June 18, 2006

Digg Comments are useless. And you can't mod me down for this.

Have you ever taken time to read the comments section on each story on (Link)? It's pathetic... A lot of the stories are about Linux, Open Source Software, Microsoft, Mac, XBOX, PS2 or PS3, & video games. Obviously there are more subjects, but for the sake of conciseness, those will do. Ultimately the comments section spirals into a flame war between fan-boys on either side of a given topic. It's especially pathetic to watch the threads on anything Unix or Linux or Gnome or Ubuntu or Mac vs PC vs Linux; watch the comment n00bs get pwn3d(Link) (Link) (Link) (Link) (Link). What I like to imagine is it's a bunch of developers or advanced Users trying to out-nerd each other with tales prowess related to obscure operating systems. Sadly, the moment anyone says anything negative about their precious program that person gets modded down and flamed to the point they probably wont engage in comments ever again. I hope that these same developers & or advanced Users don't spend sleepless nights wondering why more people don't use these alternate OS's. The majority of people who are proficient with Linux or Ubuntu or Unix for some reason turn into giant ass-clowns when given a sliver of anonymity & the internet to shoot their mouths off on. And I think it's especially because they don't have to be held accountable for acting like a giant tool. Further more, let's not forget that few if any of us are impressed with your arcane knowledge. There's a reason that your precious OS will most likely never make it to the mainstream & I think it's much the same reason that marijuana is a long ways off from being legalized. So often the people who are the loudest about alternative operating systems, or about legalizing marijuana are the most socially abrasive people on the planet. Get a fucking clue. I'm not going to load some operating system onto my machine only to be flamed to death in a forum for being a n00b. So, in closing,, awesome site for getting articles that are mildly interesting. But stay out of the comments section -- it will only lead to anger & the desire to write something fucking stupid.

RPG that requires zero user interaction.

Tired of having to grind out levels killing wild boars, giant rats, & tree nyphms? Me too. Thankfully someone has done something about that. I've been "playing" the game for the last 2hrs & am already at level 4. Awesome. Sure you won't be able to go on massive raids with a bunch of ass-clowns that haven't seen the sun in months but you will be able to run this program in your system tray. But, you'll eventually have a high level character with exactly ZERO input. Those tools in World of Warchraft should be so lucky.

(Link - Progress Quest)

Article about game testing...

I'm a couple days behind on this one, but it's very interesting & for the most part very accurate.... Although I've never done blow off a toilet seat while at work (read the article).

From Edge Online...

“You are not playing games.” While researching the life and times of the modern-day games tester for this article, we asked everyone we interviewed – quality assurance professionals, the developers who work with them (and as often as not used to be them), disillusioned former testers who’ve hung up their gamepads and walked away – what the most common misconception about the job was. And without exception, they all gave that same answer. Anyone with any experience of the QA process will deny the slightest resemblance between testing a game and playing one for pleasure: finding bugs is unmistakably work, and, by common consensus, very dull and repetitive work at that. On top of this, pay is often poor, job security frail, working conditions extreme and recognition hard to come by.

Mmm... ya.... That's the shit that keeps me showing up for work each day....

(Link - Edge Online)

Microsoft French site Pwn3d...

No pictures for this .. just a link

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current as of 06.18.06 11:12am pacific time

Here's a screenshot of the damage from (Link)

06.18.06 16:19pm pacific time