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by nowfocus
Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What makes a "good" MMO? Beating WoW at it's own game
Replies: 76
Views: 6882

Re: What makes a "good" MMO? Beating WoW at it's own game

Totally wrong, its about the Gear. Thats why City of Heros sucked at max level. Non gear to go for.. You could accumulate TONS of titles(badges) but who cares.... Your level 50 scrapper was exactly like my level 50 scrapper except the costume which any one could get at level 1 (aside from a few spe...
by nowfocus
Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What makes a "good" MMO? Beating WoW at it's own game
Replies: 76
Views: 6882

Re: What makes a "good" MMO? Beating WoW at it's own game

I think the rewards in MMOs need to be far less permanent - either through gear that degrades over time, or status symbols that don't impact gameplay, or standardized gear for PvP. Think TF2. The game is fun enough to play on its own for hours, it relies on skill, there are tons of different classes...
by nowfocus
Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032996

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Honestly, R is free, and better in almost every conceivable way, but for some reason Economics just choose STATA, and now everyone uses it so everyone uses it. Hell yeah R! I've never used STATA so I can't comment on it really. I've wanted to give it a try to just see what would cause somebody to u...
by nowfocus
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google claims Bing is stealing results
Replies: 30
Views: 5797

Re: Google claims Bing is stealing results

Hmmm. I could only think of this in terms of the Phone Book. Can a company sue for replicating public company listings in a phone book? Say "Microsoft phone book" came out, that had a copy of the numbers from "Google Phone Book". Where Google had gone out and talked to all the c...
by nowfocus
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Keith Olbermann abruptly let go from MSNBC
Replies: 126
Views: 10602

Re: Keith Olbermann abruptly let go from MSNBC

O'Reilly and Beck and the other guy at the end are commentators. Are you seriously comparing their actions to those of a US Representative? With great power comes great responsibility. O'Reilly and Beck have great power - probably a lot more than a US Congressman. Put it like this: The country woul...
by nowfocus
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032996

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Just going to rant for a second. I Fucking hate Fucking STATA. I can't believe this is the god damn standard in Economics. Its so rigid, so unnecessarily complex, so absolutely insane to program in I literally end up pounding my table with anger every time I half to look up some stupid syntax for 15...
by nowfocus
Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada's Health Care System in Dire Straights
Replies: 36
Views: 4374

Re: Canada's Health Care System in Dire Straights

We do lack GPs - I can't get in to see mine for months, BUT, since he works out of a hospital if I need to come in I can get an appointment with a resident really quickly. I'm a bit lucky in that I have a flexible schedule, so I can just tell them to give me anytime. For things like the poison ivy, ...
by nowfocus
Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court Says Rahm Isn't Chicago Resident
Replies: 44
Views: 5209

Re: Court Says Rahm Isn't Chicago Resident

Supreme court is hearing the case, provisionally Rahm is on the ballot. Let's just wait a few days until this is resolved.
by nowfocus
Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2011 State of the Union Address
Replies: 75
Views: 6750

Re: 2011 State of the Union Address

If you get tired of being wrong all the time, I'd reccomend a middle school history class. Even the worst ones can dispel this notion of yours that all authors are poor, or that all artists are starving, or maybe even that economists don't actually make money. I agree - take the middle school histo...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kilogram losing weight...
Replies: 70
Views: 8822

Re: Kilogram losing weight...

Someone needs to be honest with these scientists. Just because they've put on a few kilos doesn't mean the definition needs to be changed.
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: An non-antropocentric role playing system? (Mass Effect)
Replies: 40
Views: 5054

Re: An non-antropocentric role playing system? (Mass Effect)

How about Star Trek?
Izawwlgood wrote:There should be humans who are cunning vindictive warlords

Check
Klingons who just want to bang on de drum all day.

Check
by nowfocus
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court Says Rahm Isn't Chicago Resident
Replies: 44
Views: 5209

Re: Court Says Rahm Isn't Chicago Resident

Let's wait till the state supreme court rules.
by nowfocus
Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Commission finds Israeli Flotilla raid legal
Replies: 152
Views: 15265

Re: Commission finds Israeli Flotilla raid legal

The major difference between the Israeli inquiry into the flotilla and the other inquiries I've mentioned is that the flotilla was an international incident, and thus merited an international panel. It didn't get one, just two international observers, prevented from participating. I can see no just...
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Keith Olbermann abruptly let go from MSNBC
Replies: 126
Views: 10602

Re: Keith Olbermann abruptly let go from MSNBC

When things like this happen I seriously lose faith in the world. One of the best newscasters I have seen pushed aside by corporate interests...and fox news beats on. Not trying to be a jerk but, you lose faith in the world when a guy hired to spin news in a way that agrees with your world view is ...
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Keith Olbermann abruptly let go from MSNBC
Replies: 126
Views: 10602

Re: Keith Olbermann abruptly let go from MSNBC

When things like this happen I seriously lose faith in the world. One of the best newscasters I have seen pushed aside by corporate interests...and fox news beats on.
by nowfocus
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DC Universe Online
Replies: 38
Views: 5848

Re: DC Universe Online

There was a Marvel one in the works, then they pulled out, so it became Champions Online and is pretty rubbish. Gazillion Entertainment has the rights now, they said they'll work on one at some point but its a few years out. Question about this game: What is Lex Luthers motivation? Is he being one ...
by nowfocus
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

That seems... kind of insulting. In meatspace, getting equal recognition for homosexual relationships is a sensitive issue for a lot of people. It's hardly inconceivable, then, that people get a bit annoyed when gay relationships in fantasyland don't get recognised, either. Also, the fact that you ...
by nowfocus
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

I think a good way of putting comparing ME1 and ME2 is that ME2 is a better game as a whole, but ME1 strengths were far stronger and its weaknesses were far weaker. I don't think the overall plot of ME2 even comes close to ME1, and the combat was unique. But ME1 had a lot of faults that were removed...
by nowfocus
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

I actually the way ME1 handled side quests. They basically do tell you to go dick around ("Hey, your still a member of the alliance, so help us out"), but the missions themselves have a really nice sense of pace. As others have said, ME2 felt like a series of side quests with no real conne...
by nowfocus
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DC Universe Online
Replies: 38
Views: 5848

Re: DC Universe Online

Man - if this was based on Marvel Characters + Batman I could see myself really enjoying it. But I really can't get behind DC characters -they all seem one dimensional with really weak motivation. If the mentors of this game were Spiderman, Professor Xavier, and Batman versus Venom (or someone else)...
by nowfocus
Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 66591

Re: Elder Scrolls star signs

I mean...this question is really broad. What kind of class do you want to play? Are you a perfectionist, or just want to zoom through the plot? What kind of challenge do you want? That being said, I'd go with the Steed so I could get around faster, or the thief as luck is the hardest attribute to le...
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Half-Life vs. Half Life 2
Replies: 39
Views: 51766

Re: Half-Life vs. Half Life 2

4.) The Cloud - I'm not a fan of forced cloud use. While I understand it's use it also frustrates the hell out of me. Especially when the cloud patches away something that I actually liked and wont let you play the game untill you downgrade it. HL was stand alone and was better for it. HL2 forced y...
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 589214

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Not sure if this was posted, but some key details revealed
Key points:
- no classes
- "Fallout 3" style leveling system, where only mobs in key areas level with you, and perks
- dual wielding
and a few others.
by nowfocus
Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Replies: 357
Views: 46248

Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Very cool site, but I'm a bit worried that there doesn't seem to be choices in augmentation. They only really have one listed per body part.

On the other hand, the trailer shows swords and guns embedded in the arms of the main character, so hopefully the RPG element is alive and well.
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Psychologist Publishes Paper on ESP
Replies: 29
Views: 3798

Re: Psychologist Publishes Paper on ESP

gmalivuk wrote:
I assure you that papers just as absurd have gotten into Physics journals.
Such as?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_Affair
(Ninja'd)
An arguably:
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/short ... s-sab.html
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Psychologist Publishes Paper on ESP
Replies: 29
Views: 3798

Re: Psychologist Publishes Paper on ESP

Stats person here. Most of the reasons why this study is wrong have been covered. The file drawer effect, data-mining, failure to account for multiple hypothesis tests in significance levels, and seemingly one-side significance tests are all to blame. One thing I want to comment on is the idea that ...
by nowfocus
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vick deserved to be executed
Replies: 60
Views: 5237

Re: Vick deserved to be executed

@Izawwlgood - in either case, the restaurant is moving towards alternatives of cruelty meat. I think you've sent a message in either case. Your argument can work both ways: if everyone bought cruelty-free meat, there'd be no viable vegetarian options. As for the rest, it's like people s...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vick deserved to be executed
Replies: 60
Views: 5237

Re: Vick deserved to be executed

I'm pretty sure the vegetable industry isn't affecting the meat industry as tightly as say, the free range meat industry is affecting the slaughterhouse industry. If you want to protest Apple Computers, you don't go out and buy paper, you go out and buy Microsoft. Keeping in mind that animal cruelt...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vick deserved to be executed
Replies: 60
Views: 5237

Re: Vick deserved to be executed

Except that's not the case, if we were to click and make the meat industry go away a whole god damn lot of people would die, mostly from the lack of available food (especially in non-first world countries) and some from lack of information or tolerance/allergy issues and some from simple starvation...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

Incinerate is good: its an aoe and a disable. Works well on husks (since if they don't have armor it one shots them), Krogan (since it disables them), and anything behind cover. For me the hardest battle was probably the giant mechs near the end of Garrus's loyalty mission. It takes a lot to take th...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vick deserved to be executed
Replies: 60
Views: 5237

Re: Vick deserved to be executed

Getting meat from freerange/non-battery farming sources for eating != Abusing dogs for shits and giggles Getting it from places that abuse the animals still isn't as bad, but you're still supporting animal abusers, and should cut that shut out as soon as you can. I buy cage-less eggs, and free rang...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 561014

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

You've tried the campaign? Cos if so I don't know what to say. That's the best D-Day level anyone has ever done in any game ever. I did - I pretty much bought it for the single player. The realism was unbelievable, the game looks gorgeous, the sound is great, the whole thing is truly a spectacle. B...
by nowfocus
Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

Regardless of if you've gotten every possible boost to be able to one-shot a collector, the only actual difficult parts of the game are not dudes with guns (like collectors) but scions with cover blasting attacks that 1-shot things backed up by a stream of husks. Neither of which are particularly n...
by nowfocus
Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vick deserved to be executed
Replies: 60
Views: 5237

Re: Vick deserved to be executed

That's ridiculous. I can strongly oppose the notion of abusing animals and still enjoy their delicious meat. That you even think animal cruelty, especially animal cruelty for sporting reasons, is the equivalent to eating meat, is pretty silly. Its amazing how people think eating a luxuriously makes...
by nowfocus
Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

I've always felt that, with all the effort they put into making a deep universe with such a strong back story, that they were building up to some manner of Mass Effect MMO. Bioware already has Star Wars: The Old Republic coming out. It would be a bit strange to have 2 MMOs when the franchises are s...
by nowfocus
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

I can't see the "ridiculous health" complaint at all, because... well... one shot kills. Towards the end, some of those collectors took a second shot, and when you can have, what, 13 shots, that's not exactly convenient. I'm pretty sure they didn't in my last playthrough - but this might ...
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 561014

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

I picked up CoH earlier....I'm not sure what to think of it. Maybe I just don't like RTS games but it feels like I'm being occupied, rather than having fun per se.
by nowfocus
Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101540

Re: Mass Effect 2.

The enemies have ridiculous amounts of health for the small amount of ammo afforded to the sniper rifles. Not sure we had the same experience, if you have the Widow and use cloak/adrenaline rush with say Warp ammo most enemies go down in a single head shot. You do have to conserve your ammo somewha...
by nowfocus
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 443613

Re: Show the world your desktop! [Killing 56K since January]

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:[citation needed]

(That is, where'd you get that number?)

1920*1080*256*256*256
by nowfocus
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Modern Man in Israel 400k years ago?
Replies: 61
Views: 7237

Re: Modern Man in Israel 400k years ago?

Lets look it up!
Way more Christians than Muslims.

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