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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

mog007 Re:combining micropayments with hefty sticker pric (468 comments)

Full Disclosure: I'm a beta premium backer of the game

You can only purchase ships with in game currency. At least, as of right now that's the way the game works.

Most of the early backers, as well as kickstarter supporters, will get a free second ship when the game launches, but it's an Eagle, a bit of a sidegrade to the default Sidewinder. The only other advantages for people who paid early access is the ability to play the game sooner, which means more practice before things launch, and a better insurance rate, which reduces the amount of in game currency to replace your ship after it blows up.

There are micro-transactions for paint jobs for the ships you fly in the game, but it's purely cosmetic.

4 days ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

mog007 Re:What rhymes with "douchebag"? (306 comments)

Comcast is being very friendly (sort of) to the announcement, because they want to cozy up to the FCC.

If the FCC approves their merge with TWC, Comcast is closer to becoming the biggest lumbering monopoly since Standard Oil, and it would only require the FTC's sign off.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

mog007 Re:In other words. (127 comments)

The rules that the FCC implemented that prevents someone from saying "fuck you" on the radio, or broadcast television, came about from a single complaint back in the 70's.

Thirty years later, and four million times more complaints were filed about net neutrality, and they're still dragging their feet.

THAT should put some perspective of democracy into this.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

mog007 Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

I could possibly see a software engineering course focus on a library for sorting functionality.

But I don't believe that a computer science course wouldn't address algorithm efficiency.

about 3 months ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

mog007 Re:Reclassification (128 comments)

Charon was the mass relay, not Pluto.

about 4 months ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

mog007 Re:Did the forget the part (181 comments)

Just because space isn't owned by someone doesn't mean it's not foreign.

The astronauts who went to the moon had to go through customs after they were picked up from the ocean.

about 4 months ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

mog007 Re:His choices... (194 comments)

There was a big industry behind copyright when the constitution was being drafted. It wasn't authors, or artists. It was map makers.

Map makers spent a lot of money ensuring that their maps were accurate, and they wanted to ensure that people wouldn't be able to seize their maps and build on them before they made back their initial investments.

about 5 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

mog007 Re:so much hate (310 comments)

Hawaii also doesn't participate.

about 8 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

mog007 Re:God (794 comments)

Funny thing about placebos. If you have a severe bacterial infection and you're rendered unconscious, if a doctor administers a placebo antibiotic nothing happens. If the doctor administers a real antibiotic, your fever will go down and you'll wake up.

about 9 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

mog007 Re:It's just a tool I guess (294 comments)

In the United States, heroin is a schedule 1 drug. Which means it's illegal to use it for recreational, medical, or research purposes.

Even if heroin were a better choice, it's illegal to reintroduce it.

about 9 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

mog007 Re:And when you lose Atlantis... (247 comments)

Do you have a source for that comment?

From what I've read on the shuttles, they were normally landed on full auto-pilot except for the first or second launch, where it was done by hand.

about 9 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

mog007 Re:Well now you've gone and upset my digestion. (458 comments)

Then you have the new breeds

(of Republicans)

, you have the rand pauls and ted cruzs, the small government anti establishment types.

The entire Republican party was like that before Reagan became president. Reagan turned them into a bunch of religious lunatics hell bent on overspending to keep the military budget inflated.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

mog007 Easy (165 comments)

TeamViewer. It's free and easy.

about a year ago
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DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

mog007 Re:Is this important? (396 comments)

he 4th Amendment doesn't cover foreigners engaging in war against the US or our allies, and the NSA is supposed to be looking for things like this.

Case law on this is very clear. When you have an expectation of privacy, a warrant is required. If you were on the phone in a public place, it's legal to record your half of the conversation, because you're speaking loudly in a public place. If you're at home, a warrant is required to record the phone call, because you have an expectation of privacy in your home.

about a year ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

mog007 Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

How can you be an extreme atheist?

A hard atheist who actively dis-believes in any deities?

I'm an atheist, but I don't actively dis-believe in any deities. I could understand it would be foolish to be certain about something like that, but I don't think people who would fit that description would be as dangerous as the Saudi "legal" system.

about a year ago
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GameFly Scores In Longstanding DVD Mailing Complaint

mog007 Re:gamefly wins to lose (147 comments)

Breakage is not a big deal for Netflix because brand new movies are not that expensive to replace. Even if they have to pay retail prices, you're looking at 15-20 bucks. Brand new video games are easily more than quadruple that at 50-60.

Gamefly wouldn't be able to handle those losses.

about a year ago
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Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

mog007 Re:Hey... (248 comments)

The hopper doesn't analyze meta data or closed captions or anything like that.

The reason the commercial skip feature doesn't work right after broadcast, is because a human being actually watches the program at Dish HQ, marks the start and end time stamps of each commercial break, and the device then skips those times when you tell it to.

It's not an elegant solution, but it's immune to anything the broadcasters can try to do to muck up an automated solution.

about a year ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

mog007 A personal anecdote (835 comments)

This post is going to get buried, but it seems applicable to put here.

I was "escorted" off of a bus by a SWAT team, at least three of them pointing automatic weapons at my head while the six or so people on the bus were removed.

Fortunately for me, the SWAT team that was doing the "evacuating" had enough trigger discipline to not end up shooting me in the face.

about a year ago
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Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

mog007 Re:Trust (668 comments)

Saying vaccines cause autism is a nice sound bite which is easy to understand whereas the counter argument that there is no credible evidence of any link is harder to explain

Don't say there's not evidence linking them, instead you should say something else.

Something like "if you don't give your kid the measles vaccine, your kid can catch measles and DIE!"

If that doesn't spur people into vaccination, then nothing will.

about a year ago

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