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Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo 473

Posted by Soulskill
from the pursuing-the-rare-double-godwin dept.
itwbennett writes "It's one of those questions that really should never come up, but as blogger Peter Smith points out, Stephen Toulouse, the head of Xbox Live enforcement, is used to fielding all sorts of strange questions. Recently, one of those questions was apparently 'Can I use a Swastika as my logo in Call of Duty: Black Ops?' When Toulouse responded with the obvious answer ('No, of course you can't, we'll ban you.') he was met with some pushback by people he refers to as 'contrarians' and 'internet pundits' who decided to educate him on the long and storied history of the swastika as a symbol of good fortune and how just because the Nazis used it, it doesn't make the symbol itself a bad thing. Toulouse covers the topic on his blog in a post titled Context and it's an interesting read if for no other reason than to get a peek inside the day-to-day issues the Xbox Live Enforcement team deals with."

Comment: Re:Where is the point? (Score 1) 76

by Xzisted (#33739836) Attached to: OCZ IBIS Introduces High Speed Data Link SSDs
Don't forget that another reason to move away from SAS/SATA and towards PCIe is to break away from current restrictions in RAID controllers. This setup looks targeted at Enterprise RAID. Enterprise RAID setups, including LSI Logic's megaraid (H700/H800 from Dell) can't support things such as NCQ or SMART, which are really important features on many traditional Hard Drives or TRIM for SSDs. Support of NCQ would be required to hit higher transfer speeds in an SSD RAID setup than what we are able to hit today with current controller technology. We also only get limited SMART data from RAID controllers which pass through a fraction of this but do not support the SMART technology directly (try using smartctl in linux to query a logical drive handed out by a RAID controller). This technology seems to make that possible. I'll take the wait and see approach, but it looks promising.

Comment: Darwinism in a social context... (Score 1) 260

by Xzisted (#31509976) Attached to: Scientists Demonstrate Mammalian Tissue Regeneration
The only reason that mammals with an active p21 gene and the inability to regenerate tissue continued on and p21 suppressed mammals did not is because chicks dig scars. No perfectly healthy scarless male is going to attract a hot chick who is only interested in the dummy injury prone type.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 1) 575

by Xzisted (#28785147) Attached to: First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track
I see your point. My suggestion is that the MAIN focus right now should be getting Nuclear power in place as the primary replacement for coal/oil. Wind, Geothermal, Tidal and Solar should be pursued at the same time as a replacement/augmentation of Nuclear, but people really need to stop looking at them as equals which are ready for prime time deployment. The fact is that technologically speaking they are not and the cost to manufacture and maintain the newer technologies is much higher and they will change signifigantly in design and effectiveness before a standard is settled and costs cut.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 4, Informative) 575

by Xzisted (#28778099) Attached to: First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track
Ok. Quick list before I head home from my engineering job.

Solar cell (photovoltaic) efficiencies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell

Power grid issues with Wind and Solar.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/business/10grid.html?_r=4&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/business/27grid.html

A host of nonpartisan (I'm independant BTW) issues can be found in the wikipedia articles for Geothermal and Tidal (waveform hydroelectric) power. Ironically enough, they can generate power, but are equally horrible for the environment in other ways. Not to mention they are extremely cost prohibitive in most circumstances.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide

Worldwide we are producing about 10GW of power using geothermal today. Overall, thats not alot. And geothermal has many construction and engineering hurdles to overcome that are different with EACH installation which increases costs and can reduce overall output. Technology can solve this problem, yet again, its not there yet. Not reliably anyways.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severn_Barrage
http://www.reuk.co.uk/Severn-Barrage-Tidal-Power.htm
Even if they start the Severn Barrage right this second, it would not be fully operational and completed until 2020 at the earliest. The construction costs are nearly $40 billion (24bn. pounds), and the total power output would be around 8.6GW under ideal circumstances. Output is dependant on variable scenarious such as weather (which can also cause damage) and current. Expected average output is about 2GW. Current nuclear technology can generate upwards of 1.4-1.5GW of power per reactor with multiple reactors built at each plant.
http://www.reuk.co.uk/Severn-Barrage-Tidal-Power.htm

So, about that extensive data you have seen. Want to provide some links that have hard numbers and are based in facts or do you want to sit over there and provide no helpful commentary yourself other than to say I'm wrong and you're right?

