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smcn Too late. (219 comments)

I've already switched to LibreOffice.

more than 3 years ago

Engineering Election Debates With Subtle Cues

smcn Re:The Onion (105 comments)

Post office box.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Abbreviations Added To Oxford Dictionary

smcn Re:Oh Great... (101 comments)

they can point out that its in the dictionary now

As opposed to never talking to you again, on account of you being an uptight ass?

more than 3 years ago

Teacher Suspended Over Blog About Students

smcn Re:Not an YRO (634 comments)

A teacher's obligation is to help her students learn, is it not? An appropriate response to a student "holding back the rest of the class" is to confer with the parent and recommend alternatives, not complain about it on a publicly accessible blog. Honesty does not require being an asshole.

more than 3 years ago

Designer Tweets Egyptian Riots Due to His New Line Coming Out

smcn Re:The /. crowd is no better (142 comments)

Of course. I don't think any rational person would argue he shouldn't be allowed to tweet such a thing, but we can still call him an asshole.

more than 3 years ago

Mars Journal Issue Inspires Hundreds of One-Way Trip Volunteers

smcn Re:Difference (475 comments)

(No slashnerds. that does NOT mean I am into bestiality, so don't crack jokes.)

Duh. It means you can see horses and build pastures.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

smcn Re:Shakespeare? (641 comments)

Funny, wasn't it just a month ago when the internet was up in arms because they were offering such a book?

more than 3 years ago

iFixit Tears Down Microsoft's Kinect For Xbox 360

smcn Re:Poor engineers (280 comments)

GiantBomb did an all-day live stream with Kinect on Thursday in which they demoed every launch title. You can see the archived versions here, on the Quick Looks tab.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Announces Final Diablo 3 Class, PvP Arena Battles

smcn Re:"Our worst mistake was PvP" (187 comments)

Blizzard's design staff recently, famously lamented: "Our worst mistake was PvP"

Generally when you put quotation marks around a phrase it's meant to signify that someone actually said those words. You're referencing WarCry's 2009 interview with Rob Pardo, wherein he expresses his feeling that adding arenas was their biggest mistake. However, it's not because arenas were a bad idea, but because he felt it was tacked-on.

Blizzard these days is heavy into e-sports, which is why Diablo 3 will have PvP, and why they'll focus as much energy as they need in order to make it competitive.

more than 3 years ago

Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

smcn Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (1270 comments)

That Hitler hasn't been killed by timetravelers, is generally considered proof that time-travelling will never be possible, or that it will turn out that killing Hitler is an even worse idea that letting him kill himself. So if given the choice of time-traveling: Don't kill Hitler...(??)

I like to go further and say simply that the universe exists is proof that travelling backwards through an already-existing timeline is impossible. Given infinite time, at some point a time traveler would discover a means to destroy/prevent the creation of the universe and do so.

more than 3 years ago

As smart-phones go, my phone is ...

smcn Re:My cell phone is just a phone (519 comments)

It doesn't have a camera, which turns out to be an advantage since I can take it to places where cameras are not allowed.

If a place is actually serious about not allowing cameras they'll confiscate all cell phones, whether or not they actually have a camera.

more than 3 years ago

GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room

smcn Re:UI? (226 comments)

Minima is plural.

about 4 years ago

Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

smcn Re:Nothing compared to what they did before... (483 comments)

I would think that the "teachbook" name was chosen on purpose to be "facebook for teachers/teaching".

What are you quoting? That phrase is mentioned nowhere on In fact the only results that show up in a search for " facebook" are links to "share this on facebook", just like every other website on the internet. In addition the site looks absolutely nothing like Facebook. They don't even use the color blue for pete's sake. No brand confusion possible. This is bullying.

about 4 years ago

BioWare's Star Wars MMO To Have Space Combat

smcn Re:Co-op Capital Ships (122 comments)

Sure, it may be funny to you, but what happens to the person being spaced?

They're brought back to life by a mysterious organization and from then on have to take orders from Martin Sheen.

more than 4 years ago

Spore-Inspired Action RPG Darkspore Announced

smcn Re:Not an RPG (86 comments)

Imagination is a good thing, but it doesn't replace a complete audio/visual experience. No one would ever leave their house if it did.

more than 4 years ago

'Weekly Episodes' Coming To Star Trek Online

smcn Re:Shame the ground game sucks. (62 comments)

I really hope BioWare implementing Mass Effect-like multi-player dialogue in TOR will start a trend. One of the first quests I did in WoW's Cataclysm beta even has a morality choice, though I doubt it has much of an impact on the outcome of the questline.

more than 4 years ago

Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

smcn Re:Dept of Troll Prevention.... (377 comments)

You have the wrong definition of troll. No one is saying that having an impassioned opinion is trolling.

more than 4 years ago

Clickjacking Worm Exploits Facebook "Like" Feature

smcn Re:NoScript (124 comments)

A similar technique for Privoxy users can be found here:

By default it only stops cookies. At the bottom of the page it is explained how to block all Facebook access from third party sites.

more than 4 years ago


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