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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re: Probability of roll for advantage/disadvantage (164 comments)

I first learned about statistics from reading an article in Dragon magazine about doing a Chi-squared test to determine which of your dice rolls more favorably for you. I learned probability from playing D&D. Like it or not, the two are inexorably tied, and for some of us, that's part of the fun.

12 hours ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re:Pathfinder? (164 comments)

I'd like to play Pathfinder adventures with 5e rules. Pathfinder has too many rules.

12 hours ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (164 comments)

I really hated the paperwork involved with gaining a level in 3e & 3.5e. 3e was worse, though. What skills do you want to raise? Does that skill have any other skills that it synergizes with? Is the synergy active at this skill level? If so, do you want to spend less on that skill and more on another that doesn't have a synergy yet? Bah. I'm not interested in games that are as complicated as the tax code for no good reason. All the rules just slowed everything down. They added nothing to the gameplay. Nothing that couldn't be added by having a player make a DC modified by their class and level, that is.

13 hours ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re:Flaws? (164 comments)

IMO 5e is better than 0e, 1e, 2e, 3e, 3.5e, and 4e. It's a culmination of the best elements of all these editions, with none of the crap. It's a svelte paragon of the D&D genre that puts the gameplay back into the rolling of dice to determine success, without the irritating paperwork involved in 2e-3.5e. Most of 4e was pitched :)

13 hours ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Mike Buddha Re:Apple problem. (178 comments)

Oh but you know they're chomping at the bit to. Ever since they introduced their app store for OS X a few years back...

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Mike Buddha Re: sigh (426 comments)

It's not their fault. It's duck.com's ISP that's causing the problem.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

Mike Buddha Re:Nice on the aspect ratio (42 comments)

Not if you're reading comic books. 9:16 is perfect for that.

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:No. (502 comments)

No doubt that gold plated connectors don't oxidize, but does the oxidation cause real issues with sound quality, in any meaningful measurement? How much oxidation would be required before a noticable degradation in signal would occur?

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:Sound Cards are good enough? (502 comments)

My experience with NewEgg has been impeccable as far as support goes. Try again.

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:Sound Cards are good enough? (502 comments)

A quick glance over at Newegg would throw into question your statement that "most intel/amd sound chips don't support high range, 5.1 or 7.1 surround". Supporting 5.1 & 7.1 surround are de rigeur on even the low end motherboards that are available. As far as "high range", if you don't define it, I guess we don't know if they support it.

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:Back in the day? (502 comments)

I had a sound driver that could play digitized audio over my case buzzer. Worked OK on my laptop.

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:No. (502 comments)

Soundblaster cards don't have the imaginary qualities audiophiles look for?

about a month ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mike Buddha Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

IOS full device encryption is only activated when a passcode is added to the device. Android's works the exact same way. If you don't have a passcode on your iPhone, your device is NOT encrypted, and resetting your device will have the exact same vulnerability to these kinds of data restoration tools.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht...

about a month and a half ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Mike Buddha Re:2-year CFLs (278 comments)

Must be bad power or something. I have CFLs that have lasted so long that I took them with me when I moved.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

Mike Buddha Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (74 comments)

There are plenty of laws in existence to deal with libelous or legally damaging stories on the internet. Why does this law need to exist outside of those existing methods? Well, that would be to force Google to do the job of the courts in the EU, of course.

Personally, I wouldn't have a problem if all these instances were adjudicated by a court first, and Google was handed a list of "when a user searches for this, this specific link should be omitted" rather than the cop out "Google has to look at each request and decide what fits" BS.

about a month and a half ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Mike Buddha Re:Reminds me of Chromecast (349 comments)

Hmm. I use power from the TV USB port, so it shuts off when I turn off the TV.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Mike Buddha Re:WUWT (441 comments)

Yeah, no kidding. Clearly these knobs have a more accurate study they're quoting, right? They couldn't just be saying, "Yeah, sure, it's never that windy around me" and trying to pass that off as skeptical insight?

Oh wait, that's exactly what they're doing. Clearly these idiots have never been to the Columbia river gorge where this real study was done and the wind blows nearly constantly. What a bunch of morons.

about 2 months ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

Mike Buddha Re:Best Lawsuit Ever. (120 comments)

Yep, and for very good reason. Anyone approaching this without fear, uncertainty, or doubt is a complete idiot who understands neither the process nor the math.

about 2 months ago

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