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Comment: Out of the books before Gygax left in '85... (Score 1) 25

by HBI (#49170283) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

Fiend Folio was the dumbest. Some of the monsters were really lame, and the nicer ones were mostly inclusions by TSR US, such as the Nycadaemon which had already appeared in D3 (Vault of the Drow). I have a close to 30 year continuity on my 1ed campaign and I rarely touch the Fiend Folio.

Comment: Re:c++? (Score 1) 218

> Using the shift operator to indicate stream I/O seems like one of those "obviously bad choice" kind of things.

Operator overloading in general seems like one of those "obviously bad choice" kind of things!

Yup, nonsense like:

int i, j;
real x, y;
compl z;
...
x = i / j;
z = x / y;

Bloody operator overloading.

Comment: Re:Viewing Launches (Score 1) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49166815) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

With luck, they'll start incorporating our radio transceivers. I hear that SpaceX flies with several USRPs now, so that's not completely unrealistic. That might be as close as I can get. Anyone who can get me a base invitation, though, would be greatly appreciated and I'd be happy to do some entertaining speeches while there. I need a base invite for Vandenberg, too. I got in to the official viewing site for the first try of the last launch (and that scrubbed too), but this next one is on Pad 6.

Comment: Re:Zombies versus Predators (Score 1) 220

I personally have never killed anything larger than a bug in my life; I suspect a lot of other people haven't either. I've never had to, because there have always been other people who are willing to do those unpleasant tasks for me, in exchange for modest amounts of money.

You're safe; I'm sure in our dystopian zombie future, the phones will still need sanitizing.

Comment: Re: Jerri (Score 1) 461

Obama can't countermand the order? Are you really saying that? Bush was trying to pressure the Iraqis into a SOFA agreement. Closer to the actual withdrawal date, a smarter strategy is required.

So, the civilian uprising that happened when we left was better than the one that the Shia would have stage-managed?

If you had any experience with fighting in Iraq, you'd realize that if anything is going to be done about ISIS, it'll have to be a foreign power doing it. The Iraqi forces are ineffectual - poorly led and lacking in ideology and resolve compared to their opponents. The Syrians had the same problem, aside from the Alawite core that is loyal to Assad. Note the sectional relationship - worth far more in that area of the world than any contrived "nationality". ISIS is a catch-22. Either you fix it from outside or acknowledge that a Caliphate is in the cards.

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