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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

Also as a final thought on this matter (unless I think of more to add later), I am also pretty certain I would not like Crunchy Frog, Ram's Bladder Cup, Anthrax Ripple, or Spring Surprise either.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

I guess I prefer chocolate that utilizes the sweet taste buds moreso than the bitter taste buds is all.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

She is wearing more than how Burroughs initially described the Martian ladies.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

How so? (if you are referring to my post as a fail). I got the 1984 reference loud and clear.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

I could have sworn it was being reduced to 20 grams...

Why do they even need chocolate on Mars? The only thing there so far is robots. I understand that we should pre-position supplies before sending colonists, but chocolate is not exactly a mission priority.

They do need it real bad there on Mars. Without it, how would hawt princesses like Thuvia or Deja Thoris maintain their proper feminine figures?

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Trader Joe's Could Help (323 comments)

They could alleviate some of this problem by contacting the people who run Trader Joe's. They have this one dark chocolate bar (can't recall the name of it) that is so nasty and bitter, that it is inedible completely (unless you dip it in honey, then it is barely tolerable). It is worse than baking chocolate and is actually sold as if it is intended to be eaten like a normal bar of chocolate. If they just full stop quit producing that travesty, perhaps that could free up chocolate resources for other uses for perhaps another year or so.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Scarletdown Re:Good news! (323 comments)

I could have sworn it was being reduced to 20 grams...

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Scarletdown Refunds for Their Customers? (474 comments)

So then, since the customers were not able to see any pre-release reviews before purchasing, will Ubisoft refund their purchase price, or just flip them the middle finger and say, "Sorry suckers. We got your money. You know the industry standard is "No returns. Too bad so sad for you. Please come again."

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Scarletdown Re:to quote from a +5 comment in another thread (301 comments)

"Information wants to be free. Nothing is taken from the people whose videos are posted."

Don't try to anthropomorphize information. It hates that.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Scarletdown Only One Response is Called for Here (231 comments)

To the Ontario Provincial Police,

You are hereby cordially invited to either: 1 - fuck off, 2 - bugger off, or 3 - piss off; whichever is the most commonly used expression in Canada.

about two weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Scarletdown Re:The Score (594 comments)

Space exploration Deaths:

NASA: 10+ that I can think off off hand. Not including X-15 test pilots that died.

Private Industry: 1

I think for NASA, that is at least 17 (not counting deaths of test pilots from the X15 and other experimental aircraft)

Apollo 1 Launchpad Fire: 3
Space Shuttle Challenger: 7
Space Shuttle Columbia: 7

about three weeks ago
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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

Scarletdown Re:and? (250 comments)

No mortgage on mine. I own it, not the bank.

about three weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Scarletdown Re:Selective? (357 comments)

From the statement of the spokesperson, this really isn't because they think Google Glass is a threat. They are putting this in place so as future, higher quality devices come out, they are already covered.

Of course, this isn't going to do them any good when such future, higher quality devices are designed in such a way that unless the owner actually blabbed about it, no one would even know that they were wearing such a higher quality recording device. Surely the technology will advance to the point to where such devices will be so seamless in one's glasses or whatever it may be installed upon, that they will be undetectable.

about a month ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Scarletdown Re:To the surprise of no one (357 comments)

The MPAA took the most restrictive course possible on keeping their movies from being reproduced without them getting a share. And in this case, they're well within their right. You bought a ticket to see the movie once. That does not give you a right to record it yourself. If you don't like their terms, don't buy the ticket.

Now, if I buy a copy of a movie for me to legally enjoy in the privacy of my home, but they impose technological restrictions that prevent me from doing so, then I'll bother to get upset.

To play devil's advocate here, why? They "took the most restrictive course possible on keeping their movies from being reproduced without them getting a share." You bought a copy of a movie to watch on their terms. That does not give you a right to watch it on other terms. If you don't like their terms, don't buy the DVD or Blu-Ray.

Watching a movie purchased on DVD or other physical media does not require clicking "I Agree" first before it can be viewed. And even if it did, so what? If I purchase a movie on DVD, and I want to run it through DVDFab to turn it into an ISO to watch right off my hard drive instead of having to have the physical disc in the drive, I will. If I want to convert it to a format that I can view on my PSP, or on a tablet, or even on my smart phone, I will. I will do whatever the hell I want with the copy I legally purchased (short of distributing copies to other people of course).

