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Comment Anybody really surprised? (Score 1) 377

I'm not. Selling an expensive POS for something that is at it's very nature subjective only proves it's just for bragging rights.

I'm sure that there are a few Audiophiles that will screech that X makes Y sound better, or X is better for data transfer. However, no amount of empirical data can change the immutable fact that "sound quality" is a subjective observation. What one person thinks is "sounding great" might not for another.

Sure, there is some general agreement that an audio track that sounds clear is way different than one that sounds like a jack hammer got at it and tossed into a blender. Again though, there is going to never be a consensus with people that hear the same audio file but the only difference is something extremely trivial (and ridiculously expensive).

Comment Re:By comparision (Score 1) 274

These are all UK crimes with 10 year penalties: Burglary with intent to inflict GBH on a person or do unlawful damage to a building or anything in it (non-dwelling) Possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence Possessing or distributing prohibited weapon or ammunition (5 year minimum sentence) Riot Making threats to kill Administering poison etc. so as to endanger life Cruelty to persons under 16 Indecent assault Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child Causing a child to watch a sexual act Meeting child following sexual grooming Indecency with children under 14 Taking, having etc. indecent photographs of children Committing offence with intent to commit sexual offence Trespass with intent to commit sexual offence Burglary with intent to commit rape (non-dwelling) Assault with intent to commit buggery Causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder impeding choice Causing a person with a mental disorder impeding choice to watch a sexual act Engaging in sexual activity in the presence, procured by inducement, threat or deception, of a person with a mental disorder Care workers: sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder Care workers: inciting person with mental disorder to engage in sexual act I'm sure we can all agree that these are comparable to someone sharing a song.

According to the RIAA: YES.

Comment Re:What about the first VR rape? (Score 1) 144

Long before somebody dies because of playing a VR game, I think we will see somebody complain about getting raped by such a game.

We won't know the specifics of the situation until it actually happens, but I hypothesize that it will involve a very outspoken, left-leaning, college-educated (some strain of sociology, most likely) woman in her early 20s. She will likely be somewhat overweight, but not obese, and otherwise very unremarkable. Because of her obnoxious, self-righteous attitude, her obsession with "social causes", and her average physique, she will attract the attention of very few males. The only ones she will interact with will be weak-willed, soft man-boys she met at her college, who likely exhibit latent homosexuality. As a result, she will be deprived of the typical sexual interaction and pleasure that normal women receive.

This woman will try on a virtual reality headset. She will play a fairly typical game. It may be some form of 3D sudoku, most likely. But the experience will be traumatic to her, for some reason. She will convince herself that she was violated and molested. She will go to the media with her story. She will be on every morning show, talking about her harrowing experience. She will have newspaper columns written about her. Twitter will be on fire. She will have become The First Victim of Virtual Reality Rape.

Too late

Japan released an arcade game that has you rape an ass.

Comment Dear Criminal Coder: (Score 1) 117

I hope this letter finds you getting cuffed and stuffed as I write this. I just wanted to let you know what is in store for you as you are being carted away.

1) Real life is way different than your mom's basement. You'll soon discover that when you are in a prison cell.
2) Getting your ass beat up and pummeled will be a daily norm. Only difference is that you will actually get beat and feel every last inch of pain while you really get tea bagged.
3) Saying "I was just trolling" or "LOL Internet" will not stop an ass beating. Saying "U Mad, Bro?" will make the beating worse.
4) You quickly learn that online bravery is far different from real life bravery. Especially if you drop the N Bomb to a group of your fellow black inmates.
5) If you are an anal virgin: You won't be for long.
6) Ass rape. Get use to it. Fast.
7) There is no such thing as respawn points or resurrrection spells in RL. It's permadeath and we hope it is an excruciating one you get.
8) See #7 if you think you can reload your life.
9) Dropping a bar of soap in a prison shower gets you #6. Probably another #2 if the first ass kicking didn't get you a #7 or if they just feel like it.
10) There are no sock puppets or proxies or anonymity in the real world. So snitching or saying the N word will just net you another #2. That and show you really are stupid and learned nothing from the first #2.
11) As you lay beat up and your anus damaged: Just remember that you can turn off your life like a computer: It's called Suicide. Only difference is you can't restart or turn your life back on.

Love,
Everybody. Even your mom.

Comment Re:Yahoo has maps? (Score 1) 176

Who knew?

When I read the title in my Yahoo Mail I was like "Why is Google shutting it down? Has Skynet become sentient now and wants to confuse humanity without maps?!"

Then 'i realized it was Yahoo and not Google and then was like "Oh. Nevermind. When did they have Maps and what the hell are Pipes?"

I need to enact a rule not to read anything until I've downed at least my first pot of coffee in the morning.

Comment Corelation != Causality (Score 1) 205

What does Tomorrowland eating a big one in the box office got to do with Tron 3?

I mean come on! Tomorrowland has George Clooney! He raped the Batman series and it took a few years before the public recovered from the shock and enjoyed Batman Begins without much PTSD. So why should it come as a shock Tomorrowland was going to flop? Why punish us who liked Tron?

Comment Re:when? (Score 1) 182

The first question that comes to mind is:

How long would it have taken comcast and AT&T, if it hadn't been for EPB?

That is not my first question.

My first question is: Is anybody truly surprised that Comcast did this?

If your answer is "Yes", then my next question is: What rock did you crawl out from under or what planet are you from?

Comment LOL Rand Paul (Score 1) 438

Yeah. He is a failure, like his father before him.

I find it sad, pathetic and overall anger inducing that people will side for a political party regardless of absolute wrong they are. Republicans and Democrats are many decades out of date and want to force us backwards, not forwards. So, because anachronisms like Rand Paul and the Grand OLD Party (LOL TeaBag Party!) don't understand how the internets work but are more than happy to take cash from the Telecos, of course they will ignore the fail of the ideas they promote.

Comment Re:a customer couldn't sue a car company, or any b (Score 1) 104

Suppose you bought a car which had a significant safety defect. You sue the car company. After a spending a million dollars on lawyers and experts, the company's lawyers convince the judge that you filed suit in the wrong court, so you lose. Now you owe the car company a million bucks. That type of outcome would happen often enough that it would be very, very rare for anyone to sue someone with more money than they have.

Instead, the fees are based on fairness- if you file a frivolous suit, you can plan on being ordered to pay the defendant's costs. Also, if you clearly CAUSE a suit, you can be ordered to pay the other party's costs. As an example, suppose you write to the car company asking them to fix the defect, at a cost of $350. They give you the run around for two years, promising to fix it but they never fix it. They admit it's a problem, they admit they caused the problem, but they just won't fix it without being sued. In such a case, you'd probably be awarded costs (and possibly treble damages).

The flaw with your analogy is that most incidents like you describe result in major class action law suits and not a bunch of individual ones being done by wronged parties. This would even out the costs and pay outs if something were to go wrong or if there is a settlement.

Also, and I use many of the major incidents with car recalls and defects as of late: Most major corps facing defective equipment class actions would rather settle it quickly than face trial as they might already be in a worse court: the Court of Public Opinion. A true PR Hell to get out of.

Take GM for example. They wanted to both fix their problems quickly (to salve off more class actions and look like they care) and settle it quickly (to minimize the financial and PR damages and look like they care) in order to continue doing what they normally do. However, that all blew up in their face when a paper trail emerged that they knew for quite some time of the problems. Now, a bit off topic, they are using the fact they are under bankruptcy protection as a defense. However, even if they get away with the financial payments, they still have to deal with the PR damage and that maybe difficult to do.

Unless what I've always suspected is true: The entire US has a bad case of ADHD and forgets it all when some other news shiney comes out.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban

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