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Comment: JEALOUS! The Warden is protecting his turf, yo. (Score 1) 353

by Infirmo (#35022604) Attached to: Court Rules Dungeons and Dragons Threatens Prison Security

In D&D, the Dungeon Master isn't the leader. He's the opposition.
A dungeon is a kind of prison:
So, what is a warden, if not the master of a dungeon?

"Some people are opposed to the death penalty because it makes the state into a murderer. I'm opposed to the prison system, because it turns the state into a gay dungeonmaster."
      -Emo Philips

Comment: He's a little boy. Give him another chance. (Score 1) 613

by Infirmo (#35021662) Attached to: Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"

People with autism-spectrum disorders are well demonstrated to be able to achieve hyper-normal ability in specific areas of motor skills. I had a 12 year old kung-fu student with Aspergers, and his formwork was really amazing (although he lost his edge when he came into contact with an opponent). I had other students for longer and with seemingly stronger basic ability who never *got* the forms the way this boy did. Now he's 17 and spends all his time playing X-Box.

So, did he cheat, or not? Maybe, but if he did, Microsoft really ought to give him another chance. The real problem here is that they refuse to slap him on the wrist and then clear the tag. Whether he's autistic or not, he's 11 YEARS OLD. A "no strikes" rule before permanently labeling a kid a cheater is really draconian way to deal with a child.

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+ - Just Leap In picks up where Lively left off->

Submitted by Infirmo
Infirmo (449121) writes "Where do all the Lively fans go now? Just Leap In announced the public phase of their beta on New Year's Eve, and have since been steadily building audience thanks to features in several tech and virtual worlds blogs. JLI provides embeddable 3D spaces similar to Lively's but with more graphical bells and whistles, and with game collision physics that would allow all sorts of interesting games on the platform. They're also positioning themselves to leverage Facebook Connect, event syndication and other social networks to integrate their virtual experience with people's real world pursuits. But can this Vancouver-based Canadian startup succeed where even the mighty Google has faltered? If what they are trying to do works out, it just might be possible."
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"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354