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That's unfortunately still too much. Raising any more money will only delay the death of a project that has suppressed the use of better written projects by dominating that niche in the ecosystem due to first-mover advantage.

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Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, combined with a regulated economic structure of cooperation between major corporations and the government.

This is rather different.

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muyuu 13 days ago | link

You are right, this is McCarthyism. I didn't find the right word at the time.

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The purpose of patents absolutely is to provide incentives for innovation. What you describe as the purpose (protecting capital intensive R&D from free riders) is merely the method.

To the extent that the method does not result in the purpose, the patent system is a failure.

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That's not static.

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A liquid wealth tax. The actually wealthy have many vehicles for hedging against inflation, from owning durable property, to complex financial instruments.

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Not necessarily. Temperature determines which way heat energy flows, it says nothing about how fast it flows. I can hold my hand in an oven at 500 degrees with no problem because the transfer is very slow. Briefly touching a much cooler 150 degree piece of metal would give me a nasty burn, because of how quickly the heat transfers.

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wnoise 56 days ago | link | parent | on: The Engineer Crunch

In other words, you don't want to actually be useful to former colleagues...

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> terrorism (systematic use of violence as a means of coercion for political purposes)

All warfare seems to fit under this definition. Commonly explicitly added qualifiers are "against civilians" or "by non-state actors". Another implicit one is "by people the speaker doesn't like".

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lmm 56 days ago | link

Right, but we're talking about a non-state actor attacking civilian targets like power stations. Mandela fits any reasonable definition of terrorist.

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wnoise 56 days ago | link

Sure, not disputing that, only the definition expressed.

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There is a good chance that this was a deliberate misusage.

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> but still (in my mind) unsurpassed in writing

I take it you haven't played _Planescape: Torment_ ?

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pavel_lishin 125 days ago | link

I actually tried playing this. When I left the room in which I woke up, some sort of giant angel thing basically insta-killed me. Considering that this was after 5 minutes of gameplay, I gave up. :/

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mcv 125 days ago | link

Well, try it again. It has by far the best writing of any CRPG. I love the Fallouts, but Torment is High Literature. It's the Shakespeare and the Firefly of computer gaming.

Allt he great, special unique games, from Star Control 2 to Bioshock to Braid, Torment beats them. It's a game that makes you think far beyond the stuff that's in the game.

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voyou 124 days ago | link

The problem with Torment is that it's a great piece of interactive fiction trapped within the RTS-turned-RPG engine they inherited from Baldur's Gate. Torment's strength is the writing, which you have to read through the engine's small and clumsy dialogue system, which becomes painful pretty quickly.

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jamie_ca 125 days ago | link

Well, death and rebirth is a major theme of the game (what with your main character being immortal). They need to show the player that death isn't something to be feared like in most RPGs of the time.

I can see how that would be off-putting though.

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andrewingram 125 days ago | link

It was a little disappointing that the game only had one puzzle which required that you die in order to solve it.

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mercurial 125 days ago | link

On the other hand, you got to have your guts probed without anesthesia. How fun is that?

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PeterisP 125 days ago | link

Planescape was nice, but I actually liked Fallout/Fallout2 storytelling a bit more.

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