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Comment: Re:It all comes down to the OGL (Score 1) 203

by Kirth (#47710361) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

... which is a trademark license anyway.

There is no copyright possible on game mechanics, so you can pretty much write your own completely D&D compatible game, with the rules taken straight from D&D (but rephrased, of course, because the actual phrases are copyrighted). As long as you don't advertise this with trademarked terms, you're fine, you don't need the OGL.

But anyway. Who in his right mind would want to use this complicated mess as a base for his own game, when there is a system from 1978 that is much, much more elegant, named BRP? http://basicroleplaying.org/

Comment: Secret services exacerbating the problem (Score 1) 205

by Kirth (#47322979) Attached to: The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Of course, if some morons decide instead of to fix problems to try to exploit them -- and to create a market for them, the problem sure is to grow even more.

"Yes, this car may be tipping over very easily, but we might need this to assassinate some foreign dignitaries, so we don't hell the manufacturer".

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by Kirth (#47221075) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Sadly, most crime statistics don't differ between "hand gun" and "rifle" or somesuch. Because that would change the statistics extremely, with "hand gun" ownership being rather low in most countries other than the US, even those which otherwise have a very high gun proliferation.

If you're counting in the "technically government owned firearms", my country (Switzerland) is probably number two, but these are mostly rifles, and most other privately held firearms also are rifles. Depending on the type of rifle, you can get them without any permit. But you usually can't get more modern than single-shot muzzle-loading hand guns without a specific license. And you need another license for carrying them.

Also, the statistics probably lack murder-by-police ("We mistook his cellphone for a gun"), and I'm pretty sure the US is very high up in that department as well..

Comment: DOJ wants the right to falsify and taint evidence? (Score 1) 76

by Kirth (#46977599) Attached to: DOJ Requests More Power To Hack Remote Computers

"hacking computers", or "placing trojans" and other such things primarily do one thing: They make evidence useless. Because you can't prove anymore that you did not plant it, that you didn't change anything and that you did not open a backdoor for a third party.

How stupid can you get? And why haven't the forensic specialists of the DOJ told them what their request really would mean?

I've got some other great ideas in the same vein:
- Drop cleanliness regulations for DNA testing labs
- Don't require physical evidence be sealed. And leave doors to it unlocked, so everyone can go and tamper some.

I can understand a secret service that wants to do these things, but a law enforcement agency really, really can't allow it. Much less propose it.

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 627

by Kirth (#46937769) Attached to: US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

You're a shill, and the points you make a total distraction. And incidentally, the same as rgbatdukes, so I expect you to be some astroturfers.

It's very simple: Pumping energy into a system makes it warmer, yes, but not everywhere, and not every time, but only in the average. So counting up outliers (coldest, warmest, whatever) does mean squat.

What pumping energy into a system does in the first place is raising entropy.

And this means, you get _hotter_ AND _colder_ climate, more rainfall AND less rainfall. In short, climate gets more extreme.

The best way to see this, well, you've already experienced it, it comes with names like Katrina and Sandy...

Comment: Re:Linux developer arrogance (Score 1) 589

by Kirth (#46926557) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

"because no windows developers have 'this kind of hardware anymore'.

The reality is, Linux supports much more older hardware than windows does. Because drivers are vendor-produced, they don't tend to upgrade them when new versions are out (and their product isn't on sale any more). So you end up with tons of scanners, drives, printers, and what have you, which can't be made to work on newer windows versions. Which run just fine on even the newest linux versions.

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