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Comment Re:Military the first one, huh? (Score 1) 301

Actually, World War 1 started because Europe was full of militaristic (and mostly aristocratic) douche bags who wouldn't even take the offer not to start the War, because they already had all the plans made up and their little toy soldiers moved down from the attic to play with them.

Really? I heard it was because someone called Archie Duke shot an ostrich because he was hungry.

Piracy

Submission + - Vavle's Gabe Newell on piracy and more (cam.ac.uk)

silentbrad writes: IGN has an article about Gabe Newell, quoting his views on privacy:

'In general, we think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable. Most DRM solutions diminish the value of the product by either directly restricting a customers use or by creating uncertainty.'

Gabe has more to say in the original interview, including his thoughts on e-sports.

Comment Re:This has happened before. (Score 1) 254

Bipolar medications are the reason I'm still around today. If your friends have no more personality and are more depressed than ever, then that's a problem with the specific med (there are more than one). But that you say they're under a "strange delusion" that they're better gives me the impression that you don't know what depression is, and that you don't know that depression is only one of the symptoms of bipolar disorder - hint: bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depression.

Comment Re:/. Haters Gonna Hate (Score 1) 133

Maybe it's just me, but I think you read the summary wrong. Sure, levitation, quantum levitation, whatever. If it gets someone with a passing interest in science to check it out and say, "Hey, that's cool!", isn't that a good thing? The point is, it doesn't say that it's brand new. Maybe they could have mentioned that it builds upon 80 year old observations, but the part that is new is that they've discovered either how to, or that they can, lock the orientation of the superconductor.

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