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Comment Re:Simply amazing (Score 1) 90

Yes, but that's an issue of the other hardware... as he points out, the CPUs in the Atari 2600 and the NES (and several 8 bit computers) are all comparable. The reason some of those systems handle sprites well while others struggle has nothing to do with the specific CPU (the actual single chip). It has to do with the other chips that assisted it. The OP said that the problem was with the disparity in the CPU, and he rightfully pointed out that it had more to do with the other hardware, not the CPU.

Comment Re:is any of this needed? (Score 4, Informative) 182

Because monitors aren't VGA anymore. We now have small laptops with 2880x1880 screens built in that are plugged into multiple monitors. If you want to drive that at a snappy response, or if you want to select a primary monitor and switch between them, you should take advantage of the hardware.

Heck, a simple one: I have a laptop with a dead built-in monitor. I use an external monitor, which works fine with X, but the console is on the internal screen.

Comment Daniel Keys Moran (Score 3, Insightful) 1130

The guy invented Cyberpunk as we know it (or at least pioneered it), and nobody credits him for it. He had avatars in the Crystal Wind (his vision of the VR net) and AIs doing battle with and against genetically engineered soldiers and telepaths, all set against a backdrop universe of UN Peacekeepers keeping a fascist regime in place with orbital lasers and a greater background spanning the whole of time. Internet addiction, flying cars that nobody was allowed to drive manually for safety reasons, and near future military equipment that makes sense (with drawbacks and idiot proofing). His universe dates back in magazines to 1983, a year before Neuromancer, but his novels were published a year later.

Plus he's been included in collections like "Star Wars: Tales from Jabba’s Palace" and "Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters".

And almost nobody has heard of him.

Comment Re:Wouldn't work in the tech world... (Score 1) 402

Well, they are in the right. Not only that, but they are legally required to defend their mark of trade. Given that, this is a very reasonable and non-antagonistic way to handle things.

JD "wins" in this case in the same way that a neighbor whose window was broken "wins": they were the victim and deserve to be compensated. If, of course, the neighbor didn't break the window (which doesn't appear to be the case here), they can easily reply in a non-hyper-legal manner. This is "uh, your kid broke my window and knocked over my lamp. I'll take care of the window... tell you what, get a new lampshade, and we're even. If you have the kid apologize, I'll even cover the lampshade."

Comment Re:Text transcription? (Score 1) 139

it didn't even fix all the major known flaws (gate is the same as it ever was for instance)

I would say that it hies to the universal D&D flaws, thus retaining the core D&D feel. If you change enough of those, you wind up with an actual different game, not a progression within the same family. Of course, that's not a bad choice, but it would have resulted in a radically different end result that would have to seek a new audience. At least part of Pathfinder's appeal is that it's "a better D&D than D&D".

Comment Re:you what? (Score 1) 266

Because it is an annoying error, and it got cleaned up for future releases in the same way that they might remove a watch that an actor accidentally wore, or an member of the crew's hand. It's distracting from telling the story they want to tell, which is the actual goal of the work.

Sure it's post-first-release, but it's not uncommon to do a bit of touch-up with each release. That even applies to 35mm prints. Rocky Horror went through a variety of edits and soundtrack changes (mono to stereo, remixing, adding a cut scene) through the film release. Same applies to any film that goes through a long theatrical release lifespan: Sound of Music, most of Kubrick's works, etc.

Comment Re:How old is this? (Score 1) 404

Perhaps you're unaware that the modern American chic is 80s and 90s dominated. I was at the Protoman concert last night (with unexpected guest Tenacious D), and everybody was there wearing 80s style clothing. Including my wife, who has a PhD in Chemistry, and does theoretical chemistry research at Vanderbilt.

That said, while she was dressed up for the concert, she wears professional attire at work. In other words, science is a job like any other.

However, having heard her rant about things like this, she'll probably be more amused at the "piles of random glassware, all with large amounts of colored chemicals, putting out visible fumes". Ever notice there's never a hood or tiny desk in these kinds of presentations?

Comment Basic Overview (Score 5, Informative) 125

For anybody who wants a basic overview of Malay law regarding these matters, there's an issue of the Malayan Law Journal (actually an article supplement) that covers this in language easily understood by the layperson (and it's also in English, to boot). The PDF is located here: and I would point you to page 3 (page 4 of the PDF).

Basically, they are based on English Common Law, and signed the UDHR, but have a history of legislation that allows detention without trial, originally designed to combat communism.

Comment Re:They should get Android onto the desktop. (Score 2) 230

Well, it's probably not what you're looking for, but the next version (Jelly Bean) lists the ability to install and dual boot on a laptop as one of the goals. Reader beware: I'm not really into Android development, so I'm just going off of the Wikipedia article, which lists it as being released third quarter this year:

I just read it, so if somebody could confirm, deny or provide more info, it would be interesting. Android could be a nice Linux on a desktop for many people. Assuming you actually mean Linux itself and not "X Windows, etc etc".

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