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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

RavenLrD20k What part of... (440 comments)

...my first exposure to the American "Free Movement" propaganda in the 4th grade

did you not get?

4 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

RavenLrD20k Re:What? (440 comments)

This has been my argument since my first exposure to the American "Free Movement" propaganda in the 4th grade. Teachers didn't like that. Especially when I made statements on the order of "the U.S.S.R doesn't have checks on their people moving from providence to providence either." Hell, even to go into Canada, I remember having to pass through a checkpoint where they reviewed my dad's license before permitting access (passport wasn't required back then).

4 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

RavenLrD20k Re: currency (138 comments)

So penny is spelled fening? The monetary division may be the same, but they are not spelled the same; which is what this whole thread section is about.

4 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

RavenLrD20k Re:currency (138 comments)

Yes. That would be why both oodaloop and myself said "...named after the British Penny" and "...the colloquial name 'pennies' to being a reference to the British Penny", respectively. I was corrected above to include Canada in the colloquial assessment, and I've found Australia uses the term as well. So, we have 4 countries -- Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. -- that use the term "Pennies" or "Penny" to refer to their lowest denomination of coin. Any others?

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

RavenLrD20k Re: First amendment? (250 comments)

And if the data shows that Sony had a major issue with one of their projects that should have led to a recall of millions of defective units that lie in consumer's homes... where does that lie morally? Say hypothetically a certain batch of batteries were discovered to erupt horribly covering anything in a 50 yard radius in vile battery acid after a period of about 3 years...and customers are coming up on 2 years 11 months of ownership and Sony had no plans of releasing this problem to the public? Wouldn't the public news outlets be morally obligated to release this information in the interest of serving the public trust? Personally, I think if a news outlet has this info, they really need to pour through it carefully to ensure there's nothing "against the public trust," and destroy the rest...of course, since when has the news companies ever performed responsibly and morally when left to their own devices?

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

RavenLrD20k Re:currency (138 comments)

Although open to some level of interpretation of what country the word "we" in the parent was meant to represent, it can be presumed that the parent was using the "we" to refer to the U.S, as the parent goes on to link the colloquial name 'pennies' to being a reference to the British Penny. To my knowledge there is no other country in the world to use the exact word 'penny' or 'pennies' to refer to their smallest denomination ('peso' is close but still fails the string comparison).

5 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

RavenLrD20k Re:Or better yet (281 comments)

Damn it! Now I have to recalculate where to put my Evil Bunker(tm) so that no one will ever find it! Thank you very much! Shame too... Would have been perfect for my Shark Mounted Laser research. I mean, not even Branson would have been able to find it for quite a while!

5 days ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

RavenLrD20k Re:Nerd Point of Contention (222 comments)

We're talking consoles as dedicated game systems in boxes that connected to TVs, not PC or Mac. Of course PC's are going to be pushing out better graphics before consoles get there; it's the very nature of the beast and is no less true now than it was back then...which is why they're not allowed in this argument.

It's true that Elite was published to limited markets on the Family Computer in '91, it wasn't a true polygon 3D engine but instead a wireframe engine. StarFox on the SNES was the first game on a console platform that actually incorporated polygon rendering through the use of the FX chip to produce its graphics. Doom for the SNES came 2 years later and used the same chip. The argument was made elsewhere in this thread that StarFox wasn't a 3D game because it was a rails shooter. If you want to take that argument to it's logical conclusion (and be totally pedantic as well) we could say that nothing short of what's displayed on the VR displays could be considered 3D. The type of game isn't what makes a game 3D or not, but the rendering style.

about two weeks ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

RavenLrD20k Re:USS Ponce? (225 comments)

...since people started calling their football teams "Trojans" (lost the war).

While historically the Trojan Army was heralded as one of the world's best up until their infamous defeat, the people who name American Football teams may be taking a more modern interpretation to imply good "coverage." Think of all the jokes that could and would come up at our pep rallies when our team of "Trojans" had a game with the rival "Spartans" across town. A certain scene from Naked Gun comes to mind.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

RavenLrD20k Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

Let's for argument's sake say the site turns to obnoxious ads and anti-blocking measures. You either stop reading or stop fighting the ads. If they lose you as a reader they lose you as a freeloader so what exactly have they lost, the privilege of you reading their blog? Talk about hubris. Or you end up watching ads and become a customer, they make money. You talk as if they they're the ones losing by pissing you off, but how could they lose anything when they got nothing from you in the first place? Aren't you just crying for yourself and when they shove you out the door you pout like a child crying "I didn't want to visit your stupid site anyway!"

You state that...and then your signature line:

When classic goes away, so do I. Copy this if you want them to get the idea.

I'm not a fan of beta by any means, but I can't help but appreciate the irony.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

RavenLrD20k Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

Attention: McDonald's. I never eat at your restaurants and never will, but still won't mention a word against you to anyone else if I see them eating your product. If I ever see this, I will become just as evangelistic against you as I am against Sony for wasting my time on their rootkit 10 years ago, as well as having had to deal with their proprietary format crap on just about every piece freakin media and cable connection they produce. I still won't use bluRay. Yes it's more or less ubiquitous now, but every dollar that pays Sony for the license to use the bluRay format is a dollar they can use in their development of the next Memory Stick.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

RavenLrD20k Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

I get your point and humor, but for proper pedantry and punnery: Steam is the application/platform released from Valve, the company.

