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Comment Note: Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score 5, Informative) 84

It's worth pointing out that the article talks about a gravity wave, which is a material wave that arises out of a disturbance due to gravity. This should not be confused with gravitational waves, which are ripples in spacetime due to the movement of masses. (The article and summary aren't wrong, but the terminology itself is confusing.)

The effect observed on Venus is in fact quite massive, while gravitational waves are tiny and difficult to observe.

Comment Dofus (Score 1) 669

I've been playing a French MMORPG, Dofus, for ages.

It's quite different from other MMORPGS, as it's turn-based and the graphics are 2D. It's a bit like an MMO version of FF Tactics, though the world and lore are vastly different. It's grindy, but has a nice sense of humour and a tonne of content.

Comment I was just at the Shanghai Expo last week (Score 1) 121

And I saw the Japan Pavillion, which is where the robot performs. The pavillion is divided into three sections. The first shows the clean technologies that are being used in Japan. The second is where the robot performs, along with some other technology demos. The third is a Chinese opera performance about the crested ibis, an endangered bird whose numbers have increased as a result of a joint breeding programme by China and Japan.

The expo will be on until 31 Oct, by the way. But beware the crowds.

Comment Re:Surely this includes the hallucinations (Score 1) 1020

Point taken, but a minor quibble.

I grant that hallucinations need not be visual only - for example, there could be aural hallucinations, hearing something that isn't there; but hallucinations are always perceptual. Since `sensing a presence' without the use of sight or hearing isn't a perceptual experience, having the feeling of euphoria can't strictly be classified as a hallucination. Yet, we can't just put it down to a person's imagination, either, since the cause of the feeling can be identified.

It's just another example where our usual linguistic notions are challenged by a special case. Interesting stuff. :)
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Journal Journal: Lemmings: The Complete History.

Mike Dailly explains how this iconic Amiga game evolved from a simple challenge: Could a walking man be animated in an 8x8 box?

The resulting animation, drawn in an hour over lunchtime, was funny enough to inspire one of the most involving games of all time. Lemmings was released in 1991, and has been ported to almost every computer platform in existence.

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