Obviously older handsets aren't worth as much / theoretically can be worthless if the parts are useless, but hey, I figure someone may as well be using the materials somehow - better than the phone just lying around useless at home.
What makes this place special is the comments section and (while we all joke about flame threads etc) the consistently well argued debates and discussions that go on in here. Take this away and I at least am gone.
Re: desync - it definitely affects some powers more than others (typically those that result in your character moving position: whirling blades, leap slam, etc). it's not an excuse per se but you do get used to it and start to avoid doing things that will trigger it, or be more wary in those sorts of situations.
Hardcore deaths certainly do hurt - however it's important to note if you die in hardcore you do keep your character and all gear / etc - you just get transferred to softcore instead.
The race leagues are a real strong point of the game too though I believe - constant new short-term leagues for fun and competition. If you die or whatever - so what? There's another race in a couple hours usually!
If you don't have one, or dare no longer risk not getting a chuckle, maybe let someone else tell theirs?
I suppose the only other alternative is to have it as a non-compulsory sort of thing, where they for example start a tour, sell tickets only to those who voluntarily want to buy them, and only those people interested need be subjected to such torture.
How am I supposed to not RTFA when it's posted right at the top of the page?
This makes it very difficult to follow standard procedure..
Just adding a +1 to this. The reason I continue to come to slashdot amongst all its competitors is not as a news aggregator - there are plenty of those across tech / science / politics / everything else covered here. The reason I come back is for the comments section.
We all joke about the quality of it all frequently and sure there's chaff amongst the wheat but the truth is it's rare to get a place where insightful discussion of these topics takes place on such a regular basis.
The new design looks like every other site and I think if the switch is made I'll be far less likely to return.
The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.