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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

aevan Re:LOL CANADA LOL (103 comments)

Horses are the only thing that flow quickly and easily through the series of tubes, unlike poker chips.

2 days ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

aevan Re:Hours Played is a bad metric. (117 comments)

It's even worse... for games like Dungeons & Dragons or Lord of the Rings, steam launches a launcher...which then sits in the tray to download updates and such. From that launcher, the game can be loaded, and it persists past closing the game.. and that launcher is what steam tracks for 'hours played'. What you end up with is steam informing you that you've played the game 168 hours this week... but you never actually had the game on at all. I'm listed at over 8,000 hours in those games, nowhere near the truth.

Plus, it masks any other games you've loaded in the interim (or at least as far as the steam 'in-game' status). Couple this with that a lot of steam games can be played without launching them through steam, and you're left with a completely disingenuous metric.

2 days ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

aevan Re:Not very secret (116 comments)

Dunno... nothing beats the taste of a succulent apple, still quivering on the branch...


"How do you prefer your salad?"
"Still photosynthesizing".

about a week ago
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Darth Vader Runs For President of Ukraine

aevan Re:This is a TRAVESTY! (114 comments)

Didn't Palpentine have a lot of worlds he propped up with a puppet government that weren't directly in the Empire but might as well been, serving to refuel his fleets and such? Expanded Universe being rather confusing and such for the non-hardcore... but to my knowledge there wasn't JUST empire and rebels..there were a lot of 'neutral worlds' and other alliances and such..that just bent to the Empire due to military or economic power.

about three weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

aevan Re: and they care why? (367 comments)

"Riley was 13, in sixth grade, when she posted on Facebook ".

about three weeks ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

aevan Re:Suicide By Jet Plane (436 comments)

The pilot seems to think they were suicidal by the way they were talking; they weren't ignorant there wasn't sufficient fuel for the flight.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

aevan In Other News... (519 comments)

"A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is 'partially nude,' no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,"

Police soon noted an uprise in kilt-wearing flashers~

about a month and a half ago
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Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

aevan Re: victimless crime (205 comments)

Not validating the 99.9999% but I'd say it's a matter of quantity... Japan churns out so much hentai it would pretty much HAVE to minimise the child porn out there (as a ratio)... and plenty seem to involve drawn children.

about a month and a half ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

aevan Re:Large saber toothed cats... (168 comments)

Is that any worse than the "we only save the cute ones" hypocrisy of a lot of animal activist-y types? (I'm not talking PETA, but the armchair animal rights people). You know the ones munching on a hamburger while decrying dolphin deaths?

about a month and a half ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

aevan Re: Change (742 comments)

What do you have against evolution?

about 2 months ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

aevan Re:Contest (362 comments)

Apparently they aren't the same. Xeriscaping is making a verdant garden using native plants and such; Zeroscaping is minimalist, a more hybrid rock garden with native plants.

about a month ago
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Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

aevan Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (290 comments)

To be fair...Toronto was entirely, and still entirely mocked for that... even by Torontonians. It just came out of the blue.... most of us just grabbed our shovels and were 'meh, moron'.

about 2 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

aevan Re:Sounds great (238 comments)

Yes. Have had them twice this year, the most recent set only expired earlier today.

about 2 months ago
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Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

aevan Re:Wasn't this a movie? (237 comments)

Cyberempaths using psychometry.

about 3 months ago
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An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On Her

aevan Re:Not a bad movie with an interesting side note (175 comments)

Not at all. I'm already biased against the movie from preconception of genre and wiki-spoiler...but I'm being nagged to go see it anyways.

It's pretty much a given I'll eventually get dragged to it, so saying "I want to dislike this movie" would be fair for me as well. For me the question isn't so much if the movie is going to confirm my prejudice or not, but if winning the 'I was right' is worth it or not. :P

about 3 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

aevan Re:When?! (218 comments)

With as much evidence as the person responding to, sure. Albeit my sample size isn't the largest (think I've gamed with about 50 people in total from when I was 16 until 30), 45 had active sex lives (talking while we played, not 'years later when they grew up' so this includes teens), and 2 I'm sure will die virgins. Of course one can then move the goal posts and say "but were they hot/rich/asian porn stars*"... but at least the partners weren't paid by the hour :P

So, until they study of 10,000 gamers and percentages of "virgins over 15/18/30" are out, I'd say yeah, it's typical. Eat/breath/sleep gaming, sure - any obsessive becomes less attractive (and indifferent to other pursuits). But kick back Sunday afternoon with a bag of dice and some friends? That isn't stopping your Fridays or Saturdays evenings at all.

*that said two went into porn and one was a stripper for uni money. Pretty sure that part wasn't typical

about 3 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

aevan Re:When?! (218 comments)

Considering we had several girl gamers in our groups, and several married that spat out kids over the years we gamed...
*shrug* but sorry, you were on a non-fact rant, apologises for interrupting you with some.

about 3 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

aevan Re:Allow it... (340 comments)

Except that was in Canada. The bomber politely declined the bomb's return, admitted it was 'a fair cop' and went on his flight explosiveless.

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

aevan Re:Painful cold (684 comments)

Wonder if that idea heard ages ago (regarding global cooling, but believe was nuclear related) about spreading a lot of black soot over it to speed up melting, would work. Of course then you now have a lot of soot falling into the lakes but it's not like it isn't already polluted. Not like anyone drinks from it, right right?

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

aevan Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (684 comments)

I like global warming, I hate the cold.

'Shitting in our airsupply' though..far less liked. They'd probably get a more primal reaction out of people that route, than by showing kids at a pool in May, or the argument of some snow in Mexico, and saying 'change'. You could demonstrate using a sealed aquarium; fill it with a grey 'gas' and then have little factory models spewing red gas into it, turning it eventually all pink. Off them a can of fresh air (a la chinese businessman) and a can of car exhaust, ask which they prefer.

about 3 months ago

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