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Comment Re:Better go arrest Google execs (Score 5, Insightful) 110

There is a difference between providing a general purpose search engine that serves millions of legitimate needs (as well as a handful of illegitimate needs) and a site whose sole purpose is to provide people with easy access to electronic movies, music, games and other software that they would normally be required to purchase.

That difference? Intent.

I'm not saying that copyright law isn't broken, and certainly any service can be abused (including Google's search engine). But seriously...the organizational goals and company operations for Google and KickassTorrents are nothing alike.

For a modern, well-functioning commerce and legal framework to work, law enforcement have to be able to distinguish between the two. It's not black and white.

Comment Weev = Miserable Internet Troll (New York Times) (Score 2) 246

Honestly, based on all indicators from the press over the last couple years, Weev has been a fairly miserable human being on most accounts, interested in causing disruption and not much else. The New York Times in particular did a very good expose on a number of individuals (Including Weev), covering their behaviors over the last couple of years, and their admitted trolling behaviors.

Here is a gem, highlighting some of his conduct.
Weev, the troll who thought hacking the epilepsy site was immoral, is legendary among trolls. He is said to have jammed the cellphones of daughters of C.E.O.’s and demanded ransom from their fathers; he is also said to have trashed his enemies’ credit ratings. Better documented are his repeated assaults on LiveJournal, an online diary site where he himself maintains a personal blog. Working with a group of fellow hackers and trolls, he once obtained access to thousands of user accounts.

I first met Weev in an online chat room that I visited while staying at Fortuny’s house. “I hack, I ruin, I make piles of money,” he boasted. “I make people afraid for their lives.” On the phone that night, Weev displayed a misanthropy far harsher than Fortuny’s. “Trolling is basically Internet eugenics,” he said, his voice pitching up like a jet engine on the runway. “I want everyone off the Internet. Bloggers are filth. They need to be destroyed. Blogging gives the illusion of participation to a bunch of retards. . . . We need to put these people in the oven!”

I don't know why people would do, or admit, things such as what the New York Times describes (usually it involves some kind of mental disorders)...but in the end, it all caught up to him.

Comment The problem George Broussard has (Score 5, Interesting) 360

The problem George Broussard has with the issue is that companies like 3D Realms (while they were actually still a game development studio, and now during it's quasi-half-existence as a publisher) cling desperately to old properties as their their only source of revenue. They've failed miserably at actually releasing any updates to their own works or creating new properties, and so their revenue streams has devolved to porting Duke Nukem 3D to the Xbox, PlayStation, Steam and any other platform that comes to mind, and licensing everything else out to separate studios (such as the Duke Nukem Forever, and last year's Shadow Warrior update).

The later, I assume, is the only thing that is holding them together as a corporate entity, along with anything that might of come out of the settlement with Gearbox (if they got anything).

Take away their copyright to those IPs, and companies like 3D Realms would not last another year.

As a result, his reaction to these kinds of comments is totally unsurprising.

Comment Re:Neil deGrasse Tyson (Score 5, Insightful) 520

Why do you say that? He's an established scientist and has a Bachelors in Physics and a Graduate/PH-D in Astrophysics. He's held positions at several universities and is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. Sure he goes on television more than your average physicist, but so did Carl Sagan. He's charismatic, and it works well for him. Nothing wrong with that.

Dr. Phil is a pool of waste that puts people on television and exposes their issues to millions of viewers, for the ratings and a fat pay check. He doesn't add anything to his profession, and his discussions on television don't enlighten anyone.

There's a huge difference.

Submission + - 'Code Hero' Kickstarter Woes Continue (

PocketPick writes: In a tale of the risks that come with Kickstarter, the project 'Code Hero' (a game that teaches the basics of programming, previously covered on Slashdot)) has continued it's struggles in a well publicized spat with it's backers. After reports last year in which at least one project contributor had considering legal action in response to the perception that the developers had discontinued work on the game, the developers issued a response promising more regular status updates and a second alpha candidate to demonstrate progress.

The promises however have not come to fruition, and after failing to provide additional status updates this month or the promised alpha candidate, Joystiq and Develop are reporting again that backers are beginning to question whether the project is defunct and what their options may be, including whether the project should surrender it's assets (code and artwork) to the backers if the project cannot be completed and delivered as promised.

While 2012 brought an explosion of popularity in crowd-funded games, the increased risks have come with it. To any Slashdot users who have contributed to this project, or other Kickstarter projects, what are your thoughts?


Submission + - HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps ( 1

Spy Handler writes: A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards.

Comment What Amazing Techniques? (Score 3) 209

I'm confused - What "exciting new techniques" did the candidates came up with? Using Twitter? Writing a blog? Campaigns and PACs soliciting donations or informing people of important dates through text messages, phone calls, emails or applications on phones?

Wow - What an age we live in...if you ignore that the underpinnings of these technologies have been around for years if not decades.

All they did was leverage what was there to spam everyone and rake in money for advertisements, travel, staff expenses and otherwise. The tools may be relatively new, but the "technique" is a century old.

Comment Re:There was also the fact (Score 1) 383

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was also on Steam, and only missed being the piracy top-dog by about 10%.
      > Whether that difference has to do with being available on digital download services, or just because people are attached to the online play for Black Ops over Crysis and needed legit copies to play, it's hard to tell.

Comment Somewhat Obvious Who Had It Pulled (Score 4, Insightful) 190

"While most speculate that one of the Big Three are behind the purge–Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft"

Why even speculate which of the Big Three it was? The emulators were for:
  - Nintendo SNES
  - Nintendo Gameboy
  - Nintendo NES
  - Nintendo N64

Call me crazy, but if it wasn't pulled because of licensing issues, shouldn't it be obvious who would of had the beef with this guy?

Comment Elimination of Load Times? Unlikely (Score 2, Insightful) 277

'Imagine if you could marry the vast spaces of discs with the blazing fast speeds of solid state memory. Can you say "no more load times"?

Cartridges will result in somewhat lower load times, for sure, but the complete elimination? I highly doubt it - The terrains of games like Oblivion and Fallout still take massive amounts of time to render in memory, and then display on the screen...The bottleneck is not necessarily the time required to simply extract it off the DVD or Blu Ray disk it resides on.

As game creators push the limits further and further with the inevitable next generation of consoles, you'll find the limiting factor in how long it takes to get up-and-running has less and less to do with the choice of optical media vs. SSD.

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