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Nintendo Faces Patent Suit Over the Wii

boarder Re:Overlapping development (91 comments)

No, you fucking moron, he's not saying TROLL at the end. He's giving people like you an insight into how business is done in the real world. Just like companies MUST defend trademarks, even when the infringement is completely innocent, baseless and irrelevant because of how trademark laws work; maybe this company HAD to sue Nintendo in order to prevent other companies from willfully infringing on the patent. They can prove there is no prior art while Nintendo gets an exception to the patent. It's a win-win for the two companies involved.

I'm not saying that is what is actually happening. I'm just saying that baseless accusations like yours are ignorant and counterproductive.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Faces Patent Suit Over the Wii

boarder Re:Filed in July 2005 (91 comments)

This just in: some companies have large capital reserves and would rather duel lawyer v lawyer in court than cede negotiations to a much smaller company.

You have no idea what went on during those 5 years. Maybe they had been doing everything they possibly could to get Nintendo to license the patents. Maybe they were trying to get Nintendo to contract them to develop new hardware and technologies for the next gen system in exchange for free licensing of the patents.

You have absolutely zero knowledge, yet you completely dismiss and insult them based on your prejudices. Congrats on being what's wrong with the world today.

more than 3 years ago

Solar Company Folds After $0.5B In Subsidies

boarder Re:You can't legislate success. (694 comments)

Dear Queen Caerdwyn:

Today I learned that people would rather breathe toxic fumes from coal fired power plants than spend $3 extra per year to have clean air. I also learned that some people would rather see a well-meaning company fail and have 1100 people out of work than see their political opponent succeed.

Your faithful screw-the-rest-of-the-world-as-long-as-I-get-mine crotchety-conservative Billybob,

Chevron Texaco

more than 3 years ago

World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers

boarder Re:It feels old and already seen (413 comments)

I feel the same way about the lockout system. It basically killed the game for me. I had been in progression guilds in the past, doing the hardest content with the highest skilled players (a lot of whom were elitist pricks), and would take 6 month to year long breaks once I got burned out. In Wrath I started a top-end raiding guild with 7 of my in-game friends I liked playing with and who were skilled as well. We used our core 10 man to progress and would PUG a 25 man to recruit. Once we got a good 25 man going then we used our 10 man to learn hard mode encounters and to just have fun with our friends and alts. Maybe doing 3 raids of the same place every week (2 on the main, 1 on the alt) is what burned me out. Regardless, when I came back to play casually and not be a core raider, the shared lockout meant I could never really raid with my friends. They had to keep their mains saved for the 25 man and their alts saved to a set group.

It also killed a lot of PUG raids that people did with their mains, since they didn't have to save themselves to just one lockout. So now I am basically forced to choose between joining a guild with people I don't know or like just to raid, or sit around for hours on end hoping a PUG starts up.

more than 3 years ago

Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

boarder Re:A week ago? (1855 comments)

I read all the links on this story post, as well as a bunch of other outside sources and can't find a single mention of a death by bombing a week ago. Would one of the Slashdot editors care to back up their assertion with at least one linked source?

more than 3 years ago

EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

boarder Do the exact opposite, please (686 comments)

For years we've been trying really hard to get everyone to close down their open WiFi spots to prevent hacking/leeching/malicious activity/etc. Now they want us to do the opposite? I'm sorry, while I don't think a person should be held liable for the child porn their neighbor downloaded using their open WiFi, I also don't think we should be telling them to just ignore security. We have botnets precisely because people ignore security.

They are paying for a service and shouldn't be told to let others use it for free. Why wouldn't they then just cancel their service and use someone else's for free? They shouldn't have to open their computer up to being hacked (or do you want to explain to them how to beef up their security after telling them to lower their security?) just so someone can get free service. They shouldn't have to worry about bandwidth caps just so their neighbor can stream netflix for free.

They SHOULD be hassled if something goes wrong on their open network as a lesson to secure their system.

Hell, I turn off both my router and my cable "modem" when I'm not using them.

more than 3 years ago

How To Use a Real Guitar With Rock Band 3

boarder GH/RB as a transition point (180 comments)

I played a crapload of GH2/GH3/RB/RB2/RB:Beatles before deciding I wanted to learn how to play a real guitar. It's been over a year since I made that decision and I haven't played the game once.

With projects like this, though, I'd love to pick up the games again and start learning those real songs on my guitar.

I don't know if I ever would have started playing real guitar without those games, and now that I play guitar I don't look down on those games or insult the people who play them. Not only are they just games (and games that I find fun), but they can be a gateway into real music and creativity.

about 4 years ago

First-Sale Doctrine Lost Overseas

boarder Re:First sale doctrine (775 comments)

Want to know how I know you didn't read the article?

Your username is entirely appropriate to the ignorance of your post.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

boarder Re:4n0nym0u5 (429 comments)

Dammit, I was going to post that it's easy to get a normal username if you sign up early enough, but your UID is twice as low as mine.

more than 4 years ago

In Oregon, Wind Power Surges Disrupting Grid

boarder Re:explanation about the condition of the grid (506 comments)

This is one of the dumbest posts on /. today.


By your rationale, all states should be completely self-contained. I don't know where you live, but I hope you can survive losing all of the tax money California gives to almost every other state. I hope you can drill your own oil, create your own green electricity (oh, you aren't a windy/sunny/rivery state? too bad), mine your own ore, etc.

Saying Californians need to produce more locally or use less is moronic at best. Californians COULD just fire up a bunch of coal plants if they wanted, but they are trying to be intelligent and use cleaner sources of energy. Some of those sources are better found in other states. But your addled brain seems to think an imaginary line means all that wonderful energy must be completely kept within its cage and never let out.

Haha, it's funny to say California is stupid and wasteful and has economic problems (which it does), but we give more money to all those "better" states in taxes than we receive. Also, isn't it better to have Arizona and Nevada making craploads of solar power and distributing it out than trying to capture any solar in Seattle? What about having Kansas try to harness wave power from all their oceans?

more than 4 years ago

Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

boarder Re:This means Direct (342 comments)

Your ideas and goals and numbers are all well and good, but you don't ever look at the actual design of the vehicle you propose.

I worked on Ares and know what the design is. That thing was a gigantic piece of crap just waiting to fail. Badly. From the barely stable structural dynamics of a 400ft long pencil flying at mach 6, to the ugliest, most disaster prone separation sequence; that design was doomed to fail.

Look, I like the idea of saving money by using off the shelf parts and getting something flying fast, but you end up making too many sacrifices to the overall design to accommodate the limitations of the pre-built parts. Think of it like trying to build a city bus out of parts you scrounged from a Ferrari warehouse.

Also, the very first class you take in Aerospace Engineering teaches you exactly why SSTO (single stage to orbit) is not as cost-effective as multiple stages. So your argument that this design is better because it doesn't need a second stage is not a good one. The design might be simpler and easier to build, but it requires so much more fuel per launch that it isn't worth it.

more than 4 years ago

Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images

boarder I liked them (466 comments)

I can see why people wouldn't want the background image, and I remember being annoyed that I couldn't easily find a way to change or turn off the image.

But I actually liked the splash of color the images brought to the screen. The only thing I wanted from Google was for them to give details
on the images themselves... i.e. who took the shots, what were the shots of/where were they taken, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Dedicated Halo 2 Fans Keep Multiplayer Alive

boarder Re:MS should... (239 comments)

Come on, this isn't as bad as the massacres in the Ukraine and other Soviet nations. This game is over 6 years old and played on a console that hasn't been sold in 4 years... at best this is as bad as disappearances and political oppression.

Also: Halo sucks.

more than 4 years ago

Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

boarder Re:That Analogy Falls Apart (917 comments)

"I know some pretty dedicated people. But I can't think of anyone in a right frame of mind that would actually welcome the experience after a week. Its going to be really tough to find someone willing to do this."

Really? Really?

You obviously don't know any dedicated people, or many people at all. I could walk around my office (I work in the aerospace industry) and find easily 12 people willing to do this. I would be one of those 12. If I went over to Johnson Space Center to ask, I would have people beating down my door to go.

Here's what you don't get: some people do things for the sheer thrill of exploration. No other reason. Some people realize that the earth is 6 billion years old and they are going to die in 50. Whether they die now or then isn't that big of a difference, really; but if they can do something dramatic in that time versus "just getting by" then their time on Earth actually meant something.

Also, it isn't like we'd be sending them in a sensory deprivation chamber for 6 months. People already spend 6 months up in space stations, and the vehicle we send to mars will probably be built up over time in orbit so it can be much larger and better equipped. They'll have computers for movies, email, internet (the lag will suck), and games. They'll have mandatory exercise periods, scientific research to be done, food cultivation work to be done, etc. They will also go as a team of 6-12 people, so your notion of them having "no one to interact with" is moronic. Even when they are all the way out at mars, the lag is only 28 minutes so emailing isn't that bad at all.

You seem to completely forget that just 100 years ago people wrote letters back and forth that took weeks (not minutes) to be returned. You seem to completely forget that just 100 years ago it took people weeks to get from Europe to America. Even today people will sail SOLO from Los Angeles to Hawaii, which takes around a month. Every year people solo sail around the earth for 120 days nonstop in the Vendee Challenge, which is 4 months completely alone where people die on a regular basis.

Hell, people climb and die on Everest every year and that's already been done.

more than 5 years ago

Personalized In-Game Advertising In Upcoming Titles

boarder Re:How to fix this (244 comments)

This is exactly how I feel about the situation. I'm not happy about all the new systems companies force us to use to play their games, but I'm not going to go out of my way to circumvent them.... I'll just not buy their product.

I wasn't happy with the Steam idea when HL2 came out, so I didn't buy anything from Steam until I read enough reviews saying it was OK and had friends tell me it was fine. I'm not happy with Blizzard forcing everyone to use battle.net accounts for WoW, so once they start enforcing that I'll just quit playing the game. There are plenty of other diversions out there that I don't need to create ANOTHER login account when I have one that works fine already... especially since all I ever here about battle.net is people getting their accounts hacked all the time and that it doesn't connect well with Comcast cable internet.

more than 5 years ago

Time Denies Issuing DMCA Over Obama Joker Image

boarder Re:Well.... (324 comments)

Did you actually read what you linked?

I hope you didn't, because then I'd have to come to the conclusion you are a complete moron.

The story you linked NEVER EVER ONCE said their protests or what they were saying was unpatriotic or anti-american, nor did it say they should move protests into free speech zones.

What it does say is that HOW they are protesting is unpatriotic and anti-american. The story talks about the protesters going into rational discussions and screaming so loudly that no free speech can occur. It talks about protesters using threats of violence to silence the rational discussion.

more than 5 years ago

How To Prove Someone Is Female?

boarder Re:Make them write some code (1091 comments)

You are 100% correct, it only makes it more difficult.

Of course, how much more difficult is the whole fucking point. The fastest man in the world is a full 10% faster than the fastest woman in the world, moving to around 15% faster at longer events. The fastest woman in the world wouldn't have even passed the slowest male competitor in the last Olympics.

So while the absolute fastest women in the world could compete with most men, they have no chance at all to compete with the best men.

And this is in running, a sport that isn't contact based. How many women can compete with men at football, basketball and baseball? Sure, there is the odd female high school football player, but you don't see them at the college level for a reason (even though they are allowed) and when they do appear (3 total as far as I can tell) they are only playing kickers with little to no contact. Basketball and baseball are better, but women still can't compete with men at higher levels of competition.

There's a reason boxing and wrestling have weight classes.

more than 5 years ago

RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?

boarder Re:How do they stay in business? (629 comments)

Then you go to Fry's or Best Buy or some place that sells computer parts. Radio Shack doesn't sell anything but mice and keyboards. Furthermore, their hours are typically worse than Best Buy or Fry's.

more than 5 years ago

Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

boarder Re:Nothing (369 comments)

"Works of fiction are now cheap" ????

Hardbacks are up to $30 or $40 these days and even paperbacks are $8. I'm not that old, and I can remember when both were around half those prices.

Either your disposable income has increased to the point where that seems cheaper to you than when you last paid attention, or you buy used books.

Used books save a retarded amount of money. You can go to www.abebooks.com and buy any paperback for around $4 with shipping.

more than 5 years ago

Swine Flu Kills Obese People Disproportionately

boarder Re:A reasoned discussion (661 comments)

It's true, fat people are more stupid than the rest of us.

How's that for a generalization? If every fat person talked like you, that would be the stereotype.

It's unbelievable how unbelievably stupid you are.

Let's break down YOUR arguments, since you think that's the way to win:

At the age of 3, who controls what goes into your body? Your parents. Yes, it is completely their fault you got fat. Here's the thing: just because your body works differently than mine or theirs doesn't mean they couldn't react and change your diet. If I had a kid and saw he was becoming obese at THREE YEARS OLD, I would be all over that shit trying to figure out why. Is there a medical condition? Am I feeding him too much? Is he eating the dog's poop? Now, is it their fault you stayed fat? No.

You insult him by saying he has no numbers to back up his claim that only a small percentage of morbidly obese people are that way because of obscure medical issues, but then you don't provide any numbers to back your own argument up. You are just as bad as him. You insult him for ignoring people who most need help, but there you are being a huge fatty and ignoring your own problem. Once again, you are just as bad as him.

You ask him to explain to your boss "what the fuck I'm doing." You do realize that your boss is legally required to let you take that break? Just like your boss is legally required to let smokers take 5 min smoke breaks every hour, you are allowed to take 10 min walk breaks every 2 hours. Dumbass.

Yes, what he is saying is a huge percentage of the population is weak willed. I will agree with that 100%. How many people smoke and know it's bad for them? How many people have cheated on their wife/husband and felt bad about it? How many people drive the speed limit? How many people recycle everything, walk to the store instead of drive, reuse cloth bags instead of plastic bags at the grocery, turn down their AC to save energy, drive smaller cars, and all the other major inconveniences that everyone knows would help the environment? HUMANS ARE LAZY! It's a fact. I'll even repeat it for you: HUMANS ARE LAZY! Even the people who work their asses off usually do it because they get some enjoyment out of it. Obviously, there are some people who just work hard because they know they should or to obtain a certain goal, but they are the rarities. If a huge percentage of the population weren't weak willed, we wouldn't have a housing crisis or a credit crisis. Humans being weak willed also works when looking at this crossing all those demographic areas that you pointed out.

I'm not posting anonymously, because if I saw you in person I would quite literally shudder. Shudder at the kind of personality that has no care for keeping themselves healthy. Also, shudder at the sweaty fat rolls and Cheeto breath. So go ahead and explain something complicated like the venting and pressurization system of a liquid fueled rocket, and I'll probably correct you.

Google the laws of thermodynamics. If you can't lose weight by eating less and/or exercising more, then you are a medical miracle.

more than 5 years ago


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