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Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

Lithdren Re:But does harassment discourage the majority? (312 comments)

Most players are not racist or much of a problem at all.

It takes one guy on a server of 60+ to cause problems however. So it doesn't matter much.

about 9 months ago
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Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

Lithdren Re:You'll play it and you'll like it (312 comments)

Yeah I love this aspect of their vision now. You need their Origin software so you can launch the login page thorugh a browser, so you can log into the game server of your choice. The game itself basically launches command-prompt like from the direction given to it by the browser. I see no reason to tie it to Origin other than to force people to look at it once in a while and see what other products they sell. While im sure they might generate some money this way, ...its just not very well thought out.

about 9 months ago
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Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

Lithdren Re:Welcome to the rest of the world (312 comments)

How do you sleep at night, stealing that gold spoon out of the mouths of grown men who get off dressing and acting like babies? HOW DARE YOU SIR, STEAL FROM MEN WHO COULD OWN YOU AT THEIR WILL!

The nerve!

about 9 months ago
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Dell Fixes Ultrabook That Smelled of Cat Urine

Lithdren Re:This isn't normal? (133 comments)

Well...seeing as liquid runs down hill, it only stands to reason.

about 9 months ago
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Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

Lithdren Re:Welcome to the rest of the world (312 comments)

...and how does region locking play in to that? Best I can tell, you could prevent multiplayer piracy without locking people out of the game in central ohio because you think their located in London for some idiot reason.

about 9 months ago
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Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

Lithdren Really? (638 comments)

Drive with random stuff strapped to your head, get a ticket.

News at 11.

I dont care if its Google Glass or random pieces of garbage, try paying attention to what you're doing instead of twittering 24/7 about what you're eating.

about 9 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

Lithdren Re:How safe? (947 comments)

Seems like a lot of people who ride bikes feel like this guy does. I had a friend in high school who was t-boned by a nun driving a beetle. He was extreemly angry when he got a bill for 3000 dollars of damage done to the vehicle while he was layed up in the hospital with a compound fracture after flying through her windshield.

He was illegally crossing a highway, the idiot is lucky he's alive. It was a semi-blind turn and the poor woman had no chance to stop because it was mid-winter in the midwest. If you hit someone on a bike, if they're breaking the law its not your fault. You might be able to prevent it, and following the law properly you might even avoid hitting them, but that's not a given. If you're on a bike, you need to follow the laws just like everyone else not on a bike.

With how most people drive...the car is usually at fault. Even if the bike is too, they'll get hurt more and that tends to look bad to the police that show up. That doesn't mean the idiot on the bike is never at fault, only that its generally harder to prove they were at fault (cars usually leave skid marks before the accident, the cyclist will leave them after the accident)

about 9 months ago
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

Lithdren Re:Problem in Search of a Solution (568 comments)

5. lower your bandwith, up your prices, use the additional profits to prevent competition in the general area by bribing local officals.
            5a. make sure anyone who might have the ability to still compete does the same thing.

about 9 months ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

Lithdren Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (488 comments)

Came here to say exactly that. Reviewing what they say in the artical linked:
 
 

The Court has struggled over the issue of allowing the copying of the hard drive. This is a serious invasion of privacy and is certainly not a standard remedy, as the discussion of the case law above demonstrates. The tipping point for the Court comes from evidence that the defendants â" in their own words â" are hackers. By labeling themselves this way, they have essentially announced that they have the necessary computer skills and intent to simultaneously release the code publicly and conceal their role in that act. (underline added) And concealment likely involves the destruction of evidence on the hard drive of Thuenâ(TM)s computer. For these reasons, the Court finds this is one of the very rare cases that justifies seizure and copying of the hard drive.

Way I read this...they were unsure if this guy stole code from the company he worked for, they were pushing to seize his computer at home because they felt he had stolen code to release as an open-source option to the software he helped write that they wanted to lease out instead. The court, torn on the issue, decides that because he calls himself a 'hacker' he's able to not only steal the code, but cover his tracks. So they better seize his equipment before he gets a chance.

I hope someone beats some sense into this judge, just being capable of something does not mean you might do it. We're all murders because we all own cars capable of running people over and killing them. We're all mass murders because we have bleach/cleaning fluids at home we could dump into local water supplies poisioning the entire area. Next time someone gets hit by a car while on their bike in a hit-and-run they'll need to bring in as probable suspects everyone in the tri-state area who owns a drivers liscence. What kind of insane crap is this?

about 9 months ago
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Biological Clock Discovered That Measures Ages of Most Human Tissues

Lithdren Re:Misprint... (70 comments)

So he wants to live forever and have lots of wealth? Well, at least we know the scientist involved is human.

about 9 months ago
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Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

Lithdren Re:Why is SSN secret? (390 comments)

Way to completly ignore the question.

The question is why is an SSN secret? If the purpuse is to tell person A apart from person B who have the same/similar demograpic information (name, DOB, etc) then ok I get that. But why is the SSN treated as the end-all-be-all identification of that person?

The answer of course, is beacuse its easy on the credit companies and banks. Its something they dont assign, are not responsible for, and dont need to worry about. If someone takes it, well, look he had the right number...its a cop out. Plain and simple.

It would require more diligence of the bank, not the customer. The customer already needs to present things like birth certificates, drivers licenses, proof of residence, etc, etc. But none of that isn't easily spoofable, so they've tried long and hard to make people feel like a SSN is somehow safe, and unfakeable. An individual person can vanish without a trace, but a SSN wont. Or more specifically, whoever actually owns the SSN wont. They're now on the hook, and the leeches (banks, credit agencies, etc) get their money back.

I had a friend who's 5 year old had taken out a car loan half-way across the country. Sure, the DOB clearly didn't match, or the address, but geez they had a name and a valid SSN. So good to go...right? Every last one of these jerks should be in jail.

about 9 months ago
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What Employee Lock-In Means At Facebook

Lithdren Re:So? (391 comments)

Because when someone starts doing something that makes them a lot of money, whatever methods they are using has this really nasty tendency to spread like a disease. While this particular flavor of CEO may not be affecting you, its all together possible he's going to end up rubbing off on some other flavor of CEO who is. And if not you, someone you care about.

about 9 months ago
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What Employee Lock-In Means At Facebook

Lithdren Re:so why isn't the meeting going to be busted? (391 comments)

Maybe because being undocumented has nothing to do with being here illegally? While its possible, its not a given, as many different situations can cause someone to become an undocumented individual who cannot prove their citizenship or right to be in the country. Lucky we're not all jerks and deport people without due cause.

about 9 months ago
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No, the Earth (almost Certainly) Won't Be Hit By an Asteroid In 2032

Lithdren Re:What astronomers are missing is... (142 comments)

In a perverse way, you have a good point. If you have the money to move this thing, you have the money to do it any number of ways much more cheeply than slamming an asteroid into the planet would be.

But if you're going to end all life on the surface of the planet anyway, who cares how expensive it is? Might as well have some fun with it.

about 9 months ago
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Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

Lithdren Re:Where did that money go? (767 comments)

Federal employees were not allowed to just get another job elsewhere in the meantime. many had to continue working, unpaid.

about 9 months ago
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Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

Lithdren Re:Hold on there, my dear sir. (767 comments)

*PSST*

If people are filing bankruptcy due to medical bills chances are they're not able to pay them, thus supporting very point you're trying to argue against.

Somebody is paying for those medical bills that people cant afford and are losing their homes over. If you start off so wrong from the beginning... can we really trust anything else you've got to say?

about 9 months ago
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Under the Hood With Battlefield 4

Lithdren Re:Would love to have an opinion, but.... (77 comments)

Sadly no, I was a fool and pre-ordered BF3, and sadly have since sworn the franchise off (did play BF4 beta...not worth it). Anyway...

Punkbuster is built directly into BF3 and has given me nothing but problems. its actually the main reason I dont play BF3. It refuses to update automatically for some reason, and the only way to fix it is to manually update it through a horrible little download application. This will usually fix it for about 2-3 days then goes back to randomly kicking you from games because PB is not up to date, but wont give you an error message, you just get dropped. So whast that a PB issue, or was it a lag/server kick for ping/random drop/internet cutting out problem? Will take a few more attempts before I figure it out.

Between that and never figuring out how to join games with a friend, I just gave up on BF3. It doesn't want to work, and I dont have the time or energy to babbysit it.

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

Lithdren Re:And I blame my parents (734 comments)

Yes, lets rant about how prissy the 12 year old girl was for taking her own life. Because we all know 12 year olds (girl or boy) are capable of handling things like an adult should, in your perfect world.

about 9 months ago
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A Teletherapy Startup Removes Barriers To Mental Health Care

Lithdren Re:I'm surprised this didn't catch on sooner. (102 comments)

This has been going on for years, just not 'liscenced' like this is. My mother for example, after my father died, joined an IRC channel for support of people who have lost loved ones to Cancer. She ended up becoming a major person to the group and helped many people through what she had to deal with, while getting help herself for her own issues from the loss of my father

about 10 months ago
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Most Cave Paintings Were Painted By Women, Says Penn State Researcher

Lithdren Makes sense in some ways (205 comments)

If this holds true, I can sort of see why that might be. Given the time and lifestyle involved in such times, women were not really allowed to do much of anything. They were, in many cases, owned by the male.

blowing colorful pain on ones hand almost seems to me like something you'd discover by mistake if you were bored enough. You take human beings and put them in a situation where they're not allowed to do much more than raise a child and you'll have them invent some pretty interesting side projects im sure. The males would be too busy out killing one another or hunting an animal or two. You'd naturally have a mix but I could see why a majority of artwork would end up getting done by females.

about 10 months ago

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