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Massive Black Hole Devours Star

V50 Old News (77 comments)

This happened almost four billion years ago. :-/

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks' Assange Begins Extradition Battle

V50 Re:So a computer geek walks into a bar ... (479 comments)

... and some chick asks him what he does for a living. He answers, "I'm a computer geek." She replies, "Oh, wow, that turns me on! Go to the restroom and get some condoms, and then we'll go back to my place!" If any Slashdotter posted something like that, the responses would be, "Yeah, right, in your dreams!"

So then three days later, he goes to another bar, and a different chick hits on him. The whole story seems quite apocryphal.

If this story is true, it sounds like Assange must be as charming as George Clooney and must be a skilled martial artist with nunchucks, which he needs to beat back the women folk.

To be fair, I have met guys who had that effect on women. There's one guy in particular I used to think was ful of BS, from the stories he told, until I actually saw him around women. And was reasonably stunned.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Don't We Finish More Games?

V50 My experience (341 comments)

I finish a very low percentage of the games I buy, certainly less than 50%, probably less than 25%. The biggest reason is that I now have a great deal more money than I did when I was a preteen/teenager. Back then, I'd save up money for months to buy a game, so I'd like it to last me as long as possible. Gaming was also one of my only real interests back then, so I'd go through them faster. Now, a single paycheque can net me several hundred dollars in disposable income, a fair portion of which I still blow on video games. At the same time, I have less free time, with university, work, World of Warcraft, books, and other interests I've picked up along the way.

Not finishing a game doesn't mean I didn't enjoy my time with it, just that I went on to something different before the game ran out of gameplay. Some games I really enjoyed (like GTA4), I never ended up finishing for one reason or another. I also have a tendency to go back and finish games I started years ago, sometimes with a fresh start, other times picking up the old save file. I also prefer a variety of gaming experiences to spending a ton of time with one single game (WoW excepted, but that's more due to the social aspect of WoW.) I've never really done the whole 100% complete thing on a single player game. I suppose this makes me the ideal consumer, heh.

I know I really ought to look for games with a 10 hour single player campaign, which I actually beat consistently, but my instincts for long games from when I was 12 kick in, and I often buy long RPGs I rarely finish, for instance, I picked up FFXIII when it came out, but I don't think I've beat the tutorial yet, despite being around 20 hours into it. :-/

about 4 years ago
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The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

V50 Real or broken? (375 comments)

Well, I have a bunch of files that managed to get timestamped in, I think, 1968 somehow, but certainly aren't that old in reality. Oldest files I have that are really that old are some old WordPerfect files from 1993-1994. Those are tests and stuff my dad made (he's a high school teacher) that I've backed up.

I also have a few floppies of various sizes somewhere. I'm sure some of them have files that are legitimately from the late 1980s, though, I don't have any way of actually reading them anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Announces Raft of New Games, 3DS Details

V50 Re:Wow (240 comments)

I don't think their keynote last year sucked. There they announced New Super Mario Bros Wii, Mario Galaxy 2 and the big surprise, Metroid: the Other M.

You might be thinking of the 2008 keynote which had Wii Music and not much else. That one certainly failed, but I don't think the 2009 one did.

more than 4 years ago
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Asus Joins Tablet PC Race

V50 Re:Day Late... (235 comments)

Not only that, but by 2011 the next revision of the iPad should be coming out. Like the iPod and iPhone, I imagine it'll really be the second and third revision of the iPad that become popular.

more than 4 years ago
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Earthlink Announces It Must Honor Comcast Cap

V50 Re:I'd love a 250GB cap (306 comments)

Oh, I'm sure it does too, but that still doesn't make it any less stupid.

more than 4 years ago
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Earthlink Announces It Must Honor Comcast Cap

V50 I'd love a 250GB cap (306 comments)

Two months ago my (terrible) ISP decided that the contract we signed was a one way deal, and went from having no bandwidth cap to putting a 20 GB cap on us, with no way to purchase a higher limit. This is beyond asinine, as we are a family of six people, and a 20GB limit is tiny for six people, especially as the usage they claim we use is around twice as much as I measure us using. They probably base it on an assumed 1-2 people. *sigh* I'd kill for a 250GB cap.

I'd love to change, but this is, literally, the only available carrier here. Vote with your wallet my ass.

What makes me the most angry, is how we signed a contract with them for a certain service, then they arbitrarily decide that their contract only applies to us, and they can change the terms all they want.

And yes, I know just because I have a crappy cap, doesn't make a bigger one okay. I just felt like complaining anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You

V50 Only problem with that (458 comments)

The problem with that, as I'm sure many others here can attest to, is were one to stand up to bullies, many schools somehow managed to punish the bullied student worse than the bully, who often gets off scot free, no matter what.

I hope things are somewhat better now, with all the anti-bullying programs and stuff, than when I went to school in the '90s and early 2000s.

It is somewhat of a consolation in a perverse way to find out what most former bullies do now that we're all adults. A great many can hardly hold down a minimum wage job, and blow all their money on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. In theory, I wish them the best. But, yeah...

more than 4 years ago
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Judicial Nominations In the Internet Age

V50 Re:Conversely... (114 comments)

It's especially bad as it turns out Sen. Smith was actually a judge in a cat show, and was, in preparation for a contest, scoring some of his friends' cats at his apartment to familiarise himself with the scoring system.

Naturally, of course, all the context is thrown out of the window when people want to protest something.

more than 4 years ago
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Judicial Nominations In the Internet Age

V50 Saw this coming (114 comments)

I've been very interested in politics since I was 15 or 16 or so (23 now). Around the same point, I realised that, while not likely, it was still entirely possible that I might end up in a position where something I wrote on the internet will bite me in the arse 10+ years later. Since that realisation, I've been generally trying to keep myself from writing anything too embarrassing, or political on the internet. Still, I find it amusing, in the theoretically incredibly unlikely event I end up as Prime Minister or something important, people combing over posts I made on a Pokemon message board when I was 12. Or protesting that I supported something silly when I was 14. (OMG, look at this, the PM posted some weird pro-British Empire stuff when he was 14, he must be a closet racist!)

So yeah, for the past 6 or 7 years, most of the stuff I've posted has been gaming related, or generally politically neutral. There are a few wild things from when I was 12-15, and I'm sure I've slipped up and posted something stupid since then.

more than 4 years ago
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Aral Sea May Recover; Dead Sea Needs a Lifeline

V50 Re:Makes me worried for other environmental proble (131 comments)

I guess it's the whole hysterical global warming contingent, that likes to blame everything on global warming. Too many hurricanes? Global warming. Too few hurricanes? Global warming. Heat wave? Global warming. Cold snap? Global warming.

Plus, many actual environmentalists I've met tend to be trying to use it as a cover for some sort of Marxism, and generally appear to me, at least, favor words over action. That and what generally appears to be hypocrisy (Al Gore taking a private jet to a conference to warn about carbon emissions.)

So basically, environmentalists make me distrust environmentalism. It's a pretty terrible reason, I'll admit, but it happens. I imagine, similarly, there are a great many people more turned off of religion by fanatics and fundamentalists than by the actual doctrines.

more than 4 years ago
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Aral Sea May Recover; Dead Sea Needs a Lifeline

V50 Makes me worried for other environmental problems (131 comments)

The Aral Sea is a horrifying and very visible example of the scale of what humans can do when their policies end up destroying the environment. A major lake, once the fourth largest in the world, reduced to almost nothingness in just a few decades. Unlikely to ever fully recover.

