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Player-Run MMORPG By Former Ultima Online Devs Finding Kickstarter Success

geminidomino Re:Games are getting to be like TV shows (33 comments)

Sounds great. I think I'll be all over it if/when I can get a copy of it uncoupled from Steam.

10 hours ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

geminidomino Re:It's all bullshit (156 comments)

Since the system works like an old-school video arcade (how much you can get done is directly proportional to how much money you have to dump into it), I'm not quite sure what you're getting at.

10 hours ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

geminidomino Re:Present without comments (989 comments)

Because Slashdot is run by the corporate whores at Dice, not Anita Sarkeesian.

10 hours ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

geminidomino Re:It's all bullshit (156 comments)

Except you're not. You're responding to someone who has begged off of voting to elect (but still vainly tries to keep shit like Florida's 2008 "Amendment 2" out, for some reason) because there are exactly zero options that don't equate to fucking himself over.

So you're preaching to the choir.

12 hours ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

geminidomino Re:Ads (301 comments)

That's why GOG gets $2-300 from me every fall sale. I'm so weak...

yesterday
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

geminidomino Re:It's all bullshit (156 comments)

Look at your own sig very carefully, and think about it a little bit.

yesterday
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

geminidomino Re:Ads (301 comments)

Another obvious difference is that buying a legal copy of a creative work does not in itself subject me to severely degraded system performance, wasting arbitrary amounts of bandwidth I'm already paying for on things I didn't ask for, or assorted security and privacy risks.

Unless the "creative work" is a computer game, of course.

4 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

geminidomino Re:Welp, sold (301 comments)

I presume, from the (rather thin) description that your favorite websites are ones you go to more often, so they'll get more of those little chunks of money sent their way, no?

4 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

geminidomino Re:It's all bullshit (156 comments)

Because the actual choices are evil, evil, I-don't-know-you, never-heard-of-you, who-are-you and I-don't-care-enough-to-actually-check-who-the-choices-are.

And it's naive to assume that I-don't-know-you, never-heard-of-you, and who-are-you aren't just as evil, or at least as enthusiastically corruptible, as the scumbags we keep getting stuck with.

4 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

geminidomino Re:It's all bullshit (156 comments)

Saying you won't because there's little chance they'll win is a self-fulfilling prophecy

What about saying you won't because, in the end, you're not likely to see any appreciable difference anyway?

When the game board is made of toxic waste, going out and buying a new set of plastic tokens doesn't fix the whole "getting deathly sick" thing.

4 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

geminidomino Re:Wow (554 comments)

When are they going to pull the books from Amazon that have any subjects where a man is a pedophile, or a rapist?

Of course not. Those are approved stereotypes.

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

geminidomino Re:So close, so far (554 comments)

Though back in my day we didn't have the Internet or easymode, and I was much too sane to call a $3.99/minute ($294,829,482/second in today's money) "tip" line.

Back in the day before the day, the tipline was free, except for LD charges.

Other than that, I have pretty much the same history, I just couldn't pass up the "get off my lawn" moment. ;)

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

geminidomino Re:So close, so far (554 comments)

And perhaps the best one, Lewis's Law: Comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.

Apparently, Lewis is/was a feminist. In the rational universe, we call that "begging the question."

5 days ago
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Player-Run MMORPG By Former Ultima Online Devs Finding Kickstarter Success

geminidomino Re:Games are getting to be like TV shows (33 comments)

Just how much control is given to the players? Creating our own quest lines and NPCs, etc is kind of obviously intended, but just how far down the rabbit hole can we go?

Can players define their own weapon/armor stats? What about models?
Can players modify their rulesets to add, for example, new loot drop tables? How about new crafting professions?

And, actually a really important question: Is the digital release going to be available without Steam?

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

geminidomino Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

There have been plenty of those: legitimate, technical complaints about design flaws, suitability, and downright broken shit. Yet, somehow, that all seems to fall under the "Lul Change-hating luddite uniz nekbeard" response. So I really don't think we can take any proponents of systemd seriously, either.

Since Debian's not going to protect me from this svchost-cum-kitchen-sink abortion after all, looks like we're going to FreeBSD!

about a week ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

geminidomino Re:Simple and stupid question (89 comments)

Get over yourself and your One True Way, Holier Than Thou attitude

Funny, that's my boilerplate response to GNOME these days.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

geminidomino Re:Opposition is from a small elite (550 comments)

So Network Manager had to come in because init lacked the ability

You say that like it's a bad thing. Have you replaced your car because it doesn't chop carrots, yet? The init system didn't NEED to deal with the network settings, because it's a fucking init system, not a network manager.

Where the hell did this whole kitchen sinking mess come from?

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

geminidomino Re:damn (550 comments)

person who's decided to stop doing what they _wanted_ to do

Emphasis mine. No one else stopped them. There's a world of difference.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

geminidomino Re:Systemd is killing the Debian project. (550 comments)

Saying that "monolithic" means "single binary" or any of the other paraphrasings pretty much disqualifies anyone using that (incorrect) handwave from taking part in any real discussion of technical merits/flaws of the system. It's a double whammy of "don't know what the hell you're talking about", and "don't care to learn better, because you have brand loyalty to uphold."

Unfortunately, there's too many of them on both sides to let the grownups talk.

about a week ago

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New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 10 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."
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Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at http://scroogle.org/ "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.

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Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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