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Comment Re:This whole discussion should be moot. (Score 1) 168

No amount of blind justification of strict government enforcement or ad hominem attacks against me and others like me will change that.

Nor will your deliberate (or wildly ignorant) mischaracterization of "idea communication" ever give you moral cover for wanting creative people to be your pet entertainment slaves. What does "blind justification" actually mean, anyway? There's nothing "blind" going on here - it's all very simple. You can't copy somebody's work without their permission, and some people grant that permission in advance, while others don't. You'd prefer to force that creative person to do as you see fit, because you think you are entitled to their day's work. Nothing blind about it - it's plain as day.

Comment Re:Sent to prison for Cartoon Porn (Score 2, Insightful) 751

Which is absolutely not the point.

The real point of the legal definition of CP should be: Something that hurts children, and therefore must be prevented. But of course, right now, the real point is: Something that a politician thinks, the most extreme conservative groups might objet to, and therefore cost him votes, or will be picked up by the media, and so in the end costs him power. They don’t fuckin’ care about children getting hurt. All they care about are their own asses. The whole idea of just forbidding to talk/see/hear anything about CP, instead of preventing the actual action that hurts children, is just sick. Because it protects CP. If accidentally stumbling upon a CP site and then call the cops to put them in jail, means that you will be put in jail, then CP is safer than it ever was! And that is what ever people who got themselves raped as children say.

The problem is many people are under the delusion that what somebody else thinks, and does with their own body; harms them.

Comment Retarded on another basis (Score 1) 647

Web browser making requests to web server is just the 1990s+ version of mainframe terminal making requests to a mainframe. The difference is a one-to-few relationship becomes a one-to-many relationship. IBM terminals (and some others) understand page layout, and things like form elements. What we really need to defeat is "...on the internet" patents, and that's essentially what this is given the similarity to mainframes.

Comment Re:Social networking is not about privacy (Score 1) 446

I believe you are being mislead by the word 'friend'.
It is supposed to be a person whose company one enjoys and who is there in good times and bad to give advice and encouragement as a confidant(e) and a sounding board. Not the 400-odd people who you may have met once in a long-forgotten party and have collected like baseball cards.

Comment Re:Waxing Philosophical (Score 1) 581

the population might thin out enough that we move back to living within nature instead of being this anomalous creature that tries to force nature to obey.

Excellent, I'm glad you voluntered for phase 1 of the population thinning program. Feel free to remove your burden from the earth in any quiet environmentally-concious way you see fit.

Nothing personal, I just think that "great, lets start with you" is an good reply to anyone discussing population thinning :)

Comment comments and complexity (Score 1) 660

Two comments:

1. Comments are there to tell WHY the code is doing what it is doing, not necessarily what the code is doing. I deal with code all the time that has comments that tell me what I can easily learn by reading the code, but they don't tell me why so when it is broken I don't know if it is because there is a subtle problem with the code or that the developer didn't know what they were doing.

2. After literally getting headaches from reading code written by other people I came up with a simple metric: The complexity of the coding solution to a problem is inversely proportional to how well the developer understood the problem they were trying to solve. In other words, someone who understands the problem will have a simpler solution than someone who doesn't understand the problem as well. You can apply this metric to things other than code, too, but it is usually very apparent with software.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 4, Insightful) 432

The only real solution to distracted driving is education. Drivers need to understand that as common-place as driving has become, that doesn't make it any less necessary to respect "safe control of the vehicle" as the first and over-riding responsiblity of anyone operating a vehicle.

The problem is, that's a solution that doesn't work. Case in point: every time something related to this subject comes up, we get the mandated number of posts from people who say, "Yeah, some people may not be able to drive while talking on the phone/eating a pizza/doing their taxes, but I'm really good, and I don't have any trouble doing it and staying in complete control of my car." *All* of these morons will hear the education and say, "Yeah, but I'm an exception."

Comment Re:Nothing new here... (Score 1) 543

Fallout 3 allowed you to murder innocent people, wandering nomads, traders, basically anyone (well except kids), even a guy collapsed on the ground begging for water. In fact, any CRPG worth it's salt doesn't balk at the idea that not everyone is a noble minded hero and that innocent civillians are not impervious to all attacks.

