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Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 420

Why hasn't it been released? Because two FCC commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly (the Republican ones) are refusing to submit their comments of record.

Can you provide some source for this claim? I tried googling for the guys' names, and while a lot of stuff in the context of net neutrality comes up, I didn't see anything specifically about this particular thing.

Comment: Re:If I can make it here I can make it anywhere... (Score 1) 687

by shutdown -p now (#49194729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

I know so, so, so many Chinese people (both PRC and Taiwan, Malaysia, etc.) killing themselves to get their kids in the US because it has the best school and the top jobs.

The reason why they do it is because US citizenship is much more beneficial than their original one.

For someone who is already a citizen of a developed, stable Western European country, it's not anywhere near as one-sided as that.

Comment: Re:If I can make it here I can make it anywhere... (Score 2) 687

by Shados (#49193671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Chinese push it to the extreme though (disclaimer, my wife is chinese, and her family fit exactly the description above, and they freely admit wife was born here and was kind of a rebel, thus why she broke the line and ended up with a white guy).

The length they'll go to avoid all "foreigners", even when they're in the middle of big cities, big schools, etc...All big companies have a "Chinese" mailing list that a ton of them subscribe to, eat together, go out together, only deal with doctors/contractors/etc who are chinese, etc. Its crazy.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 326

by shutdown -p now (#49192473) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Incest is any kind of sexual activity with a close relative. What you describe is only a problem if such activity results in offspring. We've had contraception for a long time now, not to mention that not all sex is even potentially procreative in the first place.

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 335

I don't know about Canadians and Americans in general, but it's certainly true about border agents. I'm not saying that everybody in CBP is an asshole, but based on mine (several times per year for three years) history of travel back and forth between two countries, the chances of running into an asshole were way higher when travelling south.

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 1) 135

There in no basis for assuming that these conditions would ever occur.

You mean, except for the fact that we observe each of them occurring separately, and are not aware of any reason why having one occur would exclude the other? From those premises alone it follows that it is a statistic certainty that they will all occur at the same time eventually.

Comment: Re:Sure thing, Republicans. (Score 1) 492

by shutdown -p now (#49190265) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

To remind, alcohol was actually illegal for a while. Then it was legalized again, because the society understood that banning it leads to a worse result overall.

Why does the state even need to be in the business of telling sane adults what they can and cannot put into their own body?

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 2) 135

irradiated with high-energy ultraviolet photons

That's a part of "space-like conditions".

surrounded continuously by doting scientists and elaborate test apparatus

That part is to guarantee success and have a thorough measurement of the process. For the natural process, it is reasonable to assume that it took many hundreds of millions of years before some place (and maybe more than one, over those years) happened to have all those conditions in it at the same time. The point here is that all the things that they've done and all the input materials are the kind that occur naturally. From there it's all statistics.

Comment: Pity it is done in iD Tech 5 (Score 1) 59

by Sycraft-fu (#49186897) Attached to: New Wolfenstein Game Announced: The Old Blood

But other than that, wonderful. New Order was a fantastic game. Such a strong showing for a first game from a studio. It isn't often you can have a game that is good, silly fun where you do crazy shit like dual wield assault rifles, and yet still have a solid story that makes you care. Good mechanics, good levels, good story, good visuals, good setting, just well done all around.

Only thing I would ding it on is the engine choice. iD Tech 5 just isn't very good compared to Unreal Engine, Cryengine or Frostbite. Even on my system with a XP941 SSD I can get some texture pop-in when I move the camera fast and while the visuals are good from a distance, they break down close up. I understand the choice, Bethesda owns the engine so it makes sense to use it, but I can't help but think it would look more impressive in a better engine.

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