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Comment: Starcraft (Score 1) 207

by overzero (#27435039) Attached to: Pro Video Game Leagues — Another Economic Casualty

I follow the Korean Starcraft leagues fairly closely and haven't seen anything indicating that this is a problem for them. There's only one major pro league left if you ignore the most successful leagues. Unlike my impressions of MLG and their ilk, which seem like slapped-together attempts to occupy a novelty niche, these leagues have survived for the same reasons all other sports leagues have survived: the focus is always on using the games to generate stories which even non-players can sink their teeth into. Without giving their audience a reason to watch, other than being interested in a particular game at a particular time, the other leagues doomed themselves long ago. As with many other businesses, blaming their deaths on the economy is like blaming a cold for killing an AIDS patient.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a good system (Score 1) 412

by overzero (#27381055) Attached to: Why Toddlers Don't Do What They're Told

That's a very different example. First off, "30 degrees" doesn't mean much to a toddler, so they're dealing with a subjective measurement and a resulting suggested action. So if my "girlfriend" (really, slashdot?) told me it was chilly out, I'd step outside to check if she's just being a pussy. I'd also check what the weather's like--if there's still sun out, if it's windy, if it looks like it'll be snowing later--and then dress accordingly. The point of the learning process is gaining the ability to figure out, in this case, what appropriate clothing would be, rather than simply take someone else's word for it. At the same time, you learn what someone else means when they say "it's chilly" or "it's 30 degrees." The anecdote doesn't so much imply underdeveloped cognitive abilities as it implies hard-wiring to learn from personal experience over social cues.

Comment: Sounds like a good system (Score 4, Insightful) 412

by overzero (#27377183) Attached to: Why Toddlers Don't Do What They're Told

I really wanted to link to The Onion's "Study Reveals: Babies Are Stupid," but this is a far more critical and analytic approach to problems than most people tend to use. Blindly following rules is a horrible way to learn about anything. The best learners, in my experience, take advice into consideration, then try to see if it's good advice, and discover why or why not. Applied to the example from the summary, the kid who thinks "is it really that cold outside? Yes it is, I'll go get my coat" is going to turn out a lot better than the kid who goes straight for the coat, especially at times when the authority figures are wrong.

Comment: Re:They needed a study? (Score 5, Informative) 272

by overzero (#27294567) Attached to: Lower Air Pollution Means Longer Life

It's more than that. While "lower air pollution equals longer life" is a safe assumption at this point, "A decrease in air pollution amounting to 10 micrograms per cubic meter of of (sic) particulates in the air led to an additional .61 years of life" is not so obvious, nor is it even obvious how direct or significant the correlation would be.

Comment: Re:I am disappointed (Score 5, Funny) 337

by overzero (#27237109) Attached to: Dell's Adamo Goes After MacBook Air

I'm pretty sure the writer for that just won a bar bet with his friends.

"Adamo was created to elicit desire and redefine the image of power."
-Are we talking about a penis here?

"Once you hold it, you won't want to put it down."
-Yup, definitely a penis.

"People will stare and that's OK."
-I do what I can for the world.

"Because with this ultra-thin, portable aphrodisiac at your side, lack of attention won't be a problem."
-Wait... ultra-thin? Staring is no longer OK. =(

"The whole product just feels very solid."
-Now we're talking. I'll just let that last remark slide.

"We wanted to make sure the product appealed equally to women and men."

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. -- Noelie Alito