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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

WraithCube Re:Why not just 0? (996 comments)

Portion that are 'alcohol related': 1/3rd, about 10k total

I'm always a little curious when I hear 'alcohol related' without a description of what information was gathered because MADD and others have done such a good job obscuring the number away form anything meaningful. Things they've included in the past: Accidents caused by a sober driver hitting a driver who had been drinking.
Accidents where one or more passengers were intoxicated even if the driver wasn't
Accidents where beer cans or other alcohol containers were found in the wreckage regardless of circumstances.

about a year ago

Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

WraithCube Re:Stupid. (386 comments)

I'm not really sure they are all as bad as everyone claims. I used one of the machines in colorado and it printed out all my votes on a piece of paper on the left hand side when i was finished and made me confirm 3 times over that all the information printed on that paper was correct. Seemed fairly straightforward with less worrying about whether a bubble was properly filled in.

about 2 years ago

Congressman Warns FTC: Leave Google Alone

WraithCube Re:ATTN: Jared Polis (303 comments)

His constituency is boulder, colorado. He's running against Kevin Lundberg.
It's not even expected to be close. Even a significant portion of the republicans around here like Polis. Being a college town and hippy/pot town its the liberal counter to the more conservative colorado springs. Hell, if a story broke about him having hentai I'd expect to see some guy down on pearl street holding a sign saying something like "I love polis and hentai"

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are The Days of Homebrew Gaming Over?

WraithCube Re:other methods (181 comments)

This might not be the best example considering the various complaints about blizzards TOS making any custom map/game their property. That and the actual ability to find custom games has been pretty terrible (thus the update to arcade scheduled to come out tomorrow).

more than 2 years ago

House Passes CISPA

WraithCube Re:So now what? (616 comments)

Unless I missed something it still has to be voted on in the senate and make it past Obama's threatened veto

more than 2 years ago

Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

WraithCube Re:High school student != Expert (349 comments)

Sorry to double post, but I can't edit it 3 seconds after posted. The actual tweet the kid used was "Fuck is one of the fucking words you can fucking put anywhere in a fucking sentence and still fucking makes sense." Not used in a famous book, but if you can be expelled for that I would imagine you could be expelled for discussion of various pieces of literature.

more than 2 years ago

Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

WraithCube Re:High school student != Expert (349 comments)

just as he knows not to use it in the school building. (IMHO)

I'm not sure what high schools you are used to, but if you can be expelled for tweeting profanity he should be careful not to quote or to tweet quotes from books required by the English curriculum. He was expelled for use of the word "fuck". His quote is also pretty common and oddly enough deals with the different ways "fuck" can be used in the English language.

"That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write "Fuck you" right under your nose." - J. D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye)

more than 2 years ago

New SimCity To Require Constant Internet Connection

WraithCube Re:You know what else you need? (418 comments)

There are a lot of people out there that travel around for work or otherwise and would like to spend some of their downtime playing a game. That gets harder when every game released requires an internet connection completely unrelated to how a user intends to play. Sure you could simply not purchase the game, but it doesn't hurt to try and tell the game company "hey if you would just let me play it offline I'd hand you money" and hope they actually listen.

more than 2 years ago

Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

WraithCube Re:Undamaged? (612 comments)

So they shot it out of the sky, and it doesn't have a single scratch on it?

First line of the summary: "Tehran says it brought down using electronic methods to override its controls", which is why having it undamaged supports this claim.

more than 2 years ago

Occupy Flash?

WraithCube Re:I propose we Occupy "Occupy" (507 comments)

which can only lead to nostalgic Gen-Xer's wearing lame "Occupy Empire" and "Occupy Rebellion" Star Wars shirts.

We've already reached that point. This showed up on my facebook feed this morning.

Such notable quotes as: "End Galactic Corporate Greed", "Occupy Docking Bay 94 We are the 99%", "Get our troops off tatooine", and "Death Star Destruction was an inside job"

more than 2 years ago

The Cable Industry's a La Carte Bait and Switch

WraithCube Re:Sounds like what most people would want (447 comments)

Monday Night Football is covered by ESPN and holds the record for most watched series on cable television with the 2008 season

The 2009 game of Favre playing against the packers is highest-rated cable program to date.

As somebody who has their television turned to espn more than most other channels (gotta keep up with my fantasy football team), there are plenty of other channels I could care less about having, but fork over cash for the whole package with HD. And for those of you who are fond of your high-definition programming keep in mind that the NFL and other sports are one of the main things that actually pushed out the widespread adoption.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo Blocked Emails About Wall Street Protests

WraithCube Re:"Fixed" ??? (311 comments)

Yes, people send out a bunch of emails to let people know about some new website (to a computer easily substituted with or other spam website) and a large percentage of the recipients click that little "mark as spam" button. The spam filter sees a bunch of messages it thinks are spam all containing the same website and decides that its a spammer's website. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Please don't assume everyone agrees with the cause or even if they do there are a lot of people that could care less about politics and think any political messages sent to them are spam. Speaking of which I still can't find anything that actually says what these protests are trying to accomplish besides saying they hate corporations.

more than 2 years ago

Review: Captain America

WraithCube Re:Kid Friendly? (295 comments)

While I didn't really pay much attention to it while watching Captain America does tend to be at least a bit kid friendly though some parts are probably too much for a 5 year old. There is not a lot of blood (a lot of the guns just vaporize people) though plenty of people do get shot. Which naturally involves death including somebody close to Rogers. The only part I can remember with foul language would be a soldier mooning Cap and saying "kiss my ass". There aren't any sex scenes (Caps is a classy guy).

