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Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 2, Interesting) 174

by arrogance (#33585904) Attached to: Video Games Lead To Quick Thinking Skills

>>>Well, getting them to run on those PCs by tweaking autoexec.bat and config.sys files

Should have bought an Atari, Commodore, or Amiga. These computers were plug-and-play simple and didn't make you dick around with that shit. You just inserted the game, typed LOAD, and played. Even today I still can't get the Wing Commander 1 and 2 to operate on a PC

Dosbox FTW. Yes, you sometimes have to dick around with it, but you can play tons of old games with it. Go to http://www.abandonia.com/ or similar sites, download a few of your old favourites (WC, Master of Magic, etc) and enjoy them with Dosbox. http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1

Comment: Heavy objects falling faster? (Score 1) 215

by arrogance (#33509666) Attached to: Researchers Discover Irresistible Dance Moves
Discussion thread including math for why heavier objects fall faster because of earth gravity (normally imperceptible except with massive objects):


How quantum mechanics says that heavy objects fall faster:


In any case, whether heavy objects fall faster than light ones is tangential to the story. Many studies are wrong, some are pointless, but most have some relation to objective reality even if they can only simulate or deal with analagous cases. In order to meet my biological goals, I now know not to flail my arms and legs, so the study has value to me.

Comment: Re:Read the abstract more carefully (Score 1) 160

by arrogance (#30270310) Attached to: Online "Guilds" Mirror Real Life Gangs
Whether or not physicists will come to valid scientific or academic conclusions on soft arts (sociology, psychology), or whether the conclusions of this study are valid, at least one of the authors is recognizable as someone with quite a bit of credibility in a nascent field. He is a contributing author at http://terranova.blogs.com/ where many Virtual academics reside (e.g., Edward Castranova and Richard Bartle, who are contributing to legal and sociological aspects of Virtual Worlds) and he created and maintained a (now hibernating) website, The Daedalus Project ( http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/ ) , which explored the sociology of MMORPGs.

Check his bio at http://www.nickyee.com/ I'd say he's worth listening to, at least WRT virtual groups. And maybe so are some of the other contributors.

Comment: Re:"We reserve the right" (Score 1) 643

by arrogance (#30162572) Attached to: Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job
This debate should have nothing to do with obscenity or what people do while at work. It's about privacy.

Here's my letter to the GM at the newspaper: please send along your view too. generalmanager@stltoday.com

"I hope you understand the chill that the actions of your employee have put on people who might post on your site. What is especially noxious is that it was done by someone whose role is to better understand these issues.

If it was your intention to stifle comment in what is a new and growing segment of journalism, you have succeeded. The fact that Kurt has stated that he has NOT contravened your paper's policies is astounding, especially as there doesn't seem to be any legal backing for his assertion. Judging by standard logic, common sense, or the apparent spirit of your privacy policy, his actions were against the policy. I would guess that you will find that they were against the best interest of your organization.

I made a single post as a comment on your site, with an email address, and am now emailing you from that address. It would be easy to identify me. In the back of my mind, I thought when posting and am thinking now while hitting send: what might they do with MY information, even though I have done nothing wrong?

Your organization took clear, active steps that went outside of your own stated policy that is there to protect your clients. Shame."

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin