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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

blackraven14250 Re:Not Surprising (116 comments)

Your point is that games are inherently advantaged. The reason they're inherently advantaged over physical sports is because they can be designed to be amazing spectator experiences.

2 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

blackraven14250 Re:Not Surprising (116 comments)

Go play Craft the World - it's clearly not nearly as good to spectate as any of the large spectator games out there right now like LOL or DOTA2, and in about 5 minutes you'd be convinced of it too. Here's a portion of a video specifically addressing spectator games, skipped to the relevant portion. If you feel like doing a bit more legwork instead of having the mental exercise done for you, watch this video - it points out a bunch of design features relating to the map in League of Legends, and is very easily digested by someone unfamiliar with the game. Think about each element they point out, specifically focusing on how it relates to the spectator experience. If you do that, and you genuinely believed that design was irrelevant, those 7 minutes will completely blow your mind.

3 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

blackraven14250 Re:Not Surprising (116 comments)

The AC is right about what they are, although the point is that they're specifically designed with spectators in mind. That's not true for most games, and as a result there's a huge number of games that aren't good spectating material. These games (and others in some of their genres), btw, along with fighters, make up a substantial majority of games that are watched. People don't watch Mass Effect, or The Wolf Among Us, or the Batman Arkham games - it's very specific genres that even work for spectators, and then it's still mostly games designed for it from the start.

3 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

blackraven14250 Re:Not Surprising (116 comments)

Video games are better to spectate than sports.

That's not true as a generalized statement. The games that are being played now by professionals in front of an audience, like LoL, DOTA2, SC2 and CS:GO are actually designed around being good for spectators. There's a whole lot more in the gaming sector that doesn't work for spectators.

3 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

blackraven14250 Re:I take offense! (164 comments)

Our second problem is that we have voters who never learned in school that there were plenty of African Americans in the military, but they were segregated thanks to progressive President Wilson.

Our third problem is that plenty of people think it's cool to blame it all on a particular president of a political leaning they do not agree with, even though the US has had African Americans in the military in their own segregated units at least as early as the Revolutionary War.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

blackraven14250 Re: name and location tweeted... (873 comments)

So he could take a picture of her and post it on the internet, but can't say "Samantha at Gate X provided bad service"? Yeah, bullshit.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

blackraven14250 Re:What?!? (873 comments)

and threatened to have him arrested? you think that's fully legal?

Threatening to call the police? Totally legal. That doesn't mean the police can or will take action based on the call.

3 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

blackraven14250 Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

I was pointing them out specifically because they're very large, well-known companies. If someone is thinking of "closely held" and imagining a mom-and-pop candy shop with 4 employees, those companies (and plenty like them) dispel that notion entirely. These are massive employers that would easily be near the top of the Fortune 500 is they were public. For example, in the case of Koch, Forbes has said that if they were public, they'd rank in at number 17 of the list. Cargill is larger than Ford, and would have been at #7 in 2013.

4 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

blackraven14250 Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Ummm, isn't that PRECISELY the point? If the search criteria isn't sufficiently broad to catch someone then that means they don't have enough evidence to be conducting the search in the first place. Almost everyone can be found guilty of some illegal activity (however minor) if the search parameters are sufficiently broad.

Genuine question. If I employed the services of a company specializing in archiving paperwork, and the government had a search warrant for potential evidence in their case which could be contained in that paperwork, wouldn't the prosecutor (or at least someone working under the prosecutor's direction) be the one looking through it? As the argument goes so many times against the government's practices, why should we expect that, in the case of email, searches should operate substantially differently than with paper records? In this case, it seems wholly appropriate to apply it in the other direction.

about a week ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

blackraven14250 Re:Carbon impact is misleading (156 comments)

If you generate CO2 in one location, you can sequester it quite easily for other uses - for example, for anything ranging from paintball tanks to soda to welding to fish tanks to greenhouses - if not just dump the stuff underground in old oil wells.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

blackraven14250 Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

They don't go around and call you to fake-cancel their accounts hoping to get a better rate. The few that do are well known and blacklisted.

I looked around for a bit, and couldn't find a source for this. Mind providing one?

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

blackraven14250 Re:Predictions vs. reality (753 comments)

I know two people who use Facetime daily when they work past about 6 or so to call their kids. It's not some crazy thing that isn't even on the typical person's radar in the industrialized world, it's just not 100% of all phone calls like some people envisioned it.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

blackraven14250 Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

But there is still an upper cap defined by energy requirements, and apparently we have actually hit that cap thousands of years ago already, and then bounced back slightly.

Ah, but there's a difference now compared to then. We have the ability, at least in the developed world, to push again past the old cap, which originally existed in a natural environment. Who knows if the modern environment would actually select for higher intelligence in practice to do it, but the possibility is there with modern resources.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

blackraven14250 Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

Google is also written in to the summary, specifically mentioning how the French want them to pay sites they list in their search results. That seems like a terrible idea, considering having a search result exist on Google is essentially a free advertisement for your site...

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

blackraven14250 Re:Double edge sword. (73 comments)

That's a distinction with tons of teeth. It's not just microtransactions - everything about Zynga-style "games" is designed to make you play more while heavily incentivizing you to pay, while normal games provide a challenge. Zynga games don't contain nearly any challenges since that discourages players, they're button-pressing for the sake of button pressing. That's one reason why King is taking over Zynga's former spot as that upcoming new free game giant - they're providing games that are legitimately challenging, and adding the incentives for players to pay. Part of the reason for that is that the games they pick to add these psychological influences to already have a high degree of randomization that they use to their advantage, and they did mash up the formula on them by adding modified game modes, but that's going on a tangent. Back to your point about the way levels are designed, that's also part of the strategy to get people to pay - you can't see the forest for the (intentionally singular) tree.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

blackraven14250 Re:Double edge sword. (73 comments)

TinyTower and DreamHeights are very different than Theme Hotel and SimTower. Two of these "games" (aka psychological manipulators) are designed to get you to buy inapp purchases, the other two are actual games. I do see your point with them though, since in each pair, one is a copy of the other AFAIK (I've never seen DreamHeights). Just don't group them.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

blackraven14250 Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

It looks like you could join, even as a startup. The form is available online. My concern is actually how it handles transfers within the network - they're unencumbered by the license granting provisions, which seems to indicate that if this becomes widespread, it could become a tool used against startups later on, or be useless against patent trolls if they're too accepting of new companies. It doesn't seem like it's bad for startups now, given the ease of joining.

about two weeks ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

blackraven14250 Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

You missed my point, and provided an example that does not prove the AC's point even if your reading was correct. Rephrased, I was saying "anyone who has ever defined 'first world' in either of these two widely-accepted ways does not call the US a third world country", not "anyone who has ever used the term 'first world' would consider the US to be one" as you seem to have read it. Beyond that, even if your reading was correct, the other definitions you use all still place the US as a first world country.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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China now halting shipments to rare earths to US

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "China is halting rare earth exports to the US now. They did this in retaliation for investigations into their green energy policies.

http://washingtonindependent.com/100834/obama-administration-says-it-will-investigate-chinas-green-tech-trade-policies

http://www.livescience.com/technology/etc/101019-china-halts-shipments-tech-crucial-minerals.html"
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Sen. Franken asks about Net Neutrality at Hearings

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  about 5 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "During supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, newly-appointed Senator Al Franken asked her about her stand on Net Neutrality. He questioned whether there was an "overriding first amendment right" when it came to content providers not being able to speed up their own content when they are also service providers. Sotomayor dodged the question in the same manner as the day and a half of questions before it, but it's more about Sen. Franken at this point, as he hasn't had much time to make any sort of impression to the nation as a whole what his key fights are."

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