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Comment Re:$15-$18 million of real money or FIFA money? (Score 1) 149

They didn't steal those $15-$18 million from EA, though. They got that money from other players. If they didn't deliver on the virtual coins, then yes, that would be fraud. If the virtual coins arrived as paid for, it wasn't fraud.

Let me put it another way. Let's say I sell my World of Warcraft account to another player. It violates Blizzard's TOS, but it's not illegal. I may have also obtained the characters on that account through illicit means - using bots. Again, that's not illegal (maybe a DMCA case could be made for it - I'm not familiar - but it's not fraud). Substitute WoW characters obtained through hacks for virtual currency obtained through hacks, and here we are.

Though if selling imaginary world things for real world cash isn't fraud, I have a great vacation home in middle earth to offer you!

This is entirely how many games make their money. Is League of Legends fraud?

Comment Firefox on Android Is Where Its At (Score 4, Insightful) 294

I know there's a lot of Firefox-hate at the moment (with some good reason), but I use Firefox as my web-browser of choice on Android. Why? Adblock. No other mobile browser has add-ons like Firefox. And the ability to block ads really speeds up the browser compared to Chrome in any real-world situation.

Comment Re:They might guarantee it... (Score 3, Informative) 488

The problem is he wants a fair trial, AS DEFINED BY EDWARD SNOWDEN. We can't make up law according to the defendant. If you don't like the law we have now, elect someone else and have it changed.

When Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, he posted bail and went on news programs. These days, you get thrown into solitary confinement for years before the government decides maybe it'll give you a secret military trial.

Comment Not Really a Textualist (Score 5, Insightful) 1105

"Textualist" is how Scalia portrayed himself, but if you look at Shelby County vs Holder, where the Supreme Court struck down most of the Voting Rights Act, Scalia's arguments basically came down to the idea that he was a mind-reader about what Congress really wanted to do, but was not politically able to do, never mind the text. Other times, he disregarded the clear intent of the lawmakers in favor of the strict textual reading. But he was hardly consistent. He was a textualist when the text favored him, he ignored it when it didn't. And maybe that's not unique to him - I'm not saying he was unique in that respect, but let's not pretend he was intellectually consistent.

In the end, he was a Republican justice. Nothing more, nothing less.

Comment Re: The science is not settled (Score 4, Insightful) 568

We evolved from apes. The science is settled. The Earth goes around the Sun. The science is settled. Anthropogenic Warming is happening. The science is settled.

The scientific method means any theory can be overturned in principle. But in practice we know some won't be. Anyone telling you the science isn't settled on Evolution because nothing is ever settled in science is being just as disingenuous as you are.

Comment Aerospace is National Security (Score 5, Insightful) 135

Not that the Russian government isn't incredibly corrupt and wasteful, but this is actually probably what you'd want to do. If your economy is tanking, you'd want to continue to put *some* money into aerospace for as long as you could to retain talent and prevent you from having to rebuild it from the ground up later. Maybe not enough to do big ambitious projects, but you'd want aerospace on "idle" for when (hopefully) the economy improves.

I mean, NASA stopped building big rockets that went to the moon and "just" went into low earth orbit for a few decades, and they're *still* basically back at square one when it comes to building Saturn V-sized engines. Imagine if aerospace had been completely shut down.

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