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Comment Imagine auto-brewery syndrome with this... (Score 3, Interesting) 333

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

"Auto-brewery syndrome, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, is a rare medical condition in which intoxicating quantities of ethanol are produced through endogenous fermentation within the digestive system."

Now imagine this with a yeast that produces morphine...

Comment Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 1) 681

They won't undo it so much as they'll eventually roll the dice again and come up with another superfluous gyration of something that already works well enough. If not for the negative PR I'd have wagered the replacement for the ribbon would be something with Live Tiles. Perhaps a honeycomb arrangement of commands with your most frequently used commands automatically shared via social media.

Comment Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (Score 1) 376

I wish, though that is the exact opposite of what the theatres want. Notice that before every movie they play some ad that includes the sound of someone pouring a soft drink? You can hate that it works, but you know that your mouth just started watering. The smell of buttered popcorn and the sounds of people eating may drive away a few, but it's money in the bank from the rest of the cud-chewing masses. The people who aren't buying the concessions are a much lower profit margin anyways. Just look at what it costs to make your own popcorn at home.

Comment Re:Lolol (Score 1) 34

This.

The rational way to approach winning this prize would be to ask yourself if you'd buy a ticket to space if you had the cash value already in your savings account. If you'd spend your hard earned money on anything other than a brief flight "up real high" then take the cash equivalent.

Even if they cover the taxes that you'll be responsible for paying on the value of the flight, I'd rather be filling out tax forms knowing that some of that cash was still in the bank.

Comment Not my cup of tea (Score 1) 181

I played Dragon's Prophet for a while (a free to play MMO). While I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay I just got tired of fighting my own temptation to spend on the cash shop to advance quicker.

So no, as the article points out I have no purely rational reason for avoiding free-to-play games. That said, I have no purely rational reason for playing games in the first place, it's a choice I make purely on how a game environment resonates with my own subjective perception. A game that feels like a shady carnival with carnival barkers clamoring for the most cash they can drain from me just doesn't appeal to me. How "fair" that attitude is to game developers and publishers is, to me, quite irrelevant.

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