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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 12:39 Ratty
 
I just did my Amazon order for about 60 bucks. I bought a couple of books and a couple of Thai sauces, chili paste, and dried peppers. Did you see these Blue? I had a couple of things in my cart from earlier and I was too lazy to remove them and add them again after I went there from here. A lot of the stuff was from 3rd party vendors. Do they count? Also i wonder if I have to change any cookie preferences, like, do I have to start accepting third-party cookies?

This is the first time I've ordered from Amazon since your program and I just want to make sure I do it right.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 11:56 Ratty
 
Movie tropes. Didn't watch it all but saw the asteroid belt trope which is my number 2 pet sci-fi peeve. And they ALL do it. I've never seen a movie or series that didn't depict asteroid belts as thick and crowded.

My number one peeve is the lights inside spacesuit helmets that illuminate the astronaut's faces. They all do that too - even 2001 IIRC. Like driving a car at night with the inside lights on.
 
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PC Gaming > Post your FPS config - old school
8. No subject Sep 17, 2014, 11:23 Ratty
 
I buck the trend. I never did like WASD and never tried to use it. But then I don't play Call of Duty and it's clones, fighting games, or other fast-paced multiplayer games where I suspect this would be a terrible configuration with strafing so inconvenient:

Forward: LShift or up arrow
Backward Z or down arrow
Strafe Left: left arrow
Strafe Right: right arrow
Jump: A
Crouch: C
Interact: Space bar

If I'm strafing or turning a corner slowly to see if anyone is there I have to change my hand position to use the arrow keys for movement. For games that don't let you map more than one key to an action (like more and more games - thanks to consolitis) I use Auto Hotkey to do it - a real lifesaver for me.

It's a less convenient configuration for lots of strafing cause then I have to move my left hand to the other side of the keyboard. But I don't do that very often in the types of games I play and I've played this way for so many years it's second nature for me to do that anyway. If I'm moving forward (using the mouse to turn right or left) I generally use both my index finger and middle finger together on the LShift key. It's a very relaxed hand position with the rest of my hand resting on my desk. And moving this way is 90% of what you do in games anyway. If I want to crouch, jump, or interact, I move my middle or 4th finger onto LShift and use my index finger to hit C, A, or spacebar.

I never use my pinky for anything.

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 15, 2014, 11:37 Ratty
 
Day one purchase. Day two: that grab some boobs game.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 12:36 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 12:03:
Ratty wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:50:
PHJF wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:34:
Cooking from scratch can actually get stupid expensive. I've made relatively simple dishes that easily end up with a food cost rivaling the price of a meal at a restaurant. I use a simple salsa recipe (roma tomato, green onion, garlic, salt, lime juice, cilantro, hot sauce) that costs significantly more than simply buying a jar of Pace.
Amen. There's a lot of things I just don't cook anymore. I have a kickass recipe for the perfect chewy chocolate brownies. But Ghiradelli's brownie mix in the store can usually be had at $1.99 a box or less on sale and they're just as good to me and about one fifth as expensive. If store-bought is cheaper and tastes almost as good that's what I get. I save my cooking for things that really do taste much better homemade.

The argument isn't about taste, it's about whether it's healthy. Your home made brownies are probably a lot less unhealthy than the box of Girardelli. Same for homemade salsa vs a jar of Pace.
The argument is about taste. I do occasionally cook things that are healthier than store bought but that is the exception. Verno mentioned sodium which is a health issue for me but I have a low tolerance for a lot salt in food and it doesn't taste as good to me, so that again is ultimately a taste issue. I cannot imagine why you'd think homemade brownies were healthier than boxed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 11:50 Ratty
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:34:
Cooking from scratch can actually get stupid expensive. I've made relatively simple dishes that easily end up with a food cost rivaling the price of a meal at a restaurant. I use a simple salsa recipe (roma tomato, green onion, garlic, salt, lime juice, cilantro, hot sauce) that costs significantly more than simply buying a jar of Pace.
Amen. There's a lot of things I just don't cook anymore. I have a kickass recipe for the perfect chewy chocolate brownies. But Ghiradelli's brownie mix in the store can usually be had at $1.99 a box or less on sale and they're just as good to me and about one fifth as expensive. If store-bought is cheaper and tastes almost as good that's what I get. I save my cooking for things that really do taste much better homemade.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2014, 13:23 Ratty
 
