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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

MisterZimbu Re:Goddammit. (467 comments)

Imagine going to Shakespear and saying "Sure we will publish your plays, but every person who buys a copy will get a different version where we change the words and the cadence a bit."

Buy a copy of a play for every actor, all of them have minor variations which cause massive confusion.

Hell, change the Bible randomly; that wouldn't get noticed at all.

Books are not plays. What words you read don't really have an effect on what words others read from the same book.

Though this would affect grade schoolers' English classes reading from books out loud. I wonder how many kids will get falsely diagnosed with dyslexia because they were reading "Jim and Steve" when everyone else's books read "Steve and Jim".

about a year ago

150 Copyright Notices For Mega

MisterZimbu Re:Mega knows what the uploaded files contained? (199 comments)

My understanding is that that's pretty much SOP for any hosting provider (and possibly even the required action by the DMCA) and that it's illegal to DMCA something that you don't own the copyright to, or something that doesn't violate the copyright.

Of course, we're dealing with large companies and rich people here, who as we all know are immune to laws.

about a year and a half ago

What's Wrong With American Ninja Warrior?

MisterZimbu Re:Their #1 sin? Taking it seriously. (349 comments)

I know for a fact the Japanese version has prize money too.

I'm pretty sure they have competitions for qualifying beforehand, too. They just don't air that part on TV.

more than 2 years ago

What's Wrong With American Ninja Warrior?

MisterZimbu Re:See also: American Top Gear (349 comments)

I like it. And I like Top Gear UK too.

Season 1 was pretty bad, specifically because they tried to mimic the UK version, which they couldn't because the just didn't have the rapport of the UK cast.

The latter seasons are much more watchable because they've now went and put a more American spin on it. It's pretty much weighted more heavily towards the cheap car challenges and the studios are nothing more than a backdrop. While there are still segments that I fast forward through (the SIARPC, for instance, which I skip on the UK version too), overall I think it's on par with, if not better than, the recent Top Gear UK episodes (although the last UK series was actually fantastic).

Overall, when you recreate a show internationally, you'll have to "Americanize" some of it to get it to stick. The relatively small cultural gap between the UK and US requires this, let alone an immense one like there is between the US and Japan.

While ANW isn't great, I understand some of the Americanizations that were done to it. Carrying it over wholesale from Japan, format and all, would have made it so much worse.

more than 2 years ago

Foreign Data Unsafe From US Patriot Act, Says American Law Firm

MisterZimbu Re:legally demand (328 comments)

The current administration is nowhere near "Liberal". It's probably closer to conservative than it is to liberal.

more than 2 years ago

WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

MisterZimbu Re:Going back on their word (197 comments)

Things have changed significantly on that front - the raid size is smaller (10 or 25 players) and the bosses drop more loot, plus bosses give points you can spend at a vendor to get more raid-level loot.

The burnout's still there, but it's more in the opposite direction now- a new raid comes out and the players are getting geared so fast that they have nothing to do afterwards.

more than 2 years ago

World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers

MisterZimbu Re:Nope, it's a few things. (413 comments)

IIRC those 5 mans were instances that were planned for launch and weren't ready for release. Not instances added as new content.

more than 3 years ago

World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers

MisterZimbu Re:Nope, it's a few things. (413 comments)

I mostly agree with what you're saying here, but your 3rd point is a tad disingenuous.

- Naxx was more or less recycled, but to me this is okay because very little of their population saw it when it was relevant.
- Onyxia wasn't really "content" for the last expansion that was supposed to mean anything. It was literally a bonus raid added in celebration of their 5th anniversary.
- The two (yes, only two) 5 mans that got "recycled" are only the same instance in name and layout only. The content inside the dungeon (you know, the part that counts) is completely different. The bosses are completely different, the drops are completely different, the trash is completely different. They are effectively brand new instances.
- Likewise, the 5 man Zul'Gurub is literally nothing like the Vanilla Zul'Gurub raid. Zul'aman is pretty much the same though. However, these two instances were patched into the game. The 4 instances added in WoLK after the expansion's release weren't exactly shining examples of creativity, either. Before that? In TBC and Vanilla you simply did not get new 5 man instances patched into the game.

more than 3 years ago

Bubble Bursting On the MMO Market?

MisterZimbu Re:MMOs = communities (162 comments)

Most games in the 80's and 90's were horrible too. Your expectations have just changed.

more than 3 years ago

Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

MisterZimbu Text to speech? (293 comments)

I for one hope that Watson's text-to-speech engine fails miserably and he starts mispronouncing category names like "The Pen Is Mightier".

more than 3 years ago

Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

MisterZimbu Re:7PM, EST on ABC 2/14,15,16 (293 comments)

Jeopardy airs 2/14, 2/15, and 2/16 at 7PM, EST on ABC, for anyone curious. :)

Jeopardy is syndicated. It will show on different networks and at different times depending on where you live.

more than 3 years ago

Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

MisterZimbu Re:Too fucking bad.. (502 comments)

Another benefit is, say you have them repairing buildings for the city or whatever; you're also teaching them a trade that they can use when they get out of jail.

Good luck with the unions allowing that!

Simple answer to that- outlaw unions, throw them in jail, then they can repair all the buildings they want.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks

MisterZimbu Re:Hmmm... (385 comments)

So you've never played most of their games and are surprised that you weren't able to extract fun out of the games you never bought, played, heard of, or know anything about?

more than 3 years ago

Google Sues Dodgy Advertisers

MisterZimbu Re:google ads (71 comments)

My boss will regularly click the "Sponsored Link" in his google search result thinking that it's a legitimate search result.

It's not out of the question that people click that Sponsored Link thinking it's a real result, finds that it is the solution to whatever problem they were having (albeit not the best or most cost-effective solution), and make the purchase.

more than 3 years ago

Denials Aside, Feds Storing Body Scan Images

MisterZimbu Re:Of course they can (560 comments)

Who in their right mind would want Kevin Smith's body scan image?

Kevin Smith.

"So *THAT'S* what it looks like!"

more than 4 years ago

Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?

MisterZimbu Re:False assumption (814 comments)

He used two. Web browsers tend to reduce anything with more than one space to a single space.

Two spaces:
Blah. Blah.

Single space:
Blah. Blah.

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

MisterZimbu Re:Consumer Reports calling Apples BS. (507 comments)

Apple ignored some basic EE design rules here and didn't test the design properly.

To be fair, they meant to test this very issue, but the guy they sent out to test this in the real world lost his phone while barhopping.

more than 4 years ago

Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

MisterZimbu Re:Pretty Obvious Reasoning (432 comments)

The point was more along the lines that it's pointless to associate a post with a user's real name for datamining purposes on the forums - Blizzard ALREADY HAS that information and can already link your post to your real name.

more than 4 years ago


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