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Comment: Re: The GUI is so monumentally fucked up (Score 0) 427

by guises (#49144405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
I was reading Soylent for a while, but there was some absurd drama among the people in charge and ridiculously long posts about all the bullshit. They forced out the guy who started it for some reason, then he wanted them to reimburse him for the money he had spent on hosting, etc... I'll take the slashvertisements over that.

On the other hand Pipedot, which is run by one guy, has been quite nice but doesn't have the volume of content to replace Slashdot.

Comment: Underworld Ascendant now supports Linux (Score 1) 189

by guises (#49140527) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era
This is a somewhat on-topic reason to throw out a link to the Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter. They started their campaign with supporting Linux only as a stretch goal, but eventually realized that they were losing money that way. This might not come as a surprise if you think about it, but Kickstarted games seem to be the ones with the most consistent cross-platform support and DRM-free availability. People are a little pickier about what they're willing to donate to than what they're willing to buy.

Comment: Re:This is a joke right? (Score 1) 318

That's a good point. Even if the robots are banned the US is unlikely to sign on to such treaty, and so China / Russia won't either. With the largest militaries ignoring any proposed ban, the only countries to sign on will be those where humanitarian concerns trump military ones. Most of those are going to be poorer countries which can't afford the robots anyway.

On the other hand, if by some freak chance the US did sign on to something like this China and Russia and pretty much everyone else would too. China/Russia would jump at the chance to maintain military parity without a huge, expensive, killer robot development and manufacturing program.

Comment: Re:common man (Score 1, Insightful) 194

by guises (#49107469) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings
Indeed. I'm not as smart as Turing was, so he must have been a fuckin' genius. No living human could ever hope to match him. Basically a god.

And what could a thousand mewling peasants hope to accomplish next to that? A thousand ditches dug? A thousand burgers served? Worthless. Every one of those pathetic normals going through their lives like automatons, without a thought in their heads for how *this* burger is just a little bit different from *that* burger and needs a shred of extra care if the customer is going to enjoy their meal. Or the foresight to see that the grass obscures the ditch in this spot and someone might fall in without a safety cone there to mark it. Or the desire to go home and finish writing that song that will never get played on the radio. How could a thousand such insignificant people with their simple trivial little projects compare to just one singer who gets in the top 40, and who you've actually heard of?

Comment: Re:one word: Barbecoa (Score 3, Informative) 125

by guises (#49086461) Attached to: Jamie Oliver's Website Serving Malware
Actually, no it isn't illegal. Not in the US at least, though Jamies Italian Kitchen is probably in the UK.

People over forty are a protected class in the US, and can't be legally discriminated against (there are exceptions to this, like the military). But a thirty six year old person can be openly discriminated against without legal repercussion.

Comment: Re:What a reason to sue (Score 1) 148

by guises (#49069753) Attached to: Wheel of Time TV Pilot Producers Sue Robert Jordan's Widow For Defamation
Care to elaborate a little more on her ebook and other shenanigans? All I had heard of her is that she approved of Sanderson, who finished the series, and apparently he did a bang-up job.

Regardless of who gets the money, the fact that this group has been squatting on the rights for so long and seems do be interested in doing nothing with them other than suing people means that they need to pass into the hands of someone else. I would support her case for that reason alone.

Comment: Headline: Yelp accidentally sues itself (Score 1) 77

by guises (#49069067) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues
Yelp, contributing member of the Legitimate Businessman's Social Club., today initiated a lawsuit against itself announcing, "Our terms of service clearly state that developers may not compete with services already in the Yelp ecosystem."

Yelp later dropped the case, without admission of guilt, when it walked into court only to be confronted by attorneys from Yelp.

Comment: Re:Yeah, right (Score 2) 267

by guises (#49059189) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You
Both his presumption and assumption are wrong. Is it better to assume that everyone commenting is always foolish and wrong, or that everyone commenting is expert and right? Neither assumption is correct.

I have my own set of assumptions about the character of commenters, assumptions which are usually influenced by the site I'm reading, but even when I go into a thread with the assumption that there will be a bunch of people spouting off with an air of authority on some subject of which they actually know very little, I still find that sometimes their comments will influence me. It's a difficult situation. It's the punditry problem really - a pundit can declare some nonsensical shit to be factual and the honest-to-god truth, and you're basically left with three options: first, you can believe them because they certainly seem to know what they're talking about and they wouldn't lie outright, would they? Second, you can disbelieve them but always have this small lingering doubt floating around in the back of your head. A suspicion that maybe there was a nugget of truth in there. Third, you can spend hours fact checking the claim in order to eventually, finally, reassure yourself that yes, they are lying sacks of shit and no part of what they said was representative of the truth.

How often do you actually take the third option? How often can you, really? That's like asking someone how many EULAs they read.

Comment: Re:IOW, he's a rentseeker. (Score 2) 175

by guises (#49009309) Attached to: The Man Squatting On Millions of Dollars Worth of Domain Names
The only reason they otherwise wouldn't be able to is because it would be in use. In other words, we've deferred 20 years worth of economic benefit.

The only real counter argument that I've seen is that there have been very few good suggestions for an alternative system. Although there have been some, they tend to get pushed aside for the sake of maintaining status quo.

Comment: Re:The sad part? (Score 0) 577

Ever notice how liberal civil rights supporters seem to lose every battle against the government?

Are you kidding? We had a whole thing called "the civil rights movement" which ultimately went pretty well in terms of accomplishments. And that's not the first or the last, a few other big ones: women's suffrage, emancipation, there's a pretty strong push right now for rights for gay people, etc. Are you trying to claim that the suffragettes were conservative? They were not.

You are obviously confusing civil rights (completely unrelated to guns) and property rights (guns are property). I really doubt that your confusion is accidental, I'd be willing to bet an awful lot that you got that idea either directly or indirectly from the NRA. The NRA regularly concocts this kind of nonsense because, to a lobbyist, honesty is just a speedbump. I can't say that I have much of an opinion about guns one way or the other, but I absolutely hate the NRA and this sort of intentional spreading of ignorance is the reason why.

Comment: Re:They always [conveniently] miss facts... (Score 1) 458

by guises (#48946723) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft
At least one aspect of the cube was an example of Jobs at his worst: the GPU was originally supposed to be one of ATI's brand new Radeons, but ATI let slip to someone that this was happening and it wound up on a blog somewhere. In doing so ATI committed the greatest sin that anyone can commit against Apple - marginally lessening the surprise at one of Jobs' keynotes.

So what was the response? Apple went with an older, slower, cheaper GPU instead of the Radeon. ATI lost some money, but the ones who really paid the price for ATI's crime were, of course, the chumps who bought the cubes. Those things were outdated at launch.

Comment: Re:The Toffee Approach (Score 1) 81

by guises (#48922107) Attached to: Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World
We do not know any of those things. We do know that trolls are sadists, but it's taking a jump to suggest that the average abusive League of Legends player is a troll. At least by the strict definition of troll used in that study.

A lot of people act like it's just bad luck that League of Legend's player base is so abusive, or they say things like "Isn't it too bad that MOBAs attract such a bad group of people?" I hardly ever see the community blamed on the game itself, but you're talking relatively high stress game where you invest a significant amount of time and where victory means something in terms of unlockables and ranking. Further, a poor teammate not only fails to help you win but can actually aid your enemies. The game creates an environment that's just asking for abusive behavior from stressed out, frustrated players.

It's entirely possible that this stress will come out from players in real life as well as in the game, but I don't think it's safe to jump to any conclusions about whether it will happen more if they're allowed to vent more in game. What you could do if you wanted to address that is give them a little cool down period after a match... Meh. Or just get them to play a different game.

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