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Comment: Re:Google (Score 1) 393

by ACPosterChild (#34176696) Attached to: TV Tropes Self-Censoring Under Google Pressure

If you have interest in what a disease is, why would you get offended by the pictures of it? Maybe you need to learn that you don't actually want to know what different diseases are and should stop looking for that type of information. Don't get mad at someone that gives you what you asked for.

Also, I personally don't see why it matters if the site content is tame or not. Why is Google deciding what content is appropriate for what age groups, or what disclaimers any site should give? If people go there and are offended, they have the freedom to not visit that site again. For example, from now on you can avoid Wikipedia when you want to research diseases. Find a site that does not include pictures and go there instead. Problem solved. You don't need Google filtering your life for you so that you never fall down and get a booboo.

Comment: Re:Google (Score 1) 393

by ACPosterChild (#34176492) Attached to: TV Tropes Self-Censoring Under Google Pressure

Since when is Google the morality police? Maybe they've been talking to China too much.

What does family friendly have to do with anything? I don't want them judging sites based on subversive technical content, or anti-establishment political views, or anything.

In any case, it sounds to me like they are opening themselves up to be liable for the content of pages they advertise on. What if my delicate eyes see something they don't like, and Google didn't protect me from it? Think of the children! Time to sue!

Comment: Re:You misunderstand (Score 1) 192

by ACPosterChild (#32915612) Attached to: BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal

In other words, they are spending too much money creating their titles. It's perfectly clear that money can be made for lower pricepoints. Look at the data from Steam's super sale early this year (late last year?) as well as iPhone.
People are willing to buy $5 games and I don't think they expect them to look like $50 games.

Comment: Re:One day... (Score 1) 292

by ACPosterChild (#32899984) Attached to: The Mouse Vanishes

I've hated all of (the few) radial menus I've used. First, I don't have a problem hitting an item in a drop-down list, except maybe when using a mouse on my leg because I'm in a car with an old laptop or I'm using a crappy mouse. These problems would extend to any use of a mouse, no matter the menu system. Second, visually parsing a radial menu is much more time consuming and difficult to remember. I also find it more difficult to hit the radial menu item I want.
I can't help but think that if radial menus were actually that much better, we'd see more of them. With all the money MS and Apple spend on user interaction, I have to believe they'd be pushing out such menu options if they were actually better. Personally, I think the major problem with them is that they spread out the information I'm looking for and make it harder for me to parse. A drop-down list is a nice compact area dense with information.

Comment: Re:Here's a radical idea (Score 1) 385

by ACPosterChild (#31756100) Attached to: Chicago Debates Merits of ShotSpotter Technology

By your wording, it seems you are most likely an American. Did you miss out on 7th grade American History? Do you not realize that the only reason America isn't a British territory is because the citizens of the colonies forcibly resisted their government? They were only able to do this because they were able to own weapons relatively equal to that in the army of the government that controlled them. That is the whole reason behind the second amendment. Any people who cannot use force as a last resort against their government are slaves to the government. Government is supposed to be *for* the people, but governments have a world history of looking out for themselves more than they look out for the governed, and violently suppressing the governed.

The right (and frankly the *duty*) of every American citizen to own a firearm comes from the very principles of America's foundation. To restrict that in any way is to lessen your civic rights, to abandon your civic duty to protect the liberties of yourself and others, and to be willfully ignorant of the sacrifices that others have made for you and your way of life. Honestly, would you ask another, face-to-face, to lay down their life to protect you and your property if you're not willing to pick up a gun yourself? I would hope nobody would be that selfish, but many of our current laws show that some people are happy to hand over their freedoms and responsibilities to others (the police and armed forces).

The world is a dangerous place and some people will always find ways of hurting others. Legislating away your methods of self defense is not the answer. The people that would hurt you and those you care about will have the weapons anyway. You make *yourself* weaker with such legislation, not the criminals. If you want to live in a safe world, take responsibility for your own life and be prepared to defend yourself in measure with the threat. Legislate the very harsh punishment of those that abuse weapons or tyrranize others through force, don't make it harder for you to defend yourself. Don't shirk your own personal responsibility and ask someone else to put themselves in harms way for you. Don't buy false peace of mind with your liberties.

Comment: Re:Software?! (Score 2, Interesting) 260

by ACPosterChild (#31406566) Attached to: Energizer USB Battery Charger Software Infects PCs

The 500ma is per USB Master, yes? Most motherboards usually have 1 or 2 masters providing ~4 usb ports each. A common problem I've seen is people putting total device usage of more than 500ma on a single master, and then at least one of their components stops working. So, a 2-port device would either: 1) be using up to 200ma in a way that it doesn't need SW to request more than 100ma; 2) need more than 500ma and expect you to plug into 2 different master buses. #2 is usually impossible because the busses are usually split, once supplying service to the front of the computer and one servicing the back.

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Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover 334

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-ahead-and-have-another dept.
Kwang-il Kwon and Hye Gwang Jeong of Chungnam National University have discovered that drinking alcohol with oxygen bubbles added leads to fewer hangovers and a shorter sobering up time. People drinking the bubbly booze sobered up 20-30 minutes faster and had less severe and fewer hangovers than people who drank the non-fizzy stuff. Kwon said: "The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage reduces plasma alcohol concentrations faster than a normal dissolved-oxygen alcohol beverage does. This could provide both clinical and real-life significance. The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage would allow individuals to become sober faster, and reduce the side effects of acetaldehyde without a significant difference in alcohol's effects. Furthermore, the reduced time to a lower BAC may reduce alcohol-related accidents."

Comment: Re:Mulitple Complaints to police? (Score 1) 957

by ACPosterChild (#15876543) Attached to: Children Arrested, DNA Tested for Playing in a Tree?
Or, maybe the kids were being total dicks. Maybe the kids were talked to. Maybe, despite being asked, repeatedly and kindly, to stop tearing branches off of the tree, they ignored the reasonable requests. Maybe they were willfully destroying public property without regard for anyone else's feelings on the matter. Maybe they are little shits that needed to be taught a lesson about respect and not being being completely self centered.

Or, maybe not. Maybe we need to realize that we don't have a full description of the story. Maybe people here should quit spouting off about this issue simply because they can't let go of their teenage angst and are projecting their own feelings of persecution onto this story.

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.

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