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Comment: They need network access (Score 1) 303

by rsilvergun (#48676649) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day
because most of the games that came with the consoles were digital copies. This was done because digital copies are cheaper (no disc pressing, and yes, at these volumes it's an expense worth talking about) and there's not second hand market depressing the price of the physical copies in store. Having a pack in game basically tanks the value of the game at retail because of how the used market works.

Comment: 120hz tvs (Score 1) 182

by rsilvergun (#48671559) Attached to: Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate
make movies look like they were shot on a daytime TV cam to me. I saw Braveheart on one of those modern tvs and I suppose the lighting was more natural, but it was considerably less dramatic. It just killed it for me. Also (and this is mostly just me) I can perceive noticeable drops in framerate on those newer tvs. The rate goes up and down like crazy. Drives me nuts.

Comment: Re:I'll take the bait too (Score 1) 439

by rsilvergun (#48664617) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
How so? The "No True Scotsman" fallacy doesn't apply. You know, people _can_ lie and misrepresent themselves. It can happen in the real world. And you don't get to just yell "No True Scotsman" to make it go away. The hilarious thing is you're actually quoting a fallacy that doesn't apply to misdirect the conversation away from the dirty little secret: that socialism works; and that the overwhelming weight of evidence is that it's alternatives do not.

Comment: You're just splitting hairs (Score 1) 439

by rsilvergun (#48664605) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
It's the old "No True Scottsman" argument. At any rate what you're describing is called _communism_. You can have socialism (large scale involvement by a central power in the well being of the common man along with wealth distribution) and still have ownership. You just don't allow ownership to become power at the expense of people's well being. As soon as you do that you've just crossed over to socialism.

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 439

by rsilvergun (#48664587) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
businesses flock to Canada because their socialized medicine is so much cheaper than America's employer based system. Germany's Unionized car manufacturing is the envy of the world. Meanwhile the UK, who implemented American style policies under Thacher, has been in a nose dive for decades. Where in the world have you been?

Comment: We have two weak neighbors (Score 0) 263

by rsilvergun (#48664249) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
and the only real navy in the worlds. Our military can defend our country against anything, and we can pretty much seize anything we want. China isn't a credible threat. We still have more than enough nukes to make the world uninhabitable and any time we stop feeding their population they collapse...

Comment: Russia was always a red herring (Score 0, Troll) 263

by rsilvergun (#48664237) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
and our leadership knew it. After WWII they towed their tanks back home with pack animals because they didn't have gas for christ's sake. We needed a foe to keep the military industrial complex going, and we needed the Military Industrial Complex to keep wealth inequality from tanking our economy again. Fear of communism is the only thing that kept the vulture capitalists at bay...

Comment: I'll take the bait too (Score 3) 439

by rsilvergun (#48656709) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
Socialism is doing just fine in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada and anywhere else it's really been tried, thank you very much.

Fascist dictatorships who borrow socialism's rhetoric to excuse stealing everything for themselves (China, USSR, North Korea) don't work so well, but then again they're not socialist, so it all evens out.

Comment: um.... (Score 4, Insightful) 156

by rsilvergun (#48646521) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?
NASA did all the really hard work (the basic design of space rockets). You know, the Basic Science that costs billions and doesn't pay off for decades. You see, private companies are too focused on short term profit generation to basic science. That's why it's done on the public dime.

As for gov't inefficiency: it's a myth brought on by a few high profile pork projects (the US Military comes to mind) and underfunded DMVs. Go to a modern well funded post office some time. They're incredibly efficient. Also, go work in management for a large (private) corporation sometime and tell me again how amazingly efficient they are compared to government.

Comment: I think the problem is (Score 1) 281

by rsilvergun (#48644993) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
you can't install properly configured red light cameras. As soon as you do people start either a) driving around them or b) stop running red lights. They seem to work too well, and then the revenue drops like a rock. Whatever else we want debate about how effective they are they're there to generate money for cash strapped cities not allowed to raise taxes; Safety may or may not be a byproduct, but one thing is sure: less light running at the intersections their put into is. And sooner or later to keep profits up they have to game the cameras to give out more tickets...

And you're right, fixing safety is really, really simple. Just run a yellow for a few extra seconds to make sure the intersection is clear. It costs nothing, but it also doesn't generate any revenue.

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