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Comment: Misleading Heading (Score 1) 157

by Scotland Tom (#35476170) Attached to: 41% of Facebook Users Willing To Divulge Personal Info
The heading, and a main talking point of TFA, suggest that, when asked, 41% of Facebook users will simply hand over personal information. But really what's shown is that about 44% of Facebook users will happily accept a random friend invitation and of those users more than 80% of them ALREADY HAD personal information posted on their profile. What does that tell us really?

It tells us that nearly all of the idiots on Facebook who are stupid enough to accept a friend invitation from a total stranger are ALSO stupid enough to post personal information in their profiles. Wow! 80+ percent of all Facebook idiots are really HUGE idiots! Amazing!

Comment: Re:You gotta compete on the global marketplace! (Score 1) 797

by Scotland Tom (#33551776) Attached to: GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory
I think you're confusing 'forcing' with 'enforcing'; as in, enforcing the law.

What's wrong with government telling us how to 'better manage' our energy resources? When government passes into law bills that essentially force one of this country's major employers to shut down some of their sizable manufacturing operations here in the U.S. and open new factories in China, thus robbing American citizens of jobs in the process, then I'd say the government screwed up; wouldn't you? That's not to mention that environmental standards for industry in China are severely lacking compared to the U.S. meaning that little to no environmental benefit has been attained. But oh... that's right... our government did it all with our 'best interests' in mind which makes it OK.

Comment: Risk Shmisk (Score 1) 177

by Scotland Tom (#29934989) Attached to: Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars
Because humankind should never embark on a long journey when the threat of sickness (or hunger, or environmental dangers, or giant monsters) looms. Come on. If, as a species, we didn't take risks we'd either still be stuck in caves or dead.

NASA needs to get their heads out of their rear ends and stop dinking around with robots and probes and experiments that might possibly be useful sometime in the future when there's a plan. They need to set big, definitive goals to get mankind back on the moon and out to Mars and work towards those ends. Otherwise they might as well rename themselves the NAA and stop squandering taxpayer dollars on space all together.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Futurama Reference (Score 1) 97

by Scotland Tom (#29217339) Attached to: Drug Vending Machines
I had a feeling someone would beat me to this. Though the quote is, "Come on, man! Don't hold out on me like this!" And I'm not sure it's $1000 because in a later episode when everyone gets their $200 tax refunds the same guy says "No cheap crack houses for me no more!" and walks up to a crack mansion.

Me? A Futurama geek? Noooo...

Comment: Re:Violent Games vs. Marketing... (Score 1) 315

by Scotland Tom (#27564269) Attached to: When Politicians Tax Violent Video Games

Putting aside your obviously strong beliefs against any kind of violence for a moment...

Actually it looks like geekmux held up games like Full Spectrum Warrior as examples of games that portray combat in a semi-realistic manner as well as demonstrate situations of justifiable violence. He also pointed to the American Revolution as a war instrumental in creating the most successful and prosperous nation in history and World War II as a war that was necessary to bring about an end to the barbarism of Hitler and concentration camps such as those at Auschwitz.

It seems to me that geekmux was effectively utilizing the subtle art of sarcasm to illustrate his points that many games are respectful of violent conflicts, the reasons behind them, and that sometimes wartime violence is an unfortunate, yet necessary path to travel to put an end to things like tyranny, torture and mass murder.

Comment: Absurd and Outrageous (Score 1) 931

by Scotland Tom (#26586263) Attached to: A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?
Absolutely absurd. I would've ripped my bag out of her hands and walked out of the class before I let her take anything of mine. If your instructor did in fact take and keep your binder - your propery - I would contact the department head (in a level-headed and calm manner), describe the situation and (if necessary) threaten to get the police involved. If that fails... go over the department head's... head... and get the police involved.

No instructor has the right to take and destroy any materials they didn't provide you with in the first place. You did the work, you wrote down the notes. Anything and everything that you created to assist your learning is your property.

Attempting to control the flow of information coming from that course in such a totalitarian manner is a fallacy anyway. Any instructor operating under the delusion that she can prevent her students from passing on information learned in her class lacks a grasp on reality.
Games

Dead Space Highlights Disparity Between Plot and Gameplay 87

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-is-bob-see-bob-kill-aliens dept.
Gamasutra is running an opinion piece praising recent horror-action game Dead Space for its pacing and gameplay while simultaneously criticizing the plot and the attempts to scare the player. Quoting: "What Dead Space is, is carefully and stylishly unoriginal. You'll love playing it, but when you aren't playing it, it's hard to say what's so great about it. It has some really great set pieces, some sweet effects, solid gameplay, an amazing interface and that's all. Anything and everything having to do with dialogue and story comes off as rote. ... You get the feeling the developer are trying very hard, though. When I see a dark shape in the distance, which turns and disappears, I don't get scared. I know he'll pop out of a vent later! Likewise, when I find a scientist who promptly slits her throat because of the horror, I just check for an item drop. None of the survivors ever surprise you and go hostile (which I think would have been a brilliant scare), so you never have to worry."

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