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Angry Birds and Parabolic Instinct In Humans

srothroc Re:Like tank wars (234 comments)

Scorched Earth was the big game for me, but before I found it on some BBS, it was gorillas.bas...

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

srothroc Re:before you do it (312 comments)

What about things from the mammoth? Just playing devil's advocate, here. What if it turns out that people or animals are terribly allergic to mammoth fur and it can travel on the wind? What about mosquitoes and pests -- how will it affect them, or the ones they bite after the mammoth?

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon To Offer iPhone Users Unlimited Data

srothroc Re:Competition again? (327 comments)

Verizon offering unlimited data is, in fact, one of the effects of competition. In order to compete with AT&T and offer a compelling argument for going with Verizon, they have given you -- the potential customer -- unlimited data. That's a win in my book.

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up

srothroc Re:Preorder now! (279 comments)

It was written; you were paying for a product that existed at the time, with the bonus being unlimited future updates. Beta purchasers are not eligible for the unlimited future updates, unfortunately. A lot of people, me included, obviously thought that the game as it was in its nascent alpha stage was worth the 10-15 USD (depending on the exchange rate) being charged for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up

srothroc Releases. (279 comments)

The summary fails to mention the spectacular fail.

The release that was supposed to inaugurate the beta also created a bunch of bugs for both single- and multi-player modes, including dupe bugs, which he was trying to fix.

The patch that followed the beta release was supposed to fix those bugs, and didn't. Minecraft remains almost unplayable for me in single- or multi-player mode; my friends can't even connect to the server anymore.

I understand that "beta" is just a milestone, but this is really inauspicious.

more than 3 years ago
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Rear-View Cameras On Cars Could Become Mandatory In the US

srothroc Re:Already in Japan. (754 comments)

They do, but drivers I'm with just don't use them. I mean, I usually ride with older drivers (40s) and these cameras are relatively new, so it may just be force of habit.

more than 3 years ago
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Rear-View Cameras On Cars Could Become Mandatory In the US

srothroc Already in Japan. (754 comments)

There are a lot of these in Japan, but they're not mandatory; they're part of an upgrade package and use the screen that people use for the navigational GPS system. They're especially nice for backing up at night since the area behind you is illuminated and there's a grid overlaid on the view that adjusts itself when you move the steering wheel -- that way, you can see where your car is going a lot easier than you can by leaning out the window.

On the other hand, most people I know who have this camera don't seem to use it; they just use their rearview mirrors or just look back normally.

I really don't think that making them mandatory will help all that much; it'll just raise car prices and many people will probably ignore them in favor of looking around like they always have (or haven't). And aren't we trying to get people to STOP looking at screens while driving?

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Supreme Court Cites Mr. Spock

srothroc Re:Except that under the U.S. Constitution... (345 comments)

Not everyone thinks like that, though. A lot of people seem to think more along the lines of "Damn, I could go for some sheep tonight... and seriously, there are a million sheep! What are the odds that I'LL be the one taken?"

more than 3 years ago
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International Effort Brings an Open Standard For Docking In Space

srothroc Re:Atmosphere (140 comments)

I've been wondering why we don't use an oxy-helium combination, actually. Does anyone know?

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Electrician Supplied Power To 1,500 Homes

srothroc Re:Bad puns aside... (373 comments)

Either it was expensive or people love to make "easy" money. I'm guessing it was the latter, really; there are no mass electricity thefts that I know of.

more than 3 years ago
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Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

srothroc Re:Only 20 light years??? (575 comments)

children will probably grow different too: shorter, more muscular, maybe stronger bones

Or they could be born premature due to gravity exerting enough force when a pregnant woman stands up to "pull" them out. Or perhaps they wouldn't be born at all. Or perhaps they would be born and many would die due to an inability to breathe properly. Or they could never progress past the crawling stage. Or or or or.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Head Ignores Congress, Eyes Cooperation With China

srothroc Why China? (271 comments)

Not only do we have problems with them industrially and diplomatically (politically and in terms of human rights), but we also have stronger ties to, say, JAXA or the ESA. We've actually cooperated with the ESA for several missions before, so it's not unprecedented. If it's to get a developing nation into space, why not... India? China seems like the worst of all worlds.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming?

srothroc Re:Lie to them (240 comments)

I have to disagree; a specific course like Full Sail or Digipen will give you access to non-academic resources, like game companies recruiting, alum connections, and developer connections that you may not normally have in a regular CS or CSE course.

more than 3 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

srothroc Re:Weve seen that argument before (1066 comments)

most people aren't pirates

Really? I would be very hard-pressed to name even one person that I personally know who has never downloaded a movie, a song, or a game that they did not buy.

more than 3 years ago
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September Is Cyborg Month

srothroc Am I a cyborg? (118 comments)

I wear glasses and have a cochlear implant, so I've been mechanically enhanced. Does that make me a cyborg, or are those two enhancements too ordinary? What about a pacemaker?

more than 3 years ago

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Odysseus' Return From Trojan War Possibly Dated

srothroc srothroc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

srothroc (733160) writes "Scientists have used astronomical data from the Odyssey to attempt to pinpoint the time of Odysseus's return from his eponymous odyssey after the Trojan War. From the article: "The scientists then searched for potential dates that satisfied all these astronomical references close to the fall of Troy, which has over the centuries been estimated to have occurred between roughly 1250 to 1115 B.C. From these 135 years, they found just one date that satisfied all the references — April 16, 1178 B.C., the same date as the proposed eclipse.""
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