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Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 269

You think anybody but Disney actually benefits from Disney being allowed to own copyrights on its work for ludicrous amounts of time?

I used to when I was doing unique character designs because people couldn't use Disney characters instead. So, to answer your question: Yes., yes, I do.

Comment: Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (Score 1) 90

by geekoid (#47448687) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Because chess is cheaper? more easily accessible? doesn't encourage bulling? create a civilized event?
Are we seriously at a point where on a nerd site, chess is being compared to hockey?
WTF, has the world gone mad?
Hockey has all the worse elements of society in it, Chess has all the best.

Comment: Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (Score 1) 90

by geekoid (#47448627) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

" Why spend time learning to play chess when I can write a program that will beat most humans? "
To develop thinking skills. Planning, changing, thinking many steps ahead.

Everything you learn from chess would make you a better computer programmer.

Also, I doubt you can right an algorithm that will beat most mediocre chess players. Try it some time.

Yes, you said most humans. If you literally meant most humans, well then duh. Most human don't know how to play.
"Even a novice programmer could create a very strong chess AI using information that's publicly available."
ah, you are a C&P programmer. Great. Like we need more of those.

"but it's largely a solved problem now, "
I don't think you know what that means, becasue it is not largely solved. Checkers is largely solved..
Of course what does largely solved mean? When speaking of an algorithm, either it's solved not or it's not.

Comment: Re:Same old song and dance .... (Score 1) 71

by jedidiah (#47448335) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

> Even in the era of home theaters, how many of us really have such a setup at home where we'd be proud to show downloaded movies to our friends

I do.

It's part of the reason that I've pretty much given up on conventional movie theaters entirely. Beyond the new annoyances that have manifested in the last 20 years, the experience at a "real theater" just isn't sufficiently better to justify the bother.

Even if your local theater isn't crap, what your watching may not even be playing on any of their good screens.

It really doesn't take much. Pretty much anyone in suburbia has the resources to pull this off. Cinemas are doing remarkably well considering.

Comment: Re:Which alternative exists? (Score 1) 7

by damn_registrars (#47448089) Attached to: 1k words

The libertarian party wants to give more power to the people with the most money, which just reinforces this problem.

That's simply not true.

I will give you that there are a lot of different people who call themselves "libertarians", and there is an argument to be made that there really is no libertarian party in this country - or at least, none that can possibly encompass the values of all the people who call themselves libertarians.

However, the most vocal "libertarian" politician - and the one with the most vocal and dedicated followers - is Ron Paul. His platform, beyond any shadow of a doubt, embraces the values that I outlined above. If you want to claim that he is not a true libertarian, you can make that argument.

Comment: Re:Silly season much (Score 1) 118

by drinkypoo (#47447829) Attached to: Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

They made all items worth using "soulbound", meaning you can't trade them. So no, there's no 3rd party item selling. You can only use what you find.

Interestingly, STO (Which Charliemopps complains about being too much like gambling) has done the same thing. All of the best items are character-locked, let alone account-locked. Also, in STO you earn dilithium ore for just playing the game, you refine an amount every day, and you can trade it for Zen (locked to STO) on the exchange.

Researchers have found that given access to alcohol, monkeys are approximately as likely as us to behave the way we do; that is to say that teetotalers, social drinkers, lushes, and outright alcoholics appear in about the same proportions in studied monkey populations as in human populations. Addiction is simply a thing. It would be nice if we could have some addictive games that helped fold proteins to "cure cancer" or whatever, though. Right now, at best they are a fuckoff waste of time. Sometimes that has personal benefits, but anything can be taken too far.

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