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Comment Re:Welcome to the real world (Score 3, Insightful) 629

You cannot have perfectly objective, hard and fast rules for everything.

In this instance, you can: Nothing is outlawed because it is "obscene". If you don't like something, don't look at it. If someone is forcing you to watch, that's different - but the availability of something shouldn't be denied because some people don't like it. (Note: that works for drugs too)

Comment Re:I'm sitting this one out (Score 1) 836

In Australia, we effectively have this. You grade the candidates in your preference order. They then basically pick the least hated candidate. They look at everyone's first preference and discard whichever candidate got the lowest. All the people who voted #1 for them then have their #2 preference allocated to each candidates total and repeat the process until there is only 1 left, and that's who is voted in. I think it solves these problems very elegantly. You rank candidates in your actual preference order, and you don't have to worry about "wasting" a vote.

Comment Re:Oz? (Score 1) 101

We may be half the size of California, but as a country we're one of only a very small handful European English-speaking countries (and I find Canada and the US hard to differentiate, and to be honest, NZ is extremely similar to us in all practical respects). This means that we are similar enough that our differences are cherished instead of feared as they are when they are TOO different in most other cases.

Comment Re:Big enough to give you everything you want (Score 1) 222

I haven't met one person who actually said they want internet censorship in Australia.

I haven't had the same experience unfortunately. Most of my non-technical friends actually support it, due to "omg those pedophiles must be stopped!" mentality.

Why can't people think rationally as soon as children become involved?

Comment Re:Fucking backwards (Score 1) 602

I don't want to turn on Sponge Bob at 2pm and see Sandy with a strap on fucking Patrick up the Ass while Squidward cums on his face.

So don't watch channels that do that! How do so many people not understand that just because something exists doesn't imply that you'll be forced to see it!

Seriously, there are a LOT of adults with young kids in the world. There is a very large demand for kid-friendly material, and that demand will be met! Stop fucking worrying about the evil porn monster jumping out and randomly slapping your kids in the face - any channel that did that would never get another viewer or ad dollar ever again!

Comment Re:There's always a special kid. (Score 1) 412

There *are* those kids who don't understand sarcasm, don't follow even the most basic logical arguments and may not understand that discussing terrorism does not imply becoming a terrorist. Slashdot posters who breezed through high school should understand that many people barely passed (hell, many people fail).

So because some people don't/can't understand it, the argument has merit? I'd hope we were going for a higher level of reasoning than lowest-common denominator consensus.

Comment Re:Bout time... (Score 2, Interesting) 157

To be honest, most of the gamers in that mindset are moving to the consoles, and I really don't have a problem with that. I have been enjoying the recent round of indy-style games immensely, and hope the trend continue.

Some of my favourite, non-graphically intense recent games:

  • Alien Swarm
  • World of Goo
  • Braid
  • Osmosis
  • And Yet It Moves
  • Plants Vs. Zombies

For 3d games, Half-Life 2's Source engine is the sweet spot. From then on, graphics have been good enough, and what makes a game "good" is the gameplay.

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