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ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits World of Warcraft

Smoke2Joints Not news.. (252 comments)

..for most of the rest of the world, where data caps have been in play for some time, if not since the beginning of broadband. Having unmetered data is the exception, not the norm. Calling for boycotts is very funny indeed.

more than 3 years ago
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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

Smoke2Joints Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (1148 comments)

obvious troll is obvious

more than 3 years ago
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Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In Medal of Honor

Smoke2Joints Re:HTFU (671 comments)

How you you leap from "its happening right now over there" to "its offensive to people"? Sorry to inform you, but news and current events arent important just because you think they are. Some are more important than others absolutely, when viewed from a rational point of view, but that doesnt necessarily have any bearing on whats important to the global society, nor any one person.

On the contrary, I think providing an accurate Taliban point of view is a good thing, as it will lead to a more informed cross section of the community - in this respect, gamers. Whether or not this game hits that mark is definitely debatable, and should be the focus of discussion, rather than outrage that the Taliban side of the conflict can be played.

Would you be offended with a game portraying the hypothetical resuming of the Korean war (minus, for arguments sake, American/UN intervention)? Which aspect would offend you?

You should be happy that the story of the conflict between these states is being told at all, and in a way that is engaging to a niche community.

about 4 years ago
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Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In Medal of Honor

Smoke2Joints HTFU (671 comments)

I dont want to hate on Americans, but seriously, you have no problems with a game where Russians are the enemy, despite the fact that Russian gamers might be interested in the latest new FPS. The same could be said about any number of WW2 games, where Germany is the enemy. I know that it was based on a different era, political climate etc, but get over it - there are two sides of the story, as EA says, and you need to accept that. Dont like it? Dont play the game. Or dont play that part of the game. And in the process, stick to your beliefs that America is always right and only evil people have opinions contrary to yours.

Newsflash: life isnt fair, neither is war.

about 4 years ago
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World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

Smoke2Joints Helped get me a job (272 comments)

Part of the reason I got my current job was because I was a gamer. It was something they were looking for, but only because they all were as well :)

about 4 years ago
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Tornado Scientists Butt Heads With Storm Chasers

Smoke2Joints Re:Big fucking deal. (402 comments)

Maybe so, but what I meant by "scientists" are people not it not in their time off. I have nothing against them finally getting some funding to study it properly, but credit is due where it is due, and chasers have as much right to be out there as they do. Giving way would be nice, and yes, I would probably do so in the interest of science, but they shouldnt expect a perfect route - because there isnt one. Storm chase 101 right there.

more than 4 years ago
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Tornado Scientists Butt Heads With Storm Chasers

Smoke2Joints Re:Big fucking deal. (402 comments)

The fire service responds to emergency situations. Storm chaser scientists are just getting somewhere quickly to record data.

more than 4 years ago
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Tornado Scientists Butt Heads With Storm Chasers

Smoke2Joints Re:Big fucking deal. (402 comments)

Lets see.. maybe because storm chasers have been doing it for far longer than scientists (on the order of many many decades), and have it down to a fine art. They have contributed greatly to our understanding of severe thunderstorm dynamics, more than most scientists have, Im afraid. Im talking about real storm chasers here, the ones that know a thing or two about atmospheric physics, reading the weather signs, and taking appropriate action. Scientists, seeing their success, are now jumping on the bandwagon, and claiming a divine right to the roads - get out of town.

They may have a (weak) point about the real amateurs, but they really do not have any right to claim the roads, nor the storms.

more than 4 years ago
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North Korean Flash Games For Export

Smoke2Joints Re:Juris-my-diction (211 comments)

Ignorance is bliss

more than 4 years ago
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A Battle of Wits On the Net's Effect On the Mind

Smoke2Joints Re:I believe this (218 comments)

Ok, this applies to under 25's? Didnt realise. But good point re: age, and yes Ive considered it. Hard to make a subjective validation there tho. Also, I dont actually smoke pot.

more than 4 years ago
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A Battle of Wits On the Net's Effect On the Mind

Smoke2Joints I believe this (218 comments)

I have seen it in myself just recently.

