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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Onuma Re:New, or just adapted from a story? (89 comments)

Yes. In Children of Dune, Leto's stillsuit was sabotaged. They tampered with the pumps located in the heels, which would normally circulate water as the wearer walked through the desert.

Good call.

about a week ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Onuma New, or just adapted from a story? (89 comments)

Didn't Frank Herbert write of something similar to this in Dune? I recall small objects which collected water, but I don't recall whether they provided any sort of power generation in the process.

about a week ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Onuma Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (364 comments)

I suspect you don't have the military background I possess.

Firstly, the AH-64 and OH-58 are primarily Army platforms, who use almost entirely rotary-winged aircraft. The Apache is a wonderful system -- the most badass thing in the air. It has a huge armament of 4 winglet pods (16x hellfires, or 76x FFARs or a combination thereof, plus a 30mm chain gun). But it doesn't have the ceiling of the A-10, nor does it have the range. The Kiowa doesn't have anywhere near the armament of the Apache, being a smaller, lighter aircraft -- it can only maintain 1 small FFAR tube and a .50 cal, or a two of one and none of the other.

The AC-130 is a massive bird. Puff the Magic Dragon, we called it colloquially. Fantastic engineering. But it is HUGE! It is designed to linger over an area, like a village or town, and obliterate everything in the area. 105mm howitzer, 40mm and 20mm rotary cannons. This is used when you need to destroy an insane amount of bad guys and boost morale into infinity.

The MQ-9/Predator/Reaper is nice, but it doesn't have the same capabilities of any of the above craft. Safer in that you don't have pilots put into danger. But it has less armament capability than the A-10 or the AH-64, less agility than the OH-58, and nowhere near the firepower of the AC-130.


So no, there are not "lots of things that are far better at the A10s limited role". You are ignorant. Go back to your Call of Duty.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Onuma Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (364 comments)

I'm not entirely incorrect.

Nothing currently available has the capability to replace the A-10, making it the best tool for the job. So while it hasn't been replaced yet, it cannot be effectively replaced in the foreseeable future.

Semantics, I know.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Onuma "To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platforms" (364 comments)

The F-35 replaced the A-10 Thunderbolt II's role as a tank buster, CAS bomber...

With the money we have spent on the F-35s to date, we could have repaired, retrofitted, and maintained our supply of A-10s for several decades. Hell, the A-10 is practically a flying tank. It has some of the best armament and is the most rugged fixed-wing aircraft which America has. It was a ridiculously short-sighted move to replace it with another overexpensive "multi role, joint" fighter.

about two weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Onuma Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Fair enough. My misinterpretation then.

Still, it is good on Subset for releasing free additional content which many companies would charge extra to obtain.

about two weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Onuma Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Plenty of studios understand this very well.

Subset Games, who created "FTL: Faster Than Light", recently released their port to iOS, including content that did not exist in the original game. To show that they still appreciated their original customers, they released all of this content for all platforms simultaneously.

That's business done well, for the sake of the devs and the gamers. Sure, Subset makes slightly less profit in the short run, considering they could have released the add'l content as DLC (which really would have been fine, in the end, as long as it was appropriately priced). This way they'll actually make more money over the long term, because customers remember when they're treated well and given quality products with a highly-perceived value.

about two weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Onuma Re:glad i stopped gaming... (86 comments)

Don't worry. Pirates will make this right.

about two weeks ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

Onuma Re: This is dumb (192 comments)

It's the federal government's procurement process. It has not evolved with technology, and therefore everything involved in all of their processes is antiquated, inefficient, and slow.

I dealt with this kind of thing for 8 years as a soldier, and am still dealing with it as a contractor. It's pretty ridiculous when you know how much more smoothly things could be running.

about a month ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

Onuma Re:Sigh (100 comments)

Papers, Please was created by 1 guy. It's not "infinite", but it is really damned good.

