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Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

darth dickinson Re:No co-op (263 comments)

Isn't that exactly what "family sharing" does?

FTA: "See a family member's installed game that you want to play? Send them a request to authorize the computer. Once authorized, the lender's library of Steam games become available for others on the machine to access, download and play. "

1 year,10 days

Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

darth dickinson Re:Awesome (582 comments)

But is there a database that ties that serial number back to an individual voter?

1 year,30 days

Comcast Pays $800,000 To U.S. For Hiding Stand-Alone Broadband

darth dickinson Re:As an inhabitant of Chattanooga... (201 comments)

I consider myself "decently employed", and I would not be willing to drop a car payment every month on my internet connection.

more than 2 years ago

Police Forensics Team Salvage Blind Authors' Inkless Novel Pages

darth dickinson Re:i hope the taxpayers... (100 comments)

Or, it could be that since the problem arose because her pen ran out of ink, it might be nice to give her a writing device that gives some sort of tactile feedback that it is not capable of writing.

But no, it's much more fun and insightful to bash Americans.

more than 2 years ago

EA Defends Itself Against Thousands of Anti-Gay Letters

darth dickinson Re:Any Different? (1069 comments)

In other news, its not like they force the LGBT encounters on you in the game. You pretty much have to consciously chose them.

Finally, some sanity. You have to consciously seek out any "intimate relationship" with the other characters, whether homo- or hetero-sexual in nature. In fact I think it's even possible to go through the first two games without *any* type of sexual relationship (haven't played ME3 yet, but I would assume the same is true there as well).

more than 2 years ago

NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

darth dickinson "NBC" didn't do anything (1005 comments)

This article refers to things that NBC decided, did, or said regarding their outrageous editing of George Zimmerman's 911 call.

But NBC exists only in a legal sense. It has no brain. It makes no decisions. And it's really incapable of giving a rat's ass about criticisms it might receive from the right of the political spectrum.

The things that NBC "says" or "does" are really said or done by the people who work, mostly anonymously, inside the protective bubble we refer to as NBC.

We're not permitted to know which of those people made the "error" in question. But we know who is the one ultimately responsible for it.

That would be Steve Capus, the president of NBC news. As the top guy, he is ultimately responsible for everything NBC "says" or "does".

And now, Steve Capus is responsible for the whitewashing of this "error."

Steve Capus must be held accountable for this travesty that happened on his watch. Steve Capus must step down as the president of NBC News.

Every post about this issue should frame it as what it really is: Malicious malpractice, committed and covered up by Steve Capus.

more than 2 years ago

Arizona Attempts To Make Trolling Illegal

darth dickinson Re:First Illegal Troll (474 comments)

We do pay more taxes, as it happens. I would think as a resident of a state which pays less federal tax than it takes in federal money, you'd be a little less spiteful.

I would posit that most states pay less federal tax that they take in federal funds... otherwise we would not have a budget deficit.

more than 2 years ago

Citrix Moves Away From OpenStack For Apache

darth dickinson Re:Ugh, Citrix... (29 comments)

If that's your engineering standards, then i can see why you hate Citrix. Engineered properly, however, it functions quite well.

Funny, that.

more than 2 years ago

Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight

darth dickinson Re:Not a flying car (249 comments)

Not sure about this particular vehicle, but if this is anything like the Terrafugia Transition you have to come to a complete stop before you can deploy the wings, and they take a couple of minutes to deploy.

more than 2 years ago

An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

darth dickinson Pfft. (658 comments)

OSX 10.8 is really just what 10.6 should have been.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

darth dickinson Re:Next up : Toilet scanners (284 comments)

OK, so the direct analogy falls apart... but the larger point is made by a commenter upstream, that the military has access to personnel and weapons that would easily decimate any sort of uprising. Heck, your state National Guard probably has access to those weapons - artillery and air strikes can win a conflict :)

more than 2 years ago

Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

darth dickinson Re:I'm not worried. (284 comments)

Neither am I. It would be the first Sony lock-in standard in a long, long time that gained any measurable traction.

Um... Blu-Ray?

more than 2 years ago

Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

darth dickinson Re:Next up : Toilet scanners (284 comments)

Unfortunately 100 men with hunting rifles are no match for 10 men with automatic rifles and rocket launchers.

more than 2 years ago

Super Bowl Bust: Feds Grab 307 NFL Websites; $4.8M

darth dickinson Re:China (198 comments)

He's a Krogan.

more than 2 years ago

White House Refuses To Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd

darth dickinson Re:More Republican Poutrage (765 comments)

Yes because someone taking their *legally acquired* money and using *legal* constructs in the tax code to pay less taxes is exactly like a politician passing legislation that favors one particular company, and then getting a senior position at said company when they retire.

Exactly. The. Same.

more than 2 years ago

What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

darth dickinson Re:Ironic? (756 comments)

Ron Paul on the ballet? Dear $DIETY I don't want to see him in tights...

more than 2 years ago

Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed

darth dickinson Re:What exactly is the problem with this? (181 comments)

We keep asking for more intelligent and/or rational application of Copyright laws, including people bitching about draconian use of lawsuits, etc.

The alternative is something like this. IT'S NOT YOUTUBE'S FAULT. Youtube discovers someone else has uploaded this music and (presumably) claimed copyright over it. Someone "else" uploads it, and their software catches it. Good job, Youtube. The "original" artists should work things out with the other group, and/or sue someone.

Just not Youtube.

But YouTube has all the money...

more than 2 years ago


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