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Comment: Re:G'Day Valve, (Score 0) 138

by smooth wombat (#47783919) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court
That said, since the majority of people who do this likely are attemtping to cheat because they couldn't afford many games anyway, the loss of money is likely actually very small since the alternative would be, they don't play the game or download it some other way.

So you're admitting that people are too cheap to buy a game yet somehow can afford all their other shiny toys such as phones, computers, most likely cigarettes and alcohol and a whole host of other items.

The loss of money by people stealing a copy of a game is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is they're trying to justify their theft by claiming poverty while they have all those other gizmos or miraculously find money to spend on other non-essential items.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 1236

Why is it, when faced with stories like this, is your first instinct to claim that the woman lied or made it up?

For the same reason when a woman is raped they immediately blame her for getting herself in that situation.

She shouldn't have gotten drunk.

She shouldn't have worn that short skirt.

She shouldn't have been walking alone at night.

I once worked with a guy who said if a girl in college got raped when she was drunk it was her fault, except of course if it was his daughter in which case he'd shoot the guy.

There will always be those who will blame the women just because they can, without considering any other option because their mindset is such that women are always to blame.

Comment: Re:The Lonely Assassins (Score 2) 48

by smooth wombat (#47774171) Attached to: Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

The only issue I had with the Weeping Angels is the part about them not moving so long as they are seen by any living creatures.

It would seem that birds, mice, rats, squirrels, etc would qualify as living creatures so when Rory and Amy were sent away, how could the last Angel have moved when presumably some other creatures was watching it?

It's one thing if you're in a building (or cave where the only route out is up) where, presumably, you are the only creature able to see them, but outside is another matter.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 110

This goes back a hundred years when we built "universal access" into our phone system monopoly. Comcast is using it to beat it's competitor over the head

If Comcast's stance is using universal access from the phone system, then they are tacitly admitting they are subject to federal regulation when it comes to internet service.

They can't have it both ways. If they're not subject to regulation because they are a data service, they can't now complain when CenturyLink wants to intrude on their territory while trying to use regulations for a service which they're not subject to as their cudgel.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian