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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

vigour Re: Talk is cheap. (266 comments)

Pretty sure there isn't a "whole market just waiting for" Nerf Deathmatch.

Actually, there very probably is. Deathmatch without the completely-unnecassary-anyway blood splatters. Fun weapons that cover you in goo, or shrink you to a tiny size, or whatever. Stuff you can play with your kids without the whole simulated murder thing going on. And yes I know we should all be outside climbing trees and/or inside singing songs around the piano, but video games can be quite fun.

There are lots of Nerf Deathmatch games. One I remember in particular, was based on the Unreal 1 engine Nerf Arena Blast. It came out around the same time as UT so it felt very similar. There are plenty of gameplay videos on youtube.

I had fun with the demo back in the day

about 5 months ago

Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

vigour Re:Science is the new religion (194 comments)

Very few are fooled. Sociologists/Psychologists/Economists can say they've 'proved' something till they're blue in the face. Nobody will take them seriously.

I agree. You know which branch really bugs me though? Entomology.

You sir deserve mod points.


about a year ago

Bloggers Put Scientific Method To the Test

vigour Re:Seriously? IDIOTS (154 comments)

Physics is just a block on an inclined plane and variations.

Stop talking shite. You obviously don't know what you're talking about, all disciplines of science are difficult and complex. If I so wished I could be just as dismissive and say chemistry is just dirty, poorly explained physics (as some physicists up their own arses think). The boundary between physics, material science, and chemistry is very blurred. We use many of the same techniques, just with different approaches, language, and mathematical models. What the chemist is interested in the physicist doesn't care about, and vice versa.

I have worked in physics, material science, and electrochemical labs over the last 10 years (hint, that's not as a student). It's typical of organic chemists to have a poor grasp of physics.

about 2 years ago

Gentoo Developers Fork udev

vigour Re:Arch Linux switched to systemd (152 comments)

burning mod points for this...

The problem with Arch is that it got too popular, and the forums got overrun by people who wanted to be spoon fed. The devs got sick of being friendly and nice to people, and the more ignorant of the newbies who stuck around turned into something like Gentoo ricers (note: I like Gentoo, and it's users, some very knowledgeable people on the mailing lists and forums). These days the Arch forums can get pretty hostile if you criticise Arch in any way, but it's because of the barrage of stupid posts the moderators had to deal with.

The devs do make one good point though, if users don't want to use systemd there needs to be a working alternative. A few Archers tried to do this, but it mostly ended up as talk, and descended into a flamewar.

rc.conf and the BSD style init* were two of the many things that attracted me to Arch, I don't like it's current direction, or dumping the install scripts, but there's nothing else that has the same configurability in a binary distribution, coupled with the AUR that interests me.

*I started on FreeBSD in 2001 and SuSE 8 shortly after. I've been using Arch on my computers since 2007.

more than 2 years ago

Using Magnets To Interact With Your Tablet

vigour Useful while using laptops near high field magnets (64 comments)

I used to use the magnetometer in my HTC Legend to measure the field outside a 5 T superconducting magnet. Of course I had proper magnetometers in the lab, but it was convenient being able to use my phone.
Some of the relays in a device I used were very sensitive to magnetic fields, plus I didn't the HD in my laptop to get screwed up. It was linear up to +/- 2 mT which was enough for a solenoid type superconducting magnet (i.e. the normal kind), and it allowed me move my devices closer to the magnet, and shorten my cables.

Very useful indeed.

more than 2 years ago

Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

vigour Re:Khan was coming for an anti-US fundraiser (560 comments)

And get your head out of your ass, there is no need for such arrogant pomposity, it does you no favours.

I apologize. But if you can believe me, I honestly didn't mean it as bad as it seems in hindsight nor did I mean to target it to you - I used word "someone" to try and make it noticable, but that too, in hindsight, doesn't look that good. Finally I meant it with a grain of humor - obviously I failed, the end part was out of line and I sincerely apologize for it.

As for rest, drinking, flip flopping, etc. - I hear what you are saying, but I know too little of these things you mention and am left wondering if it's more of flip flopping or is he simply a changed man?

Sorry for my harsh reply, tone is always difficult to judge in text.

He could be a changed man, I can respect someone who can change their mind in the face of contrary evidence [appropriate given our little conversation and misreading of each other :) ]. I went from liking him years ago, to very seriously doubting him, and now I'm back to being very unsure of what is true about him.

more than 2 years ago

Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

vigour Re:Khan was coming for an anti-US fundraiser (560 comments)

Yeah, why don't you read his actual words (instead of 2 tiny quotes twisted into something he did not say)? Here:


As I said before, he is a do-gooder opportunist. He speaks of secularism to the Pakistani middle class and pro-Taliban views to the mullahs, and it is the same with many other policy areas. He used to be famous in the 80s as a playboy, now he presents himself as a sober Muslim, similar to how you will find no reference to Jinnah, the first Governor-General's, drinking of alcohol as it is un-Islamic. To some he is a man of contradictions, to others he is a hypocrite. I agree with his stance on drones and the damage to the local economy in the borderlands. What I don't agree with is his flip flopping and choosing to speak of out both sides of his mouth.

