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Comment Re:LOL ... no ... (Score 1) 251

I used to play Descent in 3d back in '97 with liquid crystal shutter glasses (SimulEyes VR) it was the bee's knees in those days (and expensive).

It rocked, especially over the IPX network against my housemates and neighbours. Good memories.

I'm looking forward to using the next generation headsets for this to play against my new housemates (my kids).

Comment Re: Ruby is a great language (Score 3, Interesting) 65

And I accidently sent my comment away. The syntax is great, but I don't like the way Ruby hasn't crystallized yet. Every new version they somehow remove compatibility with the old versions, that's bad. My scripts stop working and I have to fix everything, this is not userfriendly.

Documation is scattered and incomplete. It's something that needs to fixed if they want to get to version 4

Submission + - Dutch Security Services Plan NSA Style Phone And Internet Monitoring (

cold fjord writes: reports, "... Dutch secret services ... plan to expand the scope of their monitoring services to cover internet and telephone traffic and ministers are sympathetic At the moment, the security services are only allowed to collect bulk details about conversations made via satellite or short wave. But they want to expand the scope of the legislation to cover internet and cable-based telephone connections ... In a couple of weeks ... legislation will be published and is expected to recommend revisions to take account of new technology. ... the security services have already ordered listening systems which will allow them to bulk collect data about internet and telephone traffic. ... the secret service supervisory board CTIVD has no plans to intervene ... Internet privacy lobby group Bits of Freedom has already warned that any expansion of the security services' powers would be 'totally unacceptable' ... a public prosecution department official has said police and the justice ministry tap so many phones and internet connections that they are compromising on quality and investigation capacity. ... in the Netherlands we are tapping like crazy.' The Netherlands is already the most heavily phone-tapped country in the world. " — The Las Vegas Sun reports: Dutch government taken to court over NSA links — More at ZDNet, WSJ, and telecompaper

Comment Re:I'm for this (Score 1) 394

The NSA could detect anomalous phenomena or detect certain sociological patterns that are impossible to find unless you monitor as much as possible on a global scale.

It would be logical for them to look. If what they find can be exploited, it would be much more powerful and stealthy than any new conventional weapon.

Nobody's looking for a new a-bomb anymore, except for the acclaimed terrorists.

Comment Re:Some people... (Score 1) 621

No, your kid is probably not going to be "irreparably mentally harmed" from being exposed to violent video games too early. But there is such a thing as exposing a kid to shit that they're too young to handle (or understand). And that's not a good thing.

A kid's innocence is a precious thing, and it's a shame to squander it too early. That doesn't mean I want to have my 12-year-old still believing in Santa Claus, but I also don't want him introduced to the ugly world of violent crime, drugs, and prostitution while he's still in kindergarten either.

You probably have the best comment here so far.

It all depends how you support your kids. If you don't have time to set the moral standards for your kid (because you're a single parent and gone all day - keep this in mind when watching Dr.Phil in the distant future) and buy GTA5 to basically babysit your teenager - you're in trouble.

Comment Re:My mother married a farmer (Score 4, Insightful) 353

I'm in the San Francisco Bay area, and the speeds here are the worst and the prices the highest of anywhere I've ever lived.

Sometimes I say that in response to people claiming it's more expensive in rural areas because the cost of infrastructure is higher than in populated areas.

Other times people tell me it's high here because there's a huge population and so more people to serve.

Here in the epicenter of the internet, internet service sucks, and everyone uses contradictory excuses for it.

The REALITY is that prices are high in the US because we have virtual monopolies and no regulation to speak of, and so capitalists do what capitalists do in those conditions:

They gouge.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg