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Comment: Re:Why you shouldnt buy anything with revocable DR (Score 5, Insightful) 465

by pla (#48910577) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers
Or maybe it would be an idea to not buy from the cheapest seller

What a great moral to the story! "Quit price-shopping, assholes - Pay full retail, or we... will... fuck you!"

Glad to see people feel just peach about that.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 5, Insightful) 465

by pla (#48910479) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers
Simple, really:

Ubisoft just taught another generation of paying customers that piracy provides a superior product, regardless of price.

Congrats, Ubi! We haven't had a good DRM fuckup like this in a while - Without all your hard work, people might eventually forget how much it (and you) sucks. Keep up the good work!

Comment: Plot synopsis (Score 5, Funny) 138

by pla (#48875127) Attached to: Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film
So, in #12, they decided to save us the trouble of having #13 do "The Search for Kirk". So that puts #13 as...

Kirk violates the prime directive again, resulting in yet another five-minute demotion and a random crewmember reassigned to a garbage scow for the Ganymede outpost.

Suddenly an alien probe starts microwaving Earth's oceans. To save Earth, Starfleet instantly promotes Kirk to double-plus-admiral and gives him an experimental portable time travel module, which he uses to take the enterprise back to 1980s Earth.

Once there, he must find and kill a 10 year old Benedict Cumberbatch before he invents the plague that wiped out the whales.

In the second to last scene, wacky hijinks ensue as we learn that Uhura secretly hid a chihuahua in her purse before returning to the future, which due to tachyon flux has evolved into a catch-phrase spewing mascot with the power to float just out of reach.

Finally, Kirk makes a speech (possibly as a voiceover) intended to beat some cheesy moral principle about the benefits of communism into the audience.


Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 2) 570

by pla (#48867855) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade
Not sure what's so difficult to understand about that

Aside from TFA's exceedingly ambiguous wording, you have to admit it leads to quite a few questions.

For example, Windows occasionally shits the bed (I know, I know, call me a hater), sometimes even because of their own updates. If I need to reinstall the OS after a year because Microsoft pushed out a bad update, will I then need to buy a new copy just to get back to what I had for free the previous day? That seems to leave an awfully lot of room for intentional "accidents".

Comment: Wow... Just "no". (Score 5, Insightful) 204

by pla (#48864315) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites
In what universe does a government website selling personal info to advertisers count as even remotely fucking acceptable???

This doesn't "raise significant privacy concerns", it sends a great big middle finger to the American public from its own elected officials. I don't care about the "potential" for misuse - I care that someone even considered the possibility of using to siphon off PII.

Uncle Sam needs to retire.

Comment: Re:Is it really inexpensive? (Score 4, Informative) 98

by pla (#48851963) Attached to: Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa
FTA: "The walls and other components of the structure were fabricated offsite with a diagonal reinforced print pattern and then shipped in and pieced together. The company then placed beam columns and steel rebar within the walls, along with insulation, reserving space for pipe lines, windows and doors."

From the text and what few pictures of the actual construction material they show, it looks like they basically print it with voids specifically for skewering it with rebar on-site.

Now, whether or not you trust the final assembler to actually *do* so and then backfill the voids with some sort of mortar so the rebar actaully has something to stick to... Well, we'll find out in the first big earthquake they get, I suppose.

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