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Comment: Re:pretty sad.. (Score 1) 80

by abigsmurf (#48595639) Attached to: Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display
Theme parks are vanity investments. You largely invest in them so you can say "our portfolio includes theme parks...". Nobody does vanity investments like the oil rich counties.

They're massive risks and the UK is home to the world's second largest theme park Operator, Merlin Entertainment (probably most famous internationally for running the legoland parks). This theme park will be under an hours drive from 3 different Merlin owned Theme Parks (in addition to the London Dungeons and Madam Tussaud's) .

Comment: Re:Field Sobriety Tests Anyone? (Score 1) 342

by abigsmurf (#48496189) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU
The field sobriety tests is designed for catching alcohol. 2 out of the 3 tests in the link you provided specifically say that failing them is associated with having consumed too much alcohol. The only one that doesn't specifically state as being about alcohol still only tests for a very specific impairment common to being drunk .

Comment: Re:Completely outrageous (Score 3, Informative) 834

by abigsmurf (#48359045) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment
It's not a straw man, it's a perfectly valid comparison.

There have been hundreds of articles primarily about death threats towards people involved in this saga over the last couple of months.

When Penny Arcade or Jack Thompson received death threats, they were halfway down the article, generally a single paragraph, usually in articles condemning them. There were very few articles primarily about the death threats. There was a tone of "well serves them write for not apologising for that comic" among a lot of the gaming media. There certainly wasn't anything approaching a universal blanket condemnation. As far as I know, Giant Bomb were the only major site that did make it the focus of an article.

Comment: Completely outrageous (Score 5, Interesting) 834

by abigsmurf (#48358179) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment
Death Threats are unacceptable. I'm glad we're seeing journalists express their outrage exactly the same way they did when Jack Thompson received death threats and when Death Threats were made against the family of the Penny Arcade writers...

Oh wait, there was no outrage over these, if anything there was an atmosphere of "well, they deserved it". Of course, to condemn these would require news websites to accept some culpability for the drumming up the anger that lead to the abuse they received.

The hypocrisy and self serving nature of the journalists is probably best summed up by the "gamers are dead" articles. The basic argument presented by a disturbingly large number of them is basically "How dare you be sexist and comment on someone's sexual history you virgin man-children!" and the writers are completely unable to see the irony in doing that.

Lastly, a call for diversity is fine but you've need to accept that diversity is more than just LGBT and women. It's the rich and poor, old and young, the conservative and liberal, the religious and the atheist, The North American and the European (or any combination of continents). Gaming sites have readers from all these backgrounds. Maybe, just maybe there are lots of people don't like being lectured to by relatively well off 20-30 year old ultra liberal Americans? Maybe, when people disagree with political opinions presented on the website, the best response isn't name calling, shaming and banning. You belittle, censor, insult and claim superiority then wonder why there's a build up of hatred on the other side.

Comment: Re:Saw the debate (Score 1) 451

by abigsmurf (#48258893) Attached to: Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination
Ah someone who has seen Religulous and considers themselves an expert. Shame that documentary was full of crap. Most of the parallels/plagiarism he pointed out were reaching to an extreme or were a result of the stories that were stolen from actually being altered after the formation of Christianity and some stuff he flat out made up.

Comment: So... A glorified personal contract purchase? (Score 1) 126

by abigsmurf (#48086133) Attached to: Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program
Plenty of car manufacturers will offer deals that you a guaranteed buyback value of a car 'bought' on PCP over here. It's usually a hook to get you to use that money as a deposit on buying another car from that dealer. Pay £3000 to 'buy' the 4 year old car you've been driving or get £3000, put that down as a deposit on a slightly better car and keep on paying what you were for your old car and have a bit of spare change to splash out on a holiday. I know Fiat offered this last time I went into a dealer.

As always with PCPs, sounds a great deal until you hand back the car and there's a 5p per mile over-usage penalty, that mark that looks like a fingerprint is totally a scratch that costs £100 to fix, you'll need to buy 4 new tyres despite the old ones only having 5000 miles on them...

Comment: Re:No alternative system is available ? (Score 1) 145

by abigsmurf (#48045567) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure
Because of the news coverage, millions of people go a big reminder to renew their car tax and all decided to renew when they got home from work that day.

Rather than having these people spread out over a week or so, they all decided to renew in what was likely just a 3 hour period so the system probably got many times the traffic it normally does.

Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 1) 443

by abigsmurf (#47437509) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One
It's probably pretty standard practice to send officers involved in accidents to hospital unless it's incredibly obvious that there couldn't be anything wrong with them.

Cheaper for them to have half a day's downtime and the price of going to ER than for them to have a non-obvious or seemingly minor injury that becomes serious because it didn't get treated (with all the lawsuits that go with it).

Comment: There's a reason this hasn't been made yet (Score 1) 86

by abigsmurf (#47132513) Attached to: A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)
Flashing lights undoubtedly draw the attention of people behind them on the road.

The problem is they do their job too well and become mesmerizing, drawing attention away from actually driving. People become so focused on the lights they don't realise that they're driving dangerously close to the bike, they start to slowly edge onto the wrong side of the road or they simply miss hazards up ahead.

Lots of drivers dislike even simple blinking red lights because of this. This 'jumbotron' will actually make things far more dangerous for everyone involved and is even of questionable legality.

Comment: Re:Was it really Tesla's problem? (Score 1) 152

by abigsmurf (#46716315) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield
It's perhaps the biggest example of the Tesla Kool-aid that being able to walk away from an engine fire is seen as something incredible and amazing.

In almost all engine fires, the only way you'll fail to walk away is because you were physically unable (trapped or unconcious). I've a low end 2003 Skoda fabia (costs approx , if my engine were to catch fire, I'd get the heat sensor beeping at me, then the engine warning light would beep at me, then, if I hadn't stopped by then, it'd go into crawl home mode. I'd imagine if a lot of people read their car manual they would find their car will do something similar, yet people were going crazy over how amazing it was that Teslas could do this.

Comment: Re:"Victim Blaming" (Score 1) 479

by abigsmurf (#46447975) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers
Victim blaming is unhealthy because it shifts the focus away from companies trying to come up with better methods to secure accounts.

Why say "we're at fault for not securing our database and not hashing passwords in a way where rainbow tables are impractical" when you can say "they shouldn't have used such weak passwords!" and take the blame off of themselves?

Two factor authentication for example is a very effective way of securing 'stupid' users. Heck it's secure enough to enable a lot of banks to store two-way encrypted passwords and make their log in algorithms more robust against keyloggers (it's a myth that passwords have to be hashed for the best security). Two factor Authentication however is difficult and expensive so there's all the more incentive for blaming users who get infected with trojans or suffer when their passwords get compromised.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?