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Comment: Re:Why you shouldnt buy anything with revocable DR (Score 5, Insightful) 459

by pla (#48910577) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers
Or maybe it would be an idea to not buy from the cheapest seller

What a great moral to the story! "Quit price-shopping, assholes - Pay full retail, or we... will... fuck you!"

Glad to see people feel just peach about that.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 5, Insightful) 459

by pla (#48910479) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers
Simple, really:

Ubisoft just taught another generation of paying customers that piracy provides a superior product, regardless of price.

Congrats, Ubi! We haven't had a good DRM fuckup like this in a while - Without all your hard work, people might eventually forget how much it (and you) sucks. Keep up the good work!

Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 2, Insightful) 492

by Alsee (#48877703) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

if the same data has been used to claim a warming trend and the same data is used to say otherwise I'd call that invalid data.

The same data has been used to claim men landed on the moon, and that the moon landing was a hoax. Therefore all data related to the moon landing should then be ignored. As it's proven flawed on both counts.

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Comment: Re:A question for all the"deniers". (Score 1) 492

by Alsee (#48875839) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

earth is primarily a self regulating eco-system leading to stability

Gaia is living, breathing, self stabilizing organism. Gaia actively maintains optimum conditions for live to thrive. If the sun fluctuates hotter, Gaia will keep us cool. If the sun fluctuates cooler, Gaia will keep us warm. We have released two quadrillion pounds (2,000,000,000,000,000) of CO2 into the atmosphere and the laws of physics say that will trap heat.... and Gaia will.... umm I dunno... but Gaia will do it's super-smart-Gaia-thing to to actively counter it and keep us in a loving protective embrace of shielded stability. If we have a nuclear war, Gaia will cleanse the environment and protect us from that nasty radiation-stuff. Gaia loves all life, gaia loves us and protects us. Gaia loves broadway shows and long walks on the beach. Gaia has profiles on eHarmony.com and JDate.com.

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Comment: Plot synopsis (Score 5, Funny) 138

by pla (#48875127) Attached to: Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film
So, in #12, they decided to save us the trouble of having #13 do "The Search for Kirk". So that puts #13 as...

Kirk violates the prime directive again, resulting in yet another five-minute demotion and a random crewmember reassigned to a garbage scow for the Ganymede outpost.

Suddenly an alien probe starts microwaving Earth's oceans. To save Earth, Starfleet instantly promotes Kirk to double-plus-admiral and gives him an experimental portable time travel module, which he uses to take the enterprise back to 1980s Earth.

Once there, he must find and kill a 10 year old Benedict Cumberbatch before he invents the plague that wiped out the whales.

In the second to last scene, wacky hijinks ensue as we learn that Uhura secretly hid a chihuahua in her purse before returning to the future, which due to tachyon flux has evolved into a catch-phrase spewing mascot with the power to float just out of reach.

Finally, Kirk makes a speech (possibly as a voiceover) intended to beat some cheesy moral principle about the benefits of communism into the audience.

Credits.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 2) 570

by pla (#48867855) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade
Not sure what's so difficult to understand about that

Aside from TFA's exceedingly ambiguous wording, you have to admit it leads to quite a few questions.

For example, Windows occasionally shits the bed (I know, I know, call me a hater), sometimes even because of their own updates. If I need to reinstall the OS after a year because Microsoft pushed out a bad update, will I then need to buy a new copy just to get back to what I had for free the previous day? That seems to leave an awfully lot of room for intentional "accidents".

Comment: Wow... Just "no". (Score 5, Insightful) 204

by pla (#48864315) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites
In what universe does a government website selling personal info to advertisers count as even remotely fucking acceptable???

This doesn't "raise significant privacy concerns", it sends a great big middle finger to the American public from its own elected officials. I don't care about the "potential" for misuse - I care that someone even considered the possibility of using healthcare.gov to siphon off PII.

Uncle Sam needs to retire.

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