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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

KingOfBLASH Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

These are quite small! You could easily jump off it I think.

What I'm waiting for is a BIG room like treadmill. Something you REALLY could move on as if you were in space

4 days ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

KingOfBLASH Re: There is only one "Solar system" (81 comments)

I come into the comments looking for someone modded up for actually explaining things, and THIS is the only thing modded +5?!?!?!?!?!?!?

5 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

KingOfBLASH Re:Wait for it... (751 comments)

I share your hope but not your optimism. Disappearing over the Ukrainian/Russian border would be a remarkable coincidence. Then again, a remarkable coincidence started WWI, so...

Well it is also a remarkable coincidence this happens to Malaysia air -- who lost another Boeing 777 in March.

It's entirely possible the reason both flights are lost is the same. But, all is speculation until we hear more news

5 days ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

KingOfBLASH Re:Subscription Everything (87 comments)

For me, the intriguing thing is how often do I relisten to music?

There are some classic albums (e.g. Nirvana) that I literally have been listening to for decades.

But I think for the bulk of the music I buy, there is a window (depending on the album) of 1 - 6 months that I play it regularly.

Therefore, streaming services might be a better deal...

about a week ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

KingOfBLASH Re:Subscription Everything (87 comments)

How often do you reread books? Or listen to music over again? Or watch the same movie.

Fact is, an all you can eat plan is alluring because there's a lot of stuff we buy, use once, and can't do anything with. Sure, back in the day you could sell your used book to a book store, or swap them, but DRM is stopping that. It makes sense that people would prefer an all you can eat plan -- then the DRM becomes irrelevant, because you really don't own the content.

Of course some things you'd still rather own -- e.g. furniture. But I for one (who spend upwards of $100 a month on books) would welcome with open arms the chance to spend $10 for all the books I can read this month.

about a week ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

KingOfBLASH Who wants to bet... (151 comments)

...this thread erupts with first posts?

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

KingOfBLASH Re:Outfit (588 comments)

You're right. If we're really out to help women identify like all the people making excuses say, we should clad the new Thor in a burka, to make sure we're not objectifying her.

Personally, I don't understand why if they are looking for female charachters, why not dip into greek mythology? Artemis the huntress, for instance.

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

KingOfBLASH Re:Tales of Asgard... (588 comments)

In related news, Odin will become a transgender drag queen with a flair for theatrics. Loki, however, will remain low-key.

Hats off to you sir, for the reference to American Gods, the best work of Neil Gaiman.

about a week ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

KingOfBLASH Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

While it may be true that there are some criminals more likely to return to crime than others, if you don't allow people to return to society, they're more likely to return to crime.

Of course you do need to balance that with the needs of society and there should be a way to do that but allow for the rehabilitation of criminals... And I've even got a citation

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

KingOfBLASH Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (243 comments)

The KGB have used Romeo spies to seduce the secretaries before now - one poor woman killed her self when she found out - the "Americans" series has this as a plot point.

Citation needed

about a week ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

KingOfBLASH Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

I think the key is that we need to find a balance between the right to privacy and the right to be forgotten.

Ludicrous story in the paper only designed to make headlines by slandering you? Sure, let's forget about
You were charged with a crime but did your time and are back in society? Sure, let's forget about it and let you get back to being a member of society. (Otherwise we might as well just brand criminals on the forehead)
You're a big company that had an oil spill but want to rewrite history? Let's not forget

about a week ago
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Chemists Build First "Buckyball" Made of Boron

KingOfBLASH Re: This is cool shit (39 comments)

Cops have to aim the laser off of what to bounce it off of. That's why you see people with license plate covers that are a little dark -- the idea being the cop will normally aim at your license plate, and you will have some time to react.

Not sure if this actually works or if it's mostly urban legend..

about a week ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

KingOfBLASH Re:You have only yourself to blame... (143 comments)

This could just be an excuse to avoid sending butt loads of cash to America to buy iphones.

After all, China has no problems with oppressive technologies. You'd think they'd be lining up to get some of that iphone tracking goodness and further control their population.

about two weeks ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

KingOfBLASH Re:too bad for the FTC (47 comments)

they're not real and have no constitutional authority

You're not real and have no constitutional authority!

Now now children, there's enough constitutional authority out there for everyone. :D

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

KingOfBLASH Re: Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

It's a very valid argument. You have two choices: action and inaction. You weigh the costs of both and make a choice based on which position will leave you better off!

about two weeks ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

KingOfBLASH Re: Classic 100 years from now? (138 comments)

Not true.

I've been playing the game for several years. How long have you been playing?

about two weeks ago

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KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  more than 9 years ago

When I read slashdot, I will often see signatures with a line that reads "For a free GMail invite, do $silly_or_annoying_task." Since I have 5 available GMail invites, and no one I know seems to want them, I have decided to pose my own challenge to people looking for a gmail invite:

My username for GMail is the nick name for a charachter, Vautrin, from one of Honore de Balzac's books. If you know the nickname, and email it@gmail.com, and you're right, I'll send you a free gmail invite to your email address. This is a first come first serve basis, good luck!

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