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Comment: Re:So (Score 5, Insightful) 373

by Nationless (#46267009) Attached to: Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

They also offer a variety of services which I greatly appreciate in this day an age.

I don't have to lug around all my cds/dvds/Floppies every time I move and honestly I've gotten rid of all my physical media (external hard-drives excluded) about 2 international moves ago.

It automatically keeps all my games up to date, no more Battlefield 1942 patch hell.

As a store front it allows me to keep up to date on game releases and even pre-load certain titles.

Steam sales.

A robust offline mode which automatically works as long as you've downloaded the game and run it a single time while being connected online.

I use it as a unified launcher.

I use it as a communication tool dedicated to getting in touch with other people I know who are playing games and can easily organize matches of any game on our collective steam lists.

Also not all games come with the steamworks DRM and can be run freely without steam even being installed on the system. Granted you have to download it through Steam first, but that would apply to any digital store front. Not to mention I've never noticed the DRM in action, making it the most non-intrusive form so far and if it doesn't even bother me, I don't see much reason to rage about it if it means that Steam is more likely to stay in business.

I no longer have to input CD-keys or even worry about where I've physically kept the myriads of manuals containing them and installing software is as quick as simply wanting to play something and double clicking the title and download/installation is automatic. I don't have as much time to waste on gaming as I used to so streamlining it is in my best interest.

Having to live with the "fear" that one day my games will be gone is like worrying that a Jumbo jet will land on my house. Honestly, I'd just pirate the games I'd lost.

Comment: Re:Corrupt Culture of Waste (Score 1) 466

by Nationless (#43213231) Attached to: Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

Because people are stupid and forget about important things all the time.

It's a campaign revolved around awareness. If you notice all the lights going out around you and you take a moment to think "Ooh, that's neat" and then figure out it's earth day then maybe sometime next week you'll turn off a light you would normally have left on or turned down (up?) the AC a couple of degrees. But more often than not you will forget it, because people are stupid and forget about important things all the time.

Sure it's futile, but at least it's something.

Biotech

"Lazarus Project" Clones Extinct Frog 154

Posted by samzenpus
from the welcome-back dept.
cylonlover writes "Australian scientists have successfully revived and reactivated the genome of an extinct frog. The 'Lazarus Project' team implanted cell nuclei from tissues collected in the 1970s and kept in a conventional deep freezer for 40 years into donor eggs from a distantly-related frog. Some of the eggs spontaneously began to divide and grow to early embryo stage with tests confirming the dividing cells contained genetic material from the extinct frog. The extinct frog in question is the Rheobatrachus silus, one of only two species of gastric-brooding frogs, or Platypus frogs, native to Queensland, Australia. Both species became extinct in the mid-1980s and were unique amongst frog species for the way in which they incubated their offspring."

Comment: Re:"I'd START with?" (Score 1) 417

by Nationless (#43190623) Attached to: If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

I personally think it should be restricted to motorized vehicles. I do agree with the general negligence category, but having laws for bicycles is pointless since there's no test or requirement to own or operate one and children will be the most caught for this "crime".

I see that we inherently have different opinions on the matter and I doubt either one of us will change stand points at the end a discussion, but I appreciate your opinion.

Comment: "I'd START with?" (Score 1) 417

by Nationless (#43184403) Attached to: If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Why does it imply that I would want bans in the rest of the places when I pick cars? Is this some kind of reverse psychology slippery slope?

I'd ban it in cars, and ONLY cars. And naturally only for the driver.

And surely it's already "banned" in classrooms? Unless you want to press criminal charges against children who happen to have a social life and *GASP* an inability to not pay attention every day in a classroom.

Comment: Re-watching and editing (Score 1) 379

by Nationless (#43010941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

Watching back your life will literally take a lifetime worth of time to do. Not to mention how long it would take to edit it into something comprehensible.

Here's a suggestion: Live your life and look forward instead of focusing on how you can dwell harder. Spend more time doing things you love instead of remembering the things you used to love.

Comment: Re:Is there a significant secretarial presence her (Score 1) 240

by Nationless (#42967449) Attached to: Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

Actually my peers noticed it before I did. I work in Graphics and have had a long technical background where a lot of them come from art backgrounds. They were peering (no pun intended(...Ok, maybe partially)) over my shoulder and were amazed with how fast I was typing. That's when I started noticing how slow they were. Of course they're faster than me at certain other tasks.

Different backgrounds different skill-set.

Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools. -- Henry David Thoreau

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