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Comment: Loved It (Score -1, Flamebait) 233

by A. B3ttik (#45393823) Attached to: <em>Thor: The Dark World</em> &mdash; What Did You Think?
Action was exciting and the final battle lasted a while and had a unique mechanic. Action was evenly spaced with typical "Marvel Superhero humor" and drama throughout. Though I saw the Loki 'twists' coming a mile away, my wife did not.

Also Kat Dennings provided two great reasons to go see it.

Solid 8/10

Comment: Re:Is there one? (Score 1) 375

by A. B3ttik (#41537783) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?
Disagree 100%... unless you LIKE the taste of fried frozen meat husks. They used to be just like any other chain, with a slightly different flavor. Since they started the "Never Frozen" thing, their burgers are up there with "Casual Dining" burgers. Their burger quality has skyrocketed and is easily the BEST of any fast food chain.

Comment: So this is the moment of my Generation Maturing (Score 1) 94

by A. B3ttik (#40789677) Attached to: Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group
At 26, I'm the first generation to grow up with a home computer, a computer lab at school, to learn using video games, and to learn programming as I grew up. I've always been part of the hip, young, generation and Google, Facebook, eBay, Amazon are the companies of my generation. Most were started (and most are manned) by my peers and I can remember the first time I heard about all of them. Now they are forming a Lobby, and it's only a few short years until these companies are the entrenched establishment and some young kids feel disenfranchised to rebel against their corporate and government and internet Big Brothers.

When do I get to start saying "Get off my lawn?"

Comment: Re:More specifically (Score 2) 304

by A. B3ttik (#40736703) Attached to: Patent Troll Claims <em>Minecraft</em> Infringement
HK-47: Affirmative, master... The human informed me that a competitor corporation was preparing to market a product that would ruin him personally. He was most agitated. He activated my assassination protocol and instructed me to kill all those responsible for the competing product. I proceeded to carry out my order. HK-47: My former master was unaware of this, but the competitor was in fact an arm of Systech Corporation, my master's own employer. It did not take long for my master to realize his mistake. By then, I had already terminated 104 corporate officers. HK-47: Observation: While it may have been unintentional, my master's wording of his orders left little room for me. Systech was responsible for the product, after all. I do not know why my master was so upset, really. He was an officer of Systech and a potential target, but I cannot terminate my own master. I would assume that being the sole officer remaining, he would surely be promoted. Instead, however, the human chose to go insane with rage and attack me.

Comment: More like a "bed that straightens out a sheet" (Score 2) 159

by A. B3ttik (#40286157) Attached to: Company Creates a Self-Making Bed
While it's cool and I'm always excited about new advances in technology and robotics, this seems really limited. By the looks of it, you cannot move the pillows around during the night or have anything other than the sheet. All this really does is straighten out a single sheet onto the bed... not very useful or robust.

Still, I suppose every technology must have a first step, even the automated bed-making technology.

Comment: Re:It should be illegal..... (Score 2, Informative) 291

by A. B3ttik (#38364220) Attached to: 24-Year-Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 PDFs
I find this attitude so ignorant. How does a company instantly delete backups on redundant servers? How do they delete redundant hard copies kept in closets separated by meatspace? Furthermore, if you upload something to Facebook, and someone ELSE downloads it and saves it to a CD, and you delete it off facebook, should THEY be forced to magically know you deleted it, and delete their copy as well? Does Google have to delete their caches of your facebook page? Or maybe you are saying that Facebook, Google, etc should never make backups?

The truth is that once you upload something to a site like Facebook, it becomes publicly viewable and accessible and ANYONE can download it. The unfortunate truth is that you can never really UNDO that action, and no matter what arbitrary laws or draconian regulations you force companies to abide by, you can never truly take it back, even if you hit the delete key.

The paradigm shift needs to be in how people view sites like Facebook, Photobucket, etc: Don't upload anything you want to keep private. If you want to keep it private, upload it to a company that guarantees your privacy... NOT Facebook.

Comment: Why So Implausible? (Score 0) 302

by A. B3ttik (#38271794) Attached to: New Theory Challenges Need For Dark Matter
I don't understand why this theory is "implausible" and why the article is so dismissive of it. Dark Matter was created for the sole purpose of explaining the orbital momentum of stars. There is NO other evidence for it. So an entire new classification of matter that no one has ever (or can ever) seen, felt, or observed was created to satisfy this one anomaly. And yet, this is the industry standard, that 90% of all matter must be Dark Matter just because someone screwed up when calculating orbital momentum.

What's more implausible, that 90% of matter is something that we'll never observe except, conveniently, through the orbital momentum of stars, or that galaxies have a noticeable gravitational pull on objects in nearby galaxies over billions of years?

Comment: Re:they could agree to send by non-CD (Score 1) 214

by A. B3ttik (#37544394) Attached to: European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests
Perhaps, but that STILL wouldn't stop this bunch of 4chaners from abusing this retarded law and requesting physical copies of all the crap they _haven't_ deleted. I mean, seriously, how much stuff have you _really_ deleted on Facebook? I know I haven't deleted very much, and sometimes I do like to go back and look at my comments from years ago. If you think Facebook should perma-delete everything that you delete, that's fine, but that's also a different issue than this one.

There is also the argument that Facebook definitely keeps multiple redundant copies of their data across many servers in different areas... in fact, they likely even keep backup drives in closets somewhere just in case ALL the servers fail and they actually need to use them... should Facebook not be allowed to keep backups of their data in closets? Every time you hit delete, should they be forced to walk through manspace and delete stuff off of their backup-backup drives?

And what if make a crawler that accesses all of my friends' pages constantly and saves their data to my hard drive? Google does this already. Should I not be allowed to do this? Should Google not be allowed to do this? If someone deletes something on Facebook, do I have to delete it on my local box? Does Google?

Personally, I think not. You post something on Facebook, you understand that Facebook now knows that information and they're going to have it forever. You can't untell a secret to a friend or unshow someone an embarrassing photo. If you have something you want to hide, don't put it up to begin with. If you make a mistake, you can "delete" it and hope for security through anonymity that Facebook will do the best they can to keep that Photo from showing up anywhere, but you can never be sure that one of your friends didn't save the image or that there isn't some backup somewhere.

You can observe a lot just by watching. -- Yogi Berra

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