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Comment: Re: Of course he did! (Score 1) 706

by bistromath007 (#48353767) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
He appointed a guy to chair the FCC who is openly against net neutrality. The idea that the Republicans, massive asshole they are, stopped him from implementing it is total bullshit. Obama is and always had been a corporatist, and this announcement is the same kind of meaningless populist lip service that got him elected.

Comment: Re:mostly clarity (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by bistromath007 (#47962031) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function
I have struggled with clinical depression basically for my entire life. I was diagnosed when I was eight. I have been on disability most of my adult life for it.

I know exactly what he means by "clarity." It's nothing to do with intelligence. That's not always the word I'd use to describe it, but that's only because just one word won't do.

Comment: There Is One (Score 1) 382

by bistromath007 (#47776227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
Others are complaining, rightly, that this topic is junk. It's all down to taste, and these media are too widely varied for us to give useful answers even if it weren't.

With video games though, there is one that can be considered more or less objectively a must-play: Deus Ex. Even if you wind up not liking it for some reason, it's important. It's like not reading any Shakespeare.

For table games, it's much harder. They're definitely worthy of being called art, but they are obviously much less "literary" in nature. There's no paradigm-shifting cultural messages to receive.

Despite that, there is one that I think kind of encapsulates the state of the art, and depending on how your group handle it, it can be either a light party game or a total brainfry, so it's got that going for it: The Resistance. Funny thing is, I fucking hate it, so you know that recommendation has at least a little objective value.

Comment: Absolutely not. (Score 1) 113

by bistromath007 (#47752751) Attached to: Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?
I know that the versions of don't-touch-white and 2048 that I have aren't the "originals." They were the most popular ones at the time I jumped in because they're better. The devs start with a rip-off and then add more interesting features that the original didn't have. With dead simple microgames like this, it's easy for each game to become its own little subgenre, with new ideas being layered on by each iteration. If we "protect" the original versions of these things, it will only make crappy games crappier by removing the innovative force that pushes time-wasters to become real entertainment.

Comment: Re: why can the world (Score 1) 329

by bistromath007 (#47746927) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science
...I have no idea what you mean by that. Why can't you just state what your actual complaint is? All I did was swap out one complex sentence for three simpler ones. I tend to expect that readers are capable of following more compact styles, because until they prove I shouldn't, I prefer to respect their intelligence.

Comment: Re:why can the world (Score 1) 329

by bistromath007 (#47744971) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science
...What else is wrong with it? It's pretty straight forward. If an imbalance of women in CS is due to anything other than "they aren't interested," or if that lack of interest is itself due to sexist pressure, then it's a problem. My whole point is that neither side of the argument does a very good job of establishing whether the reasons for the imbalance are or aren't problematic. They both just rectally research everything.

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