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The Nintendo 3DS, Headaches, and Bad Journalism

Spatial Re:Omg..... (132 comments)

Oh, do they? You better concede your own point as well, since apparently it's become recursive.

After all, you've turned an observation of rhetorical sleaze into yet another instrument of rhetorical sleaze. Well done.

more than 3 years ago
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I back up personal files...

Spatial Weekly automatic backups (266 comments)

Weekly and automatically. The latter is by far the most important part. Designing a system without taking human nature into account gaurantees eventual failure.

more than 3 years ago
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Appeals Court Affirms Warrantless Computer Searches

Spatial Re:"Suspicion-less searches" comes in handy (390 comments)

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER

What kind I wonder? The term has been diluted to meaninglessness by systematic abuse.

- Guy who sent nude pictures to their girlfriend before they were 18?
- Guy who called a coworker a stupid cunt?
- Guy who downloaded bad drawings from the Internet?
- Guy who downloaded bad pictures from the Internet?
- Guy who flashed children?
- Guy who raped children?

more than 3 years ago
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Appeals Court Affirms Warrantless Computer Searches

Spatial Re:"Suspicion-less searches" comes in handy (390 comments)

It's sad what we threw away in the War on Drugs

Yeah, such as a snowball's chance in hell of solving any drug problems.

Imprisoning a million people for non-violent offences and turning them into hardened criminals isn't exactly the greatest crime-fighting strategy ever devised. Especially when it costs 55,000 USD per person per year. But then why bother trying to improve recividism rates when, with privatised prisons, you have a financial incentive to keep as many people in prison as possible?

more than 3 years ago
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7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan; Tsunami Alert Issued

Spatial Re:the US West Coast is next (313 comments)

Overdue? Sounds like gambler's fallacy to me.

more than 3 years ago
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P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low

Spatial Re:Give me good services (369 comments)

At some point developers will start to do the math and see that they can drastically increase profits by going low price on digital only.

Some of them have. Namely Valve.

They have a pitch-perfect strategy:
- Sell games at full price for a while. Massive profit from day-one customers.
- Sell at a drastically reduced price. Massive profit from thrifty customers.
- Hold seasonal sales with huge publicity, attracting even more customers, making even more money.
- Repeat forever.

more than 3 years ago
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P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low

Spatial Re:Give me good services (369 comments)

You just have to "disable" the games on the old machine and download them again on the new machine.

That's misleading. You can download games to multiple machines without restriction, there's no bullshit like managing activations. One of Steam's selling points is the ability to log in from any machine and play your games.

In the scenario above he wouldn't even have to download them again. You can simply copy and paste games between machines, or even between accounts if they both have the relevant game attached to them.

more than 3 years ago
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Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

Spatial Re:Some perspective (545 comments)

Demand the ridiculous, then 'compromise' down to your real demands. They look a lot better that way.

more than 3 years ago
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How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date

Spatial Re:Consoles need to invest more on hardware. (568 comments)

The Xenos is a modified Radeon X1?00. The RSX is also known as the Geforce 7800GS.

It would be ridiculously expensive to actually design whole new architectures for these things.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

Spatial No (997 comments)

No.

You can only manage that kind of effort temporarily. Soon your work goes into the shitter, despite feeling that you're getting more done. And you need an equivalently long recovery period just to get back on track afterward.

Being asked to do it for an indeterminate amount of time isn't a good sign.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

Spatial Re:Of course (267 comments)

How can you fit that many fallacies into a single paragraph? With strenuous effort I might be able to approach your level of trolling, but I fear I could never reach it.

Bravo, sir.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

Spatial Re:This is fucking brilliant. (267 comments)

What are you taking about.

"The PSX wasn't the fastest of its generation."

There's nothing to dispute. The dig on its textures was because the N64 had perspective-correct texture mapping with trilinear filtering, and the PS1 was stuck with affine nearest-neighbour.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

Spatial Re:Graphics ain't everythin' (267 comments)

Power doesn't mean graphics. Computational power and available storage limit everything in a game.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Says PSP2 "As Powerful as PS3"

Spatial Re:This is fucking brilliant. (267 comments)

No. The PSX wasn't the fastest of its generation. Hell, it couldn't even do perspective-correct texture mapping. But it had a lot of storage and it was easy to program for.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

Spatial Re:Bit late now, but... (508 comments)

To be honest, I find it hard to imagine that they won't succeed in making Mr. Hotz's life very... expensive indeed.

Tee hee. Corporations can ruin your life on a whim at a negligable cost, with no consequences, and it doesn't even matter if they're in the right morally, legally, or factually.

Actually now that I think about it, it's not very funny...

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Root Key Found

Spatial Re:The ridiculous problem is... (380 comments)

They only have as much control as you give them. A cracked executable works with Steam just as well as a retail game.

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

Spatial Re:Transporters! (633 comments)

Transporters would be even more useful than they seem.

Mining would be revolutionised. Teleporting minerals out of the ground would be incredibly handy.

Construction would be revolutionised, microscopic and macroscopic alike. Computers, buildings, nanomachines, all so much easier.

Medicine would be revolutionised. Arteries clogged? Bone marrow transplant? Heart replacement? Stand still for five seconds please.

Travel to the Moon would become trivial. The Moon would become like another country in practical terms.

Put some relays in space and travel anywhere in the solar system becomes a day-trip.

Giant asteroids body-slamming the Earth wouldn't be a problem anymore. Just teleport small chunks onto Earth until the blighter ceases to exist. Hell, we probably need the resources now since it's so easy to build things!

Transport food into your stomach, the ultimate act of laziness!

Then there's all the bad stuff, which someone else will already have listed in miserable detail.

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

Spatial Re:Very Afraid of the Teleporter (633 comments)

Only if you classify a person as matter. We're made of matter but I think it's more accurate to describe a person as a state or configuration; mutable; destructable; transferrable.

By the way - it's already happened. How many cells in your body remain from birth, from a decade ago? Most of your body has been destroyed and recreated many times.

It's fun to think about. Our instincts about identity completely fall apart beyond a certain point. Like the way we think of the world, the way we think of ourselves is merely a model with finite accuracy and relevance.

more than 3 years ago

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