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Comment Re:"Just pay extra..." (Score 1) 473

[...] and they seem to want to make me wait until the very day of release before I get anything out of my backing unless I pay more money.

I dont know how much you gave them, but it seems it was less than the amount required to get you into one of the betas. And I dont remember there being a tier for "I want to get a pre-release demo"

So, you did not get what you did not pay for.

But maybe I just didnt read your whining thoroughly enough.
So, what is your *real* problem again? Them saying "hey you could still be a beta tester for $$" ?

Comment Re:Horribly sexist ! (Score 3, Interesting) 642

Just for women ? That's really sexist !

The notion that "portraying men as muscled killing machines" is a kind of sexism has not yet arrived in the mainstream.
Which tells you interesting things about our society.

Still: women are more likely to be displayed in roles perceived as *de*grading, whereas men are portrayed with attributes perceived as positive (strength, power, etc). So the problem of sexism against females should get priority imho.

Comment Re:eh, it's not that bad (Score 2) 459

Many Europeans are already used to using different keyboards at different times.

Yes. For me it's three.

Mostly, I'm using the Neo2 layout. When gaming, I use the standard German qwertz layout, and sometimes I have to use US English. It takes time getting used to it, but once you've mastered a layout, you're fine on ANY DEVICE.

The problem I see here is that the X1, by re-positioning or abandoning physical keys, effectively forces you to not only know 3 different layouts, but 3*2 = 6. Great.

(Plus, with the caps lock key gone, I'd have to hack Neo2 to get the 3rd level switch on the home or end key, blegh.)

Comment Re:How about the death of cities? (Score 1) 102

That's the 'noble primitive' myth. It's only a myth.

I wasn't talking about the idea that people in smaller tribes were inherently more moral people (which is what the noble primitive myth deals with), but that crime is low because of social pressures in small groups (where everyone knows everyone, and it is harder to get away with crime) or for other reasons. My point was that crime rate is smaller in a smaller social group, but more and more people prefer to live in/around cities.

depends on the type of crime, i guess.

i know that at least homicide is much lower in today's "western" society (about one in a hundred thousand per year) in comparison to contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes (one in a hundred to one in three thousand).

Comment Re:It could be built by the neanderthals (Score 2) 50

Has the timeline been changed by better archaeology or dating, or reclassification of remains? when I was at school (only 2 decades ago, in the UK) I was taught that the last Neanderthals died out around the time of the construction of the Pyramids in Egypt, no more than 6000 years ago

Just asked my sis (who sports a B.A. in prehistoric archaeology )... according to her, you must've had a very strange teacher -- historically, the figure for "how long ago did they die out" has been creeping down as more and more recent specimen were found. At no time did people think it was just 6ka ago.

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