While I remain skeptical (but not outright dismissive) of many of the claims of the environmental movement, particularly the global warming and carbon footprint stuff, it's stuff like this that really makes me worried. If on a small scale people can do this, I really do worry what might happen on a larger scale.

more than 4 years ago
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US Gamers Spend $3.8 Billion On MMOs Yearly

V50 Why are MMOs considered a waste of time? (177 comments)

One thing I've never really understood is why there is such a strong belief among many people that MMOs are a huge waste of time and suck the life out of people. I play WoW an average of two hours a day, judging from my /played time. Most of my co-workers seem to think I have no life because of this. (I have no life, but it's not because of WoW.) Most information I've seen shows the average American watching five or so hours of TV a day. I really fail to see why MMOs are considered so terrible by many people, but watching that much TV isn't...

On that note, WHAT THE HELL DO PEOPLE WATCH FOR FIVE HOURS A DAY, EVERY DAY? Do they just get home from work, turn on the TV, and watch it until they go to sleep? I'd be hard pressed to find five hour long shows to watch every day. Even with DVDs of my favorite shows, I can recall very, very few times where I've watch five hours of television in a single day, let alone every day for life...

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Develops a Universal Game Console Controller

V50 Re:God no (62 comments)

*Shrug* I personally prefer the PS3 controller (own both systems). The 360 controller still seems big and bulky to me, and the d-pad is pretty much worthless.

The 360 one probably has a better layout, in theory, but for some reason (the two above don't fully answer it), I still prefer the PS3 controller. Not by a huge margin, but, yeah...

more than 4 years ago
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Pieces of employer-supplied clothing I own and wear:

V50 In the Army (343 comments)

I'm a Canadian Army Reservist, so easily more than 25. Probably close to 50. They really do give you a ton of stuff...

more than 4 years ago
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The People vs. George Lucas To Premiere At SXSW

V50 Re:A fandom i'll never understand (149 comments)

I agree. I can't really comprehend the sheer hatred of Lucas by some members of the SW Fandom. I liked Original Trilogy. I liked the Prequel Trilogy. I didn't like the Prequel Trilogy as much as the Originals (although I do like RotS more than RotJ), but I still like both. As do most people I talk to who would count as "people who like Star Wars", if not "SW Fans". They just don't go on the Internet and post incoherent rage filled rants.

I was 11 when I saw The Phantom Menace in theaters. I liked Jar-Jar then (although these days I'm sort of embarrassed to admit it), as did most of my mildly nerdy 11 year old friends. I know many people (kids and parents of kids, mostly) who still like Jar-Jar. It's not like Lucas thought "You know who I hate? MY FANS!" and decided to do everything possible to make them hate Ep. I-III. A lot of the stuff that people don't like about Ep. I in particular (pod races, and such) I remember really liking when I was a kid, getting my parents to buy me toy pod racers, and spending hours playing the N64 pod racing game with my friends. While 11 years later, I no longer like Jar-Jar and think he was a mistake, I can see where Lucas was coming from. I'm fairly confident he was trying to recreate his success with making C3PO and R2D2 as comic relief characters. Actually, to be honest, I'm not really sure if I'd dislike Jar-Jar so much if I hadn't have ended up learning how much other people hated him.

Also, with the exception of the Greedo shooting thing, I really like the Special Editions. They came out a year after I saw VHS versions of the original movies, let us see the movies in theaters, made my brother and I buy a ton of Star Wars toys (which we still have), and hyped us up for Ep. I. They seemed to have served their purpose. I didn't even learn about the Greedo thing (and hence never cared) until like three years ago.

Either way, I agree with you on pretty much every count. Plus, from a sheer monetary point of view, my brother, me, and my friends were made to like Star Wars because of the Special Editions and the prequel trilogy. We bought toys, video games, other mechandise. Many of us still buy Star Wars stuff. (KotoR, Force Unleashed, Lego Star Wars, Thrawn Trilogy). I'm hesitant to call myself a Star Wars fan, if only because my view of a fan of anything (SW, Star Trek, Comics, Transformers, Fallout) is someone who goes on message boards and complains about every single change and rants about how much they hate every aspect of what they are a fan of. Hence, I try not to ever call myself a fan of something. Just "someone who enjoys X".

