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Comment Re:RTCW:ET (Score 1) 88

I felt that way at first too, but it was because I had a sloppy style honed in RTCW:ET and Nexuiz etc where it was mostly close quarters. Sometimes you can quickly run and gun in when in indoor environments or closed areas and go terminator style, but many times this will end you.

Once I changed my style to take advantage of cover all the time, drop to crouch or prone every time I am not running and avoid taking the straight line when crossing open spaces I had a much longer life span. Also, always zoom. Accuracy counts and you'll win more shootouts by learning to zoom and aim high.

It takes a bit more finesse, and I find my self switching classes much more often to take care of problematic snipes or turrets, etc. Especially those good pilots, I hate you! Eat rockets!

BTW I'm not a super FPS player, average at best. But just adapting my style improved my lifetime quite a bit.

Comment I didn't even see the penis! (Score 1) 640

Haha, I had the same experience, where was this infamous blue dong? I immediately grasped and accepted the concept that Dr. Manhattan did not care about clothes, but I didn't even know there was "full frontal" (CG at that) until after the movie, when people were walking out all "Baah! penis! I hate penis!".

It was well done, fit the character so well it didn't distract me from the scene/story/characters. The rest of the move though - woah - not a kid's movie. Neither was the Dark Knight though. I thought this movie was waaaaay better than the Dark Knight. I'd even go as far as saying best comic movie yet.

Don't worry, in the quest to get larger audiences into PG-13, the ratings system will get so skewed that R will become "ultraviolence" and pr0n, and pg-13 will be the regular old killing, torture, and skinemax.

Comment Re:OK, dumb question after reading the article (Score 1) 747

For me, it is much more about having more accessible information about the site / software.

The food / vegan diet comparison is a good one as I see this as similar to the "organic, RBGH free, antibiotic free, paraben free" etc labels that some companies choose to display. I do think it will appeal to more people than "software vegans" though simply because interest in knowing about the underlying technology and principles of companies and products is growing.

I'm not sure I would give up a web app or service if there were no alternatives but if there are similar competing services or apps I'll choose the "free" version. If no alternative is available, I can notify the company about it, voice my opinion, and at least have more awareness.

It's a nice step in software transparency and a way for companies and sites that support FOSS standards to market another "badge" that informs of said support.

Comment Re:A game I'd love to see (Score 1) 234

This might be the time to mention Tribal Wars.

It's a tribes mod for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

Tribes is easily my favorite game of all time. I'm very sad that I have not figured out how to play it in 64bit Ubuntu. This is why I'm very excited for this mod, I can get my Tribes on in linux with a modern engine! (I'd still take the 'old' game any time if I could get it to work)
It's still IMO the only shooter that really rewarded finesse. (I never played Starseige:Tribes, so T1 players can just eat blue disc).[VGTG]

Comment Re:How do you give odds for that? (Score 1) 397

Just because you haven't found Him doesn't mean He doesn't exist, I can't find most of the constellations in the night sky but apparently they exist.

Same logic applies to:

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster
  • Invisible Pink Unicorn
  • Zeus
  • Celestial Tea Kettle
  • Reincarnation
  • The Matrix
  • Thor
  • The Turtle and The Elephant
  • Xenu
  • Many other things

You should also include

Evolution

No, I should not.

Please see:
Evolution as theory and fact - Key misunderstanding in most evolutionary debate
and
Information about Evolution in general

Comment Re:How do you give odds for that? (Score 4, Insightful) 397

Just because you haven't found Him doesn't mean He doesn't exist, I can't find most of the constellations in the night sky but apparently they exist.

Same logic applies to:

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster
  • Invisible Pink Unicorn
  • Zeus
  • Celestial Tea Kettle
  • Reincarnation
  • The Matrix
  • Thor
  • The Turtle and The Elephant
  • Xenu
  • Many other things

Comment Re:Helios Blog Entry Is Crap! (Score 1) 440

This is where I feel Edubuntu is missing the boat - they need to work on totally brainless setup. Many schools IT departments are not as technically savy as they could be, and teachers who like the idea of FOSS are not generally savy enough to set up a computer lab (or even a small network in their class).

When Edubuntu switched from one Live CD and an easy to set up LTSP / Client discs to a two part install they lost a lot of ease. What is needed is a live CD that can be used as a thin client boot AND has a local DansGuardian / Squid / iptables set up to filter bad internet stuff.

Make a SAFE Live CD, and get back to making LTSP easy for most cases. Mom easy. Teacher easy.

