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Comment Re:Maybe this is just me (Score 1) 845

I agree about the 'feel' for numbers. When people tell me that in real life they will always be able to use a calculator they think the point they are making is about the availability of calculators when actually (at least to me) they are claiming they will always press exactly the right buttons or that they will always notice any errors they make in the button pressing. To me this 'feel' for the numbers tells me when I've failed my 'use calculator' roll.

Comment I used to be afraid of EM but not anymore (Score 3, Funny) 627

Don't get me wrong, I'm terribly allergic to wifi, mobile phones, even a microwave oven being used next door but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter much. You see, I'm also allergic to neutrinos. Do you know how many of those things pass through my body every single second. Oh it causes me so much pain you just wouldn't believe. :-)

Comment I've spent many many hours on this site. (Score 1) 1521

And only a few would be considered wasted.

Ahh yes. Rob's Afterstep page. Chips'n'Dips. Early Slashdot. Me wondering whether to sign up or not on the first day finally getting round to it on the second day; thus the 4 digit ID. I remember when 100 comments was considered huge for a story.

Rob may go but he won't be forgotten.

Comment Re:My secrect question (Score 1) 1200

I am a physicist and while I think everyone knows just how much Hollywood gets wrong on the Armageddon level physics, they also usually get it wrong on the day to day science lab stuff. My GF likes horses and always complains about them in films. From 'They don't make noises like that all the time' to 'one of those four fulling that carriage has a different stride length to the rest, they would have matched their horses properly in Jane Austin's time."

Comment Rubbish on a netbook (Score 1) 2254

I don't often F11 firefox to run it in fullscreen mode but I have to now with slashdot. Too much whitespace is one thing then there is the immovable-without-voodoo bar across the top which take me back to the "glory" days of frames. Even the /. poll doesn't fit onto the screen any more.
Ah well.

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When PC Ports of Console Games Go Wrong 398

A post up at Gamasutra complains about the lack of effort put into the PC ports of some console games. The author picks on the unimpressively-reviewed Ninja Blade in particular: "Just as a quick guide to what we're dealing with here: when you create a new save file at the start of Ninja Blade on the PC, it warns you not to 'turn off your console.' Yes, Ninja Blade is one of those conversions: not so much converted as made to perfunctorily run on a different machine. In-game, you're asked to press A, B, X and Y in various sequences as part of Ninja Blade's extraordinary abundance of quick-time events. Whether you have an Xbox 360 pad plugged in or not, the game captions these button icons with text describing the PC equivalent controls. Only it doesn't always do that. Sometimes, you're left staring at a giant, pulsating, green letter A, and no idea what to do with it." What awful ports have you had the misfortune to experience?

Comment Re:Thls is a ranclom cornmenf (Score 1) 395

> Surviving an infinite number of rolls is not the problem... The real problem is that if you've got, say, a D20, and you get it to roll a 1 a large number of times, the ones will have all been rolled out. After that it'll have a hard time producing more 1's.

You havn't met my dice then have you. I swear the thinkgeek t-shirt spies have been watching my Tuesday night games.

Comment Re:LyX (Score 1) 823

Exactly.

I was told that for every one hour of lecture time it should take three hours of your life.
One hour in the lecture.
One hour no later than a few days afterwards reviewing and annotating your notes, making sure you understand it all, adding extra information from text books and redrawing hastily sketched diagrams etc.
Then one hour close to exam time revising it.

I found I did best in exams when I worked like this. Finding a quicker way to get your notes right first time only means you have more time to spend in that second hour making sure you understand what you typed.

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