Rooked_One writes "Natural Selection is a first person shooter where you either choose to be on the marine side, with your standard futuristic military grade equipment, or on the alien side, in which you can (depending on what creature you have gestated into) climb walls, fly, and even devour a marine to digest slowly in your stomach. The sequel was just announced and looks spectacular. The graphics, have come a long way from the half life engine NS1 was on. They have created their own engine (as explained in their FAQ) and it looks a bit like the new Doom series as far as graphics go.
Gamespy held it in great acclaim back in 2002.
However the real genius of the game is how they incorporate RTS into FPS. One player on the marine side chooses to sit in a command chair where he, and he alone controls the growth of the marine base, expanding it, and locking down the "base" (be it an abandoned spaceship or what have you). Think starcraft's view but you have real humans at your disposal to reprimand when they are not doing what they should.
The alien's growth, at least in the first, was accomplished by gestating into a builder unit and creating hives, and defensive towers that would shoot spikes, heal, or even cloak you — I have to say, being cloaked and chomping on a marine when he walked right in front of me had me grinning ear to ear more times than I can count.
So now, while I am not on the dev team, and will make no money with this post, I hope to inform those who were addicted to the first, that the follow up to that cocaine, this new crack will soon arrive. I made my pre-order as soon as I saw they were taking them. Help out this outstanding team of upstarts because you are going to buy the game anyways — might as well get some cool black armor to wear as a bonus for pre-ordering!" top
Open Source Alternative for Closed Voting Machines
Rooked_One writes "Listening to NPR, I heard an interview about a voting program called PVOTE that is written in Python and only 500 lines long. From the article : "Pvote is not a complete voting system. It is just the software program that interacts with the voter. Other necessary functions, such as voter registration, ballot preparation, and canvassing, are not part of Pvote. It is especially important that the voter interaction be correct because it is the only part of an election that must take place in private, whereas all other parts of an election can and should be subjected to public oversight and verification." Link to Original Source top
Rooked_One writes "NO GAS...On May 15th 2007
I am liking this idea!
Don't pump gas on may 15th
In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. On May 15th 2007, all Internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the Internet
network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil company's pockets for just one day!
Rooked_One writes | about 11 years ago
Ok, so Mr. Bush's little speech was quite intresting today - let me first say when he started accepting questions, it almost seemed to me like he had a little something something in his ear with someone telling him what to say. Compared to his previous opening speech, he paused quite a bit. So what does that mean? Well, either he DOES have something in his ear, or he is just a slow president.
As far as what he answered about "personal" feelings, it was quite obvious he has personal vendettas against the middle east, most likely steming from his father. As soon as the question was asked his demeanor did a flip and his facial expressions turned from serious to scared, although he tried to hide that with a smile.
Lets think about something.... if you needed resources from a part of the world - if your friends and family depended on this resource - and in the past there had been aid to this part of the world so much that it basically defied "the moral prime directive," what would you do? I personally would make up an excuse to try to take over that part of the world to make it easier for my friends and family to make use of the "resources."
Lets just say that the resource in question is in fact oil. Even though Mr. Bush commented in his state of the union address that he would like to see alternative energy sources, I don't feel he was being completely honest, and HIS best intrests were in his mind. His best intrests would be to take over a region where 80% of the worlds oil comes from, as to keep the oil "regime" that makes up parts of the american culture alive.