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Comment: Absolutely. (Score 2, Informative) 481

by Walpurgiss (#27695407) Attached to: Opting Out Increases Spam?
As everyone says, opting out of spam mails just shows the spammer that your email is still active, and that you bother to look at the spam beyond deleting it.

The only opt out links worth following are ones you know the source of; i.e. something you once opted in to, or did not opt out of when you bought something.
e.g. Bought something at newegg and did not uncheck the box about mailing you about specials and deals.

Essentially, opting out only works for non-spam mailing lists. Spammers don't care and just use it to acknowledge a good target.

Comment: Re:Cat6 (Score 5, Funny) 524

by Walpurgiss (#27667833) Attached to: Should Network Cables Be Replaced?
Rather than standard cat6, get Denon's super high fidelity cable. http://www.usa.denon.com/productdetails/3429.asp

"AK-DL1

$499.00

Denon's 1.5 meter (59 in.) proprietary ultra premium Denon Link cable was designed for the audio enthusiast. Made from high purity copper wire and high performance connection parts, the AK-DL1 will bring out all the nuances in digital audio reproduction from any of our Denon DVD players with the Denon Link feature connected to a Denon Link enabled Denon A/V receiver. The AK-DL1 employs high level tin-bearing alloy shielding not typically available in commercial cabling, to eliminate data loss caused by noise. Additionally, signal directional markings are provided for optimum signal transfer. Attention to detail when building this cable was used by employing high quality insulation and woven jacketing to reduce vibration and to add durability. Rounded plug levers help prevent breakage.

For operational and technical assistance 24/7, use our self help Online Support Center, where answers to many common questions can be found."

If it's good enough for high fidelity audio reproduction, it should be good enough for our crappy data only needs. /smirk

Comment: Re:Does it matter??? (Score 1) 243

by Walpurgiss (#27529889) Attached to: GameStop Selling Games Played By Employees As New
I've only had them push the gutted copies on me three times, and they've never refused to let me look at the disc first and then decide. It's still pretty bogus that they sell it as new, but you can always choose to wait for a wrapped copy if you don't like it.

All in all, like you said, it really isn't that big a deal as long as people are willing to ask to look at it first and refuse if necessary.

Comment: Re:Only military? (Score 1) 323

by Walpurgiss (#27505461) Attached to: Powerful Sonar Causes Deafness In Dolphins
My thinking is that most civilian craft employ only passive sonar, whereas military is much more likely to use both passive and active sonar. Active pings being what causes the damage.

Or maybe all craft have both active and passive capability, but the civvy crafts are less likely to need active for anything, and certainly military craft are more likely to test their active sonar more often.

Comment: Re:SH-Origins (Score 2, Insightful) 63

by Walpurgiss (#27500829) Attached to: Re-imagined <em>Silent Hill</em> Announced
They really should consider just making sure their Silent Hill PSX code runs right via PSN classic distribution, and then sell that for $5 or $10.

It might even be cost effective, since the only cost would be Sony's tube tax, and a few guys to test it out and make some changes if necessary.

Compared to a whole rewrite, including mob placements and plot adjustments, it should be dirt cheap.

Comment: Re:One question: (Score 4, Interesting) 205

by Walpurgiss (#27451211) Attached to: First Look At Fedora 11 Beta Release
My problems with pulseaudio isn't a bug, but a design flaw. Until they create an option in the PA sound server to let you set DTS/DD streams to passthrough, bypassing the sound mixing, PA is fail to me.

PA seems like a great system for people who don't want to use an external dolby decoder for surround sound and are fine with everything either stereo or decoded by software. But for my needs, it currently fails to plain ALSA. Toss me a way to do proper passthrough and I'd sign up with PA again. It's not like I need or want sound mixing when I'm watching something with surround sound anyway.

Comment: Re:Come Again? (Score 2, Insightful) 200

by Walpurgiss (#27204207) Attached to: Utah Senate, House Pass Jack Thompson's Game Sales Bill
It effectively makes it likely that retailers will completely stop advertising or using ESRB ratings, since it is the least costly way to ensure they never run afoul of the new legislation.

Then the people ragging against video games can point out that retailers don't even follow the ESRB ratings, and claim that the self-regulation clearly is not working, and try to get even more harsh, government backed regulations in place to fully replace the ESRB.

As far as the bills official intent, it seems pretty fail. But it has potential to encourage, and perhaps even achieve, the bills proponents' eventual goals.

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