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Comment: Re:scientists? (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Every time you see a headline in the form of "Scientists discover new foo" you can pretty much stop reading right there. The author is most likely the sort of person that confuses science with wizardry and isn't very likely to produce an article of any real substance. You could actually just replace every instance of scientist with wizard and impart the same level of information.

Comment: Re:Stop infecting me.. (Score 4, Insightful) 731

by alzoron (#45992645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

This is my biggest my biggest issue with most of the ads on the internet. When it comes to sites that are proactive and actually have an approval process for ads and wrap them up in their own delivery system to avoid spreading malware to their customers, I let the ads through. Sites that take a reactive stance towards possible malware (or no action at all) and basically just spew whatever crap the third party advertiser gave them unfiltered get blocked.

The way I see it is if you don't care whether or not you're spreading malware you don't deserve ad revenue. Hell, you don't deserve any business from me at all.

Comment: Riding the bus is cognitively passive? (Score 1) 97

by alzoron (#45625461) Attached to: Need Directions? Might Not Want To Ask a Transit Rider

Shit, they make it sound like you just walk out your front door and after a short nap the driver wakes you up directly at your destination. I must be doing something wrong when I have to transfer to 3 different buses so I can pick up dinner on my way home. I may not be in the norm but after extensive travel on the bus system here over the years I've found that I have a better idea of where things than people that just drive straight to work/school and the grocery store day after day.

Comment: Re:Such vitriol for M:TG in these early comments (Score 2) 135

by alzoron (#41308533) Attached to: Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete

The last two years have actually seen a resurgence of poison counters. Starting with the 2010 Fall Block of Scars of Mirrodin and the follow up expansion New Phyrexia in 2011 they combined the Poison and Wither mechanics together to create the Infect mechanic. Anyone that was discouraged by poison before would probably not be to happy with it more recently.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 388

by alzoron (#39348365) Attached to: 'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

The party doing the suing does in fact have trademarks on "The Hobbit" relating to alcoholic beverages.

Both were filed in 2011 and since things like prior art and such don't apply to trademarks they seem to be well within their rights to sue. I'm against things like patent trolls and eternal copyrights as much as anyone else and I'd find it highly distasteful if they don't intend on actually using the trademarks for anything other than bullying people but this is a case where the pub in question probably should have known better.

I can't believe the owner of this pub was really "absolutely stunned" that this happened. If I ran a bar named after a fictional race that was featured in three highly successful movies with a fourth movie in the works using said fictional race as its name and used a bunch of copyrighted images and character names from those movies on my website I would be stunned if they didn't sue me.

Comment: Re:I like their position (Score 4, Insightful) 584

by alzoron (#38923041) Attached to: Seattle Library Lets Man Watch Porn On Computers Despite Complaints

No where is an inalienable right denied by moving someone elsewhere to watch their material. That this is a tax-funded organization does not change that.

That's a nice position. While we're at it let's just set up a bunch of new zones for all of our rights. Zone A is for religion. Zone B is for speech. Zone C is for the press. Zone D is for petition. Oh, and by the way you're going to have submit to an intrusive and degrading search before entering these zones because your right against unreasonable searches and seizures is handled in Zone E and doesn't apply anywhere else.

Don't mind the guard towers and barb wire fences, they're there to protect your rights, provided you're in the right zone.

Comment: Re:Ban the use of faucets! (Score 1) 1005

by alzoron (#38754292) Attached to: Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

If any of this is true and having to boil water before making coffee was a serious burden for the people of Boston then I really have no desire to ever visit out of fear of contracting stupidity. Do you have any idea what's involved in the process of making coffee? I'll give you a hint, it's not freezing the water.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory