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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

jimminy_cricket Re:Not Surprising (116 comments)

Video games are better to spectate than sports. Broadcasters have known this for decades, doing what they could to compensate. Gimmicks won't stall change forever though, sooner than later they'll have to face this fact. The real interesting stuff will be the cultural shift when video games start to challenge the popularity of athletic sports.

Decades? That would imply at least two decades. So you are suggesting that in 1994 broadcasters knew that video games are better to spectate that sports? I think that might be overstating things a little...

about 6 months ago

In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

jimminy_cricket Re:How does one determine the difference... (389 comments)

This is exactly the reason for public hearings with juries of our peers. The constitution already contains the means whereby we may come to these determinations.

about 8 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

jimminy_cricket Re:WindowMaker (611 comments)

I keep coming back to WindowMaker as well. For me the unobtrusive part is the most important.

about 8 months ago

Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

jimminy_cricket Re:Does it make me a bad person... (293 comments)

Are not the sentences "There is not a good left-leaning news channel out there." and "Also, the American news channels are nothing but spin. I want nothing but news." in direct contradiction? Is not the very definition of "left-leaning" (or "right-leaning") equal to "spin"? If you desire spin-free news, you cannot also desire that it lean to the left (or right, or any other direction).

about 9 months ago

MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

jimminy_cricket Re:The NSA did what they were chartered to do ... (180 comments)

Yes. Do you suppose the role of an intelligence organization is to spy on its allies? How much of an ally can they really be if we spy on them like we do our enemies? The role of the NSA is not (or should not be) to spy on everyone. Spying is not a friendly activity. Spying is fundamentally a hostile activity and subjecting our allies to hostile activity will quickly result in a loss of allies.

Would you be friendly with someone who was spying on you?

about a year ago

Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

jimminy_cricket Re:Safety (662 comments)

Except that self-driving cars are already greatly safer than those driven by humans. If such a car doesn't cooperate with government surveillance, it doesn't degrade your freedom -- and as an useful tool, actually improves it. You can do whatever you want when travelling...

Except for drive your own car...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

jimminy_cricket Serve other people (823 comments)

I believe that the absolute best way to obtain an appropriate perspective on the value of others is to serve them. Make service part of your everyday life. There are endless opportunities and ways. It can be something as simple as opening the door for people and saying hello with a smile. You can join a service oriented club at your school. You could join a local church on some service project. You could visit people in a retirement center or hospital. You could volunteer whenever the chance arises.

Nothing has helped me appreciate other people more than serving them. I have found an awful lot of happiness in holding doors open, greeting others in a kind way, picking things up for people when they drop them, and participating in service groups. When you serve someone with a smile without expectation of reward, you obtain a happiness and humility that cannot be found in any other way.

more than 2 years ago

Gran Turismo HD for PS3 Impressions

jimminy_cricket GT series is a driving simulator (257 comments)

I've seen several comments on here mentioning the lack of weather effects, the single player mode, and the apparent slowness of the game. I think the point that is being missed is that the GT is series is a driving simulator first and a racing game second. Of all the racing games I've ever played, none is as close to how a car really behaves as the GT series of games. The focus is not on cool explosions or stunts like most other racing games, but on becoming a better driver. The challenge and fun part to me is finding that perfect line and the perfect braking point. Almost everything else is a distraction.

The game is also absolutely gorgeous. The details in just the asphalt are amazing. And these kinds of details are much appreciated as every visual clue helps me understand the characteristics of the road which better enables me to drive a quicker lap.

more than 8 years ago


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