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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

mjwx Re:Ehhh, cases. (272 comments)

My Nexus 5 is pretty thin. I don't use a case with it. The screen has not broken. I haven't gone out of my way to be especially careful with it, either.

It's just not that damn hard to use a phone without breaking it, unless you're ridiculously careless.

Same with my Nexus 5. It's 1.5 mm thicker but that 1.5mm is just because of a larger battery that affords it 25% longer life to an Iphone 6.

However thinness is pretty much all they have, the Nexus 5 we have has better specifications (higher res screen) or at worse, is the same as an Iphone 5 (both have 80211.ac). Lets ignore the Nexus 5 was released in October 2013.

So I'm happy to let the Iphone have that one. It's thin. Enjoy your 1.5mm tiger.

2 hours ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

mjwx Re: Parallax. (272 comments)

By MILF, I assume you are referring to the Media Input Lense Feature.

We are still talking about Apple, right?

Closer to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

However there is a big difference between a terrorist and a Mac user.
You can negotiate with a terrorist.

2 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

mjwx Re:Online only gives the illusion of accomplishmen (268 comments)

The problem with non-online only games, is that you can't prove that you accomplished anything in it, since it is so much easier to cheat.

And to whom, exactly, do I need to prove anything?

I play video games to relax, unwind, and kill a few hours. It's recreation. I'ts diversion. It's play.

This.

I play X3 Terran Conflict on occasion. I also use Cycrow's cheat script because, well because I like the game but dont want to spend umpteen thousand hours flying cargo around. People who complete missions like the Hub without cheating must have the patience of a saint and no life (and no doubt they're out there). I find 95% of the game fun, I like flying around, exploring, combat but hate the repetition and grinding.

Also, if you've got a big monitor, you can get a mod that lets you play the TC missions in AP so you get the bigger and more eye friendly interface.

4 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

mjwx Re: Escapism (268 comments)

Skyrim had a story?

Sure it does.

But you know the really great thing about Skyrim? You can pretty much ignore the story and just wander about on your own and play it how you like.

You're not constrained by a linear story, you can go anywhere at anytime, and you can do things however you like. There's no set sequence to it.

It's the same with Fallout 3/NV...Whoda thunk they were made by the same people.

I haven't played Skyrim, but with Fallout you had lots of little stories in addition to the main story. Story wise it always felt like you were progressing even though the stories weren't presented in a linear fashion.

4 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

mjwx Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (268 comments)

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is a spastic experience which seems to be dominated by obsessive players with endless time to practice. The reward for the average player is not mastery, but rather learning to die a little less often.

Well said. Multiplayer games are nice for teenagers who have too much time on their hands and can master the game completely

To master a multiplayer shooter it just means memorising the map and twitch mashing buttons, that takes about 30 minutes. There's little strategy or forethought involved (there are a few notable exceptions like World of Tanks, not that your average team of red Seatards bothers with strategy or forethought). Mostly its about running, jumping and shooting, you dont even need to aim with auto-aim doing that for you.

However with the shooters in the last few years it's just been about showing up until you unlock the upgrade and then pwning everyone who hasn't got them. I played Battlefield 3 for 30 minutes before realising a lot of upgrades like the heavy barrel were stupidly overpowered and gave up on the game (and uninstalled Origin) after 3 days. I'm sure you can pay to bypass the "dying a lot" part of getting the upgrade too.

4 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

mjwx Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (268 comments)

One enjoys EVE Online if and only if he/she also enjoys spreadsheets.

Really, it is Excel with double-clicking to move around!

If you enjoy Excel with an interface but dont like other people, you've got the X series of games (X Beyond the frontier, X2, X3, X3 Terran Conflict), X3:TC is still played by many.

4 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

mjwx Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (268 comments)

Overall the video game industry is dying

The industry isn't dying; it's just facing many of the same problems that the movie industry faced in the late '60s through the early '80s.

The problem is slightly different.

