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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

preaction Re: what's wrong with the Metro drivers? (174 comments)

They still have to announce it manually? CTA's had automatic announcements as long as I've known.

Also, blame shitty audio equipment first. The actual CTA stations have such horrible speakers it's impossible to know what's being said.

2 days ago
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SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

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2 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

preaction Re: Spectromancer not FPS (291 comments)

I left Magic for the same basic reasons, but that was 20 years ago. Honestly, I feel it is more RPG-centric, where actions have lasting consequences.

In modern games, there are fewer chances to be a complete asshole, but that first experience soured me on the whole thing...

5 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

preaction Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (291 comments)

My first online multiplayer game was Diablo. I have avoided every online multiplayer RPG since, and generally avoid multiplayer "experiences".

Multiplayer video games are a cesspool of the worst elements of society. You have to be relatively well-off to afford everything you need to play. In fact, the more well-off you are, the more time you have to spend in the game, the more likely you're going to be an asshole.

You're anonymous. You're being competitive. You are (mostly) rewarded for being a complete asshole (loot, loot, precious loot! loot the newb corpse!)

At least before voice chat you could close the text box or put it out of your mind. Now, if I decided to partake, I'd have to deal with 8-year-olds telling me how they fucked my mother in the ass and how she moaned (when they don't have to tell me, I could hear it just fine).

Fuck multiplayer. Other people are too shitty to play with.

about a week ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

preaction Re:Well, if you're going to push... (158 comments)

But "Kleenex" is still a trademark, like "Band-Aid", "Lego", and "Nintendo". It's a very fuzzy line, and companies fight like hell against it.

"I am stuck on Band-Aid (brand)" just doesn't have the same cadence as the original jingle...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

preaction Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

Deprecated, thank YHWH, in 5.20 or .22. To be removed "not soon enough."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

preaction Re:Perl (729 comments)

Perl::Critic, the link you mentioned, doesn't disable things for you (but you're right in that you can get modules that disable core language things, like "no indirect"). Perl::Critic is a linter.

Devel::Declare and now hooks into Perl's parser allow you to define your own parsing contexts! You can declare a keyword and say that inside here, I control the parsing, not perl. So many wild things one can do with that...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

preaction Re:Perl (729 comments)

5.20 finally added proper subroutine signatures, so you don't have to unwind the @_ (alias to the Perl stack) yourself, but I'm glad someone else mentioned this one as "strange".

It's less strange when you finally grok the technical details behind it, but I was doing Perl for 12 years before I finally got it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

preaction Re:Perl: TMTOWTDI (729 comments)

I thought someone would mention "lists" vs. "arrays" in Perl, and how @_ is really just an alias onto the current Perl stack. "list context". Types are declared by the operation being performed, not the data stored in the variable. The fluid definition of "compile time" and "run time" and how you can switch between the two.

I'm sure I could come up with more reasons I love Perl, but they'd all sound like reasons to avoid it like the plague.

about two weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

preaction Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

Rule #1 has been "Don't post anything illegal" for a very long time. I just read moot's deposition where he explained 4chan for some trial on April 22, 2010. It was part of the rules then.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

preaction Re:Not due to Putin's ego (789 comments)

Yeah, that worked so well in the Bay of Pigs.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

preaction Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Wasn't that how Fallout's nuclear war started? China invades Alaska. World ends.

about three weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

preaction Re:Not necessarily (441 comments)

No, they haven't. Not since government and bureaucracy was invented, things have not changed.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

preaction Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

We don't have to "Talk soft and carry a big stick" anymore, we can offer our troops to the UN for UN decisions. But like all the veto powers on the UN Security Council, we have an irrational fear of giving up our sovereignty to a deliberately-crippled global "government".

about three weeks ago

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