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Own Every SNES Game Ever Made For $24,999

BPPG Re:Meh (199 comments)

But you can't download an arcade where every game is 25 cents to play, not counting the many many gameovers that leave you needing more. You can't download that first gameboy your older cousin lent you for the week to play Dr. Mario over and over again just so you could beat his high score. You can't download the way it made you feel to finally get to the third stage of a boss that had kept illing you over and over before you knew how to time your attacks while avoiding theirs.

And twenty years from now, gamers from today won't be able to download the group dynamics of their MMO clan, won't be able to download the step by step evolution of Minecraft indev with it's back and forth between Notch and the smaller community. They won't be able to download all the achievements, trophies, ranks, and golden guns from their favorite FPSs. They won't be able to download the connection made between shiningly creative Little Big Planet level authors after wading through the seas of shoddily-made CoD clones and Mario levels.

I just recently got a smartphone capable of playing these old SNES games. I might download an emulator and play some games. But gaming on a touchscreen smartphone will never be the same as sitting on the carpet with my siblings, racing through the ghost levels on Super Mario Kart and figuring out exactly where to use my jumping feather to get an edge towards victory.

about 2 years ago
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Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

BPPG Re:This is important ... (118 comments)

only people who ever use them are the ones who find them and the engineers who plug the holes.

If people were going to use a 0day maliciously, then they wouldn't have announced it. In which case the engineers wouldn't be involved until after it was found in the wild.

about 2 years ago
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Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

BPPG Re:Hardly surprising, it's still a baby. (118 comments)

Exactly. For example, I can prove that Windows 3.1 is secure on a modern network.

about 2 years ago
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Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

BPPG Hardly surprising, it's still a baby. (118 comments)

Considering that W8 still has that new OS smell, this is hardly surprising. Like any piece of software, it will take a while before it is provably secure. Microsoft may not have the worst QA department in the world, but it the only way to really put it through its paces is to let the world bang on it like it is now.

The real question is, how many 0-days haven't been announced?

about 2 years ago
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Are Women Getting More Beautiful?

BPPG Re:DEFINE: Subjectivity (834 comments)

Which is what TFA seems to want to point out. My question is, if a boy had an attractive mother, shouldn't he also have a pretty good chance of turning out more attractive than his dad?

I am no geneticist. I know it's always possible that some dormant gene in either parent could end up making the kid even uglier, but as a general trend, shouldn't both boys and girls tend to be more attractive where one or both parents were attractive?

more than 5 years ago
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92% of Windows PCs Vulnerable To Zero-Day Attacks On Flash

BPPG Re:Noscript (286 comments)

--Bruce

There's your citation?

more than 5 years ago
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Are Women Getting More Beautiful?

BPPG Re:DEFINE: Subjectivity (834 comments)

"Gee, more women appear to conform to modern standards of beauty, than at any time in the past!"

Mid 19th century beauty can be deduced by portraiture. The pre-raphaelite stuff from Rosetti does a pretty good job of this:
http://www.rossettiarchive.org/img/s356.repro.jpg
http://www.rossettiarchive.org/img/s536.repro.jpg

They'd have seen Jessica Simpson as a freakishly stretched elf - on the verge of starvation.

I wish I had a mod point for you.

We're talking about a lot of different cultures in lots of different times, I'm sure not many of the average men from each instance would find today's average American woman (The data used was gathered in the US) much more attractive. And of course, if the qualitative assessment of how beautiful a woman is is based on how many babies they make, I'm not sure if they could really agree anyways; I could call a girl a perfect ten, even if she turns out to be barren.

I do find it odd, however, that the article states that today's men are supposedly as aesthetically pleasing as cavemen. This doesn't really fit with the argument they make in saying attractiveness tends to be hereditary. Smells a little too much like bullshit on the. Either that, or the scope of the study is too narrow. I'm failing at looking up any other real information about this study.

more than 5 years ago
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New Linux Kernel Flaw Allows Null Pointer Exploits

BPPG Re:DRM is defective by design. (391 comments)

ha ha, yeah, I meant the digital restrictions management, usually aimed at vendor installs and special Linux boxen.

more than 5 years ago
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New Linux Kernel Flaw Allows Null Pointer Exploits

BPPG DRM is defective by design. (391 comments)

I think that tag is mostly reserved for DRM related news...

And I have seen news about linux DRM modules also tagged that.

more than 5 years ago
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New Linux Kernel Flaw Allows Null Pointer Exploits

BPPG Just don't use that version (391 comments)

It's important to note that there is almost never any "preferred" or "special" release of Linux to use. And obviously this flaw doesn't affect people that don't use any security modules.

This is not good news, but it's important news. The kernel's not likely to have a "fixed" re-release for this version, although there probably will be patches for it as well. And when in doubt, just don't upgrade. Not very many machines can take advantage of all of the cool bleeding-edge features that come with each release, anyways. Lots of older versions get "adopted" by someone who will continue to maintain that single kernel release.

more than 5 years ago
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Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

BPPG Re:I think this experiment illustrates quite clear (895 comments)

I'd say that you had better tread carefully when comparing democracy to an online RPG. The researcher did no hacking, and only broke the "cultural" rules. A group of Quake players may have house rules against camping or spawn-killing, but the real "rules" are the only the ones put into place by the designers/developers, not the players, and so-called "spoken" rules don't really matter without modifications or admins to enforce them within the game.