Remember that crazy substitute teacher pop-up porn case? Would have been much less of a problem if she was using a live CD with firefox. Probably could not have happened if the hypothetical live CD had Adblock and some internet content filtering automatically set up.

Comment Re:Paying the OS Game Developers (Score 1) 269

Also, Open Source just won't be able to keep up with the billions of dollars spent on this industry.

Remember, having the source be open does not mean lack of internal development, or a different profit model. Libre, not gratis. Having open source does mean (from the company perspective) free labor from passionate workers, bug hunting, extended support, and game longevity. OSS games have much longer lives than closed, as they can be ported and extended by interested parties.

Comment Re:Blizzard (Score 1) 283

While I can't comment on how companies take online petitions, I do think that many of the big players have been keeping an eye on Linux as a platform to develop for. As others have said - wider audience = more chance for sales.

I think that there is another shift that is happening, and has already happened for Mac users - the idea of supporting ideals with purchases. Apple has sold the idea of - pay for our quality, get a quality of life improvement. While I don't support that idea specifically (I like Apple's design, but don't support the company) I think that the trends of "Green" and "Healthy" and "Not Evil" are starting to move into the computer realm.

I don't think it's enough that games work in WINE, it's a company statement -- "We support your choice, we are cross platform". It's a win / win, and I support (with money) companies that take steps to have their software and hardware cross platform compatible. Most recently I started playing Savage 2 which was released for free; after playing a few days, I purchased the Prime account to give them some support.>br>
I, like others, have started to support my ideals with my money. I realized a few years ago that you have to "vote" with money, and now a year ago I realized that my support of companies that have green practices, of organic and local farms, of companies that make clear public statements in favor of human rights made me a hypocrite if I did not support the companies that encouraged cross platform choice. I use linux as my sole OS now, buy RoHS complient electronics, and vote for technology that supports my ideals.

All this rant is really just to say that the trend is here, and companies should make an effort to make their current platform OS independent, or make their next engine or platform OS independent.

If you want to see game companies developing natively for *nix, get more people using it. The developers will follow, seriously.

Hasn't that been the chicken and egg / catch 22 problem since the year of linux? It's a terrible stance for developers to take. Think about it (here it comes) - how would that work with religion? Convert for support? Get more followers, then we'll pay attention? Change other's minds, and we like you, nuts to you if you don't. I guess it works that way already, and it's caused a mess. Why not take a stance of: we're accepting of your choice. Inclusive vs exclusive.

Comment Re:republicans are trying to loose (Score 1) 2369

Yes, it's the perfect system, the GOP can continue to call the Democratic party "tax and spend liberals" and say "look! they raised taxes! blarg!" every time a democrat is in office.

1) Republican in power - start hot or cold war, spend like crazy, lower taxes, run up national debt, cut domestic spending like education and non-war-science

2) Continue until economy is run into ground and people are tired of war

3) Democrat in power - try to fix mess left from prior administration, reduce national debt, re-enable domestic spending like education and non-war-science, raise taxes to pay for it all as the national debt is always at a new high.

4) GOP starts campaign again saying "look, they raised taxes, cut "defense" spending, increased spending

5) Repeat cycle

It's the perfect scam! They do what they want, regardless of cost and consequence, and then blame the other party for the inevitable actions that have to be taken to correct the costs! Brilliant!

I'm an independent, and I disagree with our (bi)partisan system, but historically the average income has been higher over the last 60 years with a Democratic president. Read this article before voting "I have to vote Republican because of the economy." Very informative article by Alan S. Blinder, former vice chair to the Federal Reserve.

Personally, I am voting for Obama not only because I think his tax and health care plans are better, but because he has the support of the science community. If Nobel prize winners support him, if Warren Buffet supports him, then he must be good for science, and good for education and technology and good for the economy. At least better than McCain, anyway.

Encryption

Testing Quantum Behavior — From Earth to the ISS 196

KentuckyFC writes "Einstein famously believed that the instantaeous effect of quantum entanglement would allow 'spooky action-at-a-distance' in violation of special relativity. Every test of entanglement on Earth has so far agreed with quantum mechanics but naysayers continue to point out various loopholes that might allow the results of these experiments to be determined in advance rather than instantaneously as QM suggests. Today, an international team of scientists is proposing the mother of all entanglement experiments, to be performed in space. The plan is to send entangled photons between an observer on the ground and one on the International Space Station. By the peculiarities of special relativity, the high relative velocity between the observers means that both will always be able to claim to have carried out their measurement first, thereby ruling out the naysayers' arguments (abstract). The experiment, called Space-QUEST, would be housed aboard Europe's Columbus module and would give the much-derided ISS a stab at doing some decent science for a change."

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