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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

SCPRedMage Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (203 comments)

The bonus doesn't come from armor, it comes from a magical force effect, that just happens to have a bonus type of "armor".

To be a little clearer, the monk's AC bonus class feature states that they get the bonus so long as they aren't wearing armor, and even though it grants an "armor" bonus, you still aren't "wearing" armor.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

SCPRedMage Re:I can see their response already (97 comments)

Comcast charges $8/month for a cable modem rental, and I bought my DOCSIS 3.0 modem for $80, which puts the break even point at ten months, for me. Considering that they'd likely jack up the price before then, the break even point could well come before ten months.

about 8 months ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

SCPRedMage Re:The box is pretty much mandatory (97 comments)

The FCC now requires cable companies allow self installs of CableCARDs, whereas that requirement did not exist back in 2010.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

SCPRedMage Re:Why? (465 comments)

They're not. They're in charge with helping you regain control of your own property.

The point here, as has been pointed out here, is that Apple wants proof that the deceased woman in question is, in fact, the owner of that Apple ID. Yes, it's more than a little draconian, and they should have better means of making that connection other than a freaking court order, but the fact of the matter is that security and convenience are on a sliding scale, and while it may be just a tad too far towards security, they're still trying to look out for their customers.

about 9 months ago
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Steam Music Now Accepting Beta Signups

SCPRedMage Re: DRM (102 comments)

Pay attention, will you; this is a feature for SteamOS and Big Picture mode, meaning it's meant for the living room, where you use a controller, not a keyboard.

about 10 months ago
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Under the Hood of SteamOS

SCPRedMage Re:Um... (201 comments)

Umm... no, no it wasn't. Valve hired the guys behind Narbacular Drop, who then worked at Valve to create Portal using many of the same concepts, but Portal was developed entirely by people who earned their paychecks working for Valve at the time they were working on the game.

In other words, Valve didn't buy the game, they bought the team.

about a year ago
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Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

SCPRedMage Re: what? (513 comments)

Considering the original was "you can't take the sky from me", yeah, the "away" throws the melody off.

about a year ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

SCPRedMage Re:Well.. (519 comments)

It's only "unenforceable" from a legal standpoint, but before it ever even sees a courtroom, it's already intimidated enough people to raise the company's BBB rating from an F to a B, and ruined other people's credit; the couple from TFA have been turned down for loans due to the credit hit they've taken because these guys sent that $3500 "penalty" to collections.

Why pay court costs for a judge to enforce your schemes when you can get the credit bureaus to do it for free?

1 year,12 days
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Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

SCPRedMage Re:Welcome to the rest of the world (312 comments)

Actually, the law HAS changed. Originally, copyright was for a much shorter time (14 years, renewable for another 14 years if the creator was still alive), but in modern times the length has been pushed so far that the "for limited times" part of the constitutional clause that gives the U.S. government the authority to CREATE a copyright law is, for all intents and purposes, irrelevant. Anything you see created today will still be copyrighted long after you die.

Unfortunately, this makes the public domain a nearly worthless concept; copyright is limited so that things will eventually become public domain, but with copyrights so long, nothing relevant to modern society belongs in it. Hell, we have entire forms of media that will never have a single item enter public domain until you are dead, buried, and dust.

1 year,29 days
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GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

SCPRedMage Re: Some people... (621 comments)

I think the harder part for you is realizing the fact that evidence the people held these beliefs in the past is not the same as evidence of truth of these beliefs.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of

SCPRedMage Re:Streaming and Accounts (252 comments)

The original XBone concept would have worked out just fine, had the system not included physical media.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of

SCPRedMage Re:Console controller? (252 comments)

Hey, now, Wolfenstein 3D had plenty of blue, too. :P

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steambox, Sort Of

SCPRedMage Re:They've got a good shot at it (252 comments)

I think the difference here is that, theoretically, any Linux game on Steam would work on Steambox, so those "partisan" developers don't need to make a non-PC port.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

SCPRedMage Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Microsoft does not want to show google ads, because google gets the money. Microsoft wants to show their own ads, so they change the program to disregard google ads and show their own instead.

It is my understanding that the original version of the app didn't show any ads at all, and this updated version shows only the ads that Google themselves serves up.

Assuming my understanding is correct, then this isn't about ad revenue; this is about user experience. Microsoft wants a good Youtube app on their phones because they know their users want one; not having it makes them look bad.

Which is also a very good reason for Google to want them to NOT have such an app. I don't have any idea if that is the actual reason they pulled MS's API key, but I find it infinitely more likely than an ad dispute.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

SCPRedMage Re:What? (290 comments)

Turn off... UEFI...

The fuck? UEFI is a replacement for BIOS; "disabling" it would entail disabling your system's ability to boot at all. Likely what you mean is Secure Boot, which is an optional feature for newer UEFI systems that caused a bunch of stink with Windows 8.

about a year ago
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MMO Fan Site Removes Character Stats Over Trademark Claim

SCPRedMage Re:What? (139 comments)

Actually, 100% of MMORPG character names are at risk, already. Someone can petition to force you to change your character's name at any time, for no reason. Whether or not they're listened to is a different matter.

Heck, I once knew someone who played WoW, with a tauren named USDAApproved; someone complained, and he had to change it.

about a year ago
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Don't Tie a Horse To a Tree and Other Open Data Lessons

SCPRedMage Re:No Horse/Tree Connectivity? (109 comments)

Hay now, do we really need these stupid puns?

about a year ago
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Critical Security Updates Coming To Windows XP, 8, RT & Server

SCPRedMage So... (289 comments)

...it's a normal Patch Tuesday? How the hell is this news?

about a year ago

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