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Comment: Re:They failed to realize... (Score 1) 249

According to TFA, it was the City of Toronto who insisted that the issue of possible copyright infringement be settled before putting up the statue.

Which isn't quite as bad as DC's "no you can't", but is a far cry away from "We've got your back, father of murdered five-year-old."

Comment: The Week (Score 2) 285

by naff89 (#46775971) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

I love The Week. It's a reasonably objective collection of the best news articles/opinions each week. Each Sunday, I sit down with a cup of coffee for a half hour and get a broad overview of what happened in the world that week, and what people said about it.

It's basically a printed new aggregator, showing only the most insightful and informative opinions (from all sides) each week -- the exact opposite of the Internet news I consume daily.

Comment: Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (Score 1) 117

This is my major sticking point, too. I upgraded to a PS2 for DVD and component video, and I upgraded to a PS3 for BR and HDMI. So I could get a PS4 and have... BR and HDMI?

Not to mention that my PS2 played PS1 games and my PS3 played PS1/PS2 games, meaning that each time I could just swap the console out and keep my current library -- I always had great games to play on them.

Comment: Re:MOD UP! (Score 1) 206

by naff89 (#46171943) Attached to: Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance
I disagree -- New Coke was, in many ways, actually an improvement over Coke Classic according to their taste tests. That was a case of people simply being biased to what they were familiar with, coupled with a very vocal angry minority.

The Slashdot redesign is objectively, and demonstrably, significantly worse than Slashdot Classic.

Comment: Re:The Internet of THINGS! (Score 1) 219

by naff89 (#45893165) Attached to: Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing
Sure, that's the first step, but the second is having my coffee pot see that I'm running low and making a new pot for me automatically. Or my refrigerator seeing that I'm out of eggs and having groceries delivered.

All of these sensor-equipped "things" are just infrastructure for a central brain of home automation -- one metallic chassis away from having a robo-butler.

Comment: Re:Another force-your-kids-into-shit-you-like topi (Score 1) 285

by naff89 (#45802167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?
I wish that I had someone to introduce me to the best of the classic games when I was a kid. After starting with their successors, it's almost impossible to try going backwards, so there are some really great titles that I just can't get into because now they're "too old".

Growing up with an SNES, trying to play anything that came before it is just painful for me, meaning entire generations of games I've missed out on. If I grew up today with a Wii U, why would I ever try playing Super Mario World if Super Mario 3D World was my first Mario game?

Comment: Re:Robots and knives (Score 1) 104

by naff89 (#45343089) Attached to: Robots Can Learn To Hold Knives — and Not Stab Humans
Those humans we don't like are going to get killed one way or another -- using robots to do it just means that humans we DO like don't get put in harm's way killing them.

As long as the "humans we don't like" refers exclusively to people working to the detriment of mankind, I consider that application of robots beneficial.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 225

by naff89 (#45248193) Attached to: File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot
In my perfect dream world, every single product I want would be easy to buy at a reasonable price whenever I want, and buying it would give me complete ownership over my copy.

People don't just pirate things because they're thieves; piracy often offers the highest quality product, hassle-free. That it's free is just gravy on top.

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes. -- Mickey Mouse