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Comment: Re:Drop the hammer on them. (Score 1) 1209 1209

I don't think I see the "failed state" analogy. The federal government has a lot of overreach, particularly with income tax, into each and every state equally. There's nowhere in the US you can go and get treated dramatically differently as regards money, but in Europe that is not the case. Plus, I don't think any state in the US would be a failed state all by itself- some would be a lot poorer, but nothing (or not many) would be automatically full of corruption.

Comment: Re:From (Score 2) 105 105

The point is it really is gold... if you are a fool. It is named this because it looks like gold, but only a fool would think that. Many other things have names that are references to what they look like: Lamb's Foot ( ) isn't a lamb or a foot, but it is named because it resembles one, Queen Anne's Lace ( ) is neither a Queen, nor an Anne, nor any manner of lace, etc.

Toy car is really a *car toy*- a type of toy shaped like a car. A "dwarf planet" isn't a type of "planet" shaped like a "dwarf". Don't swap the adjective and noun just because the common nomenclature does.

The argument about "dwarf planet" is a good one. The entire thing is silly if you look at how it got "reclassified", and why do we take that one group's one vote one time for classification? Pluto is trivially a planet.

Comment: Re:What exactly is a "death camp"? (Score 1) 135 135

Not really relevant. "Playing the game" is going to a place of historical significance. The gameplay is a few buttons to "hack the portal". The actual point is that you are somewhere of interest, such as a museum. Given that memorials open to the public are unquestionably of historic interest, this is interesting.

Obviously they deleted them to avoid the bad press, but this sort of thing is sort of the point of Ingress- the places you go are ideally educational, beautiful, interesting, something. If you go to a portal at a museum, you spend a bunch of time travelling, several seconds pressing buttons on your phone, and then your day is "I went to the museum".

Comment: Re:Denialist (Score 1) 135 135

Again from Wikipedia: Ingress portals are placed at:
"The gameplay consists of establishing "portals" at places of cultural significance, such as public art, landmarks, monuments, etc."

So yes, it sort of IS the university of human learning, if that means that almost every interesting place you might go to has portals all up in it. If you go to a portal, the game says, here's some stuff, but because you physically WENT there, the point is that you are somewhere of interest, such as a museum. It's not "just a stupid game", it's a stupid game with an excuse to go be somewhere interesting.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Insightful) 135 135

They didn't really "do" it, they just missed what it was when they approved it. And it should be pointed out that the whole point of locations is that they be basically what the death camps are today- aka, public places, museums, etc. It's entirely possible that they were not added to troll, but simply on the idea of "hey, people are around here to learn, lets put a portal here because it is interesting for the players who come here".

Again- Ingress portals are placed in historical and public areas.

"The gameplay consists of establishing "portals" at places of cultural significance, such as public art, landmarks, monuments, etc."

Comment: Re:Corruption is it's own reward (Score 4, Insightful) 161 161

It will take it being a serious campaign issue at the federal level for it to stop- and that's just the first step. Every toll road has a toll for X years. Then after X years... it keeps the toll. Every time, no one can turn the tap off. As a nation, we voted in a guy who was gonna close gitmo. 8 years later, still gitmo. As long as the red and blue teams can keep dangling the threat of losing personal freedom if the OTHER team gets in, it's essentially impossible to get policy level things changed.

Comment: Re:I use bing because I don't want there to be one (Score 1) 133 133

It comes and goes. I consider it pretty rough right now, but I'm sure it depends on your searches. The value subtractors just have to mangle enough search to be profitable, but google (and others) has to handle all of their scramblings to be a good search engine.

At the start, Google was crap-free, because no one had figured out how to target them and the low-fruit approach didn't work on them. Obviously, there's always folks trying to break the system.

Comment: Re:I use bing because I don't want there to be one (Score 1) 133 133

Google is still the best, but Bing is very good. Altavista lost (at least for me), because it was filled with corrupt results. There's plenty of malicious websites who only want to create spam, and if you make a search engine, they want you to deliver spam for them. Altavista couldn't get that shit out of there enough. The core initial assumption on search engines is that people would write a page with product, a message, people debating, or something factual, and this became "race to the top of the search engine". That was the #1 driver for me with Google- they immediately and aggressively fought that shit. The fact that they are losing ground on this today is sad, but I doubt they're anywhere close to done.

If Altavista could have just filtered those sites, they'd still be a solid engine, IMO.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman