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Comment Re:It is all in who the victim is.... (Score 1) 417

Kernell cranked the system up to 11 trying to take down a vice presidential candidate of the US... and got burned. You break the law trying to subvert a presidential election and you should get your ass handed to you.

Except he didn't. I was watching the thread the guy posted on 4chan going "LOL LOOK AT WHAT I GOT ACCESS TO GUISE, SHOULD I POST SOME EMAILS!??!?"

And then he gave everyone the password and some whiteknight immediately changed it and notified the authorities.

You'd think that if he were trying to discredit Palin he would've, oh I don't know, saved all the emails and posted them somewhere? The guy was an idiot, but a malicious idiot he was not. He wasn't part of the "left" he wasn't told to politically assassinate Palin and end her chances at election. He was an idiot who thought it'd be funny to break into a presidential candidates' email and brag about it to people on 4chan. Do you know what the catchphrase "for the lulz?" means? That's what this was at its heart. No more motivation than "oh man it'd be fucking ace if people got to see Palin's emails." She just happened to be the low hanging fruit with a bad password.

It still amazes me how this story has been twisted by demagogues to be completely different from what actually happened.

Comment Re:Maths ? (Score 1) 376

This will be the new Hollywood business model.

a) e) When it bombs, sue 10,000 John Does because you know they can't afford to defend themselves.

Anybody see a flaw?

Yes, actually. You've made the mistake in assuming they're only going to go after people if the movie bombs. They're obviously trying to cover the costs of this movie. [5000 people, each sued for $2900 = $14.5 million, movie cost $15 million] So it's not going to matter if the movie bombs or not, they're going to sue people just because it means covering some of their costs and increasing their overall profit.

Comment Re:Good news and Bad news (Score 1) 204

The moon is the El Dorado of helium-3

This is a commonly parroted meme, but it's simply not true. Helium 3 on the moon measures about 0.01ppm - you need to dig up around 100 million tons of lunar regolith to get one ton of Helium-3. Sorry to say, that's neither cost effective nor net-energy positive. The moon will never be mined for Helium-3. Ever. Especially not when there are multiple gas-giants in our solar system with Helium-3 floating in their atmosphere's that could simply be scooped up.

Comment Re:Just a few points... (Score 4, Insightful) 265

While I agree there are some issues with freedom therein, I can also see how taking control of motor vehicles out of the hands of the general person, and into the hands of a computer is going to massively improve safety.

Think of all the dangerous maneuvers and careless driving you've seen. That will be no more - speeds on highways can be increased, distances between cars can be decreased. You won't be driving the car yourself anymore, but you'll get to your destination faster and more safely than you do now.

Anyways, I very much doubt manually driving a vehicle will ever disappear. Driving is fun, it's something people enjoy - what this will simply do is eliminate all those times you wouldn't have fun driving, by giving control over to the computer whenever you feel like stopping.

Comment Re:Mostly laughable concept. (Score 1) 163

how much [Helium 3] is there on the moon?

Not enough to be worth mining. At about 0.01ppm, you need to mine a hundred million tons of lunar regolith to get one ton of Helium 3, this doesn't even begin to count the energy required to extract the helium.

It's basically pointless to mine, you'd spend more energy extracting what little there is than you'd get from using it as fuel in fusion reactors we haven't even invented yet. Nevermind the logistics required in mining a hundred million tons of rock on the MOON.

Comment Re:Two Stupid People (Score 3, Insightful) 291

Was she stupid to use email, as she should have known the extremists on the Left would hack it?

Umm... what?
This guy wasn't an extremist anything, I was there reading the thread when he posted it, he mentioned in his thread that there wasn't anything interesting in it. [Apparently this somehow gets construed as him being an evil liberal socialist hippie extremist out to overthrow the government...] Then some whiteknight went and changed the password so that nobody could access the account.

The dude was just doing what any average person in his position would be doing if they got to look at Obama's emails or Dick Cheney's emails or Bush's emails.

As a Canadian, I've got to say, this Republican vs Democrat stuff is really really getting out of hand. Are you people children or adults, FFS.

Comment Re:Article and grandparent are just wrong. (Score 1) 361

Furthermore, the lethal range of the radiation from nuclear weapons in space is tremendously large -- many hundreds, if not thousands, of miles.

Yes, actually the range is effectively infinite, but you have forgotten one VERY important thing - The inverse square law. As the distance from the explosion increases, the amount of energy/gamma rays hitting you decreases, and it decreases FAST.

People have already put together calculators for playing around with this kinda stuff - http://www.5596.org/cgi-bin/nuke.php and generally speaking, outside of 5-10 kilometers, the worst that will happen is a singed paintjob.

Comment Re:Matter of framing (Score 3, Insightful) 272

And, in the realm of censorship, Germany seems to have the most sense

Yeah, sure. So long as you aren't wearing any Nazi symbols, or showing Nazi symbols in a game, or showing too much violence/blood in a game or...

Of course, German residents will [in typical fashion] defend such actions on the part of the government, but the way I see it, if Nazism is bad enough that there's enormous backlash against it in Germany, you shouldn't even NEED to censor it. People can make up their own goddamn minds.

Really, all the censorship serves to do is flush it under a rug. The people who want to openly support Nazism [or anything else] should be free to do so, and I should be equally free to deride those people for their beliefs.

Trying to hide it under the rug doesn't work, and should not be something that a "free and democratic" society should even consider doing.

Comment Not confusing me (Score 2, Informative) 543

I'm confused.

This (from TFA and Activision):

The scene establishes the depth of evil and the cold bloodedness of a rogue Russian villain and his unit. By establishing that evil, it adds to the urgency of the player's mission to stop them.

Does not equal this (from TFS):

Footage shows the player engaged in killing civilians with terrorists

Which one is it (or is it both somehow)? This sounds like a bunch of uproar over a cutscene nobody understands the context of.

It seems pretty simple: You play as a terrorist for one mission, and then the next mission you play as a counter terrorist.

I saw this leaked video even before there was much commentary or controversy on it, and this point was still exceedingly clear. You seem to be trying to imply that Infinity Ward is pulling a fast one, when they clearly are not.

Comment In other news... (Score 2, Interesting) 124

Other gaming companies are embracing the idea of open source and digital distribution, for example: Catalyst Game Labs. More importantly, their open source release of Eclipse Phase, and perhaps even unofficial support for the fan-made MegaMek/MekWars for their Battletech line.

Meanwhile companies like WizKids and Games Workshop continue to show their complete disdain for their customers and the fans of their products as well as their utter inability to properly market their games. Which is especially evidenced by the utter failure of WizKids' "Mech Clix" line for Battletech, and arguably evidenced by Games Workshops' constant price increases for Warhammer 40k; Catalyst seems to be going in completely the opposite direction - embracing digital distribution and open source in ways essentially unheard of in this day and age.

Comment Re:Some would call X3 the successor... (Score 1) 159

This is why the "realistic" space sim zealots will never be happy. If a company ever actually gave them the game they wanted, one that was truly realistic as per our current understanding of physics and such, it'd be way too boring to actually play.

As one of those "Space Realism Zealots" I can tell you flat out that you're wrong. Realism doesn't make the game boring, it makes the game different, and what I'm seeing you do, is equating different with bad.

A good example of how you can make realistic space combat fun would be the tabletop wargame Attack Vector: Tactical. Here are some battle reports to give an idea what it plays like.

Heck, the biggest complaint against AV:T has more to do with the rules being fairly complex than anything about the actual gameplay. Those same complex rules are easily dealt with when applied to a computer game. A computer can perform a range-angle lookup instantly and far more exactly than someone using a ruler and the supplied play aid for AV:T can.

As you can clearly see in the above links, there is nothing about realism that prevents you from maneuvering around and using tactics in space. You just didn't know it could be like that, and assumed all realistic space combat was boring. Space isn't like flight, and it isn't like sailing in the ocean or under the sea, or fighting on land, it's a completely different medium that has its own unique effects on the way combat would work. Just because it doesn't copy WWII naval battles doesn't mean it sucks.

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