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Comment: Re:Stop fucking calling it e-sports (Score 1) 146

by cfalcon (#47635163) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

and email isn't mail. what's your point?

This got modded troll? It's a perfectly valid comparison! He's saying that putting e- in front of something to denote that it's electronic means you aren't even claiming its the same thing. Would the post office come around in 19XX and be all "You can't call it email, it's just a bunch of beared unix guys transmitting a few bits. There's not even any trucks!"

Comment: Re:Non transferable to another game, (Score 1) 146

by cfalcon (#47635153) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Playing real sports with friends can harm you for life as well, so be sure to put that into your equation. After all, presumably the casual football players are fucking unhealthy idiots in your world too, as after all, the casual videogamers are "swilling red buff, munching on funyuns".

Comment: Re:Youtube Comments (Score 1) 238

by cfalcon (#47468045) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

The "youtube herp derp" chrome addon (a joke addon that literally replaces all the youtube comments with a stream of "herp" and "derp", allowing you to right click the comment to revert to normal) has...

Really improved the youtube experience. I often would catch a glimpse of comments, and they were normally awful. Conspiratorial, racist, ludicrously political, wildly insulting, whatever. TERRIBLE.

There are a couple videos with acceptable comments, but you mostly know those going in, and unherping them is trivial.

Anyway, google+ doesn't stop that, and you've always been able to youtube account comment, and whatever. This is actually nice because I've never understood why google felt the need to copy suckerberg and his fucking palace of shit. Now I can actually use Google+- I'd never tolerate my real name returning everything I ever write about anything and to anyone to an employer. The idea that this is ok or reasonable is a laughable mid-2000s idea. We knew it sucked in the 80s, the 90s, and now. Good riddance to bad fucking rubbish.

Comment: Terrible title (Score 1) 109

by cfalcon (#47285301) Attached to: Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

Others have said it too, but this guy isn't "bald", he has an autoimmune system that attacks his hair follicles.

Definition of "bald": "having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair."

This guy lacked: eyebrows, eyelashes, facial hair, body hair, pubic hair, and all head hair.

The treatment fixed it all, because it was autoimmune in nature.

This is huge for the sufferers of this disease- who are very rare, and not linked to sex.

It's worthless to the many bald men who find sometime after puberty that their head hair just retracts. Those men are actually bald. This guy was something else entirely.

Comment: Re:Lamepocalypse (Score 0) 293

by cfalcon (#46929273) Attached to: The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

For the Windows gaming PC, I went with the 250 for an operating system. Mostly because at least it's an operating system, not some crazy mock up like Windows 8. Windows 8 just made me think that Microsoft is fucking insane- the few things written by the GUI designers about how it's for these users and not for these users and they have this model of user types and they want to get their casuals off the desktop or whatfuckingever- just go to hell, guys. Everyone who wants to innovate can be divided cleanly into two camps: people who jump through legal and technical hoops to prevent you from opting out of their bullshit, and those that don't. The folks in the second group normally have something to sell you. The folks in the first group- and that includes Microsoft on all counts and fucking GNOME on some- are arrogant pricks not worth the time of day.

Quite honestly, the moment I can play games natively under Linux, I'll be full Linux again. And no, WINE and derivatives are not adequate for all of gaming, and very much not the section I use.

Comment: Re:ruined long ago (Score 1) 253

by cfalcon (#46354097) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

Probably haven't killed any heroic raid bosses eh? The grouping part is still there, but it's not as present at the lower levels, or for the simpler things. But if you want to group, there's three tiers that make that mandatory and reward accordingly.

Currently the pve game is: Levelling and dungeons -> dungeons, scenarios at 90 -> LFR -> Flex -> Normal -> Heroic.

Everything from Flex up takes a premade group to succeed with. Heroics take a lot more effort and dedication, etc.

Comment: Level 100 is the cap (Score 2) 253

by cfalcon (#46346385) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

On live, level 90 is the cap. The for-sale 90s are intended to be brought to the new expansion, which goes up to level 100. Since all the content is at level cap, this move makes some sense. The summary should at least mention that level 100 will be the cap when these things are for sale. Pretending that "the game is the experience of leveling, after which you have won" can be forgiven, but leaving out the actual level cap? Shenanigans.

Comment: Dogs are best (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by cfalcon (#46300809) Attached to: Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

I love all these studies that constantly come out showing that dogs are, well, loving, loyal, and built to hang around humans. Of COURSE they are. Dogs are domesticated, and like, are the best thing ever.

I would like to see more studies about how flexible these relatively large changes are, and how fast they can occur. We all know about the Russion project to make "dogs out of foxes" by domesticating foxes by choosing them based on friendliness:

Do these little foxes have a section where they are mirroring the dogs? In other words, is this morphological change something that happens when an animal is domesticated into a pet, or are dogs just special because awwwww doggie?

Comment: Are we supposed to be shamed? (Score 1) 320

by cfalcon (#46286301) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

That we like something that other white dudes and asian dudes are into? Fuck no. It's fine. Not everyone has to like every thing. If only white guys like it, that doesn't mean that something must be WRONG with it, or white guys, or that the whole institution is sexist and/or racist.

The NBA isn't very racially diverse, and has 0 sexual diversity. Who gives a fuck?

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 320

by cfalcon (#46286293) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

Played at high level, sports don't really increase fitness beyond a point, they increase your ability to play in your role. Football players shorten their lives in many ways, and no, not all of them are related to head banging injuries. Is that fitness? For a quarterback, likely. But plenty of the team is about fulfilling a role. Sumo wrestlers don't live long either- sustaining that much muscle (and of course the famous fat) is hard for any body.

Played at a casual level, of course sports offer benefits. Play football with your other sedentary buddies and you will all increase health.

Played at a high level, e-sports don't really increase cognition beyond a point, they increase your ability to play in your role. Starcraft players don't go on to make vast maps in their head, or use their extraordinary decision making skills in some manner, because a role for those explicit cognophysical tricks just doesn't exist outside of video games. Is that intelligence?

Played at a casual level, of course e-sports offer other benefits. Play starcraft with your other non-computer aware buddies and you will all get better at computers, reaction time, decision making, planning ability, and other facets of cognitive health.

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun