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Comment: That's right, mod competitors "offtopic" (Score 0, Offtopic) 118

by cynical kane (#31687256) Attached to: <em>Heroes of Newerth</em> Open Beta About To Start

I fail to see how, in a thread about HoN, mentioning the fact that its #1 competitor also *exists* is offtopic.

While I'm here, I might as well mention that LoL is a fun and innovative game, with some seriously talented industry players (Tom Cadwell, for example) working on it. I wasn't in the HoN closed beta, but I popped in here to see if people liked that, too.

Comment: Re:Moral doesn't mean what you think it means (Score 1) 721

by cynical kane (#31358702) Attached to: Using Classical Music As a Form of Social Control

I live in downtown Chicago, and I feel safe anywhere at any time.

But I've also lived in the South Side. There are certainly bad neighboorhoods, but for the most part they keep to themselves. The place I lived in, Hyde Park, was not the world's safest place, but it's nothing like the stories I hear about the UK, with gangs of unruly youth roaming around causing trouble. For the most part, if you didn't trouble trouble, trouble wouldn't trouble you.

Also, you misspelled "feral".

Comment: Re:Yes, you are being a jackass (Score 3, Informative) 791

by cynical kane (#31316380) Attached to: Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

Yeah, it's not worth it to save those kids from malaria, at the expense of the Bald Eagle... in Africa... where bald eagles are...

You're obviously talking about two different instances of banning DDT... but it's worth noting that the GP is full of shit and DDT is still used actively to combat malaria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT#DDT_use_against_malaria

Comment: Re:Economists ... (Score 4, Informative) 184

by cynical kane (#31290414) Attached to: Scientists Develop Financial Turing Test

That's not market efficiency. In your example, the moviemakers would respond by making movies 19.99 globally, with the market failure of the Chinese not being able to afford movies.

Price discrimination* is a key part of economic efficiency when a monopolistic competitor** has control over their market goods. If the competitor sets prices without discrimination, this causes inefficiency because buyers (the Chinese) and sellers (the moviemaker) never get to trade, and market efficiency is defined as maximizing trade within the market.

* The market kind, not the racist kind.
** A monopolistic competitor refers to a competitor that has control over a narrow niche in a wide market, and is not the same as a monopoly.

Comment: Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 167

by cynical kane (#31234610) Attached to: xkcd, Devotion To Duty

Perhaps you dislike XKCD because you do not understand it.

I have found the following website greatly helpful in trying to understand this comic: http://xkcdexplained.com/ .

Here, all the graphs, jokes, and obscure references are laid bare for you to understand and enjoy. I hope this helps you to see the humor in the fabulous XKCD! Have fun!

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Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs? 480

Posted by Soulskill
from the risk-is-not-our-business dept.
eldavojohn writes "I have a slightly older friend who played through the glory days of Ultima Online. Yes, their servers are still up and running, but he often waxes nostalgic about certain gameplay functions of UO that he misses. I must say that these aspects make me smile and wonder what it would be like to play in such a world — things like housing, thieving and looting that you don't see in the most popular massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft. So, I've followed him through a few games, including Darkfall and now Mortal Online. And these (seemingly European developed) games are constantly fading into obscurity and never catching hold. We constantly move from one to the next. Does anyone know of a popular three-dimensional game that has UO-like rules and gameplay? Perhaps one that UO players gravitated to after leaving UO? If you think that the very things that have been removed (housing and thieving would be two good topics) caused WoW to become the most popular MMO, why is that? Do UO rules not translate well to a true 3D environment? Are people incapable of planning for corpse looting? Are players really that inept that developers don't want to leave us in control of risk analysis? I'm familiar with the Bartle Test but if anyone could point me to more resources as to why Killer-oriented games have faded out of popularity, I'd be interested."

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 1142

by cynical kane (#31104608) Attached to: If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

Sure thing, Karl Marx. Except not.

I'll bet you ten bucks that if you gave the McDonald's fry cook some money and said, "Make me a fry stand", they almost certainly would be able to do it. And if they can... well... McDonald's likes to hire managers from within their own ranks.

Also consider this. If you post on Slashdot, you are probably a programmer working for a corporation or LLC. Why don't you quit your job and work at a startup? You might have invented an elaborate explanation for why the unfair market forces of capitalism are keeping you out, but the simple explanation is that ownership of and/or responsibility for capital is HARD. Otherwise, everyone would do it, in our free market for capital.

To use another of your examples: money grows on trees, but has done more, the tree-picker or the orchard planter?

And if you do own a startup, good job. But I've seen you before. In addition to being a terrible person, you spout all kinds of pretty-sounding economic nonsense. People tell you you are wrong, routinely, and they say why, but you keep going on. Take an economics course.

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Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Posted by samzenpus
from the tiniest-minds dept.
Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

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