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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

qwak23 Re:Shoot for the moon.. (312 comments)

Russian spies smuggled out the blueprints back in the 80's just before the wall fell. Unfortunately, they were unable to get construction on the replica started until now.

3 days ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

qwak23 Re:If this were the US.... (408 comments)

Anecdotal but, there are 5 members of my immediate family who subscribe to all that bullshit. Three of them are Republicans. Of those three, one most certainly brings a thermos full of homeopathy and wears healing crystals when they go out unicorn hunting.

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

qwak23 Re:Space travel (357 comments)

I still retain duties and responsibilities in regards to the execution and disposal of all home invaders with 6 legs or more that are not spiders.

As that set is larger, I can still maintain the illusion of dominance.

about three weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

qwak23 Re:Space travel (357 comments)

In my house it's the woman's job to kill the spiders as I run screaming.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

qwak23 Re:On the road to replacing DirectX (130 comments)

or because we are lazy.

though I'm also weird and tend to use different browsers for different things /shrug. But IE tends to be primary go to browser for just looking shit up, at least when I'm on windows.

about a month ago
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Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

qwak23 Re:Millions of years of life-supporting conditions (312 comments)

Somewhere between Star Trek IV and Star Trek V, Captain Kirk realized he could travel through time and have sex not only with green women, but women of all shapes and colors, thus humanity and all "alien" species most recent common ancestor is William Shatner.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

qwak23 Re:As a LOTRO player (555 comments)

My observation of several MMO's has been this:

When it launches, it's fun, the content is new, EVERYONE is around the same level (sure, some jump ahead quickly), so there are plenty of people to group up with. If you don't want to group up, there are at least a ton of people around who may help you out if you get in a bind. As it ages, everyone levels up and high level or end game content is the only thing that matters. Sure you get the occasional new player, but they generally don't get the same experience the early players got. There are very few people in the low level areas, the people that are there tend to be alts being power leveled. There isn't really anyone to group with. You might find a good guild that is willing to help you out, but this tends towards helping you coast through some of your quests so you can join their raids sooner. This can be a deterrent to new players, since everyone who is anyone is doing high level raids and they just want to be there. So there is pressure to make the early levels faster and easier. The already established players just want alts to fill job gaps in their raiding parties, but they don't want to spend 3 months doing it. This increases that pressure.

I think the only MMO that hasn't tended down this road (out of the ones I've played) has been EVE, but I think that's just because EVE hates noobs and veterans alike. Or maybe it's the real time skill progression, permanent loss of equipment on death, and laissez faire attitude when it comes to anything short of actual hacking and abuse.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Reproducible Is Arithmetic In the Cloud?

qwak23 Re:Numerical instability (226 comments)

Foolish nonsense! Everyone knows points can talk, haven't you ever heard of a talking point?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Reproducible Is Arithmetic In the Cloud?

qwak23 Re:Numerical instability (226 comments)

The point was mute, not moot. Everybody was thinking it, but no one could say it.

Oh Anonymous Coward, if only it were socially acceptable you wouldn't have to hide your shame.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

qwak23 Re:On the plus side (274 comments)

That video never, ever gets old. It's a shame the sequels suck.

about 5 months ago
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River City Ransom: How an NES Classic Returned 20 Years On

qwak23 Re:Help a poor, ignorant American out. "-san"? (39 comments)

And yet plenty of Japanese people will use Mr. or Mrs/Ms/Miss when referring to, talking to or writing about someone whose native language is English.

Of course, they will also use -san, -sama, -chan and -kun, depending on the situation, and the uses of these go far beyond what was outlined above, but for simplicity the stuff outlined above is fine ;)

about 5 months ago
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Book Review: Stay Awhile and Listen

qwak23 Re:Hm. I am not so sure about the two games. (66 comments)

Seconding this. I've been gaming since the early 80's, damn near my entire life. While there are plenty of games from days past that I still think are amazing, there are also those that were only good at the time and remain good only from a nostalgia perspective and I get sick of hearing about how everything used to be better.

Oh sure, there have been some genres that have received little attention in recent years, but the medium is constantly evolving and there are experiences to be had now that just couldn't have been done before, technically or economically. We have well written and immersive single player narratives. Cooperative and competitive multiplayer with large groups, distinct roles, leadership structures and voice communications. Network capable board games in our pockets. We're even at a point where you can have full body motion control for almost any game (Kinect hacks and Omni), including ones that weren't designed with that kind of control scheme in mind.

about 6 months ago
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David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)

qwak23 Re:My question (40 comments)

Resisting urge to make joke about workers reading Slashdot on the job on Slashdot.

about 6 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

qwak23 Re:Interesting choice of pronoun. (1160 comments)

After reading the article, there are 2 pronouns used. The shooters are referred to with a female pronoun, the prisoners with a male pronoun. Though I doubt there was any specific intent in choice of pronouns on the author's part, it's still interesting.

about 6 months ago
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Fusion Reactor Breaks Even

qwak23 Re:bbc? (429 comments)

Then you'd love a little town called "Fukuoka"

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Boycott NASA Conference Because of Ban On Chinese Participants

qwak23 Re:Current USA = Nazi Germany (283 comments)

dude... dude... DUDE!

woah!

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

qwak23 Re:Come on Slashdot (348 comments)

Origin has been expanding third party offerings, and there is plenty of older stuff on there that will play offline. I ended up installing the Mass Effect trilogy recently after accidentally dumping my steam directory while trying to troubleshoot why it wouldn't let me get online while actually connected to the internet (turns out it was blocked on the particular network I was on - no message indicated this until I reinstalled steam in attempt to figure out what was wrong). I needed to be connected to activate ME, but once that was done it worked offline just fine (also switched networks to one that didn't block steam).

Fortunately quite a few indie games run just fine without steam running so I now keep a few of those installed in case steam "loses" my credentials, but I had been hoping to play some Skyrim on that trip.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

qwak23 Re:Come on Slashdot (348 comments)

Now try that in the middle of the ocean! (hint: there is no computer tent, and I've yet to see a ship that allows foreign devices on its network - and this definitely affects military and civilian alike, so no need for a "think of the servicemen" ;) ) Note: I've never been on a cruise ship, so no idea what the internet situation is like on one of those.

Sadly, as wary as I am of EA, Origin defaults to offline mode if there is no internet connection present and has NEVER prompted me with a box that says "We can't find your credentials, you need to connect to the internet before you can resume offline mode".

about 6 months ago

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