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Comment: Re:hmm (Score 0) 138

by Zedrick (#47252557) Attached to: France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"
Isn't this joke getting a bit old? Sure, US education isn't exactly the best in the world, and it was fun to see Groundskeeper Willie and various US politicians show off their ignorance during the "weapons of mass destruction"- campaign 20 years ago. But far from all americans are this stupid, and it's a bit unfair to continue bashing them every time France is in the news.

Comment: Re:Why is twitch popular? (Score 2) 142

by Zedrick (#47036349) Attached to: Report: YouTube Buying For $1 Billion
Well, (for me) it's like an interesting talkshow. I watch Quickybaby play World of tanks, partly because I like that game and can learn a few things watching someone really good play it, but also because he talks about all kinds of things. It's just like watching kevinpollakschatshow, but framed around a game instead of Hollywood.

OTOH there's a lot of people on twitch playing the game and saying nothing, that I don't understand. Boring.

Comment: Re:Fuck seaworld (Score 2) 194

by Zedrick (#47006977) Attached to: Orca Identified As 103 Years Old
I agree, but unfortunately we live in this universe, and not that alternative one where everything is as it should be.

If people can't go somewhere (not too far away) and see animals, they will soon think CGI-versions of these creatures are good enough, which leads to extinction for the real ones. Unless they are really cute.

Comment: Re:Alcohol (Score 1) 329

by Zedrick (#46967301) Attached to: Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030
I haven't seen any reports about Europeans drinking less, but you're right. Since I stopped drinking 4-5 months ago I've gained around 10KG. I'll try to catch up in a few weeks when my girlfriend and our newborn daughter are going away for the weekend, but no matter how many bottles of ale I manage to drink, I doubt I'll get back in shape.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 0) 351

by Zedrick (#46703169) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
Because living in a "stone age" society is generally much healthier than living in a 1st world country. Also, more spare time - which isn't wasted on TV or the internet. (hunter-gatherer-people do not spend all their time looking for food, that's a common myth)

The downside is lack of medical treatment and vulnerability to external factors such as weather.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by Zedrick (#46643393) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis
> No, they didn't, but it was obvious to everybody and clear from history that the USA wasn't interested in
> annexing Iraq into US territory. So the comparison to what Russia has done with part of Ukraine is a false one.

True, Putin can at least claim he is protecting Russians (and might even believe it), the US-Iraq wars were just about controlling the oil.

> USA has taken territory it could have just kept for itself,

Eh... This is not a game of Risk.

> But we don't do that, and haven't acted like an imperial power, increasing our borders
> though military force, for a LONG time.

Again, this is not Risk. Please go to the library and look up the concept of Imperialism, it does in no way have to involve annexing territories - controlling countries through puppet governments (Iraq, for example) is how it's done since at least the 18th century.

Comment: Civilization 4 (Score 2) 669

by Zedrick (#46284857) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I can't seem to let go of it. Bought Civ5 when it came out, worthless dumbed-down failure. That was the last time I bought a game without trying a copy from TPB first

#2: World of Tanks - the only MMO I've never stuck with for more than a few days.
#3: Crusader Kings II. Medieval strategy, last decent game from Paradox.

Apart from those I sometimes boot up Colonization (dos), Defender of the Crown (C64), Last Ninja 2 (C64), North & South (Amiga). All modern games offered on piratebay are extremly f'ing boring. BF4 - boring. Skyrim - boring. Assassins Creed 4 - boring. Gta 4 - boring.

Looking forward to Elite: Dangerous though.

Comment: Re:Liable *of not acting upon obvious infringement (Score 1) 164

by Zedrick (#46194329) Attached to: German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement

That might be how it works in some... countries, but in a civilized society (Germany?) it's not enough with random requests or notifications to shut down something even if it's "obvious", without a court order. The registrar (and the webhost) is not a court of law. If they passed it on to the owner of the site, and the owner of that site for whatever reason didn't agree and didn't remove the material, then it should be decided by a court.

This case might be black and white (no idea, never visited, but most cases are not, and it's therefore not up to the registrar or the host to shut down anything.

I work for a large European webhost, every time I get some shutdown request or ridicolous DMCA-blaha from someone in a country ruled by copyright holders, I just tell them stop bothering us and report the actual owner of the site to the police (in whatever country the siteowner lives in), if it's really copyright infringement.

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