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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

eamonman No hype train (100 comments)

It does initially feel like Spore, but when Giantbomb were talking/hanging out with a some of the developers (E3 Day 1 GiantBombcast, at around 30min in or so), they pushed the devs about what the hell you do besides exploring and they didn't go too far and promise too much. They did mention some ideas that haven't been completely fleshed out yet: combat - space and planet-level, exploring (sharing? ugh), resource mining, ship upgrading. I would personally like it if they created some giant ship-design tree that would possibly be based on what your planet(s) had. But as they mentioned, these either weren't showable, or were just ideas they had, so it's probably best to wait it out and see if they can find some good gameplay mechanics and game goals. Otherwise it'll be "201X's Spore". (although I personally didn't mind Spore at the smaller kens; it's just that I remember my last hours of Spore were playing a frustrating planetary micromanagement sim. )

about 2 months ago
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Interactive Tool Visualizes Tolkien's Works

eamonman itty bitty challenge (33 comments)

hmm the only challenge I could see out of this was to figure out words that were used in one book but not in the others. While that's pretty easy for the Silmarillion and Hobbit, the individual LoTR books are harder.

Off the top of my head:
Silmarillion: maiar
Hobbit: Gloin
FoTR: Goldberry
RoTK: pyre (!)

hmm I can't get anything off the top of my head for TT. Tried Treebeard, Orthanc but oh well.

about a year and a half ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

eamonman Re:Huh. (497 comments)

The main solaris server back in college was kind of like that. I had used 9 character PWs for most of college (I figured one more made it safer :P) , and it was only finally during senior year did I notice that that last character didn't matter. In fact, you could type in anything after the first 8 and it still worked (this led to me showing off that I could still log in after mashing the keyboard)

But yeah, I mean those were the wild wild west days where you telnet-ed in (ssh-ing came around later), ytalk wasn't blocked, and finger wasn't blocked either (hence many girls got creepy ytalk requests from the outside world).

about 2 years ago
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Verizon's Galaxy Nexus To Launch Tomorrow

eamonman I guess there's no preordering... (123 comments)

at 2:55 PST, when I go to

www.verizonwireless.com/galaxynexus

which is at the end of their press release, it simply redirects to a mostly-empty page.

Also, if you simply look for the Nexus in the phones, it's not there either...

more than 2 years ago
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Nvidia's Kal-El Tegra Will Have Fifth "Companion Core"

eamonman Re:4 Cores? (98 comments)

Motorola Droid owner here. If I don't bring my charger to work, it will die at around 6-7 hours in, and that's with even nearly everything off (must be because I have nearly zero cell reception in my office). Annoying... I can't wait till my contract ends in a month or two so I can dump this slow, battery sucking thing asap. I expect these new multi core phones to at least run things faster, and hopefully save some power when they aren't running things.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

eamonman Re:[sigh] (639 comments)

It was the "6-8 weeks for delivery" that probably held mail order back (ask anyone who watched those infomercials from the 80's and they ALL said that). I mean, I remember my parents ordering games for me back in (gasp) '87-88 for our Atari ST. I believe they took about a month, and I was kinda confused when I got them (OIDS? Goldrunner? What were these games that I ordered?). That's probably why I eventually only had around 6-7 games for that system (and a whole lot of shareware), versus eventually getting around 25 on my Game Boy, and probably nearly the same number for my ol' Genesis.

Just imagine waiting that long nowadays. No kid would wait a month for anything. I know people now that complain about how long it takes to download and install games via Steam. Crazy.

more than 2 years ago
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Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.

eamonman Re:Asian-Americans 'fitting in' (362 comments)

That sounds about right.

Most Chinese Americans (not the relatively recent Taiwanese or Mandarin-speaking immigrants, but the ones originally from the Cantonese speaking Southern provinces) came to West Coast & Hawaii starting at around the gold rush, until the US passed this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act_(United_States)
That range is about 120-150 years, which is about 5-7 generations.

Most Japanese Americans in HI / CA are about 4th or 5th gen now (Also mostly from Southern prefectures...). They immigrated from the 1880's till this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentlemen's_Agreement_of_1907

It's actually at a point where the newest generations of these groups shouldn't even think about that gen number anymore, as it seems a little ridiculous. This is probably due to lack of intermingling, as it's unlikely for someone to say 'Well, I'm 1/4 7th generation Irish, 1/8th 7th generation Scottish, 3/8 10th generation Dutch, 1/16 American Indian, 1/128th English from the Mayflower..."

As a side note, those exclusionary policies were all nullified by:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1965
so that's why you see many Asians (including SE Asia and India) in 1st, 2nd and even 3rd generations now.

more than 3 years ago
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Tunnel Boring Machine Completes Hole Under Niagara Falls

eamonman I know the feeling (193 comments)

It's like when you bring 10 pickaxes, find mostly dirt, then you realize you foolishly forgot to make even a couple of shovels.

more than 3 years ago
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Father of the CD, Norio Ohga, Dead At 81

eamonman Re:yet another defective "standard" that caught on (180 comments)

I remember having this new 'CD player' in my parents' brand new entertainment system way back in '85. It was this really heavy, flat, dense thing (it looked like a flatter, simpler version of the CDP-101); I loved it because those few CDs we did have sounded far better than all of those tapes we had... even though all it could display was the track digit and the time on the CD/track.

CD-text would have been good, but hey, expecting CDs to work in a 'computer-ish' manner (like reading files) wasn't happening till the mid 90's. I mean, I didn't have a cd-rom in a computer till '95 I think. Before that you looked at CDs as simply music items, like a tape.

Note that heavy CD player still works today; I think my parents still use it to play music for get-togethers and what not.

more than 3 years ago
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Biodegradable Sneakers Sprout Flowers When Planted

eamonman Ch ch ch chia! (242 comments)

I think of that old SNL commercial when I hear about this.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Special Effects No Longer Impress

eamonman They have to push boundaries (532 comments)

Who remembers the Matrix? I recall gasps in the theatre as the camera rotated around trinity in midair. That shit was tight. What about Avatar? Tons of people were impressed with the world of pandora and the 3D effects. Special effects can definitely impress, but only if you keep them moving forward!

That's the main truth; really, people are only interested in effects if it's pushing boundaries of some kind. Avatar was pushing the realistic 3D boundary (I still haven't seen any other non-animated 3D movie where the 3D is continuous like Avatar (they usually just create multiple planes on which they map different 2D onto them), Matrix pushed that bullet time rotoscoping, etc.

On a link off the end of the OP's story (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/265869/have_modern_visual_effects_robbed_us_of_reality.html) the author mentioned things like the Bullit car chases and Butch Cassidy crashes were impressive because you knew someone was sticking their neck out to do those things. In a sense, it was their way of pushing boundaries, physical ones.

   

more than 3 years ago
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Google Earth Adds 3-D Trees

eamonman Re:Yippie. (95 comments)

If it was an automated algorithm that ID'd trees, I'd say no, this could be useful in other id'ing applications (maybe rocks, maybe separating natural from artificial objects or vice versa, etc).

If it was 1000 poor interns/schoolkids paid to click on 80000 trees each, then ok, you win, this was a bad idea.

more than 3 years ago
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The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead

eamonman So should I just go and buy (422 comments)

a PS3 already? I've been waiting for years for a good price drop (like to $200), but this news is not encouraging. I pretty much only like racing and RPGs so I'm not sure what I would play besides GT5 (maybe Yakuza, that was pretty fun on the PS2)

more than 3 years ago
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Will Wright To Make Fan-Participation TV Show

eamonman Re:Will, please read. (69 comments)

I don't want more Simcites, I just want a patch for Spore where you can assign a damn lieutenant or someone that can take care of your collections/simple alien attacks. I didn't want my dreams of exploring the center of the galaxy to be dashed simply because I didn't know how to hire someone.

more than 3 years ago
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Las Vegas Hotel Vdara an Accidental Death Ray

eamonman Map view (218 comments)

http://goo.gl/maps/ZpTd

So it looks like if the sun is high up in the sky, from probably a S or SSE angle, you'd get some good ant burning action..

So how would they fix that? Put up one of those porous billboard/shade deals that Flamingo does?

more than 3 years ago
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Some Countries Want To Ban 'Information Weapons'

eamonman Sticks and Stones (321 comments)

will break my bones and words do too?

more than 3 years ago
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Michael Jackson Themed MMO In the Works

eamonman Re:I can see the daily quests now... (180 comments)

1) change your skin color.

It's not a daily quest; the longer you play, the lighter your skin becomes.

more than 3 years ago
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They Finally Found Out We Like Our Computers

eamonman Re:Like I needed to know. (184 comments)

But he was giving you basic advice

more than 3 years ago
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Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms

eamonman My Version: lazy check writing (508 comments)

I hate it when I have to write out a check and I have a capital Q or Z to write. In my haste I usually cheat and I scribble a curvy Q or Z then continue on. Maybe 10% of the time I stop and look at the internet. This would probably never happen if I had a landlord named Quinn or Zach.

about 4 years ago

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eamonman eamonman writes  |  about 8 years ago

eamonman writes "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lVSub2wsys&mode=re lated&search="

Journals

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Zagg Zaggskins

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

http://www.zagg.com/zaggskins/index.php

Wow. I mean I thought the plastic sheets were a ripoff. My friend got a cover for their iPhone for $5 at a swap meet. They've got them for $20. We're talking almost watch markup here. Even if the quality is a lot better, that's not worth 300% more. Maybe if they have a 50% off sale then I would think of considering it.

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Janet Jackson's website

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cool, maye I juist need to browse around more, but it is pretty cool:
http://www.janetjackson.com/

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Neutral TV Programming

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm not normally a political person. But after watching enough of the Middle east War/One Sided beatdown (what was that quote, you can't havea rivalry if one side always wins... that applies here) going on right now... I mean, when you hear about the stats, 200+ people dead, thousands wounded, with a near complete arterial infrastructure destroyed on one side while we have like 10+ people dead, with some holes in buildings and roads... tt doesn't really sound like a fair fight. And no one seems to be quetioning that; they just start blaming the original kidnappings and the seemingly logical retaliation. It sounds so ludicrous; it's like chastising a kid with a black eye for kicking the bully in the shoe.

Sadly I only really noticed this when looking through the Daily Show archives (Acutally originally looking for clips of the hilarious John Hodgman) and seeing some of the current videos that were implicitly making fun of the situation.

This led to the casual surfing of YouTube; but instead of looking for the next stupid video (i.e. 720 dunk, zindane headbutt remixes), I found a lot of the videos made by people there in the middle east. While some of the personal videos taken by regular people does scare you on the empathy level:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lv0iwbRFEQ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ-Pzgs7KNY

I mean, I would be scared out of my mind if bombs starting landing near me.

But basiically the news reports that are related to those stories were interesting. These other ones were taken from the Lebanese perspective. Just having that new side was really informative. One person linked to
LinkTV, an independent news station which is making daily news segments of news reports taken from various Middle Eastern countries (both pro arab and pro israeli). These give a nice balance to this situation. After watching a few of them, it's really apparent how unbalanced it is here in America.

Its sad; I used to think that I knew where the news stations stood. I at least knew that FOX News had the conservative bias (basically only can trust the sports and the weather reports); but it seems that CNN isn't really different either, Maybe it's a little more liberal/moderate, but you'll never hear a commentator knocking the president.

Oh well; I guess I could use some precious TIVO space and get BBCA's BBC World news.

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I hate flickr

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Flickr is the slowest damn site on earth. While I can understand and rationalize its behavior, every time I use it, within a few clicks, it gets stuck. I decided to finally make an account (after enough of my friends emailed me albums), but I can't. It keeps gettting stuck at the login screen. There's not even any pictures there damnit!

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It burns it burns!

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Giada's cute, but the reaction to one of her recipies is pretty funny. This page's comments are supremely funny.

Link here.

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Snakes on a Plane

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I've only now heard about the crazy upcoming movie featureing Samuel L Jackson called, 'Snakes on a Plane". It really is about it's titile. The whole premise is funny and I agree that it'll be one of the lamest but at the same time the funniest movie in a while. IMDB has a funny as hell thread here.

