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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Crysis Delay
21. Re: The future of PC gaming... Nov 3, 2006, 15:39 Ratty
 
I'd bet Crysis ends up being a Vista exclusive.
See, here I was thinking the opposite. The publishers demanded a console version. I was stunned when I learned that Crysis was PC-only and there weren't even any plans to port it to console. I couldn't believe, in this day and age, any company would do that. My guess is that EA said absolutely not, Crysis will come out for the console before or at the same time as it does for PC.

Parallel development is good for developers and publishers but it's never good for the games.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Dog costumes? Oct 31, 2006, 14:08 Ratty
 
C'mon now. This time you have GOT to post some pictures.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Alienware Oct 31, 2006, 13:58 Ratty
 
When I was shopping around for my current computer I checked out some of the Alienware systems. Wondered if I was really crazy enough to spend THAT kind of money on a system that would be top of the line for at most 6 months. There was something about that site that pissed me off, I can't remember exactly what now. But it made me decide absolutely not to get an Alienware. Also I sent in a couple of emails asking for clarification of a couple of points and never got an answer.

For that kind of price you'd think they'd knock themselves over to answer a potential customer's questions.

Alienware's a big scam.

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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Worst jobs Oct 28, 2006, 17:39 Ratty
 
A girl I knew who was a graduate student in animal biology or something like that had to masturbate hyenas and collect their semen on a regular basis.

A friend in high school got a job as an intern at NASA for a summer. His job: kill rats and crunch up their bones to study weightlessness in space. Not a gross or dirty job necessarily, but tedious. Day in and day out. I thought it was especially lousy because someone working for NASA ought to be doing something fun and exciting like going up in those weightless planes or landing a shuttle or something. Being a rat bone cruncher just seems unfair.

 
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News Comments > etc.
16. Re: How to block Battlefield 2142 ads Oct 23, 2006, 13:46 Ratty
 
I use Firefox, without adblock and I don't get ads. I have a hosts file installed from here (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm), which kills the ads, so I have no need for adblock.
I'm a pretty heavy hosts user too. The problem with hosts, though, is that it only recognizes exact URLs. I started using Adblock to remove those INCREDIBLY ANNOYING intellitext double-underline hyperlinks. I hate those things but since I've started using adblock I haven't seen a single one.
first thing I do whenever I visit a new site is to right click over ALL banners and have adblock cut them out.
The only time I block ads is when they're animated and distracting, or Flash ads--I hate those, or offensive and distracting, when they take up a lot of space at the top of a page and force me to scroll down everytime I visit, or when I site really goes completely overboard with ads taking up space everywhere.

I've never minded the modest unanimated banners at the top of page. Also don't mind the "interstitial" ads you come across when you're navigating from one page to the next. They're are a whole host of ads I don't mind. I do try and support sites I like by not blocking ads unless they force me to.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Personal Data Clarification
167. Re: No subject Oct 19, 2006, 13:52 Ratty
 
i remember when" *creak* Public TV (PBS) was ad-free too
OMG, I totally forgot about that. You're right. There was actually a time when there weren't commercials on "commercial free" public television. I remember that too. Insidious how things like that have a way of seeping into our perception of what's normal.

I also remember how the comics were on the back page of the newspaper. You could hold it easily in one hand while riding the bus or train and have a morning chuckle. They got rid of that long ago when they discovered they could charge a LOT more for a fullpage ad on the back page.

While we're at it, remember how Cracker Jacks had real actual toys inside of them. The kind you could swallow and choke on? Gosh, those were some good times.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. No subject Oct 19, 2006, 13:31 Ratty
 
When I was in junior high school the show everyone watched on TV was King Fu (that really dates me, doesn't it?). What a holy terror that show caused. Bullying rose dramatically and we nerds lived in constant fear for our lives as the bullies were desperately eager to try out all their king fu kicks and moves on the weaker elements of the herd.

If it's not a video game then it's a TV show or a movie. That's what angers me most about all this, the double standard. Television and movies get away with a whole lot more than video games do but since the old farts in charge are too senile to understand all that new techno-ology they lash out at it.

It's the pipes I tells ya, those dang blasted internet pipes.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Underground war room is being retired. Oct 18, 2006, 13:11 Ratty
 
But where are they going to keep the stargate??

 
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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Personal Data Clarification
57. Re: No subject Oct 18, 2006, 13:01 Ratty
 
Like cable TV. Remember when we all bent over for that, too?
You guys are all probably too young to remember, but believe it or not there was actually a time when you didn't see ads before the movie in theaters. The most you got was "Let's all go to the movies, and buy ourselves some treats!" with the dancing soft drink cups and popcorn boxes.

I sure hope EA will refund people's money if after they've opened the box and started to install the game they decide the EULA is unacceptable. But what are the chances of that, right?

 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Wii Oct 15, 2006, 16:35 Ratty
 
So THAT'S what that was all about. I come in to work in the morning and there's this huge line of 18-22 year old kids standing in a line in front of EB that snaked clear down the street. I was thinking it was for the PS3 but remembered reading that each store only got 8, so that couldn't be it.

The interesting thing was that there wasn't one single female in the line. Not one out of at least 100 guys.

 
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News Comments > Prey Triton Solution
27. No subject Oct 11, 2006, 13:40 Ratty
 
Stupid question. Is there any way to buy a version of Prey that does not require any online authentication of any kind? The boxed copy may be especially designed to only work with versions already authenticated through Triton.

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Spamhaus Oct 9, 2006, 15:02 Ratty
 
If we're ever going to really take on spam then it'll be through a combination of technological methods, legal changes, and business practice changes.
Legal methods scare me. I do prefer the government keep their hands off the internet. Technological methods of course, but the spammers will always keep up.

There is currently a HUGE community of people willing and able to devote enormous amounts of time and effort to defeating spam and believe given free reign that they could conceivably do a pretty good job.

I'm not sure what you mean by legal loophole, but maybe I do. There would be potential for abuse in a shield like that. It would have to be crafted carefully but still be effective--you don't want something that ends up *protecting* spammers and you don't want spam filters that, say, filter out the competition--and it would expire after 5 years. You need that much time as an incentive, but with the opportunity at some point to gauge it's effectiveness and eliminate the loopholes that crop up.

It would not be perfect! Everyone would know that. But it's the best way I can think of, the only way really without completely redesigning the internet from scratch. Spam is becoming a huge problem. If you thought it was bad before, it's only getting worse. Something has to be done. It sickens me everytime I see ANOTHER effective, reliable antispam service brought down by lawsuits. Is that fair? Should that be tolerated?

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Spamhaus Oct 9, 2006, 12:47 Ratty
 
I HATE the attempts by the US government to outlaw spam. As if that would make a whit of difference outside the US. And the idea of the no-email list they come up with--analogous to the no call list--is laughable. Just pathetic. Handing people's email addresses over to the spammers on a silver platter. What morons.

The best way to begin to counteract spam is not whitelists, new internet protocols that identify the user, legal threats, et al. The way to do it is to protect antispam organizations from lawsuits. It should be blanket protection for the next five years. Spamhaus is only the latest in a long list of effective antispam organizations that have been sued into oblivion by the spammers. Which is a pretty good indication of how much those guys are afraid of them.

 
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News Comments > Triton Closes - Prey for a Solution
27. Re: Aha! Oct 8, 2006, 14:30 Ratty
 
3D Realms already has the money from customers who purchased rented the game via Triton, so it doesn't care or even need to at this point. The Triton EULA probably absolves 3D Realms of any obligation for support of Triton customers.
I'm just cynical enough to agree with that. Triton/3D Realms or whoever should have guaranteed that the service was not shut down UNTIL a patch was ready. Anything else is unethical and plain slimy. Yes, companies can go under with very little notice, often less than a day. That being the reality, they should have prepared patches for every single game they crippled at the time they were distributed.

But that's thinking WAY too much about users. They only care about their customers (Hint: we ain't their customers) and making a buck.

Why is 3D Realms becoming associated more and more with shady and dishonest business practices?
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News Comments > Evening Q&As
1. No subject Oct 7, 2006, 15:36 Ratty
 
TWO interesting and high profile triple AAA games coming out for PC only. You don't see that very much nowdays.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Frozen in Time Oct 7, 2006, 13:49 Ratty
 
Great prank. Do a search for "prank" on the same site. Some of them are JAPANESE so you know they're good.


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Making water from thin air Oct 6, 2006, 14:25 Ratty
 
A couple of years ago I heard about something. Making natural gas out of air and water. Takes lots and lots of electricity but technically it can be done. I always thought that was interesting, but I can't see how it's possible. You have the nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen, but where does the carbon come from? Surely not from atmospheric CO2. Kinda off topic but there's a lot of smart sciency people here. Anybody know anything about this? It's for something I'm doing.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Pee Oct 2, 2006, 13:15 Ratty
 
Good god. I went to someone's house once, a long time ago. He actually had the nerve to ask me to sit down when I went to the bathroom (he had carpet in there for god's sake). I mean christ, what's wrong with some people? No, I didn't sit down, yes I may have splashed a little bit, but by god I kept my manhood.

Has someone posted this yet? http://youtube.com/watch?v=IzO1mCAVyMw Best one of these sorts of things I've yet seen. The music, the narrator, absolutely top notch.

Blue, women are ALWAYS too cold and men are ALWAYS too hot. I think it's hormones. Is this what goes on in your house?

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. LCD contrast Oct 2, 2006, 13:04 Ratty
 
Thing I hate most about my 21" Dell LCD. The crappy contrast. I play a lot of dark games, Thief, Deus Ex and such--add F.E.A.R. in there too I guess--and I hate the washed out gray look to them. My contrast ratio is 500:1 I think. I remember the first game I tried after installing the monitor: Thief Deadly Shadows. My excitement and anticipation turned to horror at what I was seeing.

On the flip side, bright games like Serious Sam looked absolutely brilliant. No complaints there.

Really, if you get an LCD monitor I can't stress enough how important it is to get a high contrast ratio. 1000:1 does not sound like overkill to me.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Jackass Sep 27, 2006, 12:55 Ratty
 
I never saw the movie or the TV shows, had absolutely no desire to. Thought they'd be unpleasant and juvenile. But the commercials for Jackass 2 seem so damn fun I put the first one on my Netflix queue and it should be home waiting for me this evening. And I'll probably get around to seeing the new one sometime soon, if I can persuade any of my snooty friends to see it with me. REALLY looking forward to it.

Now it's time for some man fishing ...

 
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