Personally I was impressed - anyway, whether you disagree or agree with him you can't deny that he does not justify violent and criminal actions of Taliban. Oh, wait... I take it back, I'm sure someone can deny that - I've seen more astonishing blindness. ...and then it might be a bit complex for some people just wishing for simplified view on world and people to judge them :)

And get your head out of your ass, there is no need for such arrogant pomposity, it does you no favours.

more than 2 years ago

Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

vigour Re:Khan was coming for an anti-US fundraiser (560 comments)

Sadly he seems to be more of an opportunist than idealist. He preaches secularism to the Pakistani middle class and pro-Taliban views to the mullahs, and it is the same with many other policy areas. He used to be famous in the 80s as a playboy, now he presents himself as a sober Muslim, similar to how you will find no reference to Jinnah, the first Governor-General's, drinking of alcohol as it is un-Islamic.

more than 2 years ago

Notification UI Overhauled in KDE 4.10 (And a Plan For Modernized Notifications)

vigour Re:It is nice to see... (67 comments)

When I launch KDE I have many reactions. First that it looks full featured at a glance, and modern even if the blue colors, fonts, icons whatever seem over the top. Oh my god, it's full of animations! Stop playing with my eyesight so much. Desktop items display big controls buttons whenever I mouse over them including "X". Ugh, I'd have to lock that feature out. A tabbed menu with four random categories! it shows a handful of programs at the time! Right. I only need to find firefox, the terminal and log out anyway. Even then this start menu wastes space and is starving for it at the same time. The KDE3 start menu was brilliant when I used it a couple of times in 2004, possibly the best start menu ever. Back then the UI really looked like a windows clone, but better looking and more powerful.

So, right from the start I have to fix at least four or five things, and didn't bother hunting for settings dialogs or a KDE control panel, because of the unfriendly start menu. So I'm back to LXDE which is an actual Windows clone (a sort of Xfce but without the control panel, easier to use taskbar and lighter).

The whole thing is probably very nice but throws too much crap at you, and is so complex it feels like learning a whole new OS. and I know there are at least two weird databases to disable, thanks to reading slashdot rants over the years.

You make some good points, KDE does look a bit too plastic, but the "control panel" is one of the first options in the start menu. You don't have to go hunting for it, and it's also very easy to turn the start menu back to classic 3.5 style. In my defence, I use Openbox on my netbook, Awesome on my laptop, and KDE on my desktop so I've no particular attachments to KDE.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Blocks Arch Linux Handbook Author From Releasing Kindle Version

vigour Re:Arch Linux (242 comments)

Ah yes, Arch Linux, the operating system where people brag about their superiority even though it comes down to copy/pasting commands from a wiki without understanding what the hell they even do. Who woulda thunk that the first published book is just a copy/paste of other people's work?

Sadly you're right. I moved to Arch from FreeBSD four years ago and I was amazed at the amount of clueless arrogant fanboys which diluted the signal-to-noise of the people who know what they're talking about. Don't get me wrong, I love Arch and I still use it over any other distro on my personally owned PCs, but you're right that some of the community are idiots, especially the zealous, newish members who can't take any criticism of Arch.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Reveals Gaming Headset, Teases Big Picture

vigour Re:Unveiled Too Soon (151 comments)

... then he would have ported Half-Life to something other than PS2 (and only after the Dreamcast - Microsoft's console - became an apparent failure...

Irrelevant, the Dreamcast was Sega's console not MS, and they stopped making it two years before HL2 was released. What were the other console options at the time? An under-powered Gamecube or Wii? Remember, HL2 struggled on the original Xbox, porting it to the Wii would have been silly, and now you can get HL2 on the Xbox360 and PS3.

... Newell's last minute support of OS X and Linux reeks of desperation....

You need to decrease the hyperbole, they had a Mac OS 9 port of HL1 that was never released. Obviously they realised that there was no profit to be made in it. Likewise it's only since OS X has grown in popularity that is it worth their effort to port HL2 to it. It doesn't sound like an act of desperation, rather a smart move to gain some extra customers, or old ones with shiny new macs.

... Linux geeks are the ideal market for Valve products,...

Linux geeks are not the ideal market to Valve, we're too small compared to the main Windows market and most of us dual boot or use Wine where we can. Carmack could never make money out of us, but I am hoping that Valve can.

more than 2 years ago

Book Review: Why Does the World Exist?

vigour Re:The Answer summed up: (304 comments)

If you don't already know, there's no point telling you.

