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Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

Absolut187 Re:Well fuck. (357 comments)

Wouldn't the better analogy be hiring a hooker and taking viagra and just boning her non-stop for 24 hours?

But ya, I see your point.

more than 2 years ago

Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

Absolut187 Re:Are you serious? (357 comments)

"DLC feels like crap."
So don't buy it?
And if the main game isn't worth the money, don't buy that either.

"Back in the day" you didn't have voice acting, 1080p graphics, online play, etc. etc. etc.
You can't expect production values and features to go up and up and up while prices stay the same..

more than 2 years ago

Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

Absolut187 Re:DLC? really? (357 comments)

Your definition of "the whole fucking game" differs from the publisher.

Guess who gets to decide that.

Your only vote is: buy or don't buy.

Nobody reads the rants on the forums.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Develops Holographic, Glasses-Free 3D TV

Absolut187 Re:"Almost" within range.... (98 comments)

They need to do something, it only looks 2D to me.

more than 2 years ago

Why There Are Too Many Patents In America

Absolut187 Let's actually think it through... (189 comments)

It is scary to hear a respected judge like Posner saying such silly things.

The proposal to add a manufacturing requirement is just awful.

First of all, the quid-pro-quo of the patent system is that the patentee must DISCLOSE the invention in exchange for exclusive rights, not MANUFACTURE.
(And a job for Congress, NOT the Judiciary, but that's a whole nother can of worms).

Let's discuss the details of this proposal, shall we?

Who EXACTLY has to be the manufacturing entity? Does it have to be the inventor himself? What about a licensee?

Will there be an exception for universities? And if so, will it only apply to non-profit research institutions?

What about garage inventors?

What about an inventor who just enjoys inventing, and doesn't want to run a manufacturing company?

When must manufacturing commence? What if the invention is so ahead-of-its time that its not commercially viable until 5 or 10 years from issuance?

These are just some of the many problems with this proposal.

If the problem is "too many patents" then a better solution is to increase the rigor of the examination process.
For example, increase the threshold for obviousness, require better disclosures, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Cat Parasite May Increase Risk of Suicide In Humans

Absolut187 Really? (252 comments)

I'm no PhD, but I'm perplexed.

FTFS: "causing them to become suicidally attracted to feline odors"
That just seems like a really high-level cognitive function for single-celled organism to achieve in a mammal.

I guess I can see it affecting dopamine levels, but causing an attraction to a specific odor?
Can anyone explain?

more than 2 years ago

Church of Scientology Enlisting Followers In Censorship

Absolut187 Re:In fairness to Scientology (628 comments)

OK... but.. so then...

Are you saying that we should all be free to criticize ANY religion???
With no censorship???
AND no revenge bombings??

That's crazy.
You're crazy.

more than 2 years ago

Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

Absolut187 Re:Obligatory Simpsons quote (707 comments)

Homer's argument was supported by lots of evidence.

You don't see any tigers around here do you?

more than 2 years ago

Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

Absolut187 Re:One small caveat (707 comments)

"His assumption requires that all the wielders of nuclear weapons are sane."

Sane AND not anonymous.

more than 2 years ago

Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths

Absolut187 Re:Except that.. (305 comments)

Well, I hope you don't like domesticated dogs.
Or cattle.

more than 2 years ago

Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

Absolut187 Re:There's no starship with just an ion drive (589 comments)

Building ANYTHING can create a lot of jobs. For example, digging a large hole and then filling it back in.

This really has no bearing on the value of the proposition.

more than 2 years ago

Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality

Absolut187 Re:Its like it costs Comcast less to stream their (272 comments)

Who cares? It's not a question of costs.

It's a question of a corporation using its state-granted monopoly power to discriminate against competitors.

more than 2 years ago

Magical Thinking Is Good For You

Absolut187 Re:Baloney (467 comments)

Saying a bottle top doesn't "want" to come off is just stupid.

Everyone knows its *really* because the Leprechauns are inside holding it on, trying to keep the beer for themselves.

Which is why, of course, we need wage war on Scotland and Ireland, the known home of the Leprechauns.

It is our "manifest destiny" to launch a "crusade" against the Scottish and Irish people, and we won't rest until they are all dead or enslaved.

See, magical thinking is healthy.

more than 2 years ago

All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

Absolut187 WARNING (483 comments)

Never play on or around congressmen*

*unless you want to be covered in bullshit.

more than 2 years ago

FTC Attorney Joins Microsoft

Absolut187 Re:First post! (123 comments)

Both parties are guilty of this so voting down party lines isn't going to solve the problem.

What MIGHT help the problem is voting against every incumbent until they get the message.
If enough people did this we would see some real change for a change.

Someone should start an anti-incumbent party.

more than 2 years ago

How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

Absolut187 Re:That's like saying... (307 comments)

Sorry - cash in exchange for STOCK in the company, and a promise by MS to keep developing for mac hardware.

more than 2 years ago

How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

Absolut187 Re:Enough Already (307 comments)

This is Slashdot - IP stands for imaginary property.

Anyone who would _dare_ to even file a patent application is a patent troll here.

more than 2 years ago

How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

Absolut187 Re:That's like saying... (307 comments)

Yes, but I think the action here is the antithesis of patent trolling, is it not?

Here we have Apple, an actual tech company with
(1) products in the marketplace
(2) legit patents for meaningful inventions
(3) a desire to stay OUT of court so it can produce the products
(4) a settlement with the biggest name in computers at the time - not for cash, but for an INVESTMENT.

This is absolutely not patent trolling.

In fact, one could argue that this is the patent system operating at its best.
An innovative company with good ideas flounders in the marketplace temporarily (possibly due to anti-competitive behavior by MS?), leverages its patents to get an influx of capital, and subsequently becomes one of the profitable companies in the history of civilization?
Yeah, that sounds about right.

more than 2 years ago



Sony Cripples PS3s That Don't Update Firmware

Absolut187 Absolut187 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Absolut187 (816431) writes "Gaming site IGN reports that Sony is releasing a firmware update that will disable Linux support on the (pre-slim models of) the Playstation 3. Those who fail to update to the new firmware face an inability to sign into the PSN network or play BluRay or PS3 games, among other lost features. Does Sony have a legal right to do this? I'm sure they put something in the EULAs that states that they really own the console (and your first-born child). Does that give them the right to what is essentially extortion?"
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GameStop sued over lack of DLC for used games

Absolut187 Absolut187 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Absolut187 (816431) writes "I personally don't have a problem with publishers charging for DLC. IMHO, you put in the effort to make it, you have the right to (try) to charge whatever you want. I have the right to take it or leave it if I don't find your price fair (same goes for the main game). But what about the used game market? Should publishers be allowed to destroy the used market for their games by including "free" DLC with a one-time use code? Should the copyright doctrine of "first-sale" have any effect here? Or is it up to the consumer (frequently children) to realize that the product will have a reduced resale value due to the one-time nature of the DLC code? Is this any different from the use of unique "CD-Keys" that are required for online play (e.g. for Blizzard games since 1997 or earlier)."
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Vulgar post from work costs man his job

Absolut187 Absolut187 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Absolut187 (816431) writes "Man posts off-colour joke on a blog at a local newspaper website (a reference to cunnilungus), presumably under a pseudonym. The blogger for the newspaper finds that the man's "HTTP_referrer" header indicates his place of employment, a local school. The blogger calls the school, and the IT department tracks the man down. The man is confronted by his employer and ultimately resigns."
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Is Valve a dangerous monopoly?

Absolut187 Absolut187 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Absolut187 (816431) writes "Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford says Steam's domination is "dangerous," and exploits small developers. "Steam helps us as customers, but it's also a money grab, and Valve is exploiting a lot of people in a way that's not totally fair." "Valve is taking a larger share than it should for the service it's providing. It's exploiting a lot of small guys." "There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid." "Steam isn't the answer." Is he right? And if so, what is the answer?"
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Absolut187 Absolut187 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Absolut187 (816431) writes "Romanian charged with hacking U.S. government computers A Romanian man was indicted on charges that he hacked into more than 150 government computers used by the Navy, Department of Energy and NASA. The compromised computers were used to collect, store and analyze scientific data — including data from spacecraft in orbit and deep space — and to evaluate new technologies. The machines were located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.; and U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C."


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