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Comment: They can do whatever they want (Score 4, Insightful) 223

by HBI (#48668531) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

I'm not going to watch the retarded shit anyway. I do think that video gaming nowadays should be lumped into regular sport, because it's the same kind of people who play the button mashing games anyway.

A game that required actual intelligence can hardly be found, never mind made into an Olympic sport.

Comment: Re: I briefly considered CatGenie... (Score 1) 188

by dfenstrate (#48666217) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM
Well, sometimes your aunt offers you a free cat, and you're like, hey, why not, it's free! and it's still a kitten and it's cute and your girlfriend/later wife loves it. Then the cat runs around maniacally and you're like hey, that cat needs a friend. So you get another cat! It's a feral little barn kitten that came with fleas and ear mites, but it was 'free' too, and it does it's job of making the first cat behave better. So you keep feeding it.
Then your sister in law says, hey, I've got this stray dog I can't keep because of my MS. But I love it and I want her to go to a good home. So then you get a dog, too, because you like your sister in law and don't mind dogs.
So, there you are, two cats and a dog later. And they're good friends and good pets, and no internet crank is going to make you see the error of your ways, because the pets are furry and happy to see you.
What was I saying? Oh, yeah, Merry Christmas!

Comment: Re:No soul (Score 2) 336

by PCM2 (#48664059) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Peter Jackson ripped the soul out of Lord of the Rings when he neglected to film The Scouring of the Shire.

But he did film it, kinda. He just didn't put it into the story. It shows up a little bit in the Mirror of Galadriel sequence.

One could argue that that was the correct way to play it, too. I know people who claim to have "walked out of the theater after the first ending and skipped all of the other ones," as it is.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 336

by PCM2 (#48664031) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

You can turn that off, I havent seen a tv yet that didnt have interpolation as an option the user could turn off. Sometimes they give it some gimmicky name though

Yeah, on my set there are two settings that combine to create the effect and I have each set to "most of the way off" because that's the way I like it.

Comment: Re:29,500 bodies is not tiny (Score 2) 359

by HBI (#48660161) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

I spent good portions of the last 7 years in Korea working the area for the Army. I know who is there. What we have is token opposition to the force in being that we are opposing. We're purposely set up many miles beyond the DMZ to avoid an incident short of actual war. That said, 2ID, the primary US ground force in Korea, has something like 15,000 effectives. It's even worse than it sounds when you say 29,500 - most of the rest are logistics related personnel. Lots of tail, limited teeth. The effectives are the people primarily at risk in the event of NK aggression, other than the Air Force pilots, who are very limited in number. The logistics tail will retreat as quick as they can to Daegu and then Busan, in the event of a NK breakthrough.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 169

by HBI (#48659909) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

I did auto claims for several years in the early 90s. Your chances of survival in a vehicle crash where the mass of the opposing vehicles is much greater than your own is not good, regardless of the vehicle you drive.

That said, not afraid of being crushed in it. More afraid of fire. I have taken so many pictures of burn jobs where the outline of the corpse is clearly visible in the seat upholstery, and crunchy bits of flesh are still attached around the edges.

Comment: I briefly considered CatGenie... (Score 3, Interesting) 188

by dfenstrate (#48656965) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM
...But turned away because not only was the machine expensive, but the hack was another $100. I highly recommend the Litter Robot (~$370). I've had one for a few years, and it works off of standard kitchen trash bags. I have two cats and I tend to it once every 7-10 days- I refill the litter and swap out the bags, and maybe do a thorough cleaning twice a year. No BS consumables.
Another model, Litter Maid (~$120), uses custom plastic trays. It's cheaper, but it doesn't work as well as the Litter Robot. After a few months you'll find yourself tending to it every other day. The cost of the plastic trays added up over the course of a year, but it's a non-DRM receptacle, so you can hack a cheaper 'solution' at home with a small amount of craftiness. If you do go with Litter Maid, go for the cheaper one- it actually works better than the 'Elite' model.
But really, go for the Litter Robot. I've had mine for two or three years and I love it.

It is much harder to find a job than to keep one.