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Comment Re:knack for generating profoundly useless cards (Score 1) 104 104

I noticed that the network, now more fully trained, could generate meaningful, novel cards. However, it also had a knack for generating profoundly useless cards. Here are a few snippets from the output: * When $THIS enters the battlefield, each creature you control loses trample until end of turn.

Not a bonus, but plenty of creatures have slightly negative effects if they cost less to summon than their positive traits might suggest.

True, but having your own creatures lose trample is unusual as a drawback to a card, it's a very very situational penalty.

* Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may tap two untapped Mountains you control.

Weird, but if you're prevented from tapping mana sources for some reason...

Due to a combination of how the stack works, and the majority of mana sources having the timing priority it's pretty much impossible to prevent a player from tapping a mana source for mana. The best you can really do is force the timing of it so that it's not useful for your opponent to tap a source for mana, for example if you use a spell or effect that would cause an opponent's land to be tapped, they can always tap it to add it's mana to their mana pool before the effect that causes it to be tapped resolves. Now whether that mana is usable before it drains away at the end of a phase is up for debate, but you can't really be prevented from tapping for mana. Again the above card text falls into the category of 'this could be legal on a card but it's a weird card'

* 3, : Add 2 to your mana pool.

Useful if you're tricked into a large mana-burn situation. It effectively reduces all mana-burn down to 1.

Mana burn was removed in the 2010 rules update. So again this is a rather strange ability

* Legendary creatures can't attack unless its controller pays 2 for each Zombie you control.

Oddly specific, but not useless.

Agreed, still kind of a weird ability though.

Comment Re:Have You Looked for a Job Recently? (Score 1) 413 413

Ok, so we fund 'public internet terminals' instead of libraries, you still have to set up, maintain, and monitor those machines. And I guarantee you that there will be miscreants who try to hack, damage, or otherwise mess with those terminals just because they can, so you DO need to provide some oversight to them. That probably means having someone who's job it is to just watch the machines, and also means getting a tech out to them when they fuck up, (or are fucked up by said miscreants); long story short it means investing in infrastructure. I don't know the dollar figures for that, but it means a lot more overhead than simply giving someone a voucher that pays a utility company for a service they provide. Maybe your way would be better for society, I'm not convinced it necessarily is.

Comment Re:Have You Looked for a Job Recently? (Score 3, Interesting) 413 413

I'm not sure when the last time you went to a library was, but they're a relic of a bygone age, I've seen at least 3 of them shut down, and another 2 lose their accreditation because they couldn't afford to be open more than 3 days a week. Sure, you could let people go to the library, but then you have to fund the library. Whether that would be cheaper budget wise than paying for a 5gb per month broadband connection, I don't know, but the public library system as it is now is not sufficient to really support someone looking for work.

I imagine the biggest reason that the government doesn't run soup kitchens / have a bunch of work programs is that the overhead to oversee / manage those sorts of programs just ultimately ends up costing more than just giving people food.

Comment Re:Except they just turn the power off (Score 1) 288 288

Yes, I suppose a baton would work well in the immediacy of the moment. However for any country that isn't part of the 3rd world, you can reasonably expect to get your day in court, so saying 'lawyer' might get your head beat in a bit, but it's still probably the right thing to do. Evidence obtained because you got beaten with a baton would be inadmissible in US courts at very least. And given the current publicity about cops using excessive violence these days, I think it's unlikely the police would stoop to those sorts of behaviors against someone who's only resistance to them is not answering self incriminating questions.

Comment Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 4, Interesting) 216 216

Yup, I'm all in on the Netflix bandwagon. It, along with other streaming services (I'm a huge anime fan so Crunchyroll is in that list) are all I watch these days.

