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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

ductonius Re:Translation please (704 comments)

It's already in fairly plain English, but I can dumb it down for you: "Videogames let you be someone else instead of just observing someone else."

I could say more, but I'm going to let Jim Sterling say it better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 6 months ago
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Why Amazon Is Profitless Only By Choice

ductonius Re:Apex predators. (258 comments)

Murray Cod. Requires no further explanation.

Bill Murray Cod. Requires further explanation, but it's hilarious.

about a year ago
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CRTC Unveils New Wireless Code To Protect Canadian Customers

ductonius Re:Reduced Expectations (230 comments)

Perfect is the enemy of good. If you burn "good" in the pursuit of "perfect" not only will you never have "perfect", you'll never have "good".

Also, baby steps, my friend. Baby steps.

about a year ago
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Apple Bans Sale of Comic Book On All iOS Apps Over Gay Sex Images - Update

ductonius No wierdos allowed (299 comments)

This is why I have never been tempted to buy a ticket into Apple's "walled garden". It's not that it's overtly bad, it's just has a giant "no weirdos allowed" sign at the entrance. I *like* the weirdos. I find the fact that the weirdos can do their weirdo things comforting. When the wierdonium level in the social construct around me drops below a certain level I go into withdrawal. It's not a good thing! Weirdonium starts running from my pores in an attempt to fill the void. Luckily there's a place on Amazon that sells wierdonium cream. It helps.

about a year and a half ago
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EA Building Microtransactions Into All of Its Future Games

ductonius Or, to put it another way: (303 comments)

EA Effectively Discouraging Me from Playing All of Its Future Games

about a year and a half ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

ductonius Re:Corporate tax... not sure. (626 comments)

Your first paragraph could easily be reworded to show that personal income tax of the employees would be the "triple dip". This would make more sense since people have physical bodies with physical needs and thus taxing them hurts the whole socioeconomic system more than taking the money of a bodiless, nebulous entity that can exist on unicorn dreams and pixie dust.

You say you loath corporations that amass wealth without giving back, but that's exactly what a corporation is for. The entire idea of the limited liability corporation is to create an entity that functions to realize far more wealth than it produces while shielding it's owners from any loss it might incur if what it does turns out to be a bad idea.

The crux of the problem with corporations is that everyone and everything exists inside a economic system which requires constant maintenance, both in the form of policy shifts to take into account changing conditions, and in the physical form with the maintenance of infrastructure (transportation, communication etc). Governments at various levels generally perform this maintenance and need funds to do so. Taxes are how these funds are raised and as such function as a fee on participation in the system that enabled profit in the first place.

A properly functioning corporation will never voluntary give up wealth. At the same time, maintenance of the economic system needs money.

Taxes on corporations need to be strictly enforced and extensive enough to ensure corporations pay for what they've benefited from. The alternative is exactly what you loathe: giant corporations that exist simply to capture and hold as much wealth as possible.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders

ductonius Re:Balancing risk vs. reward indeed (204 comments)

Human beings are a technological species. Without the things we know and the tools we make, merely reproducing often proves fatal for women. The idea that the future should or even can hold a fewer, not greater number and complexity of human technology is both shortsighted and foolish in the extreme. It condemns millions to short, brutish lives and painful, tortuous deaths. The solution to our problems is an increased knowledge and awareness of the world around us. That is, the solution is an increase in technology, and with that increase of technology is an increased need for energy to process raw materials into the products of technology. The peculiarities of a particular dysfunctional country aside, the solution is always more energy.

Now, where are we going to get it from? Renewables do not scale big enough or fast enough and they aren't available where the energy is needed. They're great for supplemental power where they're available, but they're not the solution. That leaves coal and nuclear.

The energy will come from somewhere. There is no option for "no increased energy production". If you don't pick nuclear you pick coal.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders

ductonius Re:Balancing risk vs. reward indeed (204 comments)

I am far more concerned with human lives than bank accounts and while I realize that the current economic system tends to make the former dependent on the latter, that is not an argument against nuclear power, it's an argument for the restructuring of global finance.

Not all nuclear technologies are equal. Conflating the reactors at Chernobyl or Fukushima with other designs like CANDU or even Magnox which have suffered no major accidents is itself disingenuous. The only argument the anti-nuclear side has is highlighting the worst and ignoring everything that has gone right and is going right with nuclear power while at the same time ignoring the very deadly, very damaging and very real consequences of choosing not to adopt nuclear power.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders

ductonius Re:Balancing risk vs. reward indeed (204 comments)

All I see in your post is a bunch of "ifs", "mights" and "maybes".

Your brain seems to be operating on nothing but ignorant fear. Proof of this is when you said: "There is no other energy source that can create problems on such scale in such a short time."

Hydroelectric dam failure has already created worse disasters in a smaller amount of time. Coal slurry pond failure has also already created larger disasters in shorter periods of time. Normally operating coal plants are creating a larger disaster over a larger area over a longer period of time as we speak. Even if you count the deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear energy has killed fewer people per TW/h than any other source of energy.

You seem to show ignorance of both nuclear and conventional energy sources. Your lack of insight and understanding have created a preference for larger assured disasters that you can understand easily over smaller possible disasters that are difficult for you to understand.

