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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

omfglearntoplay Video Games with Your Kids = Good Times (222 comments)

This guy didn't force his kid to do anything he didn't want to do... rtfa please. Instead, he is doing what I have done, to a much lesser degree, but just as pre-determined. I have seen if my two kids like video games, one particular does, and I let him try the older video games first. Space Invaders was his first game, like my own! I don't force him to play anything, but I slowly introduce him to old games that I liked, and normally he loves them. Castlevania is his new game this week! I help him out, discuss tactics, and generally bond with my kid. My daughter, who likes to watch video games but not so much plays, also enjoys joining in on the discussion and research in particular. My kids are 5 and 7. My son also enjoys some new video games, but I expressly avoid getting into any long time eating video games that seem unhealthy or generally "bad" for little kids. Both of my kids are also extremely athletic, social, and smart as can be, if I do say so myself. Video gaming is not screwing them up, thank you very much! But it does provide common ground and fun times!

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

omfglearntoplay Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

Yeah, screw renting hardware or software. Renting pretty much is a bad deal, always has been forever and ever ago and still is. Some people argue that big corporations lease plenty of things and it makes sense... yeah it makes sense when you just want short term profits and you are out the door when things go to hell. But yeah, Microsoft can kiss my ass over renting anything.

about a month and a half ago

What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

omfglearntoplay Simple way to avoid this forever (170 comments)

Put "YYYY" by every comment you want to edit out later. Then do a simple search in the document for that quad Y or whatever character. Been doing this since college and hasn't failed me yet.

about 2 months ago

Interviews: Ask Rachel Sussman About Photography and the Oldest Living Things

omfglearntoplay Nature (35 comments)

Awesome work. Great images of nature just seem to hit somewhere very primal and deep. The age of these things just makes it that much more incredible.

Question: When did you decide to undertake this project and did the journey take as long as you thought it would?

about 2 months ago

Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

omfglearntoplay Fonts that don't put bars on uppercase I and J (370 comments)

Any of these just really piss me off grandly. When you are typing one, two, and three word phrases, things are unclear. Passwords, unclear.


What did I just type at a quick glance? i, one, verticle bar, and L. Why not make this obvious in your damn font people?!

The J is just a pet peeve. What about "Z" or "E" or "F" or "5"? Just save time and get rid of that top bar, who needs it!

about 3 months ago

Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

omfglearntoplay Why say "even" Aquaman (187 comments)

He's obviously the most popular DC guy on the internet. In the movie they'll probably give him superman crushing strength just to round him out a little.

about 3 months ago

White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

omfglearntoplay Bio-engineering (352 comments)

Once plants, animals, and people can survive off of moon dust and rocks and breath helium, then things start to get easier.

about 3 months ago

Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

omfglearntoplay Letting code run without a prompt has been dumb (111 comments)

I hate the powers that be who decided to get paid for advertising by infesting the world with malware. No doubt some people are making money and others are losing it in huge quantities.

about 3 months ago

The "Man In the Moon" Was Created By Mega Volcano

omfglearntoplay Rabbit making mochi (33 comments)

I never can see this man in the moon guy. But when I heard in Japan it's a Rabbit making mochi... instantly I can see those rabbit ears and everything else makes sense!

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

omfglearntoplay Give them a fake email address (131 comments)

Despite "tech" being your profession, be DAMN sure to give them a temp or fake email address. Because you WILL be spammed for the remainder of your life. I know... I was trusting once.

about 6 months ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

omfglearntoplay Big Dinos Probably all had Scales (139 comments)

What's their definition of "most dinosaurs"? Maybe most as in, there was this one tiny feathered dinosaur that bred like rabbits and was everywhere? And do they mean "had feathers" as in had 3 tiny feathers on the top of a big lizardy dino head? Big dinos almost always had scales from what I've read. And perhaps size is part of is as is seen in recent animals and animals today... larger mammals have far far less fur except during the times of ice ages.

I found a couple of links that show scales, no feathers, of big dinosaurs. All this feather business is just hype.


The scale-like structures you see on dinosaur skin are known as called tubercles, and resemble the polygonal desiccation cracks that you might see on a dried up mud flat (because we all investigate sedimentary structures


Very little dinosaur skin fossilized, so what we know about sauropod skin comes from impressions made when it pressed into mud or sand that then hardened and turned to stone. These impressions show that sauropod skin had small bumps and scales that didn't overlap. Some sauropods had bony growths in the skin called osteoderms. But no sauropods had hair or feathers.

about 5 months ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

omfglearntoplay Love these things (45 comments)

I always loved these crazy looking things. Imagining a 7 ft long shrimp/scorpion/alien creature as a kid was fun.

So from the article, classification was always tricky but now velvetworms may be a distance relative. I'm still holding out hope we'll find one left deep.

about 6 months ago

General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

omfglearntoplay Anecdotal but (90 comments)

I distrust medicine much more than anybody I know. However, our pediatrician scared us into having my kid go through an MRI for a "possibly serious condition" when he was a few months old. Naturally nothing was wrong.

