top The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox
1) Perjury requires you to know you are lying.
2) Committing a crime while testifying is not being "compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself".
So no, none of the parts of your argument are actual problems.
top Disney Switching To Netflix For Exclusive Film Distribution
His point isn't actually invalid, as it applies to Cable TV as well. If you want all of the new movies you have to pick up HBO, Stars, and what ever else there is, each at an additional charge per month. $271 a year (your math for netflix+hulu+amazon) is kind of expensive, and really a joke to do something like that because you would be buying the extras just for the sake of the couple exclusives they have.
about a year and a half ago
top UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact
Just because it is the supported theory, and all the archeological evidence does support it, and we of the scientific community hold that it is the 99% best supported explanation, it is not a fact.
If it was truly a fact, then no more resources would be spent studying evolution. And, it is way too soon to close that checkbook.
I really think it is bad when politicians and fools get involved with science.
and that's why you at least read the summary, instead of the terribly written title:
"...all free schools in England must teach evolution as a 'comprehensive and coherent scientific theory.'"
They aren't required to teach it as fact, they are simply required to actually teach it (no hand waving or "the evil overlords that oppose us require us to tell you about their lies").
about a year and a half ago
top Collar-Bomber Tracked By Gmail Accesses
Tell that to the people who get wrongly jailed.
Well, those people didn't get CAUGHT, now did they?
If you want to avoid being wrongly accused/jailed I think your only real option is prayer, as there are no real preventative measures for something you aren't related to.
top BART Disables Cell Service To Disrupt Protests
If someone needs to dial for help and they can't because BART has disabled cell phone service?
Though I'm not from the Bay Area I'm rather willing to bet that the answer is "Press the button that calls for help, or at least contacts the conductor".
top LulzSec Target the Sun After Phone Hacking Scandal
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top Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range By 300%
What if someone drives like they expect to see other people who are dangerous accidents waiting to happen?
That's called a pedestrian.
top Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror
So, it's fairly tangential but I feel like bringing it up:
Am I the only one that has issues with the concept of the fast spreading zombie virus a la Rage?
It shouldn't spread. With an incubation period of seconds it should wipe out a city, or at least a good section of a city. However it shouldn't spread past that. For a virus that 'deadly' (if the zombies were alive or dead, I don't remember), it would require a much longer incubation period for it to actually spread beyond a limited ground zero. I could see movie scenarios where you could have pockets of infection where an infected sample (zombie, zombie fluid, whatever) is brought to a different location, either intentionally (govn't research) or accidentally (gore splatter on a survivor). However, it should again only wipe out a small area before running out of victims (Rage zombies don't seem to roam, they mostly shambled about in a small area, only running when they had a scent).
End Dork Rant
World of StarCraft Mod Gets C&D From Blizzard
Titan is not World of Starcraft.
Titan is an MMO, however it is a new IP, so not SC, WC, etc. IIRC, it is a MMOFPS, but I will not swear to that one, as I don't remember.
It's the worst kept secret in the gaming industry currently.
top Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
I don't drive, however my mum drives a Prius.
With only the electric motor going, it's really surprisingly quite, to the point that she often surprises people in parking lots (where she is likely to just use the electric due to low speeds). It's something she independently noticed and commented on long before there started to be this public complaint about it (to my knowledge).
Obviously, the law should have something that clearly defines what is and is not permissible/required for electric cars. They shouldn't be louder than a properly operating normal car. They shouldn't operate on any ridiculous frequency. And their noise should be steady, regular, and unobtrusive (you know, like the noises made by a car under normal circumstances). I mean, we have noise pollution laws as we don't want to end up like other nations where the horn basically consists of a "Hello, I'm here" instead of "LOOK OUT!".
That all said, how about a wonderfully juvenile fart machine, with the 'intensity' of said flatulence sound being linked to the speed of the car?
top President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters
Because the teaching of science, when done well, teaches students how to think, and to question the world around them. If that isn't enough, some people think that exposing children to different fields lets them discover their interests/calling at an early age. On top of those 2, I honestly can't think of any famous inventors/scientists that were drawn to the field by money, most were drawn to it because they were, you know, interested in it. Sure money is great and all, but if you don't actually like what you are doing, there isn't much of a chance of really excelling.
Your idea sounds more along the lines of "Send everyone to vocational school, people will naturally bubble up due to drive for money."
top Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy
Lots of them now have the bigger redbox machines with two or three disc units hooked to the selection one. This.
