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Comment Re:for the wrong reasons (Score 1) 135

Perhaps you mean:

Stiff sanctions have been awarded against parties who fail to meet their production obligations and criminal prosecutions are possible for deliberate attempts to interfere with federal investigations or administrative proceedings. (7)

7. See, e.g. Coleman (Parent) Holdings, Inc. v. Morgan Stanley, Inc., 2005 WL 674885 (Fla. Cir. Ct. March 23, 2005) (entering default judgment based on, iner alia, failure to timely produce relevant email); In re Prudential Ins. Co. of Am. Sales Practice Litig., 169 F.R.D. 598 (D. N.J. 1997) (imposing fine for failure to adequately act to preserve email). In addition, as part of the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Congress stiffened existing law and added new criminal penalties if one knowingly alters or destroys documents with the intent to impede a federal investigation or proceeding or "in relation to or contemplation of such matter or case." 18 U.S.C.A. 1519 (2002).

Comment hate it (Score 1) 2254

terrible. hate it. way too much whitespace between information.

inconsistent and unfriendly spacing of things. even on this comment page as I write 5 or 8 pixels above the "get more" button, 10 to 12 below want to get to the buttons below an actual comment? those are 25 to 35 pixels of whitespace away...

And the icons? What the hell is with that? Did you rip a bunch of sprites out of a NintendoDS cartridge? What's with cartoon-bill-gates-borg?
Honestly, this is shit. Quite obviously a case of design-by-programmers.

Go hire a designer for fuck's sake you've got an Alexa rank of #1200 globally, you can afford to spend a few thousand on an artist.

Comment A real life analog... (Score 1) 419

To be honest, I think I'd probably become a super villain for a while. Then grow tired of it and start trying to help people.

Look at Bill Gates. "World's Richest Man" (super power of economic amazing-ness)

At first (and as part of Microsoft) he did all sorts of horrible things (according to the general Slashdot population... all sorts of we hate Bill Gates sentiment on here. Even a photoshopped photo of him as a Borg). Compare to today, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has taken on the task of completely eliminating malaria from the world & improving american education.

Bill has teamed up with Warren Buffet and other Bajillionaires to "Pledge to give away the vast majority of their fortunes"

Of course it remains to be seen if their hopes for the follow through is as solid as the words behind it... but the hope is there.

Villian to Superhero.

What about Mark Zuckerberg? $100 Million to Education. Sure, there's a douchebag past ... but signs of hero in the making?

Comment Re:You're kidding, right? (Score 1) 2058

I think the idea of a "100 year" bill is on the right track ($7500).

But in the back of my head, it doesn't sound like it's enough.

Fire Department Budget / Number of Fires per year = Cost per fire.
Looking here:

They've got about 1200 fires a year and a $3M budget

Which actually works out to $2500 per fire.

So actually, a charge of $2500 to put out the fire and a $5000 penalty does sound about "right" (maybe just $5000)

Maybe they can put a process in place whereby "next time" something like this comes up, they can offer the "you didn't have insurance" rate to someone. Allowing three dogs and a cat to die for $2500 doesn't site right with me. In fact it feels downright evil.

Hopefully hindsight will fix this for the future.

Compared to the actual cost of the fire, the actual numbers paid out by the insurance company, and the actual losses, even $10K would be a deal.
(what's the price of life?)

Comment Re:Greed (Score 1) 434


If I were a betting man though... I'd put my money down on the side that said he didn't.

Most of the people I know who rattle on about bittorrent and such don't actually buy copies of the things they download. They just watch 'em and delete 'em.

He could very well be the person who cancelled his cable and then buys or rents DVD box sets. My experience tells me that the vast majority of the time, that is not the case.

Comment Re:Once again.... (Score 1) 356

It tickles me how Microsoft turned into a "me too" company.

There is some "conventional business wisdom" out there that says first mover advantage is a myth whereas "Fast Follower" is a really good place to be.

Goes into detail but the short version is, find something successful and copy it, means you don't have to spend a bundle on market research to find out what doesn't work. (Or something like that)

Comment Re:Buffalo? (Score 1) 162

I didn't know what you were on about ... but being slashdot I assumed there was something going on.

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically valid sentence in the English language, used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs. It has been discussed in literature since 1972 when the sentence was used by William J. Rapaport, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo.[1] It was posted to Linguist List by Rapaport in 1992.[2] It was also featured in Steven Pinker's 1994 book The Language Instinct.[3]

Comment Re:look another US-American idiot! (Score 1) 267

Honestly, this isn't specifically a response to the immediate parent - but the whole length of the thread that has gone off on religion.


I've not got the mod points to mark the whole of this stuff Offtopic ... this really has nothing to do with the court case of a dude who's addicted to a shitty version of World of Warcraft.

Comment Re:what is it? (Score 1) 59

mod parent up. Seriously. the only reason I clicked "read more" was to find out WTF PrestaShop was. Then the whole review...
This review could have been written by running a preg_replace on "Generic Book Review" (released under the GPL) /the subject/prestashop/

Comment Re:I Too Am a Victim ... (Score 1) 360

While you bring up a point, I don't think it should matter.

The immediate question is Should Smallwood get 3 Million dollars for playing a video game for 5 years?

It doesn't matter how addictive it is. I could develop Alchoholism but I can't sue Bacardi for keeping me in the hole. It's negligent? What the heck is NCsoft supposed to do? Make Lineage II LESS fun?

I can't believe a judge allowed this case to go forward. On what grounds does developing an addiction allow you to persue a lawsuit? (If thats the case, can't every single smoker in the country sue the cigarette companies for 3 million dollars for every 5 years they smoked, essentially bankrupting that industry?)

I think there's a possibility that the company has a "duty of care" and could possibly have seen that someone playing 20,000 hours is not using the game in a healthy way. WOW has a command line option (played) that adds up the total time you've played on that character down to the minute or second... lineage could very likely have a query that runs to tell them if anyone's account is online an unhealthy amount.

WOW even has a message during a load screen "remember to go outside sometimes"

There are stories about of Korean kids who've died at the computer playing games... not sure if it was WOW, but the deaths have happened.

Is there a reasonable expectation that the company have usage monitors in place to detect "over playing"? They know that a certain, minuscule portion of the population can get dangerously addicted.

I'm pretty sure that they should hold some responsibility for it, however I don't think that this person is necessarily worth $3million. The average american doesn't make 3 million in five years. I'd estimate the absolute minimum wage times the number of years they were playing at dangerous levels.

I'd see a non-disclosed settlement without admitting guilt on the order of $60K to $80k just to make him go away. The court fees are more & the precedent is worse.

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