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Comment Re:It's not just the refund (Score 1) 137

I think Amazon's problem is going to be that just refunding the purchases doesn't help the parents. If the kid maxes out the credit-card on in-app purchases, the parents have to deal not just with those purchases but the fees and interest from over-limit charges

Top recommendations: (1) Use a $20 pre-paid debit card as the CC loaded on your Tablet for in-app purchases, OR a Virtual Account Number (VAN),

Note... however.... I am sure Amazon themself should have a limit on the amount of in-app purchases, and if there's a sudden unusual deviation from your normal pattern of purchases, your CC company is likely to flag it as possible fraud and call you.

Comment Re:It's Intended (Score 1) 137

what part of the gaming industry isn't preying off of exactly the same neurons as gambling?

It's just fine if they 'prey' off the exact same neurons as gambling. Selling a game package for a fixed dollar amount, or a subscription fee agreed upon before you start playing should be just fine. The customer is agreeing to payment for entertainment, which is clearly without coercion, since they have not started playing yet.

Selling an 'expansion pack' containing additional content while users are not playing the game should also be legal, as long as the expansion pack is announced in advance and not prompted for purchase in the game, or given a 'sample' of the expansion.

The player has not been exposed to this pleasure yet, therefore they can make a rational choice.

What should not be legal for any video game:

1.) Selling "replays" or re-attempts to try again. For example: no selling additional lives or continues, or the ability to perform any task within an app must not be a "consumable" that more can be obtained by making a purchase, or other activities outside the app (such as sharing with X friends).

2.) Selling ability to access something shown or advertised in game, for example as a "locked" mission, "premium" campaign, or "bonus option", should be illegal.

3.) Selling an ability to skip any mission, challenge, level, or allow faster completion, should be illegal.

4.) Selling player "strength enhancements", powerups, extra health, extra uses of a special ability, or other reduction of difficulty.

5.) Selling badges, awards, or other recognition of gameplay abilities or player customizations.

6.) Selling additional "time" playing the game, or additional "spins", "turns", or "plays" should be illegal ---- for example, limiting the number of times a certain challenge can be attempted per day, but allowing players to pay a premium, subscribe to a premium service, or share with X friends, for additional plays: should be illegal.

Comment Re:For a well-written refutation (Score 1) 30

Obama is in no way "progressive" - good bad or indifferent. Obama is highly regressive and leads the most restrictive and vindictive pro-corporate agenda in the history of American political memory.

He was branded in such a way as to exploit the "progressive" tendency of American voters after Bush II and the recession. They were expertly manipulated into supporting the extermination of their interests.

Comment Re:ItsATrap (Score 1) 115

suddenly cannot recover anything following a series of six separate 'hard drive crashes' on RAID-7 systems, so that the IRS' evidence can no longer prove criminal intent by leaders of the government.

I read the sections of The Internal Revenue Manual pertaining to Emails as criminal records.

And I am personally convinced, that the IRS objective is malicious compliance; instead of creating a searchable permanent digital record of all employee e-mail, it seems they go out of their way to say "Preserve digital versions only for limited periods", and it's up to each employee to manually print the approximate hardcopy of the data and have the printout, of anything to be deemed "a record":

  1. (07-08-2011) Emails as Possible Federal Records - Advises Employees - To save emails and attachments that meet the definition of a federal record be added to the organization’s files by printing them and filing them with related paper records.
  2. They are using Microsoft Exchange. This is an e-mail server application that has a feature called personal archive, which they apparently choose not to use, even though a few thousand terabytes of cloud storage is much cheaper than the equivalent pieces of paper and filing procedures.. In addition, there are many archiving applications available for Exchange, and there is a Journaling feature in Exchange which can be used to support permanent archiving of all mail.
  3. They impose a 500 megabyte limit on their users' mailboxes. The Exchange software default is 2 Gigabytes, in other words: they are going out of their way to coerce employees towards deleting mail, and intentionally making the system 100% reliant on the employee ---- so that any error on the employee's part results in no record generate.

    Note: Their employee manual specifically advises employees to delete mail: Delete some mail from your mailbox or contact your system administrator to adjust your storage limit. (Consider whether any of the items you want to delete may be a federal record. IRM above.)

Comment Re:So, it's true (Score 1) 119

To see someone making a claim that atoms are mini solar systems in the 21st century isn't too far different from someone claiming the Sun orbits the Earth.

You're either a nasty troll, or you just aren't paying attention at all. The claim was not that atoms are mini solar systems: quite the opposite; that our solar systems themselves are subatomic particles at a grander superscale: a superscale at which our entire solar system weighs something like 3 × 10^-29 grams. And the passage of time from our point of view is such that when we perceive 1 second of time passes, at the superscale, approximately 10^-29 seconds has elapsed.

Our "gravity" may be analogous at the superscale, to what we call the electromagnetic force. And at this larger scale, our stars would essentially be the core of the atomic unit, and the cloud of large rocks orbiting them would be analogous to electrons.

Since, the whole thing is that, our universe is essentially at a "quantum level" compared to whatever is happening at the "super scale"; we have no way of reasoning about what the laws of physics would be at the super scale. There may well be new forces and spatial dimensions emerging at the larger scale, analogous to our weak forces such as gravity.

Comment Re:For a well-written refutation (Score 1) 30

This aint bout "guilt" or "propaganda".

It's about the lie - English speaking peoples having a unique and privileged predisposition towards "freedom", and that the culture of modern descendants of the Anglo-Saxon world bears a hallmark of this freedom - that the greatest effect on the larger world has been to engender this "freedom" for others.

That is the Liberal lie.

Comment The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (Score 5, Informative) 137

Nope, they need the penalty.

The Amazon AppStore app seems to have an update every two weeks. Every time it updates itself, it resets the values for IAP and parental controls. You need to manually go in after every update, disable IAP and confirm with the password, then manually reset the parental controls and confirm with the password. EVERY FREAKING TIME.

There was one instance (that I know of) that I didn't reset the parental controls and IAP flags after an update, and sure enough, that was when the kids discovered it and went on a spending spree.

NO EXCUSE for resetting the flags every update. They know about it. It isn't a bug, it is a feature that enables profits.

Comment Re:For a well-written refutation (Score 1) 30

In order to fight the Mau Mau insurgency during the conflict, British troops suspended civil liberties in Kenya. In response to the rebellion, many Kikuyu were relocated. Between 320,000-450,000 of them were moved into concentration camps. Most of the remainder - more than a million - were held in "enclosed villages". Although some were Mau Mau guerillas, many were victims of collective punishment that colonial authorities imposed on large areas of the country. Thousands suffered beatings and sexual assaults during "screenings" intended to extract information about the Mau Mau threat. Later, prisoners suffered even worse mistreatment in an attempt to force them to renounce their allegiance to the insurgency and to obey commands. Significant numbers were murdered; official accounts describe some prisoners being roasted alive.[195] Prisoners were questioned with the help of "slicing off ears, boring holes in eardrums, flogging until death, pouring paraffin over suspects who were then set alight, and burning eardrums with lit cigarettes". Castration by British troops and denying access to medical aid to the detainees were also widespread and common. [196][197][198] Among the detainees who suffered severe mistreatment was Hussein Onyango Obama, the grandfather of U.S. President Barack Obama. According to his widow, British soldiers forced pins into his fingernails and buttocks and squeezed his testicles between metal rods and two others were castrated.[199]

In June 1957, Eric Griffith-Jones, the attorney general of the British administration in Kenya, wrote to the governor, Sir Evelyn Baring, detailing the way the regime of abuse at the colony's detention camps was being subtly altered. He said that the mistreatment of the detainees is "distressingly reminiscent of conditions in Nazi Germany or Communist Russia". Despite this, he said that in order for abuse to remain legal, Mau Mau suspects must be beaten mainly on their upper body, "vulnerable parts of the body should not be struck, particularly the spleen, liver or kidneys", and it was important that "those who administer violence ... should remain collected, balanced and dispassionate". He also reminded the governor that "If we are going to sin," he wrote, "we must sin quietly."[199][201]

Comment Re:For a well-written refutation (Score 1) 30

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