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Comment: Re:Rich people deserve safe beachfront homes (Score -1, Troll) 476

What on Earth makes you think the NYT or CNN is more credible a source than FOX?

Show me a news source that isn't catering to ratings (i.e., money), and I'll show you one worth listening to. Until then, they're all suspect, and all they spew is bollocks.

Comment: Re:Why is this here? (Score 3, Insightful) 629

by Mattcelt (#43561361) Attached to: Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

Sorry to be pedantic, but unless I missed it, you pointed out only potentially factual errors in the original, not any logical fallacies. So while it certainly raises some questions, it does not "beg" any in your example. (Though I think a thorough analysis of TFA's original premise could find some petitio principii in the author's logic.)

Here is a good explanation of why that is so.

Comment: Re:20 years passed (Score 0) 422

by Mattcelt (#43483003) Attached to: Huge Explosion at Texas Fertilizer Plant

In English, an adverb is a word that modifies a verb or adjective.

As an example of modifying an adjective: "He was very tired."
He - noun (subject)
was - verb
very - adverb (modifying 'tired')
tired - adjective (specifically a predicate adjective

As an example of modifying a verb: "Danielle quickly ran to the corner."
Danielle - noun (subject)
quickly - adverb (modifying 'ran')
to - preposition
the - definite article
corner - noun (the object of the preposition in this case)

So to borrow from your first instance: "His murders were clearly terrorism."
His - possessive pronoun
murders - noun (subject)
were - verb
clearly - adverb (modifying 'were')
terrorism - predicate nominative, a special use case for nouns (not an adverb)

The easiest way to identify an adverb is to ask what the word modifies. If it modifies a noun (a blue sweater, where blue is describing the sweater), it's an adjective. If it modifies an adjective (a very blue sweater) or a verb (a sweater permanently dyed blue), it's an adverb. (One can often identify verb-modifying adverbs by looking for the suffix -ly: quick -> quickly, intelligent -> intelligently.) Though the constructions of the latter sentences are more complex, none of those examples you cite are actually adverbs: they are all adjectives in some form. Terror, terrorist, and terrorism are all nouns. There is actually no adverbal form of terrorism that I'm aware of. The closest I can think of is "terrifyingly".


Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Reviewed 48

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the n-gage-returns-from-beyond dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "After being tweaked and polished for months with the help of feedback from pro gamers and enthusiasts alike, Razer's Project Fiona has finally come of age. Re-named as Razer Edge Pro, this gaming tablet is way more than a mere plaything. Razer Edge Pro is a beast which packs a dual-core Intel Core i7-3517U Ivy Bridge processor with 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory. All this in a small 7 by 11 by 0.8 inches wide frame which weighs only 2.14 pounds. Comparing the Razer Edge to anything else is tough, considering that it doesn't necessarily have a true competitor. However in a series of performance comparisons with other powerful tablets and ultraportable gaming laptops, Razer Edge performed better than the tablets but wasn't at par with ultraportable gaming laptops. For instance when comparing scores from 3DMark 11, the Edge Pro scored 2,503 points at entry settings and 504 points in extreme mode putting it ahead of both competing tablets, the Microsoft Surface Pro (1,055 Entry, 206 Extreme) and Samsung ATIV SmartPC (1,044 Entry, couldn't run at Extreme mode), but behind the gaming-focused laptops, like the the Maingear Pulse 11 (3,868 Entry, 724 Extreme) and the Razer Blade (3,458 Entry, 716 Extreme). What's baffling is that with all accessories incuded (gamepad dock and the console dock) the final price of the tablet is a cool $1,870, which most expensive than not only the two tablets tested but also the two gaming gaming laptops compared. It remains to be seen whether the Razer Edge Pro is something special or just on the edge of it."

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine 648

Posted by timothy
from the stopped-clock-right-twice-a-day dept.
langelgjm writes "In a closely-watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court today vindicated the first-sale doctrine, declaring that it "applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad." The case involved a Thai graduate student in the U.S. who sold cheap foreign versions of textbooks on eBay without the publisher's permission. The 6-3 decision has important implications for goods sold online and in discount stores. Justice Stephen Breyer said in his opinion (PDF) that the publisher lost any ability to control what happens to its books after their first sale abroad."

Comment: Re:But not the Z10? (Score 1) 276

by Mattcelt (#43213119) Attached to: Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

This raises an interesting question: is there a suitable replacement for blackberry for the enterprise yet? None of the phones systems/solution I've seen have anything resembling the BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) and encryption for email, etc. What will be the successor to BB in the enterprise?

Comment: Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (Score 3, Insightful) 469

by Mattcelt (#43153697) Attached to: Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

So very true. I thank the heavens every day for the crack scene - I have original games from the mid-1980s which would be unplayable if it weren't for THG, RAZOR 1911, and others like them. I probably spend at least $100 on games per month, but I won't put my money into any title until a crack is available. EA, Blizzard, and other companies have lost thousands - perhaps even tens of thousands - of dollars of my money because of their godawful DRM, and the problem is only getting worse. Starcraft II, Diablo 3, and now SimCity, for instance - all are games I would have loved to play, but only when they're unencumbered.

And don't get me started on steam or, either. I don't rent games!

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