The problem with the games industry is that quantity has outstripped quality and that major publishers believe that massive marketing campaigns and paid for reviews will make up for a games blandness, bad gameplay or lack of content. It's not just Madden/NBA sports games, there's a new COD every year with minimal changes just to make people buy the new one (sports games at least have the excuse that teams and players change each year). Publishers are afraid to try new ideas, marketing budgets have outstripped production budgets, deadlines are more important than releasing a working product and this is to say nothing of using DLC to fleece the consumer by releasing half the game and selling the rest piecemeal.

It's the same problem Hollywood is facing now. Too many sequels and recycling of old ideas. Too much emphasis on cash cows, not enough experimentation or evolution.

Without a radical shift from the major publishers the games industry is doomed... but gaming isn't, eampires will fall but gaming will live on. Already in the PC world, small and indie publishers are showing the big boys how to make a great game and make money (not treating your customers like dirty thieving criminals helps a lot, in the age of bit torrent, the good will of the community is the best copy protection you can get).

5 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

mjwx Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (268 comments)

Absolutely. I was going to buy Destiny but waited for the initial reviews. and there are a LOT of people pissed off because it's unplayable if you don't have a super fast internet connection.

I got a little excited about Destiny until I realised it was console only. If they cant be bothered making a PC version it's not worth playing.

I prefer PC for multiplayer games precisely because you get fewer 13 yr old squeakers. People with proper gaming rigs tend to be older and mentally stable.

5 hours ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

mjwx Re:International Copyright (157 comments)

I keep hearing "greed" but that is a copout. Greedy people do not refuse to license their products for decades.

Its not the license sellers that are greedy here, its the companies who bought the licenses that are greedy. Companies like Nine and Foxtel in Australia paid for an exclusive license and will hold the licenser to that agreement. Foxtel especially hates competition, they are presently scrotum deep in trying to get ISP's in Australia to start policing users for them (ISP's are blocking this at every turn).

5 hours ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

mjwx Re:International Copyright (157 comments)

Quickflix's biggest shareholder is an Nine Entertainment, which appears to be their ticketmaster and clearchannel equivalent. They don't appear to be a telco but they do seem likely to be in bed with them.

Nine Entertainment is closer to Time Warner than Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster is our Ticketmaster.

Also Nine Entertainment is going broke.

5 hours ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

mjwx Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

I wish someone would invent a CCTV system for cars that was low power enough to run while parked. It would only need to record when an accelerometer detects that the car was bumped.

They have (Australian taxi's have them installed recording 360 degree views) but they aren't cheap. Even to get an ADR (Australian Design Rules) approved dashcam it's near enough to A$500. The problem is you need a lot of cameras to reliably get the entire side of your car and some cars paint is so soft, it wont even set off the accelerometer.

The problem I have with my current scratch is that it's on the rear left hand side quarter panel (that's the passenger side in Australia and the UK for the Americans playing along at home) and I dont look at that panel every day so it could have happened any time in the last week.

I normally park as far away from others as I can... but there's always one tosser who sees a nice sports car and has to park their crap hatch right next to it.

5 hours ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

mjwx Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

I figured as much; but don't knock that. Talk to anybody who has wrecked the plastic on their sport motorcycle. If you could print that stuff at a reasonable price, that wold be HUGE.

Not just motorbikes. Today I noticed another scratch on my quarter panel (Perth, this is why we cant have nice things). If I knew I could replace the thing for less than $100 I wouldn't care so much (then again, the people who think it's OK to bang their door carelessly against my car might become even more reckless).

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

mjwx Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (867 comments)

If bigot Yankees wouldn't have started to teach Creationism at school, or open the Creation Museum, or all the bizarre stuff I periodically read about religion in the US, maybe atheists would not have felt the need to "fight back" in that way...

The Creation Museum was founded by an Australian.

Not any more... he had to give up his Australian citizenship to get US citizenship.

