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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Gibgezr Re:5thed is irrelevant. (182 comments)

Some moved to Pathfinder, for sure, but many of us just kept playing 3.5 with house rules. The DnD sessions I participate in are fast'n'loose and fun as hell.

Almost nobody plays 13Th age (not dissing it, just am unfamiliar with it because ...er, nobody plays it).

2 days ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Gibgezr Not normally done, but no big deal (242 comments)

My wife has multiple certifications in water and wastewater treatment, and she claims that it is only impractical from a P.R. standpoint; in most places, people would raise bloody hell if you told them that they were drinking water straight from the wastewater treatment facility, but it really is no different than drinking water from a municipal watershed. As she puts it, we are all drinking dinosaur pee anyway :)

about three weeks ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Gibgezr Re:Just 15 minutes? (333 comments)

Erotic is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken.

about a month ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

Gibgezr Re:CACM is older (105 comments)

A break only terminates the innermost loop. Gotos are a perfectly fine way to exit a deeply nested set of loops, or jump to error-handling code. The test for using a goto mostly boils down to this: did it make the code clearer and more readable by using a goto? If not, don't use one.

A goto is just a jmp. There is no reason to be scared of it, just treat it with the proper respect and don't over-use it. Same can be said of inheritance, after all.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Gibgezr Re:I'd like to give swift a try (466 comments)

There's been more money to be made with Objective-C than most other languages these last few years.

Really? I thought most developers weren't making any money on any of the mobile platforms. Here's an article that states that 60% of iOS developers don't break even:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/2...

about a month and a half ago
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SteamBoy Machine Team Promises a Portable Console for Valve's Steam Games

Gibgezr Re:Shield, JXD, MOGA (75 comments)

NVIDIA didn't seem to think so when it launched the Shield.

And look where that landed them; a product no one buys.
I *do* think a Steam handheld device could work, but I am very very leery of the touchpads. I understand that the touchpads are there so that we can play games that need a mouse, but I suspect that the touchpads will be inferior when compared to either a mouse or a twinstick controller. Thumbsticks are damn near perfect for many things.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Gibgezr Re:I'd like to give swift a try (466 comments)

Never waste your time on a language with only one deployment target platform if you can help it.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Gibgezr Re:Units! (176 comments)

*Older* Canadians understand inches...my 4 kids all have no clue about them, they prefer centimetres.

about a month and a half ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

Gibgezr Re:I see. (309 comments)

How does not answering that right now make you feel?

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Gibgezr Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

The theatre asks you not to do it. It is annoying. Please, for the love of gawd, stop being a douche bag; just turn off the phone and leave it in your pocket. That "dim" light is distracting.

about a month and a half ago
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Alienware Swaps SteamOS For Windows

Gibgezr Re:Valve delivering on Valve-time (173 comments)

He just said it currently works best that way; given that Windows has been the defacto gaming OS since forever, this should not be a surprise. Change takes time.

about 1 month ago
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Alienware Swaps SteamOS For Windows

Gibgezr Re:It's Valve we're speaking about (173 comments)

I have to disagree; I play a large number of my PC Steam games with a controller, and that includes most of the FPS games. I was in a party of 3 playing co-op Borderlands 2 the other day, and asked if anyone was using mouse+kb...nope, we were all using controllers. Mouse+kb is usually more "accurate", but controllers are almost always more "fun", in my experience. In the last couple of years the number of PC titles with excellent controller support has grown by huge leaps and bounds; with new games I don't have to use xpadder or some such, just plug-n-play.

about 1 month ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

Gibgezr Re:Thank You Google, you were Wrong. (230 comments)

I laughed, but in that way that also makes you throw up a little bit.

about 2 months ago
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Optical Levitation, Space Travel, Quantum Mechanics and Gravity

Gibgezr Re:Laser, Atomic Bomb, (82 comments)

"Things I found in my father's barn."
I'll take "Oddities of English Cooking" for 500, Alex.

about 2 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

Gibgezr Re:The explanation. (475 comments)

The Judean People's Front crack suicide squad would like a word with you.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

Gibgezr Re:License fees are a hidden tax (131 comments)

It's hardly significant as long as we only have to pay for one patent. All those patents add up, though, which is the point of the article.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

Gibgezr Re:License fees are a hidden tax (131 comments)

So he was off by a factor of 20. Are you implying that a royalty of 5 cents per cable is still not HUGE money if you add it up over a year?

about 2 months ago
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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

Gibgezr Can NSA serve National Security Letters? (207 comments)

Excuse my ignorance, I am not from the U.S., but I thought only the F.B.I. could serve National Security Letters. Can the NSA also serve them?

about 2 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Gibgezr Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

Yes, that sounds acceptable...but it's an edge case, and stacked up against saving thousands of lives, it is unimportant. Besides, once both the bus and the taxi are autonomous, the obvious next step is some form of communication protocol that facilitates the taxi "telling" the bus "I have a passenger for you", and the bus's AI decides whether to wait or not, and informs the taxi of it's decision. The communication can happen over larger distances than the audible range of a horn, doesn't distract anyone else, and even more people could "make the bus" than do now, all more safely too. Win-win!

about 2 months ago

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Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Sh

Gibgezr Gibgezr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gibgezr (2025238) writes "Uploaded.to has shut the door on U.S. visitors to the site; it is currently telling them “Not Available: Our service is currently unavailable in your country. Sorry about that.”
Torrentfreak is speculating that this has to do with the FBI takedown of MegaUpload earlier in the week."

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White house petitioned to investigate MPAA, Chris

Gibgezr Gibgezr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gibgezr (2025238) writes "Interesting "We the People" petition, asking the white house to investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA. I expect it will get the necessary 25K signatures, but be brushed aside with "we found nothing wrong, those were legal campaign donations"."
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