I'm not saying I think your conclusion is incorrect, I just think it's a funny context to draw it from. So in this case, if the high level players are the cultural elite then what does that make the devs?

more than 5 years ago
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Censored Video Game Content Stifles Artistry

BPPG Re:I think the real problem is... (289 comments)

+1 here,

In much the same sense that art exhibits can be art themselves, and a movie exhibiting artful video clips can also be artfully arranged, so can video games be art.

But due to their interactive aspect, games deserve a slightly different attitude. If anybody took a board game or a pen and paper roleplaying game and treated it as art, it would be hard to take them seriously. In fact, the only real "serious" games are the ones that are based on high-strategy and skill, such as chess or sports or card games. There's nothing really "artful" about those, except that the real art is in the game-playing, as it ought to be.

Of course, everyone has a different idea about what a good video game is. And with the industry seeing a major influx of casual-gaming customer base, the power gamers are seeing less and less stuff aimed at them specifically. Casual gaming is quickly becoming kitsch, as power gamers already tend to view it as.

more than 5 years ago
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A Supervolcano Beneath Mt. St. Helens?

BPPG Re:Lava life? (180 comments)

Not to be a nit-picker, but lava and magma aren't actually the same thing; lava is magma flowing on the Earth's surface. The properties of the two are the same, aside from lava being surrounded by relatively cool air, and magma being surrounded by insulating earth.

I know that doesn't really answer your question, but consider this; It's not lava yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Has MySQL Forked Beyond Repair?

BPPG Re:Cue postgres fan bois (334 comments)

if it makes you feel any better, I laughed.

more than 5 years ago
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Bell Proposing Usage-Based Billing

BPPG Re:Do-over (238 comments)

Bankruptcy is declared, like crying Uncle. I can be a friggin' hobo and not have declared bankruptcy, as I'm not required to until creditors are banging at the front door of my cardboard box.

Until then, I'm allowed to claim my cardboard box to be a fully-furnished mansion if I wanted to.

more than 5 years ago
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Curved Laser Beams Could Help Tame Lightning

BPPG Just gained a new property (184 comments)

just gained a new property

wait, what? I don't think that's how science works...

more than 5 years ago
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Using Linux To Make a Slow, Awful WAN Connection

BPPG Re:Shit wifi performace is a standard Linux 'featu (110 comments)

I know this is a troll, but I remember hearing someone say their wireless card works better on a linux driver than a windows driver. Unfortunately, I can't remember where, so no link. Will post again if I remember.

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Law's Nesson Says P2P Is "Fair Use"

BPPG Re:Pipe dream (393 comments)

that's kind of the joke. GP is making a parody of people who like to use big numbers irresponsibly.

more than 5 years ago
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Early Look At the New Wolfenstein Game

BPPG Re:Please... (88 comments)

There's tons of fresh new games out there. You just have to look for them. A lot of great mainstream games of note have been Portal, and Braid, No More Heroes, Little Big Planet, Left4dead, the list goes on.

Of course, you may not like them all, but they definitely aren't sequels. (Well, I guess Portal is a kind of spiritual sequel to that one old game that was made by the same team...)

more than 5 years ago

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Canadian Eco-Database almost compromised.

BPPG BPPG writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BPPG writes "An unusual mishap occurred that could have opened up attacks on a government database known as NEMISIS, the National Enforcement Management Information System and Intelligence System.

From the article:

A sensitive government document detailing a classified computer database has been given to the CBC after it was found lying on an Ottawa street in a rain-stained, tire-marked brown envelope.

The document is a risk assessment of an Environment Canada classified environmental enforcement database. It details a number of the system's failings and describes exactly how the data could be attacked and corrupted, the CBC's James Cudmore reported.

NEMISIS, a semi-secret system and database which has been around since the late 90's (as detailed in some heavy documents here)[PDF] is due for an security overhaul. Somebody might have just happened to drop some medium-risk "Protected B" assessments out of their briefcase. Environment Canada has responded and is doing some internal internal investigations. The interesting this is that nobody has said whether or not the documents could have already been looked before they were found by the people that turned them in.

Aside from industrial fraud and ecological activism, The name 'NEMESIS' alone could have prompted an attack."

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Ottawa apologizes for "Indian residential scho

BPPG BPPG writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BPPG (1181851) writes "Starting as early as the 1870's and late into the twentieth century, the Canadian government implemented a school system for aboriginal children, intended to reform them into English-speaking Christian Labourers. The methods of these schools mostly included isolation from their previous cultures and severe reprimands for those even speaking in their native languages.

Today, Ottawa is formally apologizing. Native leaders including Leader of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, Inuit leader Mary Simon, Metis leader Clem Chartier, Patrick Brazeau, national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples were present in the house of commons for the speech delivered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper (video also available). While generally seeming like a joyous day for survivours across Canada, there are still some mixed reactions to the apology.

I have a buddy who told me that they were worried about protesters for other causes taking advantage of the media on Parliament Hill today, but apparently that didn't turn out to be much of an issue."

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