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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

allcoolnameswheretak Re:yeah, i'm not interesting in going to space (83 comments)

Thanks for one of those rare, massively informative and to the point posts.

If you consider that zero-g is an environment that is utterly alien to us, which we have zero adaptation for, I'm actually surprised how relatively well homo sapiens is able to cope with it.

If you compare it to other alien environments, like too much or too little pressure, too much or too little Oxygen, too cold or too hot... usually these great differences from our natural environment are very quick to kill us.

5 hours ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Proves point (137 comments)

The satellites were brought up by Russian Soyuz rockets.

I'm sure this mishap has nothing to do with EU sanctions against Russia and the crisis in the Ukraine.

4 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

allcoolnameswheretak Re:liability coverage is needed (341 comments)

September has 30 days.
So that "immediately prior" to October 1st, should probably be September 30th.
Not September 29th.
Just sayin.

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Get rid of the distractions (116 comments)

There will always be non-avoidable bugs

That's what I was thinking. Some bugs are practically impossible to avoid, because it is almost impossible for a single programmer to have the entirety of a software system in his head, with all possible cases and side effects. Without complete knowledge of a system it's impossible to know the perfect solutions.
At some point it's up to testing and quality control to take responsibility and weight off the programmers shoulders.

about two weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Are you sure we are talking about the same game when we speak HL2?

about three weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Wow. Do you play all your games like that? You must have raced through the game, blasting everything in your path. I realize that official speedruns of HL2 are probably way faster than 3hrs, but it still must have been a hectic run through the game.

I like to be sneaky, explore the environments, enjoy the views, smell the roses and listen to the stuff the NPC's have to say before moving on.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

allcoolnameswheretak Re:HL3? (97 comments)

HL2 is true to its name. It took me about 16 hours to complete HL2. About 8h to complete Episode 1, and about 4h to complete Episode 2.

about three weeks ago
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European Rosetta Space Craft About To Rendezvous With Comet

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Why aren't space pictures better? (62 comments)

It's like the difference between silently swearing at the idiot in the car right in front of you and honking in a traffic jam at some idiot a mile away.

about three weeks ago
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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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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91% of Germans would vote Obama

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  about 2 years 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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