You should change your name to "Hallmark"
You win for the corniest bullshit ever posted to slashdot. Grats
I've heard tell that in Iceland, where the patronymics can be matronymics (?) - they just don't care - and then bastardy would have less of an impact, but I suppose the kids at school wouldn't be overly kind even in that kind of environment. "you've got no dad" But I haven't heard of many places like Iceland, anyway.
People like to pretend today that a lot of our western cultural mores aren't related to religion, but they are. We'd become accustomed to optimal nuclear family units and bastardy was considered more negative than when it was just a mechanism to make sure the 'right' heir got the land. In the Middle Ages, 'sport' was the term for going to the local whorehouse and having some fun, and nobles took it for granted that they could satisfy their lusts with whomever caught their eye.
We've all hit the wall with our current deep learning approaches and we're hoping one of you other guys can figure out how to bail us out.
This. There is no fucking AI. I'm sick of hearing news about it every god damned day when it doesn't even exist.
False advertising is when a product says it has features it doesn't.
FRAUD would be more likely the term applicable for a Kickstarter that didn't provide what it promised.
In fact, one could almost suggest it's a RICO action.
Of course they do. The pioneering sociologist Max Weber defined the government as the group of people that enjoys a monopoly on force.
The question is how accountable you want the people who are licensed to use force (including powers of intrusion) to be.
It doesn't matter how many hours you put in if you were enticed by and promised things that don't exist in the game. You could love the game, give it honestly rave reviews, and play it every day for 8 hours. Doesn't matter. Your playing or not playing the game, or a better way to put it is, the behavior of the purchaser subsequent to purchase has no bearing on the advertising tactics and their honesty/dishonesty in describing the game. Money should be refunded based on the request of the purchaser because of the actions of the selling company previous to purchase. Everything that happens after purchase is immaterial.
Why? Because even if someone played the game for 400000 hours, they would never get what was promised in the advertising. IMHO the penalties should go up with play time. It means that person has been defrauded of the missing material more than someone who barely plays the game.
I think people are missing the basic concept of "fraud" and how it invalidates a contractual relationship. Probably a lesson worth learning before you keep getting unlubed penetration from companies for the rest of your life.
I never understood the concept of pre-order anyway. Why would I want to plunk down money for a game I haven't seen, months or weeks in advance? Are they going to run out of copies on release day? Maybe if it's really great, but very unlikely.
My older brother was killed when I was about 20. Sad times all around, he left behind two kids and it was a dumb accident with alcohol and drugs involved. Anyway, the same guy from the previous story was at the wake. In the line walking up to the casket, he was mouthing off to the other people paying respects, claiming that my father was responsible for his death and needed to own that. Which was ludicrous on its face, as my father was nowhere near where the accident happened, but hurtful at that kind of service. Inappropriate thing to say, and even if true shouldn't have been mentioned at that kind of service with his wife and kids around.
I remember drinking to vomit that night and crying my eyes out with my father wishing we could go around the corner and kill the motherfucker.
That was probably the worst one, but there are many more...
In fact, I think this is a vestige of having grown up with an Internet. Things were definitely different in the age of paper and typewriters.
They were generally not public - they only existed in a paper file at the time that only the cops had access to. Otherwise, you'd need a subpoena. They were not going to let you rifle their records as a private citizen.
but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?
Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.
The answer to the question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is... Four day work week, Two ply toilet paper!