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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Zumbs Re:Easy (181 comments)

Not quite: Wisdom could give you a bonus to your save against mind affecting spells, but the base value depended on your class and level. And you needed to roll over ... probably better to say that he failed his save.

2 days ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Zumbs Re:Congratulations? (590 comments)

Asgard wasn't an afterlife, it was a different "realm", like Midgard (Earth), Miflheim, Jotunheim and the others.

Both Valhalla and Folkvang were located in Asgard. Both were most certainly afterlives!

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Zumbs Re:Photocopy (244 comments)

True, but it still requires continual physical access to sensitive areas as well as agents that continually steal and post copies, putting themselves at risk of exposure every time.

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Zumbs Re:Absurd (181 comments)

That depends on the actual working of the proposed law. TFS seems to suggest that the miner gets the rights to both the mined minerals as well as any minerals in the asteroid.

about three weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Zumbs Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

While that is technically true, the time where solar cells produce power is the time where the general power consumption is largest: During working hours. Thus, solar power reduces the peak power output needed by power plants. As power plants based on coal, nuclear and oil must support the peak need at all times, usage of solar power to lower the peak output needed means that power plants can reduce their power production, reducing their need for fuel as well as their environmental impact. (As power plant must produce enough power to support peak power needs, much of the power production during the night is simply wasted. This is why some are pushing for battery powered cars as these would be able to put the wasted capacity to use, even store it for use during day hours.)

about three weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

Zumbs Re:Subsidies (385 comments)

Given that those subsidies are tax funded, people are already paying ;-)

about three weeks ago
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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Zumbs Re:No Way (197 comments)

According to another page, spotify pays $0.0007 per stream. I'm not sure if that's okay or too low a price.

You have got a zero too many there, it is actually $0.007 per stream. As you note, it is difficult to get a handle on what is good enough, partly because all we usually hear is what artists get without any note on how much the label gets.

about 2 months ago
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US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

Zumbs Re:Vs the NSA (225 comments)

... and what will happen when non-US entities decides to charge NSA operatives for similar crimes?

about 2 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Zumbs Re: Let police officers take care of it. (664 comments)

When the police refuse to do their job, my life is already at risk.

That depends on why the police does not follow up on these thefts. I would expect that the police prioritize which crimes they spend their resources on. So they may ignore pickpockets (and the like) to focus on armed robbery and other violent crime? It could be interesting to find out more about that, though. Especially given that all the evidence is basically served to them on a silver plate, not to mention that following a stolen phone around could give them a wealth of information on the people that do the fencing and reselling.

about 3 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Zumbs Re: Let police officers take care of it. (664 comments)

What about the other part of the police officers statement? Do you really want to risk your life over an inanimate object?

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Zumbs Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

Sometimes links die because the site did an update without implementing a redirection scheme (msdn.microsoft.com, I'm *glaring* at you). In some instances, it is possible to figure out the address in the new scheme and find whatever page you were looking for. If the url is hidden, this becomes a bit harder.

about 3 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Zumbs Re:One word: FUD (271 comments)

Yup. Link is to Fox News, and TFA is extremely void of actual infomation.

about 3 months ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Zumbs Re:Cartels will be fine.... (258 comments)

If I understand you correctly, any marijuana sold at Dutch coffee shops must then have been either grown illegally or smuggled into the country?

about 3 months ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

Zumbs Re:Hours Played is a bad metric. (118 comments)

I was about to make a comment like this. After playing Civ: V a lot, I had only logged some 40 hours of play!

about 3 months ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

Zumbs Re:Europe, here I come! (77 comments)

Having a state religion is not necessarily as bad as it sounds. In Denmark (where I live) the state religion is Lutheran Christianity, run by the People's Church. And the name is intended to be taken literally: At the local level, the Church is controlled by the Congregation Council, whose members are elected by the members of the congregation. Among other things, they hire the local priest(s). Priests (and other religious officials) are not allowed to use the Church floor (or in any other official capacity) to do political propaganda, whether it is against abortion or for a certain politician. The People's Church is also open to a wide array of ideas among its members - it is acceptable to believe in reincarnation, that the bible is just a book of wisdom. A priest even managed to get away with publicly stating that he did not believe in a creating god.

In Denmark, the effect of having a People's Church is that the Church plays no political role. Even though I am an Atheist, and ideologically opposed to the idea of having a state religion, I cannot help realizing that this particular instance helps secularization rather than impede it. I am also not a member.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Zumbs Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Yes, he put the tree right there in front of them, then forbade them to eat from it. And it was intentional. He told them what he wanted them not to do, and then gave them free will, and the choice whether or not to obey. That is a pattern throughout the entire Bible. Rather than calling God an "asshole" for giving people the ability to decide what to do for themselves, why not consider the idea that God values peoples' ability to think for themselves more than he values their unconditional obedience?

If God valued their free will not to obey, why did God punish Adam and Eve?

Imagine you created the universe and everything in it. How interesting or rewarding would it be, day to day, if you had created people without the ability to do anything besides what you told them to do?

So, you are basically arguing that human history is a giant reality show for the Abrahamic God to enjoy?

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Zumbs Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

The Bible is a very large work, wide open for whatever interpretation that rocks the boat of the believer in question. When you keep that in mind, religion becomes a lot less confusing. Even if the theological arguments for a given position can be quite involved.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Zumbs Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Especially since, being omniscient, he must have known that they will break his law. Being omniscient, he must have known that they will not heed his law. So he punished them for doing what he knew they would do, which he himself could easily have avoided.

You are missing something: If God is all knowing and all powerful, it follows that God intentionally created Adam and Eve so that they would break the divine commandment. In effect, Adam and Eve may not have followed the word of the law, but they did follow the intention of God. Given how meticulously theologists have been studying and considering the Bible, I would be surprised if someone had not already followed this line of thought and come up with some conclusions.

As I remember it, there are two creation myths in the Bible, and the myth of Adam and Eve is believed to be the older of the two. There is the possibility that the myth of Adam and Eve predates the Jewish switch from many gods to just one (who may not have started out as being almighty), so it is likely that the story was written to be taken at face value.

about 4 months ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

Zumbs Re:Why Samsung? (198 comments)

Samsung is a South Korean company which means that Samsung is not required to follow the so-called Patriot Act. Google, Apple and Microsoft, however, is, making any product from these manufacturers a serious security risk.

about 4 months ago
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DirectX 12 Promises Lower-level Hardware Access On Multiple Platforms

Zumbs Re:Let me guess... (107 comments)

According to this:

The firm wouldn’t comment on whether Windows 7 would support DirectX 12

This makes it pretty clear that MS are not planning to support Windows 7, but that they know it will be an unpopular move or that it may be possible to pressure them into supporting Windows 7. After all, why would a game developer use DX12 over DX11 (or even DX9) if it is only supported by a small subset of their market?

about 4 months ago

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