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Comment: Re:Vacation time (Score 1) 610

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34478740) Attached to: Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters
Beyond this, I know that some companies (like my own) divide your PTO into vacation and sick days, which you use or lose at the end of the year. So if you don't get sick all year, you're just giving up that time. For me, they say "you get 12 days off a year...but only 9 are for vacation." So, quite frankly, I think I'll be using those extra 3 days for vacation somewhere, since I rarely get sick.

Comment: Re:google can... (Score 1) 275

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34430832) Attached to: Google To Block Piracy-Related Terms From Autocomplete
I'm not shocked that the RIAA is embracing measures that are totally ineffective in preventing piracy because they have yet to introduce anything that's made it harder for me to get music, games, etc (lol, DRM). I'm actually going to give Google some credit here because they are managing to get free points with the big businesses that supply them ads while not actually doing anything to combat file sharing, and thus anger their user base. Clever work, Google.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 1020

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34403566) Attached to: Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange
I have to this as abused as I think it would be? In the US, we have people baiting celebrities into these kinds of situations for money on a fairly regular basis, but if people were allowed to start and then suddenly say "STOP" and claim they were raped because the perpetrator did not do so fast enough, I have to think it would be nearly constant. How on earth do you prove that? And further more, how do you prove the perpetrator heard "stop" in the middle of sex (where there's probably a lot of moaning, hard breathing involved) over the much more expected "don't stop?"

Comment: Of all the reasons to hate Adobe (Score 1) 179

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34403396) Attached to: Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down
That's the one they choose? It wasn't the gaping security holes, the incessant patch requests (that are never even 6 steps behind the security holes) or the laborious installation/upgrade process? I'm sorry, I know blind people have it tough on the internet, but this is really the dumbest of the reasons I could imagine you would switch away from a nearly universally accepted format.

Comment: Re:Once again we prove... (Score 1) 376

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34380934) Attached to: Operation Payback Shuts Down IFPI Site
Messing with Anonymous has almost no consequences. The worst that happens if you DDOS's for one day. On noes! How will billion dollar companies ever survive such downtime? If Anonymous wanted to change anything, they'd DDOS these sites every week, maybe every day. At the moment, they're about as disruptive as a short power outage.

Comment: I hate to say this, but as an Arizonan (Score 4, Informative) 890

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34331330) Attached to: Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems
I knew she was this stupid when it comes to security. She was good at education and better at the budget than some, but her border security policy was awful and never did jack shit towards actually keeping anyone safe. Why she was selected for this, of all jobs, is beyond me. As I said, she could have been good at something else like Secretary of Education, but Homeland Security is possibly the worst possible position for her. She just has no grasp of what makes things secure (hint: it's not a fence/scanning machines).

Comment: Re:Tip: (Score 0, Redundant) 142

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34069162) Attached to: Could CA Violent Game Law Lead To an Industry Exodus?
How is this different from not being able to buy tickets to an R rated movie? I never understood why game and movie sales aren't regulated in retail like movies are in the theaters. I'm all for anything that forces parents to pay more attention to what their kids are doing for entertainment.

Comment: Re:Social games (Score 1) 344

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34050900) Attached to: FarmVille Now Worth More Than EA
This is absolutely correct. Without Facebook's market of bored teens (and now adults), there would be no way this takes off. Browser games are literally a dime a dozen and from what I see, there's nothing in Farmville that separates it from the pack. Ironically, I think the original user base of Facebook (college students) are the least likely to pick up these games. Thanks for bringing all these wonderful new users and "features," Mark.

Comment: Re:Social games (Score 1) 344

by VoiceInTheDesert (#34050838) Attached to: FarmVille Now Worth More Than EA
Totally disagree. For one, Civ takes way more thought and strategy. You are competing against something and must better your methods in order to win. For two, I know that in my own RTS playing time, I have to constantly and quickly calculate resources, allocate said resources, evaluate probabilities, problem solve for difficult defenses/offenses from my opponent, calculate build times and optimize efficiency of both production and damage output. I'll be the first to admit that nothing in this game makes me a mathematical/logical/tactical genius, but having to think about these things help to keep my mind sharp in such areas. There's a positive benefit to playing the game besides entertainment.

Now certainly, to each his own, regarding entertainment. To equate those two games though, is silly at best. It's like saying Chess and Candy Land are the same. Are they both games? Sure. Do they have comparable skill requirements or similar side-benefits bestowed to the player? Absolutely not. Does it make me an elitist for thinking that a game should have some challenge to overcome to be worth my time and mental capacity? Maybe.

Now if your wife pointed out that farmville and say...watching football were similar, I'd have to begrudgingly agree with her. I'll still insist that even watching a sporting event requires more thought than Farmville, but she'd be a lot closer than the comparison in the OP.

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