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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

quintesse And seeing the reactions so far... (962 comments)

And seeing the reactions so far not much is going to change about this shit. Disappointingly few people are even willing to entertain the possibility that the story might actually be true. Only coming up with excuses, bogus counter-examples ("I'm a guy who knows some women and I've never seen this happen") or just outright hatred and scorn. Way to go guys!

about 4 months ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

quintesse Re:Very interesting (284 comments)

I don't know, should we find it *what* exactly, you didn't really state that. Surprising? No, it's not, that's indeed the survival instinct taking over. In general your breathing is not conscious, although we have conscious control unlike for example your heart. But in general it's not possible for example to hold your breath until you are dead. There are some ways to hold your breath until you pass out, but the moment you do you start breathing again. (All this AFAIK)

about 5 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

quintesse Re:Stupid white men.... (408 comments)

Ehm no, giving a vaccine to a sick person is going to do fuck all, except maybe making them even sicker.

about 7 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

quintesse Re:Homeopathy Works (408 comments)

No, that's not a good example at all. Live exists, we're here so we know that. The proposition that life might exist on other planets can be made but right now we don't have any way to test that besides going out there and look for it. But still we can hypothesize that based on our current understanding of the universe it's likely but such and such an amount. (An amount which in recent years has only been going up now we see that planets are much more common than previously thought)

Homeopathy is exactly the opposite around. All our understanding of the universe says it can't work. And all the (proper) experiments that have been done don't show any evidence for it working. So there is a "lack of evidence".

But in the same way there is a lack of evidence for unicorns and the flying spaghetti monster.

We have a lack of evidence for the existence of unicorns and strangely enough scientists don't give a rats ass about trying to "prove" that (you can't prove non-existence after all), it's just too ridiculous. For scientists homeopathy fits that same category as unicorns. The only reason *any* research is done at all is because there just so many damn **** that believe in it. So they try to come up with ways to prove that unicorns don't exist and believers (because in the end that's what they are) just keep coming up with stranger and stranger reasons for why they're failing (your virgin was too old/too young or it wasn't a proper full moon, or, or)

about 7 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

quintesse Re:SSD (377 comments)

Ehm, no, I want the next map to load as fast as possible so the others won't start the next round without me, I *definitely* use my SSD for my games.
Also: gameS, if all of them start asking almost 50GB even my 500GB HDD will quickly fill up

about 8 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

quintesse Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

Ehm sorry? I would definitely *not* pay another $100 dollars on the off chance that *if* my plane crashes (very very unlikely) my remains will *perhaps* get found a little bit sooner. Really, I'm dead already, I won't care. And my family isn't going to pay that $100 either. "Hey you want to pay $100 for my flight so you can rest assured that if I die you'll know exactly where?". I'm sure they'll be thrilled.

The plane won't be any *safer* for that $100, not one bit.

about 8 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

quintesse Re:Isn't this illegal (431 comments)

Exactly, I know in The Netherlands you're in big trouble as a school if you even *open* the packaged exams before they are going to be distributed to the pupils.

about 9 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

quintesse Re:So instead of diving for hours with an air tank (375 comments)

Well besides the fact that when you get a leak somewhere with a tank you still have time left (hopefully) to get to safety (depending on the size of the leak). A problem with the gills results in having no air whatsoever instantly. Dunno, I think I prefer tried and true technology in this case :)

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

quintesse Kindle store useless (382 comments)

I have this with the Amazon store from within the Kindle app. It's completely useless compared to the desktop website. Even things as simple as turning the author's name into a link to their other works just isn't there. And that's just a simple link, so it can't be because they need to make it work for simple devices. So they only reason I can come up with is that they simply don't care.

about a year ago
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Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

quintesse Re:HD is not enough (104 comments)

*You* might find it unacceptable, but most people I showed it to (non-gamers all of them) find it a really nice experience. Yes, they notice the low resolution and some of them even mention the screen door effect. Most of them even get nauseous. And still, what they *really* want is something to do! Ok, nice demos, but *now what*?

You seem to forget they made really nice and hugely popular games when all they had was 4-color 640x480 monitors.

Of course I want higher resolution VR without screen door, but only because it will allow us to do so much more with it.

The *only* real obstacle I see is what was mentioned before: the motion sickness. If we can't get that down to more acceptable levels I wonder how many people will feel like going through the "training" to get accostumed to it...

about a year and a half ago
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Quadrocopters Throwing and Catching an Inverted Pendulum

quintesse Re:Ridiculous (103 comments)

Oh, I thought it was called "lots of practise" ;)

about 2 years ago
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Quadrocopters Throwing and Catching an Inverted Pendulum

quintesse Ridiculous (103 comments)

And I still can't even get my quadcopter for a normal spin without crashing it into the nearest wall or tree!
How the heck can I get mine to hover at least somewhat in one place? I know these use the cameras for real precise tracking, but mine is the exact opposite it seems. Grrrr

about 2 years ago
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Game Receives First R18+ "Adults Only" Classification In Australia

quintesse Re:Oh no! 18+ (87 comments)

Sure, but a party is not your own home, so either it's a public place and that would be illegal yes or at another private residence and how would you've gotten your hands on alcohol legally there? The owners aren't allowed to give it to you and you can't have brought it yourself. But in you own home you could legally drink. (At least that is how I understood US drinking laws)

about 2 years ago
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Game Receives First R18+ "Adults Only" Classification In Australia

quintesse Re:Oh no! 18+ (87 comments)

I doubt you would be *drinking* illegally, it's the ones giving you access that would be at fault (and not many countries in the world make it illegal when you are in your own home drinking your parent's whiskey).

about 2 years ago
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Game Receives First R18+ "Adults Only" Classification In Australia

quintesse Re:Irony (87 comments)

Irony definitely doesn't need to be negative (and often isn't), are you maybe confusing it with sarcasm? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony

"incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result."

So in this case, of all the publishers, Nintendo is the last you'd expect to apply for this rating exactly because they're known for their family-friendly games (implying they wouldn't need 18+ ratings) , hence the irony.

about 2 years ago
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Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Blows Past Kickstarter Goal

quintesse Re:Better chance than most. (122 comments)

Well this isn't the consumer model, that will come later and will most likely include headphones, who knows maybe even a mic, but this is probably more to see if the important tech can work out, headphones and mics are not the problem.

more than 2 years ago
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OpenBSD's De Raadt Slams Red Hat, Canonical Over 'Secure' Boot

quintesse Re:A bit over the top (391 comments)

Monopoly is waaay older than that, it's at least from the 30s possibly even older! ^^

more than 2 years ago
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Spooky: How NSA's Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life

quintesse Re:I wish Gore had won. (211 comments)

Oh yes, let's have MORE court cases! Especially the ones where it's this low-wage single mother going up against a multi-billion dollar company, those always turn out well. In the movies at least.

about 2 years ago
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Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

quintesse Re:Two sides to this coin (236 comments)

> that's own developers have shown no interest in creating a linux port, as I imagine will be the case with many many of the games that are on steam currently.

True, on the other hand many of the indie games have Linux versions, so if they all suddenly show up on Steam (hopefully they will finally apply a filter that won't show games you can't install, like Windows games showing up on OSX) other might start feeling the heat, especially when Valve can show the sales figures for those games to the ones that are doubting that there is any market. (One can hope hehe)

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux

quintesse Re:Two sides to this coin (236 comments)

Wine is really cool, but it's just no good for many demanding games. You'll probably have to turn down your graphics settings (and some settings won't even be available) and even then it'll run slower than the original game. And that makes it a no-go for many online games. I remember playing WoW on Wine, which was okay because it doesn't require optimal frame rates, but over the years I tried again and again to play Counter Strike Source (not really a game that requires much from your CPU/GPU these days) and it's just unplayable (if you're not a total beginner).

more than 2 years ago

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