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Comment: Re:G'Day Valve, (Score 0) 91

by smooth wombat (#47783919) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court
That said, since the majority of people who do this likely are attemtping to cheat because they couldn't afford many games anyway, the loss of money is likely actually very small since the alternative would be, they don't play the game or download it some other way.

So you're admitting that people are too cheap to buy a game yet somehow can afford all their other shiny toys such as phones, computers, most likely cigarettes and alcohol and a whole host of other items.

The loss of money by people stealing a copy of a game is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is they're trying to justify their theft by claiming poverty while they have all those other gizmos or miraculously find money to spend on other non-essential items.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 1102

Why is it, when faced with stories like this, is your first instinct to claim that the woman lied or made it up?

For the same reason when a woman is raped they immediately blame her for getting herself in that situation.

She shouldn't have gotten drunk.

She shouldn't have worn that short skirt.

She shouldn't have been walking alone at night.

I once worked with a guy who said if a girl in college got raped when she was drunk it was her fault, except of course if it was his daughter in which case he'd shoot the guy.

There will always be those who will blame the women just because they can, without considering any other option because their mindset is such that women are always to blame.

Comment: Re:The Lonely Assassins (Score 2) 47

by smooth wombat (#47774171) Attached to: Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

The only issue I had with the Weeping Angels is the part about them not moving so long as they are seen by any living creatures.

It would seem that birds, mice, rats, squirrels, etc would qualify as living creatures so when Rory and Amy were sent away, how could the last Angel have moved when presumably some other creatures was watching it?

It's one thing if you're in a building (or cave where the only route out is up) where, presumably, you are the only creature able to see them, but outside is another matter.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 108

This goes back a hundred years when we built "universal access" into our phone system monopoly. Comcast is using it to beat it's competitor over the head

If Comcast's stance is using universal access from the phone system, then they are tacitly admitting they are subject to federal regulation when it comes to internet service.

They can't have it both ways. If they're not subject to regulation because they are a data service, they can't now complain when CenturyLink wants to intrude on their territory while trying to use regulations for a service which they're not subject to as their cudgel.

Comment: Re:There have been worse outages (Score 0) 133

by smooth wombat (#47764861) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage
We literally had a man DIE during one of our outages because his family couldn't call 911.

Once again showing why analog is better for phones than digital. When was the last time you ever heard of an analog phone line not able to transmit a call? Now compare that to how many times you've have dropped calls or, in this case, no ability to make a call, on a digital line.

But let's keep saying the move to digital is better than what we had, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Comment: Didn't these people watch Futurama? (Score 3, Funny) 140

All they need to do is follow the example set forth in those tomes of knowledge. First you start by putting larger and larger ice cubes into the world's oceans.

When that no longer works (or you run out of ice), you construct a very large mirror in orbit about the Earth which will reflect large amounts of sunlight. Just make sure a piece of space debris doesn't run into it and point it down towards the planet. Ants under a magnifying glass anyone?

Finally, if all else fails, have every robot on the planet point their exhaust vents skyward and at a predetermined signal, furiously vent their gasses to move the planet slightly further away from the Sun.

Simple really.

Comment: Re:Skydrive? (Score 1) 66

by smooth wombat (#47703179) Attached to: Nuclear Regulator Hacked 3 Times In 3 Years

You would think such stuff would be blocked but there are those in government (our current CIO one of them) who think, "The Cloud! The Cloud! It's wonderful!" without any concept of how insecure the Cloud really is.

People at the top read magazines and are told how wonderful such things are without taking a moment to think things through.

This applies to the private sector as well except you don't normally hear about their missteps.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 3, Interesting) 393

by smooth wombat (#47657305) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX
This is just ULA being afraid they will lose their iron rice bowl.

Well duh! Wouldn't you do the same thing? I mean, it's not like the government creates jobs or anything.

For those not getting the sarcasm, one side of the political spectrum repeatedly trots out the mantra that the government does not create jobs, yet, using this situation, quite clearly the government does create jobs or these Congressman wouldn't be trying to prevent layoffs at these companies if they were to lose government business from the space program.