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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

ftobin Re:various card games (367 comments)

I agree with your bit about the special build phase speeding up the games, we just skip that rule for simplicity and reducing the need for attentiveness when it's not your turn. I also agree with your points about trading -- I try to chime in and discourage people offering open-ended trades. You're free to ask "I'm looking for a brick", but not "What will someone give me for a brick".

What we have recently found to help the game along is Helpers of Catan. These helpers reduce the absolutely necessity of trading, and often make the game more "efficient" through the small bonuses they give.

http://www.catan.com/game/cata...

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

ftobin Re:various card games (367 comments)

We just don't do the optional build phase. This allows people to build up larger hands, and makes a 7-roll more devastating exciting.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

ftobin two classes of games (367 comments)

My wife and I very commonly play games with our friends. We break games up into two types: party games, and "long-form" games.
The party games are meant for slightly larger groups, with high iterations.
Long-form games are good for 4-6 people, spending the night playing one game in a more "serious" manner.

Favorite party games:
* Catchphrase (great party-starter)
* Turbo Cranium
* Charoodles
* Imaginiff

Favorite long-form games (3-4 hours):
* Settlers of Catan (with at least Seafarers or Traders & Barbarians)
* Ticket to Ride (Europe)
* Carcassonne

We tried Pandemic, a co-op game, but it wasn't that big of a hit. I'm hoping we try Robinson Crusoe: Cursed Island soon.

yesterday
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

ftobin Re:drive with two feet? (394 comments)

Wouldn't you think using two feet is less complex than being required to move your foot around all the time, needing to keep the state of what foot is where, instead of just being programmed to always do the same action with the correct leg?

We seem to have no problem with people using one arm for one thing, another for something else: video game controllers, keyboards and mouse, etc.

about 5 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

ftobin Re:drive with two feet? (394 comments)

I have no real advice on what we should do about stick...perhaps the clutch is in the middle?

about 5 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

ftobin Re:drive with two feet? (394 comments)

True, that might be what would occur too. But why not use two feet since we have them? I'm not convinced that hitting both pedals simultaneously is a big concern though...brakes override the engine, and from my experience I'm extremely hard-wired to only using my left for braking. It'd be dangerous for me to use my right.

about 5 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

ftobin drive with two feet? (394 comments)

I was taught from my driving instructor (who drove trucks for a living) to drive with two feet. As long as you're driving automatics, it only made sense that this provides safer driving since:

1) You can't hit the wrong pedal with the "one foot" you're using. Left foot is always brake, right is always gas.

2) You can cover the brake while holding the accelerator down. Not needing to depress and switch pedals improves reaction times.

3) If you ever did slam down with two feet, brakes override the engine. As a two-foot driver, I doubt I'd press the right foot down to brake, though -- I've had enough close calls. Additionally, I've occasionally tried using my right foot to brake in low-speed situations and it's scary, since I'm so hard-wired to only use the left.

I don't recommend re-teaching existing drivers, but we should at least be teaching new drivers the safest way.

The "one foot" style of driving is simply a poor carryover from manual transmissions. If automatic-transmission cars were designed from scratch today with no backstory, we'd have the brake over on the left, the gas on the right. Simple, obvious.

about 5 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

ftobin Re:One pedal to rule them all... (394 comments)

I suspect the pedal would move, just like it does in my radar-guided cruise control.

about 5 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

ftobin Re:Beware journald... (379 comments)

Tab completion is largely a function of the shell (bash/zsh/etc.), not of the program being completed.

about 7 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

ftobin Re:Great news! (343 comments)

By causing some degree of inflammation now and causing reforms, the revelations may reduce greater conflicts in the future. Imagine these programs were revealed in their infancy, and stopped then. We wouldn't have had the increased tension we have now. The scope of these programs appears to have continually expanded, virtually unchecked. The uproar over even larger programs could be worse.

It can be analogous to the Pentagon papers from revelation immediately, but long-term, many lives were saved.

about 7 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

ftobin Re:So, cue up.. (462 comments)

I fully agree. Our goal should be competitive markets. Whether that means more regulation, or less regulation, our goal is increased competition.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Detect Two Dozen Computers Trying To Sabotage Tor Privacy Network

ftobin Re:Slashdot does this... (94 comments)

Subscribers get HTTPS.

about 7 months ago
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Ford Engineers Test 'Predictive Logic' To Improve Cruise Control

ftobin Re:i'm all for it... (112 comments)

I think what is happening is that people can be paced easily. I see it when traffic starts to roll at a traffic light -- people will match the car beside them often.

about 8 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

ftobin Re:Replacement for cash not bank accounts (276 comments)

A deflationary currency sucks, because over time, you will be paying back your loans over time in deflating BTCs that are worth more and more in real money terms, than the money you borrowed.

Most of the time you are baying back more money in real terms than the money you borrowed -- it just depends on the APR of the loan.

An APR of %0 in bitcoins based against a 2% USD inflation would be a equivalent to a 4% APR in USD against the same inflation rate.

about 9 months ago
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Comet ISON Survives Perihelion (Barely)

ftobin Re:A snowball's chance in Hell? (62 comments)

Will it be possible that Democrats and Republicans work together for the nation?
Will RIAA/MIAA admit that they have been wrong and allow that piracy in fact is not as harmful to the music industry as they have said?
Will sheeple wake up and take charge of their lives?
Will Thanksgiving day shoppers will be calm, patient, and polite?
Will my boss give me a raise?

In no particular order, "no", "no", "no", "no" and "probably not".

about 9 months ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

ftobin Re:Tor compromised (620 comments)

This time it's appropriate to Blame Canada!

about a year ago
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

ftobin Re:Already happening (867 comments)

The grandparent was talking about the USPS, which has been ruined by requiring pension allocations 75 years in advance, and yes, this was entirely a Republican venture. Nothing you are talking about even resembles the magnitude of pre-funding the USPS has to do.

about a year ago

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