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Comment Re:invite more people in? (Score 2) 547

Except most Chinatowns in the U.S. are where non-Chinese people go to eat exotic food, not a separate city-within-a-city where any non-Chinese who enter will be beaten (or worse).

Going back a century or more, Chinatowns were ethnic ghettos not that different from other examples. Brought together by the pull of being close together with familiar people with shared backgrounds -- and the push of being excluded from elsewhere.

Of course, what is different is that the Chinese opened businesses, and so they needed to welcome outsiders to come and spend money there. To the point that in some Chinatowns have become business districts where few Chinese actually still live:

Comment "Mobbing" (Score 2, Interesting) 786

I"ve sometimes wondered if this behavior is similar to the mobbing behavior you see in certain species such as Monk Seals:

"Mobbing" refers to a pathological behavior that occurs when the gender ratio becomes skewed, with an excess of males versus females. The adult males become increasingly aggressive towards females (and immature pups), and will injure and even kill them, as multiple males gang up to play out a violent parody of their normal mating behavior. This problem becomes self-perpetuating as females are hunted down, with natural populations having observed to be driven into ratios as extreme as 3 males for every 1 surviving female.

Comment Re:Liberal Arts Guys Think Engineers are All Killb (Score 2) 497

Liberal Arts Guys Think Engineers are All Killbots

Hoho! How little do those liberal arts guys know -- Engineers aren't killbots themselves, they merely design and build them. For fun.

"Ladies and gentlemen, my killbot has Lotus Notes and a machine gun. It is the finest available."

Comment Academics get credit for editing too (Score 1) 135

Write a book review? Writing credit. Act as an editorial board for a journal? Editing credit. Do a blind peer-review for an article? Service credit. For a full time professor, these freebies are things that get listed on the CV and put into the promotion and tenure portfolio for 3-4 years down the road. It's something they jump on, because that's less original research that they have to produce. (Two published papers vs one published paper and being on the editorial board of two journals - you can bet they'll jump on #2.)

Comment XI's time had come (Score 1) 171

See that username? (Yeah. San D'Oria Tarutaru.) I played XI for a decade. Ran a successful Dynamis linkshell for four years. Finished 99 Gjallarhorn. Last December, my friends quit and moved to XIV.

XI's graphical limitations were really beginning to show, and short of a massive engine overhaul, there was little they could do to improve it any more. It held on strongly for so long for a PS2 era game, but it just wasn't as fun any more.

Comment The X HD / X-2 HD remakes were very good (Score 2) 171

Granted, converting a PS2 game to a PS3 game was a significantly easier task since they were able to re-render all the environments and models for 1080P and recycle those, but they went above and beyond and recreated all the menus too. X was a beautiful game and it showed in the remake.

I also enjoyed the release of FFIII and FFIV on the DS. If they give the same care and attention to the other games they wish to remake, they'll do really well.

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