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Comment Top 10 of the top 20 console games... (Score 3, Informative) 496

...are recent games! Mario Kart for Wii and New Super Mario for DS has sold very well.
Top 20 console games of all time
1. Wii Play (Wii – 24.43 million)[68]
2. Wii Fit (Wii – 22.5 million)[68]
3. Nintendogs (DS – 22.27 million, all five versions combined)[69]
4. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green (Game Boy – 20.08 million approximately: 10.23 million in Japan,[45] 9.85 million in US)[19]
5. New Super Mario Bros. (DS – 19.94 million)[68]
6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii – 18.36 million)[68]
7. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES – 18 million)[108]
8. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (DS – 17.41 million)[69]
9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2 - 17.33 million)[114]
10. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (DS – 16.81 million)[70]

Except for the single PS2 game and Super Mario Brothers 3, DS and Wii games seem to be selling very well. It will be very interesting to see how well New Super Mario Wii sells. It has been out for three weeks and is currently clocking in near 2 million units.

Comment Re:Never Liked Consoles (Score 1, Troll) 496

I like PCs because I know that even in 5 years, when your xbox can't even produce enough pixels to cover my 22" monitor and has to upscale its renderings, my PC will be (for the price of a graphics card) right back up at the top of the line for graphics. And really, I have no idea what the fuck you're talking about with regards to 'compatibility issues'. How about the 'compatibility issue' of not being able to play 360 games on my PS3?

For me, and hopefully for other people as they move out of the stone age, buying computer games is easier than buying console games. Four or five clicks on Steam and I have a full version game slowly filling up my hard drive. I can't believe people still bother with all the 'putting the disc in the tray' nonsense. I'd like to know how many console gamers are playing a game literally the minute it's released. Most of the gamers I know are standing at the back of a line in the freezing wind on release night while I'm sitting at home happily watching the 'decrypting preloaded content' dialog.

You are right about more games, but then again, that's your fault. You and people like you, who settle for mediocrity, guaranteeing that it's catered to. Now PCs just get crappy console ports which were rushed out with minimal testing because, not-so-surprisingly, frat boy Halo gamers are more easily manipulated by changing when you sell your crap than by actually improving the quality of the product.

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Journal Journal: Irony toward the next generation

Irony, face the future: Absolutely zero government influence/regulation applies to conceiving a child - one only needs certain organs functional and certain conditions extant within them - Attempt to assist with rearing a child when one isn't part of the conception team, and, all-of-a-sudden, WHOOSH! Governmental paperwork adding up to at least an acre of former rainforest, red-tape, not less than 4 different sets of bureaucrats - they *claim* it's all "for the best interest of the child" -

Comment Re:Whatever happened...??? (Score 1) 16

It is this entirely unjust dichotomy of treatment, public figures and the wealthy getting one kind of treatment while the rest of the populace receives something entirely less, that will ignite the class wars..... here's hoping 'Echelon's' successor is still functional and some brain-dead GS-12 is actually paying attention...

Comment Re:Whatever happened...??? (Score 1) 16

Driving under the influence is a crime, and should have been/should BE prosecuted without regard for social status, agreed. The unprotected sex putting his wife at risk is also a point - reckless endangerment is also a crime, isn't it? Beyond reporting his arrest on the above charges (was he arrested? is he in custody?), please spare me the lurid details of "Public figure behaves in ways we don't approve of! Pictures/film of scantily-clad partners at 11!"
Wonder what they're using him to distract us from...

Comment Re:And that's bad how? (Score 1) 1747

The Universe has some rules it plays by. We still don't know what they are, we may not ever. The best we ever do is to model those rules. Each model is "correct" within a particular range of validity. GR is correct at large length scales. QM is correct at small. Newton is correct at gamma approximately equal to 1. And so on...

No, GR isn't "correct" at all; there's still detectable error at large scales, it's just that its error is less than other models (Newtonian models and QM), so it's still the best to use if you want to calculate things at astronomical distances. Remember, the Voyager spacecraft and others are not behaving exactly as they should according to GR, so we've already detected problems with the theory.

The word "model" is really important here, and should be used a lot when people are taught about science. We don't really understand how the Universe works. We've devised some models which help to explain it, and allow us to predict behavior in various situations. These models, just like any model (think of a model airplane), are not perfect, and scientists work to continually improve those models over time to allow us to make better predictions.

Comment Re:I Don't Worry (Score 1) 888

If you consider something at "University" a Youth Mistake. Most people are generally at the age of adulthood since then.

Legally, yes, but let's be realistic. Are you going to try telling me that you don't regret *anything* you did in university, or if you didn't attend university, when you were 18 to 22? University students still engage in hazing, binge drinking, OD on drugs, etc. It's reality, you're probably not going to find a lot of people that didn't do anything illegal, dangerous or wildly stupid during that phase of their lives.

People don't really mentally & emotionally mature until around age 25 anyways, and before university, students never really had the kind of freedoms they had when living at home anyway, it takes several years to adjust. It's worse if you have something of a police state at home until 18 and then you're flung into freedom without any gradual adjustment phase.

Comment Re:Peer Review and Grant Awards (Score 1) 1747

Either you're an excellent troll or you really have no idea of how scientific journals work.
Every faction, in all the sciences, have their own journal. As a scientist, your goal is to get published - so you submit to the journal with the editors that are most likely to approve your article. You then become associated closely with that journal and then become invited to peer-review other articles for inclusion in that same journal.
Inevitably that means that the cycle continues and journals develop a reputation for a certain point of view on specific issues, similar to newspapers developing a certain political affiliation.
The peer-review process is not perfect, but like democracy, its the best system we've got.

"Climate debate aside, we need to invent news ways to do review of papers and grants that is not totally dependent on self-policing of scientists. Any suggestions?"

Aside from your gross generalization of "scientists" as a class of people, who else could you possibly suggest to understand and evaluate SCIENTIFIC proposals and SCIENTIFIC papers besides SCIENTISTS?

In any case, in the specific case of climate science, it is true that "skeptic" papers very rarely get published in respected scientific journals. This is not, however, due to some vast conspiracy where "some rejected should not have been" - it is because the science is truly bad in most of these papers.
Besides, being published in a journal does not make it the truth - if someone truly believes in their research they are free to disseminate it in other ways, especially in "the internet age".

As for the famous quote "even if I have to redefine what peer-review literature is" - just because he is a scientist doesn't mean everything he writes has to be taken literally. He is annoyed, privately I might add, at people pushing what he views as bad science and is simply voicing his opinion. There is no evidence that any papers were actually excluded, and there are a few decent "skeptic" papers cited in the IPCC report referenced in the emails. There is no censorship going on.

There is far more money available on the "denialist" side - than from publicly funded climate research, especially in today's economic climate when governments are trillions in debt and the public opinion of science in general is a confused mess.

Comment Exactly (Score 1) 888

The only way to control your name on the internet is to use assert control over it by using it actively. Make yourself known on the internet in a way you want to be known, so that this oddball reference to you gets buried into obscurity.

Comment Post Title? (Score 1) 355

I'll admit to having only skimmed the FTC posting, but I didn't see anything saying that could be construed as "virtual worlds are bad for minors." They said that minors have ACCESS to virtual worlds, but any conclusion of harm is based on prior assumptions, with which many of us would disagree.

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