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Comment Scammers scamming scammers. (Score 1) 232

But in these tough times, the scammers said, they are relying more on a crucial tool: voodoo. At times, Banjo said, he has traveled six hours to the forest, where a magician sells scam-boosters. A $300 powder supposedly helps scammers "speak with authority" when demanding payment. A powder, rubbed on the face, reportedly makes victims viewing the scammer through webcams powerless to say no.

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Submission + - Microsoft Launches new 'Get the facts' campaign ( 5

ko9 writes: Microsoft has launched their "Get the facts" campaign, in an attempt to promote Internet Explorer 8. It contains a chart that compares IE8 to Firefox and Chrome. Needless to say, IE8 comes out as the clear winner, with MS suggesting it is the only browser to provide features like 'privacy', 'security', 'reliability'. It even claims to have Firefox beat in 'customizability'. Almost all of these are at the very least stretching the truth, and more likely blatant lies. To people like me, this page would destroy a lot of the credibility MS might have had with me. I'm wondering if the average joe will question these facts though, or will he just blindly accept them as facts, because a big company like Microsoft would not lie this openly?

Comment Zerg rush for first post! (Score 1) 46

Starcraft has incredible depth and lots of emergent gameplay. My brother bought the game nearly 10 years ago and has played it on and off to this day. He's been playing a lot on ICCUP(an unofficial server that the good players use for ranked play and to avoid hackers) since he has graduated an is jobless. He is undoubtedly better than me and wins 9 out of 10 times, which made it all the more satisfying when I 5pooled him(a rush) and left him in a hissy fit(he doesn't take losing well). I particularly like that there are so many different strategies in starcraft, you can take a very unconventional/high risk strategy, and if executed decently have a good chance of success.

Comment Re:Languages (Score 2, Insightful) 371

Oh wow, my eyes glazed over the sentence the sentenced that had "serious text processing" in it. I am not very familiar with Forth so the next part seemed plausible. Finally my tired eyes spotted an anomaly; surely Java/Swing is on par if not more "well supported" than Perl/Tk. But the comment said +4 insightful my mind protested! Oh wait a second, whats this? It's bad analogy guy! I've seen his comments before I remember, amused at how I had caught the joke just barely before it passed over my head. (A look at the 6 other comments here shows that there was plenty of *whoosh* to go around though)

Comment meh (Score 1) 266

The only fork that will work at this point is one that has laxer deletionist/notability standards. Notability could be determined by weather the article has a potential audience, not weather it meets some arbitrary standard of notability. Same with citation requirements, sections of an article that are contested would be marked as such, but not necessarily removed.

Comment Re:Wine for Windows (Score 1) 354

I came here to gripe about wine. While it is definitely a cool piece of software I think people way overstate its abilities. For instance, I've read many many times that wine works perfectly with starcraft. The wine website itself rates it "Gold" which according to them means "Applications that work flawlessly with some special configuration". And yet anyone who has tried to use starcraft on Linux would know that that the multiplayer(the reason people still play sc) is unusable due to acknowledged graphical bugs and lag(YMMV on this). Starcraft is not a stand alone example from my experience. I would say anything not on the list of 76 programs that "work flawlessly, no configuration", are likely to be unusable. Unfortunately software is not like a glass of milk. A program that only works 50% of the time is bad, while milk is delicious no matter how much of it you have.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson