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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Comment Re:I play this game (Score 1) 177

Many of the more interesting skill gems are only available after character level 19/24/31. Some even have to drop in game (not available as quest reward).

PoE has such a complex system of skills and support gems that you can make many skills do what you want. There are the "Faster Attack" and "Faster Projectiles" support gems, as well as several skills that can "fill the screen" as you put it - gems like "Fork" and "Chain" that can be applied to any projectile skill, or "Increased Area of Effect" for any AoE skill. Of course it takes some time to level your character and the respective skill/support gems to reach that level of destruction.

Comment Re:Calories (Score 1) 440

The fact that muscle burns more calories then fat is true even when you are at rest. So when your body has more muscles, your RMR goes up, regardless of the actual physical activity performed.
But obviously if you spend a lot of time at rest, your muscles will turn back to fat. (I know this is oversimplification.)

Comment Re:Whats the alternative? (none for business) (Score 1) 863

The thing is that most non-IT companies outsource IT operations to dedicated IT companies. In this case you don't choose the level of competence of individual admins, you just agree to (buy) some SLAs for the different activities. In my experience it is much easier and cheaper to find an outsourcing company to take care of your Windows machines than it is for Linux, AIX, HPUX, Solaris or other UNIX(like) systems, not to mention mainframes and stuff.

Comment Re:Pro Exploitation CEO (Score 1) 1313

Actually what the GP describes is exactly my experience in almost 10 years of dealing with different French customers and suppliers.
I understand people can and should take vacations, but it is quite common to have the relevant support staff (usually a single person) leave without having anyone else available for at least some urgent cases. Just wait two weeks until this one guy comes back? That's not a good way to do business.
Also don't get me started on 2 hour lunch breaks. When I read TFA, I was surprised this guy even saw 3 hours of actual work - my experience says it's one hour before and one after lunch.
Of course there are exceptions to this. But they are just that - exceptions.

Comment Re:Trade-offs (Score 1) 384

All the physical copy does is save a few hours of downloading.

For me, the digital copy is always downloaded faster compared to going to the nearest store and buying it there, not to mention I can start the download and install remotely from work and have it ready by the time I come home :)

Comment Re:Compatibility (Score 1) 474

Most Indie games are complete trash too and the best AAA titles are far better than the best Indie games. I'd say that the average quality of Indie games is far lower as well...

I encourage you to compare Diablo 3 (very clearly an AAA title) to any of the other recent ARPGs (most notably Path of Exile).

AAA titles usually have good sales due to hype, but that doesn't equal to game quality in my book.

Comment Re:How much do missles cost anyway? (Score 5, Insightful) 861

Actually you should look at the value of the target to be hit by the missile, not at the value of the missile to be intercepted. You can destroy infrastracture and equipment worth of millions of dollars with a single missile, not to mention that most of the stuff that is destroyed can't be replaced instantly. The $100,000 cost of the interceptor is small compared to that.

Comment Re:40%? (Score 1) 882

Around here, there is a notable difference in quality of the road surface between the lanes, because there are plenty of heavy load trucks. I actually do drive in the passing lane on an empty highway just to save on shocks maintenance costs.

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