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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Sowelu Re:Don't care about multiplayer (286 comments)

Even back in the Atari days, most of the real fun I had was multiplayer. Air/Sea Combat, MULE, etc. Of course back then you also had kids swearing at you, but it's more fun when they're sitting a few feet away.

2 days ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Sowelu Re:You have a broken sense of responsibility. (184 comments)

"It's absurd that you talk about "responsibility", but then hold responsible everybody but the person who actually was irresponsible."

I'm not sure you read my post very well. "Shares some responsibility" is not the same as "holds all responsibility", and that's a terrible analogy. It's closer to interrupting the signal of a model plane, and those are entirely legal and socially acceptable. A pilot generally shouldn't fly it somewhere dangerous, but if you kill that signal, you are making a flying object a lot more unpredictable than if it was under user control.

Besides, beyond the danger, there's just the property damage aspect if it gets lost or goes down in trees or a lake. Is it okay to run down the beach cutting peoples' kite strings, just because hey, they can snap by themselves in a heavy wind?

about a week ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Sowelu Re:Great, crash the drone into things. (184 comments)

The summary and article say it has a mode that can knock anything off any network. I'm not really sure how that works technically--maybe deauth packets like these always operate outside typical wifi encryption? The implication is that you don't even need to have the access code to a wireless network yourself, to kick someone off of it.

about a week ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Sowelu Great, crash the drone into things. (184 comments)

So a guy goes out in a field with a recreational drone, connected to his laptop by his very own wifi. Someone else decides they doesn't like drones, and punts the drone off the network (and effectively keeps it from reconnecting). It's now no longer under manual control.

Yes a drone should have enough automatic control to keep it from cratering when that happens, but you never know. If the drone falls out of the sky and brains some little kid, or keeps going in a straight line and crashes into a building, whoever severed that manual control is going to share some responsibility (at least moral responsibility).

about a week ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Sowelu Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (103 comments)

Really? I had a lot of trouble taking the "mood" of SimCity 3 seriously, and the difficulty was ridiculously low. For those main reasons I enjoyed it the least of the series (haven't played 5...)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Sowelu Re:Party Games (382 comments)

For anyone looking for nice dance pads instead of full machines... Since Cobalt Flux ones are hard to find now, Precision Dance Pads seems to be the current best-in-class. (Spent many hours researching, might as well share results.)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Sowelu Party games (382 comments)

When you have to entertain large groups of people, and you don't want to worry about any of them having to sit down and learn a new time-consuming game, keep copies of The Resistance and Are You a Werewolf around. (Yes, Werewolf is fine with scraps of paper, but the cards are fun.) You can explain them in minutes, and they make people a heck of a lot more social than most board games. The Resistance is better if you don't want any players to be eliminated, but you should only use it in groups that already know each other...it's a lot of fun to see the evil scheming side of people, but it makes terrible first impressions.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Sowelu Re:My Favorites... (382 comments)

Final Fantasy 4 doesn't get enough love. I really appreciate your unconventional choice of 9 though.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Sowelu Re:Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

My problem with Pandemic is that if you don't work as a perfectly aligned team, you lose horribly. No personal scores equals no autonomy, with the end result that one player pretty much dictates everyone's actions. Okay, you probably make your decisions as something like a committee, but it feels like a joke to pretend that each player really has "their own" cards and pieces.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Sowelu Re:Old-school is best (382 comments)

That's the first time I've seen anyone reference Dark Reign in a 'best games' list. Or ever, for that matter. Still haven't made up my mind on whether it's a true classic of an underdog, or yet another great concept that was woefully underexecuted (see Malkari).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Sowelu Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

That's "average" for you. If a majority of households use it mainly for email and Facebook...

about three weeks ago
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Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

Sowelu Re:We need faster-than-light travel (66 comments)

We need cloning bays, and extremely hardened ships. Don't send a person, send a blueprint and some way to raise and teach a first generation. We don't have to get there ourselves as long as our "children" can.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Sowelu Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (131 comments)

I can second Anker batteries, mine worked fine. I can't say I'm as thrilled with their wall-wart router, but that's probably more on me. Two data points isn't too useful, but if I had to recommend someone, I'd say "Anker didn't suck for me". No bigger help than looking at their Amazon reviews though.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Sowelu Re:"new" research (185 comments)

As you are apparently the only person in this comments page who actually knows the science here, please accept my invisible, non-existent mod points.

about a month ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

Sowelu Re:This actually makes perfect sense. (117 comments)

I would expect it's more likely that it picked the stuff up during launch. Water vapor in the air at low altitudes?

about a month ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

Sowelu Can't leave (254 comments)

I don't know about "benefits"...even the abstract says that one of the main triggers to accepting leadership was that the populace had nowhere to go, or that it was too costly to leave.

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Sowelu Re:Moderation? (299 comments)

I'm amazed at the noise that doesn't get buried. If you don't browse at 2+ or even 3+, there's an awful lot of juvenile trolling. Yes, yes, I know the normal Slashdot response, if you don't like trolling then you're too thin-skinned to live. But if I go to a nice restaurant, or hell even McDonalds, at the very least I don't want some nutjob banging on the windows flashing his junk at everyone. That's like...at least half the articles here, and it takes hours for those comments to get moderated down to -1.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Sowelu My favorite dig on emacs (402 comments)

"Emacs is a great operating system, if only it had a decent text editor!"

about a month and a half ago

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