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Comment: Re:Warcraft Killed it? (Score 1) 154

by sandytaru (#48021349) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO
Haven't tried ArchAge myself. Heard mixed things about it from my friends who have. I may look into it, but I don't think it's going to scratch my particular itches.

As for sub fees, the MMO demographic is aging, and for myself and my friends, $12 a month to not have to deal with broke teenagers and buy to win whales is great.

Comment: Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 1) 383

by sandytaru (#48021243) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
The salt actually modulates the bitterness if you use enough. If roasted for a longer time, the outside becomes very dry (like a kale chip) and disintegrates quickly.

My mother's method of preparation involved boiling them for thirty minutes, and the resulting stench and bitter taste turned me off them for two decades.

Comment: Figurines (Score 1) 206

by sandytaru (#48018515) Attached to: My toy collection is ...
I had to define myself some rules for figurines because I kept buying lower quality ones that ended up warping, or I ended up no longer liking the series. The rules are now:

1. Must be higher quality, non-posable, on a solid large base
2. Must be purchased in a pair, as in a matched set of two from the same series (e.g. Batman + Robin)
3. Must be characters I do not already own (no repeats.)

These rules have prevented me from letting the collection grow exponentially, and given a lot of variety to my toy display case. It's also probably saved me a lot of money in the long run, as I no longer snatch up every figurine I think is kind of neat.

Comment: Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 4, Informative) 383

by sandytaru (#47988137) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
Lightly coat in olive oil. Lightly toss in sea salt (or Jane's Mixed Up Salt, if you're in the south.) Roast at 350F for one hour. They come out salty and crispy on the outside, and tender and sweet on the inside. Consume that day as they don't keep very well. But they're so delicious it shouldn't be a problem!

Comment: Re:Warcraft Killed it? (Score 1) 154

by sandytaru (#47986449) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO
Well, TESO is already turning into a ghost town so that clearly wasn't what the market wanted, but I have friends still enjoying Wildstar, and I myself am still finding stuff to do in XIV ARR. (Two million subscribers is a lot to say have poor taste.) Destiny is too new to know how much staying power it'll have just yet.

Comment: Re: Read Slashdot (Score 1) 471

by sandytaru (#47977507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
"I got married" is becoming and more and more acceptable response for guys, but that's what a lot of women have used over the years. "Got married, did the housewife/househusband thing, realized I missed working and it was a mistake/kids grew up /learned I could not have kids / etc. " Six years is a bit of a stretch for no kids, but if you have a child approaching school age it makes perfect sense.

Comment: Re:Warcraft Killed it? (Score 2) 154

by sandytaru (#47977443) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO
I don't think any game they're making that killed it. I think the MMO environment and landscape killed it. We had three high profile MMO releases in the last year + change (XIV ARR, TESO, and Wildstar) as well as Destiny. There comes a point where you look at what you've been doing, and compare it with what other people are doing, and you have to ask yourself if it's really going to be worth it in the end. Blizzard recognized that their ideas weren't gelling compared to what the current markets want, and made the correct call to can it for now. Is there anything sadder than a dead MMO?

Comment: Re:Astronomy club? (Score 4, Interesting) 234

by sandytaru (#47939121) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
There's also a lot of old and outdated information that can be refreshed/verified. During my freshman year astronomy class in college, we got some telescope time and we were calculating out binary variable stars to confirm that what was measured 50 years ago was still accurate. Ours turned into a paper for our professor when our binary star turned out to have a third star in there, causing faint fluctuations that our modern CCD camera could catch, but the older technology had not been able to detect.

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 324

by sandytaru (#47928255) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
It was "accounted" for in the ever-growing US debt burden, unfortunately. That's like buying a brand new car and listing it in your assets, while ignoring the $20,000 loan you have outstanding. Hooray! You accounted for the minimum car payments and maintenance payments in your monthly budget - but not the interest payments, which are making that debt grow ever larger.

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