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Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 239

This bigger picture isn't about Uber specifically. It's about the system being set up to legally rip people off in favour of some large cab companies that made barrier to entry cost prohibitive in many areas. Their actions are inherently anti free market, and what's happening is people are trying to force a free market back into the system, and there's a lot of kicking and screaming by the old guard who are using unjust laws as their shield.

Comment Re:Glory Days! (Score 1) 336

To add, about the most recent I can think of is Tim Sweeney and Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games. Cliff got all kinds of opportunities to make appearances in game reviews, previews, etc. I can only guess that the giants like Activision and EA specifically don't want that type exposure for individuals because then they have to pay those guys higher. There's probably a directive 4 somewhere that states "no coder shall be allowed to become associated to AAA games by the gaming public".

Comment Re:Glory Days! (Score 1) 336

I was thinking of this as well. I hate calling it "rock star", cause it ain't rock, but where are the current-day revered game programmers? Where are the Sid Meiers, the Richard Garriots, the John Carmacks, the Peter Molyneauxs? The industry has kept most of today's game coders nameless. Sure, they're in the credits, but they don't get face time. They're cogs in the machine.

Take Grand Theft Auto V, for example. Amazing fucking game. Who were some of the programmers? I dunno, but when I looked at the credits, I didn't recognize a single name. What about Battlefield 4? Far Cry 4? Skyrim? There are no names to associate to these extremely well-known games when it comes to coders.

Are the days of being recognized long over? Are game houses just too big to have any single individual display significant talent?

Comment Re:They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612

It's not about being handed shit on a silver platter, asshole. It's about a level playing field. Fuckers like Zuck lobby the government to tilt the playing field in their favour, and then call everyone else "whiners" when they start realizing they're getting screwed and speak out against it.

The people of the USA, Canada, and any other country that is pulling this shit need to stand up to their government and let it be known that the government only exists with the consent of the governed. That the government exists for the benefit of the people, not a handful of rich fucks who think they are entitled to more justice and political representation than another citizen of the country.

Comment Re:Anecdotal of course (Score 1) 307

Too true. There's a few things I won't skimp out on, power being one. I've seen shoddy power supplies take out far more expensive components. Then there's the flaky ones that cause you no end of headaches trying to track down the problem.

I always use a decent UPS as well, just in case the incoming power's shitty or there's a surge in the line somewhere. Plus it helps when you get those brief half-second power outages in storms that like to test the limits of your electronic devices.

Same goes for cars: Biggest battery I can fit into the stock holder, biggest alternator, most powerful starter. In our climate where it goes down to -40C in the winter sometimes, you just can't get enough starting power.

Comment Re: Oomph. (Score 1) 70

That's assuming you can even buy quality any more. Try buying a jacket or sweater where the zipper isn't a total piece of failing crap. Sure the jacket's still in great shape, but you can't do it up because the zipper broke. You can replace a zipper, but unless you go to a value store to harvest a really old jacket for the good zipper, you're just going to get another lousy one.

Comment Re:Unfortunately, these days... (Score 1) 260

Correct. In the usual dose of nanny-state irony, the knee-jerk demands for legislated zero-tolerance reactions to minor issues is far more damaging to the development of society than just leaving things alone.

The idiotic "think of the children" people are actually the ones harming the children. It's just that it happens over time, instead of immediately, so they're incapable of processing that. Just like government and companies who can't think long term anymore. It's like some kind of disease where the victim can't think anything but short-term.

Comment Re: Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

Their sole purpose was to prevent a default until most of the debt was in public hands, were it can be contained, and that's obviously a matter of "privatize the profits, socialize the losses".

Knowingly lending to a bankrupt entity who has no way of paying it back is fraud, plain and simple. Those debts are fraudulent and the lenders don't deserve them back.

Greece is a sovereign country and decides for itself what it spends its resources on.

Not exactly. When the IMF and ECB gets involved in lending to countries, there's strings attached. Unless you tell them to go to hell, they start dictating policy. It's the Banker's Coup.

Apparently they've decided to leave the path on which the rest of the Eurozone was willing to help them.

"Help"? They weren't trying to help them. They were looting them to the bone. Just like the banks are trying to do to other countries, and what they did to the public in the USA's sub-prime mortgage debacle. Bribe the politicians to agree to whatever you want, then load 'em up on debt that nobody could possibly pay. Now you get to run their country. Sell off all of the country's assets to your corporate buddies at fire-sale prices, and force them to convert their State owned businesses into privately owned ones, such as Water Works and Electric Company. Leave 'em with their pockets turned out on Baltic ave. while you skate all the money back to Boardwalk.

Comment Re:The General Attorney of Canada missed the point (Score 2) 231

Your line of reasoning has consequences I'd imagine you haven't thought of, because it can be extended to abuse in ANY system than can cause death. By your logic, the fact that somebody could rig someone else's brakes to cause a fatal car accident makes allowing people to drive cars a slippery slope. You can't have electricity in your house, because someone could rig a device to electrocute someone else.

If an abuse comes up, you deal with that abuse you don't use a small outlier as reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I see from your post below that your view toward this ruling is tainted by being a victim at one point. There is good reason not to allow victims to decide on law for everyone else.

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