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Comment: Fallout 3+ (Score 5, Informative) 290

by theshowmecanuck (#47915197) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

I agree. It is why I enjoy the Fallout universe. Even if parts of the story are frankly lame, the fact I can wander around and find better 'mini stories' and interesting characters makes it worth while. I have finished the game a number of times trying different approaches: piling on individual attributes/skills at the beginning (get to max at agile or intelligence etc, and at small arms or sneak or melee weapons as fast as possible etc), being good, being bad, being neutral, etc. I'm looking forward to the next release.

If they ever do go online, I would prefer being able to be the lone wanderer if I still wish. And as far as the PC/console game, I'd rather not have to always be online. That one thing has been the major reason I don't game very much any more.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 0) 213

As to uncivilized retards making it into space, any place that still behaves the way you describe doesn't exhibit much intelligence and has very little likelihood of ever making it into space. And face it, any corporation that will make it to space has more resources and brain power than most uncivilized countries. And to to be generous, the places that can make it into space are the places that sell the tin pot dictatorships you speak of their fourth rate war gear. So if there was any concern the industry that does make it there will have access to far better defence technology than your banana republics. For the foreseeable future there is pretty much no chance that space flight will be so common or easy that we see the kinds of space pirates written about is science fiction. So all told, your point is moot.

Since you started a pissing contest: Sure. I have lived long term in two countries, worked in 3 on two continents, and have travelled to and through at least 14 countries on 3 continents (worked in 4 provinces and 5 states... only two of which count in months, been to six of the ten provinces in Canada, and 41 of the 50 US states). And I pay attention, from multiple sources, to what goes on in the world. And I suspect the reason you can claim to have worked in 14 countries is because mostly the countries are fairly tiny and close together, which means not that big a change in terms of the general culture. Anyone who moves around North America can make the same claim. The difference is it is civilized here, unlike it seems, anywhere you've been (compared to Africa, what went on in Ferguson MO, is a blip).

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 4, Insightful) 213

"any resources obtained in outer space from an asteroid are the property of the entity that obtained such resources."

Sounds to me like it says that whoever gets the iron, gold, iridium, space fairy dust, whatever from an asteroid owns it. I don't see how that is different from what happens on earth (aside from the space fairy dust). Whoever digs the hole generally owns the minerals extracted. What I didn't see is how they determine who owns the mine or has rights to mine a particular rock. Being a pretty extreme environment, at first it may just boil down to possession is nine tenths of the law. But I personally don't see any issues with this. Whoever gets the stuff out should own it. Just as long as they don't fuck up returning material to earth and accidentally drop a football field size chunk of iron or nickel (or whatever) on a city at orbital velocities. Maybe better to make the finished goods on the moon if they need gravity, or in lunar orbit first. Keep the big dangerous shit away from the planet.

Comment: Re:It's a bad sign (Score 1) 223

by theshowmecanuck (#47894227) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data
I call it shitty, because it is shitty that people don't care enough. I don't know how you can take it that I don't care just because I think it's shitty that other people don't and/or are fatigued about it. So don't bitch at me. And the reason your suggestions won't work is because most people in the U.S. (and in many western countries) are too fucking apathetic to actually try to pressure their representatives to do something about it or vote for someone who will. Personally I eschew libertarianism, And as for Green Party, it depends what their platform is. Some, maybe many among them are too socialistic for my tastes. Some realize that business is important and try to strike a sustainable balance. Those I could go for. But without a populace willing to learn about their own systems of government and will to do something about it, it won't fly.

Comment: Re:Yahoo knew fine was a bluff (Score 5, Insightful) 223

by theshowmecanuck (#47886093) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data


Easy: have an apathetic electorate. We the people by the people and all that.

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election for Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) as quoted in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

If you don't do something, then people that will do something, will get what they want. And it won't necessarily be what you like or even want; and you will have to live with it until when and if you do something about it.

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley