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Comment: Pity it is done in iD Tech 5 (Score 1) 50

by Sycraft-fu (#49186897) Attached to: New Wolfenstein Game Announced: The Old Blood

But other than that, wonderful. New Order was a fantastic game. Such a strong showing for a first game from a studio. It isn't often you can have a game that is good, silly fun where you do crazy shit like dual wield assault rifles, and yet still have a solid story that makes you care. Good mechanics, good levels, good story, good visuals, good setting, just well done all around.

Only thing I would ding it on is the engine choice. iD Tech 5 just isn't very good compared to Unreal Engine, Cryengine or Frostbite. Even on my system with a XP941 SSD I can get some texture pop-in when I move the camera fast and while the visuals are good from a distance, they break down close up. I understand the choice, Bethesda owns the engine so it makes sense to use it, but I can't help but think it would look more impressive in a better engine.

Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 338

Wow, check out this quote:

Quite frankly, I'd like to question [cross-platform compatibility]. In the light of GNOME OS I think we need to ask ourselves the question if we do ourselves any good if we continue to support all kinds of kernels that simply cannot keep up with Linux anymore.

No wonder people don't like this guy. If everyone follows that attitude, it will really mess up the ecosystem.

Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 1) 180

by phantomfive (#49185979) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Unless you are over 80 it is going to happen in your lifetime.

Why are you so certain? The technology we have today is certainly not fully autonomous, and the stuff Google is working on isn't leading towards that. Do you have a reasoning behind your estimate, or is it merely a guess?

Comment: Re:I love old laws (Score 1) 389

by rdnetto (#49185457) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

They are the best. Old laws were written way before all of the 'politics' which happens today.

There were politics back then too, it's just that the money was in different industries.

New laws are complex, and complexity is fraud. Some old laws are wrong, and have been thrown out, but if the longer the law has survived the better it is.

Two words: survivorship bias

Comment: Re:So live underground (Score 1) 135

by rdnetto (#49185275) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

I'm not sure if it's the same study, but the 25-hour rhythm is addressed in the article:

But Charles Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard and chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discovered that the 1970s finding of a 25-hour natural circadian rhythm for humans was wrong. The original study allowed test subjects to turn on artificial light whenever they wished, unintentionally resetting their bodies’ circadian rhythms.

At about the time Pathfinder landed, Czeisler and his team began conducting studies at the hospital’s special laboratory that shielded study subjects from all outside influences. With their test subjects in isolation, they simulated the Martian sol to see how the test subjects adjusted to the longer day. “What we learned was none of the people adapted their circadian rhythms to the Martian day,” Czeisler said.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley