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Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 41

You're the fucked-up idiot who deserves to be in a fatal accident. Doesn't have to be traffic-related.

If you're driving 25 instead of 50, you're much more likely to notice a kid running out after his ball from between 2 parked cars and stop or swerve to avoid hitting him. If you don't care about that, by all means, drive 50 through a residential street and find out what happens when you kill a child for your arrogance.

It must really, really suck to know you.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 259

Some better-quality anime has a formula that works quite well with a 10-13 hour series: the first third to half of the series is episodic, while they introduce the characters and establish what "normal" is - key in some SF or fantasy setting. The serialized story is then maybe 8 hours of content. That works well and doesn't get stale, and you know who the characters are and how the setting works before the real conflict begins.

I wish that formula would become more common - I really like it.

Comment Re:Would femdom be OK? (Score 2) 297

It isn't about BDSM. It's about his beliefs in the hierarchy of men and women - i.e., that men are evolutionarily superior and predisposed to lead; women are happiest as slaves or at least subjugated to men. Nobody cares less about the whips and chains, we've all tried spanking.... things...

Is this going to be the D&D moral panic all over again? One can roleplay things one does not actually believe. Heck, whoever invented the AD&D take on Drow was doing both sorts of roleplaying simultaneously - how's that for efficiency.

Comment Re:So to sum up (Score 4, Insightful) 297

If this guy had been talking about transsexual/gay/bi-sexual BDSM

Apparently the BDSM rejects such labels as too narrow and arbitrary. LGBTBBQ stuuf doesn't even register on the BSDM weird-o-meter. This has actually caused some bad blood between the communities.

"Why can't you support the gay cause? Don't you know how much we suffer?"
"Oh? You think you know suffering?"

Dibs on the popcorn franchise.

Comment Was anything different ever expected? (Score 1) 73

Were we ever expecting Samsung to actually just toss all these things into the grinder? They had a fairly high end SoC, bunch of RAM and Flash, nice screens, etc. no reason to suspect that the PMIC itself was executing batteries. Why would you scrap something like that?

For 'brand' reasons, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them shunted off to some less-loved market; or even 'de-branded' and sold in more generic livery; but scrapped?

Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 443

I agree that grovelling for solutions to oddball problems is annoying; but my experience has been that any OS puts you in that place from time to time.

If, say, Windows Update is throwing cryptic errors, it doesn't take too long to be instructed to 'Reset the BITS service to the default security descriptor'. Just open an elevated CMD shell and run "sc.exe sdset bits D:(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)(A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)", n00b.

OSX has the virtue of changing at least a few of the command line options that aren't pulled straight from BSD every version bump(changes related to user/directory structure seem to be particularly popular); and not all advice is clear on which versions it pertains to; which can be really annoying.

I don't disagree with the fact that, if a Linux system does may well deeply fail to enjoy finding the answer; but any time the automagic fails, regardless of OS, you are usually in for some pain(since, if the answer were trivial and unambigious, the automagic would probably still be working); and a trip to the command line, registry, PLists, or some combination is likely in your future.

If anything, it's the scary, hostile-looking OSes that are least risky in this regard because they never pretended to have automagic to help you in the first place; and so are simpler; and designed so that an unaided human can grind through everything themselves. That's a huge nuisance, which is why most OSes aren't like that; but fallible automatic failing is never pretty.

Comment Re:Scapegoating (Score 1) 351

There's no such thing as a perfect terrorist, especially when this one was already known to the security services.

He may have been a lone operator, but pre-disposition to violence, coupled with conversion to Islam, which follows the exact same pattern of a number of other attacks over the last decade means this person should have been well on their threat radar.

It doesn't need a matrix style setting because that's retarded and does not exist - it just needs that the security services start doing a better job of using these key indictators that keep popping up time and time again to detect actual threats.

The problem is that rather than focussing on people like this, who have already been flagged to the security services and who subsequently show up a number of other indicators, they're too busy sweeping up everyone's data whilst having no clue what to actually do with it.

When the person is known to the security services, when they've exhibited a number of behaviours such as willingness to harm other human beings, pre-disposition to brainwashing (i.e. religious conversion) then it's absurd to say there was anything but an intelligence failing here. Sure, maybe there were a thousand other people that also looked like this and they couldn't figure out which ones to focus on, fine, but that's still a failing - they still need to understand why they can't pick these guys out from the others, and still need to prioritise their resources on these thousand people rather than spend billions on mass data farming that apparently isn't helping them whatsoever.

Comment Re:Don't remake, release the source. (Score 1) 151

I'd be surprised to see Blizzard do either; but he did specify 'the source' rather than 'the IP'; and the two are (relatively) easily separable.

Given that, even at the time, most of the enthusiasm for Starcraft was for a combination of its play balance(having 3 actually-different sides without being horribly lopsided was pretty big news when the standard was two, often basically reskins of each other with a couple of flavor units) and overall style/art direction; I'm not sure who would be interested in just the engine; but Blizzard certainly could release it without giving up any control over the parts of the Starcraft 'IP' that are of actual value. Given the number of people who actually want to look at the code vs. the number of people who just want to play Starcraft, it would be a lot of trouble for not a lot of interest, but it needn't threaten the stuff that is actually worth something.

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