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The Psychology of Horror In Video Games and Movies

buruonbrails Re:News at eleven. (126 comments)

Then why were public executions (often preceded by torture) so popular throughout Ancient, Medieval and even Early Modern times? Surely, not everyone attended them, but similarly not everyone enjoys watching horror movies now.
I suppose that some people are just more violent than others.

more than 3 years ago
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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Makes Learning Easier

buruonbrails obligatory (208 comments)

I for one welcome our new intelligent rat overlords

more than 3 years ago
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Gamers Abandoning DS, PSP In Favor of Smartphones

buruonbrails Re:Correction (305 comments)

I know some former PC gamers who turned to smartphone games. Actually, I'm one of them. I wouldn't even consider consoles as an alternative to PC gaming, but smartphone games are another story. PC games market is largily dominated by a few big players, who release big titles for broad audience to maximize their ROI. Naturally, their games are developed for the lowest common denominator. However, in smartphone game dev there's still a place for indie developers, who can afford to develop a game they'd play themselves, sell it for a small niche and still be profitable.
Not all of smartphone games are timewasters (well, no more than any other computer games); there are even some complex RPGs, like Zenonia for iPhone. While not as deep as the legendary Fallout, it is still much more of an RPG than many "RPG"s, released for PC nowadays.

more than 3 years ago
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The New Reality of Gaming

buruonbrails Re:money money money (122 comments)

The funny thing is, most "social games" developers prefer playing FPS, strategies or RPGs themselves, but design their social games as dumbed down as possible, so that they're accessible by the stupid masses. Why? Cause that's where the money is.
I didn't believe the statistics until I developed a couple of social games as a side projects. The most profitable players are mid-aged women. This holds true even for games where the vast majority (over 80%) of active players are male. It's not uncommon for a mid-aged woman to spend ridiculous amounts of money on a social game, so that she can click the shiny buttons all week long. I still don't know the reason of this phenomenon. Maybe, they have a lot of free time and rich husbands...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Approves Opera Mini For iPhone

buruonbrails So,Opera Mini is now on all major smartphone OS-es (284 comments)

I've used it on Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Android and will definitely try it on iPhone OS later this day. So, with Opera Mini you may get consistent browsing experience no matter what smartphone (or featurephone) you choose.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Your Next Touchscreen Be Touchless?

buruonbrails Re:I prefer my mouse. (121 comments)

I prefer the keyboard. It's still the most effective input method and the fastest way to manage your computer and smartphone (provided you learned the hotkeys and commands).

more than 4 years ago
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90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View

buruonbrails What a disappointment! (279 comments)

Based on article's title, I thought they've found dark matter and dark energy!

more than 4 years ago
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Sergey Brin On Google and China

buruonbrails Totalitarianism is not always bad (368 comments)

Unfortunately for Google, totalitarian systems are very effective under some circumstances. For example, totalitarianism proved to be the most effective system during large-scaled wars and other dire conditions. Today's growth of Chinese GDP proves that it is more effective in current economical situation than either US or EU.
Don't forget, during the last twenty centuries, China had the largest economy on Earth for 18 centuries, and it always was totalitarian. Like it or not, it will soon regain its position as the largest economy on the planet. So, under the circumstances, it is Google who needs China to stay relevant in future, not vice-versa.

more than 4 years ago
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Color E-Book Displays Coming From E Ink Next Year

buruonbrails Re:Still not convinced about e-ink (219 comments)

When speaking about power consumption, I was referring to the screen. As for overall power consumption, right you are: most of the eBook readers have Linux within, and this beast has a well-known appetite for power.

more than 4 years ago
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Color E-Book Displays Coming From E Ink Next Year

buruonbrails Re:Still not convinced about e-ink (219 comments)

Just read from E-Ink screen to feel the difference. I was skeptical about E-Ink too before having tried it out. It looks almost exactly like the real paper. So, now I can't imagine using LCD for prolonged reading when you can use E-Ink device or (even better!) good old paper book.

By the way, another key advantage of E-Ink is energy consumption: it doesn't use battery when static, and uses quite a small amount of energy to redraw the page. Due to this feature, eBooks can run for weeks or even months on a single charge.

more than 4 years ago
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Humans Continue To Be "Weak Link" In Data Security

buruonbrails Re:Security Failings (117 comments)

It's because people tend to think of their passwords as words, not phrases. It's much easier to remember a simple pass phrase (e.g. "Quick_brown_fox"), than a shorter, but completely senseless random symbol combination (e.g. "gsf12mU&*").

more than 4 years ago
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An Early Look At Civilization V

buruonbrails I'm already excited (286 comments)

One unit per tile system will certainly add some realism, as you (and your enemies) can't achieve infinite troops concentration any more. Hope the new Civilization combat system will be well-thought, or it risk turning into micromanagement hell.

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Will Be Shut Down In 2011 Because of "Mistake"

buruonbrails LHC is the new Tower of Babel (183 comments)

It's one of the world's most ambitious projects. Not surprisingly, its construction and operation can be problematic from time to time.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

buruonbrails Re:A bright future for the web... (181 comments)

It's not a valid comparison. Windows is the major cash cow for MS, while IE doesn't generate direct revenue. The main reason why they are spending resources on IE is to promote Bing and a number of other products.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

buruonbrails Re:A bright future for the web... (181 comments)

Yep, the future of the web is looking good, except for IE that is lagging behind. I wonder, why MS wouldn't just get over it and discontinue the development of its monstrous browser. They've lost the browser war, why wouldn't they put their resources elsewhere?
At least IE8 is better than its predecessors and IE9 looks even better, but still..

more than 4 years ago
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AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA Over the Next 10 Years

buruonbrails Re:ARM (213 comments)

I believe (prediction alert!) that, while most of the idiotic, regular populace will just buy smartphones and netbooks, everyone with technical knowledge will still use desktops, simply because of their usefulness as a platform.

Unfortunately, in this world the idiotic, regular populace is what really matters to the industry.

more than 4 years ago
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AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA Over the Next 10 Years

buruonbrails ARM (213 comments)

All three will be marginalized by the ARM onslaught. Within 10 years, smartphone will be the personal computing device, AMD and Intel processors will power the cloud.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is Time? One Researcher Shares His Exploration

buruonbrails Re:What Is Time? (578 comments)

Entropy shows us the direction of time. Lower entropy than now means past, higher entropy means future. However, if entropy ever reaches maximal level (thermodeath of the Universe), then this measure of time won't be usable any more.

more than 4 years ago

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Google engineers cannot speak binary

buruonbrails buruonbrails writes  |  more than 6 years ago

buruonbrails writes "With all the thousands of engineers at google, you'd think someone speaks binary. But perhaps not. Attendees of the Google I/O conference were given t-shirts that, presumably, were supposed to spell GOOGLEIO on the front in binary. Just one problem, the actual message printed spells GOOGLEKO"
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