Oh, and I'm fully expecting some AC to call me worse than Hitler or something because I liked Jar-Jar when I was a kid. And bought Ewok toys when the Special Editions came out.

more than 4 years ago
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Boot Camp Finally Supports Windows 7 On Macs

V50 A year late... (216 comments)

Heh, I've been running Windows 7 64 bit on my MacBook Pro for just over a year now, having downloaded the first public beta out of curiosity. IIRC, it took just a minor amount of tweaking to the get Vista drivers to work for Windows 7 beta.

On that note, I'm mildly dismayed to find Win7 ending up good enough to be used as my primary operating system, which as happened mostly because the DirectX World of Warcraft seems to run better than the OpenGL one for me. That and a few other programs. I feel dirty having OS X end up as my third most used OS on this computer. (Triple booting Ubuntu 9.10, Win7-64, OS X 10.6).

more than 4 years ago
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OnLive Gaming Service Gets Lukewarm Approval

V50 1 MB/sec... (198 comments)

There are still large areas of North America stuck with either stone-age Dial-Up (in 20-freakin'-10) or slow expensive satellite. Like mine (I cry myself to sleep over my 1200ms latency) This is absolutely a no-go there. Obviously.

Now, in better places, I'm sort of out of the loop. Whenever I've spent time in cities, either visiting my brother in Ottawa or living in London (Ontario, not the good one) for a few months at a time, it's been my experience that even connections that are supposed to get up to 1MB/sec would be lucky to get that in practice, especially at peak times. Furthermore, the sheer amount of lagspikes, connection hiccups, or general time when the interrnet craps out for no apparent reason makes it seem like you'd be dealing with one frustration after another. The number of times I see people get DC'd on World of Warcraft seems to back up my theory that staying connected, and maintaining a constant connection at 5KB/s or so (for WoW) is difficult enough, doing the same for a (whopping?) 1/MB/s while keeping latency under 100ms would be hellish.

So is my experience with the Internet indicative of the general population, or have I just had the misfortune of having terrible service? Can people really keep 1MB/s sustained, without lag hiccups, DCs, lost packets, etc, while keeping under 100ms?

more than 4 years ago
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Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

V50 Re:Welcome to Fascism (1070 comments)

Over the top use of words and phrases likes that not only makes you look panicked and ridiculous, but weakens it for when a case might actually be applicable. I assume you are probably referring to the corporate state idea, but even then, a simple ruling is just a ruling. IBM does not yet appoint the president, Microsoft does not have a veto on laws. One must wait until time has actually passed to see if your zealous "END OF AMERICA" prediction actually happens. My guess: it won't. Corporations will spend more money during elections, maybe (or possibly not, we'll see) but your country will pretty much remain the same.

Reminds me of when Stephen Harper was elected in my country four years ago. Some people made up mock tombstones with "Canada 1867-2006". Four years later, despite what one may think of him, Canada certainly did not end in 2006, and that stuff just served to make the creators look like political chicken littles.

more than 4 years ago

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Add Yourself to the Location Map

V50 V50 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Having nothing much to do today, I wrote a Perl script to record people's locations. It is a simple matter of entering your name, location, and clicking on where you live.

I'm not sure if anybody actually reads these journal-things, but if they do, feel free to add yourself and/or as many goofy entries here.

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w00t

V50 V50 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Heh, I haven't used this in a while. Over a year actually. And I haven't posted in almost a year. I wonder if anyone is going to see this?

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Strange...

V50 V50 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

You know what's strange? My copy of IE5.5 opens some bookmarks in Netscape... Not that I have a problem with that, I just wanted to use the IE topic picture...

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V50 V50 writes  |  more than 13 years ago

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For those who can't read leet-speak, the original message.

This is a test of my new leet-o-matic perl script. If this message appears leet to you than it is working.There are probably about 20 of these already but I wrote it on my old 486 laptop when I was in the middle of nowhere.

Now, on to write a web based frontend!

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