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Comment Re:Explorer (Score 1) 346

I'm the same way with a lotta stuff. Even though I had Cartographer in WoW, I had to open up all those zones completely.

WoW does that now. By exploring every spot on the map (actually, just removing all of the fog of war), you gain an achievement, and a new title "the Explorer" that you cahttp://games.slashdot.org/story/09/08/08/0345231/Finding-New-and-Unintended-Ways-of-Playing-Games?from=rss#n add to your name.

Comment Re:Explorer (Score 1) 346

Ultima 3 was the last Ultima I did anythingn like that for. I killed a monster in EVERY square, populating the entire map with treasure chests. I suppose you could say that it eliminated all random encounters (since monsters were boxed in by the treasure chests) and helped me to focus on playing the rest of the game, but it took a really really really long time to actually get to that point.

Comment Re:I know I know! (Score 1) 95

Or to be more correct: There are four things in games: mechanics, story, aesthetics, and technology.

I disagree. There's really only 3 - mechanics, story, and aesthetics. A new technology is strictly a method for delivering the other 3. I therefore don't think that it's one of the core aspects of the game. In other words, the technology doesn't manifest itself unless through at least 1 of the other things. I'd conjecture that you can get any of the others without requiring the others...

Comment Re:Where do I begin (Score 1) 582

All I have to do is provide the skills and expertise to entice them to give it to me. And thats one part training, and two parts marketing.

And soon, you'll realize that it's really 3 parts marketing, and we have yet another marketeer in the workforce. My day died just a little more today.

Comment Re:Where do I begin (Score 1) 582

Yeah, I love this part. Your salary infomation is a secret, don't share with your coworkers, meanwhile HR is spreading it to every Tom, Dick, and Harry who has HR in his title in your local area.

YOUR salary is secret. However, the company can very easily say that "we have 15 managers in this field that make between y and z per month" and still not divulge YOUR salary. Provided they don't specify what each person makes (ie connecting you with your salary), there's no problem.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (Score 1) 229

Much in the same way that animals kill each other for life to continue. The key is to do it responsibly, like the other animals do.

False. There's no correlation between an animal's behavior and "being responsible" when searching for food. Hunting for animals is an optimization problem in risk assessment. They have hundreds of thousands of years of evolution to support that claim. Hunting is risky (get an injury while chasing game, and you're probably not going to live), it takes a lot of energy to chase down game (animals don't have the benefit of rifles or other "tools" to hunt with), and the reward is only realized if they're successful.

People, on the other hand, have the luxury of not needing to go hunt wild game to eat. We can just go to the grocery store to get it. We have to think of being responsible, since hunting for food (in the same sense that an animal has to hunt) is not a necessary condition for our continued survival.

Comment Re:Dual Video Cards? (Score 1) 774

Gigabit ethernet still isn't on most computers you buy from anywhere else.
iSight built in, don't all the new Dells have this?

That's not entirely a fair statement - you could also make the case that Apple doesn't sell a sub 1000 dollar notebook, too..

More or less all non-Apple notebooks that have a starting cost of 1000 have gigabit ethernet built in...

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