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Comment: Re:California and New York are in a battle... (Score 1) 856

by shoemilk (#43698719) Attached to: California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated
Okay, back again. You seem to have not actually read the second amendment. No where in it does it say that anyone anywhere can carry a gun they bought thirty seconds ago at the Kwik-e Mart. In fact, it's the only amendment to use the word "regulated". One man walking down the street is not a militia.

Comment: Re:California and New York are in a battle... (Score 1) 856

by shoemilk (#43698557) Attached to: California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated
Dude, I was going to go into how I can't stand your points, but I think the thing that bothers me most is the level of your rhetoric. "police" "extreme" "invasive" "utopian liberal fantasy". Tone it down some and you might make some decent points. Currently, you just sound like a Fox News sound bite.

Damn, as much as I tried, I can't stop myself.

By your examples of CA and NY and the "liberal" at the end, you seemed to be under the impression that conservatives don't want to do the exact same thing. Which party is the one that keeps trying to pass laws about what you can and can't do in your bedroom again?

Ahh cigarettes. That was a hard fought battle. Fortunately, public decency won. I currently live in a country where there's no regulation in restaurants. Some do have separate rooms, some have the "invisible wall", others don't even have that. If people want to smoke, have at it. If people want to smoke while I try to eat, I hope they don't mind if I shit on their plate while they try to eat. See, smoking isn't a right, it is a privilege. If you want to buy pre-packaged ready to smoke cigarettes, you pay for it. But you know what? There is no regulations on growing your own.

As to the concealed thing? Let me just say good. It makes me happy to know not just any moron can carry a gun.

Comment: Re:It's a Catholiban terrorist dictatorship (Score 4, Insightful) 390

by shoemilk (#43546379) Attached to: No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed
Prude much? Or just ignorant of ummm culture? Or just dumb?

It always comes up, this, in discussions about porn. Sex is normal and healthy. What could be wrong about looking at depictions of a couple engaging in this healthy, normal act.

And if that's what porn was about, I'd agree. But a great deal of porn is about transgressive acts, and nasty attitudes.

A great deal of people talking is about transgressive acts and nasty attitudes. Should we ban talking from places? Seriously how is "Pizza's here - open the box to my cock - fucking" worse than two frat boys talking about beating the shit out of someone else or wanting to? Or two girls trash talking another?

Rape fantasies are common. The notion that "no means yes" is common.

define "common". If you mean it to be more than 50% umm, then I'd like to see some citation. 30% isn't common. Even then this needs a big fat [citation needed]

The notion that all women turn into sluts when you scratch the surface.

Wait, I thought porn was about rape? Which is it?

Getting pleasure from spitting, slapping and insulting someone (or I guess from being subjected to that).

People don't need porn for this. People insult other people on a daily basis, if not more. I've seen 5,000 times more slapping on run of the mill TV shows than I have in all the porn I've seen. If you're that offended by spitting, do yourself a favor and never ever go to China. Or hang out near prepubescent boys.

And of course, body parts of abnormal size.

Fuck you and your holier-than-thou attitude on how people should look. So some people like fat porn. Oh, wait, you're talking about 18 inch cocks? So what am I not supposed to go outside anymore? Or are you talking about girls with big fake tits? If so, don't watch any sort of South American TV.

Most adults can tell the difference between fantasy and reality (although, possibly, fewer than you'd hope -- especially when there's the 'gonzo' genre that masquerades as amateur). But children find it more difficult.

You're so right. We need to get on banning Harry Potter before more children think they're wizards. Non-fiction is hereby banned because kidz iz dumbz.

So we have boys growing up with these unpleasant ideas about what it's OK to do to women, and girls growing up with these harmful ideas of what society expects of them.

From porn?! Men beat their wives because they watch PORN?! Girls have weight issues because they watched PORN?! You're dumb and so are the retards that modded you insightful.

(I'm talking about hetero porn, because that's what experience I have).

I have experience with it all and well, I can tell you 95% doesn't have any of the shit you've been spouting in it. Except for that German stuff. Freaky~!

Sure, there *is* porn in which two people are mutually attracted and have mutually enjoyable, considerate sex.

You mean like most of it?

But it's not all that common,

Inconceivable! You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means.

and consumers tend to shift up to something more interesting (i.e. more extreme and transgressive).

Umm, you're full of it. I've got over 20+ years of pron watching experience and I'm not into BDSM, skat, snuff, beast, or anything more than guy-meets-girl guy-fucks-girl. Hell, I'm not even fond of anal. People like what they like. They don't start liking shit because they're bored. Again, you are stupid.

I don't know the answer. I'm opposed to censorship. But neither am I dumb enough to say that porn is harmless.

No, you're just dumb. I'm surprised you didn't say anything in there about going blind or hairy hands. The rest of the drivel you spouted sounds just the same.

Comment: From the horse's mouth (Score 3, Informative) 57

by shoemilk (#43386989) Attached to: GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June
There seems to be confusion here because the story is a news article and not the direct update from PlayJam. Here's what they told their KS backers

Huge Momentum.

When we started this project we were unsure how successful it would be. Our expectation was that we would do an initial run of a few thousand units and then go from there. What happened next was a whirlwind. We’ve now got 27 retailers around the world engaged and placing orders for our micro-console. We have GameStop in the US and Game in the UK as our lead retail partners, but with over 5,000 stores between them we are in a remarkable position to scale this project.

