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Comment Re:Maybe he should not have raped that woman (Score 1) 327

By that definition the western nations are infringing on the cultural norms and religious beliefs of 2/3s of the world, and their racists.

Which group of racists is it that the western nations are infringing upon? Is it their own racists? I think that's allowed and even looked favorably upon. Is it the two thirds of the world which the western nations infringe on their cultural norms, religious beliefs, and apparently their racists as well? No, I think that's still looked favorably upon; at least belittling their racists part.

I just don't get it. I don't think I want to.

Comment Re:what for? (Score 1) 57

Familiarity. It requires Minecraft because everyone under the age of 16 has heard of it and most of them have played it. It is a simple virtual world where children can gather and learn, and possibly even experiment.

This is precisely why Microsoft bought Mojang. Having a port to the dying Windows Phone was nice but not really the reason. Having a special port for Windows 10 that connects with Pocket Edition players was something that they could have got if they simply asked Mojang and 4J for. Getting every kid to associate your name with their favorite part of school? Yes, that's worth 2.5 billion dollars.

Comment Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 5, Insightful) 302

Actually, you do. Once something has been released to the public, no matter how, it becomes part of the public domain. Copyright is a limited privilege that is granted to the creator during which time they are exclusively allowed to distribute content in order to make money off of said content. This was created to further the creation of more works for the public.

I believe that denying the content creators financial gain by circumventing copyright is wrong. However, if content creators continue to extend copyright or use DRM to make sure that their content can not ever return to the public domain, they are stealing from the public. Having the public return the favor is to be expected.

This vicious cycle can be solved, but neither side seems to care enough to fix it.

Comment Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

If that was the only issue, then you would be correct. However the gender hiring bias and gender income gap aren't that intertwined. They are part of the same problem, but they don't directly affect each other.

Regarding the gender income gap, I support the idea of legislation that would reward equal work with equal pay.

However, the gender hiring bias can't be simply solved with legislation, and potential income gap legislation could cause the hiring bias to worsen. This is quite possibly one of those problems that won't be solved in our generation simply due to how ingrained we are in our beliefs. Hell, as a woman who has been in IT for 15 years, I look at other women in the field differently than I look at the men; it's as if the men belong there and the women have to prove themselves. It's rather humbling to realize this. I think everyone should read this and re-examine how they view their colleagues.

Comment Re: Talk is cheap. (Score 1) 266

Portal and Portal 2 are all about murdering people! Of course in this instance the people that are being murdered are the protagonists but it's not like it's non-violent.

I'm a big proponent of Minecraft as an educational tool. Granted it also has violence too but I'd say it's a less violent game than the Portal games. At it's basic level it teaches survival in a hostile world. If the kids get into it, it teaches planning, resource management, resource conservation, programming, and math, and also spurs creativity. Add in multiplayer and it teaches basic tenets of society like community, sharing/trading of goods, and respect of others property. It really is the best edutainment ever invented.

Comment Re:Comcast (Score 1) 133

The lack of an edit button is a feature and not a bug. It mimics verbal communication in that someone can correct their statement with an additional statement but their first statement still was heard and processed by the listener.

Having the ability to edit, even one that marks posts as edited or even shows revisions, makes conversation shaky. Posters often have to QFT in order to have their statements be resistant to potential edits. Conversations can still be parsed and followed but it is nowhere near as easily understandable as before.

It can be argued that Slashdot only exists as a place for dialog as the news stories here are often older than ones in printed media. Once beta is crammed into live, you can have your edit button.

Comment Re: And so it begins... (Score 1) 252

The season 5 (and series) finale Sleeping in Light was made as part of season 4. It's the one that takes place 20 years in the future. When they got picked up by TNT, they quickly made Deconstruction of Falling Stars as a season 4 finale. That's the episode that shows things far in the future.

It also explains why Ivanova was in Sleeping in Light and Lochley wasn't even mentioned.

Comment Re:I'm buying games, not consoles (Score 1) 203

The last original Zelda console game (Skyward Sword) was well reviewed but my least favorite Zelda game for many reasons. The last Metroid game (Metroid: Other M) was an atrocious mess. Better rephrase your statement with "good Zelda and Metroid".

Disclaimer: I own a Wii U and would strongly consider buying one if I didn't already have it for either a good Zelda or Metroid game.

Comment Re: freemium explained (Score 1) 139

Sorry AC, but your opinion is worthless because you don't know how this business model works. If you don't want to release your content for free then don't, but don't harp about how others do it.

Free to play, or freemium, games have three major business models. I'm not a fan of freemium as even fair models are still laden with DRM but some are much worse than others.

1. Pay real money for in game consumables. - This is basically trying to bring the idea of an arcade where you continuously have to drop quarters to play. In a few instances, this is fine because the consumables aren't required to advance in game but are optionally available to make it easier. Most of the time though, this is pure money grab as the game is tuned to require purchases to advance. Do not support this. In the case of multiplayer games, this becomes "pay to win" in which case they can go fuck off.

2. Allow access to part of the game and allow purchasing of more with real money. - This is an advanced form of shareware which is borderline acceptable as long as prices are nominal, up-front, and the buyer is able to re-download content at any time. Sometimes this is as simple as the "free" part being a demo and there being a one time purchase to open the rest of the game. Most of the time, however, this is just an excuse to sell every single thing piecemeal. The idea being that they will try to get considerable more money from an invested player than they would if they just sold the game for an up-front price.

3. Allow all players access to the entire game but force non paying players to either wait or earn it. - Like the others this ranges from tolerable to insipid. I'm more of a fan of having the player earn their access as I believe that wasting a player's time watching a countdown timer is one of the worst gaming sins. World of Tanks falls squarely into the "earning access" part of this group. The entire game can be accessed without spending money but you have to work for what other players can get simply by paying.

How does this work then? Well, it's not exactly free. When you play, even without paying, you are providing a service to the game owners by being an opponent to potential paying customers. Most MOBA (or DotA style games) fall into this group. TapeCutter spent an entire year playing without paying but was still indirectly supporting by being a (potentially undergeared) target for paying customers to attack. The fact that he then spent money on the game down the road is just gravy as he had already contributed. And yes, this is probably where "free to play" shines the brightest.

Comment Re:NSA weakness (Score 2) 125

Don't you get it? The robocallers have been classified as terrorist organizations by the NSA so anyone that they contact can now be classified as "persons of interest" and can now legally have their data snooped, er I mean "collected".

Seriously though, this isn't the movies; tracing a call is instantaneous. The telco can relatively easily follow it back to whoever is paying for the trunk. The problem being that someone is actually paying, which means that someone has a vested interest in keeping a paying customer happy. What makes it even worse is it's hard to justify that type of volume from a robocaller and still claim ignorance under the assisting violators clause of the telemarketer sales rule. Yet somehow they still get away with it.

The FTC needs to focus less on outside efforts like homemade honeypots and instead go directly after the telcos that sell service to these bastards. Under their own regulations, a telco is just as responsible and would have to pony up to 16k a pop per each robocall. If they want to zap Rachel, well they know where she lives and works.

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