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Comment Re:I never liked this game... (Score 2) 12

The PS3/4 games aren't particularly challenging either -- the difficulty, if any, mostly stems from wrestling with the floaty controls. They don't have infinite lives, but you get a set number of lives per checkpoint, and there are enough checkpoints that you'll rarely, if ever, fail a level. There's also multi-player sections of levels, and special challenge levels.

Also, there's the level building features of the games that many people probably spend the majority of their time. Oh, and user-created levels can be more challenging, of course.

I like the games for their whimsy, the art style, and their heart-warming presentation.

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 1) 634

Has anyone ever had an experience where they were positive they had a good chance at the job, but nothing came of it?.

It does happen from time to time. I had an on-site interview that went well. My last interview was with the CEO and founder of the medium-sized company, and he said, "If you've made it this far, you basically have the job." One week later I got rejected via email from a woman in HR I had never met or talked to. Sadly, I'll never know the full story.

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Why is it that as I get older, I am more easily trolled? I would expect it to be the other way around.

Submission + - New Mineral Reserves In Afghanistan (nytimes.com) 1

shriphani writes: From the article: "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."
This of course comes with its problems. Afghanistan, with its highly illiterate and impoverished population, might be a victim of a resource curse, where wealth in natural resources leads to bad socio-economic situations like ethnic violence, authoritarian regimes and so on. It will of course be highly interesting to see how the US government now views the Afghan war. On one hand, it is imperative that the Taliban doesn't regain control and on the other, it is hard to justify being responsible for the development of a state that has $ 1 Tr. in mineral reserves.


Can Transistors Be Made To Work When They're Off? 89

An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at the Belgian research institute IMEC are looking at the use of silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region of their operation as a way of pursuing ultra-low power goals. A chip the engineers are designing for biomedical applications could have blocks designed to operate at 0.2 or 0.3 volts, researchers said, according to EE Times. The threshold voltage is the point at which the transistor nominally switches off. Operating a transistor when it is 'off' would make use of the leakage conduction that is normally seen as wasted energy, according to the article."

Comment Re:conundrum (Score 1) 464

If you think the police don't care that much then you must not know how they can take everything you own over simply having an immature plant in your home. Dealing or not dealing, if you're manufacturing they will probably own you and all of your possessions.

What's worse is they will also take your WoW account, shard all of your purples, and sell all of your gold for money to fund their War on Weedcraft.


Student Killed By Exploding Gum 10

A 25-year-old Ukrainian student, who had a habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid, died when the gum he was chewing exploded. An examination of the gum showed that it was covered in an explosive substance. Officers found citric acid packets and a substance which looked similar, believed to be some kind of explosive material, on a table near the young man. It is suspected that the student forgot which packet was which.

Comment Re:I could see buying one (Score 1) 462

I personally don't like the big video screen being used for controls. In my "analog" car I can change the radio station, adjust the temperature, and turn on the AC with convenient knobs and buttons that I know where to find without even looking and I get good tactile response. My in-law's Lexus has a smaller screen to do this and it was always in the wrong mode and difficult for the driver to quickly change the temperature or radio due to having to change modes.

That said, the screen would be nice for watching videos, but please, not to control the car's functions.

I completely agree. The touch-screen panel reminds me of the BMW iDrive system -- it's technically neat, but flawed in practice. I'd rather not be touching buttons on a touch screen or dialing around to navigate menus while driving for my own (and others') safety.

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