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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Warma Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (202 comments)

Your example with the 1350 damage seems a valid reason to hate pen&paper RPGs, and actually is one of the main reasons I disliked 3.0 and 3.5 (and derivatives, like Pathfinder). 5e seems to have moved away from that (far away), which, in my opinion, is a really positive change.

about two weeks ago

Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Warma Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

I actually think that the reality is more zero-sum here. People already must use transport and do so every day, so bringing an option into the market does not magically produce more consumers for it.

The regulated and licensed drivers are not unaffected by the business Uber takes away from them, which may either force them to raise prizes, lower quality or go out of business. All of these options will lower the quality of service for the person you are replying to, so for him/her, it is a rational option to oppose this change.

about three weeks ago

Report: YouTube Buying For $1 Billion

Warma Re:Wow a fucking billion dollars aint shit today (142 comments)

That is incredible. After learning that, I actually had to check what kind of prizes they are dealing out...
and now I can't even begin to fathom how much money Riot is making.

about 3 months ago

Report: YouTube Buying For $1 Billion

Warma Re:Wow a fucking billion dollars aint shit today (142 comments)

Million live views for a game stream sounds incredibly inflated. I'd like to see a bit of proof.
I understand that LoL probably has around 50 million players, but it would still mean, that one in fifty players would have watched that stream. This is a lot, at least when I compare to other big tournaments (Starcraft, MtG, etc.) and the amounts of people they pull in to watch their streams.

about 3 months ago

Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Warma Re:640k isn't enough for everybody (522 comments)

Common hard drive capacities were 20-40+ Mb at the time. Most writers' bibliographies will easily fit into that (though if all mediums are accepted, many writers will output much more than that).

about 4 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Warma Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

I honestly think your reasoning is fundamentally flawed, because you assume a very artificial set of motivations for any and all possible visitors. A simple counter-example would be to ask yourself, would you visit an alien civilization, no matter how primitive, if it was possible? If you are dishonest enough to claim that if we had chances to visit any number of other civilizations, we wouldn't visit all of them all the time, I don't really know what to do with you.

In my opinion, rationalizations like this are simply a way for hopeful people to populate an empty universe by inventing esoteric reasons for why we fail to see anybody, even if we should. A more likely explanation is, that sentient life is much more rare than we expect it to be, and that we are essentially alone.

about 4 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

Warma Re:Frequent hurricanes? (627 comments)

This was a really good take on the matter. I know that it is bad manners to /me too things here, but please mod parent up.

about 4 months ago

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

Warma Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

As far as I know, that art link does not contain anything that a furniture salesman could not pull off. The drawings don't seem to have any connection whatsoever to their scientific, nonsensical names, and the only thing he seems to do is to draw intersecting lines from and to the vertices of polygons.
This does not really seem like a savant ability.

about 4 months ago

AMD Designing All-New CPU Cores For ARMv8, X86

Warma Re:Been a long time since I cared (181 comments)

I have a really hard time believing this, and would state that your memory does not serve you very well. A 33MHz 486 couldn't handle more complex scenes in DOOM, and definitely not in Quake. I gamed actively at the time when Quake came out, and recall that only much later, on a P233MMX, I could get an fps amount rivaling the screen refresh rate. Any 486 is so much behind that machine, that it's not even funny.

A low ID number username like you probably won't believe a brat like me, so here's some proof:

The fps is abysmal. The machine would need to be 10-20 times faster to reach a decent fps.

about 4 months ago

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Warma Not only did they do away with DRM, but... (115 comments)

CD-Projekt actually gave away all of the DLC they made for the game, and allowed you to download it through the game configurator. Even better, after you downloaded the game, the DLC menu allowed you to download voice acting in any of the languages you wanted.

I really have to recommend the original polish voice acting. I'm not polish and I do not understand the language, but I truly enjoyed the work they had done. I'd say most voices were a better match than in the english version (especially in Witcher 1).

And oh yeah, almost forgot about this. About year or two after they had released the game and expanded it with an enhanced edition, they made the enhanced edition completely free for any purchasers of the original.

about 4 months ago

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Warma Re:What kind? (115 comments)

I bought the game from GoG, but loved to hear about that when it happened. CD-Projekt are true bros and one of the studios I really want to support.

I was about to say that I'd buy their games even if they weren't as good as they are, but you could actually do quite a bit worse than Witcher 2 and still have a game worth playing.

about 4 months ago

Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

Warma Re:Foobar2000 for Linux (87 comments)

Regarding your base question, foobar2000 is simply an extremely powerful, sufficiently minimalistic, extremely easy to use and extremely configurable music player with a clean interface and support for every format I can think of, including esoteric Amiga tracker stuff. In it I can also organize and control music by superior means to any other program I know of, by the virtue of its easily macro-able tagging and renaming functions. In pure functionality and usability in a single-computer environment, MPD, or any other music player I've ever seen, simply does not even begin to compare against it.

However, MPD has good qualities foobar does not have, the biggest of which being the ability for anyone in the household to connect to the server by terminal using any device. This is why I use it over its alternatives in Linux and prefer textmode clients, mainly ncmpc. ncmpcpp is also nice, but there are subtle differences in their operation principles of these two, that make me want to stay in the C version (#1 being the ability to remap keys easily). It would well be sufficient for general music usage, if it were not for several features it lacks.
1) Optional display of metadata from a selected / playing file on the fly, possibly in the lower part of the window. This exists, but in a different screen. Wanting to see the year a tune was made is pretty common.
2) Queuing of individual songs is impossible (this would be important because then people wouldn't destroy the general playlist all the time)

Especially the queue is something I understand people will ditch MPD over. More importantly, when I visited IRC channels frequented by client developers to ask about the issue, the main reason people claimed the clients they wrote did not support this feature was, that they were waiting for MPD itself to implement it in a non-hack way, so that their clients would not break in the future for trying to implement it themselves. I.e. the lack of the feature is also a (at least superficially) legitimate reason to ditch MPD, not just one of its clients.

about 4 months ago

The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Warma Re:Experimental science vs narrative science (600 comments)

Not only is Dyson not a climatologist, he actually agrees that anthropogenic global warming exists, so your appeal to authority fails on both points.

about 4 months ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

Warma Re:Iain Banks (99 comments)

I am a fan, but not all the way through. I find the earlier books much better, as both Surface Detail and Hydrogen Sonata delve deep into Mary Sue territory (with both the human and AI leads). Especially the minds are absolutely omnipotent against anyone else in the universe and the sense of conflict and uncertainty the books actually attempt to build fails to become relevant. While both of the novels have their moments, I feel that they are no longer entertaining.

Also, what pisses me off is that at some point he simply lost the touch in how he made the minds feel special by their dialogue. You know you have jumped the shark when an omnipotent AI says "fuck" twice in a sentence or ends up being a boasting asshole.

about 5 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Warma Work with a purpose (517 comments)

It depresses me, that it is the full-time job (or equivalent) of some people just to continually undo the pseudoscientific hogwash these people vandalize Wikipedia with.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Warma Re:MechWarrior Online, while waiting for Star Citi (669 comments)

Naturally I purchased Crysis just to try that game, but my visit ended up being very brief. I was put off by the heavy netcode/lag issues (EU player here). Hitting was practically completely arbitrary and objects constantly warped around etc. I filed it in the category of "perhpas playable in a LAN" and didn't look back.

I know that what they did was ambitious and liked the combined arms aspect of air/tanks/mechs in there, but if you can't play, you can't play. You're lucky that it worked for you.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Warma Re:Meh (669 comments)

Seconded. Planetside 2 is the most fun multiplayer game on the market right now.

As the scale is truly massive, this is the place to go for both good, organized clan/outfit action and chaotic screamfests in TeamSpeak. If you want, you can really work as a part of or lead a whole platoon of people. I really enjoy it.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Warma Re:MechWarrior Online, while waiting for Star Citi (669 comments)

I really, Really, REALLY wanted MWO to be good. I actually supported that game with more than a hundred euros.

But it wasn't.

Don't get me wrong, their art assets are really good, the stage design works and the mech movement and aiming physics feel good. It is not an arcade game and has the right, massive feel, which was missing from MW4. However, their balance and game design philosophy is really out of whack. Missile balance, missile tracking, impossibly high heat capacities which encourage boating, the retarded ghost heat to fix the aforementioned problem and the inclusion of a lot of completely useless weapons. I know it's narcissistic to assume that if I were there, the game would be better, but this time I really do. I had merely a day's worth of time to tinker with the configuration files, it'd be easy to improve the game considerably.

I still have hope that they realize where they are going and reverse the course, but not much. Haven't bothered to play for almost a year because of this, but I still visit occasionally and read the patch notes to see if they are going in the right direction. They never are.

about 6 months ago

11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

Warma Re:Prediction (180 comments)

The anti-vax thing is entirely different, because by choosing not to become vaccinated, you are increasing existential risk for others. Being of that mindset is internally consistent only, and only if you really think, that harming others based on your personal beliefs, is justified.

However, even being internally consistent does not necessarily mean, that you are doing the smart thing or even that you are doing the right thing. Please think about this.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Warma Re:Here's a brief list (796 comments)

Funny you should say that, since I feel that angst-filled teenagers are portrayed extremely poorly by popular culture, and almost all depictions of youth feel as if they were done by adults with only a vague understanding of what being young actually feels like (it's always girls this, girls that, my parents don't understand me, when those with real angst seem to have problems, which are a tad more serious). In Catcher in the Rye, Salinger went above and beyond this, making the character stranger than reality instead of approximating and falling short. I felt that this was the whole point of the book, and precisely the reason it was interesting.

If I were meaner, I'd ask whether 14 years of age really was the best point of life to read this work and make the permanent judgments, which you pass on to middle-aged strangers in the internet, but instead I simply admit, that 13-15 was also the point in life where I had the most free time and did the most reading. Most of my impressions on literature stem from those years.

I still have one request, however. Please tell me who has, in your opinion, done the whiny, ennui filled adolescent properly. I really can't think of anyone.

about 8 months ago


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