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Comment: Re:the Greens support the bill in principle... (Score 1) 162

by Malenfrant (#35808164) Attached to: NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law
Since when has compromise meant do the exact opposite of everything promised in their election manifesto? That is not compromising, that is selling out your principles for a whiff of power. Sure, the Conservatives throw them a small bone now and then, so they can claim they are exerting influence, but most people see right through that which is why their poll ratings have sunk like a stone.

Comment: Re:not even close.... (Score 1) 70

by Malenfrant (#35790728) Attached to: Grammy Awards Finally Giving Games Some Respect
Dreamfall, by Funcom, is very like a film. It is an adventure game that that progresses through puzzles and cutscenes and dialogue. It is also one of my favourite games. The story is a lot better than most films because most films these days are very generic. I played through Dreamfall 10 times because I enjoyed the story so much, even though I knew how to complete it.

How Zynga's CityVille Drew 70 Million Players In Less Than a Month 101

Posted by Soulskill
from the none-of-us-are-as-dumb-as-all-of-us dept.
An article at Gamasutra takes an in-depth look at how Zynga's new browser-based social game CityVille managed to accumulate tens of millions of players in the relatively short time since its launch early this month. Quoting: "The Facebook interface induces a high degree of user blindness. It does not do a great job of exposing new games and applications, and lacks a directory or a 'Featured in the App Store' style of editorial (as Apple does for the iPhone), which means that for most developers there are huge problems in getting their games in front of users' eyeballs. With all of the free advertising channels on the platform now constrained or dead, this has meant that the Facebook economy has been acquiring an increasingly Darwinian shape. Where it used to be an egalitarian environment in which any developer could strike it big, over the last year it has become top-heavy with larger developers accruing exponential success, and cutting off oxygen to smaller companies by default."

Comment: Re:here we go again (Score 1) 227

by Malenfrant (#34692204) Attached to: France Planning Non-Windows Tablet Tax?
If it wasn't for your bad-tempered reply to yourself, I would probably have moderated you up. I rarely use my moderator points for any other purpose than correcting troll/flamebait moderations I consider unfair. But you shot yourself in the foot instead. Maybe a bit more patience would serve you well. Also gratuitous shouty swearing doesn't help.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 3, Interesting) 422

by Malenfrant (#34199012) Attached to: UK Politician Arrested Over Twitter 'Stoning Joke'
The UK government have already instilled this fear. If an islamic man had posted that about a white woman, you can guarantee he would be arrested, charged and convicted for it. Similar has already happened. If this councillor gets away with it it'll be yet another case of hypocrisy from our corrupt government.

Comment: Re:Philosophical issue arises (Score 1) 72

by Malenfrant (#33506580) Attached to: Translating Brain Waves Into Words
This is complete nonsense. The article states that it is reading the speech centers. I would assume that it has already been translated into language before this. I for one think in English, so I see no reason why any reading of my thoughts, especially just before I voice them, would not also be in English.

Comment: Re:So let me get this straight... (Score 1) 330

by Vetruvet (#30142414) Attached to: Less Than Free
I think that now there is so little (excluding read-only optical media) of the "true" ROM (stuff that can never be rewritten). Now, just about all "ROM" (technically, EEPROM) can be flashed (rewritten) for the purpose of updating (or others...). So now the term "ROM" is synonymous with firmware. So, custom ROM=custom firmware. Or in the case of emulators, ROM is the image required for the emulator to ... emulate.

Comment: There's difference between CoS and other religions (Score 2, Insightful) 511

by Loosifur (#30142376) Attached to: AU Senator Calls Scientology a "Criminal Organization"

Whenever there's something about CoS it seems like there's a crowd of people who chime in with, "But ALL religions are corrupt, criminal, and commercial." Which inevitably leads to the conclusion that, if you happen to not have a problem with religion in general, you must accept anything which calls itself a religion, or become an atheist.

Here's the problem. We'll put aside my Pollyanna-esque belief that most of the time religions really are about a genuine and sincere effort to understand the metaphysical aspects of existence. Yes, the Catholic church is responsible for suppression of science and learning, set up the "indulgence" system, and a host of other sins. Keep in mind, however, that the Catholic church was the last vestige of Roman-style socio-political organization after the fall of the empire. While the West dissolved, the Catholic church was the closest thing to a stable government that was able to provide legitimacy to regional and local rulers, preserve some measure of learning, and mitigate internal conflict. Not until the Treaty of Westphalia does the modern concept of the state enter into Western thinking, and that was well after the Inquisition's height. So, yes, the Catholic church has done some nasty things, but compare it to any other nation-state if you want an appropriate ethical comparison.

CoS, on the other hand, actively seeks to defraud individuals through a deliberate pyramid-scheme. It is felonious by any legal standards, and does no charitable work to speak of. Churches, synagogues, and mosques routinely collect money from followers as a sign of devotion and as a means of maintaining themselves (literally, as in a "building fund").

Some Slashdotters appear to be confused as to the concept of nonprofit. A nonprofit organization is allowed to raise money through sales and donations in order to pay it's employees and maintain itself; it only has to show that, at the end of the day, it doesn't have any money.

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