The quantity on the dev team is obviously not indicative of the quality of the finished product or the enjoyability of the game play. Otherwise, how could we explain the dismally disappointing nature of Diablo 3 or Call of Duty: Whateverthehellthey'recallingitnow?

about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Onuma Games for gamers, versus numbers for shareholders (208 comments)

So long as big, publicly-owned companies are churning out games they are generally only going to consider profit and perception by shareholders as the end goal.

Companies who create a good game for the sake of the game itself can often see profits as a result of their dedication -- the end goal is always putting out a game which is as good as that studio can feasibly put out. $$$ is welcome, but secondary. For this reason, I am an advocate for game developers to stay privately owned. If I hear about a producer/publisher's IPO I will absolutely scrutinize every reason to even consider their products from that point, forward. Can anyone name a publicly-traded gaming company who isn't all jacked up?

I have not purchased or pre-purchased a AAA-produced game since the awful release of Diablo 3. While it did turn out to be a fun game, Blizzard proved to me that they really don't have a clue as to what captured the essence of the first 2 games in the series, nor do they actually give a crap about the people who are ensuring their paychecks. If anything, I will wait for a Steam Summer Sale, Humble Bundle, GoG sale, or something comparably discounted. I end up missing out on the early days of fun where a whole bunch of friends and other players are online all at once, but I save a ton of money and I don't regret my $5 purchases...as opposed to those $50-60 mistakes.

about a month ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Onuma Don't worry... (372 comments)

Don't worry. The NSA has it all filed away.

about a month ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Onuma Re: Yawn (372 comments)

Incorrect. This is how they promote people.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Onuma It's about time! (932 comments)

Can we get rid of more establishment, statist douchebags? (R), (D), or anywhere in between...these career politicians are poison.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Onuma Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

Well said.

Lots of non-scientists and scientists a like are jumping to conclusions, as if those are the definitive answers to the questions of climate change. The fact is that we don't know or understand enough about many of the forces affecting our climate to be able to absolutely say "Yep, that's the reason." Hypothesize, test, and keep on testing....but don't ever dismiss anything 100%. That's how science works.

We could have a full-blown ice age coming any day now...but we just don't know when that will happen. It's not a question of "if", but "when".

More important than climate change, IMHO, is the toxicity which we send into our rivers, oceans, and lakes in the form of industrial byproducts, coal ash, nuclear waste, etc. Not only will those chemicals, heavy metals, and isotopes affect the local ecosystem, they will also affect the health of humans within several degrees of separation.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Onuma Re:Good (376 comments)

Alamo shows very limited runs of niche films. It's not like this is a giant MPAA-related move, whatsoever. Just a relatively small chain trying to keep its business clean and without court appearances.

The anti-piracy thing is usually BS, but coming from this type of business I am less inclined to call them out on it.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Onuma Re:Paramilitary Police Forces (875 comments)

Except in Iraq and Afghanistan our troops actually practiced these techniques, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) properly and well.

These half-assed Joe Donut clowns are trying to use the same gear without maintaining the discipline and repetitive training the military possesses. A lot of military guys get out and go police/security forces due to the somewhat similar nature of the jobs, but I find those guys are often the ones who didn't do much on deployment anyway...they're just trying to be tacticool, and are using their DD-214 in order to gain a cushy job.

There is no reason, at all, which a police force needs a fucking MRAP. Except to subjugate the population. Maybe not now, maybe not in 5 or 10 years even...but the unique function of that hardware can have no clearer statement. "Sooner or later, this will be used against all of you."

about a month and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do Free2Play Games Have a Future?

Onuma Onuma writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Onuma (947856) writes "I spent this weekend at PAX East in Boston, where a whole lot of new games showcased. With the massive influx of games on the market for multiple platforms, we would be spending the better part of our money if we purchased even half of what is out there. Based on the success of Free2Play games like Riot's League of Legends and the potential success of Red 5 Studios' Firefall, do you think there is a future in F2P gaming?"

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