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Comment Re:Kind of Interesting (Score 1) 228

It doesn't intrinsically violate someone's civil rights but what about feedback loops?

If someone commits a crime in your neighborhood and it gets more policing then the policing will catch more criminals and by extension increase policing. Rinse and repeat until it reaches equilibrium.

For instance it would suck if your street through ticket based feedback became a speed trap and you had no choice but to go through it every day.

The problem with your argument is that you presume that increased policing will somehow increase crime. A more likely scenario would be a system where increasing police density in an area leads to the criminal activity moving to the surrounding areas. This will continue until two migration fronts converge, at which point the area of convergence gets a boost in police density.

Comment Re:The charges are bullshit. (Score 1) 349

Thing is, they were taking the enrollment slots that would otherwise have gone to people who passed without cheating. In a nation that recognizes a corporation's claim on a certain sequence of bits, you have a strong argument that a person can claim ownership to something else abstract such as enrollment in medical school, and therefore theft might well stick. On a slightly less philosophical note, "cheating" is pretty much implicitly and quite likely explicitly against the terms of use for the intellectual property contained within the test.

Comment Re:not really single-player (Score 1) 385

(...) both of which messes with the ranking system and in turn, causes all kinds of weirdness with their online matchmaking.

Elaboration on this, although most of it has been alluded to in a sibling; This doesn't simply mean that the cheating player gets his hindquarters handed to him by vastly superior players when not cheating, but also that said vastly superior players' enjoyment is curbed because they were looking for someone to give them a challenge, and instead end up with their time wasted in a manner not of their own choosing, i.e. curb-stombing an outclassed opponent when they wanted a genuinely challenging match.

Comment Re:Cue increase in accidents (Score 1) 825

I have no doubt this will make them money, but it will also make them look much worse on traffic accident statistics vs. other states.

Not necessarily. If they really do check that the car's performance is up to the task of doing 90mph on the freeway without endangering the passengers or other road users, it will be the exact opposite; It won't make them look much worse on traffic accident statistics, but it won't make them all that much money either.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 3, Insightful) 234

to answer your questions: -the numbers are on a do not call list, so the companies haven't got the slightest right to call them, it's illegal in fact

In this scenario, yes; to be entirely honest, I'm not entirely sure--haven't looked yet--but I'm willing to place a bet that if an unused number is on the United States' Do Not Call list, it doesn't mean a whole lot because a subscriber did not request it, rendering that fact moot. Might be different in the UK, I don't live there, and in many facets their laws and trends are different from those in the US.

The number still belongs to someone, or they wouldn't be allowed to hook up a honeypot system in the first place, ergo they are allowed to request that it be put on the Do Not Call list. They'd just have to take it off the list when they sell the number on to someone else if the subscriber requested it.

Comment Re:Why bother with manuals? (Score 1) 400

The game industry now more than ever needs to find ways to ad value. If they wanted to tackle piracy they would just about be packaging hats and tshirts with the latest game releases. Not so long ago I picked up an old 90's DOS game called Inferno a lawn sale, which came bundled with a rather thick graphic novel providing backstory. I believe this may have been a first in the industry. This was very cool in a period when the industry was experiencing huge growth. I have seldom seen the same thing since.

This almost begs an experiment; make the disc image of a game available on the Internet a few months after release. From that point on only sell "deluxe" packs of the game, with thick four-color manuals, posters, figures and whatnot, combined with spiffy cover and label art. My hypothesis is that this would bring in more net profit in the long run compared to the way the game industry currently does it. This would be because the free downloaders would know they aren't getting what their money could buy, whereas now they are only missing some metaphysical addition that only the game industry seems to care about.

Comment Re:A simple plan (Score 1) 126

Wait, salmiakki-flavored squid? That might actually work. At the very least it would have the "tastes unlike anything else" bonus to it's popularity.

Hey, the Japanese eat fugu just for the kick of not knowing if the chef accidentally laced the fish with powerful neurotoxins.

Comment Re:Curiosity (Score 1) 458

Here's an interesting question; what is the highest rate a private person can refresh a website in? Just set the code to refresh the page at that rate and get your friends together, and voilá, a technically legal DDOS. Better yet, release your own version of Lynx or something that comes with an "auto refresh every N seconds" function.

Comment Re:not an unreasonable policy (Score 1) 938

Which begs yet another question; Why exactly shouldn't a bullied kid hit the bully back, if he's going down for fighting anyway? The way I see it, fight back and you'll get detention for fighting. Don't fight back, and you still get detention for fighting and the bully will be coming for you again sooner or later.

Now that's what you need to teach bullied kids, not some crapola about reading social cues.

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