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Comment Re:list (Score 5, Insightful) 189

Many of the games on the alternatives list have exactly the same kind of violence.

If by 'the same kind of violence' you mean 'a different kind of violence'.
The NY times article refers to the ESRB rating. I'm pretty sure the article with the alternatives went by those. In your example the alternative, Overlord II, is rated Teen while its counterpart, Left 4 Dead 2, is rated Mature.
There are standards for these ratings. Now you may disagree with the standards, but dismemberment, animated blood and gore fall in the M category. Morality choices, like playing on the side of evil in Overlord, are not totally excluded from the standard, but usually have less impact.

Comment Re:Holy shit? (Score 1) 950

I'm sorry if I ignored a crucial difference in comparing the two. I'm not from the US. In my country (the Netherlands) there is not such a big gap in performance between gym class and sports outside of school hours.
HCM can apparently cause heart failure even under light stress, even just emotional stress. But then I'm not a medical professional either so perhaps I am again assuming too much about the motivation of the grand parent poster.

Comment Re:Holy shit? (Score 1) 950

According to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, which tracks deaths of young athletes in a registry, about 125 athletes under 35 die in the U.S. each year, mainly from cardiovascular problems.

Full article here
The catch is that the "otherwise healthy" claim is arbitrary here. The most common cause, according to that article, is HCM. The problem is that this is hard to test for (many false positives) and can occur in athletes, even on the professional level.
"Seemingly healthy" would have been a better choice of words.

Comment Re:I voted sharks (Score 1) 903

Roger Penrose makes a hard to refute argument for pretty much that statement. As it's based on completeness theory and turing machines it's pretty mathematical.
The Chinese Room argument of John Searle makes a similar claim, although it's less mathematical.
I would say these proofs are support too strong a conclusion by comparing the brain to a single algorithm. They merely raise the question what the magic ingredient is. Massive parallelism is my favourite candidate and seeing as how that happens to be the direction that computation is progressing anyway I confidently voted AI.

Comment Re:"Star Trek replicators" (Score 1) 134

The replicators from star trek are machines that produce items from raw matter. Much like the matter compilers from Neal Stephenson's diamond age they would probably operate using nanotechnology.
The replicators from stargate seem to be self replicating robots. Not sure what they have to do with nanotechnology. You probably know better than me since I never managed to watch a whole episode.
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Submission + - Circumvention of torrent blocking proxies (dwerg.net)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems to get more mainstream for some ISPs and campus networks to block the downloading of torrent files, in order to try to prevent the illegal data traffic. This should no longer be a problem, as txtor (http://txtor.dwerg.net) offers you the possibility of downloading the torrent file for you and providing you with a text version of it. That is, modified extension and mime type. Seems to fool most transparent (and normal) filtering proxies.
The Internet

Map of the Internet 186

Wellington Grey writes "Author of the popular webcomic xkcd has put up a hand made map of the internet as today's comic. He also has an interesting blog entry detailing some of the work that went into it, such a pinging servers and creating a method of fractal mapping to display related regions as contiguous sections on the grid." The drawing is pretty damn impressive; somebody get on making that thing a giant wall poster so I can paper over Taco's office door.

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