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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

toddestan Re:Will the door have windows? (295 comments)

Well, if they overuse the concept, it could get old, but on the other hand it could be fun to smash a virtual door in occasionally. On the other hand, it could also work as part of a game dynamic - do I shoot out the lock, using up ammo and possibly alerting the enemies to my presence, or do I try to get the door open another way, or even bypass it entirely?

7 hours ago
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

toddestan Re:This warning reads like a challenge to me (235 comments)

Yeah, no kidding. The key concept is layers. You don't have to have very warm clothing if you have enough of it. Several pairs of pants and shirts/jackets and your core temperature will be fine. Having them be a bit baggy and loose fitting is better since air makes a pretty good insulator. If you have something that's bulky (like snowpants or a down jacket) make that the outermost later. You'll also have the bonus that you won't have to pack your luggage since you'll be wearing it. Extremities can be a problem. Since you won't have to move much I would just tuck your arms inside your clothing to keep them warm. Feet might be a problem even with several pairs of socks if you don't otherwise have warm footwear, so you might want to bring a blanket to wrap your feet with. Exposed skin will get frost bite so make sure you've got everything covered, especially if there is air movement in the wheel well (I don't know how well sealed they are and if that would be a concern or not). Don't forget to cover your face and head with blankets and scarves. A cheap pair of googles may not be a bad idea either.

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

toddestan Re:Wheel-well traveling 101: (235 comments)

Yes, something like 25% of the time. I'd rather have the oxygen and warm clothing myself. Well, assuming I was to travel in a wheel well.

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

toddestan Re:What I want to know is ... (235 comments)

All airports have tons of crap for sale in the terminal, ranging from sit in restaurants, to fast food, to souveniers after you've gotten past security.

Well, one except to that rule was Kansas City, where the terminals were a series of three partial rings with vehicle access in the middle. Was one of my favorite airports. You could literally get out of your car, go through security, through the terminal, and get on the plane while only having to walk a couple hundred feet total. Of course, the TSA hated it since there were many small checkpoints and they couldn't funnel everyone through a few central checkpoints. And of course, little room for retail stores and overpriced concessions. I've heard they are going to start tearing down the rings and building a more standard airport in its place. A shame really.

yesterday
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

toddestan Re:One word: FUD (270 comments)

About the only way I could see that happening is would be if the EMP blast managed to start massive fires in urban areas that could not be fought effectively due to the grid being down. Even so, most fire-fighting equipment is diesel powered and unlikely to be affected, but if the EMP blast knocks out the municipal water supply things could get interesting.

3 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

toddestan Re:Well water is nasty? (330 comments)

I'm in the midwest, and I find the well water pumped out of the aquifers tastes great. I'd rather have water straight out of the tap than most bottled waters, which always seem to taste like the bottle it came in. You're right about the mineral content though - it's hell on water heaters and it can make keeping a clean-looking shower a bit more challenging.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

toddestan Re:not poor (389 comments)

Cost of electricity? Seriously? Around here, electricity is about 12 cents/kwh. Granted, electric stovetops and ovens are power hogs, but you're looking at something like 10-25 cents/hour to operate them. It's not going to be a big cost compared to the food itself.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Early 2004 G4 iBook (694 comments)

Probably an iBook. 2001 would (probably) make it one of "toilet-seat" models. Haven't seen one of those for a very long time. I think people were embarrassed to be seen with them and quickly replaced them with something that wasn't so garish.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Canon 1Ds (694 comments)

I've got a Canon TX that's still in good working order, except that I can't get batteries anymore for the built-in light meter (it requires a mercury cell that's long out of production for obvious reasons). And unlike the 1Ds, the TX was the low-end budget model of day, lacking a 1/1000s shutter speed and the self-timer. Still, not bad for nearly 40 years old.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Old Nintendo Products (694 comments)

You can replace the battery. You'll need a special screwdriver, and in some cases you may need to solder in the replacement. Though I find it amazing that nearly all of my SNES carts still retain their save data. The oldest ones are well over 20 years old!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Alarm clock???? (694 comments)

I would assume that once you're up you would turn the lights back off for them. It's not like the audible alarm clock won't wake them up either. Though with the lights you could get some spot lights and aim them at your side of the bed in attempt to make it less disturbing.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Funny story (694 comments)

Guess it depends on what part of the world you're in. In America, in the early 70's Subaru was still experimenting with importing micro-cars such as the Subaru 360, something that didn't work out particularly well for Subaru. For that matter, I don't remember them lasting very long on American roads.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Anything built before 2001 (694 comments)

Well, Hyundai has come a long way. On the other hand, compare a mid-90's Toyota Camry to a new one. The new one may have a lot more gadgets and features, but the 90's Camry is a much more solid, better built car whereas the new ones are basically what's left after 15 years of decontenting and cost cutting.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (694 comments)

There are third-party aftermarket cartridges out there for a lot of the older HP lasers. I get them from Monoprice. Very reasonably priced and I haven't had any problems with them.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Plumbing... (694 comments)

I've heard someone say that some of the first water mains put in back around 1900 were designed to last 100 years or more. The ones put in before WW2 were designed to last about 75 years. The ones put in during the boom in the 50's and 60's were designed to last 50 years. And the more recent ones starting from 70's are designed to last 30 years. Which means that today we've got something like 80-90 years worth of water mains which are all about at the end of the design lifetime. Something to think about.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Atari 800 (694 comments)

Probably playing Diablo. I wore a few mouse buttons out that way too.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (694 comments)

I've got one of the slightly newer Sony "Dream Machines" that uses the backlit LCD. I use it for a clock in the office, as the radio part barely works anymore. The daylight savings time button on it, however, is pretty innovative and I've always wondered why no one else has copied it. Push it in the spring to advance the clock by and hour, and push it again in the fall to set it back an hour. Simple and elegant.

My alarm clock in the bedroom is a GE clock radio from sometime in the early 90's with the red LED display, fake woodgrain, and 9V backup. Still going strong.

5 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

toddestan Re:Depends (256 comments)

I would expect "worker bee" machines to go SSD at some point, probably soon. The reason is hard drives are not going to get cheaper, as it costs a certain amount to build such a complex mechanical device, which seems to have set a price floor of about $50 no matter the capacity. SSDs do not have this limitation, so as soon as you can get a "good enough" SSD for less than $50 I would expect SSDs to replace hard drives in "worker bee" machines. My guess is about 80GB should be good enough for OS + applications + scratch files.

5 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

toddestan Re:We live like kings and queens already (256 comments)

Filling up a hard drive isn't as bad as filling up an SSD. Once you get to the point where the wear leveling mechanisms can't do their job without having to move lots of data around, write performance takes a huge hit.

5 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

toddestan Re:Of 1000? (466 comments)

If you're young and steadily put money into a retirement account, being a millionaire by the time you retire is certainly very possible. Of course, by then a meal at McDonald's will cost $30, a gallon of milk $15, and a new car will top $100k.

about a week ago

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