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Comment Note: Researchers and NOT Research (Score 2) 457

I'm looking for the research and see.....none. The credentials of the researchers is impressive at first glance, but there is no research. This whole thing looks like a hypothesis without any real research. The entire premise is very interesting, and some of their ideas are worth PROVING. I can't wait to see the results.

Comment several stoopid ideas here that need addressin' (Score 1) 561

Hey Gents.

Director of technology in a big international school here. Several points need-a-clarification.

#1: so, so many parents are so, so different. We once held one of those "parent internet safety" workshops. We asked 15 mom's, "what would you do if you walked into your kids workspace and saw them quickly minimize a window". Guess what? We got 15 different answers, ranging from "death" to "ignore".

#2: We have several parents who simply need the technical skills to understand stuff like open dns and blocking at the router. We installed filtering software for them, and spend quite a bit of time helping them understand how to use these tools. see point #1, some parents need boku-blocking, other, none.

#3: the argument that parents should be watching their kids 24/7 to monitor and supervise their internet usage is bullshit. I've got a 2 year old, and I barely have time to keep my house clean. That being said, we use this safety PACT becuase many parents don't even know how to set rules with their kids about internet use in the house.

#4: we teach parents about safe search, and spend so much time talking about profiles, and helping parents talk to their kids about safe internet usage. This tool would be "another tool in the belt" for us folks in schools. Guys, parents aren't geeks, eh?

Comment Future planning? (Score 1) 202

Hello slashdotters.

Are system administrators migrating away from Novell? We run Novell at our school, and I'll start looking for alternatives if I have to. The issue is our 2 system administrators have years of experience with Novell. It is a stable, reliable platform, and works well.

I am concerned about software updates, security fixes, things like that.

Comment Black Ice (Score 1) 142

Seems pretty acceptable to me. As long as the attack is confirmed, and there aren't idiots at the helm. Didn't Israel do something like this? Pre-emptive assassinations or something that?

I wouldn't be surprised if big-iron IT departments didn't already do something like this. Not like it matters anyways, with corporate control of the internet looming (slashdot story of 2 tier internet access)

Comment What if they mate with sharks? (Score 1) 177

I certainly don't appreciate the off-color and rancid humor bellowing around this thread like a plague.

While I understand the role of levity and humor when contemplating our armageddon, I think a moment of serious discussion is in order here, you slackers.

The real danger here, in my considered opinion, is what happens when the inevitable occurs? A solar powered hornet mates with a shark. I'm sure many of you don't see this, but let me paint the following highly likely scenario:

1. Beach. Picnic. Very little breeze, about noon. Watermelon, ice tea, and some sweets.
2. As the cloud drift overhead, and some gentle music plays, as the light dances on the water a solared powered hornet (SPH) glances towards the water
3. There, in the water, is a shark, flexing his shark muscles and doing shark stuff
4. The hornet, smitten, buzzes over to the shark and there is a long, deep look between the two.
5. After a lovemaking session worthy of any major blockbuster porn flick, they leave, never to see each other again.

Fast forward whatever the gestational period for hornets is and you've got the ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.

Screw wikileaks, friends - this is the story of the century.

Comment Bartle Player types (Score 1) 465

This conversation seems to be cyclical. Let us remember that people play games for different reasons. We have Bartle Player Types and Nick Yee's player motivations to frame this conversation. Some people like ultra-realism, some don't. Different strokes for different folks. I'm a casual TF2 player, where I aim bazooka rockets at my feet so I can jump higher. I guess realism isn't that important to me. I'm also a text-based gamer, and I enjoy playing muds and mushes.

Graphic Novelist Calls For Better Game Violence 465

eldavojohn writes "Landry Walker (alternative comics creator of X-Ray Studios) has a brief opinion piece at Elder Geek asserting that all he wants for Christmas is more realistic game violence. While he acknowledges the world probably isn't ready for it, he wishes that getting shot in a video game was a bit more like getting shot in real life. From his piece: '... that's my problem with video game violence. Bullets are something we shrug off. Point blank fire with a machine gun is something that a tiny bit of flexible body armor and 20 seconds sitting on a magic invisibility inducing gargoyle can cure. Time and time again, I've heard people claim that they want to see a greater degree of realism in video games. But that's a lie. We don't want realism. We want fantasy. We want unlimited ammo and we want rapid respawns. We want to jump out of second story windows without a scratch. We want to dodge bullets and shake off mortal wounds without pause.' What say you, reader? Would this bring a new level of impossibility to video games or would there be a way to balance this out?"

Comment Re:BOYCOTT!!! (Score 1) 501

no. I am NOT a pissed of gamer - I love d&d 4e, play it with my half-brothers, who love it. The game still holds tremendous amounts of fun for us. I played d&d since (literally) the first edition.

A boycott is a myopic, stupid choice. It's about gaming and rpg's which are hella-fun. A boycott just shoots us all in the foot, man.

You seem to be forgetting that people play games for different reasons! Just because you don't like doesn't mean that other don't.

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