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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

Then there is a growing number of Americans who are prejudiced about blacks/democrats/liberals, take your pick, or have -no idea- about history, politics and governing. In these difficult times of wars and crisis, Obama is one of the best presidents Americans could have hoped for. Better than most of your clueless American public deserves.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

allcoolnameswheretak Re:I don't blame them for being mad. (219 comments)

Yes, and? What's your point? The US and Germany are allies, it makes sense to share intelligence with allies. What doesn't make as much sense and undermines trust is spying on the administration and institutions of your allies.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Why (219 comments)

This is especially true for Germany, to a lesser extent Spain and France. Not true at all for Italy.
Italians love waving their flag around and displaying it on clothing, almost as much as Americans.

about two weeks ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

allcoolnameswheretak Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (138 comments)

I really like DF and have had quite a few memorable moments in both fortress and adventure mode. But the interface is outrageous. Using three (at least) different sets of keys to scroll through a selection, depending on context, is madenning, especially when starting out. I often wonder how Tarn can have so much talent to create a game like DF while at the same time failing so gloriously at implementing a decent interface.

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Braben and Bell (285 comments)

8 galaxies and 255 stars aren't so impressive if you consider it was generated by procedural generation. Procedural generation can be a very powerful, impressive tool, but in the case of Elite, creating some generic star systems is really not a big deal. If you want to see incredible precedural generation, look at "KKrieger".

What was really impressive was one of the sequels, Frontier: Elite. This game was really ahead of its time, as it contained not just star systems, but real planets you could land on, seamlessly, with cities, some vegetation, atmosphere, clouds... simply amazing. The ability to fly through the depths of space and landing on a realistic planet without a loading screen has been a long time coming since then. The only other game that implements this, as far as I know, is a comparatively recent indie title "Evochron Mercenary"

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Best game programmer (285 comments)

Rage didn't crash a single time for me, and I didn't have any of the video driver issues some people where complaining about. I remember it being a fantastic, open shooter with some of the best AI and NPC animations I have ever seen, plus entertaining vehicle combat. And it ran fluidly on my old GTX275 card.

Anyway, JC deserves alot of credit for Doom and Quake alone, which were simply mind blowing, earth shattering games at the time.

about two weeks ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

allcoolnameswheretak Re:One question (225 comments)

Oh, you don't have to go all the way to OPEC. The domestic oil industry is influential enough.

This is great news! If the oil industry is pressuring the US gov to wind down involvement in ITER, it probably means that they are beginning to be afraid it might actually yield promising results!

about three weeks ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

allcoolnameswheretak The glass is half full! (191 comments)

70% of Americans are ready for the next generation of technology!

about three weeks ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

allcoolnameswheretak Re:It's about life, stupid! (148 comments)

Actually I have a masters in CS.
But real coding is art, and I have mostly liberal views, so you're not far off.

about a month ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

allcoolnameswheretak It's about life, stupid! (148 comments)

Wow, I really hate looking at life in purely monetary terms. I didn't really think (much) about money when I decided to go to college. I was looking forward to the life experiences; the learning, the discussions with the professors, the companionship, last but not least, the parties.

It's important to have enough money to get by, beyond that, it's the life experiences that matter, not if your college degree was "worth it" in terms of money lost vs. money gained.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Most interesting part... (461 comments)

Actually, real incomes (inflation adjusted) in Germany have been almost stagnant in Germany as well, in contrast with other west European countries. Some say this is the reason that has allowed Germany to keep low unemployment and booming economy while the rest of Europe has been moving downward or sideways at best.

about a month ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

allcoolnameswheretak Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

I know about the Military-Industrial-Complex. The thing is that, as soon as you mention it, many conservatives will put a label on you "socialist conspiracy nutjob" and move on. It's the truth, but many conservatives have been conditioned to shut off the critical thinking bits in their brains when certain words or phrases appear, which are dangerous to their ideals.

Similar thing with "Bush". If you dare to suggest that the clusterfuck that is going on in Iraq right now is the result of Bush's misguided policies, the conservative brain shuts down and will start ridiculing you about how everything is Bush's fault. If you want to reach out to conservatives you have got to learn how to get across information without using any of these trigger words.

about a month ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

allcoolnameswheretak Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

Yes. Your millionaire breeding grounds are popular for those who can afford them, further enforcing the enormous divide between rich and poor that exists in the U.S.

The other 98% get left behind.

about a month ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

allcoolnameswheretak Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

World War 2 dragged the U.S. out of recession. Since then, the military and all the ecosystem surrounding it has become a cornerstone of U.S. economy The modern idea is not to win wars, but to have perpetual war. A reason to pump all that tax money into U.S. arms industries, making some people rich and allowing many others to keep their jobs; workers, engineers, managers, contractors, lobbyists.

To enable this "economic system" that puts money into military instead of more productive endeavors or social welfare, you need a constant threat. A constant legitimacy to put money into defense and a patriotic citizenship to go along with it.

about a month ago
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OpenXcom 1.0 Released

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Or... (50 comments)

Difficulty of running the original game? I suppose perhaps they started their project before the age of Dosbox. I mean, you can even buy the original XCom's on Steam these days.

What would be really nice is if they now started improving on the original. And what would just be incredibly awesome is, if they would merge XCom and Terror From the Deep into one game with both assets, land and sea bases... extreme X-Com awesomeness in a single package.

about a month ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Not really. My Slashdot name is a symbol of my existence in this simulation - it's imperfect, and I can't have everything that I want. If this were not the case I would feel bored very soon and loose interest in this life. It's the way it has to be.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

allcoolnameswheretak Re:NO it does not. (686 comments)

You don't really have to stretch your sample size to encompass the entire universe. Our galaxy is big enough and contains enough stars to make the fermi paradox a viable thought experiment.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Intelligent life is not enough. You don't see dolphins or the hyperintelligent jellyfish that really do exist in the depths of the abyss building spaceships. You need some kind of limbs that are not completely useless too.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Nice theories. The real reason is of course, that this universe is a simulation designed for me, you're all figments of my imagination and whoever programmed this system simply didn't bother to include aliens.

about a month and a half ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Awesome! (123 comments)

Charlton Heston says monkeys will inherit the Earth. Again.

about a month and a half ago

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91% of Germans would vote Obama

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  about a year and a half ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "While the presidential candidates are running a tight, head to head race in the U.S., the federal election is a non-contest in Germany. According to a recent poll by ARD DeutschlandTREND, a program by the main German public TV station that analyzes current and future trends in Germany, 91% of Germans would vote for Obama (German) if given the choice- up 4 percent since last months poll.

How do you explain this stark disparity between U.S. and European opinion on who is the better man for the job?"

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Where is the weak dollar?

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "How is it that even though the Euro is about to hit the 1.5 U.S. Dollar mark, prices on videogames and other U.S. products in Europe seem to be translated from Dollars to Euros 1 to 1? Compare the price for Halo 3 for example on Amazon.de and the same product on Amazon.com the prices being 59.99$ and 59.45 EUR respectively. What is this? How can this price be considering the US $ — Euro exchange rate? Are europeans being ripped off?"
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allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "Based on a comment made by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, it seems that UMG counterbalances "having to discount" pop music by charging high prices for records of bands that have a "true fanbase".

Quote from nin.com:

As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind: * The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US). By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: "It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out — you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy." So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off."

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