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Are Games Getting Easier?

Sumadartson Re:Demon's Souls (854 comments)

I concur! The hardest and best game out there at the moment. Atmostpheric, unbelievable replay value, requires tactics and planning and has an awesome online component. Some of the coolest bosses ever encountered in any video game. If you're bored with the current generation, get this game! I've clocked at least 100 hours and am still finding new ways of playing it.
Don't forget though;this is not an easy or forgiving game. One mistake and you're dead*. It only adds to the fun that dying makes your enemies stronger. Demon's souls fucking hates you.

Also, a sequel is already in the works, codename Project Dark.

* Especially when facing Flamelurker, The False King, Maneater, the group of crossbowmen and blue eyed knights at the end of 1-2 or, of course, the giant Depraved Ones. Or, for that matter, Penetrator, dual katana black skeletons, invading black phantoms, the reapers and BP Satsuki.

more than 3 years ago
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Louisiana, Intelligent Design, and Science Classes

Sumadartson Re:Michael Behe is at the root of their advantage. (989 comments)

"Irreducible complexity" is a demonstrably false hypothesis

One problem with that: irreducible complexity is a negative. It's basically the statement that something, however small, can't be explained. And, as we all know, you can't prove a negative , so they'll always have somewhere to flee to. "O, no, that eye was explainable, but what about the flagellum. Oops, that's been done too. And, what about blood coagulation... O, wait..." Repeat ad infinitum. It would be harmless if they weren't pushing this stuff to someone else's children.

more than 4 years ago
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NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee

Sumadartson Re:Simon Singh (507 comments)

I wish I could mod you up, but I only have infinitely diluted mod points left.
Anyway, there's also a petition going for libel reform. Check it out at http://www.libelreform.org/ .Sign and/or donate if you support their cause!

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

Sumadartson Re:"tit storm" (458 comments)

It seems to me that adult women with small tits would stimulate pedophiles about as much as a man with his genitalia cut off would stimulate heterosexual men.

Yup, agreed. The australian government, however, seems to think otherwise.

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

Sumadartson Re:"tit storm" (458 comments)

I wonder if they've realized this is @#$%@# insulting. How the hell are women with smaller breasts supposed to take this? "Get a boob job, or you'll be stimulating pedophiles!"

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Sumadartson Re:It could be legitimate (365 comments)

True, but the person not providing the right tools is at fault.

Now, given that most of your fraud detection code is stuck in a jumble of visual basic macro code, try explaing to mr. Judge why you picked up ms. Fraudy-McWealthy as a potential tax dodger (to the tune of, say, $50e6). 'The macro did it' is, unfortunately, not an acceptable explanation.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Sumadartson Re:It could be legitimate (365 comments)

If you're brain dead, you can't use the advanced stuff in excel. If you're using excel for the advanced stuff in a critical application, you must be brain dead. Why, for the love of god, is the advanced stuff in excel ever used? I still don't get it.

Honestly, the amount of business critical applications buried in excel macro's is shocking. And, as we all know, the person who wrote the macro never leaves his/her job. This is especially dangerous for government who, for particular branches, have to be able to transparently show how they came to certain decisions. Any responsible official will stay away from excel for all but the most menial of tasks.

more than 4 years ago
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Review: Mass Effect 2

Sumadartson Re:Difficulty Level (331 comments)

If you enjoy a challenge, give Demon's Souls on PS3 a go. Hours and hours of play, good, innovative multiplayer mode and an insane difficulty level. It's more of a hack-and-slash than an actual rpg though.

more than 3 years ago
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Correcting Misperceptions About Evolution

Sumadartson most damaging image in the history of evolution (838 comments)

You know which one it is, you've seen it in libraries, books, this thing called the internet, etc. It's even the first hit on GIS if you look for evolution. Why is it so bad? It suggests a linear, goal oriented version of evolution, where newer species replace older species. In it's worst case, this becomes "If folks came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys around?".

The modern view of evolution should be an image more like a tree, with many branches starting at the root. Most species will be extinct by now, but a few them will still be around.

In addition, the only thing random about evolution is mutation, which creates variation within a population.

Finally, as someone else said as well, origin of life != evolution. Nice going for that article.

more than 6 years ago

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