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Comment: Re:Oy. (Score 1) 358

by DaAdder (#38610102) Attached to: Filesharing Now an Official Religion In Sweden

Religions aren't things you make up to get around laws in order to steal property.

So it's just something you adhere to for protection when you're caught raping children?

Why someone creates a religion or belongs to it in the first place is a complex issue.
I very much doubt their reasons are quite as lofty as we like to imagine though.


Rats Feel Each Other's Pain 200

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-wonder-my-rat-gladiator-farm-never-took-off dept.
sciencehabit writes "Empathy lets us feel another person's pain and drives us to help ease it. But is empathy a uniquely human trait? For decades researchers have debated whether nonhuman animals possess this attribute. Now a new study shows that rats will free a trapped cagemate in distress. The results mean that these rodents can be used to help determine the genetic and physiological underpinnings of empathy in people."

Comment: Re:FUD article (Score 1) 210

by DaAdder (#36920828) Attached to: How Google Killing Accounts Can Leave Androids Orphaned

Google doesn't suspend Gmail and Picasa when it disables Google+ profile, only Google+ and unfortunately Google Reader gets suspended. And in case of Dylan - well, just don't put anything resembling child porno in Picasa, and you'd be ok.

I know that this goes beyond TFA, but in the TFA the following article is linked:

Now he certainly got all his google services suspended or removed entirely, all due to an image automatically flagged on picasa. No human oversight, no appeals process or means of proving innocence. He was automatically assumed guilty and data being deleted, services terminated.

That sounds a little bit different from what you're describing.

Comment: Re:Kinda walked into that one (Score 3) 210

by DaAdder (#36920688) Attached to: How Google Killing Accounts Can Leave Androids Orphaned

From the article

"... found out why. A Google bot that automatically scans Picasa for illegal images flagged something Marcheschi had posted as child pornography. .....

The fact that he also broke all traces of the image now kinda makes it suspicious to me. (Not to mention that its prolly copyright infringement too, but that's unrelated).

Clearly the way you got about storing and concealing your child pornography is by creating an on line web album of it on picasa.

Also, I find it very strange indeed that Google can make these claims, highly dangerous claims to make about anyone considering what they can do to your reputation or indeed your life, and then refuse to give you a single reason why they did it. Not even a hint of a reason, just a brick wall.

It's strange how a highly public company that we trust with most of our data can act this way and get away with it, that it in fact can even be legal. There should be some form of due process or consumer right involved her that couldn't legally be signed away with a simple EULA. Free service or no free service, both parties should have certain obligations as long as they're in business. Whether that business be eyeballs for emails or any other form of relationship, especially a commercial one such as this.

Comment: Active Discouragement (Score 3, Insightful) 151

by DaAdder (#36919154) Attached to: Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement
Basically what this amounts to is actively discouraging anyone in the technology sector, anywhere in the world, to do business in the USA. You're clearly showing that what works and is successful in the rest of the world is an unwanted development in your country. As someone is pointing out, this has reduced, almost eliminated the need for music piracy in a lot of European countries, which apparently isn't something you're interested in either.

On top of that, you're considering not paying the interest on the money you borrowed from the rest of the world. This would of course end people betting on your country as a safe investment. Money flowing into your economy from the rest of the world appears to be something to avoid as well. Reducing the number of people in your country that can actually pay their mortgage or stay employed at all seems to be no cause for concern either.

The only thing I can really see you doing that would cause your status as an ally and first rate investment opportunity to go into decline any faster, would perhaps be to start senseless wars that ran on for decades mainly to keep the price of oil up.

Oh wait...

Comment: Re:It was a fun game... (Score 2, Insightful) 235

by DaAdder (#33893634) Attached to: Why <em>Warhammer Online</em> Failed &mdash; an Insider Story
Then check out the current changes on the PTS, which is evolving every day with user feedback. They're gearing up for a very decent revamp of the RvR. Some of your points will be adressed there, some look like the will be in the not so distant future.

It won't be perfect, but it'll be another of a lot of steps in the right direction.

The game was where it should've been at launch about 6 months ago, but it took a year and a half to get there. If you ignore that time and pretend that the game is only about a year old, the game is looking pretty decent. It's still not for everyone and there's a lot of rough edges, but it's certainly worth a second shot if you're at all interested in the PvP aspect of an MMO.

Comment: Re:It was a fun game... (Score 4, Interesting) 235

by DaAdder (#33891030) Attached to: Why <em>Warhammer Online</em> Failed &mdash; an Insider Story
The game actually is quite a lot of fun and it's finally been going in the right direction for the last 8 months or so. They've focused entirely on the PvP/RvR experience though, so those looking for updates to the PVE aspect of the game should probably look elsewhere. As for the dull keep-taking in T4, that's being overhauled in the patch that's currently on the test server. They did a similar overhaul of the end game that's city invasion which turn out to be quite good. They're definitely on the right track these days, but it be too little too late. I know me and my friends will stick around for a while longer though, there's simply no pvp experience that gets close elsewhere.

Comment: Re:The trend on Nintendo Consoles (Score 3, Informative) 249

by DaAdder (#32141904) Attached to: Nintendo To Take On Piracy In 3-D

Pricing might have a little something to do with it as well.

I believe titles are quite a bit more expensive in at least parts of Europe.
Picking up one of the latest Pokemons here in Sweden will set me back about $55.
At those prices I expect a pretty fantastic game as it's more than I've spent on any game in the last 10 years.
Normally I pick up bargains on Steam or one or two almost-launch titles at just below $50.

I own a DS and I'd like to sample and play quite a number of games, but the DS for me is a much more casual platform and something I'll mostly use when I travel.
I gave up sampling games at $55 and gave up the DS altogether, quite a few others went with pirating instead.

I have no clue why Nintendo thinks this sort of pricing is actually anywhere near the perceived worth for these games.
We have less disposable income than the average American.

Comment: Re:The only feature I want is Gmail and iGoogle (Score 1) 143

by DaAdder (#31125852) Attached to: Opera 10.50 Beta Out, With Competitive JavaScript

I've been using Gmail since it came out. Except for a few short periods in history, Opera has worked pretty well. For the last...I don't know how many years, it's worked without me noticing a single issue.
What exactly are you missing when trying to use Gmail in Opera? It certainly isn't just reading your mail.

Comment: Re:No! Larger please. (Score 1) 118

by DaAdder (#30268138) Attached to: Flexible, Color OLED Screens For E-Readers

Because that's a false dichotomy? They're going to need to go color eventually and there's no reason that research into both cheaper, bigger monochrome displays and color displays can't be done simultaneously.

Yes they will, about the same time as books are forced to go color to meet popular demand.

Of course research can be done into both sets of technology at the same time, I just don't know why you'd want to.
Currently, not a single soul is thinking about ditching books in favor of any current technology. Making people even consider picking up a piece of popular electronics rather than a paperback is the holy grail. Why would you want to invest research dollars into anything else?

Why aim for a Zune when you could very well be making an iPod?

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.