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Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-fast-enough-for-you-old-man dept.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a production crew from Little Mountain Productions, a 9-year-old is getting the best fort ever. The crew is making him a Star Wars-themed fort with a gigantic Millennium Falcon with solar-powered LED interior and exterior lighting to sit on top. No word on how fast it can make the Kessel run, but lets hope the kid gets a long trip.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 253

by Kaladis Nefarian (#29733043) Attached to: The Problem of Shards, Servers, and Queues In MMOs

Lack of direction is exactly the issue - I have actually gone back to previous towns to get quests despite what the AC is suggesting. This happened by chance however, happened to be travelling through a village on my way to something else and saw there were new quests, so I've made it a habit since then. And the quests still dry up.

Not sure what the AC is thinking since this is not a unique opinion that I've shared.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 0, Troll) 253

by Kaladis Nefarian (#29715135) Attached to: The Problem of Shards, Servers, and Queues In MMOs

This is exactly what Aion did.

It's all fun until around level 17, then the game becomes a grind fest. I'm not at all surprised that their queue issues are going away.. I haven't bothered to log in for a week and I wont be renewing my account. (And yes, I realize the game is already successful in Korea etc. - but they are now selling it to western ex-WoW players and they have screwed up the balance and don't understand their new target audience, imo of course.)

For clarity, by "grind fest", I mean - quests dry up.. even quests like "collect/kill X for [decent amount of XP]" become scarce.

It's amazing to me that all these MMOs that get released have failed so badly. So many WoW players want to leave that game for something different - doesn't even have to be better, but it can't be a steaming pile of shit either. So far WoW is still the only real option for those people. Of course, if I'm wrong feel free to point me at the appropriate game.

Comment: Re:Recommend a TiVo alternative? (Score 1) 335

by businessnerd (#29220573) Attached to: TiVo Relaunching As a Patent Troll?
For an out-of-the-box MythTV product, check out this company: http://mythic.tv/index.php/dragon-v2-0.html. They essentially make a MythTV appliance. Even still, a lot of the MythTV focused linux distros are making a MythTV build more of an appliance experience. KnoppMyth, MythDora, and MythBuntu are all good options that allow you to get a MythTV system up and running in very little time. Personally, I use MythDora, and it has really made upgrading my MythTV system much easier. I used first install Fedora, and then install all of the packages on top, and then configure everything. Early on it was full day affair. Now you can go from a blank hard drive to watching tv in less than an hour. You don't really have to "roll your own" with MythTV anymore. You might also have luck with some of the other DIY DVR/Media Center solutinos like Windows Media Center, SageTV, ReplayTV, etc. Not familiar with those too much so can't comment on how they compare to MythTV.

Honestly, though, I am having a harder time justifying spending the time and money on my MythTV system from a DVR standpoint. As I see it, the DVR is really just a short term way of "hacking" live tv until we can we have a good on-demand solution. Every day we seem to get closer and closer to not needing live tv at all. Between Netflix Instant Watch, Hulu, all of the TV network's own sites, and more and more Internet only content, why pay for live tv anymore if you have a decent internet connection. But I'm not about to throw out my hardware just yet. I see my MythTV system slowly migrating to something more like Boxee. Where instead of recording shows, I stream TV from multiple internet sources through a common interface that can be controlled easily from my couch.

Comment: Re:old news (Score 1) 512

by Attila Dimedici (#29216951) Attached to: Depression May Provide Cognitive Advantages

I am lazy and I did a quick google and couldn't find a link...

However, I remember reading about a study in my college Psychology class that pointed to the fact that people depressed actually have a *clearer* view of reality when compared to the non-depressed. It's a rose colored glasses type of effect. When given questions about certain situations, clinically depressed persons tended to give more answers that matched up with the real-world reality of situations than the non-depressed.

In other words the world is shit I am justified in being depressed all the time.

Actually, looking at the Wikipedia entry posted further down, it appears to me that the study found that depressed people believed that they had no control in certain situations where in fact they had no control, whereas the non-depressed persons in the study felt that they had some control. The problem with the conclusion that the depressed people had a clearer view of reality comes from the fact that they, also, believed they had no control in situations where in fact they had some level of control.

Comment: Re:Reverse causation (Score 1) 512

by turing_m (#29216357) Attached to: Depression May Provide Cognitive Advantages

You have higher cognitive ability, you realize how the world runs, you get depressed. Not the other way 'round.

Maybe that's part of the reason for the push to medicate - dumb, happy people tend not to revolt. Especially if they have food on the table and blather on the telescreen. (Slashdot works well too.)

Comment: Adblock. (Score 1) 168

by Kaladis Nefarian (#29172049) Attached to: Google Chrome For Linux Goes 64-bit

None of the advances made by Chrome matter to me until it has Adblock or something as capable (and which doesn't require more effort to set up than firefox+adblock). It looks very interesting and when I tried it, seemed to be a nice browser, but as soon as I noticed all the ads again I closed it and went back to firefox.

And yes I realize Google are an ad company - but no amount of shiny features will make me browse the web without an ad blocker.

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Woman Has Borrowed 25,000 Library Books 7

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-buying-one dept.
91-year-old Louise Brown is The Authors Guild's worst nightmare. Since 1946 she has read about a dozen books a week and has never paid for a single page. Now she is on the brink of checking out book number 25,000. Most impressive is the fact that Louise has never incurred a single late fee. Janice Goldie, of Dumfries and Galloway Libraries, said, "We are amazed at Mrs. Brown's achievements. When she first joined the library service she was allowed to borrow six books a week. This has now risen to 12 and she always takes her full quota. Although she has borrowed nearly 25,000 books, she has never once had to pay an overdue charge. The staff at Stranraer Library think she's a remarkable lady and look forward to her weekly visits. They would like to know if anyone can beat her reading record."
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Alaskan Blob Is an Algae Bloom 130

Posted by timothy
from the no-sixes-here-just-a-couple-of-nines dept.
Bryan Gividen writes "Time.com is running a story on the previously unidentified blob floating off of the coast of Alaska. The article states that the blob is an algae bloom — far less sinister (or exciting) than any The Thing or The Blob comparison that was jokingly made. From the article: '"It's sort of like a swimming pool that hasn't been cleaned in a while." The blob, Konar said, is a microalgae made up of 'billions and billions of individuals.'"
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Microsoft Backs Down On Making IE8 Default At Upgrade 160

Posted by timothy
from the you-call-that-backing-down-huh dept.
Barence writes "Internet Explorer 8 will no longer replace the default browser when a user selects the 'Use express settings' option during installation. Back in May, Mozilla and Opera accused Microsoft of force-feeding users Internet Explorer 8 through the Automatic Updates process. The object of their ire was the 'Use express settings' option which automatically sets Internet Explorer 8 as the default browser. The option was already ticked when Automatic Updates offered users the choice to upgrade their browser. 'We heard a lot of feedback from a lot of different people and groups and decided to make the user choice of the default browser even more explicit,' notes Microsoft in a blog post."

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