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WikiLeaks, Money, and Ron Paul

Chardish Re:Ron Paul (565 comments)

By not solving the root problem of 'some men are intimidating and coercive,' you're merely creating a system where women feel compelled to have abortions, and allowing these men to continue to dominate and control the lives of these women. You also make the problem worse by insisting that it's ultimately the woman's decision, totally ignoring the situation that she came from.

Way to go, hero.

more than 3 years ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

Chardish Re:Well shit (401 comments)

For example, FF13's dungeon design was vastly simplified, to the point that 99.99% of all dungeons in the game are single straight corridors, with no side paths nor possible ways to get lost. They're very pretty, but it's also very similar to playing "Final Fight: The RPG" -- walk forward, fight, walk forward, fight, walk forward, fight... This is indicative of a group of executives who have a very, very poor opinion of their target audience as a whole - "Today's gamers aren't smart enough to figure out a maze, make it a straight line."

Look, I'm not a fanboy - I hated FF8, never touched FF11, and thought FF5 and the NES titles were largely forgettable. But I've got to say something about this "linearity is bad" mentality.

Look at the FPS genre: the earliest examples were very nonlinear (W3D, Doom, Quake, etc.), providing the player with very little information about the environment. Half-Life and Half-Life 2 come along, providing the player with a completely linear experience with very little real choices for exploration, and get lauded as some of the finest games ever. Those who originally thought that exploration was a necessary part of the genre were proven wrong.

FF13 was an attempt to see if the same principle worked with RPGs. The answer is: it's mixed. On the one hand, the path forward never seems confusing or unclear, which is a mechanic consistent with the narrative (the protagonists always have a clear mission and destination in mind.) However, the lack of meaningful actions to take during the non-battle sequences (your choices are basically "advance to the next battle/plot point" or "open the menu") makes time in the field seem wasted or unnecessary. I hope future entries in the series (and JRPGs in general) take lessons from the game - the compromise seems to be "have a clear path forward, with optional activities available down alternate paths that clearly indicate that they are asides from the main quest."

more than 3 years ago
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Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies

Chardish Re:brilliant (696 comments)

Let's look at this year's State of the Union, shall we?

"If we had allowed the meltdown of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today. More businesses would certainly have closed. More homes would have surely been lost."

"A strong, healthy financial market makes it possible for businesses to access credit and create new jobs. It channels the savings of families into investments that raise incomes. But that can only happen if we guard against the same recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy."

"But understand -- understand if we don't take meaningful steps to rein in our debt, it could damage our markets, increase the cost of borrowing, and jeopardize our recovery -- all of which would have an even worse effect on our job growth and family incomes."

That's one speech, and the themes of "do as I say, or else disaster is imminent" are all there and all clear. I could dig harder, but I don't have the time right now.

Bush's fearmongering was "do as I say, or we'll be attacked again." Obama's is "do as I say, or our economy will collapse." Same rhetoric.

about 4 years ago
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WikiLeaks Calls For Assange To Step Down

Chardish Re:Price (565 comments)

You don't understand the point of bail.

Bail isn't a presumption of guilt. Bail is required so that you actually show up in court. When the trial is over, innocent or guilty, the bail gets repaid. It's not saying "we think this person is guilty," it's saying "we want some sort of guarantee that the person is going to show up at trial."

Without bail, realistically, we'd have a huge number of arrested people running away and assuming new identities.

about 4 years ago
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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

Chardish It's fairly simple. (1328 comments)

And atheist scientists continue to try to use science to suggest the nonexistence of an omnipotent being. An omnipotent being, by definition, could render itself immune to all forms of detection, including detection by scientific/rational deduction. In the end, therefore, it's faith one way or the other: faith that there is no God, or faith that there is.

I would have thought Dr. Hawking would have been above succumbing to such a simple fallacy, but I guess not.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

Chardish Re:I see a lot of denial in this post (917 comments)

It was more lies! How could you NOT be pissed off about that press conference?

You, and much of the Internet population in general, are acting like there's some sort of massive scam taking place. Scams typically don't come with no-questions-asked money-back return policies. If I didn't like my iPhone, I'd take it back and get a refund. So could anyone else. It's not like anyone's being cheated out of their money here.

But don't let facts get in the way of your outrage over a device you don't own.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

Chardish Re:The others (917 comments)

There was a coding error with the signal bar graph. They admitted it, and fixed it.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

Chardish Re:I see a lot of denial in this post (917 comments)

To summarize Jobs: "Most people aren't seeing this issue. A small percentage are." They didn't say it wasn't a problem, otherwise they wouldn't have given out the free cases. At the same time, you don't hold a giant mass recall for a product that 99% of your customers are satisfied with.

I don't see how anyone could have an issue with Jobs's response. Like the iPhone? Great, keep it, and you get a free case. Like the iPhone, but are in the small minority having signal issues? Consumer Reports says cases fix it. Have a free case. Still don't want the iPhone? Return it, get your money back.

What's the problem for the consumer here?

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

Chardish Re:simple math (973 comments)

By that logic, should any work of the mind be copyrightable? Paintings are existing colors turned into new pictures. Novels are existing words turned into new stories. Computer code is existing bits given new values. Inventions are just existing raw materials turned into new devices.

If your answer is "that's all free too, no one should own that" then you have created a world where no one can make money from the fruits of their mind, only the fruits of their physical labor. In essence, everyone must have a job either physically laboring or selling things that have been physically labored for, and intellectual culture would grind to a halt.

Copyright guarantees that you can make money coming up with better ideas than other people. How could that do anything but create progress?

more than 4 years ago
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Climategate's Final Days

Chardish "Denialist" (872 comments)

I'd just like reasoned answers to the following questions by objective and informed people who have no stake (financial/career/political/etc.) in their answers:

  1. is climate change a man-made phenomenon,
  2. if so, is it a net bad for the world,
  3. if so, is it worth stopping,
  4. if so, can we stop it,
  5. if so, should we try to stop it (costs/ethics/potential for worse catastrophes),
  6. if so, how should we stop it?

The fact that I have yet to see such answers from the aforementioned neutral parties makes me a skeptic. The "denialist" label is insulting to skeptics, and is at war with reason.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

Chardish Re:Formula change (534 comments)

Since I could return my iPhone right now for a full refund and go back to using my old one, that kind of blows your "reinforcement dynamics" theory out of the water.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

Chardish Re:Formula change (534 comments)

The end result is still a dropped call,

Not to be an Apple apologist, but dropped calls were frequent on my iPhone 3G, and have been nonexistent on the iPhone 4 I've been using since launch. Same apartment, AT&T service, and I haven't been paying attention to how I've held the phone.

Obviously, this is a statistically insignificant sample size of one, but lower reported bars does not automatically equal "dropped call," and many of the loudest and most vocal critics of the iPhone 4 issues have not been actual iPhone 4 owners.

more than 4 years ago
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Unique ID In India Causes 'Fear of the Beast'

Chardish Re:Blah (725 comments)

You're in here stereotyping theists as irrational, delusional, bigoted murderers and suicide bombers, and at the same time decrying their supposed intolerance?

Do you honestly not see the irony of this?

more than 4 years ago
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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Chardish Re:I don't like it, but it's probably correct (431 comments)

If something is in the public domain, anyone has the right to publish it. If something is not in the public domain, only certain people have the right to publish it.

Thus, removing something from the public domain is revoking people's right to publish it.

Isn't revoking rights of publishing a pretty egregious violation of freedom of the press?

more than 4 years ago
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iOS 4 Releases Today

Chardish Re:Unfortunately (702 comments)

The fragmentation issue is that there might be two phones and App #1 will run on the Red Phone but not the Blue Phone, and App #2 will run on the Blue Phone but not the Red Phone.

Apple doesn't have that problem, because everything will run on the newest model of the phone. As soon as they break that trend, they're fragmented, yes.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Founder Advised To Avoid American Gov't

Chardish Re:Good on him (632 comments)

If it's really about protecting the citizens of other countries from their evil regimes, why is the U.S. military is involved in Iraq and Afghanistan and not Saudi Arabia, the UAE, or Iran, let alone Rwanda, Libya, Sudan, Burma, Venezuela, or North Korea?

I reject the notion that you can end tyranny by killing people and blowing up things until it goes away.

more than 4 years ago
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iOS 4 Releases Today

Chardish Re:Unfortunately (702 comments)

You clearly don't understand what fragmentation is.

Fragmentation isn't one device superseding another in capabilities, or rendering the first one obsolete. Those are all normal parts of evolving technology. No one expects a Pentium II to be able to run Crysis. It's simply beyond the capabilities of the older hardware.

No, fragmentation is when you have two devices of the same generation that support a different set of features. For example, the Red model might support features A and B, and the Blue model might contain features B and C. Want to make an app that requires features A and C? Tough luck!

You can call a "feature" hardware buttons, software support, or even whether a particular carrier has locked out a certain capability or not - but either way, this is a real problem that Android has that iPhone doesn't. Is Android better or worse than iOS? Debatable. But iOS isn't fragmented, and that's a point in its column.

more than 3 years ago
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Federal Judge Limits DHS Laptop Border Searches

Chardish Re:The rollback of the Bush era infringements (359 comments)

In the absence of some outside restraining force, how do you avoid the inevitable natural concentration of power when everything is left to its own forces?

  1. Checks and balances. The federal government was designed to be an organization at odds with itself: the executive could do nothing not approved by the legislature, the legislature could do nothing not permitted by the Constitution, and the Constitution couldn't be modified without the consent of the states. Sadly, this has all but fallen by the wayside, with recent presidents using the executive order as a means of creating law, and Congress ignoring the Constitution.
  2. Citizen awareness. You need a populace with a strong education in civics and citizenship, a respect for process, and an understanding why subverting the Constitution is a Very Very Bad Thing, even if it's being subverted in the name of something you support, because one day it might be subverted for something you hate. Citizens need to understand that people who ignore the Constitution are a threat to liberty and need to be voted out of office, without exception.
  3. Strong local governments. Don't like the laws in your town? Move to the town 5 miles down the road. Don't like the laws in your country? Tough luck, you're screwed, unless you really want to leave all your friends and family behind, or go into national politics and try (probably unsuccessfully) to fix things yourself. This is precisely why the majority of lawmaking should be done at the local level.

more than 4 years ago
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Japan Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail In Space

Chardish Re:1st step in something useful for deep explorati (284 comments)

Debris isn't really something that the engineers need to worry about. Space is very, very empty - I read something once about how if you took all the matter in the known universe and evenly distributed it throughout the volume of the known universe, it'd work out to something like one hydrogen atom per cubic kilometer. If you launch something out of orbit, the odds of it striking another object in your lifetime are virtually nil, even objects of microscopic size.

more than 4 years ago
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Pakistan Lifts Ban After Facebook Deletes Offending Page

Chardish Re:Damn right! (677 comments)

A human cell is not a complete human organism. A fertilized embryo is.

more than 4 years ago

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Blogger Fired For Reviewing Leaked "Wolverine&

Chardish Chardish writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Chardish writes "Variety is reporting that longtime Fox News film blogger Roger Friedman has been possibly fired for posting a positive review of the leaked workprint of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Friedman claims he has not been terminated, though his review was taken down by Fox News and his blog has remained silent since Friday. The film is being distributed by 20th Century Fox, which, unsurprisingly, is owned by the same parent company as Fox News. Friedman's original review (which is now gone from Google's cache) has been decried by some within the fan community, with Ain't It Cool News calling it "criminally irresponsible.""
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BodySurf: Audiosurf meets the Wii Balance Board

Chardish Chardish writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chardish writes "Forget the hype about Wii Fit — the coolest thing about the Wii Balance Board is its potential as a game controller, and what better way to christen a new peripheral than by rigging it to work with games that predate the peripheral's existence? BodySurf is a (somewhat lengthy) GlovePIE script that manipulates the input of the Balance Board to work with the PC music game Audiosurf. It's fairly sophisticated, and includes Wiimote motion controls, special controls for each character, weight calibration, and a few play options."
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Chardish Chardish writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chardish writes "Roxor Games, an independent arcade game startup and developers of the In The Groove series of dance games, announced today that as a result of an out-of-court settlement, Dance Dance Revolution producer Konami has acquired the In The Groove trademark and intellectual property rights. No word on what this means for the future of the In The Groove series, but this is a major blow for independent game developers everywhere. Harmonix's Guitar Hero bears a striking similarity to Konami's 1998 GuitarFreaks — will Konami be suing Harmonix next?"

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