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Comment: Every box IS a dev kit (Score 2) 69

by He Who Has No Name (#49084833) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

XB1 devkit functionality is in software, not hardware. And part of that is account access to parts of MS Corpnet that allow correct devkit functionality. We have to have the correct authorized user account and sandbox entered for devkit functions to work correctly.

Our devkits at MGS are stock retail kits that are pulled off the line and loaded with in house SDKs.

I have no idea what the plan is, if any, to roll that out widespread. I'm just a polygon slinger.

Comment: Re:Counter-productive (Score 1) 157

by He Who Has No Name (#49026879) Attached to: DMCA Exemption Campaign Would Let Fans Run Abandoned Games

Unconstitutional laws are not laws, and it's not especially hard to mount a whole variety of solid constitutional challenges to the DMCA.

What's difficult is for individuals to do so with standing, since their opponent in the manner ends up needing to be either a media company, with a multi-million dollar warchest, or the federal government, with a bottomless one. Both those scenarios are very good at preventing the rightful party from winning.

Comment: That study used data from Finland's Winter War... (Score 3, Informative) 113

...and one of the other things it found was that pregnant women who found out their loved ones were killed during the Winter War and Continuation War were more likely to have children who exhibited certain psychological conditions and behavioral pathologies.

Comment: Re: Who fucking wrote this? (Score 1, Interesting) 594

by He Who Has No Name (#48292103) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee would say otherwise.

There is risk in setting foot in the unknown. Sometimes that risk is death, because the reward is so precious when we finally learn how to walk there.

You need to step out of your ivory tower of academia - or at least stop naysaying those brave enough o blaze the trail for you so you can avoid the danger.

Comment: Re: Battletech IRL (Score 1) 82

BattleTech is so awesome, there's actually a core canon novel that addresses that concern about the Solaris arenas. It's called "assumption of risk".

Short version: if you know something can kill you, and you do it anyway because you want to, if you die, it's your fault.

Comment: Re:Just don't eat animals, period. (Score 1) 481

by He Who Has No Name (#48066155) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Except humans are obligate omnivores. *Some* members can survive in a subsistence mode on vegetable matter, but others cannot and many cannot do so long term in a healthy manner.

Any zoology grad student can point at our tooth layout and explain to you exactly why animals develop that incisor / eyetooth / bicuspid / molar order, and it's not for chewing leaves. It's there because our bodies, by and large, have a dietary requirement - driven by nutritional and physiological requirements - to tear and consume animal proteins. There is simply no getting around it.

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