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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

Borg453b Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

I'd mod this as insightful, but I'm all out of points.

about 9 months ago

Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics

Borg453b Re:Reassembling the Soviet Union (309 comments)

.. but in Soviet Russia, TV remote controls you!.

Sorry - couldnt help myself.

>Really the present Russian antics are scary enough without revisionist historical fear mongering.

Tasteless pun aside; I agree.

about 9 months ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Borg453b Re:Seriously - GTFO (401 comments)

It's your life - but the denial is strong:

- Your excuse: Smoking causes lung cancer.. -but- you can get lung cancer without smoking.. therefore I might as well smoke. (Staying on topic: It's illogical).
- Your complaint about the post - Translation: Please don't make me feel worse about it, than I already am.

I have my own patterns I try to break..

.. but to me smoking is packaged slow-death; coated in a level addiction that makes you tell yourself: I don't want to give this up.

What's worse, the slow death or the fact that it makes you lie to yourself?

about 10 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

Borg453b Re:Secret meetings: (364 comments)


about a year ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Borg453b Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Hitler and similar autocrats are only a real threat in the movies..

.. so I guess that's where you need your "constitutional freedom measure" - or something :D

Also: Distant future autocrats (overlords) or cyber-redcoats will employ drones. Guess US citizens will have to upgrade to rpgs and stinger missiles ;)

On a more serious note: Perhaps your L-curve economy and NSA is indicative that whoever is in power need no army to sway the populous.
Also - dont bother - I'll do it for you: "Anti-gun?.. and did he say L-curve economy? I guess he must be a nannystate-Commie."

about a year ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Borg453b Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

+1 for spotting him :)

about a year ago

Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

Borg453b Re:MYOB (470 comments)

Translation: "-Our- business cannot handle -your- business without "special treatment"" ;)

Protectionism. Lets see how that works out for you in the long run.

about a year ago

Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

Borg453b In little Britain: (637 comments)

Computer says 'No'.

about a year ago

Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

Borg453b Re:Incompatible ways of thinking (434 comments)

Insightful. I wish I could mod you up.

I'll just quote you instead:
'In the religious approach, belief beyond evidence is seen as a virtue, and doubt is a failing.'

about a year and a half ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

Borg453b Re:And... it's gone (636 comments)


"We don't need a fucking Nanny State. ObamaCare was not marketed as a first step, it was marketed as the "fix it all solution". As a first step(towards what??) , it would never have passed. If you want Universal Care, move to France or wherever, you are free to leave. I don't want it here, I've seen what it really means and it is just as ugly(possibly worse), but with a bit a "feel goodism" added in."

Personally I tire of hearing the "nanny state" rhetoric and the oh-so-democratic 'my-way-or-the-high-way' rant. I doubt neither an ultra-libertarian or a completely centralized system will lead society anywhere you'd like to live - but when the outset is overly polarized, you can only ever see the extremes. Balance people.

about a year and a half ago

EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

Borg453b Re:Too little, too late (259 comments)

One EA employee to another: "Our refund approach is win-win. We come out as good guys AND a considerable amount of consumers will pick an older titel; say [rehash]2012 or better yet [rehash]2010.

You and I both know the server support scope for those titles. Get 'em hooked on additional product series with expiring server support; and they'll have invest, to keep playing.

Money in the bank, my friend.. money - in - the - bank."

about 2 years ago

CT State Senator Wants To Ban Kids From Using Arcade Guns

Borg453b Re:cowboys and indians? (335 comments)

Good points. Why the hell is this deemed flamebait?

Has civil-arms-race-Inc-parading-as-a-civil-right gotten to slashdot as well? For shame.

