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German Gov To Ban Paintballing After Shooting

Walpurgiss Re:Backward Thinking (580 comments)

Northern Illinois University banned NERF guns after the school shooting on Valentines day last year, much to the dismay of our local Zombies vs Humans crowd.

Everyone ended up having to just throw socks if I remember right from their protest flyers.

more than 5 years ago
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Opting Out Increases Spam?

Walpurgiss Absolutely. (481 comments)

As everyone says, opting out of spam mails just shows the spammer that your email is still active, and that you bother to look at the spam beyond deleting it.

The only opt out links worth following are ones you know the source of; i.e. something you once opted in to, or did not opt out of when you bought something.
e.g. Bought something at newegg and did not uncheck the box about mailing you about specials and deals.

Essentially, opting out only works for non-spam mailing lists. Spammers don't care and just use it to acknowledge a good target.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Network Cables Be Replaced?

Walpurgiss Re:Cat6 (524 comments)

Rather than standard cat6, get Denon's super high fidelity cable. http://www.usa.denon.com/productdetails/3429.asp

"AK-DL1

$499.00

Denon's 1.5 meter (59 in.) proprietary ultra premium Denon Link cable was designed for the audio enthusiast. Made from high purity copper wire and high performance connection parts, the AK-DL1 will bring out all the nuances in digital audio reproduction from any of our Denon DVD players with the Denon Link feature connected to a Denon Link enabled Denon A/V receiver. The AK-DL1 employs high level tin-bearing alloy shielding not typically available in commercial cabling, to eliminate data loss caused by noise. Additionally, signal directional markings are provided for optimum signal transfer. Attention to detail when building this cable was used by employing high quality insulation and woven jacketing to reduce vibration and to add durability. Rounded plug levers help prevent breakage.

For operational and technical assistance 24/7, use our self help Online Support Center, where answers to many common questions can be found."

If it's good enough for high fidelity audio reproduction, it should be good enough for our crappy data only needs. /smirk

more than 5 years ago
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Antitrust Regulators To Monitor Windows 7, But Not Later Releases

Walpurgiss Re:who cares (105 comments)

Nah, for including generic but basically functional device drivers, without an obvious prompt to visit the hardware manufacturer's website to obtain their drivers instead.

more than 5 years ago
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Iraq Game Sparks Outrage, Soldiers Have Mixed Reactions

Walpurgiss Re:Yeah all those WW2 games are offensive too (196 comments)

Robin Hood games :) I seem to remember one based on Prince of Thieves, but I don't recall if it was SNES or NES. Fun though, and a similar idea of freedom fighting against oppression. I'd play a more modern game like that.

more than 5 years ago
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GameStop Selling Games Played By Employees As New

Walpurgiss Re:Does it matter??? (243 comments)

I've only had them push the gutted copies on me three times, and they've never refused to let me look at the disc first and then decide. It's still pretty bogus that they sell it as new, but you can always choose to wait for a wrapped copy if you don't like it.

All in all, like you said, it really isn't that big a deal as long as people are willing to ask to look at it first and refuse if necessary.

more than 5 years ago
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Disassembling the US Nintendo DSi

Walpurgiss Re:Underwhelming. (102 comments)

Last I checked, SNES emulation on DS had about 0 fully working titles, and about the same number of basically playable titles. When did that change?

more than 5 years ago
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Powerful Sonar Causes Deafness In Dolphins

Walpurgiss Re:Only military? (323 comments)

My thinking is that most civilian craft employ only passive sonar, whereas military is much more likely to use both passive and active sonar. Active pings being what causes the damage.

Or maybe all craft have both active and passive capability, but the civvy crafts are less likely to need active for anything, and certainly military craft are more likely to test their active sonar more often.

more than 5 years ago
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Re-imagined Silent Hill Announced

Walpurgiss Re:SH-Origins (63 comments)

They really should consider just making sure their Silent Hill PSX code runs right via PSN classic distribution, and then sell that for $5 or $10.

It might even be cost effective, since the only cost would be Sony's tube tax, and a few guys to test it out and make some changes if necessary.

Compared to a whole rewrite, including mob placements and plot adjustments, it should be dirt cheap.

more than 5 years ago
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First Look At Fedora 11 Beta Release

Walpurgiss Re:One question: (205 comments)

My problems with pulseaudio isn't a bug, but a design flaw. Until they create an option in the PA sound server to let you set DTS/DD streams to passthrough, bypassing the sound mixing, PA is fail to me.

PA seems like a great system for people who don't want to use an external dolby decoder for surround sound and are fine with everything either stereo or decoded by software. But for my needs, it currently fails to plain ALSA. Toss me a way to do proper passthrough and I'd sign up with PA again. It's not like I need or want sound mixing when I'm watching something with surround sound anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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Cellular Repo Man

Walpurgiss Data Thief? ... More likely after the laptop part. (253 comments)

If a thief were really after your data, it'd be pretty trivial to remove the hard drive from the laptop, and just have to worry about encryption.

