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Comment Re:About time (Score 5, Insightful) 494

Having been a victim of such harassment in the past myself I agree wholeheartedly, I reported it to the police however they fairly resoundingly didn't appear to give a toss.

Given how common it is for one's name to be googled by others these days online harassment can be every bit as damaging as real life harassment, it caused me quite serious upset for some months. This wasn't merely some childish dispute but an ex looking for revenge over every medium possible, creating profiles on facebook, bebo, myspace and various other websites with the specific intent of causing me as much damage as possible.

While I'm in no means in favour of putting the internet under any form of state control this sort of activity warrants police attention and needs to be against the law. It strikes me as insane that so much focus is put on policing the internet to stop file sharers as opposed to protecting the individual.

Comment Re:Finally... (Score 1) 123

I discovered this with sonic 1, though couldn't care less as the game wasn't actually all that difficult to beat properly without cheating.

What I found rather interesting was that with the game sonic 3d (and I vaguely recall this working with at least one other cart) if you gave the cartridge a good tab on the front of the game it took one directly to the cheat menu.

Was this a deliberate thing or just a handy fluke? It was discovered by a friend of mine who gave the console a thump after a fit of rage induced by a rather agrivating volcanic valley boss fight, his anger was promptly defused by the situation!

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 2, Insightful) 386

"attempt"? It's not generally voluntary IME, I simply can't take my mind off any background stimulus while attempting to focus on something, background conversations, radio, television, a clatter of someone elses keyboard, I can't stop my focus drifting to all of them when I'm not medicated. Multitasking is indeed hugely overrated if it was practical ADD/ADHD wouldn't be considered medical conditions.

Comment Re:we need to end drug prohibition (Score 2, Informative) 640

Just because someone "does drugs" doesn't mean they chainsmoke spiffs and shoot up every day and smoke crack on weekends. Most of my friends that partake in such things (usually MDMA, LSD, shrooms, that sort of thing) do them once every month, some less often.

There are plenty of non addictive drugs that one can do without alerting anyone in the privacy of one's own home that don't significantly impact your life. You can never know who does and who does not do drugs, though I would place high likelihood on your neighbours not being drug dependant, it's entirely possible to be "reasonable" and take drugs every now and then just like it's possible to drink or smoke and still be socially acceptable in your world view.

Not all drugs require paraphernalia, not all drugs are addictive and not all drug users are obvious about such things.

Comment Re:The buyers... (Score 1, Informative) 85

Clearly you have never played on xbox live, 10 minutes of a moronic 8 year out shouting "NIGGER NIGGER NIGGER" only ever interrupted by a cry demanding milk/cookies from their mother every now and then.

The majority of xbox live players are morons that only care about one upping their friends so they look cool, they just fail to realise that their actions merely have the complete opposite effect.

Comment Shockingly sensible (Score 2, Insightful) 126

Despite being incredibly skeptical of such substitutes for a first life this does seem like a ridiculously good idea for filling such a gap in education given what a leap it must be between classroom knowledge and actually dealing with real world patients.

I must admit that I'm just utterly amazed that someone's actually thought of a way to use second life that isn't utterly futile and useless.

Comment This is why I quit WoW (Score 1, Insightful) 209

I started to realise that I actively hated having to group with other people to the point that I'd obnoxiously subject prospective party members to simple logic tests to find out whether they were functionally mentally disabled or not. I'd just avoid any sort of quest that would require me to interact with other people, at the time realms were closed off so the actual real live friends of mine were invariably on other realms or completely inappropriate levels to quest with me. Where does it get sane to pay a monthly fee for the ability to avoid playing with others online? If I wanted that I'd actually bother to pay for an xbox live gold subscription, at least with that I can still play the damn games instead of having their content entirely withdrawn from me despite having paid for it.

Comment it's pants (Score 1, Informative) 332

The Blade system worked fine, having played with the new one for a little while I have to say it appear to blow goats, it's not particularly intuitive and it doesn't make brilliant use of screen real estate. The mii creation rip is reasonably well implemented though, I managed to make someone who looks remarkably like myself, which I've never managed on a wii.

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