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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Impeesa Re:It's a flawed way to keep a site up. (978 comments)

There was a time when Penny Arcade wouldn't even accept animation, too. This was also a time when I would still sometimes look at Gamespy, and every time I went there and found some obnoxious floating flash thing covering up the content I wanted to click, I made a point of closing it and giving one of Penny Arcade's ads a click instead.

about a year and a half ago

Obama and Romney Respond To Questionnaire

Impeesa Re:Well that cinches it for me (608 comments)

Unfortunately too many people don't object when he walks-around issuing commands (or executive orders) as if he were the law-maker.

In observing online US political commentary over the last few years, it has been my experience that many people object when he doesn't (or don't understand when he can't).

about 2 years ago

PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia

Impeesa Re:Am I getting old? (45 comments)

Penny Arcade the comic, that is, not the conventions they do. If you've heard of the former but not the latter somehow, then my apologies.

about 2 years ago

PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia

Impeesa Re:Am I getting old? (45 comments)

There was a perma-link to it on the front page of Slashdot for years, I believe.

about 2 years ago

Kids Still Playing Pokemon Like It's 1999

Impeesa Re:Aside from the games' rules themselves... (93 comments)

In a way, these games have invigorated the flagging card game genre.

Flagging? If I'm not mistaken, Magic has only continued to grow since pioneering the genre 19 years ago.

more than 2 years ago

The Price of Military Tech Assistance In Movies

Impeesa Re:jump: Afghanistan - Battleship? (212 comments)

I think that scene in Iron Man was demonstrating his optical tracking system, letting him rapidly designate as targets the people who were pointing guns at other people's heads. With a human in the driver's seat, the indicators would be pretty obvious.

more than 2 years ago

How Much Of Your Day Is Dedicated Video Games?

Impeesa Re:Weird options (308 comments)

First option here. I play WoW, and I spend a lot of my time in front of my home computer. I may only really play a couple hours a day, or even not at all, but I'm almost always logged in when I'm sitting down, letting mods process auctions or chatting or whatever.

more than 2 years ago

Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack

Impeesa Re:I hate this trend! (223 comments)

Depends what he's after. I find Google is sometimes "smart" enough with its stemming, synonyms, and other inferences to give me exactly what I was very intentionally not looking for.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

Impeesa Re:People are clueless (720 comments)

The sad thing is, people still believe the US government has their best interests at heart and is not trying to oppress them. They seem to think a tyranny is impossible in the USA.

The sadder thing is, I think a lot of the people in the government doing this stuff really believe that too.

more than 2 years ago

Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

Impeesa Re:Atheism isn't a belief system (907 comments)

Atheism isn't a belief system, but the rejection or lack of one.

Exactly, just as an empty set is not actually a set...oh, wait...

Atheists have religious beliefs in the same way as an empty set has elements.

more than 2 years ago

5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced

Impeesa Re:exponential version growth (309 comments)

Yeah, 3.5 really knocked the Wizard and Cleric down to "still by far among the most powerful classes in the game."

more than 2 years ago

Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

Impeesa Re:I can speak with authority on this... (215 comments)

Yeah, everyone knows that all power plants fail catastrophically at 50 years on the dot.

more than 2 years ago

Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object

Impeesa Re:Sensible (373 comments)

Or alternatively, "Plain cheese pizza: the empty set of toppings."

more than 2 years ago

WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

Impeesa Re:Going back on their word (197 comments)

Note that you are not purchasing gold from them directly - it's an important distinction that no new gold is added to the economy as a result of this. It's functionally not really different from the CCG mounts and pets, which have been tradeable for a long time. A lot of the other things they've reversed their stance on, like PVE to PVP transfers and so on, were just arbitrary restrictions and have proven to be very useful services for a lot of people. If anything, it's more a slow process of caving to player demands than hunting for more cash (though I'm sure that's a happy side effect). I think they still understand where the line is for things that would damage the health of the game.

more than 2 years ago

BT Promises 300Mbps FTTP By 2012

Impeesa Re:So you can hit your data cap... (121 comments)

Wouldn't be surprised, in which case, not impressed. Starting sometime very soon, my ISP claims they'll be offering 250Mbps over regular cable, with either 1TB or unlimited monthly transfer. The price is high for a residential connection, of course, but you don't have wait for them to run fibre to your neighbourhood.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

Impeesa Re:Create the 10 installment Silmarillion Saga? (339 comments)

Lord of the Rings is three movies. The Hobbit should probably be one, but it's going to be two. The Silmarillion would be a decade-long documentary series on the BBC.

more than 3 years ago

Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste

Impeesa This just in... (197 comments)

Small objects still smaller than large objects after being thrown away. More as it develops.

more than 2 years ago

World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition

Impeesa Re:Yeah, but they gimped it so bad it's worthless (244 comments)

When I first heard about this, I was actually excited. I never really got into MMO's much (I did play some MUD's back in the day pretty addictively). I've tried out a few, like Eve Online and City of Heroes, but usually got bored with them after a while (Guild Wars was the only one I played for any length of time). People keep raving about WoW, and I've been tempted to try it out a few times. But paying $50, plus buying a bunch of expansion packs, *ON TOP OF* $15 a month?!?!? Christ, why don't I just give them my house too? That's a lot to go into an MMO, sight unseen.

For what it's worth, you can now get the full retail game plus the first expansion (70 levels of content with a free month to start) for a twenty. That's enough to get a pretty broad sample of the game, for a movie ticket and snacks.

more than 3 years ago


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