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Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 125 125

This. The early days of the Internet were loaded with "Enter credit card number to verify your are legally an adult", and soon someone in Asia was charging stuff to you and threatening to send letters to your employer to ask why you are a scumbucket who doesn't pay their porn bills for Eatgerbilass.com.

I'm sure some politicians would be fine with that as a cryptic disincentive to something they frown upon (when preening in public, not when their wives to shopping of course) and even having to give a real name for that matter.

Comment Re:Some mods worth paying for (Score 1) 39 39

I think part of the issue is price-point. In the days before DLC, a lot of games came with later "expansion packs" which were essentially a few new levels and some added weapons/units/etc, but essentially the same core experience. Those generally cost less than the initial game, but were still a decent price and often *very* popular (especially Blizzard games such as Brood Wars, Frozen Throne, etc). They weren't much more than mods, albeit by the original publisher.

There were also the unoffical mods such as the aforementioned Desert Combat which - if they made any money - was by donation.

So where does that leave the 3rd-party paid-mod arena. Well, if it requires the original game, then *smart* publishers would put together the fact that "hey, this popular mod is driving extra sales of our game, great!" Some may be want a cut, which may also be something that needs to be worked out. But so long as the price is reasonable, I don't see any reason why a well-done mod would be less popular than an "expansion pack." I probably wouldn't pay $50 for most mods, but $5-20 is still enough to give some devs enough extra cash to make it worth investing the time into making a really polished mod.

Comment Compassion in exchange for rationality? (Score 0) 78 78

Compassion very often requires that rationality is disregarded and even thrown away. Also ideas of compassion are often used to play the mob and destroy individual human rights. Compassion is a very dangerous emotion that leads to conflicts and wars in real life. Maybe AI and robots should be instructed to follow a Constitution instead, that would define individuals as the highest form of life and individual rights as absolute (right not tone murdered by government, right not to be imprisoned by government, right not to be robbed by government). Then criminal code could be added (authority of justice system to isolate a violent individual to protect against murder, assault, rape, robbery).

Compassion will lead to conflict, class warfare, violence. Constitution and criminal code will lead to some form of peace. Be careful with compassion, it is used to justify most vile acts on this planet.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 411 411

I've never understood why it can't do this during the 10 hours a night that I am not using the laptop instead of doing it when I need to quickly shut down and leave the house or quickly shut down and leave work.

Windows is codependent, it wants your attention at all times. And this is unlikely to get any better now that that attention is worth money.

He who is content with his lot probably has a lot.