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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Rande Re:10,000 Leagues (203 comments)

I thought it meant distance traveled whilst submerged, not depth. A nuclear submarine could (and do?) circumnavigate the world without surfacing.

about three weeks ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Rande Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (1134 comments)

Get back to me when you've managed to codify 'common sense' into law. Or do you want to punish people who break unwritten laws based on what is held only in your head?
If you've manage to code 'common sense' into a machine, then I think the Nobel Committee wants to have a word with you.

about a month ago

Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Rande Depends (52 comments)

Is the NPC rescue a quest?
Is it likely to give significant XP/Gold?
Does the NPC respawn even after I've rescued it once?

about 2 months ago

Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Rande Real Address? (113 comments)

What, you put your actual address in there? Why? No one I care about would use the Whois to contact me by snail mail. And if actual authorities need to find me, then they can subpoena my billing address (or maybe, y'know, just email me and set up an appointment?)
I think mine is currently set to some hotel in Uzbeckistan. Next renewal I think I'll set it to a Yurt in Mongolia.

about 2 months ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Rande Re:False Warnings? (135 comments)

Stick all the company's assets into storage for the length of the sentence.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Rande Re:Isn't this classic anti-trust fodder (211 comments)

Except there's nothing stopping the publishers from opening up their own website to sell ebooks.
The barrier to entry isn't that high.
Offer them for less than Amazon, with a good user experience and people will flock to it.
ie. Pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap.

Or are you saying that Amazon has forced them into 'Most favoured nation' clauses where they aren't allowed to sell for lower than Amazon? (Like Apple did, which _was_ anticompetitive)

about 4 months ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Rande As a reader... (405 comments)

I think Amazon&Kindle is great for finding authors, especially self-published authors that I'd never have found otherwise. Or even new books from authors I do like - because I'm not going to sign up to 100 newsletters to find out when the next book is.
Sure, quite a bit of self-published stuff is dross, but the 10% sample feature (usually) allows me to weed them out.
I can understand that other people may have different points of view and find the occasional typo, grammatical error or bad typesetting upsettings.
But OTOH, self-pub is often less than 50% of the price of a traditional book, and when you read ~150 books a year, that makes a difference.

about 4 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Lots of alternatives.. (483 comments)

No, but it's government procurement - small companies or one man bands don't have the paper power to be able to jump through all the hurdles.
And even if they did, they would get hounded relentlessly by the anti-DP people.
I suggest import from Africa.

about 4 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Bring back the firing squad (483 comments)

Remote control the guns, and let random people on the internet bid to be the one who gets to pull the trigger?
I'm guessing they would be the same people who get off watching beheading videos.

about 4 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Bring back the firing squad (483 comments)

Too messy. Someone has to clean that up...

Criminals have had that problem solved since the start - position executee next to grave, shoot in head, body falls in, fill in hole.

about 4 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

It would be hard to find a modern citizen without psychological problems who could stomach a guillotine.

...So use a guy with mental problems? Maybe even an inmate. Or does the idea of a person enjoying their job make you feel weird?

(Note that I'm generally against the death penalty due to the large numbers of posthumous pardons. But if a convict chooses to die, I'm not against assisted suicide.)

about 4 months ago

Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

Rande Re:I did man... apk (131 comments)

Especially the double-tap to the head. Gotta make sure.

about 4 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Rande Re:or not commit robberies and burglaries (450 comments)

The smart ones go into law and politics....
Where you can buy, bamboozle or masonic handshake your way out of your crimes. ...or even retrospectively make it legal.

about 4 months ago

Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

Rande Soylent Green (283 comments)

More than just a solution for overpopulation.

about 5 months ago

Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Rande Lack of Commentary (477 comments)

The commentary tracks are the only reason that I buy DVD/BDs. It means that I'll at least watch it twice.
They aren't included in pirate rips. ...and more and more often they aren't included any more on the optical formats either, because "commentary doesn't sell discs' apparently.
While I can't say 'No Commentary, no Sale", it's a _very_ high priority as to whether I'll pay more than GBP5 for a disc.

about 5 months ago

The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Rande Re:This will blow your mind really... (183 comments)

Or those numbers were for deep cover operations that shouldn't be disrupted by being raided randomly by other govt agencies.
Thanks evil ethical developer, you just risked federal agents lives.

about 5 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Rande Re:Good. (1037 comments)

The flaw in the Riddle is in the assumptions.
That "Evil" is a definable thing that everyone can agree on. What is evil to me may not be evil to you which may not be evil to God.
If you stub your toe, is that evil? Should God have stopped you? Or would it be more evil to prevent your temporary pain because they you wouldn't learn not to do silly things?
Or are you only defining certain bad things as evil? Say genocide, torture, rape, and murder? Because if all those things never existed, all that would do is change the goalposts so that thievery, vandalism and bad language were now the height of evil. Remove them also and things like being ugly, stupid and unwashed are now the height of evil?

Should God wait upon you hand and foot, serving your every whim and desire, preventing any pain of any kind because not to, you would consider evil?
Or would the greater evil be that self same bubble wrapping where you never leave the womb, never to learn, never to grow, never to mature?

about 6 months ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Rande Yesterdays Enterprise (512 comments)

My favourite for one reason - the Enterprise finally get seatbelts! Seriously, did they get rid of all Health and Safety regulations in the future? How many minor injuries could have been avoided if they'd buckled up!

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

Rande I would have preferred the cow delivered... (118 comments) my house.
I'd have to buy a chest freezer to fit all the meat, but a whole cow would last me 6 months.

about 9 months ago


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