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Comment Re:There are really two questions here (Score 1) 503

I don't know if the space station was worth it or not, but I agree with you strongly on the engineering point.

Why do we only look at the space station from a basic science output perspective? Can we not look at it from the perspective of what kind of engineering achievement it is to have constructed this giant ass thing in ORBIT?

I would be shocked if the construction of the space station didn't teach us a lot about what it takes to build structures in space and the challenges that can come up, and that these experiences will be invaluable for future space exploration.

Comment Re:wut? (Score 1) 151

Actually I think the pseudo retro look is a part of its appeal.

Also, as the fidelity of the world around you increases it places increasing demands on the realism and look of your own creations. Because the world looks really simple and stylized, it's much easier for people who aren't super artistic to create something that can look quite good. Your imagination fills in all the gaps for you.

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 1) 288

Why would you not switch to chrome? Is it because of certain addons?

I was a long time firefox user before switching to Chrome. I still occasionally use firefox due to firebug + other addons, but after using Chrome for a while firefox just feels sluggish as hell.


Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta 366

ActionDesignStudios writes "The upcoming release of Ubuntu, titled 'Lucid Lynx,' has just entered the beta cycle. Alongside the usual desktop and server versions, a special version has been released that is designed to run on Amazon's EC2 cloud service. This release of Ubuntu does away with the brown 'Human' Gnome theme we've all become accustomed to, replaced by a new version Canonical says is inspired by light. The new release also includes much better integration with social networking services such as Twitter, and Facebook, among others."

Comment Re:I Don't Know What You're Talking About (Score 2, Interesting) 411

I second this. Soundblaster cards, as crappy as Creative is, have good jack support. I have a Xi-Fi platinum (with the front panel headers) and it has line in jacks, multiple microphone jacks, optical in / optical out etc. I don't know what their cards are like these days but I'm sure they'll have one with the RCA jacks.

Also I just want to say the RCA type dual line in jacks have never been popular on sound cards as far as I know

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Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March 80

ishanjain tipped news that BioWare has announced an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, called Awakening, that is due out on March 16th. Awakening "is supposed to run about 15 hours and will allow for players to import and edit characters they've broken in from the core game," and it will take place "in the in the role of a Grey Warden Commander who's been tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and finding out how the darkspawn survived following the death of the Archdemon dragon." A trailer is available at the official site, as well as some information on a new bit of DLC that will be out shortly, entitled Return to Ostagar. (It was originally due for release on January 5th, but was delayed.)

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