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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Sorry to tell you... (355 comments)

Honestly if you're using the phone for significant amounts of typing anyway you're doing it wrong.

5 hours ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (355 comments)

If touch keyboards were the shiny new future they would have been widely adopted after the ZX-81.

6 hours ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Intrepid imaginaut Re:I read the list of applications (115 comments)

I can't be the only one getting a squee moment from the fact that we might finally have a chance to create practical laser weapons.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Pft (956 comments)

And so the police were duly called and the individual in question was arrested, right? Women aren't "commonly raped and abused by men" and neither are they beleaguered victims of a relentless onslaught of rapey abuse on the internet, at least no more so than anyone else. I've had lunatics tell me they were going to rape my mother in front of me - end result, they got banned like the losers they were and I never thought about them again, until now at least.

There's a new thing going on, you should check it out, it's called #womenagainstfeminism. Lot of interesting messages for the aspiring rape hysteria peddler on there.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Occams Scalpel (956 comments)

Supported by what you intellectual goatse, the paranoid online ravings of professional victims getting PTSD from twitter who are in fact the most privileged people to ever walk the earth?

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Occams Scalpel (956 comments)

And men don't get it? Jesus christ.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Pft (956 comments)

Yes and ever since they invented that "slap people over the internet" app patriarchy has grown ever stronger, right?

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Pft (956 comments)

You incredible thundercuntly deliverer of syphillis to prepubescent children, here's a picture for you.

http://www.pokket.tv/wp/wp-con...

5 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Intrepid imaginaut Economists (778 comments)

It's a bit baffling how "some economists" weren't fully cognisant of what would happen when the minimum wage was raised. I mean it's not as though it's the first time it has happened, the effects should be well known by now. Kind of reminds me of the old joke:

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathemetician replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says "What do you want it to equal?"

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Intrepid imaginaut Re:"the market" = biz managers (192 comments)

You are over generalizing. There has been, and likely will be, a market for high quality entertainment - both written word, movies, music. A problem is that this market isn't especially large nor lucrative.

The big money is in mediocre crap. Always has been.

You're kind of putting the cart before the horse here. Marketing costs enormous amounts of money but it is effective, that's why publishers keep paying for it. People buy because of the marketing as much as the content.

So if you were a publisher would you prefer to put all that money behind a) a formulaic, uninspired but proven work or b) a new, exciting, but unproven creation? There's a good reason they keep making remakes of remakes.

If new and original content were to benefit from the kind of marketing muscle that gets put behind the formulaic stuff, it would probably have much more of an impact.

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Intrepid imaginaut Re:The patreon model could really work (192 comments)

I just checked out Patreon, maybe I'm doing it wrong but when I clicked "writing" I got a mish mash of podcasts, comics, programming projects and art, with little writing to be found. Unless I'm missing a trick here they really need to get their categorisation sorted.

about a week ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Intrepid imaginaut Mod up (127 comments)

Hahaha!

about two weeks ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Intrepid imaginaut Re:And all because a copyright expired! (127 comments)

Correct, as far as I'm aware it grew out of wargames and borrowed rules from diverse sources both mechanically and conceptually. Vancian magic is as close to a working interpretation of western magickal beliefs (Crowley et al) as could be envisioned, although with less emphasis on demons. Prepare your spell, cast your spell, spell gone.

Also fantasy was already a proven market long before it was published, Moorcock's Elric first showed up back in 1961 for example. As the game developed it changed from a skirmish style system to a single character game and people started to act out their roles almost spontaneously, a fascinating phenomenon.

about two weeks ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Still play weekly (127 comments)

This, a thousand times. A tabletop RPG gives a lot more freedom of choice and a much more visceral experience than anything technology has managed to produce or is likely to produce for the foreseeable future. And the barriers to entry are basically nonexistent, a few rules, some dice, pencils and paper.

I mean think about it - you read a book, right, and you interpret the words in the book in a way unique to yourself, you see the castle or the starship in your own minds eye in a way that nobody else can. This is a big part of the magic of reading. Tabletop RPGs are like that except it's a shared imaginative experience, others literally walk in your imagination and you walk in theirs. What could be more marvellous?

Books are to movies what tabletop RPGs are to computer games.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Paint for a room (238 comments)

Kind of reminds me of a vaguely remembered description of one of the Necromancer's chambers from I think it was the Hobbit, places of blackness so intense you would go mad staring at them for too long.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Intrepid imaginaut Re:This just in! (157 comments)

"We have no accepted definition of intelligence because reality is politically unacceptable"

Nope, we have no accepted definition of intelligence because any definition you can come up with can invariably be used to infer that cabbages are intelligent or something similar.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Intrepid imaginaut Re:This just in! (157 comments)

Oh okay, you've got a list of exceptionally intelligent people with a long list of increasingly intelligent ancestors handy, yes? We aren't chimpanzees and we have no clear idea what intelligence is in the first place is, so claiming it's a highly hereditary trait is... not terribly intelligent.

about two weeks ago

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Female gamers who have had enough of politics

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about a year ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "An online RPG convention called ConTessa for female gamers who just want to game is being set up by Stacy Dellorfano, who writes: "The idea for ConTessa came about in late 2012 when I started craving for a space for myself where I could just be a gamer without having to constantly talk about being a woman who games, or constantly being expected to comment on every piece of artwork or game or political gender discussion that came up. It became so bad that I rarely got asked to actually talk about the actual games and gaming and frequently got asked to talk about anything involving gender politics.

I thought it would be nice to build a convention where women could set aside the gender politics for a few days and just enjoy being gamers.""

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Annonymous targets Irish websites over SOPA

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Intrepid imaginaut writes "It appears that anonymous has launched a widespread DDOS attack on numerous Irish government websites in the past few hours, taking down justice.ie and finance.gov.ie in an effort to attract attention to a piece of SOPA-like legislation that is being rushed through by Sean Sherlock. A Twitter account affiliated to the Swedish arm of Anonymous said the timing of the attack, when the websites would not be in heavy demand, was a “wake up – warning shot”."
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