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Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies 397

An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"

Comment Re:Needs to be grouped with others (Score 1) 232

...Maybe it should be an all IT day, so that we can all play halo and eat pizza and drink mountain dew!

That'd be a bad idea, because you guys would eventually blame any problems we had whilst gaming together on the server, and we'd be bitching at you for the crappy code and debug logs (that you never read) filling up all the space in /var/tmp, and every user with shell access having their own instance of TOP or fucking GLANCE while not understanding that CPU cycles and memory aren't GASOLINE and don't disappear when you use them. :-) We should just stick to drinking booze.

Comment Re:Christ for crying out loud. (Score 1) 320

He does die. And fuck me for knowing this.

In the film Neo sacrificed himself not only to save humanity, but to save the Matrix. The "real world" is still quite inhospitable.

As it's pointed out in the first film, a lot of people aren't ready to be unplugged from the Matrix. The Matrix serves as a method to protect humanity from themselves, whilst providing a means for the artificial intelligence living in 01 (zero-one, the Machine City) the freedom to live as well. Essentially, the machines are better off being in control, while the humans are led to *believe* they're in control.

The story goes that earlier versions of the Matrix existed that were perfect in every way but this caused problems due to human nature and propensity for violence, hate, war, etc... whole crops (of humans) were lost and the machines had to arrive at a different solution.

The whole point of "The One" was to facilitate the incalculable sum of human choice.

There where 5 instances of the Matrix prior to Neo's arrival. "The One" is simply a program uploaded to a suitable human host. In every prior instance, the One enters the proper door, the Matrix would have been rebooted. All the humans living in Zion would have been killed. The One would then be allowed to leave the Matrix ,selecting (if memory serves), 18 people, over half of them being women, to propogate in the real world anew.

The problem came (things didn't happen EXACTLY like they had in previous iterations) when the Agent Smith program failed to return to The Source (as all rogue/Exile or obsolete programs are designed to do) and started destroying the Matrix from within.

The machines could not control Smith, so Neo brokered a truce, giving his life (re-balancing the equation) and the destruction of the Smith virus in turn saving the Matrix, and the humans still plugged in, as well as the ones in Zion.

Post-films -- a bunch of stupid bullshit happens and that's why the Wachowski brothers have all but completly abandoned The Matrix Online mmorpg -- except to cash their monthly royalty cheques.

So yeah... Neo Christ.

Comment Good God, they're still around? (Score 4, Insightful) 277

I don't get this obsession. Back in the day I was a rabid (psychotic) Amiga fan/user. As I matured I realized something, IT'S JUST A COMPUTER GUYS. JUST ANOTHER TOOL. If people were this committed to, say hammers or forstner bits -- you'd think they were completely insane.

I'm also looking at you, the "yeah, but can it run LINUX" crowd. For fucks sake, people many of you are amongst the most intelligent human beings in the world, you need to be out there breeding instead of developing a goddamn zippo lighter simulator for your iPhone.

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Submission + - why do US citizens pay income taxes?

An anonymous reader writes: Why do US citizens pay income taxes?
There must be a law that requires them to do it, right?

Well, it seems it is not the case [google video].

The Constitution specifically forbids any direct tax on wages and salaries, and the Supreme Courts consistently ruled in the same way.
Not a single dollar of income taxes is used, as widely believed, to offer and sustain public services.

It was an interesting video to watch, and btw I am not an US citizen, have no affiliation with any of the authors or organizations cited or whatever.
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I got a call late this morning. It's an adjunct faculty member. Apparently, she was just informed that she would be teaching a specific class, starting tomorrow, and wanted to find out if the lab was set up for it. Now, in this case there are no lab computers, each student uses his or her own laptop which is provided by the University for the program. After telling her this, and asking, "what class?!?" she sends me a document detailing the system requirements. It's not terrible, and I figur

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