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Comment: Re:SC2 Super Melee Wasn't Strategic (Score 1) 160

by lpp (#45859129) Attached to: Development To Begin Soon On New <em>Star Control</em> Game

xxxJonBoyxxx is describing the multiplayer aspect of SC1. You are describing the single player campaign. In the multiplayer aspect of SC1 there was the option to have a strategic element where you had star systems tied by star lanes. You secured star systems as choke points and for resources and when enemy fleets moved in there was combat which was like a single ship Super Melee mini-game between the two players. Something akin to Archon. There is nothing like that additional strategic layer in the SC2 multiplayer mode, though since we do have UQM I would love-love-love to see it added. :)

Comment: Solvable Problems (Score 1) 810

by lpp (#45502787) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

Cost and Infrastructure and Recharge time.

The problems with range are actually problems with infrastructure. You can get pretty good range on one fillup. The problem is that when you do reach a point when you want to recharge you are going to want to easily find a recharging station. In the US at least there are not many regions where they can easily be found. Moreover when you do want to recharge you will have a wait on your hands.

Furthermore as an apartment dweller my options to recharge overnight are very limited.

The good thing is these are solvable issues.

Comment: Re:No, it's a franchisee getting sued. (Score 1) 1103

by lpp (#44154375) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

IANAL but I suspect that part of the reason corporate would not step in to make such rules is to maintain the separation between the corporate entity and the franchisees. The more control corporate is able to exert control over the running of the franchise businesses, the more tightly bound they are to the franchises and the more likely the are to be able to be sued when one or more of them do something corporate disagrees with.

Comment: Re:Weird sensation... (Score 1) 196

by lpp (#43037345) Attached to: New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Attorneys

IANAL but I suspect that in a case like this the judge would pierce the corporate veil since Company Y is clearly just an attempt to circumvent the intent of the law with a legal fiction. Specifically that Company Y is truly acting independently when in fact it is acting purely within the parameters dictated by Company X and purely within the interests of Company X.

Comment: Re:Technical conferences should be technical. (Score 1) 562

by lpp (#43032601) Attached to: Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

That's rather the point. If they are concerned about the content, they can still review talk titles and summaries and judge from there. If they have a concern, they can inquire. What they shouldn't do is attempt to shut something down so that it never even sees the light of day.

Comment: Re:Technical conferences should be technical. (Score 2) 562

by lpp (#43026375) Attached to: Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

Except the difference here is that on Slashdot at least at some point someone actually reviewed the content being rejected. And in fact, "rejected" isn't even appropriate since it is still possible to review the full measure of the content since it is only hidden.

The equivalent in Violet Blue's case would have been if the con organizers had taken her up on her offer to do the presentation elsewhere or to video tape it and show it after the con but still make it available to those at the con. Instead she was never even allowed to speak.

Comment: Re:Completing another piece of the jigsaw (Score 5, Insightful) 63

by lpp (#40230649) Attached to: Google's Quickoffice Purchase Takes Aim At Windows 8

What I find interesting is how Microsoft still uses the Office suite to fend off threats to the real reason it is still entrenched in many back offices... Exchange.

I've personally seen many businesses try alternative office suites only to say that while they are more or less happy with the replacements for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and the like, they didn't feel they could drop Outlook because they rely so heavily on the collaborative features of Exchange.

These companies don't want to migrate to Google's cloud based offering because they want things kept on premises. And there isn't a compelling all-in-one alternative to Exchange that is as easily tied in with their existing systems (e.g. auto-login via Windows authentication). So because they keep Exchange, they keep Outlook. Because they keep Outlook, they keep Office. And so the wheel turns.

Comment: Re:Campaign Confusion (Score 1) 245

by lpp (#40159329) Attached to: Ask Candidate Jeremy Hansen About Direct Democracy in Vermont

Isn't that already ostensibly an issue? If a candidate states that he will vote according to such-and-such values, including supporting or opposing same-gender marriage, then voters will turn out in support of or opposition to that candidates election, according to their motivation on the subject.

Those with a minority view that have a favorite candidate rarely ever get them elected. Certainly not without gaining support from outside their base in some way.

How is this different?

Comment: Re:Worse? (Score 1) 444

by lpp (#40004357) Attached to: Forbes Names Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Worst CEO

That's the first comparison that came to mind for me as well. While Microsoft might be able to be accused of not having fully leveraged their former position, they aren't exactly at the bottom rung. RIM is not only on the bottom rung, it's barely got a hold of it. I may not care for Microsoft but it seems you have to really have it out for them to put them below RIM's performance.

Comment: Re:Whoever is responsible for this article (Score 1) 1258

by lpp (#39824523) Attached to: Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

Not saying what's right or wrong here, but ... ... in most cases, the converted murderer would be presumed to go to heaven. 11th hour conversions have a pretty solid place in Christian systems and the typical thinking is that as long as the conversion is sincere (which of course anyone aside from the murderer and God himself cannot know), then salvation is assured.

The real question hinges on the disposition of your Buddhist friend. For denominations of Christianity with a more liberal interpretation of the bible, the Buddhist may very well still be considered heaven-bound, on the belief that they are espousing the tenets of the faith even if they aren't explicitly claiming the Christian god as being one's savior. On the conservative end, the belief would be that he would not have salvation because one of the most important requirements is considered belief in Jesus as the one and only savior and the only means to achieve salvation. I don't know of any Buddhist tradition which teaches this (though I suppose I could be mistaken; I'm given to understand some Buddhist teachings are pretty flexible in some respects). In between these liberal and conservative views you'll find interpretations that shift away from outright claiming one thing or another but still lean in some direction. Many folks would feel uncomfortable taking a position on the issue and would therefore tend to obscure it or avoid it altogether.

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