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Comment Re:Cue Cease and Desist in 5...4... (Score 2) 105

This mod has been around for years (with public releases)...if anyone at Sony was even occasionally looking for this sort of thing they should have found it a long time ago. Attention like this probably doesn't help the odds but it isn't like they developed the whole thing in secret and just dropped this release as a shocker.

Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

It's amazing what a difference the time makes in slashdot's opinions on this issue. There is no homogenous American "gun culture." I collect and shoot historic firearms because I find them fascinating and I hugely enjoy being able to restore and preserve them. However, no one else in my family owns any firearms and I grew up with parents who were quite opposed to the idea of gun ownership in general. I think you assume that everyone in the US owns guns because of some sort of derailed-train tradition with no reasoning behind it besides "my Dad owned guns..."

The fact is that many people responsibly own firearms for both sporting uses and self defense. Guns are absolutely misused at times, but the irresponsibility of some few is not in any way an acceptable reason to strip me of my right to have firearms and use them for whatever legal purpose I desire.

I think you will also find a considerable body of research and opinions that contest the idea that banning all guns would even result in an any decline in violent crime. Off the top of my head, this paper is a good example:

Note the fact that the authors enumerate extensive statistics and constantly reiterate that they are surprised to report that, contrary to popular opinion, there exists no favorable correlation between limits on gun ownership and a reduction in violent crime.

I have no intent to convert you or the many posters in this thread who seem to share your perspective into gun lovers, but I would greatly appreciate even a moment of consideration before emotionally founded kneejerk responses that accuse all Americans of being uncivilized morons who need a strong government to take away anything they might hurt themselves with. Thanks.

Comment Re:Culprit ? (Score 1) 376

If it had been something people wanted to see like Avatar or Harry Potter, the early leak would not have mattered.

Shh, I don't think the studios need any further encouragement to continue pumping out movies with more "Ooh" and less "Hmm."
I saw The Hurt Locker in theaters and while it wasn't my favorite of all time, I was certainly pleased that it didn't treat me like a complete moron (as opposed to, say, Iron Man 2).

Comment Re:American Guns!! Yay NRA!! (Score 1) 518

1: Most guns in Mexico come from central america or from the mexican givernment/military. See those pictures of the drug lords with H&K G3 rifles or MP5 submachine guns? Yeah, those couldn't have come from America. We can't get those here. (Well, we can, but they're 30k or more)

2. Very few americans own M-16's. As in less than a thousand most likely. Why? Because the process of purchasing a fully automatic firearm is such a pain that most people don't go through with it. Do you want the ATF to have a sheet of paper where you signed a waiver allowing them to walk into your home at any point, on ant day, without notice to search your home? Neither do most of us, and that's EXACTLY what you have to do to own a fully automatic firearm in this country.

Just to clarify, very few Americans own fully automatic weapons because it has been impossible to legally register one for civilian ownership since 1986. The supply is fixed and thus the prices for those that have been registered are extremely high. Also, owning an NFA firearm (or suppressor) certainly does not void your rights under the 4th amendment. The BATF may be able to demand to inspect your registered items but they definitely do not have a free pass to search your home or any other personal property without permission or cause.

Comment Re:Poll; what was the best game created on Doom 3? (Score 1) 266

I only played the Quake Wars demo but the movement and combat on foot seemed vastly smoother and more natural (read: Quake-like) than any of the Battlefield games. It seems to me that a lot of recent id games have had strong technical merits but not so great gameplay. *Shrug*

Comment Re:I don't care (Score 2, Insightful) 347

it looks very similar to a RPG, which can take down a helicopter

"A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), or rocket launcher, is any hand-held, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon capable of firing an unguided rocket equipped with an explosive warhead."

Chances of taking down that gunship with an unguided projectile considering the range are um....zero. That doesn't mean that the engagement was necessarily unreasonable but a lot of people seem to be rehashing this silly implication that the presence of an RPG means the gunship crew were under threat and felt the need to defend themselves.

Sorry, carry on.

Comment Re:Even the Nazis got this right! (Score 1) 1671

Eh... The Western front was very tame compared to the East but summary executions and collective punishment were still used (effectively) throughout the occupied territories to minimize partisan activity. There are plenty of books listing the numerous alleged war crimes of the Wehrmacht and Red Army against one another in the East.

Comment Re:Video (Score 1) 1671

In fact, the conventions are written in such a way as to specifically exclude from (most of) their protections those who are unlawful combatants [...] For example, a force that does not wear uniforms and hides among civilians is both not entitled to the protections of the conventions, but also is the responsible party in any attack that kills those civilians.

Absolutely true, however the key protection that all persons including unlawful combatants are entitled to is "humane treatment." It really isn't in the spirit of the conventions to justify massacring civilians by saying "but look our enemy wasn't following the rules!" Of course the conventions are not always going to be observed due to emotional stresses etc. but the goal should be to minimize violations.

The exception was the SS, who massacred American soldiers at Malmedy and as a result were generally not captured after that, nor allowed to surrender.

Yep, and the originally all volunteer Waffen SS began reinforcing its ranks with conscripts in 1944 so awful luck to be a 17 year old with those runes on your collar, but such is life.

Comment Re:Is anyone surprised? (Score 1) 130

And historically at least, the system of government best suited to corporate profits is not democracy, but fascist-leaning dictatorships. That's true whether we're talking about Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Pinochet, or Batista.

Uh, what? If you mean that having a rather militarist government is good if you're a corporation in the arms industry, then yes. But why the hell would an arbitrary corporation prefer having the laws change at the pleasure of a demagogue who may or may not like them instead of having an easily "lobbied"/bribed legislature?

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 432

Sorry to rain on the populist parade but I don't think petty internet censorship alone is sufficient provocation for most people to feel inclined to risk their own lives and moreover the lives of all their friends and family by participating in any schemes of violent rebellion. The corollary to that quote should be that any government power can be abused forever as long as the abuses aren't flagrant enough to drive people to risk everything in revolt. See US Congress.

Comment Re:...can't...stop...myself... (Score 5, Interesting) 316

I doubt they're going to murder him for leaking information about their non-secret software if that's what you mean. Apparently North Korea still gets a fair number of Russian tourists and would probably like to not piss off the Russian government.

I ran across a bunch of pictures from a Russian tourist a while back with translated captions. I found them pretty interesting.

Comment Re:Where it matters most. (Score 1) 521

Gravity and movement in general are based entirely on time in HL as in just about every comparable game engine.  I can imagine that there might be some weird bugs with fast firing weapons at slow frame rates but you make it sound like the engine was designed by morons.

For some fun, have a look here:

void PM_AddCorrectGravity ()
    pmove->velocity[2] -= (ent_gravity * pmove->movevars->gravity * 0.5 * pmove->frametime );
    pmove->velocity[2] += pmove->basevelocity[2] * pmove->frametime;
    pmove->basevelocity[2] = 0;

"frametime" being the key value.

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