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Comment Re:Android phone made of hemp by ... (Score 2) 213

A publicity stunt? I guess so, although the developers are independently funded, all their games are free, and they've been around for a while. They essentially produce donationware, so it's not of financial benefit to the developers. Their site is here: I recognized Every day the same dream, McDonalds Videogame, and Oiligarchy.
A friend pointed out to me MIT Press published a book that discusses most of the games in a political context: Newsgames: Journalism at Play by Ian Bogost et al, 2010.

Comment Re:Why am I so surprised :) (Score 4, Informative) 213

Clauses 15.2 and 16.1 (15.2 Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected, 16.1 Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected) are not being contested by Molleindustria, rather they are contesting points 21.1 and 21.2, which refer to in-app donation collection methods. The response from game studio is as follows:

We are currently considering two steps:

* Produce a new version of Phone Story that depicts the violence and abuse of children involved in the electronic manufacturing supply chain in a non-crude and non-objectionable way.

* Release a version for the Android market and jailbroken ios devices.

From the publisher's website.

Comment Re:They had it comming (Score 1) 183

Ducks as a group exist prior to the existence of a duck that claims to be a cat. The basis on which one determines whether a duck is a duck is not based on what the duck claims to be, but rather aspects of phenotype or genotype. The adherence to, or confirmation of, political disposition does not have externally verifiable truths, and thus can't be assessed on the same basis. I do agree with you though: Anonymous does have tendencies. They are very broad, and they emerge out of the tendency to associate in such a group structure. Allegiance to a prior power is one thing that seems to exclude individuals from being able to legitimately claim to be a part of Anonymous (see the Phelps family 'false flag' instigation event - probably on wikipedia). I think that finding some conceptual structure within Anon won't emerge from their conversations, but by examining their behavior over time - something Slashdot thankfully helps us to do.

Comment Re:Don't tell me (Score 2) 315

I think that process is unofficially in practice (at least where I'm from) due to the fact that the amount of paperwork that the police have to go through when dealing with a charge, they're not about to bust a person smoking weed in their own home, or with a small amount of weed on their person, but if they suspect that they've found a dealer then its more worth their while.

Comment Re:Don't tell me (Score 1) 315

Aside from the fact that OP seems to support decriminalization, by saying:

what I can and cannot put in my body. It's not your fucking business, or anybody else's.

what you're forgetting is that whoever this erroneous concept would apply to wouldn't have a choice in having it in their body, because their genome would be modified before their birth.

Comment Re:Robert Ebert, former arbiter of art (Score 2, Insightful) 733

Arts have been profitable for centuries - in early forms it was often through commission, later it was through "traditional" production, and recently it has been through mass media and new media industrial production levels. If the costs of producing art were less than the return, then we'd either have a lot of artists starve to death, or no art. Clearly not the case.

Certainly, a financial component doesn't assess the success of art qua art, but it does have some indication of how distributed an artwork may be, which may be an indication of some degree of comparitive success within a particular media format.

Comment Re:2000 hits a day (Score 1) 61

Given that,

The fraud fighter said he plans to spend his upcoming free time finishing a house he started building in 1999, and spending more time with his wife and family, which includes two cats and three geese.

he seems to be doing pretty well for a man that has been living in a half complete house for over a decade, especially considering he must spend a fair amount of time separating the constant warner-bros-esque geese/cat fights that must constantly break out.

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