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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

BorisAmmerlaan Re:When you are inside the box ... (289 comments)

What "doctrine" do you think the pledge of allegiance "indoctrinates" students with?

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America"
That's some fascism right there.

"and to the Republic for which it stands"
I don't have much of a problem with this part.

"one Nation under God"
This is the part I have the most trouble with and what most people probably are referring to when they talk about the indoctrination.

"indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
None of which seems to be true.

about 3 months ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Also, the fat Jesus kind of offsets the two skinny ones.

It works, mate!

about 7 months ago

Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Dear Elizabeth (409 comments)

"I am not a number. I am a free man!" "Are you?" -- Number 6 & Number 2

more than 2 years ago

Sony Ditching Cell Architecture For Next PlayStation?

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Good, it's the worst mistake in the PS3 (276 comments)

Took them less then that,

Sure. LBP came out when the PS3 was less than two years old.

uncharted 2 was magnificent looking in all areas.

Erm, what? Slamming a glossy look on everything does not make it look magnificent. Also, if you know where to look, you can use the crappy clipping to look around corners; they should have spent more time on that, and less time on forcing stupid camera angles on the player.

about 2 years ago

Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

BorisAmmerlaan Re:I am not worried about it (1367 comments)

Yes, we had a very warm summer in april-june, then autumn started around the end of june and it's been one of the longest autumns ever. Still no sight of winter, although we're supposed to get some this week. Maybe.

Actually, Winter gave Spring and Summer a miss and went straight on into Autumn.

June wasn't warm, and we had 3-4 months of more or less continuous rain since. I usually like the rain, but not an entire summer of it.

about 3 years ago

What's Keeping You On XP?

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Sloppy Programming. (879 comments)

Since there seems to be so much crappily-written Windows software like this, it seems like MS should have put a compatibility mode into Vista/7 wherein it fakes out the application, making it think it's being installed on an XP machine with admin rights, but in reality it's in its own little sandbox.

What, like XP Mode?

about 3 years ago

Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

BorisAmmerlaan Re:It's the studios (464 comments)

I used to work at a local cinema. Although I was never privy to any real financial information, I used to hear some things.

How can studios mandate ticket prices?

IIRC, they did not mandate ticket prices. They charged a (fixed) rental fee for the film itself, plus either a percentage of the ticket sales or a fixed $ amount per ticket. The percentage or amount would be higher in the first few weeks. I think the rule of thumb in the theater was something like this: ticket sales have to pay for the film rent, the projectors, building maintenance, etc., and concession sales have to pay for everybody's salaries and profits. If the rent went up, ticket prices would have to be raised.

Isn't that illegal price fixing? Normally a manufacturer of a product can dictate minimum *advertised* price, but not minimum sale price. Do the rules differ for movies?

If the cinema wants to sell tickets at a loss, the distributor won't stop them, so long as they get their money.

about 3 years ago

DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables May Be Recalled Over Licensing

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Words can't describe... (417 comments)

if the founding fathers could see 1/100th of what goes on in the modern USA, they'd start yet ANOTHER revolution.

(and they'd be called terrorists, too!)

They might be called terrorists. They would be called undead.

more than 3 years ago

Are Third-Party Android Vendors Violating the GPL?

BorisAmmerlaan Re:IOW (132 comments)

Inigo, is that you?

more than 3 years ago

How IT Pros Can Avoid Legal Trouble

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Terry Childs was NOT an IT pro (230 comments)

Even though they might get a lesser sentence, they have historically been held just as responsible. There is such a thing as moral obligations. If you do not agree with a certain order you (should) have the right to be a conscientious objector.

Yes, you should. When you are faced with this kind of moral dilemma however, you usually don't have the option. Well, you could sacrifice yourself, I suppose...

The Nuremberg trials obviously codified this: "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him".

Which indicates that the person following orders will always remain somewhat responsible, not necessarily just as responsible.

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft II Cost $100 Million To Develop

BorisAmmerlaan System requirements (414 comments)

The finalized system requirements for the game have been released.

Oh, really? I suppose that's why that page includes phrases such as "The system requirements for the StarCraft II Beta are ..." and "... the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time".

more than 4 years ago

Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

BorisAmmerlaan Re:not a darwin award winner (699 comments)

A Darwin awards winner will never sue anybody Death is not strictly a requirement for a darwin award.

"Auto-pilot? Marvelous..."

more than 4 years ago

Discovery of "Cancer-Proof" Rodent Cells

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Now It All Makes Sense (118 comments)

Naked mole rats... Pets of the future!

more than 5 years ago

Are Software Developers Naturally Weird?

BorisAmmerlaan Re:This depends on the language. (579 comments)

In Dutch, there are also three words to answer a question. "Ja" ('Yes') and "nee" ('No') are used to answer standard questions the way one would expect. For negated questions, "nee" ('that is correct') and "jawel" ('that is not correct') should be used.

Sometimes people answer a standard question with "jawel" to indicate 'Yes!'. I'm not sure whether that is appropriate, but it causes no real confusion. What does confuse me (and often them) is answering a negated question with "ja".

On the other hand, it always confuses people when I answer their "Do you want coffee or tea?" question with "Yes" when I don't care, so maybe it's all my fault.

more than 5 years ago

How an Online-Only TV Series Stays Successful

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Tiny budgets help a lot (163 comments)

Blake's 7?

The ship was a cardboard cut out for frack's sake.

Not really. I saw the model up close about 12 years ago and talked to the maker. IIRC, he said it cost about 3000 GBP to make. (Maybe less, but it was expensive.) You're probably thinking of the oak leaves that were used to represent a giant space brain. ;-)

more than 5 years ago

The Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition Preview Books

BorisAmmerlaan Re:Am I the only one... (378 comments)

>Finding a safe and realistic place to rest is integral to the role playing experience.
I disagree; it's certainly the historic D&D experience but it's hardly the stuff heroic fantasy is made of. Sure, heroes in the dungeon find a spot to catch their breath, find some clues, and prepare some weapons, but actually go to sleep? Neither I nor any of my players have ever found a way where that makes sense, and it's only ever been by the grace of the DM that the dungeon denizens didn't simply break in and knife us all during the night.

I assume any party sleeping in a dungeon would be sensible enough to post a guard.

Four encounters plus exploration is maybe two hours of in-game time.

If you're going through a dungeon at that rate, the DM is not making things interesting enough. And are you really telling us that after a fight which has everybody taking a lot of hits and the subsequent healing, you assume your party needs no further rest? That's nuts, even for heroic characters.

>Any new player trying to pull the "I'm out of spells, we need to go home" act is met with scorn for not being able to handle the responsibilities of their class (okay not outwardly, but they're not invited back if it becomes a regular event).
The game is calibrated so that one encounter is supposed to consume 1/4 of the party's resources, and that includes spells. 4 encounters a day. If the spellcaster is making it to the forth encounter before running dry, then it's not bad resource management; he's managed his resources in precisely the way the game expected him to.

The game expects him to try to make it to the end of the day. 4 fights/day is typical, but not absolute. It is his responsibility to tell the group his status frequently, not just to wait until he's out of spells.

The game demands that the party pack it in for the night. It's just bad game design,

No it doesn't. "The game" does not demand anything. If you really think so, switch to something other than D&D that's more suited to your needs.

But the idea of a character who forces or holds the attention of a dangerous combatant to set allies up for sneak attacks,

You really need to focus on othe feats.

There's no game in searching for traps, it's just a skill roll vs. a DC. There's nothing tactical about it.

Of course there is. You have to decide where to search for traps, don't you? When you're on the clock -- the enemy armies are about to invade and you need the Hammer of Doom(tm) -- you need to decide whether to search for traps or to gamble that there aren't any or you will be able to survive the results.

more than 6 years ago


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