Having been a fairly intellectual person, in the past 5 years or so I have noticed a distinct lack of patience, memory, and attention, and also find it hard to really sit down and get into something - at least until Ive forced myself to and have done it for a while, then I dont even think about it. Quite often now I sit at the PC here intending to browse the web for something relevant to my interests and just have no idea what I want to search for, so Ill instead browse the recommended lists on youtube, or randomly browse wikipedia. Ill let the internet tell me what to pursue instead of thinking for myself.

Its a dangerous tool. In some respects, in the earlier days, its enabled me to push my personal boundaries, but if youre not careful, it can lead to reliance. Its like an addiction, with all the negatives that a narcotic might have. Im not entirely sure what to do about it, short of ditching it completely - but then again, my JOB is the internet as well!

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

Smoke2Joints Alternative energy (398 comments)

The alternative energy movement was started at the grass roots, and continues to be led by backyard intentors. See youtube for micro hydro, solar concentrators, stirling engines, tesla turbines, and more. Fascinating area of science.

more than 4 years ago
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MetaLab Accuses Mozilla of Ripping Off UI Elements In Mockups

Smoke2Joints Re:Open source, steal? (159 comments)

Thats impossible, even for a computer.

more than 4 years ago
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After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?

Smoke2Joints Re:He seems to want reading options (293 comments)

Youre missing the point.. Being a security guard isnt like the movies that youve watched, they do actually have to watch their security monitors, and actively do their job. Sitting down and writing code might be easy for you, but not for someone who is learning, and trying to do their job at the same time.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Time Flies By As You Get Older

Smoke2Joints Re:Ugh... (252 comments)

the autonomy that comes with a professional income far outstrips merely having more time to ride your bike during the summer holidays.

im sure you do believe this, and its not a bad thing to have money obviously, but there is still something sad about that statement..

more than 4 years ago
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The End Of Gravity As a Fundamental Force

Smoke2Joints Re:Golden ratio (650 comments)

I know youre joking, but wouldnt that be strange if it actually did?

more than 4 years ago
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The End Of Gravity As a Fundamental Force

Smoke2Joints Re:Summary of comments (650 comments)

Otherway around - if you remove some number from infinity, youll still have infinity.

Actually, youre still right, if you remove infinity from some number, youll result in negative infinity.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

Smoke2Joints Re:It's about social status... (836 comments)

No, not just a US thing, there a plenty of countries that charge large amounts for these kinds of qualifications. New Zealand to name one.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

Smoke2Joints Re:It's about social status... (836 comments)

And what about those who view a life long debt and slavery as insufficient to make up for persistance on a piece of paper?

You are right in that degrees are not an insurmountable challenge to achieve, but for an increasingly competitive marketplace, you are required to accrue greater and greater levels of debt just to keep up, let alone stand out. Landed a great paying and stimulating job, right out of university? Lucky you. Many people are not so fortunate, and others still view that risk as too great, especially when its not amazingly difficult to learn the trade ones self.

more than 4 years ago

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Where is our Utopia?

Smoke2Joints Smoke2Joints writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Smoke2Joints writes "So, it is 2008. We are now the future. I have two simple questions. Why arent we a global utopian civilization yet? And why do we put up with politics that is pushing us arguably towards a dystopian state? If it is in the interests of humanity to have a stable and happy existance, with no poverty, no wars, and no greed, with politicians who are actually concerned for the population rather than themselves, why do we put up with any less? Where is our Utopia?"
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Latest EVE Online Patch Destroys Windows Systems

Smoke2Joints Smoke2Joints writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Smoke2Joints (915787) writes "The latest EVE patch is a big expansion of the game, introducing new environments, missions, ships, an overhauled graphics engine supporting DX10 effects, deleting your system boot.ini file, numerous bugfi- hold on, what? Apparently they have withdrawn graphics update patch because a vast crowd of people have been unable to boot up again after applying the patch. Vista is apparently unaffected, but XP users and below have had a nasty present left for them. Official statement here. Nice work guys."

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