Despite one thing you should keep in mind is that part of the reason the latest set of movies have been PG-13 is because they are actually staying closer to the original comics. The majority of comics were written targeting a young-adult audience as the core group of comic readers tended to be aged 14-21. Despite whatever the marketing departments have done (and animated cartoon spinoffs) these superheroes were meant for kids just over 13.

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password

WraithCube Re:Does it also apply to your yearly party? (495 comments)

Just residents per house

Speaking as a resident, Boulder is primarily a college town so there are plenty of places with 5 bedrooms that are rented to students. It is not uncommon to find that one of the people living there simply isn't listed on the rental agreement because of this law. It's very rarely enforced and when it is it's almost always a group of students living together to try and afford the costs of rent and college.

more than 3 years ago

Game Genres — Descriptive Or Restrictive?

WraithCube Re:What? (87 comments)

The problem is that a lot of the times a game will try and do that they will add features but it won't revolutionize the genre. For every half life or portal game there are hundreds of titles that try something risky and completely flop.

Look at all the games that have tried to blend RTS and FPS games as examples (which in theory would work together well but is terrible in practice for a variety of reasons. Raven Squad on the xbox360 got terrible reviews. Battleswarm is a free to play game and seems fairly well done and is having difficulty gaining an audience.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

WraithCube Re:Congratulations on being 17 years old. (917 comments)

It's more that I realize I can't force somebody to change their opinion. Or force them to not to voice their opinions about it for that matter. You can't force somebody not to be a bigot and you can't force those people to shutup either.

There's a difference between realizing the reality of the situation and putting a nice idealistic phrasing on it to talk about free speech, but in the end the point is the same.

People get offended over the stupidest and most serious of issues, but whether or not you consider it "legitimate" offense has little to do with how they feel about it. You can't for one second think the people that are offended by homosexuality will let you convince them that their offense isn't legitimate.

Considering your other posts advocate that people need to be "smacked down" for their beliefs, you might need to get a little bit of a grip on reality in that no amount of internet posts, iPhone apps, or slashdot articles will suddenly make people suddenly change their way of thinking.

For the record I'm not any more in favor of this app than you are. I'm just not under the idealistic impression trying to take down beliefs I disagree with will somehow lead to those beliefs changing or that its a good idea even if I could change those beliefs.

Also congrats on changing a discussion of whether somebody is entitled to their opinion into an inaccurate personal attack against a random person on the internet. You should try not to insult people when talking about the harmful effects of denigrating people as it off-topic, irrelevant to any point made besides as an unneeded distraction, and can in fact detract from your point.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

WraithCube Re:The fallacy of moral equivalence (917 comments)

Those actually should be considered morally the same. They are both a persons opinion and despite either sides beliefs neither are a statement of fact. Both statements offend a large portion of the population. Both are entitled to their opinion and neither should be censored.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Suspends Personal Data-Sharing Feature

WraithCube Re:Bad decision. I hope they reverse it. (140 comments)

He was kidding, and apart from simply recognizing the username and his common slashdot posts, you can guess the sarcastic nature of the post from the fact that every one of his arguments is a commonly expressed opinion here on slashdot turned on its head. From hiring more developers, to creating a better quality product, to finding alternate ways to make money off a product apart from charging users, to openness and internet freedom.

more than 2 years ago
top Compromised, Backdoor Distributed

WraithCube Re:Should have used vsftpd (152 comments)

Wrong... Answer this: which is more secure?

1) unknown 4-letter username + unknown 12 letter password

2) known 4-letter username + unknown 16 character password

Isn't this more a case of:

1) unknown 4-letter username + unknown 16 character password

2) known 4-letter username + unknown 16 character password

There's no reason why you should make the password on an unknown username less secure and no reason to leave a username like root or administrator for the botnets to take cracks at.

more than 3 years ago

Web-Users Fall For Fake Anti-Virus Scams

WraithCube Re:PEBKAC (272 comments)

That's a slightly different problem. A quick google search for "Malwarebytes" shows legitimate results for at least the first 3 pages (I can't even find download links on any of those pages for scam products... though adblock plus may be interferring slightly). The problem I've seen with quite a few of the recent virii is that they redirect all the pages you can download malwarebytes from (and other legitimate anti-virus product pages) to fake pages offering an anti-virus scam. I can't really blame somebody for being fooled by that despite the URL change and the fact that the page is for a completely different product than the link, but that is still less than the average user will recognize. Regardless, if the malwarebytes pages are showing scam products it probably means the computer is already compromised.

more than 3 years ago


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