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Comment Re:Completely Enix's fault (Score 1) 234

Enix is a publishing house as well as a developer; most of the games you listed weren't touched by them except as a publisher. It'd be a bit like crediting Activision for Blizzard's stuff, or THQ for Relic's stuff.

Soul Blader/IoG/Terranigma were by Quintet.
Star Ocean/Valkyrie Profile were by Tri-Ace.
E.V.O./Wonder Project J were by Almanic.

Enix does get props for Dragon Warrior, though, which is the single biggest JRPG franchise in Japan, and which basically created the entire genre. Even there, though, they didn't develop the first games in the series (which were by Chunsoft).


NAMCO Takes Down Student Pac-man Project 218

An anonymous reader writes "The core of how people first learn to do stuff — programming, music, writing, etc. — is to imitate others. It's one of the best ways to learn. Apparently a bunch of students using MIT's educational Scratch programming language understand this. But not everyone else does. NAMCO Bandai sent a takedown notice to MIT because some kids had recreated Pac-man with Scratch. The NAMCO letter is pretty condescending as well, noting that it understands the educational purpose of Scratch, but 'part of their education should include concern for the intellectual property of others.'"

Oil Arrives In Louisiana; Defense Booms Inadequate 359

eldavojohn writes "People in mainland Louisiana are seeing the beginnings of the oil's full effects on wildlife in the area. Sticky, rust-colored oil covers the reeds like a latex paint, indicating that the efforts to lay miles of floating booms to keep it away from the fragile marshes are useless. They are experiencing what the Plaquemines (mouth of Mississippi River) saw last week, and it now appears that their defenses were inadequate. Only time will tell how much worse it can get as BP still scrambles for a solution. NPR also ran a story critical of Obama's 'scientific approach' that he promised to use in office and how well it's being applied and holding up during this crisis."

Comment So tired (Score 1) 313

I am so tired of hearing from gaming companies about how the next generation will be cheaper and more stable. Blah they just keep looking for an excuse to rape my wallet. Remember how CD and DVD technology were supposed to make games cheaper? Anything to make a buck. I now have to pay them for the privilege of what sounds like game testing something you used to get paid for or at least some perks.

Comment simplified vs. traditional characters (Score 1) 237

That is definitely true for traditional Chinese characters, but it breaks down with the simplified characters. Some simplified characters remove or change radicals, or the whole character changes dramatically, so the phonetic portion may no longer be there or is not apparent.

Ironically, the traditional characters are easier to learn to read and understand (maybe not to write) than the simplified ones.

Comment Sort-term, or long-term? (Score 3, Interesting) 232

Short-term, Google probably has more to lose (although, arguably, they also have more to *gain* by cutting ties with China; it certainly isn't going to do their reputation in the West any harm).

In the long term, however, I think China has more to lose.
Google is not the first company to decide doing business in China is More Trouble Than It's Worth. As it stands, a lot of people deal with China not because they're a pleasure to do business with, but because it "seems important", because China's so big. That's not a good basis for a solid relationship. If they continue doing just about everything they can think of to alienate people, China may eventually find themselves screaming "we're important, come do business with us" to a world that has lost the willingness to put up with their nonsense.

Comment Re:Something doesn't add up here. (Score 1) 69

There are two parts to this:

1) Get the RNA into the cell in the first place. Anything you want to get into a cell has to pass through the cell membrane, and if the molecule is any larger than H2O, the only way to do that is with a transport mechanism you would find within the cell membrane. In this case, the transferrin receptor that transports Fe from the bloodstream to the interior of the cell.

2) Cause the transcription interference in the DNA itself, as described by the GP. At this point, the transferrin receptor is no longer at issue. While normal cells will definitely uptake the RNA, the idea is that normal cells won't be affected by it because it is designed to interfere only with RRM2, a cancerous mutation.

Comment Re:-1 Troll (Score 2, Insightful) 641

The information is out there freely available.

Yeah, except for these quite high barriers to entry, yes everyone can go about fixing other people's code.

I can't imagine how you could set the barriers any lower....
Compared to most barriers in life they're right down there with the rats leaping over them joyfully.

Because everyone is a programmer, right?

Everyone with the desire to be a programmer, a bit of time, a bit of willpower, a working brain and a net connection.
So sure.
Not everyone.

And everyone is intimately familiar with everyone else's code bases and every library, UI toolkit etc that are also used, right?

yes. people are not omniscient. it's true.

Comment Re:VirtualBox lost... (Score 1) 289

Cost had better be included in the review. It was not an issue for me when I bought Parallels ver.3 - there simply was no alternative for the Mac, but: I was a happy user until it OS X upgrades broke it, and now I had to choose ver.5 (the current one, and the one this review should have targeted).
  First there was a $80 bill, now (ver3 does not qualify for upgrade price), another $80 and I evaluated quite carefully whether I do want to pay $160, $240 and so on for this type of software, one that I would never upgrade unless forced by other factors.
  I spent a couple weeks with the trial version installed, and decided that yes, it has improved enough to claim the money. This is very important, and there are dozens of applications on my system that have failed this evaluation (WinRar 2, Office 2003, Windows XP, a lot of games).
  Should I ever install VMWare or VirtualBox, they better be as good as Parallels +/- the price difference, and they should promise continuous improvement.

Comment Re:My god. (Score 2, Insightful) 806

Context is all. Would you call the police against Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel because they are killing softly Roberta Flack with their song?

When a mortuary science student says publicly on a blog that she is "looking forward to Monday's embalming therapy" it's obvious she is talking about her monday's class.

The context is there as well. Her other posting says "I still want to stab a certain someone in the throat with a trocar though. Hmmm ... perhaps I will spend the evening updating my 'Death List #5' and making friends with the crematory guy. I do know the code ..." Suddenly the context can be seen to shift from simply about class, to referencing her desire to do violence.

Keep in mind that earlier this year we had a mentally unstable student charged with murder. The offense? Poor lab protocol. So, a college student going off the rails isn't unprecedented. I see no harm in a little additional caution when an already stressed (by nature of university) college student is having violent thoughts or fantasies and is looking forward to their next classroom time with sharp instruments. She has the chance to appeal, as well.

Comment Re:Same Arguments, So Simply Discredit Them (Score 1) 565

Eminent domain is not a right, it is a power. Governments have powers, individuals have rights.

And when your house is condemed, what exactly is the difference? I understand your point, but its unnessary nitpicking, because it doesn't change the fact that the government can do it.

And as I have been saying - legal authority is not moral authority. The USC has its imperfections, but it's what we have.

Ya, so we should not be able to have a civilization because a few people can't be happy in another home? Checkout the Woodhaven Expressway, it's what happens when a few selfish people block improvements that would benefit many.

Comment Re:Some apps break at high DPI (Score 1) 496

Or you may have
- poor apps whose layout breaks at low DPI
- poor apps that don't resize icons for lower resolutions
- apps that down-sample resolution poorly
And so people should run their screens at high resolution. Not.

The point is that you shouldn't have to change your resolution or worry about resolution or its affect on your apps. The OS should put the resolution at an optimal value for the monitor that you are using. That's what Fedora does for me.
A GUI or app that assumes a fixed resolution or font size is a poor app. If you don't use or buy them they will go away.

Comment Re:Other Sensor Platforms (Score 1) 110

It's really a matter of how well your needs actually match the design. In some cases the price is worth it (or even necessary). In other cases where your requirements for accuracy, reliability, or ease of use are much less than the design goals, it's an outrageous price but the lower cost part with the looser design constraints doesn't exist. That's when it's time to get hacking.

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