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Game Distribution Platforms Becoming Annoyingly Common

Max(10) What do you do? (349 comments)

But what happens when you have programs from Valve, Stardock, Activision, 2k Games, Take-Two, Codemasters, Microsoft, Eidos, and Ubisoft?

You check yourself into a video game addiction clinic.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Measure a Game's Worth?

Max(10) Duke Nukem Forever (188 comments)

is priceless.

more than 4 years ago

What Clown On a Unicycle?

Max(10) Re:College campuses are full of unusual (284 comments)

> ...a clown isn't that unusual for a college campus.

Right. The frats, for example, are populated entirely by clowns.

Right. I'm sure at least 90% of all the sober people there would have noticed Gates McFadden riding a unicycle, now that's something amazing and unexpected!

more than 4 years ago

Nintendo Wii To Get Netflix Streaming

Max(10) Re:The disc is DRM (213 comments)

But... on the internet, everybody is a dog. Besides, their streaming service is so shitty on the PC that many subscribers of the service still pirate online just because it's easier than trying to convince Silverlight to work.

And that's the real reason for the disc requirement - piracy. If you take a closer look at the disc you'll notice that it has a jagged edge, but an average person wouldn't normally notice the difference when handling the disc. Now imagine someone reporting you for pirating movies and your little disc spinning at 25,000 rpm then being shot out at 200 mph.. DRM now stands for Decapitation & Radical Maiming.

more than 4 years ago

Forget LCDs and LEDs, Here Come LPDs

Max(10) Forget LAPD, I'm waiting for FEDs (244 comments)

FEDs (Field emission displays) are superior to CRTs, LCDs and these new LPDs in every way. FEDs have the same thin 2-4 mm profile as LCDs, but unlike LCDs produce very bright and clear images even in direct sunlight (which is why they were used as HUDs in airplanes) while consuming up to 10 times less power. Sony had a 36" FED prototype that consumed only 14 W, which is 1/8 of what a typical LCD and 1/2 of what an LPD of that size would consume.

more than 4 years ago

Game Endings Going Out of Style?

Max(10) The first never-ending MMORPG (190 comments)

There is no real 'finish' to most MMORPGs.

Duke Nukem 3D was one of the last multiplayer games to feature a cool ending. 3D Realms then decided to set a new trend of never-ending MMORPGs with Duke Nukem Forever. Playing other MMORPGs while waiting for the release of Duke Nukem Forever is the first never-ending MMORPG.

more than 4 years ago

Is RCA's Airnergy Snake Oil?

Max(10) Re:RCA (271 comments)

Plus, don't let the RCA brand fool you into thinking this must be from a legitimate company

Yes, when I am confronted with an RCA TV, the first thing I think is, "a legitimate company produced this."

Some people are old enough to remember when there was an actual legitimate RCA.

Now get off my lawn.

Or you'll whip them with a pair of RCA cables?

Introducing the all new RCA whoopass whipenergy device! It's not wireless, but it gets your point across time after time after time.
Brought to you by RCA, the first company in the world to break the 1 Mbps barrier over CAT9 cable.

more than 4 years ago

Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

Max(10) Re:Already a disappointment (309 comments)

I'm trying to figure out why people are continually surprised when non-Windows MMO clients are not available. You want to have a high percentage chance of being able to play a non-console, non-browser based game, get a Windows machine. End of story.

Spoken like a true Microsoft rep. If you expect and demand nothing, that's exactly what you will get. At least 30 million people expect and demand more and refuse to just "get a Windows machine" to be able to play a particular game or use a particular application, which is why more and more applications and games are being released for non-Windows operating systems.

more than 4 years ago

Smartphones Receive Holy Blessing

Max(10) Parrot Parrott (154 comments)

Canon Parrott raised his voice to the heavens to address the Lord God of all Creation. "May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible," he said.

I hope I don't go to hell for this, but Canon Parrott sounds a bit like a parrot.
May redundancy be gone.

more than 4 years ago

Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

Max(10) Already a disappointment (309 comments)

Cryptic live up to their name, I searched their site in vain for this:

Cryptic has announced that they will release a Windows version of STO, and a possible console version also. During the August 10 Las Vegas conference, Cryptic announced that there would be neither Linux nor Mac versions for the original launch, though they did not rule out the possibility of later port releases.

They were just trying not to infuriate the Fek'lhr worshiping Linux fans, but the truth is that they will never release a Linux or Mac version of STO. After watching the trailers and finding out that there would be no Linux or Mac versions, Captain Picard decided to share his feelings about STO.

more than 4 years ago

New "Wet Computer" To Mimic Neurons In the Brain

Max(10) Prions (132 comments)

From TFA:
"Recent work has shown that when two such lipid layers encounter each other as the cells come into contact, a protein can form a passage between them, allowing chemical signaling molecules to pass. Second, the cells' interiors will play host to what is known as a Belousov-Zhabotinsky or B-Z chemical reaction. Simply put, reactions of this type can be initiated by changing the concentration of the element bromine by a certain threshold amount."

And then some scientists are shocked to find out that prions can evolve.

more than 4 years ago

Futuristic Sex Robots Now Just "Sex Robots"

Max(10) Re:Don't do it! (602 comments)


Data, something tells me you have strong feelings about this issue... What has Tasha Yar done to you?
No, I mean, we want details.

more than 4 years ago

Why Programmers Need To Learn Statistics

Max(10) Re:Or, how about... (572 comments)

"Statisticians need to learn programming or I will kill them all."

No, please don't, leave at least half a dozen so they can do the statistics on your killing the others and then we'll use the Pearson correlation coefficient on their results to find the most incompetent statistician of the bunch whose future work we'll then use to seed our PRNGs.

more than 4 years ago

Tegra 2 Tablets/Slates Impress At CES

Max(10) Qi Pixel Qi Adam Slate, but coming soon (48 comments)

So when they make a Pixel Qi Adam Slate that can be charged wirelessly, it will be called Qi Pixel Qi Adam Slate? Gee, Pikachu's late, too.

more than 4 years ago

The Gradual Erosion of the Right To Privacy

Max(10) Sir John of MI6 (234 comments)

"Mainly that's because, as an adult, I have an awareness of consequence (having suffered through enough such consequences over the years to have gained an appreciation of the power of my own stupidity.)"

Sir John, is that you?

more than 4 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again)

Max(10) It still rocks (195 comments)

"I think the whole world has. Like you said, the main draw of Duke Nukem over similar games was the swearing/stripper angle, and even for today's kids that role was long ago taken by the Internet."

I actually played Duke Nukem 3D recently on Linux using eduke32 and it was still a lot of fun. Back when Duke Nukem was popular some kids may have played it because of the swearing/stripper angle, but I don't know of any adults who played it just because of that. My friends and I enjoyed playing Duke Nukem so much because it contained a lot of humor and it was also one of the first multiplayer games that worked well and in which you could interact with the environment in a more realistic way. The multiplayer mode was great, 8 of us could play Duke Nukem at the same time in the computer lab and when one of us found something he wanted to share he'd just yell "My view!" and we'd all switch to his view. I may be wrong, but I think that Duke Nukem was the first game to feature the ability to switch to another player's view in multiplayer mode.

more than 4 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again)

Max(10) Rip 'em a new one (195 comments)

"No, no, don't be disappointed, read between the lines why am I not allowed to talk about it?"

Because you know I have a pipebomb and know where to find you?

more than 4 years ago

Golden Ratio Discovered In a Quantum World

Max(10) Re:Car Analogy (191 comments)

You get a grant to analyze a car in order to find something really special about it. You measure its top speed, acceleration, etc. and spend 3 years analyzing it, but find nothing special about it, it's an average car. At this point you already spent all the money and you need to somehow justify spending all that time and money, so you start comparing all the measurements you took in order to at least find some kind of well known constant and that's when you notice that the diameter of the AC vent is 1.618 of the diameter of the cigarette lighter.

more than 4 years ago


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