With your support and backing we have created something that quite literally could help re-shape the games console industry. Quite a feat if we get it right.

Dev units shipped.

Key to making this happen is getting developers behind us and so far over 600 developers have signed up, including many great indies and major studios. We’re working on bringing some great titles to the TV and over the coming months we will make some announcements on some of the awesome exclusive content we have in development. We’ve also signed strategic deals with companies like Amlogic and ARM which will help us promote our network throughout their huge eco-system. To harness this potential we have started shipping out the GameStick DEV units to our developer partners and will ship out the remaining units this week and next. One batch has been held up in customs because of the current issues around the use of air-freight to transport lithium batteries which exist within our controller. Hopefully this batch will be released next week.

Using your feedback on these units we have already begun to make refinements on the final production model. We have adjusted the movement on the shoulder buttons, changed the analog stick assembly, moved the LED configuration, re-designed some of the buttons, changed the texture on the analog stick hats and put a mechanical door on the back of the controller so that when GameStick is being used the slot in the back of the controller is closed. We’re looking forward to getting further feedback from you all.

Main Production Run.

The main production run has gone from a few thousand units to tens of thousands of units. This has meant that we have had to change production methods and move to high volume tooling.

Initially, we planned on demand for around 1,000 units so we were going to use silicon molds, which is what we have used for the GameStick DEV units. These don’t take much time to make, but they also cannot cope with the high volume production that we now need. As a result we have had to move to much higher end tooling which is being made in both China and Germany. To create these tools takes around 3 months and is a huge investment for us – one we can only afford to make once. Whilst this work has been underway for a while we have had to slow things down a bit to ensure we can get the final controller amendments prototyped and tested before the final tools can be finished.

Initially we had hoped to deliver GameStick to you at the end of April. We now expect to complete mechanical tooling about 4 weeks later at the end of May. Then the units are assembled, tested and assuming there are no issues, packed prior to shipping to each territory. We expect to ship around the 10th June. The volumes are now too large for us to be able to afford to air-freight them, which was our plan, so now we are going to have to use sea freight to deliver them. That's going to take around 2 weeks. Then we have fulfillment in territory – which we estimate will take between 1 and 5 days depending on where you are located. This means we think the likely date of arrival of your hand crafted GameStick will be at the last week of June.

Whilst we would have liked to ship earlier, we are, to a large degree, victims of the success we have created together. It is so rare to get the opportunity to deliver a project of this scale and we need to ensure we don’t trip over ourselves. We’ll give you a weekly production update going forward so that we can share the ups and downs of pulling together the numerous threads of a developing a new ecosystem for console gaming. As ever, thank you for your support.

The GameStick Team

Comment: Re:It doesn't add up... (Score 1) 57

by shoemilk (#43386971) Attached to: GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June
As a backer, I can see the updates on KS. Here is what they said:

Initially we had hoped to deliver GameStick to you at the end of April. We now expect to complete mechanical tooling about 4 weeks later at the end of May. Then the units are assembled, tested and assuming there are no issues, packed prior to shipping to each territory. We expect to ship around the 10th June. The volumes are now too large for us to be able to afford to air-freight them, which was our plan, so now we are going to have to use sea freight to deliver them. That's going to take around 2 weeks. Then we have fulfillment in territory – which we estimate will take between 1 and 5 days depending on where you are located. This means we think the likely date of arrival of your hand crafted GameStick will be at the last week of June.

The Internet

Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-to-blame dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"

Comment: Re:Go to the f-ing library (Score 1) 561

by shoemilk (#43187519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?
At the University of Iowa or any state school? I went to a large state university and worked at the library for four years. Granted, that was ten years ago, but the last time I was there (4 years ago) visiting my old bosses, it was the same. Unless people are chugging beer in the stacks, go in there. All of the university libraries I've been in have had desks in the stacks. My school's library even had private, insulated rooms inside the stacks. Look harder, AC

Comment: Re:Go to the f-ing library (Score 2) 561

by shoemilk (#43179797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

Buy this and move are the only things people have been suggesting.

The fact that you were able to put most advice into two broad categories doesn't magically invalidate it. Pretending that it does makes you a liar.

I never said they were invalid. Spending money on things when there is a perfectly good free option available is a waste. Also, I didn't lump all the advice into two broad categories. If you took the time to read my second sentence, it specifically mentions something that is neither one of those. Who's the dishonest one here?

GO TO THE F-ING LIBRARY!

This falls into the "move" category. So not only are you a liar, you're a hypocrite as well.

When I said "move" it wasn't the meaning of "motion" but as in people were suggesting he put all of his belonging into boxes, find a new room and relocate all of his stuff to it. I understand perfectly well that you're just trolling me because you're trying to prove that I lumped all the solutions into two broad categories (though I didn't and at the time of my posting, aside from the somatic processing advice that's all there was: different suggestions for voice canceling headphones and people telling him to pack up and relocate).

You will now inadvertently prove me correct by further displaying your dishonesty. No other course of action from you is possible.

Your trolling aside, it still doesn't invalidate my point that the easiest, cheapest and simplest solution is for him to take advantage of living on campus and use the resources already available to him. Go to the library.

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