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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

kenp2002 Simple (687 comments)

A word many forgot. Value. If there is value in buying a game or service then people will buy it. I didn't buy Batman A.C. until it was $10 bucks. Why? That's what it is worth to me. $60? No game is worth that to me. There isn't any value in it. It's that simple. I played Eve Online and paid $15 a month for it, it was worth it because the service they provided (uptime, patches, content, etc.) was worth it. It had value.

"Why pay for it when you can copy it?" Because it isn't worth my time. I go to Steam, see if there is a deal for something $10 and if there is I buy it. IT's not worth my time running around digging through spyware infested Torrent sites to sit around for 6 hours while I try to download it only to find the last 5% of it is only being seeded by 2 peers. I get patches, content, dlc, multiplayer, etc through steam and what is even better, I don't have to do a damn thing beyond click Install and maybe, maybe once in a while fill in some info.

Gates was right, the future is Software as a Service because people don't want to pay for software but they will pay for service. Much like people eating at a Denny's\Embers: you aren't there for the food. Everything there you could make yourself (copy). Rather, you are there for the service. You want someone else to cook it and hopefully someone competent and cute to bring you said food.

about a year and a half ago
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Google BigQuery Is Now Even Bigger

kenp2002 Re:Lost faith in Google (38 comments)

Here let me hit my time machine button for a sec.... yep... just as I thought. Everyone said the same damn thing about Microsoft 15 years ago. The same thing about Oracle 10 years ago. The same thing was said for just about every proprietary system and vendor over the years.

about 2 years ago
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Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work

kenp2002 Hypocrites as usual (317 comments)

"How dare you disagree with me and not like my way of life. YOU MUST BE SILENCED IN THE NAME OF TOLERANCE!!!!", typical.

about 2 years ago
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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

kenp2002 10+ years EA Free and Counting (569 comments)

Every dumb ass that bought that EA shit stain deserved every second of their queue times. Lets see: Gutted map sizes with Regions 1/4 the size of Sim City 4 (+1 step backwards) plus actual cities smaller then Sim City 1 (+4 steps backwards) along with gutted gameplay (no underground utility design, no subways... +3 steps backwards) along with always online requirement and DRM (+10 steps backwards), pre-order nonsense (imagine paying up front at a restaurant for you food.... +2 steps backwards) in exchange for Curved Roads (-1 step backwards... wait, nm Sim City 4 had mods that added those +0 then) and no modding support (+10 steps backwards).

It's almost like EA was jealous that Monte Cristo made a shittier Sim City game then Societies (Cities XL) and wanted to 1-up Monte Cristo in the fucking horrible Sim Socialist genre so they made this "Sim City" which is more a Cities XL 2 then anything else. It's just missing that magical "No, the state has decreed that only Executives can purchase these homes. Be gone peasant and free market subscriber!"

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

kenp2002 Re:Dog bites intruder in 50 states? (770 comments)

Try Lexis Nexis and law libraries and actually read the case law and state laws rather then Google. I'll take actual case law and statutes rather then the random opinions of bloggers and journalists who skimmed a few cases for exceptions.

about 2 years ago
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Mosquitoes Beginning To Ignore DEET Repellent

kenp2002 Re:Umm, yeah (232 comments)

No it's natural selection and adaptation. Evolution requires going from a lower to higher order of life. Some reptiles evolved into birds. Some ancient fish evolved into a whale. A bird getting a different beak is adaptation. When the mosquito gets a new organ, an extra set of legs, then we'll call it evolution. When a cook develops a tolerance to spicy food, he hasn't evolved...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

kenp2002 Re:First purchase (770 comments)

Why? If your mean dog bites an intruder in all 50 states you are liable for assault, and your dog will be put down and you will, not might, be liable for the intruder's injuries. I can't find a single state in the USA, that has ANY protection for home owner's if their pet assaults an intruder. (At least that I could find in 2 hours of searching.)

