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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Chas Re:Ethics? (380 comments)

"ongoing cultural conflict"

What conflict? Some jackass gets up in my face, telling me what I "ought to do" or "ought to say" or "ought to be", I tell them to fuck off and tongue my ass-crack while they're at it.

If they persist in getting in my face, I claim self defense and shoot the motherfucker in the face with a high-caliber weapon to insure INSTANT harmony.

End of story.

7 hours ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Chas RIM still off in their own little la-la land. (110 comments)

Seriously. This kinds of shit is why they pissed away their market lead and utterly destroyed their entire market share.

They keep going for a minute market segment that barely exists, and thinks that the rest of us will hop on board to be with "the cool kids".

What they don't understand is that they've drawn themselves a venn diagram and aimed for the absolute smallest piece of the pie.

Yes, it doesn't require the kind of investment that aiming for a larger market segment does.

But, if you miss with that segment, you crash and burn.

And worse, they aren't even doing the research to even verify the market segment they're aiming for:

A) Can handle the entrance of the device.
B) Exists in the first palce

RIM has been dogfooding so long that they're institutionally blind.

I had a buddy at RIM try to tell me their tablet device was going to rock the market. Couldn't understand why I laughed and laughed and fell on the floor and laughed some more when he told me I basically had to buy into RIM's entire hardware ecosystem to take advantage of the thing. That it wasn't available as a stand-alone device.

Not sure that he still works there. Hopefully the high-decibel flushing sound that's been going on at RIM for the last decade or so will have infused him with a little perspective. Even if his bosses are still acid-tripping on ground up Blackberry 10 phones.

9 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Chas Re:Land of the free (540 comments)

The myth that owning guns automatically ensures safety is a product of ignorant, agenda-pushing, wussies.

Yep. And the agenda most of them are pushing is for gun control.

Since nobody with an actual brain in their head thinks that a gun *automatically* ensures safety.

yesterday
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Chas Re:Some (433 comments)

Basically what you're saying is that you've been brainwashed into "vinyl is better". People keep talking about the "experience".

I've listened to good music on vinyl. I've listened to good music on high definition digital audio.

I've also listened to good music compressed down to 128K MP3 files.

I'm VERY aware of the difference.

It's like kopi luwak coffee. It's not that the end product is really and truly better.
It's that there's a marketing ploy behind it. They're not selling a physical product. They're selling a story and a mindset.

If you want to buy into it, great. But you're pretty much going to have to put up with everyone else laughing at you.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Chas Guy making mint on vinyl says vinyl better! WOW! (433 comments)

Meanwhile, an industry pro WITH A VESTED INTEREST IN THE SUCCESS OF VINYL offers his take on the endless debate of audio differences between analog records and digital formats

There. Fixed that for you.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Chas Some (433 comments)

Some listeners think that vinyl reproduces sound better than digital

And some people buy Gold-plated Monster cables and Macs too. It just proves there's a sucker born every minute (at least).

some youngsters like the social experience of gathering around a turntable.

That's mainly because most youngsters' "social experience" has been limited to school (see "Lord of the Flies") and texting. Actually, y'know, MEETING UP with someone is a HUGE novelty these days. The turntable's just incidental.

5 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Chas Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

Doesn't much matter.

Only an idiot is going to try to land an occupying force in something as large as the United States, where any given citizen can be more heavily armed than an entire company of Infantry.

5 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Chas Re: Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

And where did Lafayette come from, and on who's side did he fight?

I fail to see Gilbert du Motier listed as a member of the Vichy Regime government.

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Chas Re: Helium and the density of the disc (219 comments)

No, straight Helium is a lower density medium than normal air. This means less atmospheric friction and less driver motor friction while spinning a platter.

Wouldn't it be better to just create a vacuum inside the drive? The vapor pressure of aluminum at 10^-10 torr is 600 C.

No. Because a vacuum would actually insulate the components. As there's nothing for heat to disperse through EXCEPT other components.

5 days ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

Chas 10 whole stations! Woo woo! (87 comments)

Oh boy! So, at this rate, someone would be able to drive coast to coast by...oh...3025?

Just in time for the 4th Succession War!

5 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Chas Re:Surrender to SpaceX, France (166 comments)

I love Americans. So quick to call out the French for surrendering when they've never faced the prospect of enemy soldiers on their home soil.

You obviously have forgotten that little scuffle between 1775 and 1783 we like to call "The American Revolutionary War".

So yes, we DID have a foreign army on our home soil.

So, where the Vichy government dropped trou, we rude Americans kicked the invaders in the nuts and sent them packing.

I will say this. While the French government was useless and emasculate, at least the French Underground had a collective set of big brass ones.

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Chas Re: Helium and the density of the disc (219 comments)

No, straight Helium is a lower density medium than normal air. This means less atmospheric friction and less driver motor friction while spinning a platter.
Since the individual platter assemblies run cooler, they can pack them closer together (and put more in a given drive casing).

Also, because they have to hermetically seal a platter assembly into the helium atmosphere, with some modifications, such drives can be used in full-immersion cooling, where normal air-cooled drives need to breathe.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Chas Near-vertical, oily teflon slope. (1039 comments)

As much as I think these people, for lack of a better term, fucking morons, I'm VERY leery of making this sort of thing "mandatory".

We could all be mentally ill! Let's make Prozac mandatory!

We have a population problem. Let's make injectable birth control mandatory!

Yes, we're not there yet. And YES, there's a BIG difference between chemically sterilizing someone and giving them a vaccine. But the very act of making the putting of a foreign substance in your body COMPULSORY is the big scary issue here. And it SHOULD be scary. You're being told you have no right to control your own body and what goes into it.

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

Chas Are the drivers still written by AMD? NO THANKS! (73 comments)

Sorry. AMD's main problem is not their hardware. Their hardware ROCKS.

The problem is, their driver packages are flaky, buggy, unstable pieces of shit. And, after being burned so many times by their crap, I won't trust them ever again.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Chas No fucking way in Hell. (415 comments)

I am NOT getting locked into a subscription model and allowing ANY vendor to hold me hostage. NOT happening.

I'd rather unplug than get sucked into an extortion ring like that.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Chas And the first piece of defense evidence? (697 comments)

A buggy whip.

Simply because a product threatens your business doesn't mean you are entitled to get it legislated out of existence.

AdBlock puts out a product that saves people bandwidth and filters out all sorts of noxious, potentially dangerous content.

However, there ARE ways around AdBlock. At the root of it, your ads simply CANNOT utilize any of the aforementioned noxious, potentially dangerous means to FORCE views.

If this breaks your business model?

Get a better fucking business model, as the one you're using now sucks.

Also, end users VOLUNTARILY install AdBlock. It isn't a default install anywhere. So these are people who have made a choice NOT to accept traffic from your crappy ad network. AdBlock didn't FORCE their product on ANYONE. Again, you don't have a right to force people to view your content.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Chas Hacking implies keeping DMCA around. NO! (129 comments)

The DMCA needs to be thrown out with a bunch of the other fecal detritus that's been inserted in modern US law, to the detriment of everyone.

about two weeks ago

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Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 5 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "Even though Netflix caved to Verizon's demands and is now paying protection money to them to ensure better service, Netflix performance still has not improved on the Verizon network.

This is the problem with giving in to extortion like this. Sure, Comcast at least made a token effort to improve performance for end-users. Verizon just treated it as a payday, and maintained status quo, continuing to blame Netflix."
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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about 9 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "And still more hoopla surrounding Bitcoin. 28 year old CEO of First Meta Autumn Ratke was found dead in her Singapore apartment on February 28th. Local media is referring to it as a suicide, but officials are waiting on toxicology reports."
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Maxis/EA admit SimCity could run offline.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Well, after a week or so of denying that SimCity "could not" be run in an offline mode, Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw has reversed herself.

According to her blog, Maxis COULD have implemented an offline mode but "It wasn't part of their vision".

This coming to light after modders have come forth to show that the game can be played almost completely in offline mode.

And in other news, apparently they're also censoring their helpdesk number now as well.
1(866) 543-5435 (By the way)"

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Can the City of Heroes save... itself?

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chas writes "As reported earlier, NCSoft has announced the impending closure of the City of Heroes superheroic MMO. So that's it. The end. Finis. Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Or is it?

Apparently they didn't reckon with a community that's spent the better part of a decade fighting evil and myriad world-ending threats. Now the citizens of Paragon City are stepping up to bat again. The stakes? The end of the world.

In a surprisingly civil and well coordinated effort, thousands of City of Heroes players have come together in a campaign to convince NCSoft that City of Heroes is worth saving. With online events, letter-writing campaigns, presence in social media and an online petition that's now in excess of 17,000 signatures. On top of that, they're seeing support from various people with some celebrity of their own such as Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Mercedes Lackey.

So, while saving this game is still probably a long shot, many people, including those in the media, think that this group might just be able to save the day."

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Community seeks to stop closure of City of Heroes

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chas writes "On Friday, NCSoft announced the shuttering of Paragon Studios and the imminent closure of the City of Heroes MMO. After a brief period of shock, the budding heroes in the community sprang back into action. This time, facing a much different foe.

Multiple, coordinated actions are now under way, ranging from petitions to NCSoft against closure of the game, letter writing campaigns, attempts to find a potential buyer and new publisher for the game, as well as attempts possibly acquire the game via a crowd-sourced action."

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Ethical violations

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Approximately two years ago, a story popped up on Slashdot about a researcher, David Meyers (aka Twixt) who had supposedly spent time "studying" players in the City of Heroes MMO. At the time, there was a lot of media attention about the subject. After a short time, it dropped and nothing more was heard on it until now.

Apparently one of the players who was upset did more than simply rant on a board. The player, who had some of their own training in sociology contacted both NCSoft and Loyola University to notify them about the ethical violations of experimenting on people (especially minors) without their permission.

Since then the Mr. Meyers has scrubbed almost all reference to his paper from his CV, and a book deal was quietly killed."

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Chas Chas writes  |  about 8 years ago

FreeJeremyDOTcom (5144) writes "Jeremy Hammond, of Chicago was sentenced last Thursday to two years in Federal Prison for hacking into the ProtestWarrior.

According to his plea-bargain agreement, he admitted to hacking into the ProtestWarrior servers and stealing upwards of 5000 credit card numbers. Reportedly, he had plans to use them to make fraudulent donations to various liberal causes.

In addition to his two year sentence, he was ordered to pay $5,250 in fines and restitution, and is barred from participating in any of the various hacking and anarchist groups for a period of 3 years after his release.

For the most part, all the various links point back to this article (may require registration/login) at the Chicago Tribune.

Of surprising note is the marked lack of support in the local hacker and anarchist communities for this person."
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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chas writes "I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased)."

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I am so SICK of brand-fapping.

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased).

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Been a while since I've looked into my preferences section. Indeed, I'm somewhat surprised at the host of options available to me now.

Quite cool in fact.

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