What's surprising is that nobody here thinks this is an inherently sexist device.
In before the great bra-burning of 2014.
What's surprising is that nobody here thinks this is an inherently sexist device.
In before the great bra-burning of 2014.
What color do you want your sushi to glow tonight?
There, fixed that for you.
At least fix the damn typo while you're improving the content.
So not interested in playing arcade games. Haven't been interested in wasting my time in the arcade since I was very young and got over the fascination with blinking lights.
I'm sorry for your loss.
Please become a stand-up comedian... No, even better, run for president. The world needs more fine comedy like this.
The Belgians recently spend a year without a government because the sub-frenchies and the sub-dutchies hated each others guts.
No we don't... We have several movements which at best are able to fool the general populace that one side is getting benefits the other side isn't, together with some very "charismatic" people who use simplified logic to explain it all, including the example of a Flemish person bringing a case of beer to a Walloon person every week.
The problem that happened in Belgium was that we had a prime minister from a party stupid enough to play with Mr Populars party, and played right into their hand. The height of comedy was reached that during one of the impasses the (then future) prime minister sang the wrong national anthem (the marseillaise) on purpose (although he claims it was an honest mistake) to both provoke the flemish nationalist sentiment and the walloon nationalist sentiment.
The impasse has a lot to do with infighting on both sides of the linguistic border. To give a few such examples: the liberal democrats on the french side of the country no longer agreeing with the socialist party (the traditional winner of the elections on that side), the liberal party on the dutch side removing its support for the plans of reformation for the Brussels electorate... Then there was the complicated affair of the sale of the Fortis bank (now BNP Parisbax), which was commonly believed to be the most stable bank in Belgium, where the seperation of powers was violated which caused the government to fall. On top of it all, many of the parties have fragmented into smaller parties which see the impasse as a way to boost their own Mr Populars (and fail miserably at that).
The story is terribly complicated because of how our government works, and I doubt over half of the population even knows how our government works, let alone a casual outside observer. It's all too easy to assume that Belgian politics reached the impasse because of the further federalization and the Flemish nationalists. In truth the political climate here at the moment leans so far to the nationalist parties because the traditional parties fail to make good compromises, which is reinforcing the idea that we need to federalize even further up to the point of cessation.
Think of it like this: the french side is scared that the dutch side will try to become independent (like the flemish nationalists want), so they play hardball. The flemish nationalists use this as evidence to show "Look, they want to play rough. They're taking all the money we're earning.", which makes them more popular to the general public on the dutch side. The french side is typically socialist, and the flemish nationalists are pretty much anything but socialist. So when the two parties with the most votes meet to make a government, it's bound to fail because of the completely opposite ideals. This leads to reinfornce the idea that the french are playing hardball, and the flemish nationalists aren't playing hard enough. That cycle continued until the flemish nationalists withdrew when the public opinion was about to sway on them, and gets to sit in the opposition pointing out just how terrible the federal government is now that the traditional parties are in the majority. The next elections will determine if that strategy worked, but polls indicated it didn't.
When the two most popular parties don't have any common ground, and are unwilling to meet eachother halfway you end up in a situation where it's impossible form a government. During that impasse, our prime minister who sang the wrong national anthem, failed miserably at keeping two governments in place for a term and is in part responsible for the popularization of the flemish nationalists had the most uneventful reign as prime minister during his entire career. After all, the government wasn't allowed to undertake new things, just maintaining the running stuff and signing a running budget.
tl;dr version: Belgium is more complicated than the linguistic border, it's just the most obvious and easily explainable issue in this country.
All these leaks have shown is the general public is the real enemy of the state.
Only terrorists use the bold tag twice! GET HIM!
Guys, as much as I'd like to be constructive, I find it hard to be. Seriously... WHAT THE FUCK?
The difference between the two is that one has a commenting system that's moderately useful, and the other one makes reading comments a terrible experience. Why did you pick that narrow section for the sites only redeeming value? Nobody comes here for the content, it's rehashed shit from other websites we've already read (probably twice given the fact that stuff gets reposted at least twice). We come here for discussing that stuff, not for the vapid slashvertisements and terrible stories.
You've lost your way, slashdot. You're slashdot, an elaborate forum disguised as a news site with terrible rehashed content given a spin. Kill the forum aspect, kill the site. Enjoy your asset, I hope you didn't pay too much for it if your only intent was to sink it.
You guys *really* need something with with a "3" in it for a launch.
Holy shit! Left3Dead! Hat Fortress 3! DOTA3! Portal 3! CounterStr... Nevermind, nobody wants yet another counterstrike.
