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Comment: Re:Fast-paced chess on steroids (Score 2) 124

by Bonewalker (#44549181) Attached to: Playing StarCraft Could Boost Your Cognitive Flexibility
Many, many more variables to account for in Starcraft than Chess. Also, Chess is turn-based, while SC is real-time, so obviously there is the potential for your move to be countered before you even finish it. Now, the amount of memorization done for Chess is far greater than for SC, especially if a game goes deep. SC is so much more loose and more open-world than Chess that it doesn't lend itself to memorization of moves like Chess and its rigid structure do.

Comment: Re:Fuck 'em (Score 2) 344

by Bonewalker (#44242283) Attached to: Police, Copyright Industry Raid Movie Subtitle Fansite
I watch movies for free all the time over at a friend's house. He rented or bought them, I paid nothing. If he loans me the physical media, is that illegal? I still paid nothing. Now just stretch it a bit further and say he ripped it for the purposes of back up, then loaned me that copy? There isn't a lot of difference in these scenarios, and it proves, that yes, you can legally watch movies for free sometimes.

Comment: Re:One by one the dominos fall... (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by Bonewalker (#43568265) Attached to: vTel Deploying Gigabit Internet In Vermont At $35/Month
"The problem is that, as the market shows, most people neither need nor want gigabit or even 100meg. even 50/20 is more than most people will ever use."

And 64kb of ram is all any computer will ever need, too.

I'm not saying we necessarily need more now, or that we can afford it now, but let's not put arbitrary limits on future capacity based on today's experiences or make decisions that impede progreess. It doesn't hold up.

Comment: Warrant will be issued presently. (Score 1) 111

by Bonewalker (#42967153) Attached to: Cellphone Privacy In Canada: Encryption Triggers Need For Warrant
Is it really going to be that hard, or very long, before the warrant is issued anyway? You were arrested, for cripes sake. So, a full search is coming your way, phone lock or no. And, since you are in Canada, I sure hope you have receipts for all those mp3's on your phone.

Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers 419

Posted by samzenpus
from the super-power-corrupts dept.
It probably comes as no surprise, but researchers have found that most of us would gladly put on a mask and fight do-gooders if given super powers. From the article: "But power also acts like strong cologne that affects both the wearer and those within smelling distance, Galinsky noted. The person gains an enhanced sense of their importance, and other people may regard them with greater respect as well as extend leniency toward their actions. That combination makes for an easy slide into corruption."

Comment: Re:Culprit ? (Score 1) 376

by Bonewalker (#33465768) Attached to: <em>Hurt Locker</em> File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin
How do we know piracy took a chunk of sales from this movie, or any movie, or any song or video game, for that matter? Intellectual property that has been pirated does not directly equal a lost sale. Often, the pirates were not going to pay either way. They were not going to go see this movie, nor buy the cd, nor buy the video game. Did they get to enjoy something for free? Yes. But that is not a direct correlation to lost profits.

Comment: Re:Electric Shock (Score 1, Insightful) 951

by Bonewalker (#31317382) Attached to: How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?
No, I couldn't disagree more. This was the ultimate opportunity to use The Cake Is A Lie joke. From now on, the joke is too old, but this one final, perfect, use is not only acceptable, but, I daresay, required.

"The Pie Is A Perjury" will henceforward be the next Internet meme to be bandied about by every would-be BOFH with nothing better to do that spend hours on Slashdot waiting for an opportunity to get his karma back up with a +5 Funny.

Good day.

Comment: Re:Placing children on the wrong bus? (Score 2, Insightful) 1092

by Bonewalker (#28172629) Attached to: Making a Child Locating System
While I would give the same advice, let's not forget that ultimately the child's safety comes down to one or two people: the parents. They will be the ones who will suffer the most if something bad happens to their child. So, the OP doesn't trust his school system to get his daughter on the right bus and wants to take extra precautions. I don't blame him for that. Some of us would react differently, but to each his own. I would probably change school districts. If that isn't an option move to a new town or city. If that isn't an option, go to every school board meeting until everyone is aware how serious you are about your child's safety, and the other children in the district. Bad things could have happened if the daughter had been dropped off in a completely foreign location and tried to find her own home, or panicked, etc. So maybe this parent isn't so over-the-top in his decision on how to protect his child.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw