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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

CaptainPinko Use STEAM (687 comments)

That'll encourage me to buy and will take care of the DRM bit.

1 year,27 days
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Seas Rising Faster Than Projected

CaptainPinko Re: Denier (605 comments)

Surely you mean what is important is what it does for the bottom 20% of people.

about a year ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

CaptainPinko Re:Uh....May Fools Day? (213 comments)

5 & 8 & 9 really seem like steps backward IMHO. Avoiding attacks of opportunity was an interesting tactical problem. If you want to get rid of that I'd go with Zones-of-control rather than none-at-all.

about 2 years ago
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German Authorities Find Al Qaeda Plans Disguised In Porn

CaptainPinko Evidence (332 comments)

Lets say I'll be examining this "evidence" my self. I'm not quite sure they are up to the job, and I feel I should give them a hand.

about 2 years ago
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Asian Call Center Workers Trained With US Tax Dollars

CaptainPinko Re:Much like tax breaks for the wealthy.... (274 comments)

I can't tell you how often I hear someone want to "ax" me a question.

I recall my linguistics professor saying the "ax" actually is an older form of the word that has been preserved. So it's not so much improper as much as it is antiquated.

Also, languages go through regular mutatations, this is just another one of them. I don't think "ax" is any different than "pail" vs "bucket" or "pop" vs "soda". It's just that it is associated with a poorer demographic, but that doesn't make it any less valid English.

PS- Yes, I am the kind of person that will use "thee" and "thou" if necessary to disambiguate from "you".

about 2 years ago
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MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions

CaptainPinko Re:Very brief summary (244 comments)

Due you think that crowdsourcing might help? Anyone know what it takes to get an experiment going? I mean if we can get $2M for Wasteland 2, surely we could get at least $2M for a fusion experiment. Maybe more if we could get tax deducatable receipts... and a cool (or should I say "hot"? ;) ) t-shirt.

about 2 years ago
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Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

CaptainPinko Re:And that is what really stiffles innovation (384 comments)

I think your comment distracts more than anything. The point is that you should only be responsible for your direct actions. Driving drunkenly and hitting a child and nearly hitting a child should, arguably, have the same sentence since what differentiated the two was not intended. Now, whether you want to charge both with manslaughter or neither is a separate matter.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

CaptainPinko Re:And that is what really stiffles innovation (384 comments)

that would harm one of the underlying principles of common law many people agree with, the equal protection provision. Perhaps then its time to revisit common law, most of the world does without it. While the idea of it seems good (i.e. more consistency in interpretation) it means that reading a law is near meaningless until you read every ruling on that law. There was a lot of interesting pieces written contrasting the two systems following the Amanda Knox acquittal.

more than 2 years ago
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Mitt Romney, Robotics, and the Uncanny Valley

CaptainPinko Re:Religion (501 comments)

I will say one thing about Mormons... of all the people I've met of different religions, Mormons were by far the nicest and most genuine people. Try meeting some Bahai people. They make me wish I believed in God.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:You are part of the problem (359 comments)

And when you went to college you still believed them?

Yup. My parents were academics and got in when there was less competition. They presume everybody who is smart would have it so easy. They still do as they badger me to do a PhD and I try to explain that a MSCD or a SCJD or ScrumMaster certification would boost my career more (already have a MSc in CS in a field where only Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! work which are no near any of my family).

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:If they told you to jump off a bridge... (359 comments)

At the age of 12? Most definitely, I already felt like I was "missing out of everything" and "the odd one out" just because my parents were immigrants and for many years afterwards. I think it was only after bouncing back from the depression that claimed my early 20 that I felt able to do things differently.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:solution = Milestone billing (359 comments)

Isn't the first $2 the easiest and the last $2 the hardest? Won't that just lead to lots of tech demos and no products?

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:Good, bring 'em on (359 comments)

Fuck em. Free speech.

Actually, it's more like misrepresentation of credentials, to which free speech doesn't apply. There are countries where calling yourself a engineer has legal consequences.

Next, I'll start calling myself a doctor (as in "code doctor") or surgeon ("code surgeon"). ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:It's not lying (359 comments)

The question becomes how long will it take for the culture to shift when it has long become accustomed to underbidding.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:You are part of the problem (359 comments)

Stop whining and take some accountability. Go to a cheaper school. If you're 12 years old surely you can understand that.

Really?!!? Because when I was 12 years old every teacher I had told me that university was magical faerie dust that sprinkled on your education guaranteed middle-class jobs and income (no mention of which discipline you study mattering). The same people we were always supposed to listen to and obey. The same ones that taught us to read and do math. So is it our fault really if after over a decade in their system listening to that mantra we fell for it? Frankly, I think society has to own up to its part in the brainwashing and hype that went on there and the resulting debt and useless degrees. PS- does not apply to me, I got a STEM degree paid for by my parents and now have a soulless cubicle job making mad bank and a boring joyless life.

more than 2 years ago
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Rockstar Employees Badly Overworked, Say Wives

CaptainPinko Re:Welcome to Capitalism (633 comments)

... and is not the type of system our founding fathers intended, here in the US anyway.

So what? Neither is a system where blacks and women can vote. In fact, the founding father tacitly agreed to continue slavery in the south. So why should we care what they wanted? They gave us the means to change laws so we can.

more than 4 years ago
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Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site

CaptainPinko Re:Heroquest... (174 comments)

You might want to consider HeroScape. It is similar in nature and available from WalMart, Toys'R'Us, and Amazon. I've been looking into using it for our D&D campaign.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Make Science Popular Again?

CaptainPinko Re:Mo' Money! (899 comments)

Vanity is not the same thing as stupidity. Thing about how much has been acomplished by arrogant people just trying to prove themselves

more than 4 years ago

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