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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

jadin Re:Speaking of Personhood (1469 comments)

I think you mean (involuntary) manslaughter. Murder requires malice aforethought.

more than 2 years ago

Can $60 Games Survive?

jadin No comments on Nexon? (435 comments)

I'm surprised no is commenting on Nexon (if they are, it's below my filter). They are one of the greediest companies in the industry. Their business model isn't just "free-to-play", it's "pay-to-win".

Let's use MapleStory for an example:

  • - in order to change your character's build they charge you up to $12 per point. As a comparison, if World of Warcraft charged the same prices, it would cost you $912 (pre-cataclysm) to re-specialize your character. Post cataclysm would still be $492.
  • - inventory space is sold at $6 for 4 slots, with 5 different types of inventory. To maximize your characters inventory would cost you $2880
  • - you can use scrolls to enhance your equipment's stats, the best scrolls have a %10 chance to work. Or you can pay for a cash item that stops failures for $15. An average item has 7 slots. To complete a single item this way would cost $1050.

On top of all of this they are one of the worst customer support companies in gaming. Opening a ticket asking for help will take two weeks or more to get an answer, and virtually every answer is "we can't (or won't) help you."

more than 2 years ago

I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

jadin Re:Slashdot Pulse ads (279 comments)

I always assumed these ads had no direct connection to slashdot. But were merely as you say "sketchy ads" trying to act like they were.

Not much different than a malware pop-up trying to look like the most common anti-virus software.

more than 2 years ago

How Publishers Are Cutting Their Own Throats With eBook DRM

jadin Re:My book (355 comments)

Top selling albums in 2010 are getting something like 1/3rd the sales that top selling albums were getting 10 years ago.

10 years ago buying full length albums was the "norm". Today it's much more common to buy your favorite two songs digitally and skip the rest of the album that's commonly seen as filler. That has to account of a large chunk of the 1/3rd number of albums you quote. (It looks like that article mentions digital singles as well - but I'm not sure how thorough it was)

I'm not saying piracy isn't a problem, just that we need to compare apples to apples to get an accurate comparison.

more than 3 years ago

DARPA Wants To Get Rid of Password Protection

jadin Dongle (205 comments)

I don't want passwords at all anymore.

I want a USB type dongle that I carry with me like my keys or my wallet. I plug it into the PC I want to use and my (encrypted) ID and password is automatically used whenever a website or program asks for it.

The only real concern then would be losing the dongle or forgetting at home etc. But chances are by the time technology of this sort is readily available those kinks will be worked out.

more than 3 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

jadin Re:Games (1880 comments)

A few years ago I answered this question by saying I wanted to walk into my local brick and mortar store, pick up a game and under system requirements see the words: "OS Requirements : Linux". It also had to be a disc I simply insert, install, and I start playing. No compiling, no tweaking, no fuss.

Reading the parent's post I realized I rarely buy a disc from a local store these days. I almost exclusively buy from steam, many times waiting for a game to be available on steam before getting it. I also try to boycott steam's competition, hoping they'll give up and move their games to steam.

So yeah. For this question I definitely agree with the parent. Bring steam _and_ it's full catalog and have it just "work" and I'll leave windows and never look back.

more than 3 years ago

NVIDIA Launches 3D Vision 2

jadin LightBoost (76 comments)

Hey movie studios! You need LightBoost on your 3D movies!

I'm tired of the dark screens, and I'm boycotting 3D until you do something about it.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Old Webcams?

jadin Contest (258 comments)


Have all the students submit ideas, then let them vote on which project to do.

I'm guessing 50 school kids can come up with some pretty unique ideas.

more than 3 years ago

Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

jadin Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (699 comments)

Forgot the ending italics tag...

Also want to add a P.S:
- The Phelps Clan sounds like a bunch of douchebags.

more than 3 years ago

Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

jadin Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (699 comments)

(Mods: You may not agree with my post but that does not mean it should be -1 as usually happens in "pro-religious" posts)

By far the best answer I've heard for this is as follows:

Satan challenged God's right to rule rather than his ability to rule. And the only way to disprove Satan's claim that mankind can rule themselves without God is to allow them to try.

The past $x thousand years is the 'evidence', and when it's been proven - God (and Jesus) will resume rulership undoing the evils we see today as well as preventing evil.

It is not malevolence that prevents God, but being forced (by Satan's challenge) to prove his right to rule.

more than 3 years ago

Inaccurate physics in movies ...

jadin Re:Bad physics are a healthy reminder (449 comments)

This has nothing to do with physics but one of my biggest pet peeves is drivers who don't put on a seat-belt. It takes two seconds tops, and sends a good message to everyone.

- We've changed smoking in films to make it less appealing
- We've done the same with drunk driving
- Where's the outcry over seatbelts which could save just as many lives?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Buy Legal Game ROMs?

jadin Re:From who? (361 comments)

My wife just found the SEGA Genesis Classics Collection on Steam of all places.

With smart phone gaming becoming popular, there might be a new market on previously 'abandoned' games.

Didn't Atari recently enforce it's copyright on some 2600 games?

more than 3 years ago

Digital Tech and the Re-Birth of Product Placement

jadin Re:Isn't bad... (228 comments)

One of my favorites was in the U.S. version of "The Office" when Andy is trying to remember the end of a candy bar jingle.

Give me a break, give me a break,
Break me off a piece of that... fancy feast!

He spends the entire episode unable to remember how it actually goes. And of course nearly every viewer knows the jingle by heart, so every time he sings it, they are remembering the product name for him in their head.

Pretty impressive to do that many product placements in a single episode without ever showing or naming the product, and making it hilarious to boot.

more than 3 years ago

Valve Announces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

jadin Re:CS:S 2 (109 comments)

My favorite version of CS is still 0.6. Though I haven't played 0.6 in years...

In 0.7 they removed "bunny hopping" - which I personally didn't care for, but the solution to removing bunny hopping also removed the fluid movement I loved so much. Ever since then the fluid movement of your character just isn't there.

more than 3 years ago

Jeff Bezos Wants To Put an Airbag In Your iPhone

jadin Re:TFA doesn't mention iPhone specifically (102 comments)

It's probably meant for the Kindle. Mabye even a future 'smartphone' variety of the Kindle brand.

Suggesting he's designing inventions for Apple seems fairly absurd considering.

more than 3 years ago

Two Huge Holes In the Sun Spotted

jadin Re:Your toast - which way? (204 comments)

Woah! Revelations mentions 144,000!!! Coincidence? I think not!

more than 3 years ago

The Sum Total of the World's Knowledge: 250 Exabytes

jadin Re:"Stored Data" does not equal "Knowledge" (168 comments)

At this point I'm convinced /. does it on purpose, whether for more hits, or more comments - there is no other reasonable explanation.

From a WoW comic:
[chat] Noob : Hey, how do I get to the blacksmith?
To assist this noob simply give the wrong directions.
[chat] Player A : Take a left by the boat house.
[chat] Players B, C, D : No it's not you idiot, you take a right by the mailbox. What a noob.

You now have 4 active participants instead of just 1.

more than 3 years ago

Peter Jackson Hospitalized w/ Stomach Ulcer

jadin Curse of the ring? *gasp* (84 comments)

Thank you anonymous reader for trying to start the "Curse of the Ring!"

I hope you fail miserably.

I happen to enjoy 'studying' coincidences, but trying to insert them when it's just happenstance is pretty lame.

about 4 years ago

J.J. Abrams Promises 'Fringe' Will Die Fighting

jadin I just died a little inside... (392 comments)

In my honest opinion, Fringe is the greatest television show I've ever seen hands down. Someone had to get me to watch it (the ads didn't interest me) but once I started watching I was hooked.

The characters, the "science", the plot, just the right amount of suspense & drama. In my mind they took all the good parts of Lost and ditched the junk. And if this summary is correct and happens, it will go down in history as my all-time favorite show. I loved what Dollhouse did when they realized they would be cancelled. An entire series worth of plot lines and story arcs jam packed into one action packed season.

I for one, can't wait to see Fringe to it's conclusion. Even being cancelled (and handled like this) would be good. It would prevent the Matrix sequel effect... and leave me with three top-quality seasons of a show I literally get excited for waiting for the next episode.

P.S. Why are TV execs so brain dead?

about 4 years ago



Is it time to abandon traditional domain names?

jadin jadin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jadin writes "We started with .com .net .org .gov .edu etc which worked as a good way to remember URLs, as well as to a limited degree identify the type of website. Things have since expanded to include countless others. We've more or less abandoned a general identifying system. In addition many of the best website names are registered, not by people making websites, but by people looking to make a future profit. So is there any reason we can't abandon it completely to allow unlimited domain name types? This would provide endless possibilities for unique and interesting domain names. This could encourage a lot more creativity in thinking up the perfect domain name. While unlimited domains won't eliminate squatters, it would definitely open up a lot more opportunities to people actually producing websites, and make it a lot harder to monopolize .coms etc. Some random examples: http://micro.soft/ http://google.search/ http://campbells.soup/ http://slashdot.dot/ Is there any reason why this wouldn't work? Technical or otherwise?"


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