I don't think it was Netflix that killed BB, I think it was Redbox. The draw of a brick and mortar video store (to me) is that you go there, pick out a movie, and watch it that night. Netflix is that you set up a giant honking list of stuff you want to see at some point. Sure, with Netflix's, and others, streaming services you can get a similar effect at home. That I suspect there will be a place for Redbox, and regular video stores, for some time, probably until we actually have saturated, reliable, and appropriate bandwidth (Enough to properly stream a movie at the current HD level, whatever that is at the time).
top Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars
It isn't youtube people are calling abuse on, it's the company issuing the DMCA take down...
top Terry Pratchett's Self-Made Meteorite Sword
stick a bang stick on to the reverse of one:
top Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites
I am so confused over this.
First up, Racksapce is a host, not an ISP. There are millions of web hosting companies out there, and a good number of them are known specifically for being ok with hosting anything you want. If rackspace says "nope, we disagree with your statements enough that we refuse to do business with you" it is THEM expressing their freedom of speech, not suppressing the church's.
If you wrote, say, a book on evolution, and I used force (as rackspace did) to prevent you from doing this, surely you'd agree I'm suppressing your free speech. The same is going on here. No, your analogy doesn't work. A better analogy would be the church posting signs on one of those bulletin boards that some bars have for upcoming events and the bar taking it down as they don't think that it is appropriate and thus expressing their right to free speech by not broadcasting the church's message.
An argument could be made if an ISP starting blocking them, as they are subsidized by the government, and often there is no real choice in ISPs for many people. If their ISP drops them I would take issue with it. However, Rockspace isn't an ISP, they are a web host. There are options for web hosts, they aren't granted near monopoly status.
Hell, doesn't Google let you post just about anything, that doesn't break the law, on Blogger? (I honestly don't know, but I seem to remember that being the case)
top Rogue Anti-Virus Victims Rarely Fight Back
No, they don't. The scammers don't 'fix' anything, they just take the money. They might give them an 'anti-virus software' (read, more malicious software), but they aren't going to remove their damn malicious software just because you gave them $80.
Even if they did, extortion is illegal, and thus a perfectly viable charge reversal.
Sorry, but your apparent argument of "people are dumb and should pay for getting scammed" doesn't really float. Basically the entire point of charge reversals is to deal with scammers.
top Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church
I'm not sure how it works in the US but here in Europe those idiots would probably have a pro-gay net effect, because most people would recognize how ridiculously stupid the Westboro nuts are.
It wouldn't work in the UK, as he (and potentially anyone from his church) are denied entrance
I kinda wish the US could do this to him.
top BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal
I would say this was true a few years ago, and still true for a portion of the gaming population, however I wouldn't even say it's true for the majority any more.
There ARE non-AAA titles, and people do look at them differently. Indie developers are growing in popularity, and are viewed differently than the AAA games. There are also casual and those games you find on XBL Arcade, the PS3 store, etc. They might not be casual, or really indie, but they aren't AAA games, and people do view them differently.
I can say this for my self, and I assume there are others like me:
I have a price point for video games where I view them differently. For me it's $20. If a game is $20 (or less) I will likely pick it up if it interests me. I don't necessarily need a demo, nor do I hem and haw over buying it, I don't shop around for deals, etc etc. If I enjoy the game I'm happy, if I get a good number of hours out of it I'm really happy. If I don't like it and drop it in a week, I'm a little put out, but nothing big.
Anything over that $20 price point I have a much stricter limitation on. I have to try the game before I buy it. I have to see good reviews, especially from friends who I have similar tastes too. I will wait for it to drop in price, or go on sale, or whatever. This is all because I know that if I DON'T get a lot of play value out of it, specifically replay value, I'm going to regret the purchase a lot. I do hold AAA games up to a higher standard than I do indie/'cheap' games.
Oh, and don't forget that the casual games players are a (if I remember NPD's nubmers) majority of 'video game players' currently. These players are very specifically only looking for bejewled and it's cousins.
top Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums
Right, because the current internet generation doesn't find it cool to be racist, sexist, or offensive in any way they possibly can. We will not see Juan Rodriguez post a long, and insightful analysis of warlock DPS only to have about 50 replies using the term "dirty mexian"?
I think the Real ID thing is dumb. I think their justification for tying it to the forums is ridiculous.
top The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships
I have used the Logitech TrackMan, and then the Logitech TrackMan Wheel for years now. It's the only decently priced thumb trackball I have come across, it lasts a few years each time (eventually the buttons wear out). It, like all thumb trackballs, caps out at 2 buttons and a wheel (so 5 possible binds), the only thing that makes me want a mouse every so often is the possibility of more buttons for my right hand.
Oh, and the wired option of course as its more reliable, cheaper, and why does it matter if you have a wire on a STATIONARY OBJECT? (I know, I know, it makes a less cluttered desktop/setup/whatever)