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Comment: Re:There's a reason SE hasn't shut down FFXI (Score 1) 290

by Emerssso (#42196609) Attached to: <em>City of Heroes</em> Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

Profit is hard to define or rather it can't be looked at in isolation. Killing CoH means NCSoft can leave the North American market, 98% of their revenue is in Korea. So they can shut down their US offices, data centers, marketing, get rid of Korean personnel with N. America knowledge, Korean managers dealing with N. America and so on. Lot's of secondary costs that can be lowered or gotten rid of totally. Just saving the time and hassle (late hours, mis-communication, flight costs, etc.) of communicating with the North American offices may be worth it. So even if CoH was profitable in isolation, once you add in all those other North America costs that get saved it may very well be a loss. Either way NCSoft clearly didn't want to deal with the hassle.

Doesn't NCSoft own Guild Wars 1 & 2 (one of which is practically brand new)? Shouldn't they still need offices in North America to support them? I'm confused about how they can manage Guild Wars in North America without offices and personnel.

Comment: Re:Stephenie Meyer is a talentless hack (Score 4, Funny) 320

by Emerssso (#33309552) Attached to: 7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail
That's what you think. Just wait until I finalize the deal with my publisher and my first novel hits the market. It features Zack the Zombie and his star-crossed love affair with teenaged Sarah, a clumsy yet lovable girl I'm sure young women across the country will fall in love with.

Comment: Re:Dramatic Findings (Score 2, Insightful) 250

by Emerssso (#30016192) Attached to: Babies Begin Learning Language In the Womb
Assumed by some child language acquisition specialists, yes. Assumed by the ones who are scientific about their research, probably not.

As I understand it, we have a fair amount of information about children responding to other phonetic and phonological aspects of the language(s) spoken around them, but there hasn't been any other research on prenatal language acquisition.

Comment: Re:Focus on Contempory Sci-Fi (Score 1) 1021

by Emerssso (#29650891) Attached to: What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?
Much as I agree with your argument for contemporary work, I really do have to point out that there is more going on in fantasy than "Orcs, Elves, and stuff".

First, fantasy is a much larger genre then the epic, Tolkien-esque work that is most pushed by publishers. First, mythic fiction, which while not always fantasy in a sense that most people identify with, often has most if not all of the characteristics of fantasy, and is much harder than a great majority of the the current popular SF (I mean, really guys. How many Star Wars books does the world need?)

We also have lovely options for class readings in urban/contemporary/indigenous fantasy. This might even be better, in my opinion, as there are quite a lot of short stories that have a fair bit of analytical meat.

The Endicott Studio used to have some excellent reading lists for both of these subgenres.

Maybe the greater proportion of Slashdotters don't see the need for looking at this kind of fiction. However, they provide many useful insights into how to critically analyze fiction, as their references and tropes tend to be more relevant to high schoolers than monks who live to do math.

Comment: Re:Backwards (Score 3, Insightful) 853

by commodore64_love (#29234643) Attached to: Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

That's one solution. Another solution rather than act like rambo and kill a bunch of innocent Koreans..... is to take a measured response, realize the amount of counterfeit dollars is less than 1/100th of a percent, and then accept the fact that it's not really that bad. Nor are all problems solvable.

Besides what Korea is doing is no worse than what the non-government *private* Federal Reserve has been doing - printing bonds, giving these pieces of paper to companies, and then buying them back with dollars. In essence printing money. THAT'S going to cause far more harm (via devaluation of your savings by ~10% per year) than a few counterfeit notes.

Comment: Re:Liar. (Score 2, Informative) 431

by Emerssso (#29234491) Attached to: We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution
Actually, smiley faces (not emoticons, but the symbol from a Wingdings type font) do manifest in serious work. Optimality Theory, a very popular formalism used in phonology (the linguistics branch dealing with the differences between the spoken and underlying forms of words) uses these to indicate "winning" candidates, typically those actually found in the language in question. They also use bombs, flowers, and a goodly collection of other odd symbols.

For more information, I recommend Rene Kager's book, /Optimality Theory/... or some googling of you don't feel like going to your local college library.

Comment: Re:The problem is... (Score 3, Insightful) 407

by Emerssso (#29037741) Attached to: Judge Rules Against RealDVD

Judges are not held accountable for their own bullshit. We just have to collectively hope they are fair, similar to dictators or kings. If they ruin lives, oh well.

What? As I understand it, a judge's purpose is to decide whether or not an individual (corporate or otherwise) has broken a law, not to legislate from the bench. Your statement makes no sense. This judge stated that her decision was based on the *laws* put in place by the legislature. Take your bitterness to your *elected* local Congressman, not the judge who has to muck around in the horseshit they spew and figure out what to do with it.

Comment: Re:It's harmless. (Score 2, Insightful) 98

by Emerssso (#27459347) Attached to: MIT Building Batteries Using Viruses
Technically speaking, as a linguist, *both* are acceptable plurals of the word 'virus'. They both meet the broad definition of morphological variants, namely that at least some English speakers use both /virii/ and /viruses/ and nearly all speakers of the language can understand the content the speaker is attempting to convey. Furthermore, both use morphological pluralization rules found in other words in the language (for example, /cacti/ and /foxes/. From a linguistic standpoint, it doesn't really matter whether or not this would be correct in Latin, as we are discussing English. The point I'm trying to make is that it may be the case that from a traditional lexicographical standpoint, only one is correct, most modern linguists would accept both as valid plurals, and neither as superior over the other. Remember, the sounds we make are ultimately arbitrary representations. As long as the are consistently intelligible within a community, it doesn't matter what they are.

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