about 2 years ago
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WotC Releases Old Dungeons & Dragons Catalog As PDFs

kenp2002 THAC0 (224 comments)

It isn't AD&D if you aren't rolling THAC0. 2nd Ed FTW!

about 2 years ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

kenp2002 Sigh (1435 comments)

Gun control advocates love to indicate the 'logic' that less guns correlates to less homicides. But Logic, also requires that negation hold true. More guns = more homicides... right? However when gun sales have surged in the last 10 years, increasing nearly 40% in the last 10 years, homicides, especially gun related homicides, are down. Funny how "a clear correlation between guns and homicides" breaks down when applying basic statistics. .0003% of guns used in homicides... clearly a problem with guns, if and only if you lust after leaving people defenseless and powerless. Of course if less gun = less homicides then more guns = more homicides which... well isn't true.

Wait it isn't linear... wait there are more regressors... wait there are more excuses and attempts to over-fit a model... Did you know that the price of gasoline correlates to the number of homicides committed between the hours of 9 PM CST and 11:41 PM CST. Of course the question is how strong the correlation is. Good lore you would be surprised what you can make correlate to something.

The USA doesn't have a gun problem, it has a gang violence problem. You take out gang related homicides and guess what, were are nearly identical to Canada, England, France, Iceland, Norway, Spain, Germany, and the rest of the top 30 peaceful nations per 100,000. The problem is inner city poverty, broken homes, and poor childhood development which is the American cocktail for gangs.

Keep your head in the sand and keep ignoring the gang violence problem. Yeah ban the last line of defense citizens have against those lawless gangs...

about 2 years ago
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Drilling Begins At Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctic

kenp2002 NOOOooo!! (131 comments)

I saw John Carpenter's "The Thing" and we all know how this will end with a half-assed prequel!!

about 2 years ago
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Staples To Offer 3D Printing Services

kenp2002 Re:Limitations (85 comments)

The plastics you'd use in a 3D printer aren't going to work all that well compared to the plastics they use for example in Glocks. Not to mention you'd still need to machine the trigger assembly, magazine well, safety assembly, fire select, etc.

Would be nice to be able to make custom grips and stocks but that plastic crap (relatively speaking) the 3D printers use isn't worth it. We tried making a test Glock grip (solid even, no magazine well) and a 4 lb weight. Snapped the grip in half easily. Perhaps with some heat treatment or additional additives in the plastic (baking it perhaps) might make the plastic work better but right now, it's too ... brittle... I guess is the best term. The problem is the way the printer prints, the bond isn't very good between layers base when force is applied perpendicular to the printing plane. Our test grips all break along the plane of the printing. We did another test where we printed out a grip with an approximate magazine well and fitted in a hollow metal slip in there to see if that would shore it up. It just cracks around the metal slip. I think baking it might help with the layers bonding together better but for those of us hoping to get custom grips, stocks, ammo and magazine containers etc are going to have to wait a bit longer. We even tried rotating the print so the plane was rotate 90 degrees and out test pendulum just kept snapping the grip either to the left or right depending on where it hit.

Once someone figures out how to do a fluro polymer type plastic in a 3D printer then we can get some real utility printing done.

about 2 years ago
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Mars Rover Solves Metallic Object Mystery, Unearths Another

kenp2002 Re:Crossing my fingers (179 comments)

I think you have confused profitable with greed again...

more than 2 years ago
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US Military Designates Julian Assange an "Enemy of State"

kenp2002 Re:Not the military's job. (805 comments)

He committed acts that clearly fall in the category of espionage including violating the Diplomatic Bag. I'm surprised he's still alive.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Microsoft Really Convince People To Subscribe To Software?

kenp2002 MMO (297 comments)

MMOs built an industry on Software as a Subscription. Now they move to the F2P model, it still is at a fundamental level Software as a Service\Subscription.

more than 2 years ago
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180k-Year-Old Mutation Allowed Humans To Become Vegetarians, Move Out of Africa

kenp2002 Re:Vegetarian? (342 comments)

Sshhh! We're trying to push lifestyles and agendas here people, thinking is not allowed.

more than 2 years ago
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How Indie Devs Made an 1,800-Player Action Game Mod In Their Spare Time

kenp2002 Re:I did the math, with P2P you can get 50,000 (87 comments)

The problem is none of the mods are doing any transaction logging needed for catching cheaters. You can easily handles 200k players in 1 location when there are no checks against movement speeds, positional coherence, etc. This is a non-story at best.

more than 2 years ago
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EVE Online CSM and Diplomat Killed in Libyan Consulate Attacks

kenp2002 Hey Perspective People (680 comments)

Hey lets put this in perspective, remember all the people that were murdered by Christian extremists when Mel Gibson made that Passion of the Christ film? And lets not forget all those that died when the Last Temptation of Christ was released. Don't forget those murdered in the name of Christ when Andrew Loyd Webber released Jesus Christ Superstars and certainly have a moment of peace for those murdered every time South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Comic Artists featured Jesus. I mean don't you remember the "Dogma" massacres as a result of of that film? When Penny Arcade featured Jesus as Metal don't you remember the number of attempts on their lives?

It's a religion of peace people, lets keep this in perspective. Don't let a small, vocal, organized, group of extremists pain a picture of a religion is evil. I am certain those responsible will be arrested by their fellow Muslims and prosecuted for murder by their fellow Muslims.

Now the question you have to ask, "am I being sarcastic, or playing this comment straight?"

more than 2 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Community Game Diaspora Has Arrived

kenp2002 Re:flight model (121 comments)

No real space battles would happen at long distances. It would be too easy for counter-measures to be deployed at those ranges. At 1000 miles firing two missiles at opposing ships the counter-measures (either opposing missiles, flack, etc) would have several minutes to intercept and make adjustments. At a million, they'd have hours of making minor ( 1 degree) adjustments to intercept. The exception to this rule would be if laser weapons are involved. With conventional ballistics, not really an option for long range engagement. There is a funny but oddly realistic lecture in Mass Effect about shooting a projectile in space that also explains why long range engagements are not a real option. We're not even getting into gravity, plotting an accurate shot over a milion miles would have to account for every object of significant mass between the origin and target. Impractical at best.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Role-Playing Games To the Uninitiated?

kenp2002 Simple (197 comments)

When you were a child you played cowboy and indians or cops and robbers. Eventually the argument broke out "I shot you\no you didn't" and thus the first rules of RPGs was born. The actions were abstracted into semi-random determinations. You got two dice out and the highest roll wins.

Once that was done, like any game objectives were added. Rules were added to support resolving objects. RPGs progressed.

Then we needed a narrative to tie together the objectives and quests were born.

The rest is refinement to those basic cores.

more than 2 years ago

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Time to Reinvent the Wheel Again, Civ5 is a Go!

kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kenp2002 (545495) writes "Millions of geeks cry out (and in the 40 minutes since the news hit I've cleared over 60 SMS alerts from friends) as they prepare to sharpen their skills at turn based gaming once again.

Veteran gamers rejoice as Sid Meier and Fraxis announce Civilization 5 is in the works. New additions are expected but the most surprising is the move from a square game board to Hexagon based board. Further building on the extensible capabilities introduced in Civ4 mod developers should be feeling the warm glow of improved support for user driven addons.

Now you'll excuse me while I have to readjust all my project plans to account for missing testers and developers who have fainted from the news.... and block out some vacation for potential release dates."

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Some Assistance with Perspective

kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It has come to my attention as I watch TV and listen to the radio that many people have lost the ability to understand numbers. Specifically keeping things in perspective.

Recently on the Drudge Report there was a giant bold 120 dead concerning this Pig Flu nonsense.

120 isn't hardly news. In fact more people died around the world in the time it took me to write this sentence from AIDS.

The media likes to scare people. They like to throw around numbers. I am going to help you. Buy a bag of Jelly beans. Seriously.

Ok Now count how many J-Beans you have (you chocoholics can use M&Ms if you perfer). Regardless of how many you have this is you POOL. The pool is all mighty in separating nonsense from reality.

Ready? Lets say 5000 people died in the USA from this new virus. Is that a lot? Lets use the pool to figure that out.

First off there are 300,000,000 people roughly in the United States. I want you to take the number in your pool and divide 300,000,000 by it. This is the number of people per J-Bean. Simple Right?

Here is the sanity test when ever they start throwing around numbers. Does the "GIANT EVIL NUMBER OF DEAD, DYING ETC" cause you to remove a single jelly bean? One. If I have 100 jelly beans That means that before I have to remove 1 jelly bean 300,000 need to die for JUST ONE jelly bean to go away.

This is sainty. This is reality. 5000 people isn't a disaster, a pandemic or an outbreak. Thousands will die from the every day flu this year, thousands will die from car accidents, hell last I checked more then 500 people alone this year will die from trying to get high on paint fumes.

180 dead from a new Pig Flu? More people will die from falling down stairs in the USA this year. Over 200 will die from suicide, and several thousand will die from homicide.

You can live in fear people. You can watch big flashing headlines and talking heads on TV telling you the universe is about to explode. Reality is where the rest of us can rest easy.

And remember... as a wise man once wrote on the cover a book.... Don't Panic...

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An observation on America this election

kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The primary cancer eating at America is the population, as a whole, no longer possess the skills and mental tools to discern perception from reality.

They cannot read an article, pick apart the fact, fiction, opinions, and speculation and draw a conclusion of their own. They either agree or disagree rather then view an draw a conculsion of their own.

It's sad. We get "McCain sucks" or "Obama sucks" but when asked why, their response is "They voted against X,Y, and Z." Then when asked if they knew why they voted against those, they break down and say, "I don't know". Then when pressed again with the question, "Then how do you know voting against it was a bad idea?", they will summarize the bill's name and say, "how can anyone vote against X,Y, or Z"

Again, ask "How do you know that anything in the bill X, actually addressed X? Did you read the purposed bill?" You'll get a "no". There is no reasoning, or perhaps massive ignorance on how politics function. Did Senator A vote for X in order to get Senator B to vote for Y? Have we lost our understanding of politics? Or have we lost out very ability to reason though a problem?

This is a complete break down of normal human reasoning. We cannot collectively separate sound bytes from the actual context of a sentence. We demand change, we are promised change, we cry out for reform for what ever cause suits you, yet we go to the very people that got us in the trouble in the first place and expect them to change what they active worked to create... Total breakdown of human reason. You wouldn't ask the arson who just burnt down your house to help put the fire out right?

Without the ability to reason we are rapidly regressing back to animals, reacting out of a mental reflex, rather then reasoning through an obstacle,problem, or issue.

The very understanding of a difference is slipping. I do not like Ocra. Because I do not like Ocra, why would I have any dislike of people who like Ocra? Would I personally develop a hatered of people with a taste for Ocra? Would I ride around with a sign that say "John Doe Sucks!" simply because John Doe like Ocra? Why then would I develop a dislike of an political canidate mearly because I disagree with them? Why would that factor in personally? At most I might have a sign that reads, "Don't let John Doe cook unless you like Ocra." I can't say Obama sucks or McCain sucks because, quite frankly, I've never met either of them. Reason tells me that I can't develop a personal dislike for someone mearly because I may disagree with them. Reason tells me that I cannot judge a person on the color of their skin, but rather the content of their character. So would I not judge a canidate personally not by their approach to solve health care but by the content of their character? There is no rational way someone can tell me that I am supposed to dislike someone, or say someon is stupid or evil, because one may want to raise taxes to provide health care while another may want to let market pressure and incentives improve health care. Both want to fix it, each may have a different approach. Regardless of approach, what rational person develops hate over a difference of views?

Reason tells me that most special interest groups are made up of people that got organized and petition the government. Moveon.org is a special interest group, the NRA is a special interest group, so is the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Shriners, Rotatry Club, VFW, and the Scouts. I certainly don't want them silenced as I am a member of several special interest groups. Those that tend to cry out loudest against special interest groups are simple those that aren't part of one. You local church is a special interest group, your local chamber of commerce is too. Our ability to reason has slipped that we cannot see the problem is the CONDUCT of special interest groups, not the existence of those groups themselves. We generalize because we no longer have the capacity to dissect a problem, find the root cause, and address it. We find even our idiology and problem solving skills are disposable. The VCR has a frayed power cord? We throw the whole thing out rather then just fix the cord. A canidate has a flaw? We discard the entire individual. They disagree with a single viewpoint and we discard the whole. This has to stop or we are in serious trouble... Politics is the process of compromise and debate, not mandate and partisan dictatorship.

If the behavior of the American public doesn't frighten you as we move through this election, go rent Idiocracy and tell me, how far away are we? In many ways, we are already there...

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kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Man Slashdot should be renamed SlashLeft. 15 responses all from left wing, blame america first, socialists. Sad to see so many Anti-America people on /.. My Journalism post was moderated no less than 15 times, constantly back and forth from a -1 to a 5 to a 3, I don't even know what it left off at. Oh well. The fight for American Freedom drags on, I am just saddened by the number of Blame America First types out there that hate America so much. They don't understand the Constitution and try to use it verbatim to defend their positions. They are no better than KKK people that try to use Bible Verses to defend their position. If some of these people read other writings and notes from the founding fathers and actually studied the Constitution they might understand a bit better. Oh well, they grow lazy and eventually we will arrive at either the Fordian Society (if the Left Wins) or the Orwellian Society (if the right Wins). People just don't understand anymore. They will bid their freedom farewell in exchange for cold comfort.

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kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I have been forced to write off people with fewer than 100 posts. Why? The need to hang on the trenches for at least 100 posts before I'll tag em Friend or Foe. Too many people come to slashdot for a week or two and then get bored. I need to get to know people and there are just too many. So now I seek to filter out posts from people with fewer than 100 posts. Hmm they should make that a filter option along with Moderation level... Muhahaha

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kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Guess what every one of my posts got the standard -2 moderations again.. Hmmm I wonder which frustrated, small minded moderators I pissed off are..

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kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Crap for the last like 10 comments I've posted I get say 10 INTERESTINGs then I get 2 overrated. It's funny because I keep getting EXACTLY 2 negative moderations on every post I've made in the last few days. Looks like there are two moderators out there with a stick up their... well anyways. Such is life.

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kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

6am - Arrived Downtown to start work day
6-8am - Kept bumping into contracting buddies, chewed the rag for a couple of hours
8-9am - Browsed Office Depot for toys
9am arrived at desk finally.. Feeling good today. Hope the posts today are more interesting than yesterdays..... ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.........

10:44am Holy McDamn! I've pulled like 40+ positive karma points this last week. Man I have been whoring like a fiend this week. Later

11:24am WHOA! 100 POSTS, DO A LITTLE DANCE. MAKE A LITTLE LOVE. GET DOWN TONIGHT! GET DOWN TONIGHT!

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kenp2002 kenp2002 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Another bad day. That TCO crap pissed me off something fierce. Such poor work and shoddy data. That hurts Linux more than helps. Executives for the most part are pretty damn smart and will be asking many of the same questions I bitched about today. Oh well such is life. Time to get another cup of coffee and hammer out another 40 page report. Joy, peace, and love... AND AN IRON RAGING FIST OF NUCLEAR DOOM TO STRIKE DOWN THE FOOLISH AND errr.. uumm... go to the happy place Ken....

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