Now he is seven years old... and by fucking golly his memory is scarily good in all situations. My memory is better than at least 99% of adults I meet. The kid puts me to shame. Not only can he easily best me at any memory type of game, his episodic memory is incredible. He'll remember I promised we would do something, recalling every pertinent detail to make sure I adhere to it. He remembers who gave him what toy on which day (I used to remember that stuff when I was a kid). He recalls details of classroom events down to exact phrases.

What I'm trying to say is, as much as I hate medicine in general, I think this is one place at least my kid didn't get messed up by it.

about 7 months ago

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

omfglearntoplay Creative art =/= tech design (377 comments)

Creative art is one thing.

Creative techie things are another. Especially in a life or death environment (cars) or a corporate environment (email down, fired).

So if say I was over all of IT for some big company, and then one guy says changing everything that is totally working fine to this new way of doing things would be better... I'm inclined to disagree with him. Why? If it fails, heads may roll. I would have to spend more time than him to get up to speed on whatever technology he is talking about (virtually impossible given the roles)... and then I'd have to trust him as much as the guy I trusted a year or two back that burned me when I trusted him.

So... while I love creativity in general,... no thanks, not at the work place. And not when it involves safety.

about a year ago

Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

omfglearntoplay ios 7 is a buggy mess (326 comments)

I've had lots of problems before and after 7.0.3. More than once I have had to reboot to regain sending email (receiving is fine). My 2nd phone, a Blackberry using activesync just like my iPhone, was still sending and receiving email no problem so I know it wasn't something with the server.

Other problems include buggy podcast playing. I've updated the podcast app so I hope it will be more stable.

I also REALLY do not like the way a "hard reset" no longer closes all apps. This is a big deal for businesses where users just aren't going to close all the apps themselves. Come on Apple, what are you doing to us?

about a year ago

Firefox 25 Arrives With Web Audio API Support, Guest Browsing On Android

omfglearntoplay Maybe I'll go Android (144 comments)

I find browsing on the vendor built in browsers to be TERRIBLE. All the adds and crap flying around is twice as bad on a little tablet or phone because it is too easy to misclick. And browsing is already slower b/c of all the ads loading, it just ruins the experience for me.

Thank GOD for Firefox and the tweaks you can apply with 3rd party pieces. LOVE IT and I will NEVER change to something else.

about a year ago

Computers and Doctor Who

omfglearntoplay Tom Baker (93 comments)

Is the man. I think that's what this thread is about anyway, and I agree wholeheartedly even if it isn't! What? yes!

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

omfglearntoplay What's in the best interest of the lawyer? (871 comments)

He wants everybody to "not talk to the police" so he'll get more business. Seems pretty clear to me.

Of course if you are some stupid criminal, you don't want to talk to the police. And if enough innocent people are stupid enough to think that they should never talk to the police, it certainly makes the police's job harder while making the criminal representing lawyer's job easier. "What'd you say office, my client wouldn't talk to you and it looked suspicious? Well ever since that cool youtube video, 60% of innocent people don't talk to cops either!"

Yeah, basically avoid being a criminal and you don't have much to worry about. Lawyers that represent criminals are not people to trust OK... they aren't a bunch of free information loving computer people on the internet. Far from it.

about a year ago

Ask Author David Craddock About the Development of Diablo, Warcraft

omfglearntoplay Warcraft 1 to Starcraft 2 (109 comments)

If there is one thing to bring to Starcraft 2 from Warcraft 1, what would it be? I'm thinking along the lines of an ability, a type of unit that doesn't exist anymore, a simplified or more complex resource management, a slower game pace to allow more unit control instead of deathball vs. deathball.. that sort of thing.

about a year ago

All Your Child's Data Are Belong To InBloom

omfglearntoplay At a glance (211 comments)

Sounds pretty creepy.

about a year ago



Slashdot Snubs Blackberry 10 Live Stream on big Release Day

omfglearntoplay omfglearntoplay writes  |  about 2 years ago

omfglearntoplay (1163771) writes "With all the main news channels making a big deal about the Blackberry 10 launch deal today, Slashdot appears to not mention it anywhere on the homepage. Is this an Android partnership issue or something I'm not aware of? There is probably little time left to see the live bit of the show. Tune in now or watch it not-real time later."
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Driver with accelerator recall crashes into dealer

omfglearntoplay omfglearntoplay writes  |  more than 4 years ago

omfglearntoplay (1163771) writes "A Toyota vehicle owner fights to get a refund instead of a repair for an accelerator recall that has apparently plagued thousands of Toyota vehicles, some resulting in deaths according to the article. On the last occasion, he attempts to leave the dealership and crashes into the building, destroying the truck in question. The owner claims the accelerator got stuck. Is it poetic justice for big corporate faulty technology or a renegade consumer who decided to take things into his own hands?"
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