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Aussie PM Office Calls For Government Ban On Gmail, Hotmail

LordHaart Settle down mate. (178 comments)

As a proud Aussie myself, I have never met another Australian who feels the term "Aussie" is in any way degrading or rude. Some Americans may feel that way about the term "Yank" but I can say with complete confidence that "Aussie PM" gets used ALL THE TIME in Australia, by people and on TV.

more than 3 years ago

Airbus Faces Charges Over 2009 Rio-Paris Crash

LordHaart That's Idiotic. (187 comments)

Yeah, that's really fair on all the employees who are now jobless through no fault of their own.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

LordHaart Call me when it's on shelves. (320 comments)

Wasn't there an identical article a few weeks ago? Like Fusion power, this seems to come up all the time but until something is in production it's not really news...

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Recruiting For Next-Gen Console Development

LordHaart Re:profits? (134 comments)

Actually, I think you'll find that MOST divisions in MS make serious profits, it's just that there's a few big investments which are still in the early growth stage (where they consume more capital than they produce).

more than 3 years ago

How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

LordHaart Re:Breaking the Cycle (811 comments)

+1. Well said Atomic. Games really are quite symptomatic more than anything. Even those of us who play games less often often do so to catch up on something we miss, be it social interaction, the feeling of success, the ability to do things where failure isn't lasting, sometimes it's even just the desire for a colourful screen and deep story when we feel what we're going through in life just isn't that grand. Best thing to do is to AVOID this kind of situation entirely, by ensuring that you (and those you care about) have a strong sense of purpose and confidence. Your friends need to know that if they are ever in trouble, you'll be right behind them. Never make it about how bad the game is; make it about how much they _can_ do (though if their self-esteem IS low, you may need to start with baby-steps -> low-risk high-reward RL situations etc). People tend to take the path of least resistance. That's exactly what's going on here. But when people realise that a short-term investment in Real Life can have huge dividends down the track, that's when awesomeness begins.

more than 5 years ago

How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

LordHaart Re:Appeal to His Original Priorities (811 comments)

Yeah? You know a lot of people that wake up at 9am and get on the religion forums and then pray until 3am?

Nah, generally they get up at 6am and pray until 12 :P. Seriously though, I think that while it may certainly help him out of the MMO issue, religion also opens a potentially larger can of worms. If he is an addictive personality, surely there is the chance that he would end up taking it to an extreme? If religion becomes a lifestyle, it can have many of the same detrimental effects as game (withdrawing from others because they don't fit your lifestyle, spending lots of time away from the "real world"). It's hard to quantify, but my guess would be that there's at least some risk of it.

more than 5 years ago

Why Fear the End of the R-Rated Superhero Movie?

LordHaart I don't recall The Dark Knight being PG. (640 comments)

And lets face it, the reason Watchmen was undervalued was that it had that dumb love plot. Audiences have seen it before, and it made the movie seem sickeningly predictable. Thank heavens I stayed to watch the end, and the Rorschach bits - 5 star material there.

more than 5 years ago

Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCs

LordHaart Not convinced - but what about Sleep Mode? (348 comments)

I don't think that this is in the company's best interest. $36 a year is 10c a day, and even if the machine boots in 1 minute, that's ~$20/60 = 33c of wasted employee time. So there's not that much incentive (carbon trading may change this). I'd be interested to see the effect of Sleep mode, however, as that boots much faster.

more than 5 years ago

Multiple Upcoming Games, Movies Based On Jordan's Wheel of Time

LordHaart This can't go wrong. (217 comments)

This is amazing. I will buy every single game, and watch every movie. I've long thought that the series would be excellent on the silver screen, and the thought of a WoT game just makes me salivate... Of course, it has to be done right, but I am confidant it will. Movies seem to generally have higher production values these days, as audiences are increasingly critical.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election

LordHaart Re:Insurance: bet on McCain (1912 comments)

Awesome. I love some of the posts here, especially the one which says both that "the media elected Obama" and at the same time that "the media shows all of Obamas bad points and none of McCains because McCain has none..." Contradictory much?

more than 5 years ago


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