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Comment Re:in related news... (Score 1) 49

I first encountered the vomit flavored ones in the Bertie Bott's Beans that Jelly Belly made for Harry Potter (for those unfamiliar with HP, the candy in the story contains EVERY flavor, not just good ones). So that is most likely the origin of the horrible flavors. They also had booger, earwax, and soap flavors (plus others, but I don't remember poop!). You try them once and then their only real use is to put into your desk candy bowl to keep people from stealing. :-D

Comment Re:As a UAV flyer myself... (Score 3, Insightful) 77

We wouldn't need overburdening regulation if these dumbasses would act like adults with more than two brain cells to rub together. This is why we can't have nice things.

I'm also a (newbie) pilot. I wouldn't be opposed to having to pass a safety course and getting a license (similar to a driver's license) if it keeps (most) idiots from ruining the hobby for the rest of us. Or at least allows the same punishments that car drivers get for reckless driving, because the drone pilot can no longer use "I didn't know the rules" as an excuse.

Comment They're not competing with consoles (Score 3, Insightful) 174

I watched the announcement and I don't remember any mention of other consoles, why you should buy an AppleTV over other consoles, or how games are better on an AppleTV versus other consoles. It was more 'You can already play cool games on your iPad and now you can play them on your TV! With friends! And motion control!"

At most, Apple may be going after the audience who bought a Wii as their first console because of the casual party and sports games. It's not competing with the PS4 or Xbox, instead it's picking up the casual gamers left behind when the Wii fizzled. Those people won't buy a PS4, but they'd get a cheap set-top box that displays their movies and photos and now also let's them play motion-controlled bowling with friends. Yes, they're also offering combat games like Warhammer, but it's still aimed at people who are happy playing combat games on iPads, not Xboxes.

I just don't see the AppleTV being marketed as a gaming platform, it's an entertainment center that has games as one of its features. If you're more than a casual gamer, you'll play most games on your desktop or have a PS4/Xbox on the shelf next to it.

Comment Re:It tried to follow the plot (Score 1) 726

No hint of Sexism? Women were officers only, and the big bad troopers had to stay in their own zone in the ship away from them

I'm a woman and have read (and enjoyed) Starship Troopers. And given its historical context, the book never came across as sexist to me. In fact, it's the opposite of sexism. Keep in mind the book was published in 1959, not long after women went from Rosie the Riveter to being depicted as so technically incompetent they were unable to even back up a car in many TV sitcoms.

When I read Starship Troopers, I was amazed at how progressive Heinlein was at making women the pilots of the ships, even establishing that they were better pilots than men. That was amazingly progressive for 1959! And the fact that women were given full status in the military (women were kept separate in the US Air Force, as WAFs, until 1976) and allowed to go into combat zones (USAF women were not allowed into fighter pilot training until 1993) was amazing!

Heinlein treated the women soldiers in this book as intelligent, capable, and competent in an era where popular entertainment often depicted women (those same women who had worked in factories and flew military planes as WASPs during WWII) as scatter-brained nitwits who must be patiently guided by their husbands. Starship Troopers is a feminist paradise compared to other works of that era.

Comment Games for newbies (Score 1) 550

It's not clear if she's already a gamer, but if you just want something to get her into gaming, I'd recommend games like Portal, Dragon Age: Origins, Skyrim, Neverwinter Nights, Diablo, and Starcraft. They are fairly easy to learn and play, and I think the heavy story components of DA:O and Skyrim make them newbie friendly (it's engaging and not constant combat, just make sure to start her on the lowest difficulty level). And you can do multi-player together on Portal 2, NWN, Diablo and Starcraft.

If you want MMOs, maybe try something like LOTR Online if she is a fan of Tolkien, since it would be a familiar world.

If she's not into combat games, there are also many casual games and computer versions of board games that have multiplayer. My husband and I play Ticket to Ride, and I play Carcassonne with a friend who lives in another country.

Comment Re:Troll Headline and Summary (Score 0) 194

Your attempt at logic and reasoning is admirable, but as we learned from the Elizabeth Moon article not too long ago, it's a battle you can't win. They're not interested in fact checking. They happily and willingly eat up whatever incorrect/unsupported nonsense is fed to them in a summary and turn it into pure Nerd Rage.

Comment Re:3 Words (Score 1) 409

It's too bad the first thing to come to your mind wasn't "Hmm, maybe I should investigate this further", since Elizabeth doesn't actually support this. It was a debate over an idea, not an opinion piece.

From her blog:

Good grief, did you think I was serious? They asked us all for wild ideas. Specified they needn’t be practical or even possible. They would choose one to be the 60 second wonder. I gave them several and figured the others would too–but they latched onto that one. Probably because it sounded so SFnal and shocking. Reactions are not surprising.

But, once again, Slashdot shows just how willingly its members will swallow any bit of misinformation that is fed to them, without any fact checking, and react exactly as expected to attack "the enemy" without question. Big Brother is so proud of you all.

Comment Re:A cheer goes up (Score 3, Informative) 335

CSS is about separating content from design. That's the point. Go to CSS Zen Garden ( ) to see what that means. Every example on that web site uses the exact same content. Only the CSS is changed.

It is not a "developer" vs. "designer" situation. It just makes practical sense for development and maintenance of a site. If you use tables for layout, your site has become extremely difficult to update if you want to make major changes to the layout, especially with large, multi-page sites. With CSS, you change your stylesheet and it's done, site wide (see the CSS Zen Garden examples). The developer can concentrate on content and function, and leave the layout to the designers.

Comment Re:Blaming the wrong people (Score 1) 218

Dude, your bleating of "Apple Marketing iz teh Ev0L!" FUD is pathetic. You can't even keep your argument straight. First you say "kind of blame Apple" then you say "equal parts blame". Next I suppose they'll be entirely to blame and the NYP is just a victim of Apple's Department of Evil Marketing?

If Apple is so against the web, then why is Safari Dev Center ("Resources for designing and creating websites and extensions for Safari") featured on the Apple Developer site? Why are they pushing so hard for HTML5? Why does WebKit exist? Fit those into your juvenile conspiracy theory, because I really want to know what you come up with.

Comment Re:It's about time! (Score 1) 755

Thank goodness a university has finally decided to teach a curriculum based on what its professors like, instead of adhering to silly concerns about what might be useful in the real world. Students can rest assured that they'll get a first class CS education, and--sorry, what was that? Jobs? You want to get a job? What the fuck do you think this is, DeVry?

I know, right? Those arrogant fools, denying CMU students the chance to ever learn OOP! They should at least offer a sophomore-level course in object-oriented design methodology!

And also a course for reading comprehension skills.

Comment Re:Tag article WHOCARES (Score 1) 77

I think you're missing the point. The OP doesn't care about this subject in particular, he cares about slashdot not sucking more than necessary.

Perhaps he should take a more constructive approach then, like suggesting that Slashdot implement some sort of filtering system. You know, a way to select if he wants to see "Idle" stories, or even if he wants full summaries of a section or just the headline. I know, it's crazy talk, but it just might be crazy enough to work!

Or maybe he thinks the world actually cares that he doesn't like Idle articles and so feels the need to post about it. Which is kind of funny, considering his complaint.

I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller