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Comment: Re:"Our worst mistake was PvP" (Score 1) 187

by smcn (#34010676) Attached to: Blizzard Announces Final <em>Diablo 3</em> Class, PvP Arena Battles

Blizzard's design staff recently, famously lamented: "Our worst mistake was PvP"

Generally when you put quotation marks around a phrase it's meant to signify that someone actually said those words. You're referencing WarCry's 2009 interview with Rob Pardo, wherein he expresses his feeling that adding arenas was their biggest mistake. However, it's not because arenas were a bad idea, but because he felt it was tacked-on.

Blizzard these days is heavy into e-sports, which is why Diablo 3 will have PvP, and why they'll focus as much energy as they need in order to make it competitive.

Comment: Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (Score 1) 1270

by smcn (#33972740) Attached to: Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

That Hitler hasn't been killed by timetravelers, is generally considered proof that time-travelling will never be possible, or that it will turn out that killing Hitler is an even worse idea that letting him kill himself. So if given the choice of time-traveling: Don't kill Hitler...(??)

I like to go further and say simply that the universe exists is proof that travelling backwards through an already-existing timeline is impossible. Given infinite time, at some point a time traveler would discover a means to destroy/prevent the creation of the universe and do so.

Comment: Re:Nothing compared to what they did before... (Score 1) 483

by smcn (#33380786) Attached to: Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

I would think that the "teachbook" name was chosen on purpose to be "facebook for teachers/teaching".

What are you quoting? That phrase is mentioned nowhere on In fact the only results that show up in a search for " facebook" are links to "share this on facebook", just like every other website on the internet. In addition the site looks absolutely nothing like Facebook. They don't even use the color blue for pete's sake. No brand confusion possible. This is bullying.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955