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Comment: Re:China (Score 1) 74 74

My guess would be that even without the Chinese conspiracy theory, the stamps would be rejected.

Putting the Dalai Lama on a stamp surely constitutes the advocation of a religious figure. I'd be pretty surprised if they didn't have rules to stop you from doing that.

Comment: Re:wall-e (Score 1) 253 253

If you're worried about formaldehyde production in your body then you'd better give up eating a lot of food.

I think drinks companies must actually love aspartame. It's basically been arbitrarily chosen to be the focus of wide-spread (and still as of yet largely unproven) hysteria. It the perfect distraction, while they get to pump the drinks with as much sugar as they like.

Comment: Re:Scapegoat (Score 1) 52 52

>There's also the fact that said chief researcher used the research to make herself into something of a national star.

She did? The Japanese media did that all by themeselves - and largely because she is female. Obokata made complaints about the gross invasion of her privacy even before this became a scandal. She was everywhere - and I don't think she had much choice in the matter.

I wouldn't claim she has any innocence in this case - but there was a pretty clear attempt by the center (especially in the early days) to scapegoat her and her alone for everything.

Comment: Re:Australian Tokay makes me sad (Score 1) 302 302


Champagne, Switzerland has been producing wine since before Dom Perignon came up with his method of making sparkling wine

Actually Dom Perignon worked hard to prevent the formation of sparkling wine, because it represented quite a big health hazard. Personally I think the threat of exploding wine bottles would have some parties a lot more fun.

Comment: Re:Precision technology (Score 3, Funny) 225 225

Dear sir,

We are delighted to hear of your most recent mouse developments. For too long has there been a line of segregation between those who work inside the office, and those that work outside. Before down, we only understood the concept of Internet time-wasting (an oft mentioned topic on Slashdot) in theory. Finally, we will get to surf porn at work and play flash games, with the same freedoms are everyone.

Many Thanks,

The Window Cleaners Union

Comment: Re:Why don't they convert games to English? (Score 1) 90 90

Something more akin to col~er/col~eur, I think. I believe the spare 'u' just acts as a phonetic modifier, like a silent 'e'; it's inclusion should be a pronunciation aid. After all, it's not pronounced col-or either.

It's probably not something to get too worked up about; but it does smack of laziness on the part of publishers that they can't be bothered to change this stuff. It's prevalent across all mediums though, and doesn't seem to work the other way around. The colour of Magic, for example, is billed as color in the US. But I still have to wince when I see adverts for the Time Travelers Wife shown in the UK.

Comment: Re:Space Ace 2009 (Score 2, Insightful) 56 56

It's not just you, but it's not every gamer either.

It all depends on how you perceive enjoyment from a game. Personally, if the story is tight and engaging but linear I'll happy sit through almost any number of cutscences they throw at me. The idea of an "interactive movie" isn't an instant turn-off, it just has to be a good movie.

The problem with Heavy Rain and its type, is how to attract the right audience. Adventure fans may be drawn in with a story, no matter how conceptually linear, but they'll hate the twitch controls. But an action gamer is going to find the notion of any kind of 'game' here to be severely lacking.

But if they pull off the kind of dynamic storytelling they're promising then they may have something on their hands...

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 776 776

I'd be happier using Brain, if it would consider an open-source move. At the moment it represents the worst kind of vendor-lock in; I constantly feel tied down to the same hardware. And it has a complete monopoly on thinking. Plus, it's often unreliable - never updated - doesn't run Linux - and requires a reboot at least once a day. I hope for a community solution soon.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_