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Comment: Re:Write your Congresscritters (Score 0) 209 209

I've heard the most effective tactic is to write to your local newspaper and mention a few congresspeople who are on the wrong side of this by name. That is much more difficult for elected representatives to ignore. And it can work even if you aren't in that person's district.

Comment: Re:republicrats (Score -1) 209 209

First off, I think there is something to be said for not being a single issue voter. Secondly, I do have to wonder what we should attribute the lack of 9/11 scale attacks in the domestic US since 9/11 too. I'm sincerely asking. I've heard the answer 'People abroad simply don't want to do that any more'. I'm not sure I find that entirely plausible. Of course, that isn't to say that the alphabet agencies are the answer either.

Comment: Re:Truth, fiction, stranger than (Score 0) 134 134

Actually, the visuals don't just invoke Empire. Really the original 'The Thing' from the 1950s (based on the John Campbell short story from the 40s) has a shot that looks much like the first one. And I suppose Aliens vs. Predators used a setting that wasn't such a far cry from this as well.

Comment: Re:Good grief. Religious zealots really annoy me. (Score 0) 356 356

It was a legitimate and interesting statistic not a "green hook".

> So now burning (hint, just a chemical action) some dead dinosaur is releasing the energy equivilent of 160 TONNES?

You actually upmodded this as insightful slashdotters? I am sad. Global warming happens not because of combustion of fossil fuels but rather because energy (overwhelmingly solar) gets trapped on the earth. Notice how it is cooler at night than in the day? Ever wonder why? There is this big yellow splotch in the sky. Maybe you noticed it.

So just to recap, greenhouse gasses, created by burning those fossil fuels trap the sun's energy here on earth and raises the temperature/energy level.

Comment: Re:Amazed at how long they've lasted (Score 0) 386 386

I'm not certain I like the idea of putting the problem of dl speed on to the game designers. I'd rather have physical media and have more options early in a game.

That said, it would be nice if the next gen had either an SSD or a hybrid SSD/spindle system that you can load the game into and then dispense with the disk. The whole hassle of disk swapping actually makes me not want to buy another console.

Comment: Re:Weird abstract... (Score 0) 386 386

<quote> <p> For Sony and Microsoft to refresh their console lines after only 5 years means taking a huge loss on the last generation of consoles. It took them 3-4 years to stop making a loss on every bit of HW sold, they still haven't paid back the R&amp;D yet. The PS3 in particular really does need a 10 year life span to pay itself off. Both MS and Sony subsidise their console divisions from more profitable areas (OS and Office from MS, TV's and computers for Sony). The hardware was designed to be a loss leader, with the profit being made up in game licensing (this is why BF3 for console is $10-20 more expensive then the same game for PC. There are no per-disc licenses for PC's)

Nintendo does not have this problem. They made a profit from the word go so they've paid off all costs incurred in producing the Wii. This realistically should put the final nail in the coffin for the PC-alike consoles. Console gamers want actual consoles that are fun to play, not weak PC's with limited control schemes. I dont think we'll see another "high powered" console war like we saw between the Xbox360 and PS3 after the low powered Wii ate their lunch. MS will likely copy Nintendo with the next Xbox. Sony may not be so quick to learn and another loss like the PS3 may sink the PS brand.</p></quote>

I've heard people make this claim before, and I believe I've also seen it debunked before. Can you cite some sources proving that Sony took a loss on PS3s early in the cycle and that Nintendo didn't on Wiis?

Comment: Surprised by a lack of mention of Bushido Blade (Score 0) 186 186

As long as we're discussing how characters in game generally take unreal amounts of damage, Bushido Blade is one game that was much better about this. One hit would kill or at least seriously maim you so that you would have to find with a limp or one handed.

Of course, I don't know how connected this sort of realism is to narratice style. I'd say it is a convention, much like when you go to see a play it is accepted that if the lights go down and the props onstage are changed, the actors are now portraying the characters in a new location/time.

Comment: Re:Let's not let broadband history repeat itself.. (Score 0) 324 324

Or we've taught people to paranoid in the absence of evidence.

Frankly, I've found it strange that people are so much more suspicious of Obama than they were of Bush. I shouldn't be surprised, the country has the attention span of a kitten with a bad coke habit. Still, just on credibility alone, Obama (a real pragmatist) should have it.

The bottom line is, there is no substitute for actual critical thinking. Slashdot and other communities are, unfortunately, very prone to groupthink.

Comment: Re:Great for middle-class employed people. (Score 0) 324 324

Actually, the percentage of poor and unemployed is on the decline, in the short term at least.

And more and better infrastructure tends to benefit everyone, even if that infrastructure only directly impacts a particular class. I don't generally buy into trickle down economics, but infrastructure sets the stage for new businesses to grow.

We all live in a state of ambitious poverty. -- Decimus Junius Juvenalis

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