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Comment Re:How is Inform as a writing tool? (Score 1) 25

IIRC I once ran into a Steampunk in Second Life who did a bit of writing (participating in NaNoWriMo and such), who used Scrivener, but had dabbled a bit in IF using Inform.

I wonder if it would be possible to combine the two, using Inform to maintain a "database of attributes" for characters, locations, etc etc. Something akin to:

Aragorn is a Dunedain, Dunedain are also Numenoreans, Aragorn is the Son of Arathorn, who is also a Dunedain. Aragorn is a Descendant of Elros, Elros is the brother of Elrond. Elros has another name, Tar-Minyatur. Elros was the First King of the Numenoreans. etc etc.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 332

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 279

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 269

online in pickup groups of strangers is for adults.

That's not what I said. I said you CAN play with random strangers but you can also FRIEND those strangers and play regularly with them if your play well together and your schedules coincide. You don't seem to understand the concept of "online friends". I've known certain people online for over a decade.

Perhaps being stuck in the past, you don't know about things like "friends lists" or "guilds" that exist in online games these days.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 269

This is basically a handheld that you can also attach to your TV. It looks more like a rival to the PS Vita than the PS4.

It is basically a Vita and PS TV Combo. You can ALREADY do practically everything shown in the commercial with a Vita and PSTV.

EXCEPT playing a Bethesda game. Screw you Bethesda! You do a game for this thing and never get around to finishing and releasing that Elder scrolls game you had for PSP or doing a game for the Vita...not even a port?

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Journal Journal: Agorophobia 2

“Say, Ed! How was your trip? Lager?”
“Hi, John. Yeah, I’ll have a lager. The whole trip was lousy, a journey through hell all the way.”
“Didn't you fly Green-Osbourne?”
“Well, yeah.”
The bartender swore; he was a wealthy man who owned the bar he was tending and quite a bit of Green-Osbourne Transportation

Comment Re:Trump supporters? (Score 1) 40

That flag was the battle flag of an army who fought Unites States soldiers. As such, it belongs in the ranks of the Isis flag and the Nazi swastika.

And "overbearing federal government?" Hoo, boy... Here's a hint: Neighborhood associations are NOT part of the federal government.

Comment People have no couth. (Score 1) 5

The damned smart phones were invented fifty years too late, right when the GenXers were too busy to teach their kids manners. It's just plain RUDE to talk on the phone or text when you're having a conversation with someone else. Pulling out the phone when it hasn't rung is the height of rudeness.

Telephone etiquette was worked out a century ago. If you have compeny and the phone rings, you say "excuse me", answer the phone and say "I have company, can I call you back?" and the polite answer to that is "sure" unless it's an emergency.

My eighty eight year old mother rages about that behavior, and believes it's the smartphones themselves that causes it!

It isn't internet dysphoria, it's "I'm sick of assholes" dysphoria.

Comment Re:Time for a little GIMP/Photoshop (Score 1) 85

While I DO have proof I ran Linux on my PS3 (and PS2 for that matter), there is no need to doctor a pic, when you could make your own

[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release
Yellow Dog Linux release 6.0 (Pyxis)

[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

processor : 1
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

timebase : 79800000
platform : PS3

echo "[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release"
echo -e "Yellow Dog Linux release 6.0 (Pyxis)\n"
echo "[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo"
echo "processor : 0"
echo "cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported"
echo "clock : 3192.000000MHz"
echo -e "revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)\n"
echo "processor : 1"
echo "cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported"
echo "clock : 3192.000000MHz"
echo -e "revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)\n"
echo "timebase : 79800000"
echo "platform : PS3"

Open an non-unity-ish or gnome3-ish terminal say xterm, rxvt or xfce-terminal or something else that won't immediately look like something running on a modern linux, run the script, take a screenshot of the terminal using imagemagick's import -window -frame feature and bingo, looks like a screenshot of someone showing they installed linux on a PS3 to a friend or message board or something.

That said, this should be a last resort if you can't find any other proof of your PS3 Linux usage.

For example if you keep IRC logs, any CTCP version of a PS3 Linux user running Xchat is going to show that they're running on a PPC64 with a 3.19GHz processor. That aint a PPC Mac, not even a G5, and it's highly unlikely to be a pSeries...which leaves ONE Linux capable PPC64 platform....the PS3. Even better if you're running YDL, which was PS3 centric.

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