Steam has made the concept of a perpetual, one-time rental service palatable.
It's convenient... REALLY convenient, and it was the first in the market. That should explain the success. Nobody really cares about the whole "you don't own your games" thing, since they haven't been screwed over yet. Valve already won the battle with steam, especially if you consider the other forms of DRM out there. Valve's DRM is least intrusive, up to the point where Steams users are for the most part blissfully unaware that it is there. Origin is a bad joke where the audience refuses to laugh and owned by a company which has a terrible reputation, and the others are so insignificant that it's hardly worth mentioning them (Stardocks Impulse, if that still exists, springs to mind).
I cannot get Dishonored DRM-free - it's Steam or bust
That is in the end the choice of the developer/publisher to pick what platform they want to use. Don't get me wrong, if you're taking the stance where you won't install games with DRM, I tip my hat to you for sticking to your principles. Don't blame Valve for building a successful platform, but blame the publisher/developers for not picking multiple options. In the end, nobody is forcing the developers to use Steam. There are plenty of games that have both a Steam and a non-steam release. Go look on gog.com for the more recent releases and lookup the games there on Steam. Plenty of indie publishers choose both options as well.
So if I have a problem with Steam's EULA or ToS, I'm basically unable to play the extreme majority of top-tier titles, and only some of the indie titles out there.
Well, yes, that is how you should stick to your principles. You get over that fairly quickly though. I for one refuse to buy consoles, and I miss out on a lot of very nice console exclusives that I'd like to give a spin. But hey, look here, other games I can play,... There are more interesting games out there than I can play in my lifetime, especially if I take my other hobbies into consideration.
However, this in turn might reduce the motivation to make a DRM-free Linux (or Windows) games if Steam is there and us minority fellows aren't worth the trouble.
Publishers/developers are rarely going to release games without copy protection. The first few weeks after release are far too critical for their sales to go without trivial copy protection, and with the ease they can implement one of the DRM schemes these days they'd be foolish not to implement one, no matter which platform you're talking about. It's just the way it is, and even if Steam were to stop existing tomorrow there'll be another platform to fill that void before you can say "Oh wow, who'd've thought". DRM has become so much part of that industry that you'll either have to accept it or learn to do without those who implement it. The rare few cases where a publisher changes their mind are because they're getting terrible PR and fear they'll lose their sales, but with DRM being so widely present in games today you have to implement something nasty or be dealing with the wrong audience to even get that reaction.
it means DRM will never leave us because too many gamers cannot stand on principle, or simply don't care
You can raise awareness, but there are always going to be people who don't care. And to be honest, out of all the forms of DRM, Steam is the most widely accepted one, which in my opinion is because Valve all in all has a pretty decent reputation as a company and it's very convenient.
As for the whole gaming on linux thing, I would really like to see it happen, even if it comes with the DRM from Steam and what not. It would certainly be interesting, and more attention to Linux as an OS is in my opinion a good thing. In the best case it could make developers consider Linux as a viable platform for release, in the worst case you'd at least get the Valve catalog on Linux. No matter what Steam does, there's always room for developers and publishers to release their games on the platforms they choose without DRM. But that in the end depends on the demand for it, which all things considering isn't all that large.
Except that when your own company develops video games, gaming is more like researching a competitor's product or service.
Nah, in Notches case it's just a lack of attention span. Don't get me wrong, he's an okay guy, but just follow his twitter account for a month or two. He hops from idea to idea, would rather be working on something else once he starts, drops everything for a 7-day FPS competition, etc. The old joke used to be that notch codes a few lines in between his vacations.
I think his attention span problem comes from a lack of incentive to work on something from start to finish. With minecraft his incentive was that it was making him a millionaire, but then at some point (when it went from "ludicrously popular" to "proposterously popular") he delegated that to someone else.
Having said that, he got lucky and he seems a guy with a right mindset at times. So he failed this time, as do many. They just don't have a billion followers wolfing down every word they utter.
Kahn was quoting Melville; Kirk was his whale. And Star Trek is more known to most slashdotters than Melville.
If anything, I'm surprised that a person who watched Wrath of Khan or First Contact wouldn't recognize the quotes and parallels immediately. Even if your native language is not English and you weren't forced to read these classics, this is classic literature that's pretty hard to ignore. If anything I'd say that next to Shakespeare's work, Melville's right up there as "most quoted classical author in sci-fi".
And, just to play devil's advocate, at what age did you start using the internet? Were you already old enough to have some context, or still quite young?
I'm old enough to remember what it was like before the Internet. We had access to magazines, videocasettes, and hell every now and then some kid at school would hand you a floppy with some erotic game on it. Now, you're going to argue "But that's pretty tame, compared to the stuff on the Internet", but really... Some of the things in those magazines is not the usual way people enjoy themselves, nor were those games, nor what was on the videocasettes. It went far above and beyond what was necessary for reproduction.
It's not sent me on some downward spiral in search of evermore degrading fornication, nor do I feel the need to objectify the other sex or to start namecalling those of a different sexual orientation. The ever-degrading moral standard of our kids is the illusion we like to believe when we are at the age that we have our own kids, and it's a trap you can easily fall for. All you need is one anecdote (true or not) and you immediately forget 6 years of high school rumours ("who's doing who?") not to mention the amount of hormones coursing through your veins at the time. The only effect it's really had on me in the long term is that I've become more understanding of other people having different preferences than me.
But if 11 year olds are growing up thinking bukkake, gang bangs and fisting are just part of 'normal'(*) sexuality and what's expected from them, they might be somewhat at risk for risky behavior or never learning how to date and hang out.
And that's the part where as a parent you're supposed to fulfill your part. I mean, of course you're not going to be 100% aware of what your kids are up to. Hell, if my parents knew at the time... But in the end I feel my parents gave me enough guidance in the field to determine what I was to expect and what not... And we had our fair share of urban legends rivaling your "Rainbow Parties", some of which would put Roman orgies to shame, and as it turned out like everyone expected : none of it was true. Everyone who talked about those always "knew a guy who knows this guy" etc...
I don't agree that the censorship is a good idea, but I can see how people growing up on the weird stuff you see on the internet can lead to a very messed up outlook and set of expectations about later in life.
At the age of 9 I watched horror flicks, gruesome horror flicks that scared the bejeebus out of me. My parents didn't know (oh, who am I kidding, I never rewound that tape...). These days I have to restrain myself from grabbing a chainsaw in the middle of the night and heading out into town to go on rampage. I suggest we ban those too. Obviously my expectations of what is acceptable in life have been completely warped by chainsaw wielding antagonists.
Oh, if this Internet thing only was a physical object, we could've long burned it... Like we used to do with books. Man... Those were the days
First of all, don't feed the trolls. Second, since the discussion is basically an ad hominem or a personal attack on the guy:
His name has been put up for the Nobel Peace Prize as of today
Which puts him in the same category as Adolf Hitler. Man, did he bring some peace, or what? (Sorry for Godwin'ing the conversation, but you have to admit that it's funny to point that out)
Nobel peace price (nomination) means nothing. Barack Obama has one, which was to be called premature at best, but undeserved would be more appropriate. Then again, at the time people were still expecting him to start walking on water in the coming weeks.
I personally don't care about Snowden and his Russian airport antics or "criminal status". I'm far more interested in the message and the consequences of the lid being blown off that whole thing. Hell, everyone seems more interested in his IRC logs, forum comments and pictures of his girlfriend. Bread and circuses, I guess...
discord5 reports that slashdot is attempting to provide articles specifically designed for geek and while many people report that their geeks completely ignore what is visible on slashdot, with modern HTML5 and AJAX, more geeks have become potential slashdot readers.
The increase in geek readership is primarily attributed to the way the geek's eye works. The buildup of a standard webpage is updated once per click and since a human's maximum clicking frequency is only 55 Hz, the webpage appears continuous and the gradually changing webpages give us the illusion of content. However geeks can discern content at up to 80 Hz so with the increased availability of highly dynamic AJAX webpages that are refreshed at a much higher rate, the content is less likely to appear to be interesting to the geeks eye.
Presentation factors are also an issue. Geeks are most likely to respond to images that have been captured at the eye level of a geek with a low camera angle from the basement where there are moving things like das Blinkenlichte. But even if that requirement is fulfilled, most geeks do not read slashdot because the website has become devoid of actual content despite it's high rate AJAX updates and rounded corners.
And now, an article about the Dog Network, as irrelevant to geeks as sharks are to the Fonz... Eyyyyyy.
Now if you'll excuse me, my compiling is done, and I'm not even going to bother reading the article which at best can only be described as interesting... no wait, the other one... TEDIOUS
Student show an iota of initiative and wants to program computers? Father lectures the child that is a way to be a failure.
Anything that deviates from the norm as it is, is considered to be bad. There is a saying there: "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.". I think the expression speaks for itself to be honest.
You can't take damsel here now.