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Comment: Re:They tried this already. (Score 1) 248

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36756416) Attached to: Scientists Breeding Super Bees

Thinking that nature thinks, and that if it does it cares at all about our survival, is pretty much the stupidest thing I can imagine.

IMO, reification is generally pretty stupid, and has no legitimate place outside of literature and poetry, where it's called "personification". It doesn't make sense to treat nature, society, government, or any abstraction as if it has a concrete existence and can think, plan, know, desire, or do anything on its own.

Comment: Why should Amazon do the states' job for them? (Score 1) 949

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36753126) Attached to: Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical
Sales taxes are supposed to be paid by consumers to the states. If consumers aren't paying the taxes they're supposed to be paying, then it's the state governments' job to enforce their own laws and collect the taxes. The states have no business demanding that Amazon act as their tax collectors.
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Microsoft Wants $15 Per Android Smartphone 361

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-up dept.
sfcrazy writes "Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system. The software giant claims to own a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform. From the article: 'Samsung would likely seek to lower the payment to about $10 in exchange for a deeper alliance with Microsoft for the U.S. company's Windows platform, the Maeil Business Newspaper quoted unnamed industry officials as saying.'"

Comment: As an RPG fan, I say it's too little, too late. (Score 2) 223

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#36622004) Attached to: Nintendo Trying To Win Back Core Gamers With Wii U

I had a SNES as a teenager, and I loved it. It had Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Axelay, Cybernator, Megaman X, Shin Megami Tensei, Wizardy V: Heart of the Maelstrom, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Super Mario RPG, Super Metroid, Castlevania IV, A Link to the Past, etc.

I skipped the N64 because the only RPG available was Quest 64, and I didn't give a shit about Ocarina of Time.

I bought a GameCube, but the only games worth playing were Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2, Eternal Darkness, Tales of Symphonia, and Viewtiful Joe.

I bought a Wii, and it collects dust unless I feel like replaying Trauma Team, No More Heroes, or Muramasa: the Demon Blade.

I'm not buying a Wii U. Since Nintendo of America has no intention of releasing games like Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower in the US, I have no further use for Nintendo.

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...

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