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Comment: Re:Does it matter??? (Score 1) 243

by revery (#27532333) Attached to: GameStop Selling Games Played By Employees As New

Look ... when I buy a product, I expect it to come in its original packaging straight from the factory. When its out of its packaging, I have no idea where the product has been. Sure, it could have been safely stowed in drawer, but seeing the assholes who work at my local gamestop, I can only assume the game has been used as a coaster for a cigarette stuffed bottle of stale miller light. How am I to know otherwise?

Because, if it's not sealed in its original case, you can look at it, you know, with your eyes, and then choose not to buy it if it's scratched or if there are tracces of cigarette ash or beer stains on it. Or you can tell the manager that you want one that wasn't a "display copy" and if they only have "display copies", then you can either buy it, or not buy it, or try to Intimidate the manager, or just wander around and level up for a while and collect more gil, or whatever. It's really up to you. But let's dispense with the drama. It's not like the store is replacing the sticker on the top of the case (that's such a pain to remove) and then re-plastic wrapping it and pretending that it's never been opened. Sheesh.

Comment: Re:Impulse power! (Score 2, Interesting) 763

by revery (#26928913) Attached to: Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

Take this with a grain of salt (possibly lithium salt), but I have found the following technique to work for returning the occasional horrible game (Spore? anyone?):

Go to the store and tell them that you had "problems with the game" and would like to exchange it for an new copy. In most cases, they will give you an unopened copy which you can then return for a credit. If you buy from a chain that there are multiple of in your area this works a little bit better. (Get the new copy at Target A, return it at Target B)

As I understand it, the system is set up so that stores can return what they call "defective copies" for almost nothing. This allows the store to not lose money and for you to return the game.

Comment: Re:Before you start screaming about this. (Score 1) 791

by revery (#26715605) Attached to: Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux

Lord Ender said:

Suppose someone creates a very minimalist linux distro which includes a very good package management system. Suppose this package management system includes nearly all popular linux software packages.

Now suppose it were rather easy for anyone to install any number of those packages, bundle them together into one meta-package keyword, and call that a distro.

Then Linux would be as simple as installing the minimalist distro, then doing "apt-get install smartphone-system" for a distro customized for smartphones, or "media-system" for a distro customized for mediacenter PCs, etc.

I think this would be a superior option to having many completely independent distributions, and it would allow for faster innovation and easier support.

Then Linux would be as simple as installing the minimalist distro, then doing "apt-get install smartphone-system" for a distro customized for smartphones, or "media-system" for a distro customized for mediacenter PCs, etc.

I think this would be a superior option to having many completely independent distributions, and it would allow for faster innovation and easier support.

Every time I read one of these posts I'm reminded of this scene in the movie "Enemy of the State":

Miltary muscle: Can we get a feature scan of the guy with him?
Tech: No, he's smart, he never looks up.
Miltary muscle: So?
Tech: The satellite is 155 miles above the Earth. It can only look straight down.
Miltary muscle: That's a bit limited, isn't it?
Tech: [Sarcastically] Well, maybe you should design a better one.
Miltary muscle: Maybe I will.

The problem with your proposal is that it's not that simple. Smartphone system A may rely on kernel features that are incompatible with smartphone system B or maybe only on architecture C or when used with optional sub-package D of version E.

The people who design the kernel and the distributions aren't lacking in intelligence or ambition and please understand, I'm not saying that can't have some great insight that will work for a large number of people, but I am saying that the thing you've described doesn't sound new or innovative, it sounds naive.

On a side and only barely related note, Ender's Game may be my favorite novel of all time.

Comment: Re:And then the DHS... (Score 1) 103

by revery (#26667671) Attached to: "Subhuman Project" Human Powered Submarine

I'm assuming that their argument(not that I agree with it) would be that it is inter national waters, not inter personal . If you are operating under the authority of a recognized nation, they won't mess with you, otherwise you are a pirate. I believe it's always been legal to pursue pirates (with said pirates (I assume) being identified by some means other than parrots, peg legs, and Jolly Rogers)

Comment: Re:Out of line (Score 5, Funny) 461

by revery (#26536519) Attached to: Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

Am I the only one who found this attempt at humor disturbing and objectionable?

Not only objectionable, but completely impractical. What kind of sniper would want to draw attention to his location by playing a theme song?

Comment: Re:They got a refund (Score 4, Insightful) 1002

by revery (#26308343) Attached to: Overzealous AirTran Boots 9 Passengers Off

the odds that the normal looking white guy on your other side is going to mug you are probably significantly higher

I'm sorry, but you just derailed your entire argument. In an effort to prove that the average person lacks sufficient knowledge to truly be prudent, you created a "probable" statistic based on what - the desire that reality be the opposite of what someone "less intelligent/knowledgeable" than you would reason it to be?

Comment: in other news... (Score 1) 105

by revery (#26140035) Attached to: Injectable Artificial Bone Developed

In other news, Count Aral and his Betan wife, Countess Cordelia Vorkosigan,
announced today that they are expecting their first child, a baby boy.
Rather than using a uterine replicator, the young heir, who will be third
in line to the Barrayan throne, is being gestated naturally, as is the
custom on his father's homeworld of Barrayar. Everyone here at WRMHL,
"the heart of Escobar" wishes them the best, and a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Now, onto sports, where the Komarran Raiders played the Jackson Whole
Splicers in a deadly game of...

For those who don't know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Vorkosigan

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