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Civ 5 Will Let You Import and Convert Civ 4 Maps

tcolberg Re:Well my only wish... (142 comments)

Yeah... perhaps I should have clarified: it's a netbook tablet.

more than 4 years ago
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Civ 5 Will Let You Import and Convert Civ 4 Maps

tcolberg Re:Well my only wish... (142 comments)

I know about the scrolling thing, but I have the Lenovo S10-3t, which is a tablet, which basically means I'd need to use an external mouse to control the game if you have to rely on proximity to screen edge to scroll the display.

more than 4 years ago
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Civ 5 Will Let You Import and Convert Civ 4 Maps

tcolberg Re:Well my only wish... (142 comments)

Well, I'd like to be able to run Civ5 on my netbook. Civ4 isn't really playable due to interface lag, even though blinding framerates aren't necessary for turn-based strategies. I'd like to use Civ3, but it can't run at anything but 1024x768 (netbook screens are 1024x600).

Maybe I'll just wait a year, see how the x200 series tables handle Civ5, and upgrade instead.

more than 4 years ago
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Europe To Import Sahara Solar Power Within 5 Years

tcolberg Re:Yay... (450 comments)

Well, we're talking about North Africa, not the Middle East. Sure, they're close to each other geographically, but the political realities are different. Further, the direct foreign investment of this sort of "infrastructure" could be beneficial. The influx of money should raise the standard of living those countries and it might encourage a different sort of economic growth than what we've seen in economies fueled by petrodollars.

more than 4 years ago
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Blurring Lines — Dual Core Atom To Lift Netbooks

tcolberg Re:Not a Netbook (204 comments)

Note to self: Don't see someone post about how they locked up their Firefox on identical hardware as yours and think "I've got to try that". At least I had time to go get another cup of coffee.

more than 4 years ago
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Interstellar Hydrogen Prevents Light-Speed Travel?

tcolberg Re:old news... (546 comments)

If only you could miniaturize that proton beam / nuclear accelerator into something the size of a backpack. Then you could go around busting things like... copper.

more than 4 years ago
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How Norway Fought Staph Infections

tcolberg Re:you know (595 comments)

I suppose Tragedy of the Commons might be one way to describe the situation. But since we're not dealing with a free good, I think the Prisoner's Dilemma is a better fit. As per Wikipedia:

The prisoner's dilemma is a fundamental problem in game theory that demonstrates why two people might not cooperate even if it is in both their best interests to do so.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computers Suck At Math

tcolberg Re:Poor QA (626 comments)

That's because the Patriot missile system was deployed in the early 1980s and developed in the '70s. GPS wasn't fully operational until the 1990s.

As for the example of the Patriot missiles missing the Scud missiles, that was during the first Gulf War. It wasn't really possible to have a network connection to those mobile launch platforms to do a time sync.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

tcolberg Re:Linux games wiki (460 comments)

After having a ball with System Shock 2, I grabbed System Shock 1 because so many people have mentioned that it's just as good or even a greater game than the sequel. I just can't get past the interface. I played Doom, Dark Forces, and Duke Nukem 3d back in those days and despite their story limitations (relative to SS1), at least their interfaces were competent.

I've also heard good things about X-Com and loaded that up in my DOSbox install. Though, I think I gotta go dig up a manual for the game and read it. We are quite spoiled by modern tutorials and button tooltips.

more than 4 years ago
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Parents Baffled By Science Questions

tcolberg Re:buffoons (656 comments)

Well, since they're in Europe, some of them might have bidets.

more than 5 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

tcolberg Re:Sooner than that... (756 comments)

Thank goodness. I'd have a much bleaker outlook for our species if the rest of the world thought like us brainless Americans.

more than 5 years ago
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Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

tcolberg Re:Sooner than that... (756 comments)

More like: "Quick, get your hedonism out of the way before the kill-joy shows up!"

more than 5 years ago
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Large Hadron Collider Struggling

tcolberg Re:Lazy Europeans (371 comments)

But...but if we don't work ourselves to an early death, how else are we going to keep our health costs down?

more than 5 years ago
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Navigating a Geek Marriage?

tcolberg Re:Intriguing (1146 comments)

Sage advice. The sooner you learn to accept that your wife is always right, the better off you'll be.

more than 5 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

tcolberg Re:Oh Noes! (921 comments)

Yeah, it was the LSAT. Stupid honor code cramping my hand before I have to take a 4 hour test.

more than 5 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

tcolberg Re:Oh Noes! (921 comments)

Obama has that hooked grasp that looks so painful when he writes. It was most obvious when he was signing the various certificates right after inauguration. I tilt the paper so I don't have to bend my wrist in a weird way, but it causes an uneven slant to my writing not only as I "inch" along the paper but as I move the paper under my hand. My solution, starting in the 10th grade, was to type whenever possible. I was the first one anyone in my high school had ever seen taking notes on a Palm PDA.

When I use a whiteboard, I stop using my wrist all together and just use the arm and shoulder. Otherwise I wouldn't be able keep the side of my fist from dragging on the board.

more than 5 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

tcolberg Re:Oh Noes! (921 comments)

I'm a lefty and was taught cursive as early as 2nd grade. Handwriting became my lowest grade semester after semester throughout grade school. With pencils and later ink, my writing would be smudged all to hell and my hand still cramps after only a paragraph's worth. I think the cramping has to do with having to inch my hand across the paper like a worm rather than sliding like a right-handed writer. By the end of high school, my teachers requested I start writing in print just so my in-class essays could be legible.

A couple months ago, I had to write a paragraph in cursive for an honor code and found that I couldn't remember how to print a few of the capital letters anymore.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Home Backup Strategy Now?

tcolberg Re:Homebuilt? Or buy a low-power server the easy w (611 comments)

Actually, because of Falcon4's comments, I am seriously considering a WHS system. Specifically, I'm looking at the HP LX195 because of the low power use. What helped push me over the line of reticence was his mention that you could run remote backups through Hamachi. This makes setting up a system of automated backups on our home's 5-7 systems so simple, I can't just leave it to chance anymore.

If this is as simple as you all are saying, all I'll have to do is make sure to do the additional backup to an external so that I can move it offsite every month.

more than 4 years ago

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