(My wife....)

more than 2 years ago

Meat the Food of the Future

vigour Re:Idiomatics (705 comments)

Hungry? Get some grub.

I wish I still had mod points for that.

more than 2 years ago

Patent and Copyright Wars Gone Wild

vigour Re:Yes we can (197 comments)

posting to remove an incorrect mod. Meant to mod funny not overrated (sorry)

more than 2 years ago

Jack Daniels Shows How To Write a Cease and Desist Letter

vigour Re:Classy (402 comments)

Whiskey = Tennessee Bourbon = Kentucky Whisky = Scotland, exemplar of the format.

Whiskey = Ireland

more than 2 years ago

Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

vigour Re:Flamebait summary much? (445 comments)

Khan is a Muslim.

Yes, and so was Dr. Abdus Salam.

Many mainstream Muslim do not consider Ahmadis to be Muslims

So? Many "mainstream Christians" don't consider Mormons to be Christians, yet they are. Many Hasidic Jews don't consider "mainstream Jews" to be real Jews, yet they are. Who determines your faith - you, or other people?

Don't be so naive. When dealing with the external world and categorisation it is not "you" who determines others' label for your religion, but those "other people" who are the majority and make the rules. Those with the biggest metaphorical and physical guns decides who is in the club and who is a heretic.

You may call your religion the one true and holy continuation of Zoroastrianism, but until you are the majority denomination, or the most influential, the rest of the world will consider it to be a loony cult, minor sect, or alternate branch depending on size.

Religious names and categorisation are social constructs, you may even claim to be a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, but until the rest of us agree to call you that you're still a human. The point your missing is that in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, "The Land of the Pure", Abdus Salam is not considered to be a Muslim. We both agree to call him Muslim, but that does not change his status in Pakistan. If he was Baha'i or Oriental Christian he would most likely still be written out of local history because they are powerless, minority religions and do not follow the national narrative of a primarily Sunni Islamic nation.

Returning to your attempt at logical argument, likewise most "mainstream Jews" don't consider Christians, or Muslims to be Jewish yet they both claim to be the continuation and reformation of that religion and thus subsume Judaism into their traditions. Ahmadism, Baha'i are examples of reform and syncretic religions. Failed reformations and minor branches are not considered part of the main religion by the main religion; Roman Catholicism still claims primacy as the one true catholic faith with Apostolic Succession. Similarly the Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches also claim to be the true Christian faith, none of them consider Mormons to be, and in their jurisdiction they can define what is and isn't Christian by whatever criteria they choose.

more than 2 years ago

UK Company Demos Color Video Animation On Electronic Paper

vigour Re:Magic (61 comments)

they really don't make them like that any more.

the only reason I read the paper is for local news, however even then it is seldom more than 4-6 pages a section and each section is round 4/5 ads.

I don't know where in the world you are, but in some countries there are still some very good newspapers. Germany has some great daily and weekly newspapers/magazines if you can read German such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine (famous for its highbrow nature), Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, and Stern. The Guardian or Telegraph in England are worthwhile reading, and then for me the Irish Times when I'm at home. Ads are not so intrusive in these publications, and normally have reasonable articles and interesting commentary. I remember the Seattle Times being not too bad as well, if a little on the thin side, but stuffed inside it was a bundle of ads thicker than the newspaper.

more than 2 years ago

UK Company Demos Color Video Animation On Electronic Paper

vigour Re:Magic (61 comments)

Whats a newspaper?

Being 33 years old, every time I pick something up that I am told is a newpaper, all I get is 1 paragraph of a day old story and 4/5th of a page full of ad's for old lady underwear and flat out scams for gold, homes and used cars... I have given up on finding these fabled papers of news.

You need to read better newspapers. Find yourself a quality broadsheet.

more than 2 years ago



Wingsuit man flies faster than local planes

vigour vigour writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vigour writes "According to the BBC's news site: "A Swiss stuntman has completed a daring 17km unaided flight over the west coast of Ireland, beating local plane times." Ueli "Sputnik" Gegenschatz is claiming a new world record for a glide across Galway Bay from the Aran island of Inis Mór last weekend.
The event was not publicised in advance in case weather conditions proved unsuitable, but Mr Gegenschatz completed the 17.6km journey across the Atlantic sound in five minutes and 45 seconds, according to his publicists.
Mr Gegenschatz took off from Inis Mor in a skydiving aircraft, and ejected at an altitude of 4,500m. He then glided at an average speed of 250km/h, helped by a "strong tailwind".
Some 200m above the south Connemara mainland, he opened his parachute and landed at Connemara Regional Airport in Indreabhán, Co Galway.
Picutures and further information can be found on his website"

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