Before you label me "socialist-gun-angsty-hippie" (or whatever scape-goat term you like to fling around, dancing to Civil-arms-race rhetorical tune): Yes. I've used a firearm. It's designed to kill. That's what I was trained to do. I was a soldier. These things don't belong at home - and statistics show you're not safer for owning one. If you're scared into thinking that; i feel sorry for you and the people around you - it only makes the firearm even more dangerous.

about a year ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Borg453b Re:Yay (2987 comments)

Good point.

about 2 years ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Borg453b Re:Yay (2987 comments)

This. Despite being a "weapons system geek" (mostly ww2 though) and former conscript/draftee (being trained with a related assault rifle. Diemarco C7), I sure as hell wouldn't want the kind of liberal gun laws you have in the US. But lobbying and culture make this a political taboo.

about 2 years ago

Best Trek Captain?

Borg453b There can be but one choice: (618 comments)

In doubt? Decipher this: "de-de-de-de do-do-do-do de-de-de-de- de-de-de-de"(loop)

more than 2 years ago

Monkey Island Creator Slams Corporate Control Over Game Publishing

Borg453b Re:Rantfail (298 comments)

I have great respect for Ron Gilbert, but you've got a valid point.
As a hobby developer, i'd like a phone i can develop content for, so I'm certainly leaning towards Android. Apple's getting too close to '1984' for my liking. On a side note: for once, it looks like m$ is doing something aesthetically right. Win 7 mobile doesn't _look_ halfbad.

more than 4 years ago

Crytek Dev On Fun vs. Realism In Game Guns

Borg453b On guns in games (324 comments)

I'm a bit of a war.tech.geek. My favourite subjectmatter is ww2 weapons; and so I get a thrill out of detailed games that portray such creations. I love to see and interact with a detailed pletora of weapons that i recognize. I do, however, get more picky when the weapon systems get "up close and personal". When the game portrays the notion that you control an existing weapon directly, I do expect some of it's characteristics to be reflected in the game.

Immersion & "draft damage": Having been a conscript for 8 months, I've had my perception of small arms altered. I know now that regular infantry man usually engages the enemy with single fire, and that the precision and stopping power afforded by a modern assault rifle is something thats too often is only portrayed by sniper rifles in games. I tire of the inability to take proper aim, and alter the firing mode in many games. Crouching and going prone is also something that's often being shunned by the industry.

We're are, as the article puts it, often left with a hollywood version of weapons. I'm not suggesting that each virtual m16 should come with a virtual cleaning kit, but I would like to see more "portrayed" realism in the handling: that the (deadly) tool can be operated with some of the freedom and functionality that it provides in real life. I realize that this approach is not for all types of games.

I realize that games are abstractions and aspects of realism can be costly and complex to implement in carefully balanced game mechanics; especially if they're intended to provide a competitive space for players.

For gun nuts: I was trained with a Diemaco C7 with an elcan optical sight

P.s: We we're missing a proper ww2 tank movie :/. Most ww2 hollywood tank portrayals pre-"saving private ryan" are horrendous.

more than 4 years ago

"Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress

Borg453b Loud ads are a major nuisance (636 comments)

Let's get a similar legislation in the EU

( .. and this is coming from a guy that works with advertising )

about 5 years ago



Historical censorship in (war)gaming

Borg453b Borg453b writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Borg453b (746808) writes "Wargaming is now removing the “Micheal Wittmann” reference in their popular “World of tanks” game. A recent announcement informs players, that the “Wittmann’s Medal” is to be substituted. Micheal Wittmann was a famous German tank ace, who was credited with the destruction of 138 enemy tanks. Wittmann’s SS membership is undoubtedly at the heart of the issue.

A translated Q&A (strangely devoid of corp-speak) gives us some insight on the rationale behind the decision.

Personally, I think it’s a shame that game that centers around armored warfare can no longer acknowledge the skill of an ace, due to his political ideals and affiliations."

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My slashdot account

Borg453b Borg453b writes  |  more than 10 years ago So this is my first entry in my slashdot journal

I can't believe that I got my Girlfriend Sarah to sign up on Slashdot the very same day I did. I've been reading the site since 1997, and now, 7 years later, I sign up together with her.

Its odd!

She's comming to see me tomorrow, and I can't wait

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