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Comment: Re:Don't foget (Score 1) 186

by hawk (#48570173) Attached to: NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

>Don't forget the original Hack on which Nethack is based - (basically) the same game, but on ASCII terminals (yes, I'm that old).

"tiles" is not nethack . . .

*proper* nethack is ascii only.

It was too easy to escape a two-doored shop in hack . . .

(and to this day, the "graphical" variants on nethack are gaming the ascii-based underpinnings)


Comment: Re:A thousand KBOs discovered, not dwarf planets (Score 1) 77

by hawk (#48542409) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Not only that, but as the probe has approached, it discovered . . .

They're right. That's no planet . . . it's a fully armed battle station!

Get us out of here . . .

Unfortunately, the minimal fuel reserves are no match for a tractor beams, and our little friends are going to die . . .


Comment: Re:The word "powerfull" is rather missleading (Score 1) 197

by hawk (#48539015) Attached to: Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

I had a couple of those, first a 35" or 45" sony, iirc and then my father in law's 55" (?) monster.

Especially on the first one, the hardware handled an insufficient number of simultaneous colors (think back to 8 bit video cards).

So watching football, most of the colors would get used on the first couple of lines. After that, it needed to use the nearest available green for any more it hit. So I would end up with huge lines separating patches of monochromatic green, looking like a video game rather than a real picture.

(still a good enough picture that my cat would sit and watch, wanting to pounce one of the players . . .)

Much better on the later television, but it had a 700 line screen, so it had to extrapolate from the 450 or so out of the 525 that are actually broadcast with picture, and the jaggies were more pronounced than the mere color artifacts . . .


Comment: Re:Free from captivity... for how long? (Score 1) 341

by hawk (#48527979) Attached to: New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

>If it came to that, youâ(TM)d have to appoint an attorney to stand for the critterâ(TM)s interests who would argue
>diminished capacity and no ability for form mens rea.

Nah, that's for homo sapiens..

For other primates, you appoint a a babboon to argue mens rheus.

(this is complicated lawyer stuff. Don't try it at home!)

And in related news, Disney is again making a fortune from rentals of The Monkey's Uncle.

hawk, esq.

Comment: OSEC (Score 1) 327

by hawk (#48512703) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

>Great. So once solar installations start producing more total power than is consumed during peak
>production hours we should consider intentionally reducing their total output in order to better align
>production with consumption.


We form OSEC, the Organization of Solar Exporting Consumers, and limit our production to keep prices up.


Comment: Re:Already been there done that (Score 1) 525

by hawk (#48503847) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

>Montana used to have no speed limit during the daytime

A common myth about Montana & Nevada before the 55, and Montana after the repeal of the 65.

While there was no posted speed, the "Basic Speed Law" applied in both states, and speeding tickets issued in both.

I have an older friend here that was a passenger in a car pulled over years ago. The NHP officer accused him of running away, stating that it had taken however many minutes to catch him.

"No I wasn't, and I can prove it."

'How can you possibly prove that?'

He got out, lifted the hood, and showed the 6 barrel carburetor.

The officer sent him on his way. He had been, after all, just driving over 100 in a car in good condition.


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