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

qwak23 Re:In less than a year, too. (222 comments)

The hardest part with that these days is just putting up with the game.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

qwak23 Re:Wait what? (222 comments)

My niece is 7 and regularly plays Minecraft on-line with me. Can she build complex stuff that requires a lot of planning? No, but that doesn't stop her from attempting to build stuff, or attempting take my designs and rework them. She doesn't care about trying to play the game in terms of going to the nether and finding the dragon or whatever is at the end, but she can certainly play the game.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

qwak23 Re:Oh, really? (222 comments)

I really wish I had spent more time with that game. I got it at age 5 and while I could figure out some basic circuits for movement, the level of autonomy the robots needed for some problems was a bit beyond me at the time. I've been debating trying to make a similar game with a bit of a modern touch, though haven't really had the free time.

about two weeks ago
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A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos

qwak23 Re:Cats (45 comments)

It is known that local application of buttered toast/feline combinations generate levitons in the surrounding environment, though gravitons are generated and remain internal to the cat/toast system (levity is conserved), therefore it is possible that what we perceive as the cosmos is actually a cat with a piece of buttered toast strapped to it's back.

about two weeks ago
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A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos

qwak23 Re:Cats (45 comments)

Gravity.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

qwak23 Re:Depictions of violence... (310 comments)

While this is progressing drastically off-topic, The beer thing, if ever true, is no longer true. If we're talking Molson v. Budweiser, sure.

Unibroue is great and I love them, but there are not many other great Canadian breweries. Sure, there are parts of the states where the only beer you're likely to find is Budweiser and Coors, but there are also a growing number of places where those beers are tucked in the back corner gathering dust.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

qwak23 Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

Perhaps we could also work on a spaceship that instead of propelling itself through the universe, remained stationary and moved the universe around it.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

qwak23 Re:20 bad years (101 comments)

While in the grand scheme of things, gamepad quality ranks somewhere near the color of socks I am currently wearing, if I had mod points, I would totally mod you up.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

qwak23 Re:Marriage is 80%/80% (720 comments)

Alternatively:

A: "Dear, I spend 50 hours a week keeping the house clean."

B: "Hey, I'll swing home early from work today, surprise the wife and help clean"

A: "What?! You're not supposed to see this!" *game controller in hand, still in pajamas*

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

qwak23 Re:In 2003 Internet-disconnected PCs were more com (262 comments)

That still happens to me from time to time. My current workaround is if I know I'm going to be away from an internet connection for awhile, I put my laptop into sleep mode with steam running in offline mode, and it retains its state upon laptop wake up. I also try to keep a bunch of the games in my steam library that I know will run from executable without steam just in case I need to do a reboot.

Origin seems a little better about this, at least in regards to the client, but can lose them for individual games, as I found out on my last trip. I only have a handful of games in Origin, so it wasn't a huge deal. Only reason I even have it installed in the first place is that I accidentally killed my installed steam library trying to troubleshoot why steam wasn't connecting once I got to a temporary internet connection on another trip. The error message given with steam installed gave me the impression something in my steam install had corrupted, reinstalled it as a troubleshooting measure (figuring I had a fast enough connection to re-download a few small indie games and at least one or two of the larger AAA ones) and got a better error message essentially informing me that steam was blocked on the connection I was using. Bought a couple discounted Origin games, installed them, authenticated with a slow mobile connection and was good for the rest of that trip.

I travel for work frequently, so this has become a major issue for me. Not everywhere I go has reliable wifi access, and in some cases the access I can get restricts things like gaming (probably amongst other things). While I still have my 3DS, some days the best way to kill time is a game of Civ. One good thing is it has at least motivated me to pursue more productive hobbies such as coding.

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

qwak23 Re:Congratulations! (188 comments)

1 Rosetta Period (RP) and 1 Rosetta Length (RL).

I typically prefer to work in units where whatever quantity I need is equal to one.

about a month ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

qwak23 Re:What a nice ad... (138 comments)

I had a much longer response typed out but lost it.. meh.

DIY isn't always about saving money, sometimes it's about customization and getting exactly what you want. I baked my first loaf of bread ever last night (without aid of a bread machine), total labor was about 30 minutes spread across 4 hours. I mixed fresh chopped spinach into the dough and topped it with some shredded chedder that was in the fridge and needed to get used. I now have spinach chedder wheat bread to make lunch with for the rest of the week and probably part of next. In this instance, it also saved me a trip to the store.

I started building my own cabinets and shelving units because it was difficult to find units at the store that could fit where we have space and serve the function we wanted them for. Next I plan on attempting a dining table, chairs, and maybe even a sofa. Hell, if I make the sofa, I might build in usb ports, maybe a laptop desk as well.

I got back into programming about a year ago so I could automate some repetitive tasks. The last language I dealt with was BASIC, many many many years ago. Getting into C++ and Java was a bit rough at first but didn't take too much effort. Am I going to be writing my own OS or drivers? No. Can I write some basic software to automate some repetitive tasks at home and work? Yes.

I've been building my own towers for about 20 years now. The first was a 386DX40 that dual booted MS-DOS and Linux. In all those years I have never spent more than a couple hours putting everything together and installing OS and drivers. I probably spent more time shopping around for parts and reading reviews/benchmarks. If I was just buying a prebuilt I'd still be shopping around and reading reviews/benchmarks. I think the only way a build could take longer than 2 hours is if you didn't have the necessary tools on hand and had never seen the insides of a PC before. For the 10 years I worked with PCs prior to building my first, I had opened every system I owned and taken a look inside, upgraded a couple of them myself and overall become familiar with most of the basic components, so I had a pretty good starting point when I did my first build.

about 2 months ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

qwak23 Re:Bloatware (138 comments)

I have an Alienware laptop, it came with some bloatware, but not as bad as others (mostly dell crap, backup, performance scanner, etc). At the time of purchase Alienware was still shipping windows 7 as the default OS after everyone else had shifted to 8. It was a little pricier than similarly spec'd laptops on the market, but I was able to customize it and get exactly what I wanted (14" 1600x900 screen, decent GPU/CPU, etc). A little heavy, but the overall design is nice, power cord in the back center, no other ports on the back. SD card, HDMI, USB and dvd all on the sides. I like the keyboard and feel of the space provided for wrists. Another nice thing is that the GPU is actually supported by the actual GPU drivers (in my case NVidia), as opposed to almost every other laptop I've bought over the years where the GPU drivers were under laptop manufacturer support vice GPU manufacturer support and never updated.

Of course that's a laptop, I have no experience with their towers. I still build my own towers and haven't bought a pre-built since the 286 days. I love the laptop, best one that I've ever owned, but I don't think that I'd be willing to throw down on a tower rig from them, when it's something I can reasonably handle myself.

about 2 months ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

qwak23 Re:A mathematician commenting on biology (432 comments)

We could argue that everything has a non-zero risk of causing global catastrophe. Which I suppose just backs up your point ;)

about 2 months ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

qwak23 Re:Comparison (399 comments)

Most to least wouldn't be too bad if the two populations are separate enough and the compare the "most" from the lower average group to the "least" from the higher average group.

Although realistically, averages between the two populations would be a better comparison. The way it's put in the article reeks of cherry picked data.

Granted, from a physics stand point, smaller crew with a lower BMR could make a huge difference on longer trips, at least so sayeth Diff. Eq. and from a statistics standpoint, there is probably a larger pool of women to choose from than men in order to minimize food and fuel supplies, at least if we're looking at average American body sizes.

about 2 months ago
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Searching For Ocean Life On Another World

qwak23 Re:Obligatory (49 comments)

100km of water is nothing for SONAR, especially since Europa probably lacks a lot of noise pollution sources that exist in earths oceans. Getting equipment and a power source capable of putting out enough dB would be difficult though. Also, that 20km of Ice would likely act as a mirror and just reflect any transmissions back downward. ELF SONAR as you mentioned might actually get through the ice, but probably with a large loss in signal strength.

Though putting a receiver below the ice and a transmitter deeper in the water, with a cable running up from the receiver may be feasible. You may be able to get away with relatively low dB levels for your transmitter that way. Really depends on the properties of the water body itself and ambient noise level.

about 6 months ago
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New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

qwak23 Re:New Features (64 comments)

We're actually holding out for a base 2 unit system.

about 6 months ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

qwak23 Re:AP Stats is the easy AP math (155 comments)

I don't think it's necessary for everyone to be able to do statistics, but having enough of an understanding to evaluate testing methodologies, sample sizes, data collection methods and conclusions, at least a rudimentary level is extremely valuable and a college level stats course should be able to do at least that. In regards to intro college level stats courses I've taken my n = 1, so not the greatest data set, but I felt I got the above out of the class.

about 6 months ago

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