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Comment: But... but I wanted the female Shepard. (Score 1) 142

by cunina (#32362730) Attached to: <em>Mass Effect</em> To Invade the Big Screen
Every playthrough I've done on Mass Effect 1 and 2 was with a female character. Why? Two reasons: for one thing, Jennifer Hale is a fantastic voice actress, and her work on ME 1 & 2 was truly great. (The male voice actor, not so much - his performance seemed flat by comparison.) Second, I figured if I'm going to have to look at an ass for 50+ hours, it might as well be a nice one.

Comment: Re:Scroogle (Score 1) 281

by cunina (#32176962) Attached to: Scroogle Has Been Blocked

They're willing to do things you're not willing to do.

Like violate this country's immigration laws, for example. Otherwise, I'll do whatever they're doing, for the right price. They're just willing to work more cheaply than I. And the net effect of that is to import poverty and widen the income gap in this country. Does it give you a warm fuzzy feeling to know you're on the same side as ConAgra and Wal-Mart?

Comment: Re:Well in that case (Score 5, Insightful) 276

by cunina (#31178808) Attached to: Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA
No, actually, you aren't saddened. You're delighted that he calls them "some mistakes," because it gives you yet another springboard from which to launch your smug, tired assault on the US government. "Look at me," you shout to the grown-ups while twirling about at their cocktail party, "I'm politically aware, I'm morally superior!" You carve out your obnoxious little social niche by dutifully informing the rest of us how evil we are, how "blind" we are, what hypocrites we are.
You know what? We already know. We're all blind, we're all evil, we're all hypocrites. Including you. The world is not a comic book. It is a big messy mural in progress, with scenes of horrifying savagery and outstanding beauty. Those of us without personality issues to nurse choose to roll up our sleeves and improve the world one brushstroke at a time, rather than sit back in a battered beanbag of self-satisfaction and fling feces at the easiest targets.

USA 193 Shootdown Set For Feb 21, 03:30 UTC 358

Posted by kdawson
from the gardyloo-in-the-pacific dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Amateur satellite watcher Ted Molczan notes that a "Notice to Airmen" (NOTAM) has been issued announcing restricted airspace for February 21, between 02:30 and 05:00 UTC, in a region near Hawaii. Stricken satellite USA 193, which the US has announced plans to shoot down, will pass over this area at about 03:30. Interestingly, this is during the totality of Wednesday's lunar eclipse, which may or may not make debris easier to observe."

Lawmakers Debate Patent Immunity For Banks 382

Posted by kdawson
from the campaign-contributions-are-merely-a-coincidence dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Now that a small Texas company has a patent on scanning and archiving checks — something every bank does — that has survived a USPTO challenge, lawmakers feel they have to do something about it. Rather than reform patent law, they seem to think it wiser to protect the banks from having to pay billions in royalties by using eminent domain to buy the patent for an estimated $1 billion in taxpayer money, immunizing the banks. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)."

Satellite Spotters Make Government Uneasy 439

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the other-checks-and-balances dept.
An anonymous reader found an interesting little story about satellite spotters and how, not surprisingly, their painstakingly methodical hobby doesn't exactly make gazillion dollar government agencies all that excited. Of course the article raises the very obvious point that if a guy with a pair of binoculars in his back yard can spot a satellite, so can the Chinese government.

Courts May Revisit Software Patents 259

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the yeah-that'll-happen dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like the courts may finally be gearing up to overturn the ruling that opened the floodgates for both software and business model patents. It's been nearly ten years since the US courts decided that business methods were patentable and that most software could be patentable — and we've all seen what's happened since then. With all the efforts to fix the patent system lately, it appears that the court that originally made that decision may be regretting it, and has agreed to hear a new case that could overturn that ruling and restore some sanity to the patent system."

'Hundreds of Worlds' in Milky Way 334

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the nothing-to-eat-there-but-roddenberries dept.
Raphael Emportu writes "BBC news is reporting that rocky planets, possibly with conditions suitable for life, may be more common than previously thought in our galaxy, a study has found. New evidence suggests more than half the Sun-like stars in the Milky Way could have similar planetary systems. There may also be hundreds of undiscovered worlds in outer parts of our Solar System, astronomers believe. Future studies of such worlds will radically alter our understanding of how planets are formed, they say."

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".