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Comment Re:From the likes of EA, sure.... (Score 1) 74

Of course the original purchasers stopped playing.

He doesn't have the game anymore you twit.

Think of it this way. Say I am the one millionth person to purchase a game to play online. If I sell or give my copy to someone else who goes to play online, I have stopped playing since I no longer have the game. The person who got the game from me is now the one millionth person online. Doing some arithmetic, 1,000,000 + 1 (the player I sold the game to) - 1 (being me the person who stopped playing) = 1,000,000. Math shows that you had one million players before the game got sold second hand to someone else, and that after the game was sold, you still had only one million players online (not one million and one).

What this looks like is a developer/publisher looking to get paid TWICE for ONE game license. And if that second person decides to sell it second hand to a third person, then that's the developer/publisher getting paid THREE times for ONE game license.

As a developer/publisher, you already sold that copy of the game. What the customer does with that game copy, either selling it or giving it away to someone else, as long as he/she didn't copy it, is not doing anything illegal or ethically wrong and frankly it's none of your business.

Comment Re:so... (Score 1) 365

It's an anecdote—an extremely well known anecdote I might add; meant to be used to convey an idea, not represent scientific facts. So first thing, get off the high horse.

Secondly, from a legal perspective, states maintain databases such as the one suggested, through DMV records. Obviously that requires a level of voluntary acceptance by the populace, since nothing forces you to maintain a state ID or driver's license.

Thirdly, the federal government in reality probably already has a national database derived from DMV records and passports. The clause being included in this bill is nothing more than a formality making a current practice officially legal.

My original comment still stands.

Comment Re:Right of suicide (Score 1) 856

No where in his post does he touch on someone's "right" to suicide. He is talking about the rate of suicide in relation to the prevalence of a deadly mechanism. There is no relation, is what he was saying. Not once did he talk about suicide rights.

In response to your question though, I will ask you a question. What do you think the people that tried suicide but were stopped by a friend or family member would say about it? Those that are happy about it at least. Don't fool yourself into believing that out of the people that were attempting suicide or plannining to, none of them feel grateful for the individuals who stopped them from doing it. I can't give exact percentages, but there are people who have attempted to kill themselves and were stopped—against their will at the time—who are glad someone was there who cared about them enough to save their lives.

Suicide is a permanent "solution" to temporary problems. Yes, there are people who genuinely want to off themselves, and the fact that nothing would help them from seeing the value in their lives is sad. The people who fail, whether by their own failure, or who are forced to live by others do still have to live with the depression. Well, they can always try again.

But if we did what you would seem to suggest, which is "just let people off themselves at will with no intervention of any kind", people who truly didn't want to kill themselves will, because they had no one to try and stop them.

Comment Re:so... (Score 2) 365

I am sorry, but this is extermely short-sighted and naive. If an individual or entity has a history of abusing powers granted to them, you do NOT set up a system that makes it easier for them to abuse power.

>If the US were going to turn into "papers, please" it would've done so already

This is flat out false. The ideals of freedom are so deeply rooted into our culture and society, if it were to just switch from freedom to police state, yes, that would cause problems. But that is not what is happening. The federal government is gradually expanding it's powers.

To use a well-known, simple analogy, think of boiling a frog. Drop the frog into already boiling water, and it will jump out. Put the frog in the bottom of the pan and slowly heat up the pot to a boil, and the frog will boil.

It's a slow expansion of power, and almost always granted to help increase "security".

Comment Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 232

Yes and no. The 360 was used in the last few years more of a 'proof of concept' and to stay competitive with things like AppleTV. I predict the 720 will include a "wealth of new features" that includes Microsoft Office, and full IE integration. Launch accessories will include wireless keyboard and mouse, and the Kinect (or next iteration of) will be utilized for the Metro interface that the 720 will most likely carry.

I wouldn't be surprised if eventually Windows is fully utilized on the 720 at a later date if it's not included outright.

Comment Not surprising. (Score 1) 232

So here begins service based computing. This is the direction Microsoft is trying to bring the computer industry, and it's all starting with the next Xbox. I know it's a futile hope, but I still hope the Xbox 720 fails, or at the least has significantly less adoption like Windows 8. This is the opportunity consumers have to try and stop Microsoft from taking computing in this direction. I doubt it will happen, but I do hope.

Comment Re:And remember, (Score 1) 190

His point is, that there is a wealth of information that SHOULD be getting told to the people, but doesn't because government knows that the people aren't truly interested. Since when we do find out when the government has overreached it's bounds or violated the Constitution, people don't give a shit. Which is sad, and stupid on the part of the people.

Comment Let's hope so. (Score 1) 436

I certainly hope so. The last 3D film I went to was Tron: Legacy, and the reason it was my last was before the movie started, there was a disclaimer that said that all scenes were not in 3D, but to keep the glasses on. If everything is not in 3D than what the hell am I paying an extra six dollars for? I also never liked 3D anyways since I do not enjoy having to wear an apparatus to view it.

Submission + - Guns Don't Kill People SSRIs Do (ssristories.com)

blackbeak writes: I'm certainly aware that the recent school shooting is being discussed at length, but the direct correlation of increased prescription of SSRI medication to the increase in horrific incidents is so staggering and so pertinent that this "elephant in the room" deserves it's own discussion. Unlike guns, which can only be held in the hand, SSRIs are held in the mind controlling the hand. You'll see a huge upsurge in news stories again about how guns need to be curtailed, but (again) few stories, if any, about the medications pulling the trigger. Yet SSRIs are obviously behind these killings. SSRIs mess with brain chemistry in ways we cannot fully understand or control, way too often resulting in horrifyingly confused, disordered and psychotic manifestations. How about discussing how these meds are insufficiently tested, driven through the FDA (a "captured" regulatory agency), released into the wild and then prescribed to children on (and off!) label.
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Submission + - Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority Says Obama

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "VOA reports that President Obama says it does not make sense for federal authorities to seek prosecution of recreational marijuana users in states where such use is legal. "As it is, you know, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions," said Obama during a television interview with ABC's Barbara Walters . "It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that's legal." When asked if he supported legalizing marijuana, the president said he was not endorsing that. ""I wouldn't go that far, but what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you've seen the voters speak on this issue.""

Submission + - Chinese Moon Probe Flies by Asteroid Toutatis (shanghaidaily.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese moon probe Chang'e-2 made a flyby of the near-earth asteroid Toutatis on December 13 at 16:30:09 Beijing Time (08:30"09 GMT), the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced today. The flyby was the first time an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth has taken such a close viewing of the asteroid, named after a Celtic god, making China the fourth country after the US, the EU and Japan to be able to examine an asteroid by spacecraft. Chang'e-2 came as close as 3.2 km from Toutatis, which is about 7 million km away from the Earth, and took pictures of the asteroid at a relative velocity of 10.73 km per second, the SASTIND said in a statement. Chang'e-2, originally designated as the backup of Chang'e-1, left its lunar orbit for an extended mission to the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrangian point on June 9, 2011, after finishing its lunar objectives, and then again began its mission to Toutatis this year. "The success of the extended missions also embodies that China now possesses spacecraft capable of interplanetary flight," said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar probe program.

Submission + - Google To Shut Down Calendar Features, Google Sync, Google Calendar Sync, Punchd 1

An anonymous reader writes: Google on Friday announced it is shutting down a slew of features and services as part of its winter cleaning. Google Calendar will be losing a few features, Google Sync will be axed (on the consumer side), as will Google Calendar Sync, SyncML, the Issue Tracker Data API, and the Punchd app.

Submission + - California sues Delta Air Lines over mobile privacy (ca.gov)

mrheckman writes: California is suing Delta Air Lines for violation of California's on-line privacy law. Delta failed to "conspicuously post a privacy policy within their mobile app that informs users of what personally identifiable information is being collected and what will be done with it" after a 30-day notice. Delta's app collects "substantial personally identifiable information such as a user’s full name, telephone number, email address, frequent flyer account number and pin code, photographs, and geo-location". Why is it we still can't control what permissions an app has on our phones? It's absurd and disturbing that an app for checking flights and baggage demands all of those permissions.

Comment Re:Too many people... (Score 5, Interesting) 144

That's not really the point. Yes, Usenet is old, but it was generally unknown to the majority of your average computer users. For years, the MAFIAA has been going after torrenting, with seemingly no knowledge of the capabilities and common use for Usenet. Now all of the sudden, NZB sites and Usenet providers have been getting hit with the DMCA notices. Again, seemingly it's apparent that the MAFIAA has only recently become aware of Usenet, so spagthorpe was using a funny and appropriate movie reference to point out that a lot of people couldn't keep the Usenet secret to themselves.

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