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Comment: In on day 1! Whee! (Score 1) 368

by TheGreatGraySkwid (#36603788) Attached to: Google Launches Google+ Social Network

So far, photo sharing doesn't work right for me (I think it's an issue with window sizing interactions with the HTML5/CSS), but otherwise the interface is pretty slick. The GUI for adding contacts to "Circles" is very slick and intuitive. If this makes it as easy to do on-the-fly easy content sharing permission groups as it seems, I think this could really take off...but I'll reserve judgement until there are more people using it.

Comment: Re:The 30 Labels - because clickthroughs be damned (Score 3, Interesting) 143

by TheGreatGraySkwid (#36560804) Attached to: "Do Not Eat iPod Shuffle": 30 Dumb Warning Labels

Seen on materials for a Pentium processing chip: "If this product exhibits errors, the manufacturer will replace it for a $2-shipping and a $3-handling charge, for a total of $4.97."

There is exactly zero chance of that being an actual warning label.

OK, maybe .00003 chance.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Combat Vets On CoD: Black Ops, Medal of Honor Taliban 93

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-as-messy-as-the-real-deal dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Thom 'SSGTRAN' Tran, seen in the Call of Duty: Black Ops live action trailer and in the game as the NVA multiplayer character, gets interviewed and talks about Medal of Honor's Taliban drama. '... to me, it's a non-issue. This is Hollywood. This is entertainment. There has to be a bad guy if there's going to be a good guy. It's that simple. Regardless of whether you call them — "Taliban" or "Op For" — you're looking at the same thing. They're the bad guys.'" Gamasutra published a related story about military simulation games from the perspective of black ops veteran and awesome-name-contest winner Wolfgang Hammersmith. "In his view, all gunfights are a series of ordered and logical decisions; when he explains it to me, I can sense him performing mental math, brain exercise, the kind that appeals to gamers and game designers. Precise skill, calculated reaction. Combat operations and pistolcraft are the man's life's work."

Comment: Re:Of John Scalzi (Score 2, Informative) 832

by TheGreatGraySkwid (#29136649) Attached to: Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

In addition to the points of the commenters before me, I'll point out that communication between CDF soldiers while in combat armor is specifically described as being performed via tight-beam laser links so as not to give away their position with BrainPal EM chatter.

Really, Scalzi thought about this kind of thing. He's pretty thorough.

Comment: Anton Ego in Ratatouille (Score 3, Insightful) 507

by TheGreatGraySkwid (#26272731) Attached to: Avoiding Wasted Time With <em>Prince of Persia</em>

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends."

Sci-Fi

+ - Science Fiction Writers write DMCA Takedowns->

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TheGreatGraySkwid
TheGreatGraySkwid writes "With an ironic lack of forward thinking, the Science Fiction Writers of America (or, more specifically, their Vice President Andrew Burt) have issued scattershot DMCA takedown notices against numerous items on the document-sharing site Scribd, many of which were not infringing on SFWA copyrights in any way. It appears that a simple keyword search for prominent science fiction names (like "Asimov" and "Silverburg") was used to determine which documents were to be singled out. Included in the documents was Cory Doctorow's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom," which is freely available at any number of places. Doctorow is up in arms over at BoingBoing, with several other Science Fiction notables speaking up in the comments."
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