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Comment A bit disappointed (Score 1) 104 104

This seemed cooler than it actually is, as practically everything the program generates is completely nonsensical. As such, the end result does not seem special compared to everything else "AI's" have supposedly created in the past.
Hopefully the randomness hits home a couple of times and gives someone actually useful ideas.

Comment Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 1) 353 353

I've always felt that complaining how "X was cool in the past, but now they say that X is out/dangerous/harmful" is a bit of an argumentation error. The people who embraced the technology 15 years ago are not the same people who are complaining about it now. They were probably complaining about some other technological advancement then.

You can't hold the society in general accountable for the contradictory actions of its members.

Comment Re:propagation delay (Score 1) 720 720

I was thinking about it too. As long as the signal is strong enough to come through to the monitor, long cables should not induce any lag whatsoever. Propagation delay in the cables should be in the order of tens of nanoseconds, if I count this right. Also, because of digital transfer with modern monitors, even the image quality should not suffer.

Would the original poster care to elaborate on this.

Comment Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (Score 1) 203 203

Your example with the 1350 damage seems a valid reason to hate pen&paper RPGs, and actually is one of the main reasons I disliked 3.0 and 3.5 (and derivatives, like Pathfinder). 5e seems to have moved away from that (far away), which, in my opinion, is a really positive change.

Comment Re: Uber is quite retarded (Score 2) 341 341

I actually think that the reality is more zero-sum here. People already must use transport and do so every day, so bringing an option into the market does not magically produce more consumers for it.

The regulated and licensed drivers are not unaffected by the business Uber takes away from them, which may either force them to raise prizes, lower quality or go out of business. All of these options will lower the quality of service for the person you are replying to, so for him/her, it is a rational option to oppose this change.

Comment Re:Wow a fucking billion dollars aint shit today (Score 1) 142 142

Million live views for a game stream sounds incredibly inflated. I'd like to see a bit of proof.
I understand that LoL probably has around 50 million players, but it would still mean, that one in fifty players would have watched that stream. This is a lot, at least when I compare to other big tournaments (Starcraft, MtG, etc.) and the amounts of people they pull in to watch their streams.

Comment Re:next 50 to 100 years? (Score 1) 453 453

I honestly think your reasoning is fundamentally flawed, because you assume a very artificial set of motivations for any and all possible visitors. A simple counter-example would be to ask yourself, would you visit an alien civilization, no matter how primitive, if it was possible? If you are dishonest enough to claim that if we had chances to visit any number of other civilizations, we wouldn't visit all of them all the time, I don't really know what to do with you.

In my opinion, rationalizations like this are simply a way for hopeful people to populate an empty universe by inventing esoteric reasons for why we fail to see anybody, even if we should. A more likely explanation is, that sentient life is much more rare than we expect it to be, and that we are essentially alone.

Comment Re:No story here, move along (Score 1) 208 208

As far as I know, that art link does not contain anything that a furniture salesman could not pull off. The drawings don't seem to have any connection whatsoever to their scientific, nonsensical names, and the only thing he seems to do is to draw intersecting lines from and to the vertices of polygons.
This does not really seem like a savant ability.

Comment Re:Been a long time since I cared (Score 1) 181 181

I have a really hard time believing this, and would state that your memory does not serve you very well. A 33MHz 486 couldn't handle more complex scenes in DOOM, and definitely not in Quake. I gamed actively at the time when Quake came out, and recall that only much later, on a P233MMX, I could get an fps amount rivaling the screen refresh rate. Any 486 is so much behind that machine, that it's not even funny.

A low ID number username like you probably won't believe a brat like me, so here's some proof:

The fps is abysmal. The machine would need to be 10-20 times faster to reach a decent fps.

Comment Not only did they do away with DRM, but... (Score 1) 115 115

CD-Projekt actually gave away all of the DLC they made for the game, and allowed you to download it through the game configurator. Even better, after you downloaded the game, the DLC menu allowed you to download voice acting in any of the languages you wanted.

I really have to recommend the original polish voice acting. I'm not polish and I do not understand the language, but I truly enjoyed the work they had done. I'd say most voices were a better match than in the english version (especially in Witcher 1).

And oh yeah, almost forgot about this. About year or two after they had released the game and expanded it with an enhanced edition, they made the enhanced edition completely free for any purchasers of the original.

Comment Re:What kind? (Score 2) 115 115

I bought the game from GoG, but loved to hear about that when it happened. CD-Projekt are true bros and one of the studios I really want to support.

I was about to say that I'd buy their games even if they weren't as good as they are, but you could actually do quite a bit worse than Witcher 2 and still have a game worth playing.

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