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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Zedrick Re:anything has to be better than beyond earth (226 comments)

> I took a pass on Beyond Earth because Civ V was so horrible. In fact I'm still playing Civ IV BTS over Civ V

Same here. Civ V was the last game I bought without at least downloading a cracked copy and testing it myself - it was such a huge disappointment. I still suspect the reviewers were bribed somehow, or perhaps tested the game before it got radically dumbed down, just before release?

It's not until recently that I dare buy games again, after watching reviews on youtube so I can see it for myself. I will never trust Firaxis or "professional" reviewers again.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

Zedrick Re:laptops are a commodity (210 comments)

Okay. And how exactly does that "fact" help the OP pick a distro for the one he has now?

about three weeks ago

Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

Zedrick Re:There's a solution (41 comments)

Because it's very easy to use for people with their own domain but little tech knowledge, it has a massive amount of themes and plugins to choose from (which I admit can be a problem) and it has much less security issues than any comparable CMS.

I've worked with hosting abuse for a long time, and it's fairly rare to see a hacked WP nowadays - unless the owner of the site has turned off auto-updating. Hacked Joomla-, modX- or Drupal-sites are much more common.

about 2 months ago

Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Zedrick Shortsighted nonsense (594 comments)

If rich people had not started going on vacation trips in the 19th century, nobody would be going on vacation trips now.

Space tourism is a much better motivation for rocket launches than country/ideology X trying to get an advantage over country/ideology Y.

about 3 months ago

Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Zedrick Re:i could make a comment but... (487 comments)

That was possibly the most stupid non-political comment I've ever seen on Slashdot.

about 4 months ago

The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Zedrick Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

That's perhaps part of it, but the main reason is that TPB is still the best place to get new stuff. I always download all new TV-series there, except netflix-series that I can get on... netflix.

As for games, I recently wanted to buy a few games on stream, but they demanded a copy of my id because my card was issued in another country than the one I live in at the moment. Fine, goodbye. Downloaded the games at TPB instead.

It should not only be possible but also convenient to buy media. Netflix and GOG are great and get my money, other places that are less great and makes it difficult can keep their digital copies while I go browsing at the Pirate Bay.

about 4 months ago

Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

Zedrick Re:neither science nor news. (54 comments)

What does colours or icons have to do with it? It's a newssite, content is what matters. If you don't care about that, here's a good alternative:


Soylentnews is quite good and often have interesting tech-related news before slashdot. It just needs more people in the comments.

about 5 months ago

Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

Zedrick Re:Intelligent Decision (91 comments)

What's your point?

A rather large portion of USA has better uses for their extremely limited funds - US poverty rate is among the worst in the developed world. But there are people with money and the bandwidth to watch the result, just like (almost) every other country in the world.

about 6 months ago

The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

Zedrick Re:That has to be the most garbled summary.... (156 comments)

> the plot could only possibly interest a child.

Well, the Hobbit was written for children, so nothing wrong with that and you can't blame the script.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

Zedrick Re:Dear Slashdot (170 comments)

> You are 100% right in criticizing me

No. If you have a Palm and want to code for it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that - and I find the reactions here very strange and un-slashdotlike. It doesn't matter if it's a good machine or not, or if you have fond childhood memories of it or not. If you happen to have something that can be explored and programmed, and you feel like doing it, great. How is reading a book or trying out some other hobby (as others suggested) in any way "better"?

about 6 months ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Zedrick Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

> Communism is State Socialism.

No, it is not. I know it's difficult to get a grip on all the -isms, and there has been a lot of different interpretations since the late 19th century, but there Is No State in a communist society. The only examples of communist societies in modern times were, kind of, the Paris commune and possibly, again kind of, Soviet Russia during the civil war.

Chrusjtjov claimed that the Soviet Union would become communist some time in the (then) near future, he was obviously wrong. No Communist party in the world has communism in their party program except as a final goal sometime far in the future, when the state is no longer needed.

about 6 months ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Zedrick Re:hmm (138 comments)

Isn't this joke getting a bit old? Sure, US education isn't exactly the best in the world, and it was fun to see Groundskeeper Willie and various US politicians show off their ignorance during the "weapons of mass destruction"- campaign 20 years ago. But far from all americans are this stupid, and it's a bit unfair to continue bashing them every time France is in the news.

about 7 months ago

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Zedrick Re:I didn't get any email (80 comments)

...eh,what's your point? I didn't use my "real" email if that's what you're implying. Ever heard of catch-all? I use/used demonoid@one of my domains.

Not that it matters, "real" email or not, I haven't received anything from them.

about 8 months ago

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Zedrick I didn't get any email (80 comments)

"Demonoid has emailed all registered users"

No, they have not.

about 8 months ago

Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion

Zedrick Re:Why is twitch popular? (142 comments)

Well, (for me) it's like an interesting talkshow. I watch Quickybaby play World of tanks, partly because I like that game and can learn a few things watching someone really good play it, but also because he talks about all kinds of things. It's just like watching kevinpollakschatshow, but framed around a game instead of Hollywood.

OTOH there's a lot of people on twitch playing the game and saying nothing, that I don't understand. Boring.

about 8 months ago

Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Zedrick Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

I agree, but unfortunately we live in this universe, and not that alternative one where everything is as it should be.

If people can't go somewhere (not too far away) and see animals, they will soon think CGI-versions of these creatures are good enough, which leads to extinction for the real ones. Unless they are really cute.

about 8 months ago


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