Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads
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.
Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio
...It's only business models burning.
Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire
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).
PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia
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.
PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia
There was a perma-link to it on the front page of Slashdot for years, I believe.
Kids Still Playing Pokemon Like It's 1999
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.
The Price of Military Tech Assistance In Movies
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.
How Much Of Your Day Is Dedicated Video Games?
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.
Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack
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.
Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
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.
Where does your electricity come from?
Ditto for BC Hydro.
Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post
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.
5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced
Yeah, 3.5 really knocked the Wizard and Cleric down to "still by far among the most powerful classes in the game."
Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span
Yeah, everyone knows that all power plants fail catastrophically at 50 years on the dot.
Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object
Or alternatively, "Plain cheese pizza: the empty set of toppings."
WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying
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.
BT Promises 300Mbps FTTP By 2012
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.
What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?
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.
Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste
Small objects still smaller than large objects after being thrown away. More as it develops.
World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition
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.
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