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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

JonnyCalcutta Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (127 comments)

Couldn't agree more. Some of my best memories are from playing RPGs as a teen / early adult. And like the other posters above that didn't prevent me from having the more normal and less respectable teen fun (drinking / smoking / partying / hanging round street corners / martial arts / football / movies). On the other hand, when the RPG campaign was rocking I wasn't adverse to skipping a party to keep the gaming going - it was that good.

If someone thinks people should be skipping RPGs because its not studying maths or inventing new water filters for the third world then they are the ones with the unhealthy view, IMHO.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

JonnyCalcutta Re:Must vote remain underlings (151 comments)

So far, the best reason for a yes vote is because the "West Lothian Question" is blatantly unfair and undemocratic, but since it goes in Scotland's favour, I've not heard a peep out of that crowd about it.

Bleh. If that's all you know about it I'd keep quiet and stick to your areas of competence.

about two weeks ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

JonnyCalcutta Re:Premature much (302 comments)

This. I bought a fairly cheap Samsung b&w laser printer a few years ago after wasting fortunes on ink for a colour inkjet that was used a few times a year. What with cleaning cycles and ink just drying up it felt like it was costing me a cartridge per print. Now after around 3 years it has cost me a total of £25 for one replacement toner cartridge (plus the original sub-£100 cost for the printer with original cartridge). Lack of colour has never been an issue as like you and others I just outsource any colour printing to the local store.

about 3 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

JonnyCalcutta Re:My son does fine with both (355 comments)

As a parent of two boys I see this the opposite way. I see restaurants and driving as good times to interact with my children (with them nailed in place) and also for them to learn how to entertain themselves and to learn appropriate behaviour. As far as I'm concerned the use of technology as a general pacifier is much more of a problem than anything else - I'd quite like my children to have some kind of attention span before technology inevitably takes it away.

I'm not suggesting we're luddites or saints though - my kids still watch too much TV and play too much Minecraft but I think of them as entertainment devices and not off switches for children.

As another poster suggested - your vows will be like so much dust in the wind once you have a real kid running about, forming its own personality (e.g. talking back / having tantrums) so I believe you just have to do your best to hold on to (a little bit) of your core beliefs, be flexible and let kids be kids. And don't listen to strangers with advice.

All the best with the little one.

about 3 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

JonnyCalcutta Re:Creationisticism (194 comments)

Yip. If you want to know the truth you have to do the research yourself (so I've been told). http://www.davidicke.com/ is apparently the place to start.

about 4 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

JonnyCalcutta Re:An illusion (194 comments)

I've often wondered something similar myself (but I was too lazy to become a physicist). What if the universe is infinite and inflation is simply the result of a 'local' (e.g. at least a 15 billion light year radius) eddy in the flow of infinite space/time.

If you want to know bring some marijuana.

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

JonnyCalcutta Re: Prison is more than punishment (914 comments)

Yup. And that's why those deciding the punishments should not be those involved.

about 4 months ago
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Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

JonnyCalcutta Mod parent up - intercontinental hobos ahoy (216 comments)

Sorry, I'm commenting to remove a bad mod (I'm sure I didn't click Redundant).

I love the idea of intercontinental hobos though. Containership Willy, riding the currents. Would their bindles be low power outboards?

about 5 months ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

JonnyCalcutta Re:Cognitive dissonance bites greedy capitalists.. (131 comments)

Very true. I was told by a Holywood producer that a Holywood movie should have the following structure or forget it -

The hero must try to overcome their 'problem' three times. The first two times he must fail, but the failures allow him to learn and grow as a character. Thus he succeeds in the last desperate attempt.

about 5 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

JonnyCalcutta Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

You don't? That's sad really and I guess explains why they get away with it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

JonnyCalcutta Re:Very old games (669 comments)

I'm playing OpenTTD (http://www.openttd.org). I played Simutrans a few (many?) years back and it was good, but the concepts are so different from Transport Tycoon that I find it hard to pick up when ever I try - it hurts my head because its similar yet so different.

I love the optimisation aspects of openTTD - maximising the throughput on busy lines and stations - the money aspect I couldn't care less about and always give myself a few hundred million when I start. I think I'll be playing it till the day I die.

about 5 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

JonnyCalcutta Re:When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (717 comments)

For most of human history 60 hours would probably not even be sufficient simply for the human need to occupy one's mind, since there weren't always the entertainment options that we have now.

It keeps getting suggested that pre-industrial people worked longer hours but the evidence just doesn't back that up. http://groups.csail.mit.edu/ma...

about 5 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

JonnyCalcutta Re:want to opt for the french approach (717 comments)

Wish I had mod points for you, but this matches my feelings. Its one reason I have left the world of 'IT' recently and started a company well away from technology (well, a franchise) where I work in the morning and prospect for work in the afternoon when I want to. Money is tight at the moment but I'd never go back even if I have to live off left-over rice.

about 5 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

JonnyCalcutta Re:Your Boss (717 comments)

Many argue that our pre-industrial ancestors actually worked less - http://groups.csail.mit.edu/ma...

If you like your work (or money) enough that you want to spend your whole waking life doing it then all kudos to you. For many of us though money isn't everything, and doing anything for 40 (+) hours a week, week in and week out, just isn't our ideal life style choice.

about 5 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

JonnyCalcutta Re:Alleged Apple patents on Android (249 comments)

I wouldn't be that surprised if he was. I know its a cliche but I still suspect that the most anti-gay are really grappling with their own hidden feelings and (unjustified) self loathing. Otherwise why would they care so much?

about 6 months ago
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It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

JonnyCalcutta Funny because its true (206 comments)

How I wish I had mod points today, although not sure if I'd mod it funny or insightful ;)

about 6 months ago
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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

JonnyCalcutta Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (408 comments)

I'm no Bitcoin apologist (couldn't care less either way). However -

"Scots cafe becomes first to accept online currency Bitcoin as payment

13 Jan 2014 00:01
THE Brooklyn Cafe, in Glasgow's Shawlands, is the first restaurant in Scotland to allow customers to settle their bills using the internet-based digital currency system, which is faster than using traditional debit or credit card."

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-cafe-becomes-first-accept-3015672

about 6 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

JonnyCalcutta Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

Which bit? As far as I can see we still have feudalism, where an elite control the means of production.

Let's see -

Feudal England - the wealth is controlled by an elite 1% of the population
USSR - the wealth is controlled by an elite 1% of the population
Modern USA - the wealth is controlled by an elite 1% of the population

Don't get me wrong, I'd rather not be violently oppressed, but I sure do think we could do better.

about 6 months ago

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