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Comment Re:That's a bad idea (Score 2) 147

That it was filled with large quantities of what amounts to tinder didn't help matters, but it's not much different than the infamous club fire from over a decade ago when the Great White were playing that killed 100 people because it was over capacity and didn't follow the fire code. Maybe people are more prone to laugh at it happening to hipsters instead of hard rock fans because of generational reasons, but this could have happened to almost anyone playing in an unsafe venue.

Comment Re: What danger ? (Score 1) 349

The asshole that broke into my car a few years ago seemed to do reasonably well with a simple fist-sized rock. I wouldn't want to try punching through a window, but I'm reasonably sure that I could kick through one if my life depended on it. The police and rescue use tools to minimize harm to themselves and others, not because it's impossible to accomplish without the use of said tool.

Comment Re:What hacking? (Score 1) 129

You can be charged with breaking and entering a property even if the door is unlocked so this is no different in that he unlawfully accessed a system that he no longer had a right to access. It doesn't matter if he or an ex has a valid key or not if they are no longer welcome on the property. In this case, termination of employment makes that pretty damned clear. It doesn't matter if the ISP was incredibly stupid and negligent in their own actions by not revoking the former employee's access credentials.

If you want to argue whether or not this is "hacking" or not, it's probably not what a computer literate person would consider hacking, but it probably fits in the overly general and vague use of the word by the media and non-technical individuals. The former are going to agree with you that it isn't (though probably not for the reasons you've used) and the latter don't care so the argument is rather pointless.

Comment Re:PropOrNot (Score 1) 320

Its all now just lazy he-said she-said bullshit where the only filter is the bias of the Journalists and Publications.

If the last decade has shown us anything, it's that this is what people actually want to consume. Even prior to the rise of new media, most papers or news networks had some form of political slant. All we're seeing now is a magnification of this. Most people only want something that conforms to their existing beliefs, not an objective account. Knowing that we've gone from the media producing slanted views of stories towards opinion pieces about events and are now heading towards fabrications or opinionated hyperbole to the point of absurdity.

If most consumers don't care about much beyond whether a news story supports their beliefs, it's far easier just to invent something that does that than it is to take a real story and add spin or to try to produce an objective and neutral report. To some extent we've always had this, and one needs look no farther than the tabloids in most grocery stores to see that this is not a new phenomena, but has always been around. The difference is that people haven't adopted to tabloids being available in web form. To the untrained eye they look essentially the same as any other news website, whereas most people wouldn't make the same mistake with a traditional paper and a tabloid.

With traditional media, the barrier to entry was high enough that it wasn't easy for huge number of tabloids to survive at one time. There was a physical cost to printing and you likely needed an advertising department on its own which adds further cost. The internet has removed most of those problems. Almost anyone can set up a website now and there are plenty of frameworks that make it easy for even unexperienced individuals to have something that looks reasonably professional, third party ad networks make it trivial to add to your site and no needed to have someone handling the customers, and social media has made it incredibly easy to have your site brought to a wide audience almost overnight due to network effects and ease of sharing that weren't present before. The great democratizer of the internet has made it possible for the everyman to have a printing press and the same reach as a big corporation. Unfortunately most people are idiots. This result doesn't seem terribly surprising in retrospect.

Comment Re: So... (Score 2) 76

Everyone likes to trot out that example, but if you replace it with a guy flashing lots of money in a shady bar and getting held up in the parking lot, people tend not to feel anywhere near as much remorse. I can say with certainly that no one deserves to be robbed or hurt, but we don't live in a perfect world and if you don't take chances to minimize bad things happening to you, you're an idiot. Sure you don't deserve to have bad things happen to you, but they're going to happen with far greater frequency than they do to someone who isn't an idiot.

