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Richard Garriott Quits NCSoft

Malevolent Tester Re:It is doomed (149 comments)

My biggest complaint about Tabula Rasa was that it was so generic. When I got into the beta, from all the material and previews I'd read, I was expecting something like WW2 Online (but good) against an intelligent, dynamic AI army.

Instead I played WoW with crappy pseudo-FPS controls. About the only innovative feature was the cloning, and even the appeal of that was diminished by the near-Korean levels of grinding the game required.

more than 5 years ago

Mars Rover "Spirit" In Danger

Malevolent Tester The Spirit rover is dying (222 comments)

It is official; NASA now confirms: The Spirit rover is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Mars exploration community when NASA confirmed that the rover's power level has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent. Coming close on the heels of the recent Phoenix Lander failure, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. The Spirit is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by a story on Slashdot regarding its power failures.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict the Spirit rover's future. The hand writing is on the wall: the Spirit rover faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for the Spirit rover because the Spirit rover is dying. Things are looking very bad for the Spirit rover. As many of us are already aware, the Spirit rover continues to lose power. Machine oil flows like a river of blood.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

NASA states that there are 89 watt hours of energy. How much energy is required each day? Let's see. There are heaters including one that protects a science instrument, the miniature thermal emission spectrometer, as well as communications equipment. Now NASA has had to switch all these off.

Due to the troubles of metric/imperial conversion and so on, the Beagle Probe crashed and attention was taken over by the Phoenix Lander. Now the Phoenix Lander is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another rusting hulk.

All major surveys show that the Spirit rover has steadily declined in power. the Spirit rover is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. The Spirit rover continues to decay. Nothing short of a Martians with batteries could save the Spirit rover from its fate at this point in time. For all practical purposes, the Spirit rover is dead.

more than 5 years ago

Dogs To Sniff Out Smokers

Malevolent Tester Re:dogs? (136 comments)

I heard Obama's looking for a dog...

more than 5 years ago

EU Council Refuses To Release ACTA Documents

Malevolent Tester I'm confused (145 comments)

democratic law making?

the EU

Can someone explain the relation, please?

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks?

Malevolent Tester Re:Here's One for Slashdot Stories! (516 comments)

Next week: (Useful) Stupid Starcraft Tricks.

You can assign a building, building add-on, or a group of up to 12 units to a single key. To do this, select what you want to assign, then hold down Control and select a number on the keyboard between 0-9. Then, when you want to select what you assigned, simply press the number of the group that you want. Pressing a group number twice will center the screen on the group.

more than 5 years ago

Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Malevolent Tester Re:Not really biased (1601 comments)

The Democratic Primary (or at least the Clinton-Obama part) did seem to get more media coverage. On the other hand, that's possibly because the Democrat primary was effectively between 2 candidates who'd both be their respective firsts if they won, as compared to
"Old man who was a POW vs old man who was an actor vs old man who wants to change the Constitution vs old man who thinks Jews did WTC"

more than 5 years ago

Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Malevolent Tester Re:SHOCK AMAZEMENT (1601 comments)


Is there some part of recent American history I've missed? Where does the mass murdering and pervert fucking come in?

more than 5 years ago

Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Malevolent Tester The 2008 post-election drinking game (1601 comments)

1) Go to Daily Kos or a similar site and retrieve a vanity post from 2004 whining about Bush stealing the election
2) Replace Bush with Obama, and post to FreeRepublic
3) Drink a shot everytime someone replies positively
4) Die of alcohol poisoning

Irony laden fun for the whole family.

more than 5 years ago

German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplant

Malevolent Tester Erm, this is Slashdot (639 comments)

What relevance do sexually transmitted diseases have here?

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate

Malevolent Tester Re:Option past "dismissed" (239 comments)

I dunno about you lot, but in Britain someone can be declared a vexatious litigant and banned from suing people. Do you have anything similar?

more than 5 years ago

Bones Found Near Crash Site Confirmed Fossett's

Malevolent Tester Re:Obama's victory speech in full (129 comments)

I think he's waiting till inflation's got bad enough that $5000 buys you a loaf of bread and a circus ticket.

more than 5 years ago

Barak Obama Voted President of The US

Malevolent Tester Wait (3 comments)

There's been an election? I haven't seen anything in the media about it.

more than 5 years ago


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