You can count me in too. I always save up my purchases until I have enough for free shipping. So if I visit a link and then keep shopping for other stuff you'll get a cut? That's be sweet. Let us know in a couple of months how it's going.

On edit: Now if I cancelled all my orders I have saved up now, then visited a link from here and got them all over again, would that be cheating?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: The 10 Worst Wiring Jobs Aug 20, 2014, 11:52 Ratty
 
I remember I built a laser in my electronics course for a project. This was before lasers were as common-place as they are now and you either spent hundreds of dollars or built your own. So I got a tube and built a power supply in a large metal case. One of the worst wiring and soldering jobs you have ever seen in your life. When I brought it to the teacher he had one look inside and told me he was afraid to even touch it. The metal case wasn't even grounded. Back then lasers required very high voltages and the case I built could kill.

I got an A on the project - go figure. I actually still have it down in the basement but yes, I am very afraid to ever turn it on again. And I'm still a lousy solderer.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 13:58 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 12:44:
No, but it means that a significant amount of Americans are fine saying extremely racist things
I still don't agree that using internet comments as any kind of gauge of anything at all is useful in any way. So maybe you're right about the "significant amount" but you're never going to find out by using internet comments as any kind of measure. And really how often is "often" that they use a true, verified name? I have a Facebook account, haven't used it in years, but the name there certainly isn't my own. My impression is that 90% of readers on a Yahoo news story leave no comment at all. Maybe 40-50% of the rest will post something supportive or relevant. The rest will post something angry or hateful. All I think this means is those last ones post constantly, on many different stories, sometimes many posts on the same story. Something in their angry nature makes them feel they can't keep silent on a subject which enrage them, or they just get a kick out of posting stuff to get a rise out of people. Something like the Cheerios story will attract that small angry minority because the story has become so notable.

So yes, I downplay the significance of internet comments. Doesn't mean I downplay the significance of racism in our society.

On an almost total tangent: last week there was a letter in Dear Abby. A woman had a loving husband, great provider, honest, trustworthy in every way, a man she loved dearly. One day he left his computer on and she discovered he had a habit of leaving the most vile, hateful comments - almost invariably sexist in nature - on a number of comment sites on a regular, daily basis. When she confronted him with it he claimed it was how he liked to "unwind" and it was no big deal and told her he wouldn't stop.

I'm not saying internet trolls are in every way upstanding loving citizens just looking to unwind like this man apparently was. I'm betting most of them are as angry as their comments are. I was just reminded of it by our conversation.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 12:39 Ratty
 
Saying all of American ignorance is due to trolls, just because it's online
Where on Earth do you get that I'm saying that? What I'm saying is you cannot judge American ignorance at all by internet comments. That's where I guess we disagree. And why on Earth would I ever bother to read a Yahoo news comment? Those are legendary in their uselessness and offensiveness. Not just racism but sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, disrespect for the dead (have you read any Robin Williams comments lately?), extreme hatred of liberals/conservatives - really whatever it takes to offend. Sorry, I don't consider that a symptom of racism. I'm not denying racism exists, I'm certainly not denying it's still a large problem that needs to be addressed. I'm saying you can't judge how bad it is by internet comments. If 80% of the comment on a youtube news story are racist that doesn't mean 80% of the country is racist.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 12:08 Ratty
 
What cracks me up about trolls is how so many people engage them. There was that story a few months back about a Cheerio's commercial featuring a biracial couple. There was this huge hoopla about all the racism surrounding its reception and grave commentary about how our country still hasn't moved beyond its racist past and then Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton weighed in and I finally started to pay attention and it turned out it all started because of comments on Youtube and Facebook! It's the fucking internet people! Have none of them ever visited youtube? Trolls are just part of the whole internet experience. And there seems to be so many of them because they have no lives and no friends and have nothing to do all day but post endlessly in website comments. I don't even think most of the cheerios trolls were even particularly racist. They just say whatever will get a rise out of people and draw attention to themselves.

I wouldn't pay a cent for websites without trolls. What I'd love to get rid of are the pages and pages of responses from regular people that render many comment sections useless.
 
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News Comments > John Carmack's Son's Game
20. Re: John Carmack's Son's Game Aug 19, 2014, 11:52 Ratty
 
Obligatory jokes about angry faces popping out of closets into pitch black areas where you have to keep dancing for your flashlight to work ... Seriously though, it sounds like this is one very lucky kid, getting to grow up with a father like Carmack.

Love the "grandma mode."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2014, 11:01 Ratty
 
InBlack wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 09:50:
I dunno. Im not really sure about the beard. He looks better without it IMO. Do Jedi masters really have to sport beards??
I love the beard, and I love the look. He really pulls off the respected elder Jedi look in that shot. I'm actually looking forward to seeing him in the movie.
 
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1. Re: Dungeon Keeper Aug 14, 2014, 10:59 Ratty
 
Aw, has it really been 17 years? I just replayed the original about a month ago and it remains one of my top 3 favorite games of all time.

I would hope somebody would do a decent remake someday but I know that would be delusional. Some games (e.g. Thief) are better left to rest in peace.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2014, 10:48 Ratty
 
Vacation, fine. Canoe racing? Are you kidding me? I'm going to miss my daily Blue for canoe racing?  
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News Comments > Falling Skies: The Game Trailer
10. Re: Falling Skies: The Game Trailer Jul 29, 2014, 17:22 Ratty
 
I've actually rather been enjoying Extant. I've only watched the first two episodes though. I think of all the new shows this season it's my favorite. Only seen the first show of The Strain and I'm disappointed. Why is it hack writers have to always include some fake contrived family dysfunction in their shows. The father is estranged from his wife but still loves his son! Or the father is divorced and loves his kids but they hate him (ala Tom Cruise, War of the Worlds). It's like they have absolutely no idea how to make a believable 3 dimensional interesting character without resorting to the same old fake personal conflict in 50 other shows and movies.

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News Comments > Falling Skies: The Game Trailer
6. Re: Falling Skies: The Game Trailer Jul 29, 2014, 11:27 Ratty
 
Same here. I don't know why I still watch it. It's just so mediocre.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Software design trends Jul 14, 2014, 12:03 Ratty
 
The only one on the list that I despise with a passion is "A dearth of density". Icons, labels, buttons on applications, websites - even the Windows desktop - have gotten so damn huge. I guess everyone is jumping on the tablet/smartphone bandwagon and plain old PCs are just so last decade. I have normal eyesite. I have an attention span measured in minutes, not seconds. I can work on two things at once. I am also a content producer, not just a consumer. Let me see more than 4 things on the screen at once.

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And higher information density comes at the expense of lower legibility and comprehension.

Come on ARS, this is Graphic Design 101 stuff...

That's the problem right there. These things are designed by graphic artists - people who don't actually use the applications they are designing for - at least not on a regular basis.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2014, 10:35 Ratty
 
Let's see, I got all of them up to number 11: "Three logicians walk into a bar". Still don't get that one. The Batman one gave me a laugh because it took me a while - those are always the best. I wouldn't have gotten the theremin one without the picture, but I got all the rest. Good find Cutter!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2014, 11:13 Ratty
 
There's nothing the doctor can do for you anymore. You're too old Blue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey4WSb-BVDQ
 
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