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Mentioning Android Is a No-No In iPhone App Store

nugneant Re:When is this ever false? (441 comments)

What euphemism would you rather people use, milady?

(Remember the time when people didn't automatically assume they were qualified to speculate as to others' motivations, and found better things to do than bicker over semantics?)

more than 4 years ago
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Mentioning Android Is a No-No In iPhone App Store

nugneant Re:When is this ever false? (441 comments)

It's within my "rights" to call you a simpering faggot with a Napolean complex, but that doesn't necessarily make doing so the right (and/or moral) thing to do.

Maybe you should quit jerking off over these purely semantic notions you seem to have acquired, pull your head out of your ass, take a good long look around you, and form a spontaneous conclusion or two, based not upon "given Deeply Held Value x and stimulus of situation y ergo z", but rather "situation y is bullshit, pure and simple, ergo it is wrong, and if Deeply Held Value x contradicts this basic notion, then Deeply Held Value x must itself be less than fully correct, full-stop, end of sentence, end of chapter".

more than 4 years ago
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PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

nugneant Join the wrong party. (531 comments)

When you steal something from a store, you are necessarily depriving some other person of that particular item. If I walk into Best Buy and walk out with a stolen eMachine, that's an eMachine that somebody else will never have. Granted, I'm sure there are those who would classify depriving somebody of an eMachine as "good Samitarianship" - but you get my basic point.

It should be needless to say, but by downloading the game through piratebay, I am not directly depriving anybody of that game*. So the two cases are different enough that you can't really take a "good for the goose, good for the gander" approach to this.

* - I suppose one could make the argument that by grabbing a working CD key and registering it online, I may be depriving somebody of that CD key. It'd be a technicality, but this is slashdot, after all. What remains, though, is that the eMachine in the above example is a limited resource by its very nature. The CD-key is an artificially limited construct, and while perhaps similar, I still do not feel the two situations really equate.

more than 5 years ago
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PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

nugneant Re:no (531 comments)

Twist it around. By not pirating the game, you're putting some trust in Rockstar to attribute the shitty sales of the game to the copy protection, rather than one of the myriad "'old Hollywood' style" excuses of the past ("they didn't like it because the lead character was from Eastern Europe / because the packaging contained too much muave / because they were confused by the "open world" / because it was released on an odd-numbered day"). By not pirating the game, you're trusting Rockstar to get over the perhaps-well-intentioned but certainly-shallow advice of the suits. By not pirating the game, you're trusting the little guys of Rockstar to strike a blow for common sense, rather than go all Milgram on our asses. By not pirating the game, you're trusting Rockstar to give a fuck.

Why should we, the potential consumer, trust Rockstar, if that's how the majority of large game companies act?

more than 5 years ago
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PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

nugneant Re:no (531 comments)

Yes, that is exactly it.

Anyone hoping to avoid SecuROM by downloading the game form Steam will also be disappointed,

I am going to avoid SecuROM by downloading the game from the pirate bay. Even though I'll buy the game.

Awesome, so Rockstar has the chance to get your $50, then have a shot at busting you for piracy as well? BONUS!

more than 5 years ago
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PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

nugneant Re:no (531 comments)

One man's "intellectual honesty" is another man's "simple mindedness". Just look at the hard-hitting "intellectual honesty" of the far-Right.

more than 5 years ago
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PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

nugneant Re:no (531 comments)

God bless the benevolent corporation. May They continue to shine Their light down upon us. Thou shalt not steal. Thieving infidels be cursed. Buy a product everyday. Peace®.

more than 5 years ago
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PC Grand Theft Auto IV Features SecuROM DRM

nugneant Re:no (531 comments)

Yeah, peaceful, non-harmful, "honorable citizen" Democratic-approved non-threatening "protest" really gets results. After all, that's how President McGovern was able to end the Vietnam War...

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging

nugneant Re:Live longer, know more--who'd vote for a Bush? (359 comments)

The "mellowing and depth" of the aged mind which you cherish may well be a natural by-product of the aging process. Cells die, neurons don't fire in the quick staccato of youth, and in the ever-lengthening gaps, we find "wisdom".

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging

nugneant Re:Immortality is scary (359 comments)

"Kill the rich" = "purge the academics"? Brilliant logic there, comrade.

And, no, I am NOT an American.

No, but you have the rethorical skills of one. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging

nugneant Re:Immortality is scary (359 comments)

Because the "anti-arthritis" gene may be a recessive trait. Alternatively, if you kill their entire families, eventually you'll either have to draw a line somewhere, or wipe out the entire planet. No, it'd be much more logical to have a harem of healthy thirty year old women ready to procreate with any 90 year old man not suffering from arthritis. Hopefully it's not an X-linked gene.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a scientist, or even particularly intelligent

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Identify a Potentially Universal Mechanism of Aging

nugneant Re:Immortality is scary (359 comments)

It's only ignorant if it's wrong. He happens to be correct.

more than 5 years ago

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nugneant nugneant writes  |  more than 6 years ago After a "trivial" security flaw resulted in the compromise of over 5,000 paid accounts, and amid user-base protests over the new security measures (consisting of a mandatory 12 character password with mixed case, one or more numbers, and punctuation - "inconsequential", in his words), Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka, webmaster, forum administrator, and occasional writer for SomethingAwful, has "resigned" from the Something Awful forums.

While he alludes to "writing" in his resignition, keep in mind that the forums have been the backbone of the "front page" content since around 2002 or so. The forums are the source of the vast majority of Photoshop Phridays and Comedy Goldmines, the two reoccuring features that seem to attract the most viewers to the front page, as well as several other popular reoccuring features (such as Weekend Web and the MMO Roundup).

The forums are not free - a basic account costs $10, plus an extra $10 for "platinum" (PM and search capabilities), with additonal goodies (archives access, custom avatars, etc) available for similar down payments.

The people posting on the shithole that is the modern Something Awful Forums wouldn't believe this, but back when Lowtax only wrote the front page and stayed the fuck off the forums, the forums were a really up-and-coming place. Better conversation than your average forum, funnier people than the fark crowd, and moderation that wouldn't fly off the hook at you for posting something off-color. They were the birthplace of the infamous "All Your Base" video, as well as the off-color "tribute.wmv" (footage of the September 11th attacks set to the Benny Goodman theme).

Then Lowtax showed up, and the place became a fucking pit of sycophants who cling to memories of the glory days that they don't even personally possess, and believe said memories are still real and valid. They still believe their forum is "the smartest userbase on the internet", when in all actuality it's a group of stodgy, centrist nerds who are a bit dumber than slashdot, a bit less funny than 4chan, a bit less friendly than Gaia or GameFAQs, and a lot more pretentious than fark. It used to be a forum you'd go to to have a good time. Now it's a forum you go to when you have a question about Windows Vista and are too lazy to register for a technical forum, or if you're one of those folk who really really wants to be the first to post about a shitty over-hyped Hollywood blockbuster, so the megathread will be in your name and you, yes you, will be an internet superstar.

Predictably, most of the people who provided clever insight or just plain humor are all long gone, or banned. The Something Awful Forums are now just another way for dull 18-24 year olds to celebrate themselves and the mainstream top 40 Entertainment Weekly Approved songs, movies, and ideals they so feverishly cling to, while cattishly attacking anybody who dares steer the discussion into anything approaching the direction of thought. At one time, this was solely intended as irony, much like Lowtax's portrayal of an embittered, stodgy, conservative Midwestern hick. Modern "Goons" (as forums users call themselves) seem to have missed the joke at some point, and are now everything that Something Awful once mocked. The dull, the drab, the - pretentious as this sounds, or not - un-enlightened, unwashed masses.

Maybe without Lowtax to forcefully implement his heavy-handed notion of TEH FUNNY (remember, Jeff K was doing that schtick long before it became a bannable offense in Goonland), the forums will slowly regain their former relevance. But Fragmaster (Lowtax's cherry-picked replacement) will have to understand that sometimes, especially when it comes to moderation, less is more.

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CHILDREN-TEACHING

nugneant nugneant writes  |  more than 8 years ago

From a post in the "RICE THREAD":

You do up the laces of the two year old, and teach them at the same time the importance of having tied shoe laces. You repeat this lesson many times. Many many times. They might listen and hopefully not trip over untied shoe laces, instead coming to you to do them up until such time that they can do it for themselves. If they do trip, the lesson you tried to teach suddenly has consequences and they might really learn it this time.

Or - and pardon me for sounding cynical - they'll quickly learn to tune you the fuck out, and come to regard you as a nattering old pretentious douchebag. I say this as a Child Developer Developer Developer!!! (though not a parent) and not as someone layin' down the bitch-talk (ie, not someone who's just trying to call you a nattering old pretentious douchebag).

It's my experience that the kids whose parents would do things like this grew up to be stressed-out little ulcers - the ones who, the instant they got out of high school, were making stupid choices left and right just because they were finally FREE of being reminded about the horrors that untied shoelaces and strangers with candy lead to. The kids whose parents were more laid-back (who would, in the media of the time, be portrayed as spoiled fucking brats [c.f. Eric Cartman]), ended up much more healthy, didn't seem to have as many self-destructive tendacies as the former group, were a lot more content with their classes and career-track/whatever, and seemed more able - or willing, perhaps - to learn things on their own, as opposed by rote. (this, by the way, isn't just some guy on /. babbling about his childhood - a lot of educational theorists have written that the absolute worst way to teach a young child anything is by route. Hence the de-emphasis in the last thirty years from the class reciting "two times two is four, two times three is six, two times four is eight", in favor of Schoolhouse Rock! style songs (I would like to thank my 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Schwab, for teaching us our times tables when most kids were struggling to have the basics of addition drilled into their minds - though, as a small side effect, I have a noticable pause on my 7's when going from 28 to 35, due to the lyrics "keep on counting, 35 can't wait"). Granted, one might argue that this is merely a different form of rote, but the key difference is, it's fun, so children don't see it as rote.

Anyway, I could go on for a lot longer, but, in the interests of discussion:

SHOULD CHILDREN BE TAUGHT BY MARY POPPINS WITH THE GIFT OF A MAGICAL BROOM AND ANIMATED CARTOON CHARACTERS SO THEY CAN GROW UP TO BE INTROSPECTIVE MUSICIANS AND LEFTISTS AND MICHAEL MOORE

OR SHOULD WE SET THEM ON FIRE MANDATORILY FOR DARING TO WALK AMONGST US

DISCUSS.

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