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Comment: Liked BF2, but hated BF3 (Score 1) 208

by coaxial (#47311691) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

I've never been a great FPS player, but I do enjoy the genre, or at least I used to. (Apparently, kids these days think camping at spawn points is cool. In my day, that would get you kicked.) I really liked BF2. I liked hopping in anti aircraft batteries and gibbetting whole groups of people until inevitably someone stuck a bomb on the back on detonated it. Loads of fun. When I got BF3, I thought, "What the fuck is this?" Every gun, every add-on had to be unlocked. It was stupid, and made an already frustrating game, unplayable. I was a goddamn sniper, without a goddamn scope! WTF?

Even the single player campaign was boring and by the numbers. It was almost as bad as a rail-shooter, that I couldn't bother to finish it. And that's when I realized that I'd probably never play another FPS. (Well that, and the stupidity of the COD Black Ops demo where I had to walk to a U2, climb up a latter, turn on the plane, fly up, then watch a cut scene. Pointless.)

Comment: Re:Their business model sucked (Score 2) 338

by coaxial (#46875605) Attached to: How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

The USPS has a history of supporting OCR research, as part of its need to quickly and accurately route mail to its intended destination. That's main reason why ZIP codes and their later evolution of ZIP+4 came about.

That said, the National Security Complex has used the this system to institute the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking, which is a program to expand what used to be law enforcement surveillance technique (mail covers), as part of mass warrantless surveillance.

Comment: Good and Completely Unsurprising (Score 1) 157

by coaxial (#46848841) Attached to: Lucasfilm Announces Break With <em>Star Wars</em> Expanded Universe

When the prequels, came out, Lucas tossed everything the EU under the bus, including everything stated and implied in the films. ("I just remember my mother was always very sad," No! That was your adopted mom!) About the only thing he kept was Obi-Wan and Anakin fought over lava. So none of this is surprising.

When milking an existing franchise there's this need to be different-yet-similar, and a need to ramp everything up a notch or two. Eventually, everything gets a bit stupider as a result.

Years, ago I ingested everything out of the WEG RPG source books. I loved it. Now when I look out at the EU, it seems like such overwrought load of rehashed crap. A perpetual war of Sith and Jedi with even the uniforms and technology always looking the same. It's like the Star Wars Galaxy didn't even have changes in design, or different empires to grow and fall. (The Rakata being the notable exception.) Its quite a boring universe really.

Comment: Re:Fuck that guy. (Score 0) 397

by coaxial (#46531497) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Mr. Jackson seems rooted in an age that has long since gone by. What he needs to do is tell the people he claims to represent, "pull up your damn pants, don't get ugly tattoos all over your body, learn to address people in respectful language and study your ass off rather than trying to figure how you can goof off more. There's boatloads of money, waiting to be made and odds are you aren't going to be a zillionaire hip-hop or movie star, but if you take an interest you could make more than all of them put together.

Wow.

+ - Mt. Gox knew it was selling phantom bitcoin two weeks before its collapse->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles wrote in a sworn declaration in the company's U.S. bankruptcy filing he suspected hundreds of thousands of bitcoins were missing on Feb. 7, more than two weeks before it finally halted trading. That means Mt. Gox allowed its customers to continue trading, knowing that its bitcoin stash was wiped out and collecting as much as US$900,000 in trading fees. Since Mt. Gox said it was also missing $27.3 million in cash from customer deposits, it raises the possibility that customers — despite seeing a cash balance displayed in their account — might have actually been buying bitcoins that did not exist, with cash that was already long gone."
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Comment: Unlikely, but not Unplausibe (Score 3, Interesting) 187

by coaxial (#46461107) Attached to: CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

Personally, I find it unlikely that the CIA would do something so ham handed and transparent. And yet, since the War on Terror and the idea that anything goes when the people you're drowning don't wear matching hats, the CIA and the entire IC has lost all credibility, that I can't dismiss the allegation.

That said, Feinstein is a out of touch 80 year-old that thinks mass surveillance is cool, but at the same time gets upset when the IC spies on allies (like everyone else does), and when spy on her.

As a Democrat and a Californian, I say Fuck Feinstein.

+ - Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live 18

Submitted by umafuckit
umafuckit (2980809) writes "soylentnews.org is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site."

Comment: Re:This is the problem with religious people. (Score 1) 903

by coaxial (#45839753) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

You need to check your facts. The government didn't create employer health care plans. The market did. Now don't get me wrong, the market was reacting to a different government intervention (namely WWII wage freezes), but there is no law that says,"Companies with more than N employees, must offer health insurance."

The reason why the ACA didn't move towards single-payer model (like most (yes, capitalist) countries) is that employers and insurance companies do not want that. Insurance companies don't want competition that would actually provide coverage, and employers like the fact that employees are indentured to them for health coverage. Make no mistake, the individual mandate, and no single payer is the Republican plan. In fact, it was famously the opposing position to the Clinton health care plan (aka "Hillarycare").

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. -- Errol Flynn Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure. -- Errol Flynn

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