He's your nutbar now.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

mjwx Re:Fallacy (867 comments)

Sorry this whole story is some attempt to fill a boring summer void.

The pedant in me desperately wants to point out that Spock is half human and feels emotions too.

The pendant in me desperately wants to point out that the Vulcans have emotions, they just control (suppress) them and because of his Vulcan upbringing, Spock learned to do the same.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

mjwx Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (867 comments)

I think part of what you're pointing out is that atheism is not a belief system, and so people shouldn't expect atheists to all think the same way or believe the same things.

This,

People who dont understand what the word "atheism" means dont know that atheism describes everyone from the non-religious to LeVayan Satanists to Buddhists (yep, Buddhism is an atheist religion, they dont believe in a god or gods).

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

mjwx Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (867 comments)

Exactly. I get so tired of being asked "Then what *do* you believe?" with the emphasis on the do. My usual response is "Concerning what?" And there the questioner typically falters because they simply cannot wrap their minds around divorcing that question from some supernatural belief.

By all means, not all religious people are like that. My ex's father was a prof emeritus with five friggin' degrees in theological studies and we got along and understood each other just fine. He was, however, exceptional.

People who spend a lot of time studying beliefs are the ones that are typically most accepting of others who dont share their beliefs. Its the lay preachers and blind believers that are intolerant of any viewpoint except their own. I think this is because they haven't thought about why they believe what they believe and find any idea that challenges their blind adherence to be uncomfortable and must be silenced.

A theist who commits themselves to study their own faith will find the flaws of it pretty quick. This does not mean they'll stop believing, but it makes them more rational when dealing with people who dont share their faith.

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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

mjwx Re:Never carry lots of Cash (461 comments)

Like in any situation, knowledge of the system is a must for doing this sort of thing. In the USA it's pretty easy to sue in small claims, and normally speaking if your claim is tossed out in small claims that doesn't disallow you from 'appealing' it right into the normal court system, which is what I was talking about.

In Australia it's pretty similar with small claims and appeals. Our legal systems have the same historical basis.

Vexatious litigation is reserved for people who have repeatedly made frivolous cases with the obvious intent of trying to harm the other party (be it financially, reputation or otherwise).

I wasn't actually talking about repeatedly suing them for the same thing. I was talking about doing the usual procedure - sue them in small claims, then elevate to the civil courts. The trick is that the normal response to a letter written by a lawyer is another letter written by a lawyer, and this can get quite expensive quite fast, but quite a bit of back and forth via official documents isn't unusual before an issue ends up going to the courts.

It doesn't matter if it's the same thing, multiple frivolous cases are considered repeatedly suing even if they're for different things. For the times where you legitimately (or even could legitimately) have a problem with the police, the court wont think twice, but making a claim for every single time you get in trouble with the cops and the court will notice. In Oz we take police corruption very seriously. I know someone who thought it was a good idea to fight every ticket. After their 10th court appearance when they were obviously guilty (the cops always had photo or video evidence) he had his license cancelled and declared a vexatious litigant. He's got his license back after his suspension period (and subsequently lost it again due to a pair of reckless driving charges) but any appeals he wants to make now have to be launched on his behalf by a public notary (lawyer, justice of the peace, holder of public office and so forth) which he's failed to do.

Point in short, abuse your right to sue in Oz, it will be taken off you... but it takes a lot for that to happen.

This is actually something I've written to my representatives about. I know it's screwed up, I don't like it, and want to see it stopped. You Aussies, going by statements from Australian citizens I've had conversations with on other boards, have your own issues that are seriously FUBAR.

Yep, Hoon laws.

We have a few dumb laws but less corruption. All in all, I prefer our brand of madness :)

4 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

mjwx Re:So wait... (461 comments)

The next line won't be "Okay, gtfo."

It'll be: "Sir, please step out of the car."

This.

I certainly understand that there is no need nor is it prudent to surrender more information than necessary to the police but trying to play smart arse with the cops is asking for trouble.

