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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

aevan Re:No true Scotsman (865 comments)

Maybe, but also was stated to 'get over it, put the rock down, God will deal with it, not you'. Not to take matters in your own hands. Did say to pack a sword in self-defence though, I think. One of the later parts when going out being preachy was on the to-do list.

3 days ago
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FBI: Wiper Malware Has Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets

aevan Re:Ha, NORTH Korea? (81 comments)

Not sure about SeeU, but I know a few years ago I got a DMCA from 'Original Creator' with regards to vocaloid videos.

They are part of Crypton Future Media though, the actual Vocaloid maker. Seems they have automated DMCA 'protect their customers from getting copied and denied their due profit'.

about two weeks ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

aevan Virtual Fence? (213 comments)

I suppose it makes sense, with laws painting us all as virtually terrorists.

That said, I like Punji stake pits as an idea. Or high-tension trampolines that snap-release and launch plumetters back into the air. Hook it to a live web-stream.

about a month ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

aevan Re:November 11th? Really? (115 comments)

You know, there is a really bad irony joke about that conflation.

about a month ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

aevan Re:Good luck in Canada (115 comments)

Sundays? Even Saturday was a crapshot..opening at lunch for a few hours. And weekdays? Good luck if you get off work at 1700h, 'cuz they might as well rolled up the streets while they were at it...things were closed. Go find a 7-11 or something if you need groceries. Not that you had money because, you know, 'banking hours'.

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

aevan Re:Guns (250 comments)

Yes. You have any clue how many weird looks I get at the range when I shoot to the side of me to reload?

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

aevan Re:But but (250 comments)

Her patron McIntosh is on twitter stating Violent Games begets Violent Gamers.

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

aevan Re:In other news (250 comments)

I'd hope not. I'd hate to have to start buying bras.

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

aevan Re:most studies, obvious common sense. See Iran, N (250 comments)

Been to a dozen countries, and I'll agree that outlook and behaviour is different. Amusingly,most had common shows. More amusing, the one with the MOST violent shows at the time (Japan) was the least violent socially. Culture impacts children heavily, and while entertainment is part of culture, it's not the entirety of culture, and being cognizent that entertainment is simply entertainment, diminishes that impact.

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

aevan Re:BULLSHIT.. Gamergate needs a real explanation (716 comments)

If you want fun, read the long Talk page on that wiki article. It's popcorn worthy the antics of the actors. Even Whales chimes in and gets told to back off by the vested interests in presenting a NNPOV while claiming it's a NPOV, while trying to get the other sides banned as wither single-purpose-accounts, zombies, sockpuppets or simply behaving poorly. If were ever an article to display the ugly politics behind the supposedly 'noble' wikipedia, this would be it.

about a month and a half ago
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Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

aevan Re:0.62$ per gigabyte? Stone age (48 comments)

My parents hit 62 gig last month on theirs, and it's facebook, skype, youtube and online chess.

Personally I top 100G with online games, online videos, and some torrenting.

Hellfires, I'd top 1 Gig a month easy on dial-up back in the day. Gogo USENET binaries and IRC

about a month and a half ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

aevan Re:What do you mean? (268 comments)

It's only starting out. Wait until they come to your house and kidnap your children to help them 'realise their potential'.

Then the next thing you know they are assassinating political leaders in their chambers all because one of the neophytes 'had an uneasy feeling'.

As on of their prophets said: 'Not afraid? You will be. You *will* be'

about 2 months ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

aevan Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

This. So very much this.

Formula is formula because it's proven to work. If audiences truly were wanting something different, they'd be in the indie festivals, at the small off-beat theaters, or happily watching things with subtitles and so forth. Instead (it seems) they just want fast hard simple plots with lots of explosions and beautiful people. Or infantile fart jokes. Hollywood just sees 'everyone is wanting Super Heroes, we'll make Variation #245 on SuperHero Plotmachine'. "This year is fairy tales. What can we remake/reimage next?'

I just get annoyed when they remake a movie or such that isn't even 5 years old.

about 2 months ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

aevan Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

Depending on your definition of original. Frozen has strong elements from The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. I wouldn't go as far as some and claim it's a ripoff, but the inspiration is clearly there (it robbed me of a lot of outrage, I had been planning to lambast them for another 'theft we will claim is original then copyright for eternity'... but was pleasantly surprised).

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

aevan Re:Its not about intelligence (481 comments)

I'm saying that in some cultures that had food issues, and may still have food issues, that which can be used and consumed will be used and consumed. Wasn't that how why got dogs in the first place? Protection, hunting, work, and in a pinch, rations. It's only when you suddenly have abundance that you can start being subjectively selective. When you then start trumping up artificial boundary conditions on what is acceptable and not, you have absolutely no place to admonish those whose culture didn't suddenly decide that it's not ethically edible but instead selected other things as their 'sacred cow'. Especially when those convictions are ONLY because you can afford not to, and will be sacrificed the moment it's not convenient.

Don't often hear about sea kittens at a coastal city, or farming vegans...it's more young urbanites for whom the only exposure to an animal is the family pet, and their 'hunting gathering' is limited to supermarket sales.

Buuut if you want to believe we can turn all of the poorer parts of asian, south american, africa, and even our own less affluent areas into pill-supplement-popping balanced vegan dieters...by all means continue to think that. Personally I see no real difference in eating horse, cow, pig, whale, dog or rabbit (that said, I don't eat any of the previous). Now if you want to argue ethics in raising said creatures, methods to kill, etc...then yes, I'll say we have room for improvement there (vastly in some cases).

As for the biology lesson, I'd imagine we'd have evolved a different dental structure, a different digestive system (one more optimised) and wouldn't have to actually plan out our diet so exotically if we were meant to be plant-only. No other animal that I'm aware of would need a laundry list of things to stay healthy on a vegan diet. Herbivores could continually graze on local flora, carnivores opportunistically hunt local fauna. Guess that leaves omnivores for us...

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

aevan Re:Its not about intelligence (481 comments)

They all get eaten when you're hungry. Necessity is a damned fine seasoning. Would that it were capable to experiment with a thousand PETA supporters, starve them and their families, their children... but offer them roasted dog meat for their hunger. Pretty sure convictions would be put aside for a majority. Cuteness, intelligence, whatever...they are still the 'them' to our 'us' in the end.

about 2 months ago

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