Deus Ex allows you to kill innocent people, even sick people. Hell there is one small part where a guy asks you to kill him.

All of the Hitman games, Blood Money in particular, contain numerous civillians that you never ever have a reason to kill, yet the game provides no specific punishment for doing so.

Soldider of Fortune 1 and 2 would automatically kill you if you shot anyone but the bad guys. And it was a worse game for it.

Strife apparently had the vital signs of all civillians hooked up to the global alarm system and anyone that was killed would set it off, and they always knew it was you. Never did work out how they knew.

The Grand Theft Auto/Saint's Row games obviously have a police presence to attempt to stop you from killing too many people, which is accurate to the scenario and a entertaining facet to the game.

Carmageddon anyone?

I'm sure there are more. I imagine that the majority of older games didn't have civillians because there was only so many system resources to go around and it was a waste to spend them on non-enemy, non-quest related, non-vendor characters

If anything, this Modern Warfare 2 outrage is another reminded for me to put on my "get off my lawn" t-shirt and pine for a time when gaming was a secluded pastime seperate from society and it's impressive ability to freak out at anything and everything.

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 863

Sounds like a problem with that poorly written enterprise app, not Windows 7

Some applications naturally require lots of RAM and CPU cycles. It doesn't have to be some half-baked internally developed Java interface to Oracle (though those are popular, and I use one myself at work now and then.) Look at most high-end engineering applications - the whole line of Autodesk products, SolidWorks, PTC/CoCreate, FloWorks, Ansys, CST or Ansoft, and you will see that they *require* about 4 GB of RAM to perform reasonably well. Some need much more.

I am often amused that so many people honestly believe that in an enterprise people only need Outlook, IE and Office. That is maybe true for a secretary. But secretaries are assistants, they do not produce the final product themselves. In my field of work engineers do that. Most people in my department at work are engineers; we have two secretaries for 30 people (they do contracts and accounting.) Those two secretaries, besides the usual Office, run that Oracle thing. But everyone else runs Xilinx tools (average compile time several hours,) ModelSim (I shouldn't probably mention average simulation time - a full simulation would take days,) Genesys and ADS for analog design, and so on and so forth. These high-end engineering applications not only need resources, they also cost lots of money and they are not replaceable by something else. They are practically single source solutions. For example, CST - theoretically Ansoft is a competitor, but in reality it isn't (too far behind.) In Xilinx world you may splurge on Synplify Pro and reduce 1% of your implementation time to 0.9% - but the bulk of time is spent in Xilinx proprietary tools like map and par, and nobody knows how to code those because they implement Xilinx's secrets.

So to summarize, maybe an old PC with 512 MB RAM and 1 GHz CPU would be somewhat adequate for order entry at your local car mechanic's office. Once in a while he walks into the office, slightly wipes his oily hands sometimes, punches client's name with one finger and the details show up on the screen. He types "repl oil, flt" and presses F10, the order is printed and that concludes his painful interaction with the computer. So for such applications sure, give him an old PC and he'd be happy as a clam. But if you are a worker who really uses the computer, slow PC is a bottleneck. Businesses can't afford to give employees slow PCs because that would lower their efficiency. The incremental cost of a modern PC (typically rental) is miniscule compared to the employee's salary.

Comment Re:as they would say on FARK.. (Score 2, Insightful) 572

I think that mostly comes from it being such an emotionally intense decision. Whether you choose to go back to work or stay at home with the kids, you tell yourself that you've made the right decision. A lot of people take it one step further and tell themselves that the opposing camp of working/stay-at-home mums made the wrong decision. This helps them to feel better about themselves but can lead to down the nose comments.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 1) 579

The right to get a disease is an obvious consequence of self-ownership (a.k.a. liberty, self-determination). Others can use force in self-defense if and when your presence creates a reasonable expectation of irreversible harm, and if you pass the disease on the recipient can sue you for damages after the fact. That's it, at least in civilized societies. Preemptive "justice" driven by fear, in the absence of immediate danger, is anything but.

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