So the way it goes down in Australia

Officer: Good evening sir.
Me: Officer.
Officer: How are you tonight sir?
Me: Not bad.
Officer: Have you had anything to drink tonight.
Me: No.
Officer: Where have you come from tonight.
Me: Work.
Officer: Please breathe into this until I tell you to stop.
/breathing until the machine beeps
Officer: All OK sir, thanks for your co-operation.
/I drive off.

Plus it leaves the cops in a good mood so if you blow slightly over (say 0.01) they'll tell you to go and sit down for half an hour when they'll retest you again instead of booking you right away (half an hour where your body gets rid of the alcohol in your system).

If you start getting cagey or trying to use laymans legalese on them they'll get suspicious and hold you on that.

I prefer Australia's breathalysers because they're much faster than roadside sobriety tests (and not court admissible, if you blow over you have to have a blood test which gives you extra time to metabolise the alcohol) and means there is a minimum evidence requirement above the officers word that he or she smelled beer on your breath.

4 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

mjwx Re:Never carry lots of Cash (461 comments)

That's why I have a personal policy of always costing them more money than they seize from me. You confiscated $400 from me? I'm going to arrange to use more than $400 in police resources. I will mail you enough letters that you'll spend more than $400 just responding to them. I'll sue in small claims court so you have to send a representative to get it tossed out, then hire a lawyer to send fancy letters forcing the department to hire another fancy lawyer to send responses back.

In Australia that will have you listed as a vexatious litigant and you'll be denied access to the small claims and civil courts unless the court decides your claim has merit.

The most famous case of vexatious litigation in Australia was in the 70's where a person repeatedly sued the government of Australia claiming they did not have the right to issue paper money.

Then again in authoritarian Australia, we have this silly law that the police cannot seize cash unless they have a warrant to seize evidence (I.E. if a house is raided as part of a warranted drug raid, large amounts of money can be seized) and they are not permitted to keep it (even if proven to be proceeds of crime, the money goes back to the state or federal coffers).

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

mjwx Re:Seems reasonable (461 comments)

... in line with the actual ideals US has embraced for its entire existence: to the victor go the spoils.

That's it! I'm naming my kid Victor.

Yes, but "spoils" are expired meat.

5 days ago

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Apple loses final bid to stop Samsung Galaxy Tab i

mjwx mjwx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mjwx (966435) writes "Apple has lost its bid to gain an injunction against Samsung selling it's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Australian High court today.

The High court ruled in Samsung's favour saying "the argument from Apple's lawyers had insufficient prospects of success". Samsung has said that the injunction should never have been granted in the first place. Apple had not issued a statement at the time of submission.

According to Slashgear Apple has been requested to pay Samsung's legal costs.

Given that the High court is the highest court in Australia, Apple has no chance of an appeal. Samsung is free to begin distribution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia."

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Australia ranked fourth in Internet freedom

mjwx mjwx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mjwx (966435) writes "A report published by Freedom House has placed Australia in fourth in Internet Freedom, below Estonia, the United States and Germany. Freedom House highlights the lack of acutal censorship in Australia pointing out that the highly unpopular proposed ISP level censorship has been shelved since the 2010 Australian election.

The freedom house report is available here."

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UK Home Office set to scrap National ID cards

mjwx mjwx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mjwx (966435) writes "In what would seem to be a sudden break of common sense for the UK, the Home Office has put forward a plan to scrap the national ID card system put into place by the previous government. From the BBC,

"The Home Office is to reveal later how it will abolish the national identity card programme for UK citizens.

The bill, a Queen's Speech pledge, includes scrapping the National Identity Register and the next generation of biometric passports."

The National ID card system, meant to tackle fraud and illegal immigration has drawn widespread criticism for infringing on privacy and civil rights. However the main driver for the change in this policy seems to be the 800 million pound cost. Also in the article, indications of a larger bill aimed at reforms to the DNA database, tighter regulation of CCTV and a review of libel laws."

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