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Comment: Re:They deserve praise (Score 1) 144

by Punko (#47963641) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'
The cost of movies, even today, is based on what the market will support. Yes, sometimes movies make a ton of profit, but sometimes they lose. If you don't want to spend big bucks on a big name actress, then don't. But the risks of not making any money might go up. Its all risky, and large corporations tend to be risk averse.

To be honest, the budgets for most movies is driven by labour costs, and the largest component of that is for A-listers.

Comment: Re:mine stopped (Score 1) 169

by Punko (#47963607) Attached to: My resting heart rate:
I flatlined in a dentist's chair, while awaiting wisdom teeth removal surgery. Turns out that while gas was being introduced I was playing feedback games with my heart monitor - intentionally raising and lowering my heartrate - the attendant was shaking her head in disbelief. Then there was a problem in another suite, so my attendant was obligated to turn me back from gas to air while she had to step out of the room. I watched her leave. A few seconds later, my heart monitor goes into alarm, and I turned to see my monitor go flatline.

My attendant rushed back in, looked at monitor, then looked at me. In disgust, she walked to me and put the monitor back on my finger.

Then I woke up in recovery.

Comment: Re:Strange results (Score 1) 267

by Punko (#47622673) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:
Which supports the inclusion in the first option of "that I am aware of". Many folks may be affected by red-green colourblindness, but they may not be aware (if its mild). Also, while there is a general 10% rule including men and women, there are racial and sub-racial variances in there as well. the slashdot population may be higher in males than the general population but it may also be higher in other populations with a lower typical rate.

Comment: Re:apply this technology where it counts. (Score 3, Insightful) 87

by Punko (#47417123) Attached to: A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory
Except that politicians will apply any new cognitive abilities to suit their prime consideration: reelection. What our politicians are interested in is how to make the "country" better. This is not the same as making the country better for its citizens. The metric for how they make the country better is how can they make the country better for themselves. Does this mean I'm lumping all the politicians together, and painting politicians that really are looking out for the greatest good of their citizens with the same brush? Sadly, yes. But I look forward to the 1% proving me wrong.

Comment: Re:DLC? (Score 1) 178

by Punko (#47351909) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code
I play stock only. I imagine it is harder, but then the purpose of the game isn't to win, its to achieve. When I assembled my 1050t, 900 part mothership in orbit (13 launches) around Kerbin then flew it to Jool to explore all the moons at the same time using dedicated explorer ships, was it hard and rather tedious to do it without using a single mod or manipulating craft files? Damn right it was, especially when the part count got higher and the framerate dropped. Manual orbital maneuvers and docking can be a bitch at times.

Only ever considered the cosmetic mods, but never downloaded them when I saw the performance hit they all impart.

I just don't see the benefit of adding mods to take away the hard work, when the whole point is the effort. And yes, I only play minecraft on hardcore.

Comment: Re:Facebook hosted in Quebec? (Score 1) 506

by Punko (#46360399) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page
"...people living there in the past."

That's the problem in Quebec. Too many of the Pequists do live in the past. They are trying to hold Quebec back from evolving like the rest of the world. When the premier of Quebec states in public that saying "bonjour, hi" as a greeting in a store with a bilingual clientele is unacceptable (as the entire greeting must be in French, in her mind), she is clearly not functioning in the real world.

Comment: Re:It's the devil (Score 2, Insightful) 108

by Punko (#46221905) Attached to: Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found
Not a Christian stereotype, a fundamentalist one. I refuse to stereotype as Christian those that use the Christian moniker for such restrictive viewpoints.

I completely agree that most Christians believe in evolution and the use of science to understand the existing universe, regardless of the source of the Universe.

I don't know personally anyone who believe in the literal truth of the various holy books lying around.

As someone placed in the Christian faith not by my choice, it bugs me when folks use "Christian" as a descriptor to mean "I do what I want, how I want, in the name of Christianity". Folks like that have no issue treating certain other folks badly, all in the name of some misguided (my opinion) understanding of certain phrases.

Comment: Re:freedom... (Score 1) 374

by Punko (#45976537) Attached to: Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password
It has been obvious for a long time, that when it comes to privacy of the person and their rights when in conflict with the demands of the state and defending these rights in court, that the subject of the court case will be a scumball.

Just because he is scum doesn't mean he doesn't have rights. Someone's grandmother up on similar charges, we could all support defending their rights, unfortunately, they are not the ones likely to end up with those charges in the first place.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins