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Comment: Before Carmack (Score 1) 225

by bobvious (#45674493) Attached to: Doom Is Twenty Years Old
I don't know what Carmack did in the business world, but he was little more than a teenager when he created the first 1st person, 3D shooter (Wolfenstein ). That was freakin fantastic at the time. Everything before that, that I remember, was 2D scrollers of one sort or another (Dragon's Lair was phony 3D). Not only did he pull that off first, he did it with a 286 computer. That's scarey impressive. That's what's so excellent about him. He followed that up with Doom (I'm skipping Spear of Destiny since it was pretty much like Wolfenstein). Each game had a generous trial version. Later Carmack made the 3D engine public, with tools for people to create their own levels. I suppose most people know that, but I don't know if most here were around and playing games when it happened. He set a fantastic precedent, and I respect the guy for a massive brain and the willingness to try to get the genre going full speed.

Comment: When satanists found their own country, (Score 1) 1251

Satanists didn't found the country, nor a bunch of atheists, nor a bunch of gays. It was founded by a bunch of Christians almost exclusively, and it was founded primarily with respect to Christian values. When other groups found their own country, let them put up their set of values.

Comment: Is it just my paranoia (Score 1) 232

by bobvious (#45147541) Attached to: ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028
that the only fusion projects that allow billions of dollars pumped into them are projects that under no circumstances will scale down to sizes that don't require many millions to build, and thus will always be controlled by big corporations? If the billions that were spent on the Tokamak and eventually the laser thing were spent on the other approaches, they might actually work, and might be scaled down to interesting sizes.

Comment: Re:Priorities (Score 1) 1532

by bobvious (#45039543) Attached to: U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed
You mean ""preventing terrorism" is not essential" like the kind that knocked down the twin towers and cost the economy over 700 billion bucks? That ain't essential? Far be it from me to defend the NSA and their unscrupulous ways of "preventing terrorism", most of which seems to have more to do with putting Americans on various kinds of watch lists, but at least trying to prevent terrorism is profoundly important, especially when the potential for dirty bombs and EMP attacks are there.

Comment: Re:I am glad I don't have to do this... (Score 1) 143

Buy a small window unit for the bedroom. The most important thing is to sleep cool. I can endure the day's heat as long as I can do that. Also, keeping the bedroom cool during the day gives you an oasis from the heat from time to time. For a couple hundred bucks, it's worth it, even if it's not used very often.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson