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Comment Re:So which field of engineering (Score 2) 1774 1774

I read somewhere a recent poll said about 46% of Americans believed in Creationism. It may be a minority, but it was the slimmest of margins when 2 evolution beliefs (evolution guided by a creator, and atheistic evolution) added up to 47%.

Here's where I found it:
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/27/bill-nye-slams-creationism/?hpt=hp_bn13

Comment Not sure, but... (Score 1) 489 489

I installed Windows 8 earlier this week at work. I don't explicitly remember seeing *anything* about SmartScreen. Based on this thread I checked the settings, and it was not turned on.

I'm not sure what I did to make SmartScreen disabled, but there is probably a choice in the installation process which prevents it from running.

Comment Zelda isn't immune (Score 1) 146 146

The major complaint in this review is that the game (and most recent Mario games) are derivative of previous ones. And then the reviewer goes on to praise the Legend of Zelda series. I've thought that the Zelda games have been more derivative of previous iterations moreso than Mario ones.

Comment Re:Sorry to say it... (Score 1) 1452 1452

You pay money for a sporting event, yet you don't get to choose how the teams play.

You pay money to watch a movie, yet you don't get to change the dialogue.

You seem to be stuck on the fact that the only way to innovate and be inventive is to modify someone else's work. News flash: you can create stuff yourself. You just need an artist, a developer, and a sound guy.

Comment Re:Sorry to say it... (Score 1) 1452 1452

I've watched gaming go downhill over the last 10 years with the rise shit like world of warcraft showing everyone the path to walled garden land because there are enough stupid people who don't give a shit about gaming that will just take it up the ass because they aren't passionate about games. So we get things like Starcraft 2 chained to online, no LAN, we get permanent online DRM being pushed and crap like onlive. At this point I really want to burn down the software industry. I remember a time when blizzard wasn't as evil as it is today and you actually were treated like a customer rather then a magpie with a wallet.

I think the crux of your problem is you don't like the methods companies have chosen to ensure that their games aren't stolen. That's the main reason for many of those things.

Comment Re:More to communicatio than being right (Score 1) 1452 1452

Stallman is the foremost champion of the rights of Stallman. I'm really surprised it isn't that blatantly obvious to people. He calls his movement "free" and yet the restrictions he wants to impose on people can be just as limiting as any proprietary software.

Everything he says is from the eyes of someone who wants to tinker with everything. He does not think about things from the perspective of people actually wanting technology and software as a tool to actually go about their daily lives.

Comment Re:no offline play = no sale (Score 1) 384 384

What? Though since you've never played online you probably don't know that RMT exists in Diablo 2 as well, and this is an effort to combat the most negative associations that go along with RMT (cheating/hacking/scamming).

Also, I think you are mistaken by assuming that the majority of D2 players didn't play online.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.

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