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Comment Re:Hold system is ridiculous (Score 1) 88

Your kid cannot wait 3 days for some stupid steam item?

I mean, he *could*, but it's unnecessary in my situation. It worked perfectly fine for me for years.

And people wonder why suckers are getting scammed, see the perfect example of a spoiled impatient user above.

Fuck you, dude. I'm not spoiled. I'm a grown-ass adult who takes security seriously and has never had a problem with Steam item trading. I've never had an online gaming account of any kind taken over. Ever. This is overkill, at least in my case.

because email is EASY TO COMPROMISE dumbass, its a HELL of a lot harder to snatch your phone throug the Internet.

Yes, I am aware that it's much harder to spoof 2-factor auth. But if I submit a trade offer, I *instantly* get an email after pressing the submit button. I then use that email to confirm the trade. Even if someone else was simultaneously accessing my gmail account, I'd still see the email. And of course the zillion alerts from Google that my account is being logged into from Ukraine or wherever...

Fine, put a 10 minute wait timer on it if you want to. But 3 fucking days? Insanity. At least let me take responsibility for myself and opt out if I want to.

And please, tell me how my gmail account, with multiple back-up email addresses and recovery options, a frequently-changing password, and takeover alerts out the wazoo, is "easy to compromise". I've only had it for 10+ years and never had an issue...

Comment Re:Multiple accounts per phone (Score 2) 88

Besides, Team Fortress 2 is rated M. It's not intended for 11-year-olds. Nor is online play intended for anyone under 13 anyway because of COPPA.

It's really easy to turn off blood/gibs using a few commands on launch, as well as muting incoming voice chat. Once you're past that you have a cartoon-y FPS that really isn't bad. He isn't allowed anywhere near realistic FPS games (CoD, or L4D, etc).

In any case, the FAQ states that you can put multiple accounts on one phone. The one downside to putting your son's TF2 account on your phone is that it links the identity associated with your Steam account to his.

Cool, thanks!!

Then opt out of Team Fortress 2 in the first place.

Come on, you can do better than that.

Comment Hold system is ridiculous (Score 3, Informative) 88

My son plays TF2 and doesn't have a cellphone yet (11 years old).

If I want to send him something from my account, it takes THREE DAYS because we "haven't been friends for a year" yet. Even if we had been friends for that long, it would take a full 24 hours because he doesn't have the "mobile authenticator". Every time. He doesn't even have a phone, you jackasses!

And now *I* have to have the stupid authenticator turned on if I want to trade with randoms on the internet. Dude, my account is secure! I get email notifications of trades, which show up instantly on my phone.

It's way way way overkill, with no way to opt out. Sucks.

Comment Re:The Science In a SciFi movie... (Score 1) 163

I'll admit I haven't seen the move or read the book, but where in hell does he get the seeds and fertilizer to grow plants in Martian soil? From what I gather from the trailers, this wasn't a colonization mission, so why, if they sent seeds and fertilizer, did they send seeds and fertilizer?

SPOLIER

They DIDN'T send seeds or fertilizer.

The protagonist has to make due with what they have, which is his and the other astronauts freeze-dried shit/urine and a small number of potatoes that were brought with for food, not farming.

Comment Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (Score 1) 191

Agree, I worship Picard. The warrior-poet, the tactician, the scholar.

But you want to talk shitty, grim future? I see your Battlestar Galactica and raise you Warhammer 40k!

http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/...

IN THE GRIM DARKNESS OF THE FAR FUTURE THERE IS ONLY WAR

"It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor of Mankind has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the vast Imperium of Man for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day so that he may never truly die.Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat to humanity from aliens, heretics, mutants -- and far, far worse. To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods."

Comment Re:No, it wasn't. (Score 1) 463

Sure there is a legal basis for criminal charges.

You charge the guy with "reckless driving resulting in death", instead of what might be a more serious charge, lke "reckless driving resulting in death while texting"

The guy still killed someone with his car while driving. He should still be charged.

Comment Re:Holy grey area! (Score 1) 159

You used to be able to order the spores legally because there were no psychoactive chemicals however they are now also on the DEA schedule.

Nope!

Wikipedia:

"In the United States, possession of psilocybin-containing mushrooms is illegal because they contain the Schedule I drugs psilocin and psilocybin. Spores, however, which do not contain psychoactive chemicals, are only explicitly illegal in Georgia, Idaho, and California.[17] In the rest of the country, it is not illegal to just sell the spores, but selling them with the purpose of producing hallucinogenic mushrooms is illegal.[18][19]"

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