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Comment: Re: 2 tons? (Score 1) 56

by Barefoot Monkey (#47038745) Attached to: SpaceX Cargo Capsule Leaves Space Station For Home

The word "pound" can refer to mass, weight, or currency. To disambiguate, terms such as "pound-force", "pound-mass" and "Pound sterling" can be used instead, but otherwise the meaning is often clear in context. In particular, the ton is defined in terms of the pound-mass (2000lb or 2240lb, depending on who you ask), although officially the various "ton" units are defined in terms of the kilogram - also a unit of mass. And of course, the metric ton is 1000kg.

Comment: Re:Don't care (Score 1) 688

by Barefoot Monkey (#46877615) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

I doubt Mozilla was responsible for, or even wanted, that scandal. If they didn't want him to be CEO then all they needed to do was... not make him CEO in the first place. Whether Mozilla pressured him to leave because of the scandal (not "perfectly fine" at all) or whether he chose to do so of his own accord is something that you and I can only speculate.

Comment: Re:What kind? (Score 2) 115

by Barefoot Monkey (#46831065) Attached to: <em>The Witcher 3</em> and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Did retail copies bought in Poland have SecuROM, or any DRM at all? Those are the only copies that were published by CD-Projekt. In North America Atari had publishing rights (later, Warner Bros. took over), Europe and Australia had Bandai Namco, and Japan had CyberFront. It was the other publishers, not CD-Projekt, who added DRM to retail copies. CD-Projekt responded by arranging it so that if you bought The Witcher 2 from anywhere then you could go here and get the game DRM-free from GOG at no additional cost.

So I think The Witcher 2 is an excellent example of the lengths they'd go to against DRM.

Comment: Re:Swiss gun laws are nothing like the US (Score 1) 1633

by Barefoot Monkey (#46769849) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sorry if that meme response was immature of me :/ It probably was. I do feel much the same as you - that having everyone armed means you need to enforce diligence or face unpleasant consequences - the need for child-safe storage of firearms is one obvious example, and having untrained people walking home from the pub at night with pistols in their holsters would be a boon for robbers (and a hazard for anyone else in the area). The regulations are extremely strict, but they don't seem to be anything the populace isn't capable of following, and it seems to be working well for them.

Comment: Re:Swiss gun laws are nothing like the US (Score 1) 1633

by Barefoot Monkey (#46769521) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

In Swiss law use, storage and transport of weapons is VERY heavily regulated. Everyone is armed, but you don't get to walk down the street with your SIG 550 or leave it propped up in your hall closet. There are sane rules on ownership, storage and transfer, and the penalties are incredibly severe. There is no comparing the US and Swiss systems. Anything but bolt-action or single-shot weapons (beyond your militia-issued weapon) require special permits.


Comment: Re: This is very exciting for indie devs (Score 1) 149

by Barefoot Monkey (#46532117) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

I agree. The old UDK licence was absolutely wonderful as long as you didn't hit the revenue threshold - then suddenly became crippling. Meanwhile, Epic earned nothing until the threshold was hit. This is a definite improvement for both Epic and for commercial licensees... although the subscription fee does add a barrier for hobbyists and freeware-authors compared to the old arrangement.

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