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Comment Re:Polyhedral dice? Roleplaying applications? (Score 1) 100

There are already lots of games like this - albeit without the touch screen. Look at Neverwinter Nights, for instance. To me, a system like this would take away from the fun of a pen & paper RPG. It's nice to unplug for a while, sit down with some friends face to face, and roll some dice. I think that it would be nice to have a big touch screen for the main map, but once you let the system automate the rolling of the dice, it basically becomes a computer RPG.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 238

When someone builds a space station that stays in orbit out of a Pringles can and duct tape.. I'll be impressed.

That would either be one hell of a pringles can, or you'd be recruited some mighty small people to populate the space station.

Or a hell of a lot of duct tape!

Comment Re:Vaporware (Score 2, Interesting) 1006

But not all of us live in the US, either. Here in Canada the majority of our electricity is generated by hydro dams. From the Canadian Encyclopedia:

Canada's installed electrical generating capacity in 1994 was 114 gigawatts (GW = 109 watts): 56% derived from HYDROELECTRICITY, 18% from coal, 14% from nuclear power, 7% from oil, 4% from natural gas and 1% from other sources. Installed capacity is the amount of power that could be generated at a given instant if all power plants were working simultaneously at full capacity.

See http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=a1ARTA0002565 for more info.

The big problem for us is the cold weather sucking the life out of the batteries.

Comment Re:Apple's fascination with single button mice (Score 2, Informative) 806

Actually, the mighty mouse only has one physical button for left- and right-clicking. It uses heat sensors to tell if your forefinger is resting on the mouse. If it is, then you get a left-click; if not, you get a right-click. Lifting your finger takes a bit of getting used to, and it sometimes takes several tries to get a right-click - especially in a warm environment where it takes longer for the sensor to cool down. This makes a mighty mouse almost useless if you're in a hurry (gaming, for instance).

The scroll ball is awesome, though!


Comment Re:Use the line to pull other lines into your outl (Score 1) 635

I agree. I install cable and internet for our local telco, and it almost never works to use existing cable to pull new stuff through the walls. If you're very lucky and the initial install wasn't done by an overzealous electrician with an unnatural love of his staple gun, you might get away with it. Also, if you have a basement with a drywalled ceiling, you can just about forget about it. Why would anyone permanently cover up the only access to most of the utilities in their home?


Comment Re:Good, but (Score 1) 544


If the Romulans hadn't been blown up at the end, they might have fallen through the singularity and gone on to destroy Vulcan again (in yet another dimension).

Comment Re:Wireless Mighty Mouse (Score 1) 519

My mighty mouse did the same thing with the scroll button not working properly. It's probably just because some dirt got in behind the ball. Try holding the mouse upside down and spin the ball around like crazy for a bit. That should make any debris fall out and restore functionality.

Comment Re:US and Canada? (Score 1) 319

I live in Canada, and have both a Canadian and US iTunes account. I just downloaded something from the US iTunes store and had to agree to the new terms of service. The download worked fine.

As far as I can tell, the terms of service (for the US store, anyway) no longer allow you to use a credit card from a foreign bank. You can still make purchases if you use pre-paid iTunes cards, as long as those cards were purchased in the US.

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