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Comment: Re:Secret Ballot? (Score 1) 480

by PatientZero (#48798011) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

You're assuming those that take the time to register and vote actually do study the issues. Do many look beyond the superficial sources and advertising, or do they base their vote on their neighbor's equally-uninformed opinion, the name of the initiative, or the candidate's party?

Hell, we'd probably get the same results without the exorbitant costs if we simply employed a giant lotto machine.

Comment: Re: Killing Muzzies too doesn't imply non-Islamic (Score 1) 509

by PatientZero (#48788667) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Don't forget that the Christian* sects took their turn at this too. The Protestant/Catholic wars wreaked havoc across Medieval Europe until the Renaissance and mass education. *waves hands over a thousand years of history*

Science. Education. Freedom. Opportunity.

Support these enough and the rest will eventually take care of itself. Sure, violence still pops up on occasion (e.g. abortion clinic bombings), but it's far less than the indiscriminate and organized slaughter that existed back then.

* I don't mean to imply it was only these two religions. Who can forget the horrible Amish incursions that nearly decimated Pennsylvania in the 70's!

Comment: Re:Nice but pointless for me (Score 1) 377

by PatientZero (#46503079) Attached to: Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With <em>Titanfall</em>

You're not missing out. After being intrigued by the trailer showing the solo campaign and the pretty cool gameplay and graphics, I bought it Saturday and let it download overnight. Installed it this morning and started it up, but the tutorial crashed. Restarted it (remap the keys again because it didn't save them) and launched the campaign mode . . . which is online and multiplayer only. WTF?

Apparently, "campaign mode" now means "goal-oriented multiplayer modes with no story" like conquest while "classic mode" means "standard multiplayer games with no story" such as team deathmatch or capture-the-flag.

Twenty-four hour return policy activated, and good riddance. You'd think with all the cash EA has they could produce an online store half as good as Steam (much as that raises ire for some people), but alas that is not the case.

BTW, that browser extension was the server browser. I have no idea what it bought them to write a bunch of C code in a browser extension rather than packaging it up into a regular executable, but the major downside is that every time you join a server the entire engine has to be loaded and initialized. If these were the good ol' days of 2 second startup times it would be no problem. I gave up on BF4 pretty quick as it got so tiresome waiting for the game to reload every time you switched servers.

+ - Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband-> 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset writes: Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at and GigaOM
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Comment: That's the wrong lie (Score 2) 470

by PatientZero (#43668581) Attached to: <em>Ender's Game</em> Trailer Released
The military command lied to Ender by pretending he was still in a training exercise, but they did not lie about the need to "end them." Without communication with the aliens, there was no way for the humans to know that the queens had realized their mistake and were perfectly willing to live in peaceful coexistence. Given the sheer luck that allowed Razer to win the previous battle for Earth, they were reasonably certain Earth would never survive another attack.

It was only later that Ender was able to communicate with the remaining queen and learn the full story. He was upset about being lied to and having caused so much death, but I think he understood why they lied to him. He didn't like it, mind you, but he understood it was the only way to get him (or anyone) to do what he did.

If all else fails, lower your standards.