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Comment: Re:Living in the past (Score 1) 121

by Willtor (#35311966) Attached to: <em>King's Quest III</em> Remake Released

Quality frequently doesn't abide by a rule of progress. It is okay to continue to play old games and not treat it as a commentary on new ones. There were some real gems that were produced back then. Keeping them alive for the next generation is a noble end in itself. Recognizing that is not criticism of games that have been produced more recently. It is merely proper acknowledgment of the quality of those games.

+ - Opt-Out Day: A Peep at the Numbers->

Submitted by Willtor
Willtor (147206) writes "According to the New York Times:

"According to a blog operated by the security agency, 39 people had opted out of the body scans in Atlanta by 5 p.m. In Los Angeles, 113 had. One had opted out in Charlotte, N.C. Boston seemed to have something of a mini-spike, with 300."

This is a tiny fraction of passengers, of course. But when I flew out of Boston this afternoon, they had opened a line that led to a traditional metal detector. When I flew out in June all lines went to the nudie scanners. Is it safe to be optimistic that we have been heard and policies have changed? I am not particularly concerned whether we get credit or whether it is reported that the protest fizzled. But it would be nice to know that some of the more invasive theatrics have become optional."

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Comment: Re:7x0 = (Score 1) 491

by Willtor (#34313164) Attached to: Wikileaks Vows Release '7x the Size' of Iraq Leak

You're going to get a lot of replies about U.S.-centric or U.S.-favoring media. And there's some truth to that. But a much bigger issue, methinks, is that the modern American media is _really_ lazy. It takes legwork to sift through gigabytes of information and follow up on leads. On the other hand, checking Twitter is trivial -- and it even comes in chunks of the right size. My grandfather used to criticize the news for "man on the street interviews" because it was really easy to do but virtually devoid of content. I think the same criticism applies to tweets, emails, random and radical guests (or worse, celebrities), and most everything else they do, these days. But this sort of non-news constitutes the bulk of American media on a good day.

None of this is to say that there was anything damning, vindicating, or otherwise valuable in the last batch. Merely, I wouldn't make inferences from the media's relative silence regarding the content.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 438

by Willtor (#33286518) Attached to: Wikileaks Now Hosted By the Swedish Pirate Party

This is a terrible rationalization. America kills tens of thousands of innocents, so Sweden should sleep comfortably knowing they've only knowingly killed a few hundred?

That blood aside, you don't seriously think the loss of informants will cause the U.S. to step down its attacks, merely because we have less reliable information? I mean, I like Obama, as politicians go, but I don't trust him. When it's been expedient for him to follow the Bush policies, he's done so.

Not removing critical names from documents is criminally irresponsible. The informants knew they were putting themselves in danger by helping the U.S., I don't think they expected their names to be posted on the web.

Comment: Re:the point is not the collections (Score 2, Insightful) 387

by Willtor (#32897872) Attached to: RIAA Paid $16M+ In Legal Fees To Collect $391K

I don't think it's about selling more albums at all. It doesn't really matter whether they do.

The issue is that if they have a bad quarter (or worse, a series of bad quarters), they need to justify it to shareholders. Illegal downloading is a good scapegoat (and, for all I know, that's what's causing lost sales under their current business model), but in order for that excuse to work they have to launch a campaign against illegal downloaders. It's all about the perception the shareholders have of the executives.

By this reasoning, almost any amount of money they spend prosecuting illegal downloaders is justified because it's fighting a war against piracy. This is doubly effective if they have a successful quarter in which they sell more albums because it ostensibly means that their campaign is working. And now shareholders are convinced that these executives are the right people for the job.

Comment: Re:Missing poll option: When is Diablo 3 comingout (Score 1) 408

by Willtor (#30377286) Attached to: Between last big computer upgrade and the next ...

Intel (and other manufacturers) caters to whatever market segment their customers want. /. has a disproportionate number of people who buy shrink wrapped CPUs, but that's a piddly market. Chip manufacturers sell to computer makers like Dell, H.P., and Apple. If these companies want gaming CPUs, Intel and AMD will sell them gaming CPUs.

All that said, I'm not clear on why you're complaining. Are modern chips not fast enough for you?

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.