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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

MBraynard Re: Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

You voted for a president who favored endless deficits rather than one who recognized this county is governed by the house. Negotiate with actual terrorists in Afghanistan and Syria? Sure. Work something out with the speaker of the house? No way.

about a year ago

Steve Ballmer Replaces Don Mattrick As Xbox One Chief

MBraynard This was determined by... (343 comments)

seeing which MS exec could throw an Xbone the furthest.

about a year ago

Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

MBraynard Re:Well... (303 comments)

Nice to see Stardock still pumping out handy Windows utilities as well as the occasional time-sucking 4X game.

To this day, I still use Multiplicity on several machines to access computers right next to each other without using a KVM or multiple mice/keyboards.

about 2 years ago

CowboyNeal On Dota 2, Modern Games, and Software Development

MBraynard Re:Who's this CowboyNeal? (148 comments)

I wish I could get my low ID back but I lost access to the email address attached to it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Get Old Commercial Software To Be Open-Sourced?

MBraynard Re:Allegiance (234 comments)

I _loved_ that game. I was in the beta because I was a zine reviewer at the time and also enjoyed playing it a lot after release.

I think part of the reason it failed was because MSFT launched it using a monthly fee on top of the $50 initial purchase cost. Nuts, eh?

Anyway, I'll check out the game as it is now; it might be a good excuse to buy a new joystick.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Get Old Commercial Software To Be Open-Sourced?

MBraynard Re:Allegiance (234 comments)

I was a big fan of that game and wrote a review on it for a now defunct magazine. A friend of mine was on the development team. If you want to, I can ask him about it.

more than 2 years ago

Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO

MBraynard I hope... (295 comments)

I hope they asked themselves the question before they got started, "What things can we do that will make ours better than what else is out there?"

more than 2 years ago

Judge Grudgingly Awards $3.6 Million In DRM Circumvention Case

MBraynard Re:Seems partly justified (227 comments)

But that's not what the law says and not what was meant by the people who wrote it.

The company ripping of MapleStory made a lot of money doing so and the fine was too light if anything.

Judges intepret and apply laws, they shouldn't be writing them or basing what they think the penalty should be on what they think is right. That is the job of the democratically elected legislature. No one voted for this judge.

more than 2 years ago

5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced

MBraynard Re:exponential version growth (309 comments)

Well, you did come to the one website on earth where that would be possible. Don't be so surprised.

about 2 years ago

GamePro Shutting Down After 22 Years

MBraynard Don't really need them anymore.... (91 comments)

Why do I need to know someone else's opinion about a game when I can play a demo myself or read a one-man-blog who reviews it? Or watch a preview video on Youtube?

more than 2 years ago

Battlefield 3 Banned In Iran

MBraynard Re:Seems Reasonable (248 comments)

If I build a TV station and I decide I don't want to broadcast your crap, it's not censorship. You are guaranteed a right to speak, not a right to be heard.

more than 2 years ago

Study Finds Frequent Gaming Changes Your Brain

MBraynard This does not equate to intelligence or virtue (171 comments)

If there was some tie in to emotional maturity,patience, wisdom, or even raw intelligence, that would better validate the value of VG more than just changes in the shape of the brain - which is quiet common among those engaged in repetitive mental behavior just like muscle develops according to to repetitive physical behavior.

more than 2 years ago

Valve's Gabe Newell On Piracy: It's Not a Pricing Problem

MBraynard Re:Hmmm (466 comments)

What do you think the "C" in "LLC" stands for, genius?

more than 2 years ago

In-Vitro Muscle Cells, It's What's For Dinner

MBraynard Probably the same (619 comments)

Meat from cows is made of molecules.

Meat from a lab can be made from the same molecules.

If your tongue and your stomach can't tell the difference, what does it matter? *shrug*

more than 2 years ago

US Gives Raytheon $10.5M For 'Serious Games'

MBraynard Re:In the middle of the greatest deficit... (108 comments)

I'm going to stab at your ignorant meme.

Bankers paid back all of the money from TARP with interest. It netted the US treasury a profit to spend on Pell Grants, food safety, and whatever other benevolent things you think government does.

The portion of TARP that did loose money was that which was invested in GM and Chrysler. Many billions lost - but that was solely to bail out the unions, not the companies. If they had gone into bankruptcy, they would have shed their union obligations and continued making cars.

It was comrade Obama's venture socialism in 'green jobs' that cost taxpayers.

Stop pretending you speak for the 99%. Get a job, anonymous coward freak.

more than 2 years ago

The Elder Scrolls Return With Skyrim

MBraynard Re:Back to Morrowind (158 comments)

There was a line from comedian Richard Pryor where he said he knew he had a cocaine problem when he chose the cocaine over the, er, woman.

Your post reminded me of this.

more than 2 years ago

When Having the US Debt Paid Off Was a Problem

MBraynard Re:Say what? (633 comments)

We are clearly going to get a big bunch of amateur economists commenting on this one.

I see you are getting this trend started. I would add that there still would be secure government debt to purchase for a long time - though not as much of it. States, municipalities, school boards, etc. are always participating in the bond market for special projects. There are also foreign government's that run deficits but whose debt is more secure than the US's (Thailand, etc.)

more than 2 years ago

DC Universe Online Goes F2P

MBraynard Re:Shows how little you understand about money (103 comments)

This is why many places that accept credit cards require minimum transaction amounts to use them.

Which is a violation of their merchant agreement and, if you notify the credit card company, will result in them being told to either drop the minimum or stop taking cards.

IThey are not allowed to have minimum transactions for cards and they are not allowed to charge a premium for card-using customers. They are, however, allowed to give cash discounts.

/merchant account reseller for the last 5 years.

more than 2 years ago

Xbox 360 Reset Hack Yields Unsigned Code Execution

MBraynard Re:Why? (177 comments)


You buy that equipment with an understanding that there are restrictions on how you use it.

Do you buy a lunch buffet carrying a set of Tupperware?

about 3 years ago



RNC Chairman Candidate's Debate and Web 2.0

MBraynard MBraynard writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MBraynard (653724) writes "Taking a cue from Slashdot, Obama and other similar sites, American's for Tax Reform are requesting both questions and question moderation via the web for the upcoming debate they are hosting among candidates for the Chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. So if you want to have your voice heard by the next leader of the Republican Party, this is your chance."
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Who has all those mod points?

MBraynard MBraynard writes  |  about 10 years ago

I gotta wonder sometimes who goes around giving -1 to my 2 score posts for being over-rated. I mean, of ALL THE POINTS to spend, they blow that one point on taking away the 1 point bonus on posts that may not be 5s, but they are relevant and useful, not off-topic.

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