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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

coaxial Liked BF2, but hated BF3 (208 comments)

I've never been a great FPS player, but I do enjoy the genre, or at least I used to. (Apparently, kids these days think camping at spawn points is cool. In my day, that would get you kicked.) I really liked BF2. I liked hopping in anti aircraft batteries and gibbetting whole groups of people until inevitably someone stuck a bomb on the back on detonated it. Loads of fun. When I got BF3, I thought, "What the fuck is this?" Every gun, every add-on had to be unlocked. It was stupid, and made an already frustrating game, unplayable. I was a goddamn sniper, without a goddamn scope! WTF?

Even the single player campaign was boring and by the numbers. It was almost as bad as a rail-shooter, that I couldn't bother to finish it. And that's when I realized that I'd probably never play another FPS. (Well that, and the stupidity of the COD Black Ops demo where I had to walk to a U2, climb up a latter, turn on the plane, fly up, then watch a cut scene. Pointless.)

about 3 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

coaxial Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (281 comments)

you trusted your BC to some yahoo that ran a fricking Magic:The Gathering trading club...really?

What? You don't do all your banking at the comic book shop?

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

coaxial Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

The USPS has a history of supporting OCR research, as part of its need to quickly and accurately route mail to its intended destination. That's main reason why ZIP codes and their later evolution of ZIP+4 came about.

That said, the National Security Complex has used the this system to institute the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking, which is a program to expand what used to be law enforcement surveillance technique (mail covers), as part of mass warrantless surveillance.

about 5 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

coaxial Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

This service is already available. It's called Your Momâ. It's free to use, but they do ask you to log in from time to time.

about 5 months ago
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Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

coaxial Re:Good and Completely Unsurprising (157 comments)

Wow, with the exception of the names of planets, that's a whole lot of meaningless fan service cameos.

But fan boys are cheap right?

about 5 months ago
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Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

coaxial Good and Completely Unsurprising (157 comments)

When the prequels, came out, Lucas tossed everything the EU under the bus, including everything stated and implied in the films. ("I just remember my mother was always very sad," No! That was your adopted mom!) About the only thing he kept was Obi-Wan and Anakin fought over lava. So none of this is surprising.

When milking an existing franchise there's this need to be different-yet-similar, and a need to ramp everything up a notch or two. Eventually, everything gets a bit stupider as a result.

Years, ago I ingested everything out of the WEG RPG source books. I loved it. Now when I look out at the EU, it seems like such overwrought load of rehashed crap. A perpetual war of Sith and Jedi with even the uniforms and technology always looking the same. It's like the Star Wars Galaxy didn't even have changes in design, or different empires to grow and fall. (The Rakata being the notable exception.) Its quite a boring universe really.

about 5 months ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

coaxial Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

Mr. Jackson seems rooted in an age that has long since gone by. What he needs to do is tell the people he claims to represent, "pull up your damn pants, don't get ugly tattoos all over your body, learn to address people in respectful language and study your ass off rather than trying to figure how you can goof off more. There's boatloads of money, waiting to be made and odds are you aren't going to be a zillionaire hip-hop or movie star, but if you take an interest you could make more than all of them put together.

Wow.

about 6 months ago
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CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

coaxial Unlikely, but not Unplausibe (187 comments)

Personally, I find it unlikely that the CIA would do something so ham handed and transparent. And yet, since the War on Terror and the idea that anything goes when the people you're drowning don't wear matching hats, the CIA and the entire IC has lost all credibility, that I can't dismiss the allegation.

That said, Feinstein is a out of touch 80 year-old that thinks mass surveillance is cool, but at the same time gets upset when the IC spies on allies (like everyone else does), and when spy on her.

As a Democrat and a Californian, I say Fuck Feinstein.

about 6 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

coaxial Re:Friends have better gear (201 comments)

Quite a find. I had no idea you could get photos like that with relatively normal lenses.

about 8 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

coaxial Re:This is the problem with religious people. (903 comments)

You need to check your facts. The government didn't create employer health care plans. The market did. Now don't get me wrong, the market was reacting to a different government intervention (namely WWII wage freezes), but there is no law that says,"Companies with more than N employees, must offer health insurance."

The reason why the ACA didn't move towards single-payer model (like most (yes, capitalist) countries) is that employers and insurance companies do not want that. Insurance companies don't want competition that would actually provide coverage, and employers like the fact that employees are indentured to them for health coverage. Make no mistake, the individual mandate, and no single payer is the Republican plan. In fact, it was famously the opposing position to the Clinton health care plan (aka "Hillarycare").

about 8 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re:The mote in god's eye. (612 comments)

No, what I'm saying is that your own statements are proof enough of your misogyny.

I withdrawal and apologize for my paraphrase. I'm surprised and happy to learn that you also believe that there is a problem with a culture of gender discrimination by the practitioners of computer science, and that this needs to be rectified. I also am surprised that to find that, as you put it "claim[ing] the right to put men at a disadvantage in any given situation", is not misandry, or as I more literally put it "man-hating".

The assertions I wanted you to back up were:
1) Feminism seeks to discriminate against men.
2) Those take exception at perceived (which is not in opposition to actuality) gender and sexual discrimination, are simply bomb-throwers that want to undermine accepted and acceptable norms.
3) The implicit point that "Feminazis want to destroy computer science by dumbing it down and make it too appealing to women and girls."

You don't get to misdefine terms and then taking umbrage at when you're called on it. No more than someone gets to say, "I don't see what the big deal about pedophiles are," and then turn around and say, "I defined 'pedophiles' as 'caring parents', so screw you child-haters."
 

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re:PC means Personal Computer,not Politically Corr (612 comments)

You don't know that, and I gave specific examples of where graffiti and CS intersect, while you have given nothing but loud and repeated assertions to support yours. The whole point of this project is to get someone in the door and thinking about possibilities. Perhaps you get all hot and bothered thinking about installing printer drivers, writing some timecard application in Visual Basic, or tweaking the borders on some random intranet webpage to get it work in IE6, but most people don't, but that's most people in CS do. Only an exceedingly few get paid to do exactly what they want to do.

The fact is most people -- including the best
people
in CS think of it as simply a job, an interesting job, better than most jobs, but still just a job, not a lifestyle. Well-rounded people have interests outside of their job. As one I know put it, "I spend 10 hours a day five days a week either sitting at a computer, or sitting in meetings talking about computers. Why the hell would I want to do that on my days off? I'm riding my bike."

You're just over-reacting to people coming in to your subculture that didn't grow up like you.

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re:PC means Personal Computer,not Politically Corr (612 comments)

No one is saying computer science has a culture context. What people are saying is that computer scientists have a cultural context, and that's obvious since they are human.

If dance or graffiti or whatever inspires someone to stay in school, study hard, and then get a six-figure salary, then who gives a fuck what the initial reason was?

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re:The mote in god's eye. (612 comments)

Put up or shut up.

You make these assertions, but never once support them. You are behaving exactly like misogynist. Listen to yourself. "There's nothing wrong here, and only those with illegitimate positions think there is. If you say there is, you must be some sort of man-hating bitch, so your opinion is worthless, which reinforces my belief." You've created a epistemological closure.

How the fuck is saying we need more outreach to the 51% of the population that isn't male, and the 28% of the population that isn't white or asian, "discriminating" against anyone? You have very odd definitions of words, that have no basis in reality.

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re:PC means Personal Computer,not Politically Corr (612 comments)

Yeah, there's certainly no CS in Eye Writer or Time Writer.

Of course, you never bothered to actually read the link before you go off and loudly spout your uniformed opinions about how damn liberals are trying to dumb these down for the minorities, and thus undercut "our" exalted position in society. If you had bothered to read the link, you'd know that it says:

These types of lessons are important for students to build personal relationships with computer science concepts and applications â" an important process for discovering the relevance of computer science for their own life. Allowing students to build an authentic identity as someone who does computer science within a familiar cultural context increases the likelihood that they will pursue additional study or careers in the field.

Heaven forbid anyone first start coding something that they find interesting!

You are exactly the reason why these program need to exist.

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re: No. (612 comments)

The barrier for entry in learning to code is virtually nil. You need a computer - it doesn't even have to be a good one - and access to the Internet.

And yet...

about 9 months ago
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Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

coaxial Re:Culturally Relevant == Irrelevant to CS (612 comments)

No one is politicizing science here. We're discussing the sub-culture of the practitioners. Or are we supposed to believe that RMS's Emacs Virgins (who are all women mind you) is acceptable behavior.

In my own CS experience nobody gave a shit about whether you were black, white, asian or latino and yes we had all of those races represented in the program.

Really? How many of which? How many of the blacks and latinos were Americans, and how many were international students?

about 9 months ago

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Anti-Piracy Group Refuses Bait, DRM Breaker Goes T

coaxial coaxial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

coaxial (28297) writes "In Denmark, it's legal to make copies of commercial videos for backup or other private purposes. It's also illegal to break the DRM that restricts copying of DVDs. Deciding to find out which law mattered, Henrik Anderson reported himself for 100 violations of the DRM-breaking law (he ripped his DVD collection to his computer) and demanded that the Danish anti-piracy Antipiratgruppen do something about. They promised him a response, then didn't respond. So now he's reporting himself to the police. He wants a trial, so that the legality of the DRM-breaking law can be tested in court."
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Royal Society Puts 60 Seminal Scientific Papers On

coaxial coaxial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

coaxial (28297) writes "In celebration of it's 350th anniversary, The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge (aka The Royal Society), has placed 60 of the most revolutionary scientific papers it has published online. Highlights include the first paper describing blood transfusion from 1666, Newton's paper on light and color from 1672, to Stephen Hawking's work on black holes."
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Ada Lovelace Biopic Needs Support

coaxial coaxial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

coaxial (28297) writes "Film maker Rosemarie Reed has been in touch with me about a film she's planning called Byron and Babbage: A Calculating Story. Based on Ada Lovelace's letters, it will be a feature-length documentary with some dramatic readings and will air on PBS National. Rosemarie needs to gather letters of support from the community — from people who feel that Ada is an important figure."
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coaxial coaxial writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coaxial (28297) writes "CNN among others are reporting the end of a hostage standoff at Building 44 of Johnson Space Center. The unidentified gunman took two hostages, and after a standoff with police on the second floor of the building apparently shot both of the hostages and himself. One of the hostages died at the scene and the other was rushed to a nearby hospital.

No doubt this one of several copycat incidents we can expect in the coming weeks."
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coaxial coaxial writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coaxial (28297) writes "Everyone's favorite digital haven and nation of questionable legitimacy, Sealand is up for sale. (Link in Spanish only.) Technically you're not buying the countyr, but rather "custodianship" of the platform and all property within the "country". All of which can be yours for the low low price of 750 million euros."

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