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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 432

by RavenLrD20k (#48610177) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
This has been my argument since my first exposure to the American "Free Movement" propaganda in the 4th grade. Teachers didn't like that. Especially when I made statements on the order of "the U.S.S.R doesn't have checks on their people moving from providence to providence either." Hell, even to go into Canada, I remember having to pass through a checkpoint where they reviewed my dad's license before permitting access (passport wasn't required back then).

Comment: Re:currency (Score 1) 138

by RavenLrD20k (#48608925) Attached to: Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny
Yes. That would be why both oodaloop and myself said "...named after the British Penny" and "...the colloquial name 'pennies' to being a reference to the British Penny", respectively. I was corrected above to include Canada in the colloquial assessment, and I've found Australia uses the term as well. So, we have 4 countries -- Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. -- that use the term "Pennies" or "Penny" to refer to their lowest denomination of coin. Any others?

Comment: Re: First amendment? (Score 3, Interesting) 249

by RavenLrD20k (#48604521) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
And if the data shows that Sony had a major issue with one of their projects that should have led to a recall of millions of defective units that lie in consumer's homes... where does that lie morally? Say hypothetically a certain batch of batteries were discovered to erupt horribly covering anything in a 50 yard radius in vile battery acid after a period of about 3 years...and customers are coming up on 2 years 11 months of ownership and Sony had no plans of releasing this problem to the public? Wouldn't the public news outlets be morally obligated to release this information in the interest of serving the public trust? Personally, I think if a news outlet has this info, they really need to pour through it carefully to ensure there's nothing "against the public trust," and destroy the rest...of course, since when has the news companies ever performed responsibly and morally when left to their own devices?

Comment: Re:currency (Score 1) 138

by RavenLrD20k (#48603499) Attached to: Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny
Although open to some level of interpretation of what country the word "we" in the parent was meant to represent, it can be presumed that the parent was using the "we" to refer to the U.S, as the parent goes on to link the colloquial name 'pennies' to being a reference to the British Penny. To my knowledge there is no other country in the world to use the exact word 'penny' or 'pennies' to refer to their smallest denomination ('peso' is close but still fails the string comparison).

Comment: Re:Nerd Point of Contention (Score 1) 222

We're talking consoles as dedicated game systems in boxes that connected to TVs, not PC or Mac. Of course PC's are going to be pushing out better graphics before consoles get there; it's the very nature of the beast and is no less true now than it was back then...which is why they're not allowed in this argument.

It's true that Elite was published to limited markets on the Family Computer in '91, it wasn't a true polygon 3D engine but instead a wireframe engine. StarFox on the SNES was the first game on a console platform that actually incorporated polygon rendering through the use of the FX chip to produce its graphics. Doom for the SNES came 2 years later and used the same chip. The argument was made elsewhere in this thread that StarFox wasn't a 3D game because it was a rails shooter. If you want to take that argument to it's logical conclusion (and be totally pedantic as well) we could say that nothing short of what's displayed on the VR displays could be considered 3D. The type of game isn't what makes a game 3D or not, but the rendering style.

Comment: Re:USS Ponce? (Score 1) 225

by RavenLrD20k (#48572209) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

...since people started calling their football teams "Trojans" (lost the war).

While historically the Trojan Army was heralded as one of the world's best up until their infamous defeat, the people who name American Football teams may be taking a more modern interpretation to imply good "coverage." Think of all the jokes that could and would come up at our pep rallies when our team of "Trojans" had a game with the rival "Spartans" across town. A certain scene from Naked Gun comes to mind.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by RavenLrD20k (#48572029) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Let's for argument's sake say the site turns to obnoxious ads and anti-blocking measures. You either stop reading or stop fighting the ads. If they lose you as a reader they lose you as a freeloader so what exactly have they lost, the privilege of you reading their blog? Talk about hubris. Or you end up watching ads and become a customer, they make money. You talk as if they they're the ones losing by pissing you off, but how could they lose anything when they got nothing from you in the first place? Aren't you just crying for yourself and when they shove you out the door you pout like a child crying "I didn't want to visit your stupid site anyway!"

You state that...and then your signature line:

When classic goes away, so do I. Copy this if you want them to get the idea.

I'm not a fan of beta by any means, but I can't help but appreciate the irony.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by RavenLrD20k (#48571907) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion
Attention: McDonald's. I never eat at your restaurants and never will, but still won't mention a word against you to anyone else if I see them eating your product. If I ever see this, I will become just as evangelistic against you as I am against Sony for wasting my time on their rootkit 10 years ago, as well as having had to deal with their proprietary format crap on just about every piece freakin media and cable connection they produce. I still won't use bluRay. Yes it's more or less ubiquitous now, but every dollar that pays Sony for the license to use the bluRay format is a dollar they can use in their development of the next Memory Stick.

Comment: Re:I'm sorry (Score 1) 415

I get your point and humor, but for proper pedantry and punnery: Steam is the application/platform released from Valve, the company.

Maybe they'll release the Steam Box as Steam Episode 2. Half the work and effort for them to push out a product every bit as inferior to Gabe's pipe dream. Hmm... Valve, Steam, Pipe Dream, Vapor....I'm definitely detecting a pattern here.

Comment: Re:I'm sorry (Score 1) 415

Until Valve sets their design into production and ships their first batch of Steam Boxen into the wild where people can actually buy and use one, this is nothing more than Vapor Ware. Aside from the Steam Box and Valve's other Linux gaming efforts, there's not been any real headway into the realm of Linux Gaming that can go beyond the scope of "blue skies in the future". So the parent to you was right: With luck, some sort of viable Linux gaming will actually be a tangible thing by 2020. Never count your chickens before they've hatched; and as far as we know, the Steam Box has only been freshly fertilized. There's no guarantee of survival to hatching.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340