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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

obeythefist One stands out (274 comments)

Of all these options, the least adversarial would be Bridge. Why can't we all get along? Although in the end, Bridge has winners and losers, the game really is more just something to do with your hands while you spend quality time with friends. Sure, the other games achieve that in the same way, to differing degrees, but I find Bridge, 500, and similar games stick out more. Hearts is a nice runner up, though.

about 3 months ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

obeythefist Script changes (442 comments)

I expect the following script change to take place.

"Penny... Penny... Penny... " will be replaced with "Porsche... Porsche... Porsche..."

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

obeythefist Re:Rule #1 (328 comments)

I don't know how to say this sir, but 1196 is lower than 3310, sir. Unless you tell me otherwise, sir.

about a year and a half ago

John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

obeythefist I don't understand (275 comments)

Why did he spy on the government in the first place?

about 2 years ago

NVIDIA Releases Fix For Dangerous Display Driver Exploit

obeythefist Drivers and the network (84 comments)

Excuse me if this is a dumb question, but why is the display driver exposed to the network at all?

about 2 years ago

UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

obeythefist Re:Hmnnn (1065 comments)

Hewlett-Packard makes ammunition? I thought they only made cheap printer ink and sold it in expensive half filled cartridges.

I wouldn't buy ammunition from HP though, it wouldn't work with your gun unless you bought a special chip, and then while the clip looks like it's full, the gun will tell you it's empty half way through so you have to go buy more ammo.

more than 2 years ago

UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

obeythefist Re:He REALLY pissed off governments.... (1065 comments)

Ohh, how do you plan to do this AC? Really? Start another website?

Have you got any actual *implementable* ideas?

Or are you eating Cheetos in your mothers basement?

Serious question. What *do* you plan to do?

Propagating ideas is important too. It's not as important as action, yes, but what Assange has done will be meaningless unless his message of openness doesn't spread through voting society.

If 51% of voters support Assange, who cares if they do it eating cheetos? You think the US is worried about one man? They're worried about his message. And it's too late to stop that. The best they can do is distract people from the leaks by punishing Assange and making sure it's this embassy bollocks in the media instead of the contents of those cables.

more than 2 years ago

Australia To Review Copyright Fair Use

obeythefist Re:Is that so? (87 comments)

But we do thank him for the NBN (even if it might mean we will soon have a national debt to rival greece to pay for it).

Wow, get your facts straight.


The NBN is already paid for with government bonds, which will return 4% to investors, however, the NBN itself will make 7% ROI, which means Australian government will pocket 3% from the exercise. Which will probably be spent on even more infrastructure. Which is a lot better than Telstra did, I think all the money they ever made went straight to Sol Trujillo's retirement fund. How on earth can you describe 3% profit as sending Australia into debt?

Please Mr Abbot, stop mucking around on Slashdot and go develop a real policy alternative instead of just spreading FUD and automatically gainsaying whatever the ALP comes up with.

more than 2 years ago

Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

obeythefist Excellent logic, Mr Ballmer (857 comments)

By the same logic, people only ever use the shutdown mechanism of the OS once every session, so it should probably be removed too.

more than 2 years ago

US Navy's High-Resolution Radar Can See Individual Raindrops In a Storm

obeythefist Space technology again (161 comments)

So, another solid example of the "Pure science and engineering" stuff that NASA does bleeding into real world applications.

Kind of.

more than 2 years ago

Seth MacFarlane Helps LOC Acquire Carl Sagan Papers

obeythefist Re:Also, he's the producer of the new Cosmos serie (135 comments)

From Hollywood Reporter:

“Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species,” said MacFarlane.

Quite a serious side to the man. Clearly, menstruation and holocaust jokes are just his day job.

Clearly McFarlane is just a bizarro human, opposite to all normal guys, who work really boring jobs in science, engineering etc, and are only free to make menstruation and holocaust jokes in their spare time.

more than 2 years ago

Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

obeythefist Re:Block or ignore IE7 perhaps? (365 comments)

But charging a tax? That's just bullshit.

It's not really a tax, it's a surcharge. And it's not BS, it's a reasonably clever publicity campaign. It's selfish, but the overall intention is good, to encourage people to move away from IE7. Nobody can say it's not good to encourage that.

Obviously you can just avoid the surcharge by, as the webpage suggests, following a link and getting Mozilla or Chrome.

Kogan didn't have to do anything at all, he had a lot of options, he chose this one as a way to stir up discussion, highlight to consumers that IE7 adds unnecessary development costs, and encourage people to switch to a better browser.

more than 2 years ago

Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

obeythefist Re:Block or ignore IE7 perhaps? (365 comments)

Don't forget the endless and amusing conniptions they give to Gerry Harvey of "Hardly Normal", king of wildly inflated prices.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

obeythefist Re:Wow (484 comments)

Not quite.

95 Good
98 Meh
98 SE Good
ME Bad

Actually ME looked quite good on screenshots. It just looked bad when you used it, because the UI which looked almost exactly like 98SE would be punctuated with repetitive errors and then the whole screen would turn a familiar ugly blue colour.

more than 2 years ago

Israel Passes Photoshop Law To Combat Anorexia

obeythefist Re:Advertising (488 comments)

I don't see how this is not free speech. They can still say whatever they want, and show off photoshopped skeleton women if they want.

They just have to be honest about what they are doing now.

Somewhere in the mad stampede to protect free speech, the USA has forgotten the value of facts, truth, and integrity, and they've done so at a cost far greater than the freedom of speech gives them.

more than 2 years ago

Wing Commander: Darkest Dawn — Fan-Made Goodness Reborn

obeythefist Re:throwing out good controllers? (83 comments)

Try not playing bad console ports, your life will be magically better.

more than 2 years ago

Against Online Surveillance? You Must Be 'For' Child Porn, Says Legislator

obeythefist Jedi be aware (583 comments)

Only a Sith deals in absolutes!

more than 2 years ago

Skin Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms In Mice

obeythefist Re:I was going to say something (94 comments)

They've just proven that alzheimers is easy to cure for mice.

more than 2 years ago

The Problem With Windows 8's Picture Password

obeythefist Re:Video?! (206 comments)

The smudge of an unlock pattern is pretty easy to spot, which is why I very quickly went back to using a pin on my Android.

If you don't believe me, start looking at other people's Androids and you'll pretty quickly find a way in.

more than 2 years ago

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

obeythefist Re:It's a big deal (518 comments)

People have been poking fun of dictators and monsters for centuries. If you think about it, there's just no good reason to even tolerate these people, but it happens. The Three Stooges poked merciless fun at Hitler.

Maybe it's a kind of healing mechanism, to make light of a truly horrible situation. Maybe it's important to belittle these people, so they will not be revered, but remembered instead as tyrants and jokes.

more than 2 years ago


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Wow this is like a blog

obeythefist obeythefist writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Funny how online journals predate blogs, isn't it? The internet "machine" is constantly taking the old, polishing it, giving it a sassy name, and pitching it as the next new great thing to the general public.

I expect FTP or NNTP or something will be next, only macromedia or someone will co-opt it and call it FlashBlogNews(tm) and patent it.


Stuck at work some more

obeythefist obeythefist writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Still stuck at work! Seems like my journal is stuck though. Hopefully this entry will "unstuck" it.


I'm still convinced consoles suck

obeythefist obeythefist writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I'm at work, and bored, and I just want to point out that consoles are the suck. Deus Ex 2 would have been great, and Halo would have been a better game. Wolverines Revenge would never have been created, let alone ported in such a gruesome and painful way.

What's the best possible contribution that consoles have made to PC gaming since PC gaming began? Well, nothing really. You don't see SimCity on consoles (that I know of, and I pity anyone who takes it seriously).

Consoles only take from PC. First they just wanted to get close to the high quality of graphics that PC gamers are accustomed to. Now they're taking the games away, too. Microsoft bought Halo (and to some extent that was the best thing that ever happened to Halo, without XBox Halo would be yet-another-doom-clone). They took Starcraft:Ghost (how that would have done on PC is anyone's guess).

They still don't have the control schemes working yet. I snort with laughter every time I see an "auto aim" feature. I think, why would anyone want to use an auto aim? Can't they just point and click with the mouse? Oh wait, maybe it's for differently abled people, so they can enjoy the feeling of being a winner without having the requisite co-ordination to use a mouse and aim.

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