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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

meerling Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (369 comments)

I was an American in London who encountered a large group of French there.
The French were sitting around the fountain yelling insults and obscenities in French at those walking by.
Let's just say I don't really give a damn about what the French say, they made a really poor impression on everyone.

2 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

meerling Re:Police legal authority (161 comments)

The fact that (onduty) police would rather throw away evidence gathered using Stingray that admit they used Stingray seems to heavily indicate that even the police don't believe that evidence gathered without a warrant through the use of Stingray can very well get them into legal trouble.
If you think I'm talking about the Stingray "evidence" being excluded, that obviously isn't it for two reasons. First, they themselves dropped it, which if that was the penalty they were worried about, it would be extremely self-defeating to do so. Second, they have a tendency to "throw it at the wall and see what sticks". If you don't understand that phrase, it means try everything you can get away with, and see what works and then go with that.

It is easy to infer from their secrecy and actions that they don't think what they are doing is legal. Of course, who's going to arrest them or slap their dirty hands because you know damn well it won't be the cops. I guess they just got some coal in their stocking now that one of judges has decided to break ranks and make this information available.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

meerling Re:Wouldn't it suffer eminent heat death? (519 comments)

Considering that the probe has to maintain workable temperatures, a nice warm nuclear battery would only help that situation.
Now as to that temperature that is only high when compared to the relative temperature that the comet spends much of it's time in, is still rather unimportant. You see, the lander is less than a cubic meter in size. (A cubic meter is 1m x 1m x 1m for those that don't understand volumes.)

Now to snag some dimensions from wikipedia, that comet is comprised of 2 parts, the Large lobe which is 4.1km ×3.2km ×1.3 km (2.55×1.99×0.81 mi), and the Small lobe at 2.5km ×2.5km ×2 km (1.6×1.6×1.2 mi).

Now, worrying about a tiny heat source like that itty bitty probe being hazardous to the comet is also completely ignoring the big giant unshielded nuclear fusion core it keeps getting closer and closer to. That's right, the sun is going to dump far more heat into that comet in one day than the probe and a thousand nuclear batteries could in their entire functional lifetime could.

Though I do wonder if the temperature at the comets solar perigee will ultimately reach, and if it will exceed the probes functional temperature range.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

meerling Re:Contracts (306 comments)

(ianal) A variety of countries, even the USA, have laws that limit the b.s. people can slap in contracts. Especially if there appears to be an attempt to obfuscate or hide it, either by using very torturous and esoteric wording (other than standard legalese of course) and small print.

about a week ago
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Fish Tagged For Research Become Lunch For Gray Seals

meerling Re:So you use Radio instead, eh? (48 comments)

Seals are very adept at finding an easy meal.
I take it those particular researchers have never studied seals before. :)

about a week ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

meerling Re:To be expected (472 comments)

I wouldn't say that dumping single player from a game is "not getting exactly what they want", it's more like ordering a luxury 4 wheel drive vehicle, and upon delivery you have a luxury rail car. Major issue of limited usability for many people.

about a week ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

meerling Re:Split last-mile from ISP (135 comments)

I'd really like to know state that is that has a competent department handling roads and bridges.
Of course if word gets out, they may have a late night visit by their counterparts from other states to discuss their recent "performance issues".

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

meerling Re:Correction (60 comments)

They have, honest.
Now they use their new ultra secret tracking brownies.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

meerling Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

Ubisoft has a reputation for that kind of stuff and hating pc gamers.
They earned that reputation by their actions and statements.
Somehow none of this is any kind of surprise.

about two weeks ago
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Orbiters Study Effect of Giant Comet-Caused Meteor Shower On Mars

meerling I want pics. (48 comments)

I wish they'd have posted pics taken of the shower from both ground probes and orbital ones.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

meerling Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Trawling is with nets, Trolling is with hook & lines.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

meerling Re:That sounds nice... (170 comments)

Exactly. With their culture and policy of black box secrecy and the number of times they've been caught lying both to the public, as well as to their supposed bosses (congress, senate, president) is there anyone left dumb enough to believe anything they say?

about three weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

meerling Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

We're talking about people trying to use hardware that they haven't been trained in, or hasn't been properly tested and debugged, or any of a million other issues for various reasons. It doesn't matter if you are talking alien telepathic brain scanners, or pen and paper, the bureaucrats and politicians will find a way to screw it up. They always have, and I am confidant that they will continue to do so as long as they have their fingers in the pie. It's not really an "electronic" issue, it's an idiot issue. And just to be clear, the idiot responsible is probably NOT the poor person stuck at the polling station getting yelled at.

about three weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

meerling Yes (574 comments)

Not too long ago I saw a job listing that required experience with various programs, one of which was five years, unfortunately that program had only been available for a bit less than 3 years.

about three weeks ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

meerling Re:Public image created by public, not owned by yo (257 comments)

A judge in one of the EU countries has already slapped down a "right to be forgotten" case trying to eliminate a bad review already. I believe he stated that the review was in the public interest and that was greater than the value to society of the subject being pissed over a bad review. (Or something like that. Not sure, but I think it was a German case. I'm not going to try and google it, but you can if you want.)

about three weeks ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

meerling Re:I don't know ... (257 comments)

I'm sure he would have added alternate fonts if he could.
I would :P

about three weeks ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

meerling Re:Sparks but no flame: Pianist Dejan Lazic at Ken (257 comments)

I've always heard that classical music is judged on two merits, both technical expertise, and how evocative it is played.
A combination of hitting the right notes at the right time properly, and a personal touch that inspires emotional responses.

I'm not that discriminator (or anal) and put it into the category of how much I like it or not.
It sounds to me like that reviewer was saying his technical skill is high, but his ability to inspire emotions is either lacking, or sometimes aimed at the wrong ones.

Heck, I'd be happy is someone said I could play an instrument well. (Will never happen, but still...) ;)

about three weeks ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

meerling Re:/wiki/Streisand_effect (257 comments)

Sometimes you just know something is wrong, but have no idea how to realistically fix it. It sucks, but it happens a lot. Also, there is a difference between pointing out the issue so that hopefully someone with the resources and an idea how to fix it will actually get around to it if enough people yell loud enough, and whining.
I suspect this was the former rather than the latter. ;)

about three weeks ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

meerling Re:This is news, how exactly? (187 comments)

Not to mention, the whole "voting with your wallet" is completely useless. The most you'll get is a small bump in the numbers that the companies probably won't notice, and if they do notice, certainly won't attribute it to customer dissatisfaction with a corporate policy of using intrusive DRM.

Here's an idea, try telling the company directly and politely what your issue is. The best way is with an actual dead tree format old fashioned letter. Yes, a letter. Not email, not twitter, not even a phone call, but a letter. A letter has a physical form that isn't just deleted without reading if anyone even looked at it in the first place. It is also a physical record of the communication. A stack of a thousand letters holds a thousand times more weight than a thousand emails. It sucks, but it's true.

I'm all for activism, but please, try using something that won't get less attention than a gnat on the far side of the room.

about three weeks ago

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, included 30 days does

meerling meerling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

meerling (1487879) writes "If you've purchased SWTOR and expect to be able to play on the 30 days included subscription time, before you decide to sign up for a recurring payment plan or buying a time card, you are in for a disappointment. Currently, you will be unable to play for the 30 days you already payed for unless you sign up for more. Some people are reporting that even though EA is saying that you won't be charged until the 30 days is up, it seems they are getting charged immediately. EA says this is a 'temporary charge' and you will get it back in a few days.
EA claims this is policy is mentioned on their retail packaging, this obviously does not include digital purchasers as there is no packaging.
Various forums are discussing/ranting about this."

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