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 3, Insightful) 575

by Xzisted (#28777661) Attached to: First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track
Well, if solar panels were 100% efficient then we would only have to cover 1.8% of the land on our planet for them to cover all our needs.

Wait. The earth rotates with about 38% of the surface optimally bathed in sunlight at any given time. Doing the math on that means that we have to cover somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.2% of the land on the planet in 100% efficient panels to cover our needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Oh wait, solar panels aren't 100% efficient. As a matter of fact, they aren't even nearly 20% efficient in most cases. Eh...back to the drawing board.

I love the idea of cleaner energy as much as everyone else, however there are a few things that many people don't realize.

1. Nuclear power is a known entity with known problems however it provides the most energy at the least cost in regards to both money and pollution.
2. Covering signifigant portions of any land mass in solar panels (solar farms) leads to serious erosion problems and other issues that are not widely publicized as a large problem. It is a large problem, so much so that some solar farms are only producing at about 60% capacity due to equipment failures caused by panel foundations shifting and wind issues. Read the article in Wired.
3. Wind farms can not adequately provide enough power to the grid to support everyone. In severely windy areas it can cause serious power spikes that our current power grid cannot handle potentially causing large scale outages. It is also worth noting that if you have an unusually non-windy month, your refrigerator might not turn on some nights. That sucks.
4. Technology is not there yet with geothermal, waveform hydroelectric or any other technology you hear routinely mentioned as a solution to all our energy problems. They are at least 20-30 years off before they start providing any useful power and that is at the earliest.

We get it. We need cleaner energy. Now, listen to those of us who agree with you but are more well informed: Nuclear is your first best option for the next three decades. Do you really feel like complaining about how bad coal and oil are for another 30 years?

--X

Comment: Re:So who was it ?? not (Score 1) 405

by Xzisted (#28770043) Attached to: Most Expensive JavaScript Ever?
Dell DRAC 4 and up controllers work fine with firefox provided you set the console to use Java in the Remote Console -> Configuration screen. Most of the DRAC firmwares dont have a native console plugin that works with firefox though I have found a few variations that do. Your best bet is just to use the .jnlp version with Java Webstart. --X

Comment: Re:Hardware Virtualization needed. (Score 1) 315

by Xzisted (#27881673) Attached to: MS, Intel "Goofed Up" Win 7 XP Virtualization
The only AMD chips lacking this support that are currently on the market are the Semprons and some Turions. AMD doesn't market the old Athlon 64s without this support anymore though it still looks like you can pick them up OEM from NewEgg. Honestly though, if you are running a Sempron/Turion, you are probably not looking to run VM's on your machine.

Comment: Re:What about something really useful (Score 1) 255

by Xzisted (#27833651) Attached to: Wolfram Alpha vs. Google — Results Vary
You might get something along the lines of:

"Of cats that live into their teen years the average life expectancy is...."

Now, if you enter 'fucking some teenage pussy', you will probably get something along the lines of the average prison term served for doing such a thing, how likely you are to be able to do it while living in your mom's basement, or maybe even some Debbie LaFave links.

Comment: Uh.....no. (Score 1) 345

by Xzisted (#27648163) Attached to: Adobe Pushing For Flash TVs
Adobe can spend the time to put Flash on TV's right after they spend the time to accelerate its playback on GPU's via CUDA or some other interface language. I'd really like to be able to play back Hulu, YouTube, etc... on an Ion powered Atom media center box. That would be far more useful than having it on a television where 90% of customers would never use it. 100% of those people who design and build their own HTPC's would use it and get something out of it once it has GPU accelerated playback.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.

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