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Comment: Re:Why a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail (Score 1) 515

by PegLegPete (#37751780) Attached to: Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

1) what's scarier than zombies? zombie grizzly bears and zombie grey wolves and zombie pike.

Zombie honey badgers keep me up at night.

More seriously, why wouldn't insects also become zombies? Even if they were immune, they could spread the virus/infection to all animals that can be infected. Malaria-spreading mosquitoes come to mind. Finally, as a NYC resident, I nearly pee myself at the thought of zombie bed bugs.

Comment: Re:Where's your $50,000? (Score 1) 1799

by PegLegPete (#37679314) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?
This is the GAO report that jrifkin mentioned. It's right there on page 131 like he said (report page 131, not pdf page 131).

http://www.gao.gov/search?q=GAO-11-696

The thing to note is, most of the $16 trillion you say was "given" to the banks was really "loaned" to the banks. My point being a loan is better than straigt-up giving away the money, even if it is a risky loan that is clearly controversial.

By means of comparison... jrfikin mentioned that the government could have used that $16 trillion to give every man, woman, and child a $50,000. Again, since the money was lent, not given, that is also a bad idea.

DevLeopard and Davide Marney have made the comments I agree with most in this /. discussion -- do not rely on credit/leverage as it will only put you at risk for trouble. The government sets a bad example in this case but at least it has a reliable income, whereas an individual or corporation can lose their income over night as we have seen occur to our family, friends, businesses, and banks over the past decade.

The ship called the US (or Global) Economy is in danger of sinking, and instead of figuring out how to patch the hull or securing the life rafts, everybody is busy blaming the engineers for poor construction, questioning the navigator's abilities, and claiming the passengers are too fat. The more practical and rational approach is if we all banded together to get the ship sailing again, crew and passenger alike.

Comment: Re:Massive quit (Score 1) 161

by PegLegPete (#33123580) Attached to: Xfire Purchased, Team Leaving
It would be silly to quit.

Laid-off = good chance of a receiving severance package, i.e. paid unemployment for 1-6 months, which you can combine with government unemployment

Quit = 24 hours of high emotion, followed by the realization you have no income

Also, if it were me, I would be pissed they laid me off, but I wouldn't want to sabotage the product I helped create over many years, regardless of who now owned it. Considering the previous owner, it could not have been much of a surprise in the first place.
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Steak-Scented Billboard Entices Drivers 282

Posted by samzenpus
from the steak-and-diesel dept.
In addition to car exhaust and road grime, travelers along Highway 150 in North Carolina can now enjoy the smell of a barbecue thanks to a new billboard. The work of ScentAir, which provides custom scents for businesses, the advertisement for a local grocer emits the smell of charcoal and black pepper over the highway. "Marketing director Murray Dameron said the beef scent was emitted by a high-powered fan at the bottom of the billboard that blows air over cartridges loaded with BBQ fragrance oil. 'It smells like grilled meat with a nice pepper rub on it,' he explained."
Input Devices

Razer, Valve, and Sixense Working On Motion Control For PC Games 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the trendy-name-guaranteed dept.
An anonymous reader sends along this excerpt from Shacknews: "Gaming hardware developer Razer has announced a new multi-year partnership with Sixense Entertainment and Valve Software to deliver a '...revolutionary true-to-life, next-generation motion sensing and gesture recognition controller for PC gaming.' Razer, Valve, and Sixense, along with a selection of PC OEM partners, are aiming to produce '...ultra-precise one-to-one motion sensing controllers that use electromagnetic fields to track precise movements along all six axes.' Each controller will reportedly track its orientation within a single degree, and detect positioning within one millimeter. Thankfully, the device will be compatible with both current and future generation PC games."
Games

AbleGamers Reviews Games From a Disability Standpoint 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the gaming-for-all dept.
eldavojohn writes "Early last month a visually impaired gamer sued Sony under the Americans with Disabilities Act (and if you think that people with disabilities don't play games, think again). The AbleGamers Foundation has decided to step forward and provide a rating system for games that blends together a number of factors to determine a score with regard to accessibility. Visual, hearing, motion, closed captioning, speed settings, difficulty settings and even colorblindness options are all taken into account when compiling these scores and reviewing these games."

Comment: Re:Spoilers much? Assholes. (Score 1) 101

by PegLegPete (#28692241) Attached to: Bethesda Speaks On Gamebryo Engine, Final <em>Fallout 3</em> DLC
First, yes, my post was not insightful, more like angry. But mods love me, so deal with it CodeBusta. Back on topic: How am I supposed to know that the aliens are not a major part of the main storyline? After hearing there are aliens in the game, I considered that maybe the humans didn't nuke each other but instead had to fight off an alien invasion? That is pivotal if you ask me. I don't know how aliens can't NOT be pivotal. A society isolated vs a society in contact with aliens is a large difference. Obviously its not a new idea for games as a whole, but within a setting so rich with story as Fallout, knowing there are aliens around is kinda a big deal in my book. I'll choose to ignore your off-beat "win the game" and Madden 2009 comments cuz they are too irrelevant. I'm talking about story and spoiling stories of a really good game. If you want to turn this into a console/hardcore discussion, you can move along. (For the record, I prefer PC games and have for the last 20 years)

Comment: Re:Bigger Problems Then Taxes (Score 1) 226

by PegLegPete (#26417011) Attached to: IRS Eyeballing Virtual World Tax Policies
Yea, people do this kind of thing all the time with ordinary businesses. Anything that can be traced back to income generation can more or less be claimed as a business expense to be written off, as long as you are also claiming that income. But the point someone made above still stands... if you are making enough to claim it on your taxes, then that's likely the least of your problems.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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