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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

Skarjak This is great work (300 comments)

When they're done with this, I hope they start investigating the very serious problem of the monster under my bed.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

Skarjak Re:Slashdot's refusal to accept climate change... (341 comments)

Damn. It would be great to find a website like old slashdot. :/ Haven't found any alternative myself. We need to establish a series of "cascading" nerdy news websites, where the moment one gets popular enough to feel the effects of the eternal september, it is shut down and a new one is started.

As of the time of this post, my comment above is +5 insigthful. I'm almost further disappointed in slashdot. As I was posting it, I was thinking "it needs to be said..." but to be honest, this is as flamebaity as it gets.

Your explanation is similar to that of another person above and makes a lot of sense to me. I'm coming from the science end of things myself, but have always been interested in tech. I was thinking the tech people would all have great scientific culture as well. I guess I was wrong.

about 1 month ago
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Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

Skarjak Re:Why the change (81 comments)

There are many people on slashdot. The people using the term "hackers" correctly may be different from the ones using it incorrectly.

about 1 month ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

Skarjak Best? No way. (155 comments)

Calling Twilight Struggle the best boardgame on the basis of its BGG ranking is quite a stretch. BGG rankings are not to be taken as absolute statements of a game's quality or popularity. Just take into account that most people won't necessarily go back to rerate a game after a few years have passed. Also, a game which would never even be considered for play except by the enthusiasts (like Twilight Struggle...) will have its score inflated. A game like Dominion, which was much more popular and had a significantly higher impact on the industry sits lower in the rankings because its mass appeal meant it was exposed to more people who weren't enthousiasts of its genre, and its huge popularity led to people playing derivatives of Dominion before playing it, also negatively affecting its score.

The reality is that Twilight Struggle is a heavy, sort of bland game which appeals to a very limited crowd of enthousiasts. It also has had little impact on the industry as few games copied its system. I find it difficult to qualify it as the "best" game. I think Dominion and Pandemic are much better candidates for this title, at least in recent years, based on their impact on the industry.

Certainly, the industry is currently moving away from heavy games like Twilight Struggle.

about 1 month ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

Skarjak Slashdot's refusal to accept climate change... (341 comments)

...boggles the mind. I mean, this is a tech website, you'd expect people here to be on average more intelligent or at least to have a better scientific culture than the average. And yet, whenever there's an article about climate change, there's always a bunch of morons spouting completely ignorant statements defeated by 10 seconds of googling. Where do all these people come from?

about 1 month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Skarjak Re:just curious... (190 comments)

I'm wondering if your keyboard had faulty switches. Blues have an extremely noticeable bump in them, one of the biggest of the Cherry MX lines. I think the new Cherry clear switches might require even more pressure to activate, though.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Skarjak Re:just curious... (190 comments)

I think the "ignorance" refers to the comment on gold plated fiber optic cables. Mechanical keyboards are objectively very different in feel from regular ones, so that comparison seems quite ignorant. You can argue that the difference isn't useful for typing (though really, few people would make that claim in my experience), but arguing that it's essentially snake oil is only possible if you don't know what a mechanical keyboard actually is.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

Skarjak Re:just curious... (190 comments)

Have you actually used a mechanical keyboard? This is not like gold plated fiper optic cables, where there is no notable difference. The presence of a switch under each key of a mechanical keyboard ensures that they feel very different from normal ones. You'd have to be partially paralyzed not to feel the difference.

Now whether you need this to type, that's up to you. For my part, I can attest to the fact that being able to feel with my fingers the precise moment when keys get activated has made me a lot more efficient. It's also a much more pleasing sensory experience.

about a month ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Skarjak Re:Now if only... (187 comments)

You really absolutely must have the last word, don't you?

about a month and a half ago
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Brain Stimulation For Entertainment?

Skarjak No way I'm letting them touch my brain (88 comments)

Nuh uh. I don't trust any entertainment company enough to allow them to zap my brain. Not in a million years.

about a month and a half ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Skarjak Re:Now if only... (187 comments)

I didn't fall for the hype to be honest. It seemed kinda lame to me. I mean, I already have the perfect means of transportation. They're called legs.

about a month and a half ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Skarjak Re:Now if only... (187 comments)

Segway is the future of transportation.

about a month and a half ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

Skarjak Re: Mint Debian (125 comments)

Distrowatch numbers don't even begin to matter. I thought that was a well established fact now.

about 2 months ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Skarjak Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

As Canada is aligned with NATO, we are by definition part of the first world. Do they teach these things in your third world country?

about 2 months ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Skarjak Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

It kind of is when the companies are known not to plug the holes properly once they're done with an area. It's a problem in my province, which has caused some uproar, justifiably.

about 2 months ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

Skarjak Re:What is it? (80 comments)

It's what happens when you mix basic net with acidic net.

about 2 months ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

Skarjak Re:I did not participate (143 comments)

What a bunch of fucking morons. Meanwhile here I am reading reviews online to figure out which brand of rechargeable batteries to buy. I want to make sure this ~20$ purchase is the right one. Guess I'm a bad consumer.

P.S.: It's the Eneloops, apparently.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Skarjak Cliche (390 comments)

This looks like every American action movie that has come out in the last 5 years. I would not have been surprised if Micheal Bay had done this. Pass.

about 2 months ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Skarjak Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

As far as we know, the Universe is finite.

about 2 months ago

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