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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

cfalcon Re:Stop fucking calling it e-sports (146 comments)

and email isn't mail. what's your point?

This got modded troll? It's a perfectly valid comparison! He's saying that putting e- in front of something to denote that it's electronic means you aren't even claiming its the same thing. Would the post office come around in 19XX and be all "You can't call it email, it's just a bunch of beared unix guys transmitting a few bits. There's not even any trucks!"

about a month ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

cfalcon Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Playing real sports with friends can harm you for life as well, so be sure to put that into your equation. After all, presumably the casual football players are fucking unhealthy idiots in your world too, as after all, the casual videogamers are "swilling red buff, munching on funyuns".

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

cfalcon Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

The "youtube herp derp" chrome addon (a joke addon that literally replaces all the youtube comments with a stream of "herp" and "derp", allowing you to right click the comment to revert to normal) has...

Really improved the youtube experience. I often would catch a glimpse of comments, and they were normally awful. Conspiratorial, racist, ludicrously political, wildly insulting, whatever. TERRIBLE.

There are a couple videos with acceptable comments, but you mostly know those going in, and unherping them is trivial.

Anyway, google+ doesn't stop that, and you've always been able to youtube account comment, and whatever. This is actually nice because I've never understood why google felt the need to copy suckerberg and his fucking palace of shit. Now I can actually use Google+- I'd never tolerate my real name returning everything I ever write about anything and to anyone to an employer. The idea that this is ok or reasonable is a laughable mid-2000s idea. We knew it sucked in the 80s, the 90s, and now. Good riddance to bad fucking rubbish.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

cfalcon Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

If a brain scan is "reliable", rest assured it will be mandatory, and amendments will be ignored to make this happen.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

cfalcon Terrible title (109 comments)

Others have said it too, but this guy isn't "bald", he has an autoimmune system that attacks his hair follicles.

Definition of "bald": "having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair."

This guy lacked: eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair, body hair, pubic hair, and all head hair.

The treatment fixed it all, because it was autoimmune in nature.

This is huge for the sufferers of this disease- who are very rare, and not linked to sex.

It's worthless to the many bald men who find sometime after puberty that their head hair just retracts. Those men are actually bald. This guy was something else entirely.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

cfalcon Re:title should be... (109 comments)

Mod this up. While this is a great discovery, the autoimmune form of this is super rare compared to any of the male pattern baldness things.

It won't help most men at all. But, still, good news.

about 3 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

cfalcon Re:Lamepocalypse (293 comments)

For the Windows gaming PC, I went with the 250 for an operating system. Mostly because at least it's an operating system, not some crazy mock up like Windows 8. Windows 8 just made me think that Microsoft is fucking insane- the few things written by the GUI designers about how it's for these users and not for these users and they have this model of user types and they want to get their casuals off the desktop or whatfuckingever- just go to hell, guys. Everyone who wants to innovate can be divided cleanly into two camps: people who jump through legal and technical hoops to prevent you from opting out of their bullshit, and those that don't. The folks in the second group normally have something to sell you. The folks in the first group- and that includes Microsoft on all counts and fucking GNOME on some- are arrogant pricks not worth the time of day.

Quite honestly, the moment I can play games natively under Linux, I'll be full Linux again. And no, WINE and derivatives are not adequate for all of gaming, and very much not the section I use.

about 4 months ago
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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

cfalcon Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (96 comments)

Agh, my kingdom for a mod point. This is a very very good point that gets almost no play.

about 6 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

cfalcon Re:ruined long ago (253 comments)

Probably haven't killed any heroic raid bosses eh? The grouping part is still there, but it's not as present at the lower levels, or for the simpler things. But if you want to group, there's three tiers that make that mandatory and reward accordingly.

Currently the pve game is: Levelling and dungeons -> dungeons, scenarios at 90 -> LFR -> Flex -> Normal -> Heroic.

Everything from Flex up takes a premade group to succeed with. Heroics take a lot more effort and dedication, etc.

about 7 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

cfalcon Re:Is this fun? (253 comments)

As you would expect, some people really like leveling, and that is mostly what they do. Others view it as a regrettable grind that comes with the genre, a cockblock before they can get to the part they like.

about 7 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

cfalcon Level 100 is the cap (253 comments)

On live, level 90 is the cap. The for-sale 90s are intended to be brought to the new expansion, which goes up to level 100. Since all the content is at level cap, this move makes some sense. The summary should at least mention that level 100 will be the cap when these things are for sale. Pretending that "the game is the experience of leveling, after which you have won" can be forgiven, but leaving out the actual level cap? Shenanigans.

about 7 months ago
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

cfalcon Dogs are best (139 comments)

I love all these studies that constantly come out showing that dogs are, well, loving, loyal, and built to hang around humans. Of COURSE they are. Dogs are domesticated, and like, are the best thing ever.

I would like to see more studies about how flexible these relatively large changes are, and how fast they can occur. We all know about the Russion project to make "dogs out of foxes" by domesticating foxes by choosing them based on friendliness:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Do these little foxes have a section where they are mirroring the dogs? In other words, is this morphological change something that happens when an animal is domesticated into a pet, or are dogs just special because awwwww doggie?

about 7 months ago
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

cfalcon Are we supposed to be shamed? (320 comments)

That we like something that other white dudes and asian dudes are into? Fuck no. It's fine. Not everyone has to like every thing. If only white guys like it, that doesn't mean that something must be WRONG with it, or white guys, or that the whole institution is sexist and/or racist.

The NBA isn't very racially diverse, and has 0 sexual diversity. Who gives a fuck?

about 7 months ago
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

cfalcon Re:Huh? (320 comments)

Played at high level, sports don't really increase fitness beyond a point, they increase your ability to play in your role. Football players shorten their lives in many ways, and no, not all of them are related to head banging injuries. Is that fitness? For a quarterback, likely. But plenty of the team is about fulfilling a role. Sumo wrestlers don't live long either- sustaining that much muscle (and of course the famous fat) is hard for any body.

Played at a casual level, of course sports offer benefits. Play football with your other sedentary buddies and you will all increase health.

Played at a high level, e-sports don't really increase cognition beyond a point, they increase your ability to play in your role. Starcraft players don't go on to make vast maps in their head, or use their extraordinary decision making skills in some manner, because a role for those explicit cognophysical tricks just doesn't exist outside of video games. Is that intelligence?

Played at a casual level, of course e-sports offer other benefits. Play starcraft with your other non-computer aware buddies and you will all get better at computers, reaction time, decision making, planning ability, and other facets of cognitive health.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

cfalcon Noscript (2219 comments)

I didn't see anything up there about not needing the perpetually insecure javascript to comment. That's a pretty big deal.

about 7 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

cfalcon Surprisingly shitty (164 comments)

I just got the "hey go check out beta" alert. I figured it would be the same with with different underhood. WOW this is shit. And sure enough, I had to enable scripting. Bro, it's fucking COMMENTS. It doesn't need java, or script, or javafuckingscript.

This could be the death of this site. Sad. Been browsing this since early college.

about 7 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

cfalcon Re: Oh yes (459 comments)

Dvorak is unquestionably better. The only folks who tried to show otherwise had a Bone-Ta-Pick- they were free market types trying to show that QWERTY was not a failure of the market, which it is- it selects for short term gains over long term efficiency.

The thing is, unlike the shitpile keyboards demonstrated in TFA, I can walk up to a QWERTY box and make it Dvorak. Modern OSes memorize by user, so it doesn't shit on the other users of the machine. Sure, the keyboard still LOOKS dumb- older, nicer keyboards let me swap letters around, after all, and newer ones are not yet smart enough to have the letters generated by LCD or whatever- but it's still fully functional for me or someone who likes the masochistic QWERTY bullshit. Changing caps lock to some split thing, fucking around with the rest of the layout for no reason, breaking the keyboard for anyone but a tippy-tappy casual, is fucked up. I game, I program, I write, and all of these demand a real fucking keyboard, not some shit show. 100% agree with TFA, and no, Dvorak is not any manner of counterexample.

You know what key I always have to disable in the registry though? Fucking Windows Key. The auto-lose key in any game, and conveniently placed directly between two constantly hit thumb keys. What a debacle.

about 8 months ago
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TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

cfalcon Re:LOL "investigators" (222 comments)

Interesting.

I think "attacker" is the better term. The purpose of security is to *work*, we should choose terms that map to that.

about 7 months ago
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TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

cfalcon Re:In other words (222 comments)

No dude, it PROMPTS you for the password. It's not in the "bootup process", that's the whole point.

about 8 months ago
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TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

cfalcon Re:Memory dump lol (222 comments)

Truecrypt is used across many platforms. Unlike cryptsetup / loop fun, you can walk it to a windows box, mount and modify, and walk it back.

about 8 months ago

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