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Comment: The important story is missing (Score 1) 14

by DNS-and-BIND (#49177333) Attached to: Rosetta Photographs Its Own Shadow On Comet 67P/C-G
We seem to have, as is usual, a deficient summary. It does not mention the #1 important issue in this announcement:


Because we can't move forward until we know this information. It's more important than anything the announcer said, that's for certain.

Comment: Re:Doxing is asking for trouble. (Score 1) 192

I don't understand this "AC" hatred here in ./

We hate ACs because AC is mostly used for trolling.

All you need to get a slashdot account is a throwaway email address.

If you have an account, then you become accountable: we can tell whether what you say today matches what you said yesterday. Absent that, we have every reason to believe that you are just some malicious asshole.

I know... I know... this is ./, you cannot expect people to think twice before posting

...and it's lucky I didn't expect it from you, or I might be upset now.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 3, Interesting) 483

by ShanghaiBill (#49175555) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

You have to wonder if the Russians one day will decide they get a better deal turning you over to the Americans what they get by protecting you

Historical trivia: The Russians have done that before. When Hitler came to power in Germany, hundreds of German leftists fled to Russia, assuming they would be safe in a communist country. The Russians turned 600 of them over to Hitler as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 483

by ShanghaiBill (#49175299) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

You sure? a language with 7 grammatic cases

1. Plenty of Russians speak bad Russian.
2. He only needs to learn enough to communicate, not write poetry.

Getting grammatical cases right is not that important. In English, if someone says "drived" instead of "drove" or "runned" instead of "ran", you can still tell what they meant. I am a horrible Spanish speaker. I also speak Mandarin as a atonal language. In both cases, I occasionally have to repeat myself, or rephrase a question, but I am able to communicate well enough for daily life.

Comment: Re:And the mods? (Score 1) 189

by drinkypoo (#49175207) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

I do not know much about minecraft mods but I still seem to remember they are Java as well. If they port minecraft into MS tech (DirecX and C# presumably) what happens to the community mods?

Probably DirectX and C++. And in fact, Microsoft would most likely buy some other game which is close to what they want, then task the studio with making it into Minecraft 2. There are loads of Minecraft clones out there, the trick is finding one which is both technically competent and developed by someone willing to work for Microsoft and sell them their baby.

The existing mods wouldn't work with the new game, obviously. But many Microsoft games have been modded fairly extensively, and Microsoft has even released the sources to one of their games when they were done with it (Allegiance.)

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 63

by drinkypoo (#49173927) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

That's already more effort than most people want to expend for a game. Painting is not fun for many people. It doesn't matter how "easy" you want to make it seem.

Yeah, the game is not for everyone. If you're lazy, you're better off with a computer game. I resemble the remark; I've spent far more time video gaming than miniatures gaming. I may still have some battletech minis here someplace, I definitely still have a small space marines army with a couple of sidecar bikes, a couple of floaters, a land raider, a couple rhinos... Sits in a box.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.