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Comment: Re:This is nothing. Think of the Syrians. (Score 1) 618

by Nathrael (#31996864) Attached to: New Russian Weapon Hides In Shipping Container

a mist of VX at a moderate altitude over an Israeli city might as well be.

I'd say it'd be even worse than a nuclear bomb. Weaponized VX can, if the wind direction is right, can theoretically "cleanse" a small country of any advanced life forms without those pesky side effects such as irradiation preventing a later conquest. Sure, nukes are great bunker busters and their symbolic effect is not to be understated - but if you want to go for true mass destruction, nerve gas is much more effective.

Games

More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux 256

Posted by Soulskill
from the come-on-valve-spill-the-beans dept.
SheeEttin writes "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo, and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X. Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."

Comment: Re:LOLwut? (Score 1) 298

by Nathrael (#31886004) Attached to: Microsoft Quickly Revises "Sexting" Ad For Kin Phone

[...] political correctness [...] not followed in Europe

You haven't been to Europe recently, have you? There may be quite a few things that aren't so great about the US, but it still is one of the few western countries that actually has free speech (and no silly hate speech laws restricting it) and has better things to spend money on than gendering the stickers in subway trains asking you to give your seat to mothers with small children (oh, apologies: *fathers* with small children) or handing out government prices to people who waste their time in a similar fashion.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a plan (Score 1) 222

by Nathrael (#31877000) Attached to: Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"
A Clockwork Orange (and similar works of fiction) differ from the aforementioned rape simulation in that it's point is a completely different one. The point of Clockwork Orange is of a sociological (or political, if you wish so) nature; the point of a pedophile tentacle rape comic is to satisfy the sick desires of those who get a hard-on over it.

Also, your post got modded troll because certain people here are idiots >.> .

Comment: Re:Sounds like a plan (Score 1) 222

by Nathrael (#31872970) Attached to: Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"
But these are mentally ill, and even if they can somehow control their illness, I still find it rather dangerous or, at least, irresponsible to reward them for living out their illness. A cure would certainly be better - but the first step in curing someone's mind is by making them realize the wrongness of their believes. Curing a disease is much better than suppressing it, for both it's sufferer and his fellow humans.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a plan (Score 0, Offtopic) 222

by Nathrael (#31869996) Attached to: Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"

Everybody views porn or has viewed porn before, so nobody can condemn you for it without being a hypocrite themselves.

Perhaps, but there's a little difference between being attracted to a hot woman having consensual sex and being attracted to pre-legal kids getting raped, isn't there?

The Military

+ - Could Terrorists Get Hold of a Nuclear Bomb? 2

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former investigator with the CIA and the DOE who led US efforts to determine whether al-Qaeda possessed a nuclear bomb in the wake of 9/11, says there are three headlines that keep him awake at night: Pakistani 'loose nukes' in the hands of terrorists, North Korea supplies terrorists with nuclear bombs, and Al-Qaeda launches nuclear attack. While the good news is that Mowatt-Larssen thinks "the odds are stacked against" terrorists acquiring a nuclear bomb, the low probability has to be weighed against the awfulness of the consequences. In Mowatt-Larssen's view, there is "a greater possibility of a nuclear meltdown in Pakistan than anywhere else in the world" because the region has more violent extremists than any other, the country is unstable, and its arsenal of nuclear weapons is expanding. While Mowatt-Larssen says the possibility of a Taliban takeover is a "worst-case scenario," Al-Qaeda's experience on the nuclear black market has taught its planners that its best chance lies in constructing an "improvised nuclear device (IND)," using a quantity of plutonium or 25kg- to 50kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU), the size of one or two grapefruits. HEU is held in hundreds of buildings in dozens of countries. "Security measures for many of these stocks are excellent, but security for others is appalling," according to a report published in 2008 by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and there is no global inventory of either material, so no-one can be sure how much has gone missing over the years. "It is a stark and worrying fact, therefore, that nuclear materials and weapons around the world are not as secure as they should be," writes Ian Kearns, Research Director of the British-American Security Information Council, adding that the future of nuclear security hangs on this week's summit in Washington."

Comment: Re:The fun is in the simplicity (Score 1) 322

by Nathrael (#31792704) Attached to: All the Best Games May Be NP-Hard

When you're playing competitively, the moment you have a significant skill imbalance the fun disappears.

Not necessarily. In fact, in many online games, I quite enjoy playing against "the pros" every once in a while. Sure, I may get blown to pieces, but by carefully watching how my enemy manages to outskill me, I learn, and that's easily one of the most important aspects of competitive gaming.

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