I do not give a flying fuck what "protective measures" were put on the original media. If the publishers do not like it, they are cordially invited to go fuck themselves. They got paid for the DVD from its first sale (whether I was the original purchaser, or the original purchaser was the one who donated it to the Goodwill from whence I subsequently purchased it.) Their rights over that copy (with some obvious exceptions) end with that first sale.

Oh yeah, and as an afterthought, as I always see on ads for movies... "Own it today on DVD or Blu-Ray!"

about a month ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Scarletdown Re:So the question is ... (357 comments)

Should Netflix send the MPAA a thank you card or a cake?

A pie would probably be preferred. We all know how untruthful cakes can be.

about a month ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

Scarletdown Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

Autorefresh sucks too!

about:config

accessibility.blockautorefresh true

about 1 month ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Scarletdown Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Any sort of securista ploy to invade private property like this that starts with "think of the children" should be automatically subject to Reductio ad Hitlerum.

And any government official who so readily argues that "protection of children" is the reason for any measure they want to put forth, no matter how heavily such a measure can and will be misused and abused, should be summarily removed from office right then and there and be banned for life from any public servant position.

about 2 months ago

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SEC Proposal Severely Neuters Crowdfunding Projects

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  1 year,24 days

Scarletdown (886459) writes "A recent proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission will, if passed, severely limit the effectiveness of any crowdfunded project that is based in the United States of America.

The proposal has six major features, the first three of which appear to be the most harmful to startups and any private backers who are not already among the wealthy uppercrust.

1: Crowdfunding caps an amount an issuer can raise to $1 million in any 12-month period.

2: Crowdfunding caps the amount a person can invest in all crowdfundings over a 12-month period at 10% of annual income or net worth (incomes of $100,000 or more) or the greater of $2,000 or 5% of annual income or net worth (incomes of less than $100,000).

3: Crowdfunding must be done through a registered broker-dealer or registered “funding portal.” Broker-dealers and funding portals may not solicit investments, offer investment advice or compensate employees based on sales. Traditional investment banks have shown little interest in crowdfunding, leading to speculation that crowdfunding will be facilitated by lesser-known financial institutions with little or no retail investment track record.

This proposal, with the $1,000,000 annual cap, would succeed in ensuring that the old 20th Century models of funding would remain in place for the forseeable future.

It seems like this would immediately put a halt to any new and innovative ventures here in the U.S., and drive them to set up shop overseas. It makes no sense to squash growth and development by making it prohibitively expensive to get a foothold."

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Does Silverlight Break Video Capture Devices?

Scarletdown Scarletdown writes  |  more than 3 years ago

For at least a year now, I have tried off and on to get my housemate's primary computer operational with video capture capability so that he can do screenshots and clips from the assorted game consoles set up in his room, and to actually be able to play these consoles on his nice big monitor instead of the old composite Amiga CRT that they are all connected to.

All attempts have failed miserably with three different devices thus far (ATI TV Wonder USB, a more or less generic USB capture device, which I am currently using on my own system, and a little Syntek STK1160 USB device). On all three, the capture or viewing apps used (WinDVR 3, VLC, and Ulead VideoStudio) gave either a blank display with a claim of no video input detected, or a super garbled neon green image.

At first I thought the problem may be with his video card, GeForce 8600GT PCIe, or the drivers, but as the frustrations progressed, I determined that this was not where the fault lies. To further test, I connected the most recent device, the Syntek, into one of my test systems, running XP Pro with SP3, and installed the drivers and all three apps. It worked flawlessly.

One major difference between the two is that his has Microsoft Silverlight installed so he can stream Netflix on his computer. Neither my test box nor my primary system here had Silverlight installed. So I decided to conduct one more test.

I created a system restore point, installed Silverlight on the test box and tried WinDVR again. It was still working. Then I uninstalled the drivers for the SynTek and reinstalled. Sure enough, video capture no longer worked, showing the same symptoms as the other box.

For the next step in the testing process, I uninstalled Silverlight and did a reboot. Now the video capture still does not work. Somehow, Uninstall did not uninstall everything Silverlight had put on the system, which is pretty shitty behavior for any application. Uninstall should mean just that. Get your crappe and everything that came with it off my hard drive and return the system back to how it was beforehand.

Continuing the quest, I have uninstalled and reinstalled the video capture drivers, and went ahead and did another reboot. The video capture device still does not work. So now I am back to square one. On the test box, I can just restore from the restore point I set, but it is way too late for that on the other. Would anyone who may be reading this have any suggestions on how to completely eradicate Silverlight without completely reinstalling Windows?

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