This feature won't help protect your data really, just make laptop itself a paperweight.

more than 5 years ago
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Universal Remote's Days Are Numbered

Walpurgiss Re:I'm still waiting... (429 comments)

Move out of America, and magically the same model phones won't drop calls. It's not their fault, it's the huge size of the continental US combined with the overall ineptitude of the major mobile carriers here (AT&T/Cingular, I'm looking at you)

more than 5 years ago
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A Look at Excessive Portable Storage

Walpurgiss Re:Another way of doing it.. (101 comments)

Some people maybe have to back up rather large sets of data. Piles of CAD drawings, raw video edits, renders... Some stuff is too large or numerous to fit on just a laptop, USB key, or online storage.

Just my guess. I can't imagine how much it would suck to try to do an online backup of 500GB.

more than 5 years ago
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Utah Senate, House Pass Jack Thompson's Game Sales Bill

Walpurgiss Re:Come Again? (200 comments)

It effectively makes it likely that retailers will completely stop advertising or using ESRB ratings, since it is the least costly way to ensure they never run afoul of the new legislation.

Then the people ragging against video games can point out that retailers don't even follow the ESRB ratings, and claim that the self-regulation clearly is not working, and try to get even more harsh, government backed regulations in place to fully replace the ESRB.

As far as the bills official intent, it seems pretty fail. But it has potential to encourage, and perhaps even achieve, the bills proponents' eventual goals.

more than 5 years ago
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Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China

Walpurgiss Re:WTF? (165 comments)

Without walmart to sell AO games, their potential market is excessively small. A 'real' game sold as AO would fail. The AO games that do get sold are most likely small companys just making porn games, not AAA blockbuster games that happen to have too many tits.

Aside from being wrong about M rated games, op's assumption about AO rating killing a game's sales is correct. Walmart's retail pull in the US is enormous. An AO game would still find buyers, but not enough to be a super hit, unless it gets a unique streisand effect going for it. But even Postal2 was just M and did not see many retail outlets.

more than 5 years ago
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Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China

Walpurgiss Re:WTF? (165 comments)

Last, and coincidentally every time I checked since the ESRB rating started, Walmart has carried and sold M rated games. Never an AO though.

M = Halo GTA RE Gears Bioshock Resistance, etc, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China

Walpurgiss Re:WTF? (165 comments)

We're too stupid to use Celsius in the USA. But you knew that, right? Water boils at like 212 degrees Fahrenheit, freezes at 32.

Your 42 * 9/5 + 32 = 107.6, which is a bit higher than the op was talking about.

more than 5 years ago
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How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

Walpurgiss Re:Idea (417 comments)

How do you prevent some other shopper from buying the items you wanted before you arrive there, or prove that such did not occur?

Also, how do you prove that their computerized inventory is infallible?

more than 5 years ago
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Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

Walpurgiss Re:He didn't sue the mortgage banks (695 comments)

Instead of letting the renters do that, or even working a deal with non leasing home owners who are behind, for months leading up to the crash almost one in every five radio commercials I heard in DeKalb IL were about people getting awesome deals on repossessed homes, with super low monthly rates.

But if those low rates were offered to the old occupants, I bet they would not have had to move out...

Even from a greed standpoint, that kind of crap didn't seem to make sense to me. Wouldn't it have been cheaper to cut the original owners the deal, instead of repossessing and reselling at the lower monthly rates? And paying for advertising about the low rates? /boggle

more than 5 years ago

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Palin, Obama to be DLC in Mercenaries 2 says G4

Walpurgiss Walpurgiss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Walpurgiss (723989) writes "According to an blog article on wired, G4's X-Play was told by Mercenaries developer Pandemic Studios that "Pandemic Studios is entirely serious about this." The wired post has the video clip showing both politicians in action. Despite the video, I'm still skeptical that this would ever be released."
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US Court Dismisses Lawsuit against God

Walpurgiss Walpurgiss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Walpurgiss (723989) writes "From the BBC, "A US Judge has thrown out a case against God, ruling that because the defendant has no address, legal papers cannot be served." Apparently though accepting that God exists, Judge Marlon Polk does not concede that He is Omniscient and thus knows he would be due in court. I guess the judge never fell for the ontological argument."
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Veiled Threat: iTunes may close if royalties raise

Walpurgiss Walpurgiss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Walpurgiss (723989) writes "http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7645537.stm

According to the bbc, 18 months ago Apple decided it would neither absorb nor pass on the cost of increased royalties. "Apple has repeatedly made clear that it is in this business to make money, and would most likely not continue to operate iTS if it were no longer possible to do so profitably," said Mr Cue. As such, Apple opposes an increase in royalties, which is scheduled to be voted on Thursday."

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