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+ - Second NetHack Cross-Variant Summer Tournament

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bhaak1
bhaak1 writes "The second installment of the annual NetHack Cross-Variant Summer Tournament called Junethack is starting Thursday at midnight UTC and will be running until the end of June.

This online tournament features Vanilla NetHack and several of its forks: SporkHack, UnNethack, AceHack, GruntHack, and NetHack4.

The last two forks are participating this year for the first time in Junethack.

This tournament is trying to also appeal to players that get constantly mangled and beaten to death in unrealistic brutal situations by this sadistic game (that means probably you) by offering various non-winning achievements.

For additional geek creds you can hack away at the GPL source code of the tournament software available on GitHub if you are too ashamed of having a multi-digit death count."

Comment: Re:Athiests (and the left) have endured far more (Score 4, Insightful) 890

by AaxelB (#38761482) Attached to: Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

Please tell me a time when in my lifetime when it was not considered politically correct to criticize Christians in the U.S.? Please name the comedian who makes a living belittling atheists? Or even has that as a significant part of their routine?

I think comedians' acts support the exact opposite point from the one you're trying to make, since a lot of comedy is about reversals of expectations. Comedians don't hate on atheists (or, to some extent, women, minorities [unless they're a member of that minority], poor people, the physically/mentally challenged, etc.) because it's not very funny. It's not that it's too un-PC, but these groups get belittled all the time in real life (it's pervasive throughout our society), and it's just not that funny to see a comedian do the same thing.

For example, it's widely accepted as funny, across many disparate cultures, to see a man lose a game or a fight to a woman, or to see a man dressed as a woman, because it's a reversal of what you'd normally expect -- a man "lowered" to an inferior status, that of a woman. However, it's not very funny to see a man beat a woman in a fight or win a game against a woman, generally. Does this mean that society is biased toward women, since comedies tend to show them with the upper hand? Of course not, it shows the exact opposite, since it's funny when the woman has the upper hand.

Note: this is all hastily written and full of generalizations. I'm not stating anything about what you or I personally find funny, but more society-wide observations. Also, I realize we were talking about christians/atheists; the male/female divide is more obvious and widespread, so it's easier to point out examples, but similar phenomena exist in both places.

Comment: Re:Ferrari without a paint job (Score 2, Interesting) 341

by AaxelB (#38439196) Attached to: <em>X-Men Origins</em> Pirate Draws a 1-Year Sentence

I don't think it matters. The movie butchered so many comic book back stories...

Ha! Good one!

that it was incredibly painful to watch even after "the paint was applied."

I wouldn't call it a Ferrari either. Maybe a Pinto without a paint job.

...wait, were you serious? It seems silly to pretend that the last 15 retcons or complete rewrites were okay, but this one is a step too far! I haven't seen the movie in question and have no reason to believe it's not horrible, but to borrow from James Nicoll, the problem with defending the purity of Marvel back stories is that Marvel back stories about as pure as a cribhouse whore.

Comment: Re:What this means (Score 1) 845

by AaxelB (#38326382) Attached to: Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

Are you serious? I didn't get too far in college, but to get a BS in 4 years, you needed to do 13-15 hours a semester. Are masters degrees really that easy?

Grad-level classes are typically fewer credits but more work than undergrad classes, and you're expected to do a whole lot more on your own outside of class. You can't directly compare an undergrad "credit" with a grad "credit".

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 709

by AaxelB (#37769290) Attached to: Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"
Heh, fair enough. I agree some of the analysis is a bit weak, but it is still interesting. He was definitely trying to address all the people that insist Mexican Coke tastes better, not those that choose it for health reasons (though, really, drinking Mexican Coke for health reasons is a silly place to end up).

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 709

by AaxelB (#37766528) Attached to: Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"

A superior Coca Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup [...]

(Just as a sidenote) It depends how you mean "superior", but this sheds some interesting light on the matter:

Those folks who prefer Mexican Coke (like myself), really just like the idea of Mexican Coke—whether it's because they think real sugar is tastier/healthier than corn syrup, whether it's because Mexican Coke is more expensive and harder to find, thus more valuable, whether it's because of its exoticism, whatever the reason—strip away the Mexicanness of it, and suddenly it's a lot less appealing.

Comment: Re:WHAT??!?! (Score 1) 349

by AaxelB (#37418866) Attached to: Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers
I agree about the TV series; they're probably what I use the streaming for 80% of the time. I've watched through Arrested Development, Doctor Who, (some of) Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and a few others. I rarely even look for recent releases (either I watch them in the theater or they'll show up eventually), so I'm rarely annoyed by long waits. I guess I'm one of those few that feels that the raised price is still totally reasonable, and the prior price felt like highway robbery (but not in a bad way, of course).

Comment: Re:Amzon isnt dodging anything (Score 1) 639

by AaxelB (#37346720) Attached to: Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

That raises a very good point. If I purchase something from a 7-11, I pay the sales tax of the seller's place of business, regardless of where I am from.

What you are proposing is that the 7-11 should determine where I am from, and charge me the appropriate sales tax from wherever I live.

No, the 7-11 charges you the tax based on where both you and the seller are physically located. The problem is that the sales tax laws were written based on the assumption that the seller and the buyer are in the same location, so you just charge tax based on the laws in that location. The laws fall apart when the buyer and seller are under different jurisdictions -- do you charge based on the location of the seller or the buyer? There's no satisfying option, so the answer is... neither, apparently. Online retailers shipping to other states just sorta slip through the cracks, and the states try to make up for that with use tax.

Btw, is there anyone who actually keeps track of all the use tax they owe?

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