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Comment: Re:Liberals+NDP (Score 1) 86

by RJHelms (#39304799) Attached to: Last Chance To Stop SOPA From Coming To Canada

And then if/when that party wins enough power under the FPTP system to actually bring about that change, they will mysteriously lose their desire for proportional representation.

Don't forget, before political power was within his reach, Stephen Harper was a consistent advocate of proportional representation. Somehow that dropped by the wayside once the distortions in our electoral system started to work in his favour.

Comment: Re:Account verification (Score 1) 211

by RJHelms (#37070358) Attached to: Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny

I have heard this theory as well. One of the reasons I've seen is that organizations like Al Shabab, various warlords, etc, serve the functions of a state even if they don't have any diplomatic recognition as such. The tiny "central government", as well as presence of international organizations, are also "too much of a state" for some libertarians..

I think recognizing non-state actors as stepping in to fill the role of the state is important. But it's a pretty big jump to assume that in any way supports a libertarian viewpoint.

Comment: Re:Civ2 AI (Score 1) 133

by RJHelms (#36751726) Attached to: Computer Learns Language By Playing Games

Nice, now I have an AI to play against that isn't completely retarded.

Read the paper. The "reading AI" developed at MIT was still crushed by the game-provided AI about half the time. Gives you an idea just how badly the game-provided AI plays.

Read the paper. That was before they had the "reading AI" read anything. After it read the manual, their AI beat the game-provided AI 78% of the time.

Comment: Re:Article error in headline! (Score 3, Informative) 165

by RJHelms (#36725948) Attached to: Turn Your iPad Into a Star Trek PADD

Trekkers are more normal? I have never, ever heard the term used like that.

The real usage goes like this: Trekkies are hopeless Star Trek nerds. Trekkers are Star Trek nerds who are so hopeless, they're even hopeless nerds when it comes to discussing the terminology used to describe hopeless Star Trek nerds.

Comment: In foreign lands... (Score 1) 490

by RJHelms (#35710824) Attached to: Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum

For the benefit for those of us who live outside of Americatown, what is Algebra II? What year would you take it? The II suggest to me 10th grade, is this correct?

How many math courses are required to graduate in most US high schools now? Also, does USA actually have a national high school curriculum? In Canada referring to a course by name means very little once you cross provincial borders.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 2) 336

by RJHelms (#35655806) Attached to: MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month

I'm not surprised they are losing this many users. Rather than stagnating and becoming irrelevant like Geocities and Livejournal, MySpace is actively alienating it's userbase.

They saw that people were moving to other platforms, and decided to engage in a poorly thought out redesign that took the features people actually used, and removed, broke, or hid them.

I haven't deleted my MySpace accounts, but as a musician until recently did have a worthwhile reason for logging in periodically to keep in touch with venues and other bands, and as a URL I could give out to showcase recordings and show dates. All that functionality is fubed now, as is the layout and design of my page.

I won't be back.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 310

by RJHelms (#35151434) Attached to: Cheap Games a Risk To the Industry, Says Nintendo President

The issue is that people apparently see iPhone games for $1 and think "oh, games are cheap, why would I spend $40 on a Nintendo game then?"

I don't think that really happens though, just that marketroids and executives, who are scared of the quality of their own product, think it does. I see plenty of iPhone games for $1 that I like, and plenty of games for free that I like too. But I'll happily shell out $40 for a game that gives me 40 more entertainment than an iPhone game, which thankfully most console or PC games do. Purely anecdotal of course, but most other games I know feel the same way.

Compare the occasional 15 minutes of diversion you get from Angry Birds, for $1, with the (just to pull a random example) 60 hours minimum you get from a run through of Fallout: New Vegas (with enough left over for a few more run-throughs) at $50, and I don't think the competition is in anyway unfair or that the price difference is out of whack.

The only legitimate I could see for a big game studio feeling threatened by $1 games was if they knew all along they weren't delivering $40 of value with their $40 games. And if that's the case it's hard to have much sympathy for them.

Comment: Re:The perfect plan. (Score 1) 364

by RJHelms (#35090320) Attached to: Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

Why is this modded Redundant?

This is EXACTLY what would happen if the CRTC was disbanded. Just because the CRTC makes unpopular and poorly-reasoned decisions occasionally (ok, quite frequently) doesn't mean that there's no need for a regulator. The only reason we had unlimited-use packages from smaller ISPs at all was because the big telcos requires CRTC approval to abolish them.

Is that really something you want to do away with? Reform the CRTC, yes. Demand greater accountability and public oversight, absolutely. But disband? Hell no!

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