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Comment: Turnabout is fair play (Score 2) 81

by inhuman_4 (#49745703) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development
Have people suddenly forgot how much the media, including the BBC, has maligned the whole GTA series?

"GTA will make kids violent", "GTA is a crime simulator", "GTA is responsible for school shootings", and most recently "GTA promotes violence against women". The BBC has played host to a wide array of nonsense claims and dubious "experts". And now the BBC is making a drama (not a documentary) giving disbarred and disgraced lawyer Jack Thompson just a little bit more airtime to further insult the company and their customers. Is it really such a surprise that they company doesn't want it's flagship product to be the target of yet another hit piece?

Take Two's claim against the BBC is obviously bullshit, but it's a little rich for BBC to come crying now that they are getting a taste of their own medicine.

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 216

by inhuman_4 (#49518345) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming
While it certainly does make it difficult to discuss with friends it has its upsides as well.

One big thing I'm hoping to see is shows with a more complex plot. As it stands you only see one episode per week, and during that week you forget things. Plus you may miss an episode here an there, which means writers can't make things too complicated or they will loose viewers who miss episodes.

But a season that gets released as a block and people binge watching it is a whole different ball game. You can afford to have more characters and more things going on simultaneously. Having a character show up 4 episodes ago is 4 weeks on TV, but more like 4/5 hours on Netflix. People can track the story never miss an episode, remember everything about the story as it develops.

Personally I hope this leads to TV shows that are much richer in content, and have more developed story lines.

Comment: Re:Missile waste? Look at the F-35 aircraft (Score 1) 370

by inhuman_4 (#49421715) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
The current cost of an F-35A is $94.8 million (LRIP8), down from $221.2 million (LRIP1) in 2007, and is on track to meet the ~$85 million target in 2018/9. I don't know where your $300 million comes from but the F-35 hasn't cost that much in over 8 years. Further all 3 branches will be using the F-35x as a strike aircraft, hence the name Joint Strike Fighter. I know it's popular to be doom and gloom about the F-35, but the truth is that project has been on track for the last 4-5 years.

Comment: High Security (Score 4, Insightful) 356

by inhuman_4 (#48349837) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again
What is it with governments and putting hackers in high security prisons and solitary confinement?

These people are computer nerds not violent criminals. There was no need to put Kevin Mitnick in solitary, no need to put Swartz in solitary, and there was no need to put Sunde in to high security. This is pretty clearly an abuse of power by the government, and there should be a way to stop it.

Comment: Re:Theory vs reality? (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by inhuman_4 (#48231525) Attached to: EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030
Not the people, but business.

Doing things the green way is usually more expensive. Most companies would be happy to dump toxic shit in to rivers, and pollute the air if governments would let them. So if Europe says you have to do X to keep the environment clean, and X costs Y, some companies will pay Y amount and others will move so that they don't have to do X.

Nike could pay people a decent wage in the US to make their shoes. But sweat shops in the developing world are much cheaper. This is the same issue, but with the environment instead of wages.

Comment: Terrible Summery (Score 4, Informative) 308

by inhuman_4 (#48226687) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline
This summery is appalling.

The bill in question Bill C-13 was introduced almost a month ago and passed two readings in parliament before the attack. Canada has been debating this bill in parliament and in the media for some time. I don't agree with this bill, but to label it a reaction to the shooting is completely wrong. Especially bad is the fact that a quick google search would have been enough to identify the mistake.

http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-2/C-13/

Comment: Re:Completely wrong (Score 1) 522

by inhuman_4 (#48173509) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again
systemd isn't sinking it's hooks in to anything. It is exposing kernel functionality, and adding additional functionality that developers want to use. That is why things are becoming dependant on it.

There is no secret cabal of systemd people sneaking in hard dependencies in Gnome3 or GIMP. It's just regular developers taking advantage of functionality provided by someone else.

Comment: Ian Jackson (Score 5, Informative) 522

by inhuman_4 (#48171975) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again
For those who don't know, Ian Jackson was the most vocal anti-systemd proponent on the committee. Considering that last time systemd was up for vote he tried: strategic voting, usurping the committee chairman, and finally throwing a temper-tantrum and refusing to talk to anyone for a few days. When it was all over he promised to try and reverse the committees decision with a General Resolution.

And now having failed to win on technical merits, he is back at it again trying to kill systemd via 'loose coupling'. Something that the committee declined to rule on.

Comment: The arms race continues (Score 5, Interesting) 429

by inhuman_4 (#48112309) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer
The BitHammer relies on Local Peer Disocovery which gives priority to peers that are close to the bit torrent client. This is good for ISPs because it tries to keep the bit torrent traffic inside their own network instead of hammering peering connections. This also makes connections faster for the bit torrent client.

If you want to get around BitHammer you just need to turn off Local Peer Discovery, if BitHammer can't find you it can't block you. But now the ISPs are going to get screwed because Local Peer Discovery is turned off. This will also make the torrents slower for the client.

Sounds like a loose/loose situation to me.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Response (Score 1) 774

by inhuman_4 (#48094803) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems
"they don't understand that more than one person works on systemd"

Hell from what I've seen many of the complainers still haven't figured out that systemd means more than just PID1. Take a look at the comments on Phoronix if you want to see how bad it gets. There was a huge discussion about what "modular" means.

Comment: Slashdot Response (Score 5, Insightful) 774

by inhuman_4 (#48092231) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems
Article: Old, crusty, and possibly bug ridden part of the kernel is being moved to userspace. This new work will increase both the security and the stability of Linux systems, while adding the possibility of internationalization support.....

Slashdot Comments: Finally some one is doing something about CONFIG_VT. People have been bitching about that for years!

Article: this new feature is part of systemd.

Slashdot Comments: NOOOO! Why is Lennart taking away my freedoms! I'm switching to BSD.

It has gotten pretty clear that a lot of the hatred for systemd has nothing to do with the technical merits. This is a fix that has been a long time coming. Yet, almost half the comments are just more systemd hate fest.

Comment: Re:What happened to Debian? (Score 1) 403

by inhuman_4 (#47982623) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop
Except that isn't close to what happened.

Tech sites like slashdot covered the systemd/upstart drama for weeks as it was being pushed through the technical committee. They had a lengthy investigation, multiple rounds of voting, a member of the committee had a temper-tantrum, tried to vote the committee's chairman out. The whole systemd/upstart was a huge shit show that even people who don't use Debian (like) watched if only for it's entertainment value. Hell the conspiracy at the time was that Canonical was using the fact that 3 members of the committee were former employees to create a voting block and push upstart through the system.

In the end it came to a tie and the committee chairman had to cast the deciding vote.

Comment: Re:The pot calling the kettle black (Score 1) 261

by inhuman_4 (#47982499) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
The problem for Canada is that it IS really hard when you are the only country on the continent that signed up for limits. Around 70% of Canada's exports go to the US, which Canada is in a free trade zone with. Any major climate change policy that is done in Canada but not the US will simply drive business south.

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 4, Interesting) 474

by inhuman_4 (#47947011) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
The problem with have with giving 16 year olds the right to vote is that it was a one time thing. If Scottish government had come out and said that 16 is an appropriate voting age, and kept that age for all votes then that is okay.

But they didn't do that. They only set the age at 16 for this vote because they believed that the younger crowd would vote yes, which is the way they wanted. Whether or not young people actually voted yes doesn't change the fact that the Scottish government played fast and loose with the democratic system. I don't really see how this is any different than the gerrymandering that goes on the in the US.

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