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Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

darkitecture Re:Ivory tower much? (195 comments)

So... you're pretty much agreeing with the article you didn't read.

All those things you described sucked because they spent too much time detailing other less-important things such as pot plants.

about 4 months ago
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Albums From Spotify In Protest of Low Royalties

darkitecture Re:Reward the artist (301 comments)

Reward the artist by going to see a show and buying some merch. Nothing else really gets back to them in any significant amounts.

Although I agree with you wholeheartedly and try to support my favorite artists as much as I can, this is nowhere near as practical for most of the world as one might first think.

One of my closest friends is a mad Dave Matthews Band fan and has been fortunate enough to attend at least four DMB gigs over the past twelve months. I'm sure Dave Matthews and my friend are both pleased as punch about this setup. My favorite artists include amongst others David Bowie and Tom Waits. I live in Japan. Go on and have a guess how many gigs either of them have put on in Japan in the past 12 months.

Now guess how many gigs either of them have put on here in Japan in the past 12 years.

Hint: you could have a nasty accident with a bandsaw and still count them on one hand. Now I'm not faulting the artists or their manager or anybody. That's life unfortunately. Even if my tastes were more mainstream, I still wouldn't come close to being able to see as many concerts as most Americans. I don't see Rihanna or Jay Z or Radiohead hosting many concerts here either. Radiohead hasn't toured here since 1994!

I've seen many of my favorite artists both here and overseas and almost without exception I've gone out of my way to get great (read: expensive) seats because I see great value for money in spending hundreds of dollars in seeing my favorite artists perform live. It's unfortunate for both me and the artists I would be willing to support that I don't live in the continental US or mainland Europe where most concerts seem to be held.

1 year,13 days
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Interpreting Global Flight Maps

darkitecture Re:Interpretations (93 comments)

Reminds me of a quote by Edgar Fiedler: "Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard."

about a year ago
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Official: Playstation 4 Will Play Used Games

darkitecture from a Japanese perspective (221 comments)

to be honest, from a person who has lived in Japan a very long time, this really doesn't come as too much of a surprise. There are dozens of VERY big chains and thousands upon thousands of stores both parts of chains and independently owned in Japan that exist almost solely for the exchange of used games. Some deal exclusively in games, most usually mix in some used books/manga/anime/magazines/DVDs/clothes but games and manga would definitely be their meat and potatoes if simple floorspace allocation is anything to go by. If there was any possibility that this was even remotely true, there's a very, very large population of Japanese people who would have already risen up as one angry mob complete with the Japanese modern day equivalent of torches and pitchforks and fucking SLAYED Sony.

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Gov't: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal

darkitecture How neutral (463 comments)

It's a Beige Alert!

more than 2 years ago
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Will Patents Make NCAA Football Playoffs Impossible?

darkitecture Re:Why have that in colleges at all? (177 comments)

Short answer: Because at the end of the day, having a high-profile and appealing sports program makes them a lot more money than they invest in it.

more than 3 years ago
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Top 10 Things Hollywood Thinks Computers Can Do

darkitecture Re:They forgot the beeping interfaces (874 comments)

That's one thing that always drives me nuts when I'm watching computers being used on TV or in the movies... EVERY user interface element BEEPS. Text will scroll on the screen (no idea why it won't just show all at once) and as the computer renders each and every single character, it lets out a beep. That sort of machine would drive me nuts after about 3 minutes of use.

John Badham (director of WarGames) explains it quite well on the director's commentary for WarGames - Movie studio executives insist that when something happens on-screen, it must have an associated sound so the audience knows something is happening. Everyone knows a computer doesn't beep every time you press a key. But just like most people require tactile feedback when typing for optimum performance (one of the multitude of reasons Star Trek's LCARS input interface will never truly be embraced in reality), studios insist the audience needs aural feedback when something is happening.

more than 4 years ago
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THX Caught With Pants Down Over Lexicon Blu-ray Player

darkitecture No shock (397 comments)

The audio industry being less than honest?

Say it ain't so!

more than 4 years ago
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Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture Re:oh god (262 comments)

if you're looking for an alternative to using your hands when you think "internet porn" and you think of this... you should get out more.

more than 4 years ago
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Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture Re:oh god (262 comments)

actually, i was just thinking the same thing. would you be able to think "capital T" or would you somehow have to simultaneously think "hold shift key" and then "type T"?

more than 4 years ago
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Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture Re:oh god (262 comments)

i don't disagree, but your point really doesn't have anything to do with mine.

i'm pretty sure "let's call it the internet" and "we could use it to share stupid memes" weren't uttered in the same breath.

i'm also pretty sure karl benz first thought after inventing the modern automobile wasn't "you know what, i'd really like to get shitfaced drunk and give this baby a crash test" either.

more than 4 years ago
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Typing With Your Brain

darkitecture oh god (262 comments)

yes, because what we need is more twitter.

whenever i hear about groundbreaking advancements in the neurosciences, i for one automatically think about how it can improve my twitter feed.

sigh.

more than 4 years ago
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Indian Tiger Park Now Tiger-Free

darkitecture What the fuck (170 comments)

Your number one priority in a Tiger Park is... to maintain the tiger population. How the fuck do you let 24 tigers die in 36 months? Am I the only one that thinks that maybe after the first 12 months someone should have said, "wait a minute, we've got less tigers now than 12 months ago" and tried to figure out what the fuck was going wrong? How the fuck do you not notice anything is wrong in three years? Surely 24 tigers did not die in the past few months, right?

Maybe I'm assuming too much; I was sick the day they taught tiger maintenance at tiger school.

about 5 years ago
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Cruising Fisherman's Wharf For New Passports' Serial Numbers

darkitecture Re:Nothing to worry about... (276 comments)

Or you could, you know, stick the thing in the microwave for ten seconds.

Enough to zap the chip, not enough to toast the paperwork.

Done and done, job well done.

about 5 years ago
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100 Million Used Games Traded Each Year In the US

darkitecture Does it really fucking matter? (135 comments)

Honestly, does it really fucking matter?

It doesn't matter if 100 used games are traded each year or 100 million. GAME COMPANIES GOT THEIR CUT WHEN THEY FUCKING SOLD IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

I don't give a shit if it takes 5% or 95% of their 'potential revenue' away - JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE ENTITLED TO IT.

In the puntastic words of someone funnier than me, it's not rocket surgery. Geez.

about 5 years ago
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When watching a movie, I like to add calories via ...

darkitecture The clue (457 comments)

You know what your first clue was?

The name.

Pocky gets its name from the sound the snack makes when you bite it and it snaps... "Pocky! It's one of the many onomatopoeic phrases that the Japanese use. But I digress. When a snack's most prominent feature is the way it SOUNDS, you know you're in trouble when it comes to flavor.

Another example of the Japanese obsession with a food's non-flavor-related traits: Konyaku. A completely bland gelatin-like food praised almost entirely for its texture rather than taste.

more than 5 years ago
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Legends of Zork Goes Live

darkitecture Quick! (76 comments)

Quick! Before the server gets eaten by a grue.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging

darkitecture Re:Not convinced (152 comments)

Here's a novel idea:

For every example you gave, I don't see one that could not be achieved with more accuracy and less hassle than having a mouse in each hand with a different colored cursor. Except for maybe public access, which let's face it is served very well with current touch technology already.

But selling people another $5 mouse just wouldn't be as cool, hypeworthy or anywhere nearly as marketable now, would it?

more than 5 years ago

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