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Comment It's ok to be loyal to your friends... (Score 1) 735

But I wouldn't be loyal to the company. Ask yourself if the company had some kind of financial problem, would it have the same kind of consideration towards you? Or if they could hire a better developer than you for half your wages, would they do it? Your friends, if they are truly so, will still be friends. Now, money isn't everything and perhaps the environment in the new job is worse. But that aside, I'd never turn out a better job out of loyalty. No company would be as loyal to their employees (at least I haven't seen one yet).

Comment Re:Not just with video games, but in general (Score 1) 465

I believe you. Basically women want to able to know they'll have someone by their side in case they get pregnant, while men just would like to impregnate as many women as possible. Even if both fully know that won't gonna happen due to birth control techniques, but we ACT like that.

That said, there are a fair amount of women that act more like the average men - as you said, sluttier. Society (including men with the exact same behaviour) usually despise them. I'd say, if we as a society didn't look down on slutty women, there would be a lot more of them.

Comment Two Comments (Score 1, Insightful) 284

1. Skype shouldn't have the ability to install an extension without explicit user agreement. I believe this is Mozilla's fault, it has been abused by others as well. Fix the extension installation process.

2. There shouldn't be a kill switch to an extension. It may be used in a benign form today, but tomorrow perhaps it will be used to kill an extension that allows users to see Facebook pictures, or whatever. I don't wan't that in my browser.

Basically, let me decide what I install in my browser (as well as my computer). It's simple.

Comment Re:I have an idea to stop using cells for cheating (Score 1) 437

At least down here in Brasil people are already obliged to leave their cellphones during the tests, just common sense really. Also, any eletronic device like PMPs, earpieces, even wristwatches.

The real problem with statistical approaches is that they don't prove one has cheated. So unless it is only used as a way to start an investigation to gather proofs - such as, contacting the cellphone operator and seeing if there was any calls to/from the cellphone during the test, AND if they can also prove the cellphone was in the test area - there is no legal way someone should be punished for being a point outside the line.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 311

The question is, I don't like to have yet another service tied up to a Google account, for two reasons; first, I am afraid my account may be suspended - happened already - and then I lose my bookmarks as well - which were real handy when Google screwed up my account. Secondly, I have and use more than one account and don't want my bookmarks to be tied up to one. To make things worse, I use three browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) so a browser specific bookmarking tool won't do it. Any other suggestions?

Comment Please get the facts straight (Score 4, Insightful) 426

The SD card in WP7 devices is NOT user serviceable. MS uses SD cards as a cheap alternative to other kinds of storage solutions. To exchange the SD card, you have to tore open the phone. People have been trying to replace the provided card to get more space, that's it. So I see it as no big deal that the OS thrashes it, since it was never intended to leave the phone anyway. That said, I wouldn't buy a WP7 phone for other reasons: it copied the iOS model by Apple by the book - specially the silly restrictions (no multitasking to 3rd party apps, tie-in to a proprietary app, no fscking copy-and-paste, etc.).

Comment Re:Already found them... location, location, locat (Score 1) 738

Your use of the word "rights" puzzle me. Shouldn't the right to mine them belong to the Afghan people/government? Or do you consider Afghan some sort of extension of US territory since you have a large military force there? If so, then the "right" belongs to whoever can exercise more power, and so if China somehow got it it's because they deserve it.

Comment Re:Non-issue (Score 2, Insightful) 178

I do have an account af Facebook but I really don't use it much. But if is is like anything round here, there may be lots of people who have lots of friends that they don't really know - I for sure know I have an awful lot of friends requests from people I've never seen. It is quite hard if you have a thousand of friends to track them all. So you go to sleep one night and the next morning you wake up to find out you've been added to a hate-speech, or a pro-taleban group, a neo-nazi group (which is actually a criminal offense in some countries) or something like that. It is an inherently flawed concept. Of course you may always argue you never actually joined that group, but we live in a world where appearances count more than evidence.

Comment frog in the cauldron (Score 4, Insightful) 547

You know the story of the frog in the cauldron, right? If you put a live one in a cauldron with boiling water, he will leap out as soon as he touches the water. But if you put it there and slowly heat up the water, he won't notice until it is too late. Guess what the content owners are doing to the consumers.

Comment Re:Oblig. (Score 1) 356

First, the "emulation" of 3D was way better than Doom. Not true 3D as Quake, of course, but it was so good as to not be noticeable. Secondly, you could interact with in ways that most games these days won't let you. You could brake things, drink water, take a piss, give strippers money, and all these seemed natural. Third, there was a likeable (or hateable, but it was fun anyways, that's undeniable) character. And then, even if the story wasn't stellar, there was some story, and level design was ingenious. Besides, it was fun to play, and to hear to one-liners and watch the pop-references.

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