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Comment Re:Eh, its not that much (Score 1) 278

It's a critical mass thing.

Developers need X amount of users to bother making a rift game.
Users need X amount of games and Y price to bother buying a rift.

So the lower the price, the more users and so the more games. I was pretty happy to pay $300 for something that may not have any supported software. At $600, I'll wait until I see some killer games come out and since I'm not actively out there buying rift games there is less of a reason for developers to make those games at all.

Comment Re:Lawyers failed at presentation (Score 1) 213

Strangely he doesn't appear to know the value of a trillion grains of sand. Really, go dump 11000 (metric) tonnes of sand on miami beach and see if no one notices the change.
It's really weird, the US court system. You can be hit for 1000s of instances of copyright violation for a single bit torrent file but trillions of individual transactions don't count as "large"

Comment Re:I knew I shoulda learned to speak Mandarin... (Score 1) 371

I once heard about a study (woo third hand knowledge) that said in Schooling, boys tend to do better in co-ed environments and girls do better in all girl environments.
I don't know if this productivity gain extends to grown men, but there are biological reasons why men would tend to perform better in the presence of women.

The morality of this is debateable but I expect the results on productivity would be positive. As was mentioned in the summary though, it could alienate the women in the team even more than usual.

Comment Re:before its time (Score 1) 40

Pontifex man, pontifex was my main time killer for a long stretch way back when, I bought poly bridge out of pontifex nostalgia : - seems like they are still atround too and have released a bunch of follow up games. Hmmm, may need to buy some of these.

Pontifex has more content than poly bridge and is only 1Mb!

Comment Re:Good questions (Score 1) 204

I live in a high density development, don't own a car and tend to stay at home for vacation (though I'm not opposed to flying overseas/going out of state whenever I can afford to.)

A very real problem is perfectionism, the attitude of "if we can't make it right, we shouldn't try to make it better" is one of the most limiting ways of thinking that people can indulge in. This is what the article is saying, that we shouldn't be so fixated on a perfect solution that we miss a short term "good enough" answer.

Comment Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 497

Actually the data being use to claim there is a pause is the Satellite data set (RSS) which I believe has full Global coverage. The data being used to claim "hottest year ever" is (this year) the GISS Which is the interpolated data the GP mentions.

Most people trust that the climate scientists are using reasonable methods to determine the interpolation of station data but when the two data sets vary, it raises questions about which is correct.

Comment Re:But, as the feminists say.. (Score 1) 333

Picture twins, brother and sister. Sister gets to play with the lights at the whitehouse but brother does not.

Now picture a group of friends with half girls and half boys. Same problem: You're saying to the boys that it is OK to exclude someone because of their gender, kind of not the message that you want to send when trying to improve gender equality.

Comment Re:No programming? (Score 1) 200

From what I can see, the neural map resembles a set of logic gates. X input pass through the net and produces Y output. It's damn cool but I personally cannot see how it is in any way different from existing robotic constructs using integrated circuits.

As they say in the article, the key will be in scaling the system. Will it be able to replicate complex and/or learned behaviours, I'd love to see a robot with a built in reward system similar to dopamine and the ensuing pavlovian responses.

Comment Re:And to allow the NSA/Austrailian gov access to (Score 1) 142

As an example: Magic the gathering cards. US site: AU site: So with a $65 difference I'll happily take that $30 shipping hit. Note: Good games is one of the biggest games store franchise in the country and their prices are about the lowest you'll get.

Comment Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 700

Actually, it is perfectly reasonable in the case of electronic devices because the behaviour is different than expected when compared to an original chip. This causes the legitimate manufacturer to be placed in a bad light if the counterfeit chip does something catastrophically unexpected. Better for this to happen in the controlled environment of a driver update than when you're wherever these chips are in operation.

The true car analogy is if your car needs an oil change and the dealership discover counterfeit parts, they will void your warranty and likely declare your car not roadworthy if the parts are known to be bad - essentially bricking it.

And before you say the fake chips work perfectly fine, the fact that they can be bricked by the manufacturer of the original without bricking the legit version immediately reveals that to not be true.

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