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Comment Re:Perl Is way better (Score 1) 538

I agree, but you could say that about English too. You can try and communicate the same point in many different ways in English properly, but there's definitely a certain sentence structure that'll get your point across more easily with more people than other phrasings. It's not so much the fault of the language so much as it is the speaker's fault.

Although yes, having had to look at other people's Perl code and the fact that Perl allows this flexibility makes me :(

Comment Re:Microsoft to Google... (Score 5, Insightful) 258

Right. If some bug had been discovered in some open source software and was corrected in 2 hours, the comments on the story would be a circlejerk praising the open source community.

Microsoft realizes there's a bug, corrects it within 2 hours, and it's anti-competetive. Sheesh. They did a good job with a quick fix, can't we just acknowledge success when it happens?

Comment Re:In preparation for the launch... (Score 1) 218

I'm glad you've found something else you really enjoy, like board games. That's fantastic that you find them more mentally stimulating and all that.

However, to demonize the game or anything like that because you felt like you played too much... it's not the game's fault. And I'm not trying to demonize you, either. It happens. I had a bout with WoW addiction as well and luckily managed to overcome it. Now, I play for a few hours at night, go to bed at a decent time, and get up for work in the morning and put in a productive day.

I love WoW now for the entertainment value. It is fun for me, and if I found whittling small wooden penguins to be entertaining, I would do that as well... but I don't. What would I accomplish by whittling? For me, it would be a waste of time. It wouldn't be fun, and at the end I would have nothing of value to me. Playing WoW for 5 minutes? I've done a quest, progressed my character, learned some lore, etc. Nothing material, but I had fun and was entertained for those 5 minutes.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is do what you enjoy, and everything within moderation. Don't enjoy WoW or can't play it in moderation? It's great that you've mustered the strength of will to remove all your connections to the game in an effort to not play it anymore. That is truly admirable and there are people that wouldn't be able to do that. But to say that one must "justify" their WoW playing "because of 20-40 other people in your guild wasting their lives away" is a little silly.

Comment Re:Obvious? (Score 5, Informative) 115

I think the article's content is more along the lines of "this new theory explains how Saturn's rings were formed, with their particular composition, while also explaining the other nearly-pure ice moons in the vicinity". The theory in the article is a little more comprehensive than "Saturn's rings were caused by a collision" (even though the summary was lacking information and seemed to imply that... go figure).

Comment Re:Two words: rubbing alcohol (Score 4, Interesting) 597

Agreed. The reason WD40, baby oil, and rubbing alcohol all work great (as opposed to water) is because they are much more non-polar than water and dissolve the adhesives and other goop from the stickers much more easily. Anyone remember "like dissolves like" from general chemistry?

Rubbing alcohol is my preferred goop cleaner because, as the parent says, it's cheap and lasts for years.

Comment Re:Vapor? (Score 1) 283

Cars powered by natural gas is an already proven technology. Why do we keep inventing more "alternative" energy sources when we've got ones that work now?

Unfortunately, just because it "works" doesn't make it a viable alternative. This article talks about converting a product of incomplete combustion (carbon monoxide) into something useful. Adding a piece of equipment that could do this to a car that already runs on gasoline could make cars pollute less and run further on a given amount of fuel. It would be relatively easy to adopt, instead of having to create an entirely new fuel delivery infrastructure like using natural gas would.

Comment Re:wow (Score 2, Informative) 439

Amen to that. The University of Michigan's College of Engineering has an honor code such that the professors and TAs are not even allowed in the room while the students are taking an exam. It'll show in your work if you cheated your way to a degree, especially in engineering. I'm curious what other universities have such policies.

And yes, universities do have an incentive to reduce cheating (they don't want other graduates to suffer from guilt by association) but like you said, it's nice not to be treated like a criminal by default.


Do Game Demos Have an Adverse Effect On Sales? 178

An anonymous reader writes "Unigamesity has an analysis of the effects game demos and beta tests have on the full release of video games. Quoting: 'If we think about LittleBigPlanet, Age of Conan or Mirror's Edge, we notice they have two things in common: very successful and well received demo versions (or beta stages) and very poor, lower than anticipated game sales. And since these are not the only titles in which a demo (or the lack of it) appears to be connected with their commercial success, I believe we should analyze the influence demos have in the game world and debate: are game demos game killers?'"

Samsung's New Carbon Nanotube Color E-Paper 87

Iddo Genuth writes to tell us that Samsung and Unidym have shown the world's first carbon nanotube-based color e-paper. Interestingly, the new film is electrically conductive while remaining almost completely translucent and only 50 nanometers thick. "The company also mentions that the EPD [electrophoretic displays] has important advantages over conventional flat panel displays. EPDs have very low power consumption and bright light readability, which means that even under bright lights or sunlight, the user would be able to view the display clearly. Furthermore, since the device uses the thin CNT films, applications can include e-paper and displays with thin, flexible substrates. Power consumption is lowered due to the EPD's ability to reflect light and therefore able to preserve text or images on the display without frequently refreshing."

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