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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

Nationless Re:So (373 comments)

They also offer a variety of services which I greatly appreciate in this day an age.

I don't have to lug around all my cds/dvds/Floppies every time I move and honestly I've gotten rid of all my physical media (external hard-drives excluded) about 2 international moves ago.

It automatically keeps all my games up to date, no more Battlefield 1942 patch hell.

As a store front it allows me to keep up to date on game releases and even pre-load certain titles.

Steam sales.

A robust offline mode which automatically works as long as you've downloaded the game and run it a single time while being connected online.

I use it as a unified launcher.

I use it as a communication tool dedicated to getting in touch with other people I know who are playing games and can easily organize matches of any game on our collective steam lists.

Also not all games come with the steamworks DRM and can be run freely without steam even being installed on the system. Granted you have to download it through Steam first, but that would apply to any digital store front. Not to mention I've never noticed the DRM in action, making it the most non-intrusive form so far and if it doesn't even bother me, I don't see much reason to rage about it if it means that Steam is more likely to stay in business.

I no longer have to input CD-keys or even worry about where I've physically kept the myriads of manuals containing them and installing software is as quick as simply wanting to play something and double clicking the title and download/installation is automatic. I don't have as much time to waste on gaming as I used to so streamlining it is in my best interest.

Having to live with the "fear" that one day my games will be gone is like worrying that a Jumbo jet will land on my house. Honestly, I'd just pirate the games I'd lost.

about 5 months ago
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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

Nationless On Topic Discussion (87 comments)

I don't think they know what the word, "resurrect", means.

Nah, just kidding. Fuck the beta.

about 6 months ago
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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Nationless Re:I do not look forward to this. (336 comments)

I want to be able to meet someone and get to know him/her by actually talking to him/her.

And no, I don't give a fuck about sex offender list crazyness.

I do not want *anybody* to tell me who i should be afraid of or not.

What's stopping you?

about 6 months ago
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Study: Piracy Doesn't Harm Digital Media Sales

Nationless Re:How Does "Piracy" Help Digital Sales? (173 comments)

Maybe they only pirated one album from an artist and they want the rest of their discography.

Or maybe just they *gasp* actually want to support the artist so more music will be made.

about a year ago
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Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

Nationless Re:Corrupt Culture of Waste (466 comments)

Because people are stupid and forget about important things all the time.

It's a campaign revolved around awareness. If you notice all the lights going out around you and you take a moment to think "Ooh, that's neat" and then figure out it's earth day then maybe sometime next week you'll turn off a light you would normally have left on or turned down (up?) the AC a couple of degrees. But more often than not you will forget it, because people are stupid and forget about important things all the time.

Sure it's futile, but at least it's something.

about a year ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Nationless Re:"I'd START with?" (417 comments)

I personally think it should be restricted to motorized vehicles. I do agree with the general negligence category, but having laws for bicycles is pointless since there's no test or requirement to own or operate one and children will be the most caught for this "crime".

I see that we inherently have different opinions on the matter and I doubt either one of us will change stand points at the end a discussion, but I appreciate your opinion.

about a year ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Nationless "I'd START with?" (417 comments)

Why does it imply that I would want bans in the rest of the places when I pick cars? Is this some kind of reverse psychology slippery slope?

I'd ban it in cars, and ONLY cars. And naturally only for the driver.

And surely it's already "banned" in classrooms? Unless you want to press criminal charges against children who happen to have a social life and *GASP* an inability to not pay attention every day in a classroom.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

Nationless Re-watching and editing (379 comments)

Watching back your life will literally take a lifetime worth of time to do. Not to mention how long it would take to edit it into something comprehensible.

Here's a suggestion: Live your life and look forward instead of focusing on how you can dwell harder. Spend more time doing things you love instead of remembering the things you used to love.

about a year and a half ago
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Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

Nationless Re:Is there a significant secretarial presence her (240 comments)

Actually my peers noticed it before I did. I work in Graphics and have had a long technical background where a lot of them come from art backgrounds. They were peering (no pun intended(...Ok, maybe partially)) over my shoulder and were amazed with how fast I was typing. That's when I started noticing how slow they were. Of course they're faster than me at certain other tasks.

Different backgrounds different skill-set.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Apple Shop Forced To Change Its Name

Nationless Re:apple is still evil (174 comments)

I should totally steal their idea and start a tech company in the UK called Orange.

Oh, wait...

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

Nationless Re:Don't fix it if it aint broke (467 comments)

Exactly this. When I get asked if my bios is the latest version I usually just lie and say yes and then they end up providing me with the information/service I originally requested instead of badgering me about my bios being the potential culprit.

about a year and a half ago
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Glasses That Hack Around Colorblindness

Nationless Re:Colorblindness? (97 comments)

That is actually really interesting. In addition imagine the potential of having similar software on the google glasses or any other head mounted display giving you visual feedback on objects you may not be able to clearly see in real time.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Use Lasers For Cooling

Nationless Re:Cool! (132 comments)

Another laser, duh.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox 18 Launches With Faster IonMonkey-Enabled JavaScript, Built-In PDF Viewer

Nationless Too many revisions chased me away (220 comments)

They kept updating it and changing things around in very small ways which seemed to break my add-ons and browsing methods on a regular basis. Like adding the awesomebar, taking it out, breaking the addon I had to replace it and probably putting it back in again by now...

  I know updates are generally considered a good thing, but Mozilla chased me away with theirs. I just wanted my browser and daily routine to work every time I started it up without having to worry about whether or not they updated it.

about a year and a half ago
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What 'Negative Temperature' Really Means

Nationless Re:-1 post (204 comments)

I've spent all my mod points, please down-vote parent to -1 to prove a pun.

about a year and a half ago
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My favorite New Year's celebration:

Nationless Re:Favorite =/= Celebrated in my case. (157 comments)

I've changed cities 3 times in the same number of years, but London was my favorite so far.

about a year and a half ago
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My favorite New Year's celebration:

Nationless Favorite =/= Celebrated in my case. (157 comments)

I celebrate the Gregorian first, but I enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations more and try to drop by the local Chinatown for the dragons.

about a year and a half ago
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Researcher Says the Hawaiian Islands Are Dissolving

Nationless Re:Hmmmm (55 comments)

Think of the children's [times 1500] children's children's children's children!

And yes, I tried to copy paste 1500 "children's", but apparently slashdot has some sort of "spam" protection... Who knew!

about a year and a half ago
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MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'

Nationless Did it lead to more purchases? (308 comments)

Serious question: Fair enough that they disrupted a lot of traffic, but did it get redirected anywhere positive?

Did sales go up? This is a pretty important question that they don't seem to be answering.

about a year and a half ago

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