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Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 95

by drinkypoo (#47790895) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

I don't necessarily like knowing cops have this information but so long as there's rules over the collection (see above) I'm okay with this. If the EFF and ACLU (whom I normally support) wants the actual data, they can get their own OCR license plate cameras and drive around.

If the data doesn't belong to us, then the cops don't work for us, either. If we don't have a right to the methodology, then we're simply slaves.

Comment: Re:Just tell them (Score 1) 1195

It's comments like this that make me think the tech community isn't a completely lost cause.

I don't think it's more of a lost cause than the general population. Once I'd have thought it would be less, but these days I no longer believe that, either. The real difference is that modern communications methods make it easier for you to see who's an asshole. Before, it was entirely possible for someone to be a vicious asshole their whole lives and yet go unnoticed.

Comment: Re:Just tell them (Score 1) 1195

You must travel in some fucked up social circles. I do not see this type of behavior at all. Maybe Colorado is just full of nicer people? You people seem to live in some seriously fucked up sections of the planet.

Yes, I live in California. You know, the state with more residents than anywhere else in the country. But we're also talking about online, which makes geography irrelevant.

To conclude, women are not being held down by men everywhere

You can surely find limited localities where there is less repression, but frankly I do not believe that there is no sexism in Colorado, and further that your assertion that it does not exist there (that's what sexism does, after all, hold women down) only illustrates your blindness to the problem.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 0) 130

by drinkypoo (#47783737) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Only you normally don't need to be online, as Steam has an offline mode?

FFVII for Steam refuses to launch if you're not online, at least the first time. This ties into my prior complaints about Steam "backups", which cannot be played until Steam is installed and blessed by Valve, and then the game titles themselves are blessed by Valve.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 1, Informative) 130

by drinkypoo (#47783111) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

If you want what the devil has, you get to deal with the devil, like it or not.

I don't like it. I decided not to buy Portal 2 for just $5. The only Steam games I buy any more are indie titles. I did buy FFVII on Steam, because it was on sale, but then I torrented the non-steam version because fuck having to be always online to play a console game of yore.

Steam is shit.

Comment: Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (Score 0) 155

by drinkypoo (#47776981) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

This is why we use the terms "Instruction Set Architecture" to define the interface to the (assembler) programmer,

No, no we do not. That is called the instruction set. The programmer does not use the instruction set architecture, they simply issue instructions which the processor then executes as it sees fit, especially in [OoO] architectures with branch prediction. The architecture is the silicon, and the programmer isn't sitting on the die flipping switches.

Comment: Re:Microcode switching (Score 0) 155

by drinkypoo (#47776883) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

All these were made to make binary translation from x86 easy and reasonable fast.

And herein lies the proof that you know you are wrong, but are continuing to argue. Those things didn't make x86 translation possible, they made it easy and fast. Which is what I said previously. Thanks for the confirmation.

Comment: Re:Slashdot too huh? (Score 1) 1195

The problem was, what was said wasn't, it had nothing to do with it, it was completely off the cuff.

"Off the cuff" doesn't mean what you think it does, because it doesn't preclude racism or sexism. Indeed, it indicates it more strongly, where it appears to be present.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.