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Comment Re:Hillary is a mass killer (Score 1) 187

So you want Barbra Lee to be President?

Look, the big jobs have life and death consequences. At Benghazi, four people died. It wasn't simple and I'm not going to get into the weeds with you on it here. But, yes. People died on her watch.

I don't think that means she couldn't do her job or that she was derelict in her duty somehow.

The Iraq war vote was a mistake. She admitted it was a mistake. In fact, it probably cost her the Presidency in 2008. But she was in the majority on that one. In fact, 70% of Americans supported the invasion at the time. A lot of that was faulty intelligence, a lot of that was ginned up intelligence, and a lot of that was just a feeling that Hussein was a bad guy that needed to go.

The Afghanistan vote, I would contend was *not* a mistake. In fact, Barbra Lee was the *only* member of either house to vote "no" for the AUMF.

Or if these votes are so terrible, should everyone connected to them be thrown out of office? Or be intelligible for office if they weren't in at the time? Because we can split hairs about Trump's support of the Iraq invasion (he said both), but he absolutely supported the invasion of Afghanistan. Virtually all Americans did.

So yeah.... I guess President Lee it is by that standard.

Or do you just not like Clinton for reasons you can't articulate and so you apply a litmus that you'd never dream of applying elsewhere to her to make her seem like a monster?

Which is it? Are you on the Lee Train, or are you a trolling shill?

Comment Re:Marketing is a four-letter word (Score 2) 195

Actually, no. It doesn't work like that at all.

In most places, there are basically two types of written contracts that the law recognizes:

Negotiated - What you're thinking about, where you and another party have the ability to negotiate, haggle, and come to a consensus.

Contracts of Adhesion - This includes ELUAs, the contract between you and your electric company, etc. These *are* non-negotiable, take-it-or-leave-it contracts.

Seems unfair, doesn't it? There is a bright side.

Contracts of Adhesion are generally held to a higher standard than Negotiable contracts. If there's ambiguous wording, or a typo, or whatever, it doesn't matter, the courts take that literally, and the company or entity that wrote the contract is held responsible.

Basically, if in doubt with a Contract of Adhesion, the law will side with the party that had no choice. I'm simplifying things here, but that's the general spirit of the difference.

We use these contracts every day. No major provider of services would be able to do business without them. Public utilities, airlines, software vendors, schools, telcos, ISPs all use these types of contracts.

Dell is not going to negotiate with you on the terms of their wifi driver. Verizon isn't going to negotiate their TOU. Those things just aren't going to happen, despite how your mind extrapolated that "all contracts are the same!" when you learned about negotiated contracts.

But I *do* like how you spouted off like you knew exactly what you were talking about, despite not knowing very basic things about contract law. Well done.

Comment Re:Overpriced (Score 1) 195

I suspect that The Tetris Company would prefer not to license any early versions of the game.

They standardized it just a few years after the NES / Gameboy era to make games that used the Tetris name more uniform and frankly better.

Those standardizations included:

* The randomizer algorithm must be the "bag random" type. This prevents you from being starved for any one shape for more than 10 pieces and ensures you'll never get the same piece more than twice in a row.
* They must include the classic Tetris theme song
* The colors are standardized. L is always a certain color Square is another color, backwards L is a different standard color, etc. This standard is adhered to whether it's on the Wii, the Xbox, in the arcade, or on the Sega Saturn.
* There must be a "hold" space where you can take the current piece and hold it in reserve, or swap it for the one currently in reserve.

There are others, but those are it off the top of my head. The NES Tetris misses on the colors, the randomizer, and the hold space if memory serves. It's frankly a bad implementation (but they all were in that era).

Comment Re:End the corruption of copyrights (Score 1) 361

When was this?

The SNES had Super Mario Bros. All Stars on it.

The N64 didn't have it as far as I know, but the Gameboy Color did (As Super Mario Bros. Deluxe in 1999). As did the Gameboy Advance after that.

It was an unlockable game on the GCN version of Animal Crossing in 2002, but you had to have the e-Reader accessory and a trading card, and nobody did because they weren't that popular.

In 2004 they released another GBA game, this one a compilation that included other Mario games as well.

In 2006 they released it on Virtual Console for the Wii for $5.

It was released on the 3DS and the Wii U as soon as those consoles were released as well.

When, exactly was it unavailable?