Maybe they'll release the Steam Box as Steam Episode 2. Half the work and effort for them to push out a product every bit as inferior to Gabe's pipe dream. Hmm... Valve, Steam, Pipe Dream, Vapor....I'm definitely detecting a pattern here.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

RavenLrD20k Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

Until Valve sets their design into production and ships their first batch of Steam Boxen into the wild where people can actually buy and use one, this is nothing more than Vapor Ware. Aside from the Steam Box and Valve's other Linux gaming efforts, there's not been any real headway into the realm of Linux Gaming that can go beyond the scope of "blue skies in the future". So the parent to you was right: With luck, some sort of viable Linux gaming will actually be a tangible thing by 2020. Never count your chickens before they've hatched; and as far as we know, the Steam Box has only been freshly fertilized. There's no guarantee of survival to hatching.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

RavenLrD20k Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

As noted elsewhere: This was a pull that added nothing to the code except for changing comments. Ben Noordhuis initially and rightly rejected this change as it added nothing of value. Isaac Schlueter then did an override and made the commit. This sent out two very strong messages that should give project contributors pause and was likely the reason for Noordhuis' attempt to revert the commit: (1) The project leads put high value in making political statements over only allowing quality commits on every commit that improve the actual software; and (2) the project leads put low value in the time of their developers who have to read over these essentially non-functional commits as now they have shown that minimally functional changes are all that's needed to get a submission into code. For these reasons I can completely understand Noordhius' desire to revert...but of course, the SJW megaphones were turned all the way up. "Death to efficiency, long live our political butthurt! We are the victims, hear us roar as we trample our message all over your passion!"

Now I'm not at all saying that the change to the comments for gender shouldn't or couldn't have been made...but don't expect a commit only on changing some comments that don't matter to the functionality of the code...that's wasting time for a political statement that has no real value. If the change included some bug fixes or a solution to a functional problem, then by all means, the commit should have been allowed including the gender change. That was sorely not the case here.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

RavenLrD20k Re:Edge on perspctive (129 comments)

maybe... but you seem to be thinking that a black hole is a disk. Super-massive gravity wells, as with other gravity wells, are most likely spherical. If there's matter close enough that are within the galactic plane tolerances, but a bit above or below the well relative to our perspective, there's nothing that says the orbital decay pattern couldn't be in a rotation that we'd see like soap being pulled down a drain as opposed to streaks going across the well's equator.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

RavenLrD20k Re:Innaccurate (310 comments)

Anita isn't going to take our games away. Try as she and her SJW force might, they'll never succeed... particularly because Anita is ignorant of the messages delivered in the games she criticizes (particularly Bayonetta, in which this link is actually a teardown of her review and illustrates every point she's wrong about and how she's wrong about it). And there will always be Rockstar Games or a company/indie like them who are willing to build a game that rubs against the grain of censorship to put their message out there...and who actually make use of the waves of censorship as propellant for free advertising for their product. These are the games that I'm willing to support, because they so willingly take the ugliest parts of human nature and throw it up as a mirror for the world to see itself... and the denialists are the ones to protest loudest.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

RavenLrD20k Re: Innaccurate (310 comments)

Some other countries use points like we in the US use commas, and vice versa. For instance in France 100.534,67 is our 100,534.67 read One hundred thousand, five hundred thirtyfour and sixty seven (or Cent mille cinq cent trente-quatre et soixante-sept in French).

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

RavenLrD20k Re:Grammar Nazi to the rescue (310 comments)

Especially when it's said with the contraction: should've.

about two weeks ago

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FCC Demands States to get out of the way of municipal broadband

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  about 6 months ago

RavenLrD20k (311488) writes "I hope that Mr. Wheeler has the ability and the stones to actually act on this, but I'm not holding my breath. From the article:

While his recent waffling on Net Neutrality is still cause for concern, Tom Wheeler's recent statements in support of municipal broadband are worth cheering. In a statement posted to the FCC site, Wheeler said that: "If the people, acting through their elected local governments, want to pursue competitive community broadband, they shouldn't be stopped by state laws promoted by cable and telephone companies that don't want that competition."

That's about as strong a statement as one can expect from the head of a regulatory body. Plus, it's a pretty blunt challenge to both the industry he once lobbied on behalf of, and the government officials many believe are in their back pockets. In particular he cited the case of Chattanooga, TN which built out its own gigabit per-second fiber network out of frustration with the options offered by the incumbent Comcast. The trouble is, Tennessee's state government passed a law restricting municipal broadband projects...

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The First day of the rest of my days...

RavenLrD20k RavenLrD20k writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, I suppose I can give this a try. Everyone else and their mother seems to have a blog so I might try and give a go at it. If anyone cares to, perhaps I can get some feedback as to what people would want to know about me...or maybe wonder what in the universe I have to offer.

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