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Comment Manners = How not to annoy people (Score 1) 1142

When I voted "manners", I was thinking of things such as:
* Being quiet in a movie theater. Believe it or not, but some people are there for the movie.
* Not ignoring the world around you when you are shouting into your cell phone on the subway. Yes, you are in the way and I don't want to know about your genital warts.
* Not throwing garbage on the sidewalk. Don't think that someone else will be picking it up for you.
* Not lighting a cigarette in the middle of a crowd of people. You are not giving them a choice to not smoke.
* Keeping your mouth closed when you are chewing gum. Not everyone has the same choice of air flavor as you.
* Not playing music loudly in the middle of the night. Unlike you, most people sleep during the night and need to do it to be able to work during the day. ...

First Person Shooters (Games)

Valve Engineers Weed Out 'Lying' TF2 Game Servers 97

billlava writes "Tired of Team Fortress 2 servers that lie in order to attract players, engineers at Valve (creators of the Half Life franchise) have come up with a way to weed out servers that give false information about the number of players online, or custom server options. 'After kicking around some proposals, we came up with a simple system built around the theory that player time on a server is a useful metric for how happy the player is with that server. It's game rules agnostic, and we can measure it on our steam backend entirely from steam client data, so servers can't interfere with it. We already had this data for all the TF2 servers in the world, allowing us to try several different scoring formulas out before settling on this simple one that successfully identified good & bad servers.' Of course, this only works with their games running on Steam."

Submission + - Harry Potter 5 Standard DVD Defective by Design

An anonymous reader writes: Many people I know — and unsurprisingly, many people online — have already written that the quality of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix standard DVD is of such poor quality that a VHS tape is a superior version. Even older DVDs from earlier movies in the series stand up with higher quality than this release. Is this a ploy by Warner Bros. to push the HD versions of the film?

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN