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Urban Terror Code Stolen

mmcxii Re:Stolen? Steam? (264 comments)

Again, it means to take without permission. It doesn't imply to deprive another of ownership. And the idea of "stealing one's ideas" has existed before any of your fancy digital copies and it meant the same thing then. It is a possible case of what it meant and it has been going on, again, for generations.

about a year ago
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Urban Terror Code Stolen

mmcxii Re:Stolen? Steam? (264 comments)

Stolen does not mean to deprive another of ownership, it means to take without permission. That's what it has meant for generations.

about a year ago
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Members of Parliament Demand Explanation For Detention of David Miranda

mmcxii Re:Hysterical Quote from Legislator (321 comments)

Choke, now, on your own lack of foresight.

Choke on your own lack of foresight. Any "rage" coming from establish political entities is nothing more than pandering with absolutely no intentions of righting these wrongs. Just like how the left in the US howled with anger at the Patriot Act who are now tight lipped since it has become a tool of the Obama administration. The right will be no different if they take power in the next election. They'll cry foul today and abuse the law tomorrow.

We will be bogged down in this quagmire for as long as people keep believing in the concept of the lesser of two evils and the evils can keep pointing the finger at the other saying "but they did it first." Not to even mention the idiocy of the sheep when they feel that presidents don't veto laws that they're "against" to try to maintain some balance in power. Total garbage.

about a year ago
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Why Weather Control Conspiracy Theories Are Scientifically Ludicrous

mmcxii Re:lolwut? (251 comments)

There's a difference between being a troll and being funny. This is just another thing that Jeff Bezos understands that most Slashmods don't.

about a year ago
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Early Apple Employees Talk Memories of Steve Jobs, Thoughts On New Movie

mmcxii Re:Perhaps Pirate of Silicon Valley is better? (146 comments)

Metacritic and Rotten don't seem to be encouraging this movie.

It's that good? I might just go see it.

about a year ago
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Twitter Buzz As an Election Predictor

mmcxii Really? (55 comments)

How's that Twitter thing working out for Anthony Weiner?

about a year ago
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Amateur Astronomer Bruce Berger Talks About Meteors and Telescopes (Video)

mmcxii Re:Check out these (36 comments)

I hate to put it this way but most would-be astronomy buffs would be seriously turned off by a Dob. Most people expect much more out of a scope to begin with without all the pains of being a Dob owner. I say this as the proud owner of a 12 inch Meade Lightbridge.

about a year ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

mmcxii Re:After buying iPad, how do you afford a PC? (692 comments)

The vast majority of the world doesn't care about "a device for creating." In your case this is saying "coding" but you felt the need to skirt the term for an unknown reason.

Most people who "create" content with their computers aren't coding with them. They're working on writings, videos, photos and music. Tablets are doing this today. This will continue to be the case.

even if it weren't true? Yes, the vast majority of those who own tablets today are very happy simply consuming content.

about a year ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

mmcxii Re:He's right - Android is eating iOS's lunch (692 comments)

So you are confirming for the fanbois that Jobs was indeed the second coming of Christ? Otherwise, why would chances be slim that the next "innovator" won't be working for Apple? If there is innovation to be made it seems reasonable that it is just as likely to come from Apple as anywhere else.

about a year ago
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Hacking Lightbulbs To Cause a Sustained Blackout

mmcxii Kind of like TVBeGone... (115 comments)

I need one of these for when my group has star parties. One that covers about 50 miles in all directions.

about a year ago
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Cell Phones For Science: BOINC Now Available For Android

mmcxii Re:The Idle Cycles Fallacy (70 comments)

It is an act of donating a few bucks a year to scientific research.

Not to bust anyone's bubbles but I think that just donating the money instead of thinking you're a swell guy for letting them use your hardware would be a better gesture.

about a year ago
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

mmcxii Re:Woah, wait a minute... (435 comments)

You don't understand. It's easier to make up a new definition to fit the conditions than it is to have the conditions fit the current definition.

And in this way if they do raise the minimum wage they can have all kinds of nifty headlines that show that the middle class has been bolstered to higher numbers than we've since the 70s.

about a year ago
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

mmcxii Re:If it's cheaper it's still good (438 comments)

"One true solution" arguments (it doesn't replace every use so it's useless!) don't help solve problems.

