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Comment Re: hey, CBS doesn't promote Fox, either (Score 4, Insightful) 222

A critical difference however: neither Fox nor CBS sell the means of access.

Amazon is showing textbook Conflict of Interest.

It's getting worse, and Amazon is hardly the only culprit. Netflix original series are a problem, despite many of them being awesome shows.

How much longer until "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Comment Re: Can steam, EA, ubisoft , etc black list you (Score 1) 73

Do you have any details on Steam mucking with accounts after a charge-back, return, etc?

I've returned several steam games and never noticed any repercussions. I've even gone so far as to buy a game specifically with intent to return it, as a form of protest (because fuck UPlay) though I didn't disclose that intent, natch.

Maybe I don't return Steam games often enough to run afoul of their nefarious ways, but I've simply never heard of such a thing from Steam.

Comment Re: Well, now we know she h8s the US Constitution (Score 2) 488

We can argue the semantics of torture later**, but your second point is significantly more important: it doesn't fucking work. Literally NONE of the intel gained during "enhanced interrogation" was actionable. They told us about old plots, wild fantasy targets, and long abandoned bases.

Meanwhile, whether or not it's technically torture is moot, because it pissed everyone off. Enemies, allies, the world at large marked it down as just another reason that America is a dick.

**I've been water boarded. Yeah it's certainly unpleasant, but it's pretty tame compared to literally anything else we call torture. When we bring back the rack, the hobbling wheel or the iron maiden, give me a buzz. You bust out the blowtorch and a pair of pliers for torture, not a wet blanky.

Comment Re: Newtonian physics (Score 1) 369

Plausible deniability seems like the whole point.

When a cop "accidentally" grabs his gun instead of his taser, there's a very justified (if short lived) public outrage. Now, with these bullets, it's a lot easier to buy the cop's story.

"I though I was shooting him with the stun bullets, oops."

Comment Re:Offline mode on reinstall? (Score 1) 230

For me (strictly IMO) that risk is part of the tradeoff for the reduced prices and near-perfect memory while active

Literally every single game I've ever purchased on steam is still available. That's 200 games over the better part of a decade. What are the odds that you would be able to track 200 disks (or more, for multi-disk games) for years and years, without a single one getting scratched, lost, etc? I can't speak for everyone, but for me personally, no chance. Absolutely nope.

Yes, there's a risk. One day, Steam could go the way of the dodo, I will be at risk of losing those games. But the way I see it, I'm already in the black. I've already gotten more mileage out of these games in their "risky" digital form that I could possibly have gotten from "safe" tangible media. And that's to say nothing of the prices I've paid, which are significantly lower than retail prices.

I'm also somewhat comforted to know that I'm not alone. Not by a long shot. If Steam shutters their windows, there are going to be millions of people in the same boat (over 6 million active users at the time of writing, peaked over 10mil today.) Chances are very good that work arounds will be discovered. Ways to back-up your digital games to Blue-Ray, Flash Drive, etc and side-load them onto future machines.

To sum up: Even with all the risks and DRM, it's still better than physical media from retail outlets.

Comment Re: I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 215

Sure, they broke the law. Do did Batman, Robin Hood, Han Solo, Edmond DantÃs, Malcolm Reynolds and a host of other characters.

As a society, we absolutely love stories where some rogueish antihero skirts the law to bring down or expose some greater villainy. Is it any wonder that we react similarly when it happens in real life?

Comment Re:Great idea! (Score 1) 206

You're paid to work those hours, and I've no issue being tracked for those hours (or slight deviations ... for instance, I work 7:30 - 4:30, but same basic concept)

Hell, I'm already tracked via badge. Most of the doors in my building are locked, and opened via my company badge, which is unique to me. While this doesn't give them exact data on every move I make, it will clearly show what time I arrive in the morning, what time I return from lunch and any time I move into a different area. Anecdotal, but I probably badge through a dozen or so doors per day, which should paint a fairly clear picture of my activities, if anyone cared to look.

And that's fine with me. I'm on their hours, at their facility. But when the company wants to start tracking me after hours, on my vacations, during my sick time, etc ... well then they can fuck right off. But if they want to keep better tabs on me during the hours I'm in the office, I see no harm in it.

Comment Re: What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

You are correct, the content is what drives the classification... however it's incumbent upon the person creating that content to add appropriate markings.

If you send me an unclassified email, that has unclassified content with proper unclassified markings, but my response includes classified information, then it is MY responsibility to change the markings, identify the classified material and ensure the network upon which I'm sending the email is approved to handle information of that level.

To send classified information without taking the above into consideration is a massive security violation. You might as well be putting the info into your gmail account.

Comment Re:Great idea! (Score 1, Interesting) 206

Your logical fallacy is strawman.

No one ever said anything about tracking you at home, or while away from the office. Meanwhile, study after study after study continually show that sitting all day, per the office drone norms, is terrible for you.

Wearing a little watch-sized gizmo that tells you to get up and stretch your legs every few hours is hardly the most Orwellian oversight I can imagine. And really, the company has entirely pragmatic reasons for the idea, beyond BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING. Simply put: healthier employees are cost effective. You'll take less surprise sick days; even if your total days off work remain constant, you'll have more vacation time which is planned in advance. You'll also be in a generally better mood, less bitching about how much your back is killing you

Oh, and we already do have a shady organization tracking the air you breathe. It's called the fucking EPA.

Comment Re: The only reboot/reprise/sequal (Score 2) 168

They actually used almost NO CGI for Mad Max.

Every vehicle crash was a real vehicle getting really crashed. When guys were dangling precariously from poles attached to moving cars in the movie, stunt guys were ACTUALLY doing that exact thing.

And the Doof; with his flame spewing guitar and wall of speakers ... yeah, all real. They actually made a 100+ lb. electric guitar that spewed real and actual flames 20 feet out. And they actually strapped that guitar to a mobile wall of amplifiers and drove around blasting music and spewing flames.

There was, of course, a little but if cgi cleaning up the backgrounds, and amputating Charlize Theron's arm ... But everything else, real as real can be.

Comment Re:It's real (Score 1) 517

Whether or not the outcomes are scripted or not, or if the whole things is for show is irrelevant. (I honestly haven't watched enough to really know one way or the other)

These gals put some impact into their hits. I've seen a few NFL players that could learn a thing or two.

FORTUNE'S FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL: A firefly is not a fly, but a beetle.