I would recommend you inform yourself and reexamine your opinions.

more than 2 years ago
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Simulators Take the Humans Out of Hiring

ductonius Welcome to my world! (143 comments)

Companies are only now figuring out that desk monkeys actually have to *do* something? Performance based evaluation is the norm in skilled trades. I have to pass practical test to retain my welding certifications. I will be asked to do something fairly complex when I start a new job (which all have trial periods akin to extended interviews) just to see what I can handle. Hopefully this type of evaluation eventually gets applied to management.

more than 2 years ago
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Calling BS On Unpaid Internships

ductonius Re:Apprenticeships (427 comments)

The fact that inexperienced people need to be watched out for is a normal part of life and a normal part of human existence. If you or your company cannot handle this is unable or unwilling to pay your least experienced workers a decent wage then your company does not possess sufficient merit and is not worthy to be in business.

If your circumstances are such that you wish to produce products upon which the human lives depend, it is your job to hire competent employees who are up to the challenge. If they cannot be hired and you still wish to produce such products then it is your job to train them and pay them a decent wage while you do. If you are unwilling to pay them decently while you train them then you should not be producing products upon which human lives depend.

more than 3 years ago
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Calling BS On Unpaid Internships

ductonius Re:Apprenticeships (427 comments)

I work in industry, and apprentices get payed in every blue collar job I've had contact with. Not only do they get paid, but get payed above average starting wage for that place in the world. If you're an apprentice that means someone with much more experience recognizes you have talent that's useful and can develop. You get treated like you're worth something, because you are.

The fact that many interns are unpaid is a tacit admittance that the workers are inherently worthless to the company. Unpaid internships need to be made criminal. They are the systematization and normalization of worker exploitation.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Averages To Bend the Uncertainty Principle

ductonius Re:I don't get it (112 comments)

In the classic experiment, if you try to find out which slit the photons are going through, they stop behaving as waves.

In this experiment, they can know which slit the photons when through, but still get the light to behave as a wave.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Camera Patent Lets External Transmitters Disable Features

ductonius Re:Easy fix. (268 comments)

The sensor will be built into the camera CCD.

more than 3 years ago
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Japan Widens Evacuation Zone Around Fukushima

ductonius Re:Nuke power (483 comments)

AECL - Atomic Energy Canada Limited.

CANDU reactors can run on thorium just fine using a mix of thorium and slightly enriched uranium (1.2%) to get the breeding process started.

Also, as designs go, CANDU reactors and their derivatives have an unmatched safety record.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line

ductonius Re:line with fewest women (464 comments)

I can guarantee that people around you still use cheques, it's that you just don't do business with any of them. I never used cheques before I got into a business where exchanging multiple thousands of dollars at a time was the norm.

Cheques are just a standardized format for authorizing money transfers. There is no substantial difference between a paper cheque and an electronic deposit/withdrawl.

more than 3 years ago
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Tron: Legacy

ductonius Re:The writing was idiotic (Spoilers?) (412 comments)

Here are some quick answers I just pulled out of my ass after watching the movie once.

#1: There were plenty of programs walking around in non-glowing cloths. Cloths that glow seem to be a dress convention, rather than a strict rule. Like jeans and a t-shirt or a suit, white shirt and tie.

#2: You're complaining that some things in the computer world were represented literally instead of metaphorically or as a pixelated analogue. Ah bloo bloo bloo bloo bloo.

#3: If I was lord and master of a virtual world I would kill people like that all the time, or however else I wanted.

#4: The movie strongly implies the villain in question is intelligent and has a degree of free will. The character obviously summoned his strength to exercise his free will in a way contrary to his masters wishes.

#5: People who play both sides usually end up getting killed by one of them.

#6: You're really bad at watching movies.

#7: Does the movie really need to explain the details of how a flesh and blood person can go into a computer? It's hand-waved because explaining it would be stupid. It would also be stupid not to just assume that programs can go out the same way flesh and blood got in.

#8: You're nitpicking in the most pedantic way possible.

#9: You just used "Avatar" and "realistic" in the same sentence.

In conclusion: Tron: Legacy could have used a better script but it did cover its bases and didn't really fall down anywhere. A solid B+. Would watch again, maybe not in 3d the second time though.

more than 3 years ago
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Review: Halo: Reach

ductonius Re:Halo is About Multi-Player (191 comments)

"Halo is About Multi-Player or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Car Analogy"

With that attitude the last thing I would call you is "oldschool" or "old". Videogames have always had to stand on something other than multiplayer and graphics, and anyone who was actually "old school" will run out of fingers and toes counting videogames that had mind blowing stories. Story can be done as competently in videogames as anywhere else, the designers just have to care.

about 4 years ago
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Pentagon Aims To Buy Up Book

ductonius Feudal America (347 comments)

What America's aristocracy cannot do with the law they will do with money.

about 4 years ago
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4chan Gives 90-Year-Old Vet a Great Birthday

ductonius Re:Huh? (363 comments)

To paraphrase Spider Jerusalem:

Imagine an underground nightclub full of perverts and freaks and people with sexual organs you didn't know existed. Imagine you're standing in that nightclub and the time comes to vote for what you're all going to do that night. You vote to watch television, and everyone else, as far as the eye can see, votes to rape you with switchblades. That's 4chan. You're welcome.

about 4 years ago

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EA to buy Bioware

ductonius ductonius writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ductonius writes "Electronic Arts has bought Bioware.

"Electronic Arts (EA) announced on Thursday it has reached an agreement with private equity firm Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp., the owner of Bioware and Australian-based action game developer Pandemic Studios."

Alternate headline was: Bioware to be disbanded after its franchises are sucked dry and ground to dust by endless terrible sequels."

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