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Comment: Re:Polyhedral dice? Roleplaying applications? (Score 1) 100

by NoStrings (#33409242) Attached to: The iPad As a Shape-Recognition System
There are already lots of games like this - albeit without the touch screen. Look at Neverwinter Nights, for instance. To me, a system like this would take away from the fun of a pen & paper RPG. It's nice to unplug for a while, sit down with some friends face to face, and roll some dice. I think that it would be nice to have a big touch screen for the main map, but once you let the system automate the rolling of the dice, it basically becomes a computer RPG.

Comment: Re:Vaporware (Score 2, Interesting) 1006

by NoStrings (#29030141) Attached to: Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City
But not all of us live in the US, either. Here in Canada the majority of our electricity is generated by hydro dams. From the Canadian Encyclopedia:

Canada's installed electrical generating capacity in 1994 was 114 gigawatts (GW = 109 watts): 56% derived from HYDROELECTRICITY, 18% from coal, 14% from nuclear power, 7% from oil, 4% from natural gas and 1% from other sources. Installed capacity is the amount of power that could be generated at a given instant if all power plants were working simultaneously at full capacity.

See for more info.

The big problem for us is the cold weather sucking the life out of the batteries.

Comment: Re:Apple's fascination with single button mice (Score 2, Informative) 806

by NoStrings (#28339401) Attached to: Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes
Actually, the mighty mouse only has one physical button for left- and right-clicking. It uses heat sensors to tell if your forefinger is resting on the mouse. If it is, then you get a left-click; if not, you get a right-click. Lifting your finger takes a bit of getting used to, and it sometimes takes several tries to get a right-click - especially in a warm environment where it takes longer for the sensor to cool down. This makes a mighty mouse almost useless if you're in a hurry (gaming, for instance).

The scroll ball is awesome, though!


Comment: Re:Use the line to pull other lines into your outl (Score 1) 635

by NoStrings (#28204815) Attached to: You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What?

I agree. I install cable and internet for our local telco, and it almost never works to use existing cable to pull new stuff through the walls. If you're very lucky and the initial install wasn't done by an overzealous electrician with an unnatural love of his staple gun, you might get away with it. Also, if you have a basement with a drywalled ceiling, you can just about forget about it. Why would anyone permanently cover up the only access to most of the utilities in their home?


Comment: Re:US and Canada? (Score 1) 319

by NoStrings (#26726227) Attached to: Apple's Terms No Longer Allow ITMS Purchases Outside of US

I live in Canada, and have both a Canadian and US iTunes account. I just downloaded something from the US iTunes store and had to agree to the new terms of service. The download worked fine.

As far as I can tell, the terms of service (for the US store, anyway) no longer allow you to use a credit card from a foreign bank. You can still make purchases if you use pre-paid iTunes cards, as long as those cards were purchased in the US.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984