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Comment: Let them die like they deserve. (Score 3, Insightful) 407

by Roachgod (#39526497) Attached to: Best Buy Closing 50 Stores
They always claim its because consumers 'test drive' stuff there. You know why we don't buy? Because outside of the ability to 'test drive' the retail experience SUCKS. The staff have no clue. Or worse, they try and push crap because they've been told to. Which means you get a worse shopping result than just choosing at random. They push RANDOM assorted products on you. They try and get you to buy overpriced warranties on $10 items. Half the time they don't have what you want. When they DO have what you want, especially the things you want quick (like a cable) they only have the $40 version of a $4 cable. Fuck it, I'll order online and save both the test drive and the $36 extra you wanted for no reason. The checkout process is borderline hostile with all the checkers, security people, etc. Customer service seems to be codeword for "fuck you, we got yo money bitches". Die Best Buy. Preferably in a violent spectacle that I can watch for my personal amusement.

Comment: Easy Prey.... (Score 1) 113

by Roachgod (#38865675) Attached to: Thai Gov't Welcomes Twitter's Censorship Plans
While everyone is saying how horrible this is, I say it is a GOOD THING, but not because I like censorship. Just like SOPA, these sorts of behaviors provide a HUGE competitive advantage to networks that can set themselves up to enable truly free communications. As things get worse, countries and areas that provide safe havens for real communication can also make a killing (just like some foreign banks do in aiding tax evasion). What someone needs to do is start building those services....

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

by Roachgod (#38791973) Attached to: White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery
"corporation" generally refers to the for-profit kind. It is shorthand for "For profit corporation". When speaking of things like Greenpeace, people refer to them as "Non-profits", as shorthand for "non profit corporation". Quit being pedantic and arguing semantics. You know what people mean.

Comment: Re:heh (Score 1) 917

by Roachgod (#37779022) Attached to: US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion
Actually, my 1 year of film school and the excellent training I received has been the most valuable single year of education I ever had! It got me my first job out of college. In grad school I got to work with google video because of my video experience. Now i work in advertising as a web dev and my film background meant I was more valuable than a raw CS person.

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-feed dept.
When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

Pirates as a Marketplace 214

Posted by Soulskill
from the marrrrrrrket-share dept.
John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."

Comment: Re:No one should have expected (Score 5, Insightful) 1364

by Roachgod (#29806257) Attached to: Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law
While I wish there wasn't this intimidation process... I don't think a person's rights and privileges are up for "vote". I don't want other people deciding how I can and cannot live my life - CERTAINLY when it doesn't involve them. Voting on who OTHER PEOPLE can and can't marry bothers me on a deep level, far away from whether it is 'gay' rights or 'racial' rights or... I don't know.... 'alien' rights. I am all for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Voting on other people's marriages seems an offense against all three. Against such a threat... I think anything is justified. Kudos to the intimidators for not just shooting them all.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin