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Comment Re:This just makes sense (Score 1) 1345

"There is no post hoc explanation that makes Abraham a good person for almost killing his son by the demand of his powerful benefactor."

I understand this to say there is no explanation that makes a person good for killing another person because someone demanded it. By this reasoning, there is no post hoc explanation that makes God a good person for killing his Son by the demand of Himself. The two stories (Abraham sacrificing Isaac and God sacrificing Christ) are very closely tied together.

If you read the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price, then you should also know there is a Joseph Smith Translation to the Bible. There is one the specifically covers Lot's proposition: You are right that no righteous father would ever give his daughters over to a crowd to be raped.

Role Playing (Games)

ArenaNet's MMO Design Manifesto 178

An anonymous reader writes "ArenaNet studio head Mike O'Brien has posted his vision for a new type of MMORPG, which they used in developing Guild Wars 2. Quoting: 'MMOs are social games. So why do they sometimes seem to work so hard to punish you for playing with other players? If I'm out hunting and another player walks by, shouldn't I welcome his help, rather than worrying that he's going to steal my kills or consume all the mobs I wanted to kill? ... [In Guild Wars 2], when someone kills a monster, not just that player's party but everyone who was seriously involved in the fight gets 100% of the XP and loot for the kill. When an event is happening in the world – when the bandits are terrorizing a village – everyone in the area has the same motivation, and when the event ends, everyone gets rewarded.'"

Game Devs Only Use PhysX For the Money, Says AMD 225

arcticstoat writes "AMD has just aimed a shot at Nvidia's PhysX technology, saying that most game developers only implement GPU-accelerated PhysX for the money. AMD's Richard Huddy explained that 'Nvidia creates a marketing deal with a title, and then as part of that marketing deal, they have the right to go in and implement PhysX in the game.' However, he adds that 'the problem with that is obviously that the game developer doesn't actually want it. They're not doing it because they want it; they're doing it because they're paid to do it. So we have a rather artificial situation at the moment where you see PhysX in games, but it isn't because the game developer wants it in there.' AMD is pushing open standards such as OpenCL and DirectCompute as alternatives to PhysX, as these APIs can run on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. AMD also announced today that it will be giving away free versions of Pixelux's DMM2 physics engine, which now includes Bullet Physics, to some game developers."

Comment Re:TiVo for the win? (Score 1) 536

Sorry I wasn't clear on this one. It's what happens when you rush to respond. I should have said that I didn't buy the Lifetime subscription because of the large up-front cost and I believe I could only get it with the TiVo Series 3 (I may be wrong on this) which wouldn't work with satellite.

I should have said, I don't mind paying $100/year for someone to maintain my DVR, vice me having to maintain my MythTV server, which I spent many hours doing with much frustration.

Comment Re:TiVo for the win? (Score 1) 536

I have a Tivo series 2 working fine with my DirectTV provider. While it's not as good as cable (can only record one show at a time), it's good enough for my needs.

DirectTV is supposed to be working on something with Tivo to provide a DVR service. See this link for more info:

Comment Re:TiVo for the win? (Score 3, Insightful) 536

I'm in the Tivo boat on this one. It's just easier. I spent so much time setting up MythTv (I've done it on PCs, laptops, and even an xbox) and maintaining it was always a pain. I finally got fed up enough and bought a Tivo. Since then, I haven't had any complaints, except as he said, resetting listings when you switch providers. I've really enjoyed the Tivo suggestions feature as well. I was tempted to get the lifetime contract, but instead I'm willing to pay ~$100/year for someone to maintain my DVR for me.

Comment Re:Price of certainty. (Score 2, Informative) 541

Electric companies shouldn't be directly linked to Gulf politics. Most of the electricity in the U.S. is produced by coal, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric energy sources according to the Department of Energy. Petroleum makes up only 1.3% of U.S. electricity production.

Your point is a good one though, that energy prices will most likely go up per kWh.

Comment Re:Go the way of the ATM fees? (Score 1) 592

I meant more for the "cash back" fee from the supermarket. Not all banks have given up on all ATM fees, but there are ways around it or I can usually find a bank that is in my bank's network.

According to Wikipedia: (

"While many consumers are faced with multiple fees as described above, a number of standalone and internet banks, such as USAA and E-Trade Bank, and Ebank among others, not only do not charge their customers for using another ATM but they also provide reimbursement, worldwide, of another ATM's fee. Thus, customers at some banks in the US can avoid ATM fees altogether. Another popular way to avoid paying ATM fees is to make a "cash back" purchase at a retail store: many retailers will allow a customer who is paying with a debit card to withdraw more than the total due the retailer and get back the difference in cash."

Book Reviews

Project Arcade 158

Craig Maloney writes "Growing up, I found myself more than once in an arcade, be it in the mall, Meijer, or a free-standing building. The atmosphere was unmistakable: loud, with lots of activity, and people getting fully immersed and "in the zone" between them and their pixellated avatar. While playing an arcade game at home has been possible for many years now, the true arcade experience has been a little more elusive. There's something about having an upright video game cabinet, and playing on arcade hardware that gives the game that extra sense of being right in the arcades of my youth. There are many sites out there that have different plans for building a MAME arcade cabinet from scratch, but most read like a post-mortem for how the author pieced together their particular setup. What if you just want to convert an old (non-working, I hope) cabinet into a MAME arcade cabinet? Lots of information is out there, but where do you start? Project Arcade is an excellent introduction for building your own MAME arcade cabinet from scratch, and compiles lots of material into one comprehensive book." Read below for the rest of Craig's review.

Submission + - Google Desktop for Linux (

Michael writes: "Article looks at the impressive Google Desktop For Linux application. Although the program is closed source, the program provides more features than Beagle and is not dependant on the Mono library like Beagle."

James Gosling Appointed to the Order of Canada 191

Andrija Ifkovic writes "James Gosling, the creator of Java language and a VP of Sun has been appointed to the Order of Canada. 'The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement and contributions to society and the country by Canadians from all walks of life.' This is the highest honor Canada can bestow upon its citizens."

Submission + - 77 Cisco Router Models Open To 'drive-by pharming'

dark_15 writes: "Cisco is warning users that nearly 80 of its routers are vulnerable to a hack tactic that got play last week. Dubbed "drive-by pharming" by Symantec and university researchers who first publicized the danger in a paper, the attack involves luring users to malicious sites where a device's default password is used to redirect them to bogus sites. Once they are at those sites, their identities could be stolen or malware could be force-fed to their computers."

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