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Comment Re:The Right-Click menu? (Score 1) 335

OS/2 had one great fault, that killed it off immediately: a program couldn't change the colour palette without rebooting the OS. As a result, all of the major game companies decided not to bother making games for it (source: I was present at a strategy meeting of VP s of technology of all of the big game companies at the time where they decided "how to handle Microsoft and IBM" was a very entertaining meeting).

Comment Re:Really!? (Score 1) 587

Interesting theory. We see about one of these type of incidents (student has academic problems, complains loudly about some made-up bullshit issue and threatens lawsuit in order to get administration to cave) once every couple of years at my college, so it is not altogether unlikely. The really sad thing is that it works.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 528

The spread at 200 ft is not going to be 20 inches, or anywhere close. You don't get 20 inch spreads at 40 yards on the range when patterning a shotgun; you fire at a 30 inch target and expect to hit that circle which only some percentage of the shot.
Here is a video, showing that even a 12 gauge with buckshot doesn't have a 20 inch pattern at 210 feet, with a full-choke barrel. With buckshot only approximately 50% of his shot hit a shower curtain; think about how that affects birdshot at that range (which has a lot more spread).
From :
"How Choke Is Determined By Patterning:
  Choke is roughly determined for all shotguns by the amount or percentage of shot it delivers within a 30" circle at 40 yards.
Cylinder bore will deliver 40 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards.
Improved cylinder choke will deliver 50 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards.
Modified choke will deliver 60 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards.
Full choke will deliver 70 percent of its shot load within a 30 inch circle at 40 yards."

Comment Re: Really? (Score 1) 528

Your assertion has my physics senses tingling.
If you "sweep the barrel" by pointing at a fast-flying duck that is 15-20 metres away and fire while continuing the sweeping, the shot will pass behind the duck. The sweeping of the barrel does not toss the shot sideways by any significant (measurable) amount. Sweeping *is* a proper technique, but only because it helps prevent pausing during the shot (and thus losing your proper lead, and shooting behind the target).

Comment Re:Never heard of him (Score 2) 27

Moebius made lots of music, which folks who were into 70's electronica loved. Eno helped bring the German electronic music scene into focus for people outside of Germany, working with Moebius and Roedelius on two very important albums, "Cluster & Eno" and "After the Heat", and then hooking up with a fourth musician, Plank, to make some more albums together.

Anyone who was listening to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze was familiar with Moebius/Roedelius/Plank. "After the Heat" was in Sam the Record Man etc. in Canada, you could pick it up anywhere.

Comment Timothy can't write in English. (Score 1) 196

Some users have noticed that the Japanese character "no", which is extremely common in the Japanese language (forming parts of many words, or meaning something similar to the English word "of" on its own).

That isn't even a sentence in English. It is extremely grating to read crap like this, and it does not convey much about the story. .

Comment Re:Playing devil's advocate here... (Score 5, Insightful) 668

The problem with labelling something no better than a placebo as "healthcare" is that people who could benefit from real treatments can be led to use a placebo as a replacement for actual effective treatments; if the placebos don't work, they may have just aggravated the health issue by delaying real treatment.

It's like saying "Scientology worked for me"; you are promoting a very dubious form of (mental) health care, instead of scientifically proven options. If your medical doctor wants to prescribe a placebo, fine, but make sure you go to a real doctor for that.

Submission + - IMAX Tries To Censor Arstechnica over SteamVR Comparison

Cutting_Crew writes: From the article:

"Last week, Ars published a story about the newest version of SteamVR, a virtual reality system made by Valve Software. The piece includes interviews with game designers praising the new system as well as writer Sam Machkovech's own experience using SteamVR at Valve's office in Bellevue, Washington. On June 16, Ars Technica was contacted by IMAX Corporation. The company said our story required a retraction because it included a brief reference to IMAX—included without IMAX's permission. "Any unauthorized use of our trademark is expressly forbidden"

If you look at the letter from the lawyer you will notice that it mentioned trademark and seems to think that merely using the name "IMAX" is somehow an infringement of that trademark. It sounds like someone is a little too scared of Valve. Apparently, they(IMAX) has never heard of or experienced the Streisand Effect. Here is a quick link to the PDF sent by the 'lawyer'.

Comment Re:boring (Score 1) 126

Most people should grow out of that at what, eight years old when they learn how to play most games themselves?

So most people should grow out of watching soccer at age eight? Because, *anyone* can play soccer, right?
People don't just watch video games on Twitch because they are scared of playing them...I'd say those numbers are insignificantly low. People watch video games on Twitch for a variety of reasons: they like watching people play the game who are way better than they are, or are worse than they are (slapstick funny), or to learn strategies, or just for plain straightforward enjoyment of the medium on it's own.
As Kaytoue et al[2012] state: "watching video game live streams tends more and more towards becoming a new kind of entertainment on its own."
As Marshall Mcluhan said: "The medium is the message".

Kaytoue, Mahdi, Arlei Silva, Loïc Cerf, Wagner Meira, Jr., and Chedy Raïssi.
“Watch me Playing, I am a Professional: a First Study on Video Game Live
Streaming.” Proceedings of the 21st international conference companion on
World Wide Web. New York: ACM, 2012: 1181-1188.

Comment Re:So, not FOSS anymore? (Score 2) 20

And you are charging for the console batteries, and they are not open source. The summary makes it sound like everything is open source and free, but the console stuff is not. I'm not being judgmental here: I understand why that stuff can't be free and open, but the summary is somewhat misleading.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.