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Comment: Re:anything has to be better than beyond earth (Score 1) 227

by Zedrick (#48854665) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
> I took a pass on Beyond Earth because Civ V was so horrible. In fact I'm still playing Civ IV BTS over Civ V

Same here. Civ V was the last game I bought without at least downloading a cracked copy and testing it myself - it was such a huge disappointment. I still suspect the reviewers were bribed somehow, or perhaps tested the game before it got radically dumbed down, just before release?

It's not until recently that I dare buy games again, after watching reviews on youtube so I can see it for myself. I will never trust Firaxis or "professional" reviewers again.

Comment: Re:There's a solution (Score 4, Insightful) 41

by Zedrick (#48439583) Attached to: Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In
Because it's very easy to use for people with their own domain but little tech knowledge, it has a massive amount of themes and plugins to choose from (which I admit can be a problem) and it has much less security issues than any comparable CMS.

I've worked with hosting abuse for a long time, and it's fairly rare to see a hacked WP nowadays - unless the owner of the site has turned off auto-updating. Hacked Joomla-, modX- or Drupal-sites are much more common.

Comment: Re:Traffic is up? (Score 5, Insightful) 144

by Zedrick (#47963487) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'
That's perhaps part of it, but the main reason is that TPB is still the best place to get new stuff. I always download all new TV-series there, except netflix-series that I can get on... netflix.

As for games, I recently wanted to buy a few games on stream, but they demanded a copy of my id because my card was issued in another country than the one I live in at the moment. Fine, goodbye. Downloaded the games at TPB instead.

It should not only be possible but also convenient to buy media. Netflix and GOG are great and get my money, other places that are less great and makes it difficult can keep their digital copies while I go browsing at the Pirate Bay.

Comment: Re:neither science nor news. (Score 1, Offtopic) 54

by Zedrick (#47790147) Attached to: Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit
What does colours or icons have to do with it? It's a newssite, content is what matters. If you don't care about that, here's a good alternative:

Soylentnews is quite good and often have interesting tech-related news before slashdot. It just needs more people in the comments.

Comment: Re:Intelligent Decision (Score 1) 91

by Zedrick (#47639055) Attached to: Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects
What's your point?

A rather large portion of USA has better uses for their extremely limited funds - US poverty rate is among the worst in the developed world. But there are people with money and the bandwidth to watch the result, just like (almost) every other country in the world.

Comment: Re:Dear Slashdot (Score 1) 170

> You are 100% right in criticizing me

No. If you have a Palm and want to code for it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that - and I find the reactions here very strange and un-slashdotlike. It doesn't matter if it's a good machine or not, or if you have fond childhood memories of it or not. If you happen to have something that can be explored and programmed, and you feel like doing it, great. How is reading a book or trying out some other hobby (as others suggested) in any way "better"?

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 619

by Zedrick (#47506227) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
> Communism is State Socialism.

No, it is not. I know it's difficult to get a grip on all the -isms, and there has been a lot of different interpretations since the late 19th century, but there Is No State in a communist society. The only examples of communist societies in modern times were, kind of, the Paris commune and possibly, again kind of, Soviet Russia during the civil war.

Chrusjtjov claimed that the Soviet Union would become communist some time in the (then) near future, he was obviously wrong. No Communist party in the world has communism in their party program except as a final goal sometime far in the future, when the state is no longer needed.

"Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth." -- Milton