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Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Exposed

Rallion Re:But the big question is... (251 comments)

If you actually look at what was ACTUALLY said:

There have been 10 million cards used on PSN. They've continued to claim that this information was not only encrypted, but stored separately from the information that was compromised. They do not believe that even the encrypted data was accessed, but if they are wrong they will cover any costs people incur in correcting the problem.

This is what they said here, not necessarily what is true. Still, it seems to me that this particular story is misrepresenting Sony's claims, at least.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

Rallion Re:If your wife finds the first Dr Who "dated"... (655 comments)

Bad special effects are like bad editing. It's distracting. Think of trying to read while somebody else is trying to talk to you. It prevents you from having a seamless experience, which prevents your imagination from getting very far. Of course, it's worth remembering that the definition of "bad special effects" changes both over time and with the age of the viewer.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

Rallion Re:In my opinion... (655 comments)

I can think of lots of things that I would hate if I first saw them now, but because I liked them when I actually saw them, I'll like them forever.

Maybe I liked them because they were good in the context of the time, like a lot of stuff with special effects, animation, etc. that's bad enough by modern standards to be distracting. Maybe I only liked some things because I saw them as a kid. But as bad or simplistic or whatever these things might be by todays standards, and my own current standards, these things get an exception because I liked them once

I'm not saying classic Doctor Who necessarily fits into this kind of category for everybody, I'm just throwing it out there.

more than 3 years ago
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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

Rallion Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1276 comments)

You're wrong. I know you're wrong because a nice and balanced person would not do what he does on his show, whether he's a character or not. Actually, if the show was all genuine, it would be better -- then he's just crazy. Crazy is forgivable. On the other hand, if it's an act, then he is willfully inciting hatred and paranoia. That's not so forgivable.

You might as well tell me that a serial killer is a nice and balanced person -- you just have to look past the whole "killing people" thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Sputnik Moment Or No, Science Fairs Are Lagging

Rallion Re:Not a new problem (414 comments)

Money redistribution won't help a problem that we've shown that you can solve with money. You had it right at the beginning when you pointed out that our cultural priorities are wrong. Kids aren't interested in sports because that's where the money is, it's the other way around.

I think the reason we're falling behind is because parents in other countries and cultures still pay attention to their kids' education. Somewhere along the line, that stopped being important in the United States. It might be that they don't care, or it might be that their other obligations consume much more of their time than it used to, I don't really know, but I do know that it isn't a problem that can be solved with changes to education policy.

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Piracy Threats Cause Phone-Home DRM

Rallion Re:Who exactly gets hurt here? (256 comments)

You're right that it won't affect pirates, but that's actually because (so far) PSN games aren't being pirated.

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Piracy Threats Cause Phone-Home DRM

Rallion Re:I dont think so (256 comments)

For a PSN game? No, I don't think so. These games aren't being pirated even without this additional DRM.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

Rallion Re:Evidence and Explanation (596 comments)

Nobody's claiming Bing is copying Google directly. The problem is that, generally, any form of copying is considered unethical, regardless of the mechanism.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"

Rallion Re:I still don't get it. (613 comments)

Achievements are important to a lot of people. I don't know if it's so much about impressing people as much as it's about another layer of competition. In essence, it's not too much different from game-specific online leaderboards, or even speed records in running events.

Of course, if people could just claim they completed the 100-meter dash in whatever time they like, the records would become meaningless. If Microsoft failed to police the achievement system, the achievement points would become meaningless.

You could argue that the whole idea is stupid, meaningless and arbitrary, yes, but so are nearly all of the events in the Olympics. The point is the competition, which requires that everybody plays by the same rules.

I'm not saying everybody sees their Gamerscore that way (I don't, for example) but it's definitely a perspective that I can understand.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"

Rallion Re:Microsoft ignores her requests... (613 comments)

Yeah, the PR department would totally prefer to put out a press release detailing the nefarious activities of an autistic 11-year-old.

more than 3 years ago
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Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL

Rallion Re:I played this game on PC... (153 comments)

Trying to play this kind of game with a touchpad would be incredibly frustrating for me. Not simply because it's difficult, but because I would be so keenly aware that the touchpad would actually be the perfect input mechanism if only the software didn't convert the input data into mouse movement rather than providing the absolute finger positions.

more than 3 years ago
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Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL

Rallion Re:"and uses DirectX (ugh...)" (153 comments)

They didn't port Arx to any of those platforms. It was a Windows-only game, and DirectX is the best option for a Windows-only game.

more than 3 years ago
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Stars Remain In Their Usual Places; People Panic

Rallion Re:Ignoring Science? (468 comments)

Now they can just say, "Ohhh, THAT'S why we've always been wrong."

more than 3 years ago
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Autism-Vax Doc Scandal Was Pharma Business Scam

Rallion Re:Noooooooooo!!!!!!1111!11! (541 comments)

Sometimes. If a chiropractor tells you they are going to cure your indigestion and improve your vision and align your chakras, then yeah. That person is either crazy or lying. If a chiropractor tells you that they might be able to relieve some spinal issues, that's a different story.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech History Behind New York's New Year's Eve Ball

Rallion Re:Just the east coast? (106 comments)

Well, if you're not in EST, the timing isn't even right, so I would imagine that it would have to be more than a little region-specific.

Still, I can't bring myself to care. It's nice to be at a party with people who do care, though, because it really boosts the energy level.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

Rallion Re:Reading between the lines (229 comments)

This isn't about the Wii. This is about the upcoming 3DS, which gets its name from its (fairly unique) stereoscopic abilities.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo

Rallion Re:Plenty people use the British flags (473 comments)

Having deaths, events, emotions and other things attributed to them is actually exactly what symbols are for. It's kind of the definition.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo

Rallion Re:Hmmm, don't really like the guys tone (473 comments)

Everything you said is true (except for the last part about a simple in-game picture being a potential source of education and meaningful exposure--I don't learn all about the history of Christianity by seeing an image of a cross)

None of it changes the fact that the people in question are probably unaware of these facts, and almost certainly using the symbol in a hateful way.

more than 3 years ago
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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

Rallion Re:GOG not the only place to get The Witcher 2 (724 comments)

It's not the only place, but it's almost certainly the best place. A completely stand-alone version of the game with no external software or DRM, exclusive pre-order bonuses, and the pre-order is really just a declaration of your intent to possibly purchase the game when it comes out and involves no commitment and no payment until the game is actually available.

more than 3 years ago

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Supposed American Superiority

Rallion Rallion writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I find it necessary to ask this question, as an American. It's something I've been wondering about a lot lately.

Why is it that Iraq is a dangerous country that needs to be disarmed, while America is somehow a morally superior police force? America has far more military power than Iraq, clearly, and makes no secret of its arsenal of WMDs. (Which, though it's unrelated to my question, in reality, I often see Americans advocating the indiscrimate use of.)

People may say that Iraq was unstable. That Saddam was unstable, that he would use his might without thought to justice or rationality. However, I see America the same way. This war is certainly not a rational one. Arguably, it does more to increase the threat to America (by inciting potential terrorists) than it does to reduce it (by eliminating a relatively minor source of funding). If there is any net gain in security (unlikely), a far more effective use of $200 billion could have been found. It was a reckless attack, as well, due to the lack of concern for international support. And, depending on which Iraqi civilians you ask, it was not particularly just, either, as it attempts to force American values on another culture.

In summary, the attack on Iraq was reckless, irrational, unilateral and possibly unjust. Oh, and let's not forget the torture of Iraqis who disagreed with our side. And our weapons program, which, in terms of production, research, and stockpile, dwarfs that of Iraq.

So where does the moral authority come from? How is the U.S. oh-so-superior? Is it the secular government that our current president would rather do without? Is it our freedom, which the government seems to be taking the first steps toward stripping away?

I love America, I do, but I'm starting to fear that classics like Fahrenheit 451 may have been all too prophetic -- a nation full of people who almost think their country is the only one on the planet, and their only reminder of the existence of the rest of the world is the fact that they're constantly at war with it.

I know that the current administration might disapprove of this post, as a question that the Republican party has not approved should never be asked. But I decided long ago to always be a patriot instead of blindly doing what the government tells me.

If anybody is offended, I offer my apologies for simply and peacefully expressing my concerns, as any person who loves their country would.

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