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Comment Re:Did they even ask? (Score 1) 71

Really, no clear link? Did they even ask one player? These are both low-hanging fruit for the solo completionist.

This is also why the "automated suggestions" they propose would be laughable.

"We noticed your mage spent countless hours walking to every corner of the world, to get a badge that no-one is impressed by and which does not impact gameplay. Perhaps you would enjoy spending countless hours looking for low-level mobs to punch?"

Comment Re:.. And that's why I never installed Linux (Score 1) 104

Not to go into grumpy-old-man mode, but by 1995 the distributions were pretty damn easy to use. At least, for the types of people who would have been interested in using Linux.

My roommate and I, both comp-sci students, built our first box in early 1992. This was before the advent of "distros". Just getting the sources was hard... we started out trying to them off a local BBS using our trusty 14.4k. Eventually we gave up and used sneaker-net by burning floppies at our Uni's lab and carrying them home. It was around a mile away, which made it pretty annoying when a disk would end up being corrupt.

The actual install had to be bootstrapped from DOS, using a mish-mash of tools. And once you finally got the thing booted into "Linux", it was a sad little bare-bones system. More sneaker-net downloads ensued as we pieced together gcc, a decent set of libs, SLIP support, and eventually X-Windows. We had to fix several user-space bugs as we went (thank goodness we had all the code)... the most annoying one being in the utilities we were using to automated the slip handshake. Keep in mind that all of the instructions were buried in READMEs and a few FAQs we had printed off of Usenet.

And you know what... it was completely worth it. At the time, it was amazing to think that you could have your OWN PERSONAL UNIX WORKSTATION, with all the GNU tools. It saved us so much time because we were able to work on projects and assignments locally, without hiking to the lab or being constrained by an 80x24 terminal over a 14.4k modem. And the resulting code had a decent chance of compiling with no tweaks on the SunOS and HPUX boxes we used for class.

When SLS came out (the first distro I'd heard of), it was a godsend and we never looked back. By 1995, the distros were getting mature, though they still expected that you knew some of the underlying details.

Comment Re:Take a 3-pronged approach (Score 1) 318

1.Do something like what they did in the second world and escort civilian ships through the (relatively small) danger zone.

It's not a "relatively small" zone. Somali pirates are operating over 1,000 miles from their shore.

Any pirates that show up get to find out just what the massive deck gun or missile launcher of a navy destroyer does to a small pirate boat.

The Navy can't go around shooting up boats because they look "piratey". And only the stupidiest pirates run up to a destroyer and try to attack it (it has happened though).

2.Apply international pressure on the government of Somalia to clean up its act and clear things out. Offer them incentives (foriegn aid, support to eliminate the warlords and guns or whatever else) if they are willing to clean up their country and stop the pirates.

Somalia is the definition of a Failed state. Their "government" doesn't have any control over the areas the pirates call home. It's not like they can just send the police in to "clear things out". It would be an invasion, which the government would probably lose.

Find things the Somali fishermen-turned-pirates can use to earn a legitimate living. If they have enough money to live off without piracy, they are much less likely to take the risk (especially given #1 above).

These people arent terrorists, they have no political agenda, they are only in it because they feel like they have no other choice if they want to survive.

Let's not romanticize this. The idea that these are fishermen-turned-pirates just trying to defend their home waters and/or provide for their families is ridiculous. These are organized crime rings who are willing to steal, kidnap and murder for a chance to strike it rich.

The truth is the only likely way to solve the problem is for interational forces to invade and occupy the coast. But the world already tried the "peacekeeping" approach there in the 90's, and I don't think anyone has the stomach to repeat the experience.

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