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Comment Usually (Score 1) 522

I generally don't have a problem with CAPTCHAs, as it has gotten to the point where it is now rare to sign up to anything on the web and not encounter a CAPTCHA, and generally they're easy enough to get past so I just don't find them a big deal.

However, when I do have a problem with CAPTCHAs is when they're ridiculously hard to pass because they're so horribly obfuscated. For example the CAPTCHA that MegaUpload currently use. I cannot for the life of me successfully get past it, and have yet to succeed a single time, and so have sworn off using their website anymore because it is just too much of a hassle.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Why on earth would I want a journal?

No one's going to read this shit... Or are they? We all know this is just for that stupid achievement, shame one me! I will probably never post in this ever again.

Comment Re:Steam? (Score 1) 193

This isn't entirely accurate. Base installations of source game servers don't easily allow for this, even if you have RCON. However if they've installed a third party server administration addon, such as Mani Admin for Counter-Strike Source, etc, where there is a command called ma_browse, which allows users to bring up websites in the MOTD window, admins with sufficient access can use the ma_cexec command to force players to bring up websites using the ma_browse command, but the majority of servers (I.E. the well run ones) do not give out this kind of functionality to most of their admins.

Really, it's not a huge deal, and you barely ever see it happen, and I mean, what's to stop someone changing their server's MOTD to a simple HTML page with a bunch of gay porn pictures or something else most people find unpleasant to have forced upon them? Power has the potential to corrupt, the way I see it, it's not very different than if the admin were to slay people or set his health or give himself guns, or anything else.

Comment Re:"Remember Facebook" (Score 5, Insightful) 260

Would such a clause actually hold up in court? I just can't see how it possibly would, it's purely "You're damned if you do you're damned if you don't.

In this case, if you simply left, they kept all your content, if you wanted to delete your account, you need to log in to do so, thus accepting the new TOS, allowing them to keep all your content, I thought one of the conditions for a binding contract was that is was under no duress, and this clause appear to be inescapable.

Comment Why don't... (Score 3, Interesting) 260

Why don't they just modify the old TOS to say something along the lines of:
"When you delete your account, only your profile content will be deleted."
To cover the issues such as:
If you send a message to a user, and then you delete your account, they don't need to delete the message from you in that person's inbox
Or, if you submitted a picture via the graffiti app etc, they don't need to delete your entry on the other person's profile, etc.
Programming

Scripts and Scaling In Online Games 61

CowboyRobot writes "Jim Waldo of Sun Microsystems has written an article titled Scaling In Games & Virtual Worlds, saying that they 'should be perfect vehicles to show the performance gains possible with multicore chips and groups of cooperating servers. Games and virtual worlds are embarrassingly parallel, in that most of what goes on in them is independent of the other things that are happening. Of the hundreds of thousands of players who are active in World of Warcraft at any one time, only a very small number will be interacting with any particular player.' A group of researchers at Cornell wrote a related piece about improving game development and performance through better scripting."

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