my spam box.

more than 3 years ago
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Current Social Games Aren't Fun, Says MUD Co-Creator

Eudial Re:Multiplayer games that are actually social (111 comments)

Back in the day (est. 2000), there was not very subtle Zelda: A Link to the Past clone called "Graal Online" that was multiplayer. The gameplay mechanics and graphics were very similar to the SNES title, except there were hundreds of people running around doing random quests (and the lore was different).

It was a lot of fun in the day, but it sort of went down hill and slipped into obscurity (even if a cursory googling sugests it's still around). Partly from competition from emerging MMORPGs like WoW, but also due to questionable business decisions (it went from free to play to credit card only; brilliant move when a bunch of kids without credit cards constitute a significant chunk of the player base).

more than 3 years ago
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Can Open Source Hardware Feed the World?

Eudial Re:Missed an opportunity... (231 comments)

I'm looking for a water chip you insensitive clod!

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

Eudial Re:Seriously... (260 comments)

You think that's big news, wait until you get a load of this!

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA

Eudial Re:Well... (379 comments)

The first rule of TSA: Dont talk about TSA.
The second rule of TSA....

... it will be less painful if you relax.

more than 3 years ago
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Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?

Eudial Re:Problem is where, not how much? (741 comments)

That isn't different. Virtually all labor is unionized in Sweden, and the unions have legal right to blockade businesses that refuse to deal with them.

more than 3 years ago
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Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?

Eudial Re:Problem is where, not how much? (741 comments)

But where is it being spent? As a Swede, my impression of American schools is that huge amounts of money is being spent on sports teams and similar things. Maybe if more of that money went to education instead of jock straps, that would improve things?

I also get the impression that you're expected to work part-time and do bunch of extracurricular activities during American high school, whereas I had classes pretty much all day long, every week, leaving little time for anything else. Which is pretty much what's expected of you in Swedish education.

more than 3 years ago
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The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

Eudial Re:Goebbels would have been proud (374 comments)

Sendai has always experienced slightly higher radiation levels.

more than 3 years ago

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