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Ubisoft Blames Piracy For Non-Release of PC Game

Venerable Vegetable Re:Crazy idea, I know... (424 comments)

After installing the game you need to start it one time while being online to verify. Which shouldn't be a problem as you need to be online to download the game in the first place. After this you can always start it offline.

The game doesn't need to be fully patched. The second link you provide even specifically states that you can use offline mode if you do not want to patch your game.

Your steam client, not the game, must be updated to enable offline play. Which again is no issue as it only knows that there is a new version available if you have an internet connection anyway.

more than 3 years ago

Belgian Newspapers Delisted On Google

Venerable Vegetable Re:Only French and German? (385 comments)

The reason for this is simply that the lawsuit was brought by an association of French and German language newspapers (Copiepresse). The Dutch language newspapers are not represented by them.

more than 3 years ago

Calling BS On Unpaid Internships

Venerable Vegetable Re:moronic proposition (427 comments)

In many countries it is illegal for (for profit) companies to employ volunteers. For example in the Netherlands volunteer work cannot be for profit, it cannot replace a paid job and it has to have a benefit to society. All volunteer work has to be registered. Other european countries have similar laws.

more than 3 years ago

The Map of Critical Thinking and Modern Science

Venerable Vegetable Re:Only One Half of the World Covered in This Map (150 comments)


"The map primarily includes modern scientists who have made significant advances to our understanding of the world, however I have also included many present day scientists who fuel a passion for, and advances in, science through communication and science popularisation"

more than 4 years ago

Information On Philips' "Coffee" Machine?

Venerable Vegetable Re:Also (168 comments)

Translation from someone fluent in dutch but less so in english:

"Several times a day the museum atttendants performed (using a checklist) a systemetic check to find defective exhibitions, and believe me, they were there. They kept maintenance busy."

Anyway, the forum, while interesting for the stories and links, doesn't know where the thing is either. One poster even writes he contacted the museum and was told it was destroyed (sent to junkyard) but that comment is unsubstantiated.

more than 4 years ago

2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

Venerable Vegetable Re:The question is still absurd... (1042 comments)

The easy answer would be the Yukon because it saves more per 10,000 miles. However, which one gets used more?

If you use the Civic much more than the Yukon it will still be better to replace it. (for example if you drive the Civic to work everyday and use the Yukon for weekly shopping and a yearly camping trip)

Additionally, the production cost of a SUV is probably higher so building a new SUV taxes the environment more than building a new sedan.

more than 4 years ago

HP Gives Printers Email Addresses

Venerable Vegetable Re:Why is this news? (325 comments)

I was thinking the same. Each printer (including the small desktop models) at my work can be emailed to and from, which works excellent with printing, scanning and faxing (receiving and sending). I've seen the same printers for sale at normal consumer shops...

If I understand correctly though, it will have a preconfigured, easy to set up web-based email adress om a HP server. Basically bringing the normal enterprise functionality to home users.

That would be fairly neat, but also rather useless and easy to abuse.

more than 4 years ago

Does the Internet Make Humanity Smarter Or Dumber?

Venerable Vegetable Re:Of course it can... (282 comments)

Well, that's not really what the parent meant, but if you need a source, what about starting with the article?

"The cellular structure of the human brain, scientists have discovered, adapts readily to the tools we use, including those for finding, storing and sharing information. By changing our habits of mind, each new technology strengthens certain neural pathways and weakens others. The cellular alterations continue to shape the way we think even when we're not using the technology."

more than 4 years ago

Sudden Demand For Logicians On Wall Street

Venerable Vegetable Re:And the moral is: (525 comments)

If it gets to the point where you need weapons, relying on weapons for more than the last resort of defense would be a bad idea. Unless you're an action superhero, youd get killed sooner or later or live as a scavenger the rest of your life.

You'd need friends. Be part of the strongest gang/army/whatever. And have usefull skills, like farming, mechanics or teaching, so you don't actually have to take part in the shooting.

more than 4 years ago

Android Copy of Young Woman Unveiled In Japan

Venerable Vegetable Re:uncanny valley (264 comments)

We're not even at the bottom of the valley yet. That thing is clearly a robot, nothing uncanny about it. Most importantly it needs a better mouth and small natural body movements.

more than 4 years ago

Science Attempts To Explain Heaven

Venerable Vegetable Re:How I faced my death (692 comments)

You've my sympathy for that awful experience.

I don't believe you're correct though with your statement that the brain has that much extra capacity. As I understand it a brain works by association. So when it receives signals which it associates with mortal danger, it will look for associated memories.

Basically you only think that you went through all that. Youll have a -memory- of thinking about everything you had done, but you didnt actually -think- about it. It is similar to doing an internet search and getting 10 million results. Even though you had that many results you will only really evaluate the highest rated results and in the end fully process one or two.

Additionally your brain plays a trick on you. When you recall the event it will bring up the memories while you "evaluate" them. But in fact that is the first time you really think about them. You're following the links that were created at the event, and the deep links, all the while thinking that you've thought about it before. Your brain does things like that all the time. A good example is your vision. Your eyes don't actually see everything youre `seeing. They only see a bit and your brain just extrapolates the rest, fooling you into thinking youre seeing the whole picture.

I hope that makes as much sense typed out as it does in my head. ;)

All the best

more than 4 years ago

3D Blu-ray Spec Finalized, PS3 Supported

Venerable Vegetable Because it adds a dimension (157 comments)

Well for starters, me. In fact I don't care to buy a blu-ray player at all. I'm happy with DVD's.

However, to get the ability to watch high quality 3d movies I'd buy a new player AND a new tv. And I would pay premium for comfortable glasses.

Why? Because it adds a lot to the movie experience. 3d produces a much more lifelike image.

more than 5 years ago

Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job

Venerable Vegetable Re:"We reserve the right" (643 comments)

Also following excerpts are from their privacy policy:

Our web servers automatically collect limited information about your computer's connection to the Internet, including your IP address (but not the e-mail address), when you visit our sites. Your IP address does not contain personally identifiable information, nor does it identify you personally.

We will not share individual user information with third parties unless the user has specifically approved the release of that information. In some cases, however, we may provide information to legal officials as described in “Compliance with Legal Process” below.

more than 5 years ago

Sony To Encase Half the Star Wars: Galaxies Servers In Carbonite

Venerable Vegetable Re:Which is it? (140 comments)

I checked a can and it clearly states it cleans, lubricates and protects against rust. (among other things)

I do agree with you though that it's not really the best choice for all that. I mainly use it for loosening stuck bolts and parts.

But it does say so on the can.

more than 5 years ago

How Hollywood Tie-Ins Saved Lego

Venerable Vegetable Re:Non-Violence was Missed on me (193 comments)

The no violence thing was obviously aimed at the parents. There were apparently no green blocks so you couldn't create anything military related. So the tanks I built were red. I never even realized that there were no green blocks until I was older.

more than 5 years ago

Why Don't MMOs Allow Easier Transportation?

Venerable Vegetable Re:As the great Bartle said (337 comments)

Parent post is the obvious and correct answer. Next question please. I know that insulting people isn't a good way to conduct an argument but if you ask this question and can't even come up with this answer yourself (yes I rtfa) you're an idiot.

And for the "it's a game, not work", this is such a ridiculous argument which translates to:
"It should be exactly like I want it to be even though it's a MM(ultiplayer)O game. It doesn't matter at all what other people like, in fact I won't even consider thinking about it because they're all there to screw me over anyway. I want instant gratification because that's the only way I can be entertained.

Anyway, I used to play Everquest (a lot) and one of the biggest disappointments was when they introduced the city portals.
When I first started playing (as an ogre) traveling from the Oggok (ogre city) to Neriak (dark elves) was quite a trip, which I had to prepare for and I had to be constantly alert so I wouldn't die (those damn madmen and sand giants).
Not to mention traveling to for example Ak'Anon or Erudin, for which trip you actually needed to sneak through human controlled cities to take a ship.
That was awesome to me. I can understand that it's not fun for everyone but when discussing these features at least consider this!

more than 4 years ago

Triangular Buttons Make On-Screen Keyboards More Usable

Venerable Vegetable Re:Stupid (287 comments)

Or make the sensitive area square like they always are but make the sensitive are triangular. Easier on the eyes and same effect. And why not make the sensitive area round? Then you wouldn't have each key touching three other keys.

more than 5 years ago

Taser International Sues Second Life Creator Over Virtual Replicas

Venerable Vegetable Re:Trademark Scope (119 comments)

Duh. Has anyone ever got in jail for killing someone in WoW? Why should trademark work differently? LL should put up a splash screen saying "This is not the U.S. Its laws do not apply here, motherfucker". Then again, most Americans wouldn't understand it, and everyone else already knows.

Uhhh. I don't think you really understand how this works. There is dividing line between offline (real) life and online (virtual) life. Virtual worlds are part of the real world and have to obey the same laws. This can get confusing at times, with virtual property and virtual identities which are not the same as their real life counterparts. basically you can easily get confused by word games. It also gets difficult because of the easily crossed borders and anonymity.

A virtual person is not the same as a real person. That's why you don't go to jail for killing someone in WOW. If you infringe on a trademark you can get in trouble, no matter in what way (using what medium) you did it.

You can't make an online country either and say that laws don't apply there. Online characters don't perform crimes, the real persons controlling them do. Anyone has to obey the laws of the country they're residing in, no matter whether they perform their activities online or any other way.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

Venerable Vegetable Re:Your choice (958 comments)

Very good advise above, but I would like to add: be very, very careful how you word your report. Don't use words like "illegal" and "gray zone". The software was mismanaged, fixing it is going to cost a lot of money and there is an illegal situation. Most managers do not like to hear this and above all they don''t want this in writing.
Write that you have software for which the licenses are running out very soon, and some for which the licenses are unclear.
Give an inventory and detailed recommendations. Spread out the costs as much as possible and make sure to mention the extra benefits like support and updated versions. Sweeten the pill as much as possible.
Explain verbally that there are cases where there are no licenses at all, and that can get the company in trouble.

more than 5 years ago


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