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Comment: Re:It's a sad day, mate (Score 1) 169

by sd4f (#49490277) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

We're a country which still bans games (hotline miami 2 was recently banned). The games industry here never became anything large anyway, and we're way too far away from the game hubs. All that ends up happening here is that we spend a lot of money on games, often times, paying well above what other regions do. The government couldn't care less about games or the industry (as long as we aren't playing games that are considered bad) as the age groups that play games, aren't big enough. We have a lot of baby boomers, and they're running the country.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 1) 234

by sd4f (#49490161) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

There's a word limit? Dang it

Basically the police don't deal with children properly. My thinking is that universities could essentially have people help the victim by mediate their interaction with the police. But stepping in and making decisions on criminal matters doesn't help at all.

When rape allegations make the media, it's either because some important people are being protected, and hopefully the media is shaming corruption in the system, or it's because the accuser wants a trial by media and let the circus in, actively avoiding a police investigation.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 1) 234

by sd4f (#49490139) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

Well the problem isn't going to get resolved through attempting to force mob justice or having extrajudicial proceedings. Just how is getting university administration getting involved going to solve the problem of something which is a criminal matter? It seems to me that the desired outcome is to achieve guilt by accusation alone. No rule of law, no fair trial and most of all, no testing of evidence.

I believe rape is a heinous crime. I think that it is wrong if police don't treat every individual matter with seriousness. Maybe certain procedures need to be adjusted, but if that happens, then the false allegations of rape also need to be treated seriously, and there have been news reports of women being sent to jail for a few years, because they were proven to have made up false rape allegations.

I know that usually the response from police can be very poor. I have no first hand experience, but I have spoken to a primary school principal who has the unpleasantries of dealing with issues of children being molested or raped, when the school learns of it (if the school finds out about a child being abused outside of school, it's still their duty of care to report it) police come in and they just don't know how to deal with children, dealing in legalese to

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 5, Interesting) 234

by sd4f (#49484871) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?
The problem is this whole beat up about campus rapes is blown way out of proportion. Case in point is the mattress carrying student, who now appears to just have been a woman scorned. So any systems are already being abused. If there's criminality going on, the only thing to do is go to the police. Police need to treat rape seriously, they generally do, but I get the feeling why certain people want this resolved outside police is because police will also treat fraudulent allegations of rape seriously.

Comment: Re:getting middlemen out of the picture (Score 1) 131

by sd4f (#49475439) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio
Obsidian and inxile have largely achieved what the public expected, and have delivered fairly reasonably on time, double fine is still a worry. If you watched the documentary for the double fine adventure, you'd find that mission creep has plagued it as well, but that was completely self inflicted. Meanwhile the RPG games have been quite expansive games, and present seriously more value for money than the adventure game.

Comment: Re:This happens about... (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by sd4f (#49475393) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

I work as a mechanical engineer, in the building industry (HVAC) and while this is also quite normal, the word that gets thrown around is variation, obviously to the contract.

Reading the article, particularly between the lines, it appears that the problem wasn't really with the studio; they were trying to get more money out of MS, but MS just decided to kill the project rather than have a cost blowout. While mission creep did kill the game, the studio didn't plan any contingency or mitigation for a cancellation (or more likely it was just sack everyone).

Comment: Re:Another? (Score 2) 199

by sd4f (#49474709) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications
And that's why I use neither firefox nor chrome (and definitely not IE). It's really annoying that selecting a browser is no longer getting one which is the best, but rather picking the one which is the least worst of the lot. For a long time I was a firefox user, but after Australis, that just did it for me, but what I replaced it with, has big problems too, but at least the UI is easy enough to use.

Comment: Re:regulation? (Score 1) 245

by sd4f (#49456637) Attached to: 3D Printed Guns Might Lead To Law Changes In Australia

Maybe if those links supported what you're saying, I could argue. Problem is firearm homicides and firearm suicides in Australia definitely did not peak in 1996/1997, as they had been trending downwards since the mid 1980's. The only thing is that 1996 had a big peak due to the Port Arthur massacre, but even then, more people were killed by firearms in 1992 than 1996. firearm homicides had been trending downwards since about the 1980's and there's no structural break to signify a change as a result of the buyback legislation. Similarly applies to firearm suicides.

You could check out this paper and get a better look at the statistics, and see that the gun buyback isn't all that it was cracked up to be.

Comment: Re:Not gonna happen (Score 1) 245

by sd4f (#49450397) Attached to: 3D Printed Guns Might Lead To Law Changes In Australia
But there are no regional inconsistencies when it comes to 3D printing firearms. Each jurisdiction requires that a firearm is registered. I believe this means that if a dealer (they are allowed to manufacture a firearm) were to 3D print a firearm and go through the correct procedure in getting it registered, it would be legal. If they do anything, they might just outright ban 3D printing firearms by making them unable to be registered and considered a prohibited weapon like semi automatics. But it seems futile, as it won't do anything to prevent illegal manufacture, as it's already considered an illegal firearm due to being unregistered.

Comment: Re:regulation? (Score 2) 245

by sd4f (#49450145) Attached to: 3D Printed Guns Might Lead To Law Changes In Australia

Owning weapons is a common law right, however statute has the power to override and essentially revoke common law rights. As a result, we have no guaranteed rights in Australia (because our constitutions don't define any, except for free political speech and a right to vote, no those are the only two protected in our constitutions), because the parliament can just change it immediately.

So now we're seeing our democratically elected representatives debate, adjust, and they will pass laws regarding metadata retention. Is this a situation of the people speaking? Can you really suggest that metadata retention is something that the Australian public really want? Both sides of politics are agreeing to metadata retention in principle, so it's going to happen.

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