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Comment: Re:This really is a google problem (Score 1) 775

by Ragun (#39025719) Attached to: Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?
I searched for his name for a 'vile childish "definition"' once and got exactly what I was looking for. Those who wanted to see the guy's website should just click the link below it.

As for Obama, there are many people who have spent a good deal of effort to link his name to all kinds of things. None the less, when I search for 'Obama' I don't get a website about Socialist Muslims as my top link. The difference is that Obama is a generally respectful human being as politicians go. Santorum brought this on himself in a way that someone like Obama simply never will. If more people rolled their eyes at the definition, than those who gave it a nod, it wouldn't be #1.

Santorum's problem, not Google's.

Comment: Games tell some stories better (Score 1) 313

by Ragun (#39025617) Attached to: <em>Twisted Metal</em> Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games
Different mediums provide different advantages.

Movies have the advantage of being able to show you a story the same way every time, and they can refine every piece. Thats a big advantage.

Videogames put you into situations and give you a practical connection to what is going on. Its an advantage, but its more difficult to utilize.

I'll never forget Final Fantasy VII, the first RPG where a party member dies. People die in movies all the time, but in a game, it actually effects you on a practical. You can't play that character any more. You won't get to use her future abilities, you won't be able to take advantage of her stats, and nothing you can do will change that. Sure, thats nothing compared to an actual person dying, but having even a small amount of actual loss gives you a different perspective, in a way non-interactive media cannot.

Comment: Fun: You are doing it wrong (Score 1) 313

by Ragun (#39025445) Attached to: <em>Twisted Metal</em> Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games
Well I would say if the person playing is having fun, the developers are doing it right.


Its like pitting SWTOR against Minecraft.

SWTOR is a story driven game taken up in large part with interactive cut scenes, sitting ontop of a standard MMO.
Minecraft is an endless world to explore and develop, relying on the player to simply enjoy and manipulate the enviorment.

I like them both, and twisted metal was fun, but I have spent more time player SWTOR.

Comment: Re:It's OK when it's not your guy! (Score 1) 775

by Ragun (#39022821) Attached to: Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?
This didn't happen because some guy did it to Santorum. This happened because Santorum attacked a portion of the population and was refuted in a way that was both graphic and spoke to the nature of Santorum's bigotry. Sure the racists on the far tip of the right wing could make all kinds of vulgar depictions of obama and put them on the internet, (and they have,) but when people see them they roll their eyes and move on. When people see spreading santorum, they don't roll their eyes, they nod.

People have tried to do this to Obama and they can't, because no such protest exists.

In no way am I saying there aren't legitimate protests about Obama, but nothing that would make America as a whole decide a website like this one was fitting.

Comment: Re:The power of privacy (Score 1) 720

by Ragun (#38909785) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

Shopping physically has limited anonymity. But why shouldn't anonymity grow> as technology progresses. The ability to shop, and generally interact commercially, anonymously is a good thing. Beyond what's needed for fraud prevention, and the ability to outlaw selling some things, what possible moral good can come from the government or my neighbors knowing what I'm buying. High fences really do make for good neighbors.

Technology does exist to help anonymity, if that is what you want from it. Those tools exist and Google will be none the wiser so long as you don't want services that rely on their ability to know who you are.

I just think its strange people seem to think that others have moral obligation to ensure your privacy when using their services. (assuming there is not part of the agreement of course)

Comment: Re:The power of privacy (Score 1) 720

by Ragun (#38909729) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

Use cash?

Sure. Still doesn't stop someone from physically seeing you at the store. You could wear a mask and sunglasses, but it may attract more attention than it helps prevent.

You do realize there are other search engines out there, some of which at least purport to respect privacy?

Sure, and that's a policy. You chose to use one that promises to forget things after you leave. Whats your point? There is no moral obligation to have such a policy, just like there is no moral obligation for a small store owner to not notice that you like to buy a particular brand of pretzels.

When your gov't is telling its people that normal, everyday practices used by millions of average, law abiding citizens are suspicious activities denoting terrorist activities, the gov't is out of control in its quest for control/power over the populace.

I think you misspelled atrocious, infuriating, insulting, insane, or something.

Whoa there, you seem upset. This flier isn't a law, they just want people to point out things. If you want to protest the ability to hold people without due process, be my guest, but honestly this is just a silly over reaction.

Comment: Atleast we have a little progress (Score 2) 720

by Ragun (#38904925) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

It is important to remember that just because someone’s speech,
actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different; it does not
mean that he or s he is suspicious.

Alright, they at least have the arbitrary discrimination disclaimer. Lets take this one step at a time. Slow but sure...

Comment: Re:The power of privacy (Score 1) 720

by Ragun (#38904885) Attached to: Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
Its all tradeoffs. When you go to the store to buy something, people have an opportunity to notice your activities. If you use Google, its absurd to demand they forget what you tell them to of the encounter. The government should have certain limits, because we cannot chose to not do business with them, but to pretend that perfect anonymity will exist just seems silly.

That being said, this flyer is hilarious.

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