On the other hand I hope Hulu dies in a fire. I'm ok with watching ads to pay for my TV, and I have no problem with paying for a service to stream TV. I do however have an issue with paying a service to stream TV and still having to watch ads. Hulu+ is a joke of a service being managed by the same corporate assholes who made me leave cable in the first place. Netflix just beats out Hulu in terms of where you can use it (just about every possible device runs Netflix, while there's a lot that won't handle Hulu+) Heck even Amazon Prime is beating Hulu in terms of devices I see which support it. I hope the Hulu people figure their shit out eventually since there's a handful of shows I would watch (like South Park) if they had a reasonable streaming service that didn't try to double dip with both ads and subscriptions.

Comment Re:Not a surprise (Score 1) 250 250

The point I was making was really that because different jurisdictions have different laws regarding speeding, the burden of proof is different. For a civil infraction there's no requirement to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In your state clearly the laws are different, and would therefore I presume require the state to have 'harder' evidence than just a cop's word to successfully prosecute.

Comment Re:Not a surprise (Score 1) 250 250

Depends on where you live and what laws you're subject to. In some states speeding is considered a civil infraction. Here in Massachusetts a speeding ticket alone carries no risk of imprisonment, and therefore doesn't qualify for a jury trial. The only risk a speeding ticket has here is potential loss of license if you have too many in too short a period of time, or if you fail to pay the fines associated with the infraction.

There is the option to appeal the infraction to a magistrate, but there's a $25 court fee to do so. If you are unhappy with the magistrates decision you can pay an additional $50 court fee to appeal to a judge. Considering the average speeding ticket is about $100-200, and spending a day or more in court means you're spending a day out of work, most of the time it's just not worth the time and effort to try and fight a speeding ticket here.

Comment Re:sad (Score 1) 123 123

Pretty sure it's still April 1st here in the US, which is where Slashdot is based out of. Now I'm not saying that the world should be US centric (that's a whole other can of worms), but I think it's reasonable that a US based website operate on US time tables. I would have the same expectation if visiting a UK based site.

Comment Re:That will be amusing (Score 1) 262 262

As a former Radioshack employee; I can tell you that one of the metrics sales associates were ranked on was the % of Name and Address captures they did and anyone below a certain percentage (which I can't remember right now, but something in me says 80-90%) would be publicly shamed and potentially disciplined at the monthly associate meetings we were forced to attend. A lot of associates would 'make up' entries for exactly that reason (which if they got caught doing too much might also result in a write up or what not).

Comment Re:Actually you gave Costco that right (Score 1) 262 262

Well technically he still has the right to refuse an unlawful search of his person, but Costco is within their rights to make a condition of his membership that he waive that right within their property. Him choosing to exercise that right could (and probably should in this circumstance) lead to him losing his membership to Costco. Of course I'm just arguing semantics at this point, so yeah . . .

Comment Re:Submarine versus Viking longship (Score 2) 52 52

The math still caps at 99.9% or .1% there's always a .1% chance of any unit defeating another no matter how out gunned they are. Of course in practice this very rarely comes up. And I could see a longship having a piece break off after getting shot at and having that debris end up in just the right spot to clog the subs engines or torpedo bays or something like that. Sure it's statistically unlikely, and probably not even a 1/1000 chance of actually happening, but for the sake of game play I can accept it.

Comment Re:Other Freelance Platforms (Score 1) 55 55

Fair enough, I've worked with Onforce.com, FieldSolutions.com, WorkMarket.com, Syntechs.com, and barrister.com. My only complaints about the first two platforms are that it seem difficult to actually get work for them, they pay on time and are relatively professional. Onforce picks which techs get routed which opportunities and if you're not quick to respond someone else can snatch up a job. FieldSolutions lets you bid on just about anything, but they seem to be picky about which techs they'll take to any given job. Work Market is a crapshoot, some of the vendors are good, others not so much. Syntechs seems to enjoy making you wait 5 months for payment, while Barrister wants to pay you $45 to do a 2 hour job that's an hour drive away (and if you want to be paid in 2 weeks instead of 30 days they subtract an additional -10% off of that) and they make you wait 30 minutes to actually get through their hold queue to talk to anyone if there's any sort of problem.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.