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Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 113

Don't count on clones of "other hallmark FPS games" that you mention (at least not on any bearable level of quality)

Quakelikes are easy to make not only thanks to engines for the taking but also relatively easy game asset creation (it helps that there are lots of map makers, itself thanks to higher relative ease of making deathmatch map than interesting single player level)

Well, perhaps Serious Sam at some point, that can be made more or less procedurally.

Comment Re:know your history of green solutions (Score 1) 1747

That quote says oxygenates, not MTBE. Not sure what the purpose of it's inclusion is. Care to provide any real evidence of your claim:

I clearly remember MTBEs sold to Californian voters as the solution to clean air emissions.

Something of such a public nature seems likely to have plenty of sources. Since you can't provide any, bullshit still remains.

Submission + - Google is truthful, say children ( 1

slreboy writes: A new study has found that children aged between 12 to 15 believe that Google's search engine ranks websites in terms of truthfulness, rather than the messy business of links, click-throughs and relevance.

The report was conducted by Ofcom and revealed that 32 per cent of those in the 12 to 15 age bracket believed that the more truthful a website's content was, the better ranked it would be. This is compared to 37 per cent of those who knew the real truth that relevance and usefulness was the key.

Comment Re:Mod parent up (Score 2, Insightful) 235

Yeah but it will also stop us from using FreeNet and other censorship-resistant, anonymous sharing networks. Read more here:

Please explain your position.

How would informing the P2P user about what is being shared on that user's computer prevent the user from using FreeNet and other anonymous sharing networks?

Comment Re:Spill the beans (Score 3, Insightful) 235

Ok, so who funded this bill and why?

Almost certainly groups like the RIAA and the MPAA.

Their goal is in ratchet up the personal liability of the users who use these systems. By forcing applications to be much more explicit about what's being shared, they reduce the number of cases they lose against file sharers on the grounds that they didn't know what they were sharing.

Comment Re:the wrong people (Score 1) 630

One of the videos on YouTube shows a bunch of students, bystanders, not looters, not even demonstrators, watching from a stairwell, trapped above and below by cops, then gassed. Complete SNAFU. Those cops should be fired.

That's too kind. They should at least be jailed if not gassed too.

Comment Re:makes sense (Score 3, Interesting) 776

Among the major options that many right-leaning politicians in America have been pushing is tearing down regulation that has prevented insurance companies from offering low-cost catastrophic-only insurance, and removing regulation that prevents cross-state offerings for insurance. Those two items alone would greatly expand the choices and lower prices across the board for insurance.

Look up recision. In the private health insurance market (ie. not through your employer) if you start racking up significant medical bills, you have a ~50% chance that your insurance company will find some excuse to cancel your insurance coverage on any technicality they can come up with.

THAT is what an unregulated health insurance industry will get you. It's cheaper to only insure people who won't get sick, so everyone will find some way to eliminate those with any chance of major bills, or worse, discontinue their insurance for no reason when they actually start to need it.

Comment Re:"Non-lethal" (Score 1) 630

There is a difference between not investigating and how much resources you put into an investigation. If anyone else was caught using a weapon on another person or an animal they would be investigated. The police should be no different, whenever they use a weapon they should be investigated.

Since police are issued with weapons and given training on appropriate use of weapons it makes sense that potential misuse by police officers should be something of a priority.

The amount of resources used in the investigation should be determined by the preliminary investigation. If it becomes obvious in the preliminary investigation that there was an imminent threat to the officer or another citizen then what tool (weapon) they chose in the moment to eliminate the threat (gun, Taser, baton, fists, 2x4 that was nearby) is less important and should draw fewer resources. On the other hand if there is substantiated evidence that the officer was the one who escalated the situation by bringing a weapon into the situation, where it was unnecessary, then there should be a lot more resources for the investigation of abuse of power.

In the latter case the "officer" should be treated as a "criminal suspect".

Comment DHS exempting more travel records form Privacy Act (Score 1) 402

If you want to request your own records, do so ASAP: Even while stalling on responses to pending requests and appeals -- some unanswered after almost 2 years -- the DHS has recently moved to exempt more of this data from disclosure or requirements for accuracy, relevance, etc. Even more Privacy Act exemptions for PNR's and other "Automated Targeting System" data are pending, and could be finalized at any time. BTW, if you travelled to, from, or via the EU, or on an EU-based airline, or made reservations or bought tickets in the EU or through an EU-based company, or if your reservations were stored in the EU-based CRS Amadeus, you also have the right to request your travel records from these travel companies.

Submission + - Apple Store is 'Most Profitable Shop in London'

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Telegraph reports that based on sales per square foot, Apple's flagship store on London's Regent Street with sales of around £60 million per year is the most profitable store of its size in London. "To make £60 million a year from a shop of Apple's size is phenomenal," said Neil Saunders, a spokesman for Verdict. "Apple's Regent Street store has extremely strong footfall, since it has become a tourist attraction in its own right." The sales equate to £2,000 per square foot, way ahead of rival electrical retailers, which generate an average of £722 per square foot. and eclipses even Harrods, which makes £751 per square foot. Apple's Regent Street outlet — one of 21 in the UK — spans two floors and covers 28,000 square feet. "Shoppers pay a premium for the Apple brand, and there is never discounting, so customers don't waver over buying elsewhere," adds Saunders."

Submission + - How NASA Restored Its High-Res Moon Pics (

Al writes: "This photo-essay explains how NASA engineers painstakingly restored high quality old images of the surface of the Moon. The original analog data, beamed down to Earth to plan landing sites for the Apollo missions in 1966 and 1967, remains the most detailed imagery every captured of the Moon's surface. It was recorded on magnetic tapes that collected dust for decades and were nearly discarded. Reprocessing the images involved restoring an old tape drive--which involved finding one of the few people who still knew how to repair the drive's read heads--and developing new custom equipment."

Submission + - UK Royal Society claims geo-engineering feasible

krou writes: The BBC is reporting that a UK Royal Society report claims that geo-engineering proposals to combat the effects of climate change are "technically possible". Three of the plans considered showed the most promise: "CO2 capture from ambient air"; enhancing "natural reactions of CO2 from the air with rocks and minerals"; and "Land use and afforestation". They also noted that solar radiation management, while some climate models showed them to be ineffective, should not be ignored. Possible suggestions included: "a giant mirror on the Moon; a space parasol made of superfine aluminium mesh; and a swarm of 10 trillion small mirrors launched into space one million at a time every minute for the next 30 years." They also commented that, should rapid action be required to combat quickly rising temperatures, the following solutions should be considered: Stratospheric aerosols; Space-based methods; or Cloud albedo approaches. They also stress that, although geo-engineering shows promise, it should not in any way deviate attention away from the need to reduce CO2 emissions. However, Professor John Shepherd, who chaired the study, notes that "Geo-engineering and its consequences are the price we may have to pay for failure to act on climate change."

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