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MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

Ranzear Re:Outsourced eh? (289 comments)

Especially in a different goddamn country than what that second 'A' entails.

more than 2 years ago

F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Apartment Complex

Ranzear Only 25 crashes in 40 years? (295 comments)

From TFA:

There have been more than 25 crashes involving Navy aircraft on or near the base over the past four decades.

Only 25 crashes of high-performance military hardware in four decades is a staggeringly low number to me if even the B2 can have a glitch caused by a little water on takeoff and crash,

more than 2 years ago

CEO of TuCloud Dares Microsoft To Sue His New Company

Ranzear Streisand Effect. (109 comments)

Sounds more like a dig for free marketing. "Hey people! Big nasty Microsoft is suing us because we're a wholesome little company! You should totally give us your business!"

Totally not gonna backfire...

more than 2 years ago

World's Tallest Free-Standing Broadcast Tower Completed

Ranzear BASE Jump? (65 comments)

Seriously, how long until Jeb Corliss gets up there (after his ankles heal, ouch!)

more than 2 years ago

Why Richard Stallman Was Right All Along

Ranzear Re:Well, actually... (807 comments)

Because that's not all that's in the First Amendment. See also the Freedom of Assembly.

more than 2 years ago

Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law

Ranzear Ridiculous assertions. (516 comments)

Would 'virtual eating' feed hungry children in Africa? Didn't think so.

more than 2 years ago

P2P Traffic Drops 10% After New NZ Law

Ranzear P2P just in a lull... (110 comments)

Nobody stops to think maybe it's because no big game titles or movies came out this week? Way to declare victory when your opponent is off taking a nap.

about 3 years ago

Fossil 'Suggests Plesiosaurs Did Not Lay Eggs'

Ranzear No different from sharks. (79 comments)

All sorts of different sharks seem to differ on laying eggs versus live birth. Why would dinosaurs be pigeonholed into one birth method or another?

more than 3 years ago

New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

Ranzear Unfortunately... (414 comments)

It will never see the counter or even a perscription pad, because treating makes more money than curing.

more than 3 years ago

Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon

Ranzear Obligatory: (351 comments)

Forget mining! I wanna get at those whales!

more than 3 years ago

Study Shows Technology May Inhibit Good Sleep

Ranzear NONSENSE! (155 comments)

Technology is amazing!

It's the goddamn TVTropes that inhibits my good sleep...

more than 3 years ago

Molybdenite As an Alternative To Silicon

Ranzear Re:great, more advertising by press release (169 comments)

I don't see moly transistors replacing the entirety of silicon transistor applications in the same way that graphene will never replace silicon.

I can, however, see moly transistors stepping in for the power regulation side of a chip and system where efficiency is demanded, and graphene-based 'burst processing' cores that are shut down completely when not in use on the performance side.

Everything is about application, adaptation, and integration of technologies, not seeking out a replacement for every end of the spectrum at once. Silicon is the Jack in the middle, while the specialists should be looked upon as integrable to the whole of transistor arrangement.

more than 3 years ago

Sensor Measures In Fingertips If Driver Is Drunk

Ranzear Re:Override available? (549 comments)

Or maybe you've had a single dose of Nyquil, or even something as simple as rinsed your mouth with Listerine, and the residue on your fingers (stabilized by the other ingredients of these products) is enough to trip the device. Describing them as 'Unfailingly Accurate' sounds like a recipe for false positives in bad situations. In an amusing reversal of the standard trope, this is like DRM cutting your access to something you legally purchased and legally make use of because you have a Torrent client installed. I'm sure there will be 'Circumvention' clauses associated with the devices as well.

more than 3 years ago

Game Prices — a Historical Perspective

Ranzear Re:A couple of points missed by the article... (225 comments)

And concert tickets...jesus, if you even have to ask. I can remember paying $25 for good concert tickets (for mainstream bands) just 20 years ago. Today it's crazy what you pay even for tickets to no-name bands' concerts.

I saw Apocalyptica for just $25 a few weeks ago by buying the ticket at the door. What you're likely encountering is Ticketmaster's runabout scam, which after fees turns that '$25 at the door' into $48 or more. They even intentionally put their site into maintenance mode just as new tickets are released and link to a site that has no mention of Ticketmaster, yet is owned by them, which sells the tickets at up to 10x their box-office price.

The tickets themselves haven't gotten more expensive, really to the contrary, but the fees and greed of the company who monopolizes them has indeed gotten out of hand.

more than 3 years ago

Matter-Antimatter Bias Seen In Fermilab Collisions

Ranzear Re:Authors (304 comments)

I could still one-up you with Aardsma.

more than 4 years ago

Estimating Game Piracy More Accurately

Ranzear Re:But... (459 comments)

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that I pirate games I don't want to pay for because generally too expensive to purchase. If I could pay $10 for each of a dozen games that I've pirated in the past year instead of $120 for two, I probably would.

In my case, they are losing a sale to fixing the price too high for too long, especially in this age of Price != Quality. On the flipside, I'll buy titles on Steam for $9 on-sale and secondary to that reason never have to worry about losing access to it because of some shady DRM scheme.

I think a lot of pirating of games is for the same reason as pirating of movies still in theatres: They simply cost too f*cking much to access legitimately on a regular basis.

more than 4 years ago

Rocket Racing League Showcases New X-Racers

Ranzear Re:Interesting.... (39 comments)

Curse the ubiquity of BBCode.

more than 4 years ago

Rocket Racing League Showcases New X-Racers

Ranzear Re:Interesting.... (39 comments)

Except we've been waiting for this 'Rocket Racing League' to [i]take off[/i], pun or not, for the last [b]six years[/b]. It is the Duke Nukem Forever of motor^H^H^H^Hsports.

more than 4 years ago


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