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Comment: Re:There is some truth to it (Score 1) 318

by DahGhostfacedFiddlah (#49139195) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Yes, the link includes studies showing a correlation with something that could conceivably cause weird behaviour (sleep cycles), but haven't actually found a correlation with the weird behaviour.

So either there's no "lunar effect", or whatever effect there is results in a nonexistent/negligible increase in hospital/police activity.

Comment: Re:There is some truth to it (Score 4, Informative) 318

by DahGhostfacedFiddlah (#49127665) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Ask any police officer or health care provider how people act during the full moon. They will almost always tell you that they are busier and people are crazier around that time of the month - consistently - although they can't quite explain why.

Confirmation bias. I've heard the same thing from nurses, but the fact is, no correlation has been found.

Comment: What happened to my /.? (Score 5, Funny) 180

by DahGhostfacedFiddlah (#48811405) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

We just had a story about low-level improvements to the BSD kernel, and now we get an article about chip-level features and how compilers use them?

Is this some sort of pre-April-Fools /. in 2000 joke? Where are my Slashvertisements for gadgets I'll never hear about again? My uninformed blog posts declaring this the "year of Functional Declarative Inverted Programming in YAFadL"? Where the hell are my 3000-word /. editor opinions on the latest movie?

If this keeps up, this site might start soaking up some of my time instead of simply being a place I check due to old habits.

Comment: Re:Use utf if you must, for character names, only. (Score 2) 165

Don't worry, that would never happen.

G's are only ever gnomes (of differing ranks), but a g might be a gargoyle, flying gargoyle, or gremlin.

I hope that clears things up. And for god's sake, don't genocide G's if you're playing as a gnome.

Comment: Re:Not this shit again (Score 1) 834

by DahGhostfacedFiddlah (#48361723) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

You asked about the timeline. I kept my response limited to the timeline
You're right - I'm a goalpost-moving jerk, and I'm sorry.

From what I can tell, Depression Quest was released on the day of Williams' death. That's not taking advantage, that's an unhappy coincidence. I'm pretty sure release dates are set more than 24 hours in advance. Quinn had to option of pushing the release, but it's such a quagmire of morality, I can't bring myself to judge whether that would have been the right decision or not.

As for the "coverup", that's another item I just haven't seen evidence of. It felt entirely organic to me - a bunch of people saw a witch hunt and shut it down. It doesn't take a conspiracy for an idea to spread between reddit, gamasutra, kotaku, fark, 4chan, and wherever the hell else - these communities have plenty of overlap. The first idea to spread was the Quinnspiracy, and the second was that it was toxic, with moderators acting accordingly Now, I haven't seen the original threads (and I think at this point it would be a good idea for everyone involved to republish any of the original material), but from what I've seen in subsequent threads, I suspect "toxic" was a valid judgement.

Comment: Re:Not this shit again (Score 1) 834

by DahGhostfacedFiddlah (#48361031) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

This is exactly the type of response I'm talking about. Rather than point to any actual breach of ethics, you:

  • Nitpick on when the (still-alleged, and completely-irrelevant) cheating occurred
  • Assert that the game sucked - a completely subjective opinion
  • Effectively state that reviewers cannot have friendships with developers, or it's a breach of ethics (at least this one was on-topic)
  • Accuse a developer (not a journalist) of taking advantage of a suicide

I suppose I can see the argument that reviewers should disclose their relationships with developers, but 90% of the response was a complete non-sequitor, which is why I have such a low opinion of #GG. It seems to be an excuse to pile on a developer who made a game they don't like, and any journalistic concerns are an afterthought.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.