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Comment: Re:You're kidding!?! (Score 1, Insightful) 234

by RCourtney (#40321385) Attached to: 64 Drone Bases Located On American Soil
I think the difference that might make people rightly question how UAVs on American soil are used even for just training purposes is that they are primarily for spying purposes. My biggest questions are:

While on training missions within the United States what surveillance is done with them for the purposes of training?

What information is stored from those training missions?

How is that information used or is it shared with the CIA, FBI or local police?

I think all of those are valid and necessary questions given what we know from our country's past actions and the skirting of domestic safeguards since 9/11 in the name of national security.

Comment: Re:Science VS religion. (Score 1) 564

Ummm that humans were created at one single time in their present form within the last 10,000 years and you think that is a scientifically valid theory? Arguing where the Universe originated is valid (and unprovable) but arguing where humans came from? Not so much. Even Pope John Paul II didn't argue AGAINST evolution.

Comment: Re:Don't blame math (Score 1) 371

by RCourtney (#39832965) Attached to: The Math Formula That Lead To the Financial Crash
"empathy": I dont think that word mean what any of the above posts think it means. Empathy is where you understand and therefore can relate to what someone else's situation and circumstances makes them feel and think. And we know no one on Wall Street even cared about those who were screwed over let alone tried to imagine themselves on the other side of the equation. I think the word the last post was looking for is "altruistic" but that cant be right either because we know the only reason 99.9% of companies do anything altruistic is in order to increase profits or reputation (which is just another way of ensuring profit) which is, in its true intrrpretation, not altrustic aftrr all.

Comment: Google's lawyer opens by affirming copying of code (Score 2) 393

by RCourtney (#39720463) Attached to: Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free
FTA In Google's Opening Statements:

The source code inside Android is different from Java because Google wrote it from scratch. Mr. Jacobs said yesterday that there was copying, but that there was not a lot of it. 9 lines out of 15,000,000. These lines came from a developer that Google hired from Sun late in the development of Android, and it should not have happened.

Didn't Google's lawyer just affirm that an employee of Google did use a small amount of Sun's code and Google knew it was wrong and that it shouldn't have happened?

Comment: Re:money talks (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by RCourtney (#39684527) Attached to: Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth
FTA: "The largest sinkhole appeared in 2007."

I thinks its even worse than you think since the only reason this tycoon is being made an example of NOW is that he probably forgot to pay his dues and/or respects to soon-to-be-president-again Putin. At least that has been the narrative in the past when some wealthy Russian falls from grace.

In Soviet Russia, the corrupt decorrupt you.

Comment: Re:Yeah, I'm an AC - so what. (Score 1) 596

by RCourtney (#38788435) Attached to: White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

By all means, post an example - just one would be more than sufficient since I stated an absolute - of a corporation lobbying on the behalf of the public good AND that is detrimental to their profits.

Oddly enough, just last week I read an article in the LA Times about 12 companies in California wanting to become the state's first Benefit Corporations, which are designed to allow corporations to be guided by enviromental concerns rather than fudicial. Some people and companies apparently do want to put other responsibilities at least on the same level as making money and it was encouraging to read that this is happening in numerous states.

Comment: Re:Wikileaks? (Score 1) 284

by RCourtney (#36413242) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Analysis of the Palin Email Trove
Emails to and from her Governor-work related email addresses are considered public records. Various media outlets requested the release of all correspondence related to then Governor Palin back in 2008 while she was John McCain's running mate - it just took the state of Alaska this long to actually come up with the emails.

Comment: Stealth Blackhawk BETA (Score 2) 484

by RCourtney (#36048372) Attached to: Crashed Helicopter Sparks Concern Over Stealth Secrets
It must have been a Stealth Blackhawk in BETA - never seen before and bound to crash at least once.

All kidding aside, it is quite unfortunate that it's debut was the result of a crash in a country that has been known to export nifty knowledge and new technology they acquire (i.e. A.Q Kahn and nuclear weapons).

Comment: Re:Not sure I'll buy it. (Score 5, Interesting) 216

by RCourtney (#34055574) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Hands-On
Actually, if history is any indication, Blizzard really doesn't care about its players.

A brief history of Diablo 2...

When everyone realized they could run Pindle many many times per minute, who was easy to get to (3 clicks) and dropped ALL the best items in the game (even if infrequently) Blizzard instituted waiting lines for new games to slow this down. They didn't change where Pindle was located or that he dropped the best items because it wasn't about the players, it was about their own resources being over utilized. It didn't stop the botters since they just added more keys and clients - a bot waiting doesn't get annoyed like a player waiting does.

Well, players got annoyed having to sit there and watch a number count down showing how many people were ahead of them to create a game while the botters kept getting rich. Blizzard's answer was to implement Realm Down - a system by which you can join X amount of games in Y minutes and if you join more than X games in Y minutes you were temporarily banned for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Again, this did not address the actual problems since the botters just set their timing variables to be X games in Y+1 minutes and they were never affected by Realm Down. Legitimate players, on the other hand, got screwed just by joining buy games or transferring items from one character to another because, unlike a bot, a human player cannot calculate their games per hour to an accurate enough degree to avoid realm down.

And I don't need to mention duping, which is still prevalent to this day in Diablo 2. Blizzard's answer to this was to implement a delete-dupe-on-joining-a-game method that ensured the people who actually created the dupes NEVER lost their stuff but any NORMAL LEGITIMATE PLAYER who happened to spend their hard earned loot on a duped rune/item (50/50 chance, really) had it disappear on them at some point when they joined a game. Again, cheaters not affected at all while legitimate players got screwed.

Too many SoJ's got duped? Blizzard implemented the World Event (aka Diablo Clone) which dropped a super charm when ~100 SoJs were sold to the merchant. Who benefited from this? Not the legit players since they didn't have caches of duped SoJs to drop at the merchant to make DClone spawn. But the botters and dupers, they got rich spawning dclone! Then the legit players worked together and started collectivly using SoJs to spawn DClone... well, the dupers had a field day and just kept duping SoJs to sell to the legit players now, which is what the World Event was suppose to stop?

I have been both a legitimate player and a botter, so I can speak from both sides of the equation. Blizzard never really cared about either legit players or botters - it was all about what it cost them after you've already paid for the game. That makes lots of sense from an economical stance, but it was one horrible decision after another from a PR and attitude perspective.

I cannot, however, speak to how they have been regarding WoW. After my experience with them in Diablo 2 I could never fathom paying them monthly for anything..

Comment: Re:Retribution? (Score 2, Insightful) 851

by RCourtney (#33837756) Attached to: College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It
A serious question to any lawyer-type people out there:

When I first read about this court ruling I was left wondering how this applies to citizens using these devices on police, government officials, candidates, etc. I had just read a different article about iPhone apps that let people know where speed traps and DUI checkpoints are set up. The cynic in me thought this ruling must mean that citizens can now GPS bug police cars and the whole process of collecting data for speed traps and stuff would be automated instead of world-of-mouth. Is that a logical conclusion? Or are police and government officials somehow different from citizens in this regard?

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"