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in which i am a noob all over again

etherlad Aw (17 comments)

I love you too, man.

more than 2 years ago

New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

etherlad Re:The Eternal Battle (258 comments)

marcan, long-time fan. Been running Homebrew since December-ish 2008, and having installed it on my dad's system, he loves it too. Keep up the excellent work!

more than 4 years ago

5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England

etherlad Hamilton, 43 15' 0" N / 79 50' 0" W (560 comments)

Felt it here. Stuff rattled like a truck was going by, only without the rumble associated with an actual truck. Also, it persisted for far too long.

My first earthquake!

more than 4 years ago

Russian Company Buys ICQ

etherlad Very popular (136 comments)

Also widely popular among spammers.

I still have my ICQ account (seven-digit UIN starting with 1, woo) but pretty much the only traffic it gets anymore is spammers trying to add me and trying to send me IMs. Trillian fortunately blocks the latter for me.

more than 4 years ago

Nostalgic Elation — the Super Mario Crossover

etherlad Re:Meh. (67 comments)

Not quite the same, but we've got Super Mario War Wii for Wii Homebrew, which lets you select dozens of different sprites. They all do the same thing, though.

more than 4 years ago

IEEE Introduces Mario Level-Generation Competition

etherlad Re:Random Levels (114 comments)

1997, Blizzard - Diablo, Diablo: Hellfire
2000, Blizzard - Diablo II

more than 4 years ago

Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?

etherlad Re:Pity (148 comments)

I had no problem with the 0.5 release, but I also prefer an up-to-date Firefox over Ubiquity, so I downgraded.

Thanks again!

more than 4 years ago

Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?

etherlad Re:Pity (148 comments)

Huh. At one point they made 1.9 (I believe) as a transitional release to 0.5, which had a different, mostly incompatible, command structure.

So they've updated 1.9 to be compatible with FF 3.6, but the latest release I have, 0.5.4, remains incompatible.

Odd decision, but if it works, it works. Thanks for the heads-up.

more than 4 years ago

Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?

etherlad Pity (148 comments)

Damn shame. I used it all the time to create tinyurls, to translate text on the fly, and so on. It was a handy little utility, and I was excited with the direction they wanted to go it.

It'd be nice if they could even just do a version update so I could use it with Firefox 3.6.

more than 4 years ago

75% of Enterprises Have Suffered Cyber Attacks, Costing $2M+ On Average

etherlad Wessels (81 comments)

I think the more alarming statistic is that 75% of Enterprises have suffered Klingon attacks.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Could Have Saved Ontario Hundreds of Millions

etherlad I used to work for Hamilton Health Sciences... (294 comments)

... so I'm getting a real kick out of these replies.

Seriously, back in 2002 I was working at HHS, of which McMaster is a part. The pilot project I was on was looking for a solution to push out to relevant departments all over southern Ontario. It was a mess of completely unrelated databases and paper files. I remember looking at Oscar as a possible solution, and I was ooing and aaahing over it. Don't remember the details now, but it was really elegant and did everything it was supposed to be doing. I can only imagine what it looks like now, eight years later. I recommended it heartily to my superiors. Don't know what they did with it, if anything, once my contract ran out.

Good on ya, Mac!

more than 4 years ago

a return which is long overdue (plus achievements!)

etherlad Weclome (17 comments)

Welcome back, Wil. I read your blog and see you at Fark, but it's good to see you here again.

about 5 years ago

Blizzard Answers Your Questions and More

etherlad Re:Biased source (368 comments)

Well, to be fair, the Warcraft RPG was a licensed D&D product, and published under the d20 license. It was one of the few third-party games to actually bear the D&D logo.

The World of Warcraft RPG, conversely, was published under the OGL. I never picked them up, so I can't speak as to what was or wasn't updated between editions.

about 5 years ago

Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt"

etherlad Re:Summary doesn't make it clear... (624 comments)

Here we have at Tucker what is called the "hoe squad" and it is what it sounds like.

No... No it isn't.

more than 5 years ago

Why Video Games Are Having a Harder Time With Humor

etherlad Favourites over time (202 comments)

I've always enjoyed Sierra's Space Quest series. No other game series I can think of had "taste" and "smell" as valid commands. "This rough area tastes strangely like blood. Oh, that is blood. You've shredded your tongue. Your mother should've warned you about licking strange areas." Gary Owens was a great narrator.

For a more subtle brand of humour, Sierra's Quest for Glory series was great. The subject matter was often serious, but the developers threw in plenty of awful puns and simply bizarre non-sequiturs which really added to the world.

After that, I don't think I played anything genuinely funny for years until the Sam & Max episodes from Telltale. Their Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People had its moments, and I really enjoyed Episode 1 of PA's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (haven't played #2 yet).

more than 5 years ago

What's the Importance of Graphics In Video Games?

etherlad Re:What does "good graphics" mean? (506 comments)

I absolutely adore Wind Waker. I played the hell out of that game. I'd love to see more games done in the same style (well sure, Phantom Hourglass. But still).

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Seeks Web Removal of Courtroom Audio

etherlad Re:Too late (138 comments)

If it works for CSI, it'll work for me!

No wait, Visual Basic GUIs are only good for tracing IP addresses.

more than 5 years ago

Hawking Says Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution

etherlad Re:Write about what you know (398 comments)

This is a pure ad-hominem attack. You show absolutely no understanding of the message, you don't even mention it with one single word, but you feel you can bash the messenger.

That word: I do not think it means what you think it means.

How is calling him a very smart man, whom I respect, bashing the messenger? All I'm doing is saying he's not the best person to be delivering this particular message.

The interesting fact is, Hawkings has not even taken on genetics itself (of which he is no expert), he states taht human evolution is determined by more than just genes, as we are a species that leaves behind us more information than just what is stored in our genes. So he wasn't even talking from the podium of a geneticist; his was a larger-picture stance looking at humankind as more than just an animal species.

Let me repeat what one of my friends -- a molecular biologist -- said in response to the question "Haven't humans somehow halted or artificially altered the course of evolution?"

Simply put? No, we haven't. This is a common misconception and you'll even see some biologists uttering it but it couldn't be further from the truth. Have we changed our fitness landscape with modern medicine and all that? Certainly. But there is still natural selection going on, we have just managed to alter those selective constraints. One could actually argue that because of modern medicine we now have more raw material for evolution in the human population. Genetic variants that would have been lethal 50 years ago (killed you before you reproduced) may not be now, this allows humans, as a population, to explore deeper "fitness valleys". Compensatory mutations may then turn these negative traits into net positives down the road, we really can't predict anything about the path evolution will take.

So no, all we have done is altered what is important and visible to natural selection through our ingenuity and shifted the emphasis of natural selection, not removed it from the picture.

Does that show sufficient understanding of the message for you?

more than 5 years ago



Vampire: The Masquerade's 20th Anniversary

etherlad etherlad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

etherlad writes "Seminal RPG Vampire: The Masquerade is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a special 20th Anniversary edition. Not available in stores, this 500-page full-color behemoth will have info on all clans, bloodlines, and Disciplines. People attending White Wolf's convention, The Grand Masquerade, can get it a month early with a unique cover treatment; everyone else can pre-order from the WW store. The book is currently undergoing an open development process via the development blog, and via Twitter (hashtag #v20)."
Link to Original Source

MythBusters' Savage gets busted over bad AT&T

etherlad etherlad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

etherlad writes "MythBusters' Adam Savage got a bill for $11,000 for "a few hours" of Web surfing while in Canada, using his AT&T USB Mercury modem. AT&T gave him a quote of a data rate "at .015 cents, or a penny and a half, per kb." Looks like AT&T didn't learn from Verizon's inability to do math. AT&T is also claiming Savage downloaded over 9 GB, which he calls "frakking impossible." Savage is leading Twitter users in a revolt."
Link to Original Source

etherlad etherlad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

etherlad writes "Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and the Offord Centre for Child Studies in Hamilton teamed with scientists and clinicians from centres elsewhere in Canada and eight other countries to scan the entire human genome for autism-related genes. The consortium of scientists — 137 from 50 centres worldwide that make up the Autism Genome Project — analyzed DNA from about 1,600 families with autistic children to try to zero in on a specific group of brain cells and the genes that affect their development and function. Their analysis led them in part to a region on chromosome 11, as well as to a gene known as neurexin 1, part of a family of genes believed to be important in communication between neurons, particularly during the brain's development."


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