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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

jasper_amsterdam Re:Crusader kings II (669 comments)

Yeah, I also went from xcom to ck2. And in both I can't stop myself from save/load cheating. =( In xcom I went iron man, but that's not supported for ck2 with DLCs. Guess I'll have to learn self-discipline (but not enough to stop playing)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

jasper_amsterdam Blood Bowl and Crusader Kings 2 (669 comments)

For my multi-player itch it's still Blood Bowl, and has been so for years now (played high-quality low-graphics for free on the donation-based site fumbbl.com ), and my latest single-player addiction is the deep feudal dynasty simulator crusader kings 2.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

jasper_amsterdam Re:just be straight up (399 comments)

Good point, the public key being public is key.

1 year,21 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

jasper_amsterdam just be straight up (399 comments)

Ask the secretary 'could you please ask your IT department for your' and then use any term, since they'll know.

1 year,21 days
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The Downside of Warp Drives: Annihilating Whole Star Systems When You Arrive

jasper_amsterdam Skyrocket (235 comments)

That's exactly what I was thinking. Now that it's suddenly a planetbuster with free ammo, chances of it getting built just skyrocketed! =P

about 2 years ago
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Publisher of Free Textbooks Says It Will Now Charge For Them, Instead

jasper_amsterdam Re:Off topic - looking for help (156 comments)

Thanks for the info, will take the snide in stride. =D

about 2 years ago
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Publisher of Free Textbooks Says It Will Now Charge For Them, Instead

jasper_amsterdam Off topic - looking for help (156 comments)

Hi /. Sorry for the off topic but I'm looking for help from the /. community and have no idea how to reach the hive other than comments. A long time ago (2 years?) there was a post on a tool that would automatically install the most recent version of a bunch of shareware and freeware without clicking through all the muck. I didn't save the link and despite some googling haven't been able to retrieve it. It seems like a tool that would save hours when installing a new system (if safe). Does someone remember the link or can someone with better search-fu find it? Thanks! Jasper

about 2 years ago
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Chrome Extension Adds Facebook, Twitter To Google+

jasper_amsterdam Re:Transitioning Is Easy (71 comments)

Until I succeed in transporting my friends, I will appreciate the integration.

more than 3 years ago
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Chrome Extension Adds Facebook, Twitter To Google+

jasper_amsterdam Re:How long till Facebook break it? (71 comments)

I'm not sure they can do that. If they have an API for (mobile) apps to integrate friends streams and such, I doubt they could specifically interrupt this (unless they use the lawyers to do so. Then again, Google has been for opening data where fb has been for shutting it up, so the best thing would be to do the same, and integrate G+ into your fb stream (but that would be accepting them as equals).

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

jasper_amsterdam Re:About this "plants" thing (334 comments)

I think increasing the price of fossil is also dersirable. If only we had a global tax system.

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?

jasper_amsterdam Technically (334 comments)

Technically, that's just an intermediate too. My sun is nuclear-powered.

more than 3 years ago
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Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

jasper_amsterdam Decisions and consequences in gaming (352 comments)

This is exactly the reason why I'm so looking forward to the Bioware MMO. These people to me are the absolute masters of story-based RPGs, and to have every conversation option you take be irreversible seems like just what that genre needs. Let's hope they make it a great game.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel To Pay NVIDIA Licensing Fees of $1.5 Billion

jasper_amsterdam Think of the... (135 comments)

Think of the lawyers! How will they make an honest living out of this?

more than 3 years ago
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Journal Article On Precognition Sparks Outrage

jasper_amsterdam What this means (319 comments)

This paper (in submission; written by a statistics expert) explains why this 'evidence' does not prove a success in precognition research, but instead demonstrates a problem in psychology statistical analyses: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1018886/Bem6.pdf disclaimer: though I'm not on the paper I am affiliated with the author.

more than 3 years ago
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When Smart People Make Bad Employees

jasper_amsterdam Re:Perfect Example (491 comments)

That was my first thought when reading this, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Creators Should Never Read Their Forums

jasper_amsterdam Alternative hybrid solution (221 comments)

If you have a forum with an active community, you can have them do preselection of suggestions and comments, and organize votes among the members related to multiple potential improvements/updates/etc. One game where I've seen this work very well is a card flash game (a la Magic the Gathering) called elements; users create their own card ideas, these are submitted to a voting process, and the game creator occasionally checks out a couple of winners and incorporates what he likes.

more than 3 years ago
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Sciencey Heroes For Young Children?

jasper_amsterdam Re:Galois (614 comments)

Am I the only one who only knows this quote (and many others) from Sid Meier's Civ?

more than 3 years ago

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Netflix develops Oculus interface (among other hacks)

jasper_amsterdam jasper_amsterdam writes  |  about two weeks ago

jasper_amsterdam (788332) writes "At the 'Netflix hack day', several cool hacks were developed, including (menu) support for the Oculus Rift, support for Netflix controlling background lighting, and a console interface. Cool stuff, but I should note there isn't necessarily any intention of implementating these. Netflix' tech blog has a report."
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NASA has big news on the search for alien life?

jasper_amsterdam jasper_amsterdam writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jasper_amsterdam (788332) writes "According to this post , NASA is scheduled to hold a press conference on December 2nd at 2 PM (EST). "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." Many of the people on the list are related to the Mars missions. Have they really found something big? Or are they just trying to increase their importance following recent cuts?"
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30.000 neuroscientists gather in San Diego

jasper_amsterdam jasper_amsterdam writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jasper_amsterdam (788332) writes "Starting today, the Society of Neuroscience annual conference is happening in San Diego. 30.000 brain geeks have flocked to the city to discuss and explore the brain. You can follow reports on the meeting over at the 'official neuroblogs' . Of particular interest to the slashdot crowd may be the 'Novel Methods and Technology Development' tag."
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Chrome shows off html 5 in nostalgic music video

jasper_amsterdam jasper_amsterdam writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jasper_amsterdam (788332) writes "The google blog mentions a cool project showing off html5 (The large number of browser windows is intentional). It's an interactive music video for the new single 'We used to wait' by Arcade Fire. The nostalgic song is accompanied by street view animations featuring the neighborhood where you grew up, along with several other cool animations responding to both the music and the cursor. The project is currently only supported by Chrome because of html5 requirements.
Chrome experiments has some more info about the techniques used, and the story is also covered at cnet."

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research proves: women secretly desire hairy geeks

jasper_amsterdam jasper_amsterdam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jasper_amsterdam (788332) writes "The daily mail has a story about a study looking into women's preference for men. More specifically, about how women say they want one kind of man, but really want another. From the article: "Most women claim to be attracted to tall, dark and handsome men, but a new study has revealed that facial stubble and a geeky personality are their biggest secret turn-ons. Despite complaining that it looks unkempt and feels rough to touch, the unshaven look on a man is actually a turn-on for 41 per cent of women. A slightly geeky personality came second, proving that women really do like a guy who knows their stuff when it comes to technology. A hairy chest was voted third, followed by a man who loves to read or cries at a soppy film.""
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Dutch Christian presentor renounces creation &

jasper_amsterdam jasper_amsterdam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jasper Winkel (788332) writes "Trouw (Dutch newspaper) reports (google's horrible translation here) that the foremost face of Dutch Christian television, Andries Knevel, signed a document on a show which aired (link leads to Dutch TV content) last tuesday. In this document, Knevel states he 'used to believe in creation in 6 days, he until recently believed in intelligent design, but now revokes these statements and regrets leading his children and his viewers in this way.' The same programme aired footage related to evolution from an episode of David Attenborough's 'the Life of Mammals' which had been censored in 2007 by the same broadcast company (EO). Knevel is a presenter and the former director of this EO, and is an example to many Dutch Christians. Not surprisingly, his statement has caused some commotion (again, links lead to Dutch TV content). The EO has officially distanced (translation here) itself from Knevel's statements, but is now unwilling itself to make a statement one way or the other, for fear of losing either their orthodox or their more modern members."

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