The last new NES game was released in late 1994.

The SNES versions came out in 1993 in all regions.

It looks like SNES game production continued until 1998.

The Gameboy Color edition didn't come out until 1999, this is true. Even if Nintendo stopped selling SNES games the same year they published the last new title, this is still a gap of less than a year. Comparable to the gap that used to exist between a movie coming out in the theater and being released on VHS.

It looks like they were releasing new GBA games until 2007. So that covers the gap where the Animal Crossing unlockable was the most recent version, because the first Virtual Console version on the Wii came out in 2006.

I don't think we've seen a full calendar year where you couldn't walk into a store and purchase Nintendo-made hardware and software to play Super Mario Bros. since it was released in 1985.

There *might* have been a gap in the end of 1998 into early 1999. Not sure. But it's damn close to continuous.

Comment Re:Enough sequels (Score 1) 135

Nintendo has always had a slow trickle of fresh blood. Emphasis on the slow. They still do new IP, but increasingly those new IPs don't go anywhere.

So far, this year they've got no new IP at all. Ditto last year. Though they did publish Xenoblade Saga (developed by Monolith, but Nintendo owns controlling interest in them).

In 2011:

  • Fortune Street (looks like a more they took Mario Party and tried to make it more like Monopoly, I wouldn't really call this original, even if it's an original title.)
  • Steel Diver - Doesn't look like the most creative idea ever, but I haven't played it and it is new.
  • Pushmo - Developed by Intelligent Systems, also a Nintendo subsidiary. Uninspiring looking puzzle game...


  • Spotto! Hardly a runaway hit
  • Photo Dojo I'm not sure I'd call this IP at all. it's all avatar based, though I suppose it does have it's own style and look and feel...
  • Grill-Off with Ultra Hand! is a thing that exists, apparently.
  • Fluidity I've played this briefly. It's fun, but not something you're going to build a franchise out of.
  • FlingSmash - Another waggle demo pack-in.
  • Aura-Aura Climber - I had never heard of this one. It looks neat, but again, I'm not sure you can build a franchise around it...


2008: No new IP. I thought Endless Ocean was, but upon closer inspection, it is neither a Nintendo IP, nor is it original, it's a sequel. Maybe you could count Wii Fit?


Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - I'm not sure who owns the IP for this one. But Nintendo has the publishing rights and I really enjoyed it. They did a follow-up too. Reminds me of the old games like Shadowgate and Deja Vu.


  • Electroplankton - Kind of a art concept thing more than a game.
  • Excite Truck I own this. It's fun. But I likely wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't the "spiritual successor to Excite Bike". It's hard to see any similarities though.
  • Odama Quirky medieval Japanese warfare pinball thing.


  • Geist - Not sure if Nintendo owns this or not. They co-developed it with n-Space and Miyamoto himself was involved. I own it and the concept is great, but the execution is often silly. This is the kind of title they could revisit, polish more and turn into something special.
  • Nintendogs
  • Custom Robo - Older series, but 2004 marks the year Nintendo finally released it outside of Japan.


I skipped a lot of fun games that are spinoff IPs. For instance, Super Princess Peach, Warioware, Luigi's Mansion, and Mario Kart can all be considered spinoffs of the Mario series. Even if the game play is new and unique.

I'm totally with you on Spirit Tracks, by the way. That should not have been a Zelda game.

Comment Re:astounding that defaults are not tougher (Score 1) 210

This is 2013. Some people are stupid, yes. But information often gets out there even to stupid people. We live in a world where people think all kinds of things about "hackers" and identity theft, etc. They may not have a deep understanding, but they know that 20/20 did a story on it, so they should be afraid of... whatever. "Hackers".

Anecdotaly, excluding my own network, there are 14 networks within range of me as I type this from my home. All of them are secured with (mostly WPA, 1 WEP) and there is one Open "guest" network (with an identical name to one of the secure networks), which presumably is open by design, but has restrictions when connected.

Granted, only 5 of these networks have names that were obviously user-selected. So perhaps some of these networks were set up by the ISP, or the devices shipped with security on by default. But regardless, I see more secure networks than I do open ones today.

Who cares if the user selected it or not? As long as the password is unique and it works for them. They don't need to know unless they have a reason to. If the ISP or the device manufacturer has figured out a scheme to get them secured without a major hassle, it's a win-win. Those who care to know more will go out and learn more.

For what it's worth, I live in central New Jersey. Maybe things are radically different in Scranton, PA or Las Vegas or the suburbs of Atlanta, but I kind of have my doubts.

Comment Re:Android (Score 4, Interesting) 184

While I agree with you in principal (the ability to run whatever I wish is one of the reasons I use Android and avoid iOS myself), in practice, what you describe is the same on both platforms.

If I'm selling a commercial app, even on Android, the built-in store is more or less the only avenue to making money. Google's store has rules just like Apple's does.

Sure I can sell through Amazon or some of the other third parties instead. But this obviously greatly diminishes my potential market (and they will likely have similar rules too). What percent of Android users ever install a third party store? What percent are even aware they can do so?

If you're talking about commercially selling software to sideload, the problem is even worse. Most users have no idea this is possible. So in effect, if you're investing a lot of money into a project and Google says "no", the results aren't much different from Apple saying "no".

Comment Re:"Unauthorized Access" is a Felony. (Score 4, Insightful) 884

Leaving aside the fact questionable legality of your little nerd-vigilante justice fantasies and granting for a moment that the fact that what the guy is doing is technically a felony...

Ignoring the possibility that the poor sap that opens the door might have nothing to do with the attempt - could be his 15 year old kid... worse yet, it could be a zombie machine trying to connect...

Leaving all that aside and assuming that everything is as it appears on it's face. You go over and knock, assault the guy and get the right person...

This all falls under a category I like to call "things I don't want to have to explain to a judge".

TL;DR: You're being criminally stupid.

Submission + - Meteor breaks up over Russia, brightness of fireball rivals the sun (with video)

PyroMosh writes: Around 9:30 AM local time, a meteor burned up over the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, east of the Ural mountains. Reports are streaming in of widespread minor damage (mostly broken windows), some reports of injuries.

The videos are amazing, thanks the the widespread practice in Russia of using dashboard cameras, and of course the widespread prevalence of smart phones and security cameras. "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait thinks that the timing is just coincidental to the near-pass of asteroid 2012 DA14 today, but of course many are speculating on a possible connection.

Comment Re:App? (Score 1) 253

Regarding the accessory socket: Depends on the car. And some cars give you the option of behaving in either way.

My CTS actually has a fuse in the fuse box that serves as a jumper between two positions. In the first position, the socket is as you describe that you expect it: On only when the key is in the "run" position. In the other position, the socket is on continuously, only switching off when the key moves to the "start" position (to protect against surges).

The car also has battery rundown protection, but I don't know the details of this. All I know is that it occasionally turns to dome light off when I leave it on the "on" position overnight, presumably when the battery reached a certain threshold. I don't see any reason it couldn't govern the accessory socket in the same way, but I do not know if it does.

Comment Procedurally generated cliches... (Score 1) 181

This drives me crazy.

First, everyone tells me this about being a game dev. Everyone. Oh, and how it's not glamorous and some companies (read: most of them) treat you poorly.
But once a week, we get a "what nobody tells you" about game devs article here or on Extra Credits or the Escapist or wherever.

Stop it.

Second, there is nothing interesting about procedurally generated anything any more. Diablo did this. The first one. In 1996. It can be a nice feature, but it's not noteworthy any more. The move from sprites to polygons was noteworthy for early titles like StarFox. But nobody is putting "polygon-based graphics" stickers on their game boxes today.

Comment Re:Who gives a fuck? (Score 1) 215

If someone praises a product that has been hammered by review after review it's likely a paid marketing attempt.

Or it's likely a differing opinion. As someone who enjoys (some) Microsoft products, and occasionally defends that position here on Slashdot, the whole "shill" thing gets tiresome.

If someone praises a product within seconds of a new story being posted they are either the world's fastest typist or they are copy and pasting something.

This is fair. If it's happening. I read Slashdot daily, and either these are getting moderated down to -1 SUPER quick (I read at 0) or it's not happening enough for me to notice. Can you link to examples?

The Microsoft astroturfers are all over slashdot and we all know it, but as you point out not everything pro Microsoft is a paid astroturfer.

No, I don't think we all know it. I see this idea parroted a lot. I don't see examples cited, other than people saying "Hey OneNote is pretty good! You should give it a chance!" followed by ten replies calling the poster an astroturfer.

It gets really old and frankly is embarrassing to watch.

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