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Comment: Re:These folks need drugs. (Score 1) 131

by slart42 (#47445515) Attached to: Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

In all seriousness, is this what happens when you make drugs punishable by the death penalty?

I don't think so. Actually, drugs seem to be very easy to come by in China (At least that was my impression in Beijing earlier this year).

While the death penalty for drug trade exists on paper, according to wikipedia, it has not been applied in over a decade:

Comment: Re:Control vs. Prosperity (Score 1) 119

by slart42 (#46243853) Attached to: A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

Tell me, if the exact same thing is true of capitalism, then why is it that all of the self identified capitalist societies have the highest education rates, highest literacy rates, and highest standards of living for everybody overall?

"Education rates" and "Standards of living" or somewhat subjective and thus hard to compare (though I guess what you say is true for many countries, with notable exceptions). "Literacy rates" are hard comparable numbers, and looking at that Cuba is not doing bad:

Literacy in Cuba 99.8%
Literacy in US 99%

Source: CIA World fact book:

Comment: Re:Honking is different overseas (Score 1) 267

by slart42 (#46128159) Attached to: When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

While it is very true that horn usage has very different cultural implications around the world, characterizing every country outside of the US as "overseas" is a wrong over-generalisation. Most northern-european countries have a very similar interpretation of the horn as you described in the US (minus the part why people get out to kick your ass, usually).

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 1146

by slart42 (#45701667) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

You could by them in the real world (and they did fit the socket) - and they were of course nothing else then relabeled ordinary light bulbs. It was an attempt to both challenge and ridicule the law banning light bulbs in the EU. Well, it did not hold up in court, so you can no longer buy them in the real world, but they actually used to sell them on that site.

Comment: Re:If it's for the 1%, why advertise it? (Score 1) 241

by slart42 (#45385965) Attached to: First Arab Supercar Costs $3.4 Million, Has Diamond-Encrusted Headlights

If it's for the 1%, why advertise it?

At the other comment points out, this is for the 0.001%.

But, generally you advertise such products to a wider audience, because why would the 1% (or 0.001%) buy stuff like this if the rest of the world couldn't tell how expensive it is? How big would the appeal of a Rolex watch be, if nobody else could tell that it's not some random no-name watch bough from a market selling chinese junk products (which, ironically, most "Rolexes" are).

Comment: Re: What does the job entail? (Score 4, Informative) 189

by slart42 (#44595749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

After reading several comments that game industry jobs are all sweatshop work, I thought I might share my (different) experience. I work at Unity, so not exactly a games company, but game industry anyways. I've been here for quite a few years no and have always been (and I still am) very happy about my work. While everybody has done overtime work to get urgent fixes done at some time or other, this is not the rule, and we are far from the working conditions in many places described here. The development team has a great culture, we get to work on exciting stuff, and we get plenty of opportunities to try out things which interest us -- as a rule, similar to Google's "20% time", we have FAFF (fridays are for fun) to work on pet projects, as well as regular Hack Weeks, were the whole dev team is brought in to one location to form teams to try new ideas. It's fun.

If you're interested, check out - but then, I guess your chances of being hired for an engineering position when fresh out of colleges are somewhat slim, unless you have done some really awesome stuff besides your education. But that will not be any different in any of the other larger companies in the industry.

Comment: Re:How many knew that it was a global release? (Score 4, Interesting) 443

by slart42 (#44550605) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Germany as well here -- I don't think this "global" release was actually global. Somebody proof me wrong, but I could not find a legal way to watch or download the new episode in my country yet (while watching it illegally is, as always, trivial and free). Maybe "global" as in "all major markets in which where TV shows are by default watched in english" (instead of those countries where you have to wait a year for them to release a badly synchronized version to be able to legally get an original language version).

Comment: Re:You can start people clapping really easily (Score 5, Funny) 138

by slart42 (#44058861) Attached to: Length of Applause Not Tied To Quality of Presentation

Similar experience from my teens:

In my school the principal had all 1500 students gathered in the gym to give some sort of boring speech. In between the students would clap, which I found stupid, because I thought he was talking bullshit. So me and two friends decided to make fun of it, and started clapping in odd places. To our surprise it caught on really well, and quickly everyone joined in - probably some because they got the prank, and others out of reflex. In any case, the situation quickly became hilarious with everyone in the audience clapping as soon as the principal would open his mouth to speak - at some point he started screaming "Stop clapping" - which was of course replied to with a big applause.

Comment: Re:And Unity Still Sucks (Score 1) 115

by slart42 (#43899003) Attached to: How Unity3D Became a Game-Development Beast

I agree. It's been over a decade and it's still in a shitty state. The only reason to use it is (was) reach. It seems that Unreal, which performs better and is tooled better, has the same reach. If you make one of the thousands of shitty games that this "article" refers to, then you'd even make less than the $50k/yr limit, making unreal's UDK free.

But then, if you make shitty games making less then UDKs $50k/yr limit, you likely wouldn't succeed in shipping your game at all without Unity. Unity does make game development very accessible and allows many people to make games (some of them shitty, but also many great ones), without needing to understand all the details of the tech. That won't stop you from using that understanding to make much more pushing games if you can.

Comment: Re:And that is the problem with bitcoin (Score 1) 239

by slart42 (#43598601) Attached to: One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?

Google for places that accept bitcoins. The trade is simply non-existent. Places that reached the news have stopped accepting them and the remaining online shops are the ones you would normally stay a million miles away from. Shady doesn't even begin to describe them.

The argument of bitcoins not having any value because they are not being used for anything but speculation comes up every time bitcoins are discussed. I don't think it's true any more. Underground market places for drugs and other goods which require untraceable money transactions are thriving, and driving a lot of people into buying bitcoins to actually use them for trading, who don't care about speculation or anything. Are those sites shady? Yes. That does not make them any less real. If a large part of the worlds drug trade will use bitcoins for their transactions in the future, that would be a much more stable economy backing this currency than many goverment-backed currencies can claim.

Comment: traceroute (Score 1) 3

by slart42 (#43071197) Attached to: TPB now hosted in North Korea

Seems to be true.

traceroute gives me:

19 ( 772.472 ms * 854.100 ms

role: STAR JOINT VENTURE CO LTD - network administrat
address: Ryugyong-dong Potong-gang District
country: KP
changed: 20091214
source: APNIC

The Internet

+ - TPB now hosted in North Korea-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""The Pirate Bay has been hunted in many countries around the world. Not for illegal activities but being persecuted for beliefs of freedom of information. Today, a new chapter is written in the history of the movement, as well as the history of the internets.

A week ago we could reveal that The Pirate Bay was accessed via Norway and Catalonya. The move was to ensure that these countries and regions will get attention to the issues at hand. Today we can reveal that we have been invited by the leader of the republic of Korea, to fight our battles from their network...""

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