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Comment: Re:But the big question is... (Score 1) 251

by Rallion (#35993946) Attached to: Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Exposed

If you actually look at what was ACTUALLY said:

There have been 10 million cards used on PSN. They've continued to claim that this information was not only encrypted, but stored separately from the information that was compromised. They do not believe that even the encrypted data was accessed, but if they are wrong they will cover any costs people incur in correcting the problem.

This is what they said here, not necessarily what is true. Still, it seems to me that this particular story is misrepresenting Sony's claims, at least.

Comment: Re:If your wife finds the first Dr Who "dated"... (Score 1) 655

by Rallion (#35607014) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

Bad special effects are like bad editing. It's distracting. Think of trying to read while somebody else is trying to talk to you. It prevents you from having a seamless experience, which prevents your imagination from getting very far. Of course, it's worth remembering that the definition of "bad special effects" changes both over time and with the age of the viewer.

Comment: Re:In my opinion... (Score 1) 655

by Rallion (#35606896) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

I can think of lots of things that I would hate if I first saw them now, but because I liked them when I actually saw them, I'll like them forever.

Maybe I liked them because they were good in the context of the time, like a lot of stuff with special effects, animation, etc. that's bad enough by modern standards to be distracting. Maybe I only liked some things because I saw them as a kid. But as bad or simplistic or whatever these things might be by todays standards, and my own current standards, these things get an exception because I liked them once

I'm not saying classic Doctor Who necessarily fits into this kind of category for everybody, I'm just throwing it out there.

Comment: Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (Score 1) 1276

by Rallion (#35215774) Attached to: Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

You're wrong. I know you're wrong because a nice and balanced person would not do what he does on his show, whether he's a character or not. Actually, if the show was all genuine, it would be better -- then he's just crazy. Crazy is forgivable. On the other hand, if it's an act, then he is willfully inciting hatred and paranoia. That's not so forgivable.

You might as well tell me that a serial killer is a nice and balanced person -- you just have to look past the whole "killing people" thing.

Comment: Re:Not a new problem (Score 1) 414

by Rallion (#35112064) Attached to: Sputnik Moment Or No, Science Fairs Are Lagging

Money redistribution won't help a problem that we've shown that you can solve with money. You had it right at the beginning when you pointed out that our cultural priorities are wrong. Kids aren't interested in sports because that's where the money is, it's the other way around.

I think the reason we're falling behind is because parents in other countries and cultures still pay attention to their kids' education. Somewhere along the line, that stopped being important in the United States. It might be that they don't care, or it might be that their other obligations consume much more of their time than it used to, I don't really know, but I do know that it isn't a problem that can be solved with changes to education policy.

Comment: Re:I still don't get it. (Score 1) 613

by Rallion (#35025634) Attached to: Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"

Achievements are important to a lot of people. I don't know if it's so much about impressing people as much as it's about another layer of competition. In essence, it's not too much different from game-specific online leaderboards, or even speed records in running events.

Of course, if people could just claim they completed the 100-meter dash in whatever time they like, the records would become meaningless. If Microsoft failed to police the achievement system, the achievement points would become meaningless.

You could argue that the whole idea is stupid, meaningless and arbitrary, yes, but so are nearly all of the events in the Olympics. The point is the competition, which requires that everybody plays by the same rules.

I'm not saying everybody sees their Gamerscore that way (I don't, for example) but it's definitely a perspective that I can understand.

Comment: Re:I played this game on PC... (Score 1) 153

by Rallion (#34892590) Attached to: <em>Arx Fatalis</em> Updated, Released Under GPL

Trying to play this kind of game with a touchpad would be incredibly frustrating for me. Not simply because it's difficult, but because I would be so keenly aware that the touchpad would actually be the perfect input mechanism if only the software didn't convert the input data into mouse movement rather than providing the absolute finger positions.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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