I'm pretty sure you lock your doors at night and never leave your keys in your car. I'll also bet you'd never tell your a female relation or friend that it would be a really bad idea to walk through Riyahd in a mini skirt. She should be perfectly free to do so, but that's practically a death sentence and we both know it.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 76

I have no idea if Spore got better or not, but from what I played of it before it crashed and then EAs shit DRM and customer service rendering the game further unplayable felt more like just average. I wouldn't be surprise if they put out some extra content and tightened up the game to where it might be something more than a 5/10 experience, and that's even accounting for the inflated game rating scale where anything below 80% isn't generally considered to be good.

I haven't played No Man's Sky, but I had a pretty good feeling that it couldn't live up to the hype. I rode that train with Spore and realized quickly it couldn't hope to live up to what I had imagined, as upon further reflection that would have meant making some really advanced AI among other things or required far more computational power than my PC could hope to muster. I probably should have known better any way since I remember the same thing happening some years before that when the first Fable was announced with similar promises of an incredibly organic and adaptable world.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 76

Or consumers to do some research or wait for reviews. This game reminded me of another game from several years ago that was met with similar criticisms. Anyone remember Spore, which also had the same procedural generation and infinite possibilities?

Exact same hype train and same result. On a side note I still haven't bought another EA game due to getting fucked by EA's DRM and their refusal to do anything about it.

Comment Re:And us too - soon (Score 1) 394

I don't think that's something really that unique to Republicans (also for what it's worth red/blue only became associated with Republicans/Democrats in the 2000 election and previously the Republicans used blue in their party's branding, but that's besides the point) as there are plenty of places that have been Democrat strongholds for decades that are in just as bad of shape (do neither sides economic policies work?). The real crux of the problem is that when any one party maintains control to that degree or has no real challengers, they have no incentive to do better. We look at something like the Comcast or other cable monopolies and see how shit the service is so why do we expect something different from political parties?

The stupidest part about it is that the first past the post voting system all but ensures that we see this outcome. I don't mean to say Democrats and Republicans exactly as you see them today, but two parties that are becoming increasingly polarized as there's no real room for anything in the middle. We've seen it historically in that the United States has always had two dominant parties with any third party being little more than a flash in the pan or one that eventually cannibalized an existing party and took it over. Were this to happen frequently enough, the system would be better, but the existing parties have been around far too long and with the exception of the crossover during the civil right's movement haven't changed much at all.

We need a system where it's possible to have more than two parties because it will allow people to find something that's a better fit. If you want both the right to own a gun and to have an abortion, there's really no viable party for you, but with a system that isn't first-past-the-post, it becomes possible for those more nuanced parties to exist, which means the existing parties lose their monopoly status and have to be more responsible to the voters instead of to a small number of moneyed interests.

Comment What a stupid idea (Score 2) 20

Samsung is doing as well as it does because it's a huge company that makes almost everything including many of the components that are used to build its other products. If there's one particular division that's a complete and ongoing money pit they could consider selling it off or just shutting it down, but splitting up the entire company is just short-sighted profiteering.

Comment Re:Focusing on Storytelling (Score 1) 62

Have you stopped to consider that because the media spends so much time focusing on his twitter shit posts, they aren't spending time focusing on legitimate criticisms.

It's a bit like why Obama didn't release his birth certificate. Sure it would have stopped the crazies (well some of them) from carrying on about it, but they would have just found something else to complain about and they looked really stupid to everyone else.

If you want to go after Trump, do so on policy, because he doesn't really have one and that's going to hit harder and stick rather than playing into his hand and being distracted by something irrelevant.

Comment Re:Why on earth (Score 1) 403

This assumes that everyone who uses Linux cares about open-source software and isn't using it because of the price (free) or because it's just a good tool/solution for their problem. You can get more people to use Linux for the latter reasons than because of FOSS principles.

Even if I were an FOSS zealot, if you could prove to me that using Windows 10 to develop my FOSS software made me considerably more productive, I'd be a bit of a fool not to use it. Ideology is worth less in my book that being pragmatic. Maybe you feel different, but I would imagine that even most people here don't live in such a black and white world.

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