True but pointing out how a solution doesn't solve every aspect of every problem is what gets a post modded up around here. This reinforcement of short-sightedness keeps rearing it's ugly head with nearly every article. Thus even people who know better are still prone to postings such as this just because they know it'll be modded up. The cycle continues and we help to breed a new generation of cynics who don't think that things getting a little better today is a worthwhile goal if it's not the future promised to them by the most optimistic sci-fi stories.

Welcome to Slashdot.

about a year ago
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Massachusetts Enacts 6.25% Sales Tax On "Prewritten" Software Consulting

mmcxii Re:pretty broad (364 comments)

if they need money they should just put a small tax on all services

Don't worry, it'll come to that. While I do agree that the slippery slope scheme doesn't work in every situation, the government has it down to an art. What's worse off is that this tax has nothing to do with anything in this system of business that is causing an undue burden on the government. They're doing it as just another money grab.

As a person gets fatter they need to take in more calories to maintain their fatness. As the government becomes fatter they need to suck off the production of the (for now) free people to maintain their overreach. In the long run, both lead to decreased quality of life and an early death.

about a year ago
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CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

mmcxii Re:Declined to Respond (148 comments)

Don't think that they're the only ones. Given the current climate I think it is reasonable to assume that you're being monitored regardless of your method of communication.

about a year ago
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New Shrew Has Spine of Steel

mmcxii Something that gets me... (93 comments)

Here's the thing I don't like about how evolution is presented...

researchers also have a new guess about why the spine evolved: They suggest that the creatures might wedge themselves between the trunk of a palm tree and the base of its leaves, then use the strength and flexion of their muscular spine to force open this crevice, revealing insect larvae

Um, no. The spine did not evolve to meet the needs of the animal, the animal is alive because it had the traits needed to live. This would make much more sense if the statement was that "researchers also have a new guess about why the species thrived while others died."

The way evolution is presented by most media makes it seem like after a species goes for a few generations it gains some ability like how one can gain a power up in a video game; "Ok... humans make it to the next level... they can either run faster, see further or have faster reflexes.... what will it be?"

If this animal didn't have the ability to do what it does then it would have probably failed and we would know it now as a collection of bones in some natural history museum instead of a living creature. Now, this is also to say that those with mutations that gave them a stronger spine would be more likely to survive but it's not as if the species had control over the evolution of the spine itself.

1 year,16 hours
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Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

mmcxii Re:Cynic...? (251 comments)

While this article was brought to Slashdot for flame war fodder there is another reason this is news elsewhere. What it comes down to is that businesses, regardless of actual profit, are largely looked on as weak by investors if they're not showing growth.

I'm not one of these people who beat on the idea of capitalism but I do see it as a failing of the perception in that endless growth just isn't possible in the long term. Sadly it's endless growth that drives a majority of today's investors. Most of today's investors don't see their dollars as a building block to better companies with long term goals and good public relations, they see their dollars are something they need to "flip" fast to make it worth their time. That's been a failing of the Wall Street economy for several decades and it only gets worse as time trods on.

Apple will take a hit because of this. It's not because they're technology is weak but because there is enough competition in their field that push investment dollars to the short term gains. And this isn't to say other players in the field aren't really offering anything but their long term outlook is secondary to what they'll offer up in the next quarter or two. Apple hasn't planted itself well enough as a long term solutions company to keep the market interested like IBM, Oracle and Microsoft did. They'll survive and maybe make a bigger comeback some day but they will have to suffer through this lull like every other market leader has to from time to time.

1 year,20 hours
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Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties

mmcxii Re:Sadly (224 comments)

I thought the same thing when T3 came out but in the end it was a pretty enjoyable game. Hopefully this will be of at least that quality. I'll have to check out the videos when I get a minute. Thanks for the heads up.

1 year,15 days

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Large asteroid to pass within 4 million miles of Earth

mmcxii mmcxii writes  |  about a year ago

mmcxii (1707574) writes "Phys.org is reporting that a large asteroid will pass close to the earth on May 31st, 2013. While no closer than some other asteroids in the past year, this one will prime target for radio imaging by the Goldstone and Arecibo observatories. These images will provide a fantastic view of the surface features of the asteroid and more detailed insights into the orbit of the object."

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