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Comment Re:If you don't see a problem with that, (Score 1) 454

Hey Sparrow, if you think IDing yourself is the same as "being tracked" or having to prove you are innocent of any given crime, you have issues buddy. I just said it as an example, as i, for one, have never had to proof my identity to the police, but if they required me to do it, i'd do it. That retarded way of thinking of yours is why there are so many problems of identity theft in the US, and so very very little here in Spain. I'll stick with our way of doing things. Thank you very much

Comment Re:Interesting Discussion (Score 4, Funny) 346

That reminded me of the times I played Lemmings in my 386. Whenever i got bored or frustrated I would just put two lemmings in "guard" mode right where they came out into the level, and after getting them all packed into the 3 or 4 pixels left between the guards, I would hit the suicide button and watch all of those lemmings blow up. It was like fireworks! Pretty fireworks!

Comment Re:Outstanding. (Score 1) 454

It might be so in the US or UK or wherever your are from, but in Spain everybody over eighteen is obligated to carry our national id (DNI) or similar. If you don't they have every right to take you "downtown" and verify your identity. I don't see the problem in proving you are who you say you are. Example:
COP: Afternoon sir, We are looking for a known serial killer named xxxx. May I see your ID?
RANDOM PERSON: No, but my name is yyyy, I'm not xxxx.
COP: Ok, thank you sir. Good day.

If you don't see a problem with that, you should go back to your cabin, Unabomber.

Comment What I just don't get (Score 2, Insightful) 647

The thing about drug-testing (not alcohol) for driving purposes that always leaves me wondering is: how the they know I'm positively high? Maybe I shared a joint a month ago with my buddies, and since THC is fat-soluble it lasts longer than any other controlled substance in your system. Maybe it doesn't last for so long in your saliva, but still there should be a threshold just like there is with alcohol ( >0.23 = your are busted, 0.23 = you can go now). How do they legally state that you are not ok to operate a motor vehicle?? In my opinion the only way to assess this would be by legalizing, and then restricting. This way it's just nuts.

Comment Re:The Fans DID Notice It Though (Score 2, Funny) 198

Half of the joke is only seen when you hover over the cartoon.

Man..., after all this time following xkcd, and i just learned that from you (I wondered what you meant, and i just checked it with monday's strip). I wonder what i've been missing all this time (not gonna recheck them). I guess i'll wait until i buy the book and hope they use the hover-over text as a bottom note.
  I feel dumb. And judging by your +5 Informative, i'm not the only one who learnt something today.

Comment Re:As opposed to the current generation.. (Score 0) 177

IThe problem with the PS3 is not that it doesn't have software but ...

Let me stop you right there. The reason why the PS3 is not dominating the market is completely software related. It's related to the fact that you can't pirate PS3 games (hooray DRM!!). The very same reason why they made it so big with their first console (pirating games for the original PlayStation was the greatest selling point of their platform) is the reason they are not dominating right now. I noticed this a while back while thinking about purchasing a new console. If you do the math, xbos360 and a few pirate games totally wins over the PS3 and 50+ euros per game.
Just my 2 cents.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 711

Seeing the results, it's obvious where most readers live. Me, I prefer CEE 7/16, which is the usual socket where I'm living right now (Spain), and I guess most of Europe. The French kind is the same but it's earth with a rod instead of a side connector, which makes it impossible to connect upside down. That's why I prefer CEE 7/16, the freedom; it's also very tough.

Disclaimer: I had to search the names in wikipedia to see which one was which.

Comment Re:Crazy people (Score 1) 515

I saw a piece on TV about this very same phenomenon, with people making the same kind of absurd claims. What really seemed off to me was the fact that even though they claimed to be extremely sensible to the presence of electronic devices, they didn't seem to be bothered by the camera crew, illumination, sound and the reporter doing the interview, taking into consideration not only their technical equipment but also their cellphones etc. As soon as I saw this I called (psychosomatic) BULLSHIT!

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Free Realms Approaches the Five-Million-Player Mark 77

A few days ago at Comic-Con, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley spoke about the success of Free Realms, their free-to-play MMORPG that relies on microtransactions for a business model. The game was released at the end of April, and by mid-June there were upwards of three million registered users. Now that total is approaching five million, with no sign of slowing down. Min Kim, another panelist at the discussion, said, "When people started talking about it back in 2003 or 2004, people said Western games would never want to do this, to play a game for free and then buy items. And now everybody is saying, 'We're going to have microtransactions as part of our business model.'"

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