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In Small WV Town, Monsanto Faces Class-Action Suit Over Agent Orange Chemical

Schadrach Re:Nitro (185 comments)

Or named for the product of the chemical plants it sprung up around (rather than the plants moving into town, the first plants came first, and people moved around them to shorten their commutes).

more than 2 years ago
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Julian Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

Schadrach Re:Good. (311 comments)

That of course, depends on how you ask your questions. "Have you ever had sex after drinking?" is different from "Has a man ever bought you drinks in an attempt to have sex with you?" versus "Has a man ever rendered you unconscious or otherwise unable to respond/resist through application of drugs or alcohol in order to have sex with you against your will?" all yield wildly different responses.

A lot of the surveys that arrive at extremely high rates of rape classify things as rape that the "victims" don't.

As was said, generally rape victims don't brag about it the following day, nor do they follow up their rape by throwing a party to show off their rapist to their friends.

more than 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg Quits Google+ Over Privacy Concerns

Schadrach Re:Interesting fact (284 comments)

You missed the whole Battle.net outrage, huh?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 8 20% Faster Than Firefox 5

Schadrach Re:For those confused (441 comments)

So, does that mean it has a 5 minute summoning animation??

more than 3 years ago
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Hacker Exposes Parts of Florida's Voting Database

Schadrach Re:Good job on behalf of the hacker (261 comments)

Explain this. Oh, also assume that those engaging in said vote coercion are going to sit you down and ask you to verify your vote in front of them, so they can see who you voted for exactly as you would. Also, that they do in fact hold your career in their hands, so failing to do so entirely will be very, very unpleasant.

You'd need a system in which you could "verify" that you voted for a specific party even if you didn't, and without it being possible for a third party watching the process to know whether you were showing your actual vote or your "boss friendly" vote.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Six-Front War

Schadrach Re:Patents (249 comments)

Patent's goal is exactly the opposite of that though, because to get a patent you are supposed to be required to divulge exactly how your $PATENTABLE_THING functions. The alternative is Inventors keeping their methods and designs secret until someone else figures is out, rather than being given legal protection for a limited period of time in exchange for divulging their methods and designs.

The amount of time that protection lasts might be too long (especially for copyright, somewhat less so for patents), and (in particular for patents) might have expanded to cover things that it logically never should have (business method and software patents -- software is essentially by definition a formal way of describing mathematical formula that can be interpreted by a machine; math is not patentable; q.e.d. software should not be patentable, let alone be protected by both patent and copyright [is this the case for any other kind of works?]).

more than 3 years ago
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US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment

Schadrach Re:As an American Conservative... (458 comments)

We'd best make it a criminal offense to sell certain books, movies, music, comics, etc to children because they might be corrupted by the evil influence of Elvis' hips. With more or less the sole exception of pornography, these are unhindered by law -- why should video games (which have a rating system similar to movies with similar voluntary enforcement, note that books have no such restrictions) be the exception?

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

Schadrach Re:illegal immigration = modern slavery (835 comments)

That it's OK to outright disregard the rule of law in a foreign country in order to have those things, because if they are remotely careful they probably won't get caught?

No reasonable person is "anti-immigrant", nearly all of us are descended from immigrants. There exists a legal route for immigration though, one that, again, most of us are descended from someone who dealt with.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

Schadrach Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

It's worth noting that he doesn't need probable cause, just "probable cause" as well. The law's author's went out of their way to avoid the phrase probable cause because that phrase has legal precedent attached, instead using a phrase that sounds like it should have a similar meaning but doesn't innately carry that meaning.

more than 3 years ago
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City of Heroes Moving To Hybrid Payment Model

Schadrach Re:F2P a Misnomer? (62 comments)

Goes to show how long it's been since my subscription was last active. =p

more than 3 years ago
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How the Web's Relationship With Anonymity Has Changed

Schadrach Re:A challenge (172 comments)

Now, do the same for me! =)

more than 3 years ago
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City of Heroes Moving To Hybrid Payment Model

Schadrach Re:F2P a Misnomer? (62 comments)

Actually, there *are* ads in CoH. They have to be enabled by the user (they are opt-in) and the replace certain textures in each zone, literally replacing some in universe advertising with paid advertising (that the game is mostly in an urban environment makes this not terribly jarring -- the less urban areas just don't have ads, because it doesn't make sense for a billboard to be in, say, the middle of a graveyard).

more than 3 years ago
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City of Heroes Moving To Hybrid Payment Model

Schadrach Re:Not surprised (62 comments)

Premium players can join SGs, but only VIP (subscribers) can create them.

Which presents an interesting question for me -- I have a SG. All the members are either me or my nephew. We'd both be grandfathered in as premium. Does not being able to *create* a SG limit what we can do with an already existing one? Does that mean a free or premium player who wants to create a SG just needs to sub for a single month to get it made?

more than 3 years ago
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City of Heroes Moving To Hybrid Payment Model

Schadrach Re:Not surprised (62 comments)

You start seeing more variety in environment later on, when you aren't raiding office buildings and warehouses all the time and thus gettng maps with the office building and warehouse tilesets. The villain side has a lot more variety in environments early on than heroes do as well.

I was always personally fond of the Portal Corp missions which mix things up a bit.

more than 3 years ago
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City of Heroes Moving To Hybrid Payment Model

Schadrach Re:Not surprised (62 comments)

I'm hoping CoX does something similar to DDO's approach, actually. Let me buy the bits and pieces I want for keeps, or let me pay a sub and rent everything at once. If I want to play dark elves but not favored souls, and I want this adventure but not those other ones I can simply buy access to them for a few bucks, if I want *everything* then I can have that two with a sub or a much larger outlay of money to the store.

I know CoH is going to have a "premium" option that grandfathers in certain things if you have a previously paid account from before it went free.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Schadrach Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

I've seen arguments claiming that we need better intersectionality protections, you know for the cases where your employer doesn't discriminate against women or black but does discriminate against black women. That way unless you do something criminal, it's impossible to be fired, not promoted, or receive less than company average raises if you are, say, a transgendered lesbian who has one Latino parent and one black parent. You know, so that you are sufficiently minority to be unique within your employers workforce, and thus anything that could be a slight against you is discrimination against your particular intersection of minorities since 100% of black/latino transgendered lesbians who work for the company have been slighted while a substantially smaller percentage of white males were. =p

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Schadrach Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

Clearly his opening was being facetious, you know by suggesting doing precisely what other "minorities" have done.

Personally, I'm all for equality. Equality however is *not* giving explicit benefits to people for being a racial minority or female.

I find discussions of the gender wage gap especially interesting. Currently women are paid ~2% less than men in terms of hourly pay rate once you remove all the variables other than gender (meaning persons of similar educational background in the same general geographic region in a similar industry fulfilling similar roles with a similar work history). I wouldn't be surprised if that is accountable due to things like differences in bargaining approaches, and you know, the error bars on those numbers.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Schadrach Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

Remember, 57% of college admittance being male was proof of sexism and a need for explicit benefits to females to encourage more females to attend college. 57% of college admittance being female is proof of sexism and a need for explicit benefits to females to encourage more females to attend college.

LOLSOB.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Schadrach Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

On the other side of that, learning after the fact that the child isn't *actually* yours is not grounds for a male to get out of paying child support (you know, by reassigning the child support obligation to the actual father). You see, you can be a dead-beat dad without actually being the dad.

more than 3 years ago
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Senate Bill Could Make It Illegal To Upload Lip-Synced Videos

Schadrach Re:sigh... (239 comments)

You aren't *too* far in, yet. You haven't involved occult orders managing to maintain a conspiracy across thousands of people and thousands of years, or one led by reptilian shape-shifters...

more than 3 years ago

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PS3 FW 3.41 boots Linux Using Jailbreak

Schadrach Schadrach writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Schadrach (1042952) writes "Developer marcan42 has been hacking away at a custom bootloader — named AsbestOS — for booting & loading Linux on PS3 firmware 3.41. This will mark the return of Linux to the PS3 since the removal of the OtherOS feature by Sony."
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Champions Online Lifetime Offer Pulled

Schadrach Schadrach writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Schadrach (1042952) writes "6 days before the offer was due to be yanked by their own communications, Cryptic has pulled the lifetime subscription and discounted 6 month subscription offers. This was done after a sudden notice of "We're almost out, grab it if you want it now!" leaving only a few hours to grab one before they ceased offering them. During this time, several people had billing server issues as well. People are understandably upset.

Links to coverage of the issue on other sites below:
http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/49903/Anger-At-Champions-Online-Subscription-Offer
http://biobreak.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/champions-limited-subscriptions-yoink/"

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