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Comment No hype train (Score 2) 100

It does initially feel like Spore, but when Giantbomb were talking/hanging out with a some of the developers (E3 Day 1 GiantBombcast, at around 30min in or so), they pushed the devs about what the hell you do besides exploring and they didn't go too far and promise too much. They did mention some ideas that haven't been completely fleshed out yet: combat - space and planet-level, exploring (sharing? ugh), resource mining, ship upgrading. I would personally like it if they created some giant ship-design tree that would possibly be based on what your planet(s) had. But as they mentioned, these either weren't showable, or were just ideas they had, so it's probably best to wait it out and see if they can find some good gameplay mechanics and game goals. Otherwise it'll be "201X's Spore". (although I personally didn't mind Spore at the smaller kens; it's just that I remember my last hours of Spore were playing a frustrating planetary micromanagement sim. )

Comment itty bitty challenge (Score 0) 33

hmm the only challenge I could see out of this was to figure out words that were used in one book but not in the others. While that's pretty easy for the Silmarillion and Hobbit, the individual LoTR books are harder.

Off the top of my head:
Silmarillion: maiar
Hobbit: Gloin
FoTR: Goldberry
RoTK: pyre (!)

hmm I can't get anything off the top of my head for TT. Tried Treebeard, Orthanc but oh well.

Comment Re:Huh. (Score 1) 497

The main solaris server back in college was kind of like that. I had used 9 character PWs for most of college (I figured one more made it safer :P) , and it was only finally during senior year did I notice that that last character didn't matter. In fact, you could type in anything after the first 8 and it still worked (this led to me showing off that I could still log in after mashing the keyboard)

But yeah, I mean those were the wild wild west days where you telnet-ed in (ssh-ing came around later), ytalk wasn't blocked, and finger wasn't blocked either (hence many girls got creepy ytalk requests from the outside world).

Comment Re:4 Cores? (Score 1) 98

Motorola Droid owner here. If I don't bring my charger to work, it will die at around 6-7 hours in, and that's with even nearly everything off (must be because I have nearly zero cell reception in my office). Annoying... I can't wait till my contract ends in a month or two so I can dump this slow, battery sucking thing asap. I expect these new multi core phones to at least run things faster, and hopefully save some power when they aren't running things.

Comment Re:[sigh] (Score 1) 639

It was the "6-8 weeks for delivery" that probably held mail order back (ask anyone who watched those infomercials from the 80's and they ALL said that). I mean, I remember my parents ordering games for me back in (gasp) '87-88 for our Atari ST. I believe they took about a month, and I was kinda confused when I got them (OIDS? Goldrunner? What were these games that I ordered?). That's probably why I eventually only had around 6-7 games for that system (and a whole lot of shareware), versus eventually getting around 25 on my Game Boy, and probably nearly the same number for my ol' Genesis.

Just imagine waiting that long nowadays. No kid would wait a month for anything. I know people now that complain about how long it takes to download and install games via Steam. Crazy.

Comment Re:Asian-Americans 'fitting in' (Score 1) 362

That sounds about right.

Most Chinese Americans (not the relatively recent Taiwanese or Mandarin-speaking immigrants, but the ones originally from the Cantonese speaking Southern provinces) came to West Coast & Hawaii starting at around the gold rush, until the US passed this:
That range is about 120-150 years, which is about 5-7 generations.

Most Japanese Americans in HI / CA are about 4th or 5th gen now (Also mostly from Southern prefectures...). They immigrated from the 1880's till this:'s_Agreement_of_1907

It's actually at a point where the newest generations of these groups shouldn't even think about that gen number anymore, as it seems a little ridiculous. This is probably due to lack of intermingling, as it's unlikely for someone to say 'Well, I'm 1/4 7th generation Irish, 1/8th 7th generation Scottish, 3/8 10th generation Dutch, 1/16 American Indian, 1/128th English from the Mayflower..."

As a side note, those exclusionary policies were all nullified by:
so that's why you see many Asians (including SE Asia and India) in 1st, 2nd and even 3rd generations now.

Comment Re:yet another defective "standard" that caught on (Score 1) 180

I remember having this new 'CD player' in my parents' brand new entertainment system way back in '85. It was this really heavy, flat, dense thing (it looked like a flatter, simpler version of the CDP-101); I loved it because those few CDs we did have sounded far better than all of those tapes we had... even though all it could display was the track digit and the time on the CD/track.

CD-text would have been good, but hey, expecting CDs to work in a 'computer-ish' manner (like reading files) wasn't happening till the mid 90's. I mean, I didn't have a cd-rom in a computer till '95 I think. Before that you looked at CDs as simply music items, like a tape.

Note that heavy CD player still works today; I think my parents still use it to play music for get-togethers and what not.


Submission + - Google Starts Censoring (

plastick writes: It’s taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA. The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent, RapidShare and Megaupload from its instant and autocomplete services. The reactions from affected companies and services are not mild, with BitTorrent Inc., RapidShare and Vodo all speaking out against this act of commercial censorship.

Submission + - Watson Wins ( 3

NicknamesAreStupid writes: The word is in, Watson beats the two best Jeopardy players. Sure, it cost IBM four years and millions of dollars and requires a room full of hardware. In thirty years it will all fit in your pocket and cost $19.99. Resistance is futile; you will be trivialized.

Submission + - Sony unveils largest commerical OLED screen (

angry tapir writes: Sony will soon begin selling a professional monitor that contains the largest commercial organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen yet produced. The monitor, which is aimed at the TV and film production industries, will go on sale on May 1 and has a 25-inch OLED screen. A second model with a 17-inch screen will follow on July 1. The 25-inch model will cost ¥2.4 million (US$28,840) and the 17-inch model will cost ¥1.3 million.

Submission + - SPAM: Rethinking space on earth: NASA and sustainable bu

missdebbie writes: The Mars Rovers, Opportunity and Spirit’s mission planning software contributed to the technologies which were developed for this mind-bogglingly ambitious building project, producing what may be the most sophisticated environmental control system on the planet.
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Submission + - Cancer resembles life 1 billion years ago ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: What is cancer? It's not an invader, it's spawned from our own bodies. And it bears striking resemblance to early multicellular life from 1 billion years ago. This has led astrobiologists and cosmologists Paul Davies and Charlie Lineweaver to suggest that cancer is driven by primitive genes that govern cellular cooperation, and which kick in when our more recently evolved genes that keep them in check break down. So, far from being rogue cells that mutate out of control, cancers are actually cells that revert to a more ancient level of programming, like booting in Safe Mode. The good news is this means cancers have only finite variation. Once we nut out the ancient genes, we'll know how it works, and it's unlike to evolve any new defence mechanisms, meaning curing cancer might be not quite as mammoth a task as commonly thought.

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