Check it out (you might need to register). Almost as long and crazy (but obviously not as hateful) as that whole Lee Hotti blog meme.

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Electrice company Family guy vid

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 8 years ago

go here. I can't beleive it... they did it pretty much as accurate as I remember the show.

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Thunderbird logo

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Why do I keep thinking that it's Mega Man's head? Doesn't anyone else see this? Oh well, I guess if mozilla folks make a little pink icon for their next product, I'll start seeing Rush...

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online golf rpg

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just have to say that Shot Online is a great time suck ;). Been playing it for the better part of a couple weeks now. It's funny how there's a lot of real golfers mixed with RPG players. It's a little unrealistic (putting is like you're on a pane of glass, putting sidespin on a ball automatically makes it go farther) but it's a great game if you like 'golfpg's.

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Diggin digg

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

http://digg.com/

You know I'm starting to like this more than slashdot (oh god, say it isn't so!)
+ A little more turnover in stories.
+ Good stories still float to the top.
+ No flame retarded flamers.
+ built in SPELL CHECK comments.

- force of habit must be changed from /. to dig.

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Wow, a completely tasteless blog

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

http://durrrrr.blogspot.com/

Was slightly more disturbing when she was still alive. Now, it's just an old and tasteless joke blog.
      It is funny, however, to look at hte posts and to see the polarization of the posts.

{some mofo} Terri, blah blah, {insert bad joke}
{mofo2} Sweet dude.
{anonymous} All you people are going to f#$%in hell.

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maps

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Online maps:

maps.yahoo.com
maps.google.com
www.map24.com
www.mapquest.com

Funny how just 2 years ago, it was just mapquest and yahoo was a crappy contender. Now Mapquest sucks (slow, no larger maps ability, no satellite overlay anymore), yahoo is fast and simple, map24 is a neat one to play with, and google's just plain rocks.

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weird

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

funny how
this was modded as funny.
I'm still mad at the computer. hopefully I'll fix it during the holidays.

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googlewhacking

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Hmm, I've found the following:

flagellum truants
veranda alimonies
diminutively bayou
vanner bolshevik

The earlier ones (on the bottom) are pretty lame, but I kinda like flagellum truants. I reminds me of some Far Side cartoon where there was a teacher amoeba lecturing some student amobeas. Hmm, I should really look up that sometime in the far side collection books I have.

http://www.googlewhack.com/ ...This word came to me while googlewhatnot-ing:
"peristopholes"

I found no hits for it, but I swear I've heard it somewhere. Grr. I hope I'm not completely misspelling it though.

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Mobygames is cool

eamonman eamonman writes  |  about 10 years ago

Hmm, they accepted my game reviews. Cool. I guess no one else remembers anything about those old Atari ST games. I sure liked those FTL games though. I wonder what happend to those developers?

I wrote a review for them becaus I felt that no one was remembering those games (see link below for Sundog). Kind of sad really. Sad that I remeber them and that no one else does ;)

http://www.mobygames.com/game/sheet/gameId,8256/

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Cool Saturn picts

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Go here:

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/raw/index.cfm

I love raw data. Even though they are not annotated or cleaned, it's fun to see the real stuff pulled from the camera.

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Finally

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Finally have excellent karma! Now I can fearlessly troll and write angry tirade-comments.

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sharing psc 2210xi

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 10 years ago

God, it took long enough to figure this out. To get the HP psc2210xi to print over a windows network (i.e. shared on one computer), you must add the printer on the networked computer as an HP Deskjet 870c (see here.)

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Windows 2k tip (erasing usernames from ftp username list)

eamonman eamonman writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Grr, after searching on google for awhile now, this answer was so simple.

    If you are looking to erase a bad username (say you put in your password by accident in the username field ;) ), you just have to do three things:

1. Open regedit.
2. Do a find for the password.
3. In some key that should look like:
  My Computer\HKEY_USERS\\Software\Microsoft\Ftp\Accounts\

you'll find a key with your password. Delete it and volia!

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