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Steam's Most Popular Games

poity Re:Some error on unplayed games (117 comments)

Also, people owning worthless games nobody likes because they were bundled in with that one awesome one.

4 days ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

poity Re:No. (1583 comments)

Free speech makes verbal abuse (and the subsequent self-harm/suicides) more efficient. Outlawing certain phrases and forcing people to use inoffensive words makes bullying exhausting.

4 days ago

NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

poity Re:How are these related? (71 comments)

Ah. Thanks for clearing that up, and same to everyone below.

about a week ago

NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

poity How are these related? (71 comments)

How can a problem with a backup computer on the ISS impact supply delivery by a SpaceX capsule from Earth?

about a week ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

poity Re:There isn't enough rubles in Moscow (313 comments)

Not to mention Russia does not have, and has never had, a moon capable launch vehicle (inb4 N1 explosion pictures), which means if the US has to pretty much start again from scratch to get people to the moon, the Russians are even further behind.

about a week ago

Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

poity Civilization Reskinned? (85 comments)

Where is the unit workshop? Just a bs reskin without unit workshop.

about a week ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

poity Re:I need electricity. I need it for my dreams. (214 comments)

It has been pointed out previously in the comments section of The Crimson that such an act of divestment would be only symbolic. The reason is that publicly traded shares only fund a company in its initial sale during the IPO (which, for oil companies, was decades ago at the very least). All subsequent trades of shares only impact valuation of the company. Harvard's divestment would take down the price of an oil company stock by a fraction of a fraction of a dollar* which means any purchases or sales of assets using shares in the near term subsequent to this divestment would require a fraction of a fraction more shares, which, in the grand scheme of things is meaningless.

*in all likelihood the investment managers would try to divest in portions to minimize losses, so the price movement might be even closer to zero.

about two weeks ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

poity The Inner Light (512 comments)

manly tears

about three weeks ago

State-Sponsored Hacking Attacks Targeting Top News Organizations

poity Re:"Chinese hackers" (19 comments)

Take the attack itself. What does it accomplish to deface an American's newspaper's website?

The article doesn't say anything about defacement, it actually says that journalists themselves were the targets. I assume being able to penetrate a journalist's work account is one of the first steps to either subsequently penetrating that journalist's personal accounts elsewhere, or to build a profile in order to create false identity elsewhere. The first could be used to reveal current sources, and the latter could be used to ensnare future sources.

Everyone is on high alert to stopping their own Snowden event, and I think that's a far simpler and more relevant explanation than "USA is trying to frame other countries by defacing its own news site"

about three weeks ago

Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

poity Re:What party was that again... (234 comments)

Here's what usually goes down around /. (from my years of experience reading "+5 Insightful" comments)

- Republican caught in wrongdoing -> Republicans are wrong and bad
- Democrat caught in wrongdoing -> The System (TM) is wrong and bad

about three weeks ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

poity Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

To make the Kosovo analogy work, you would need to establish that Ukraine acted against Crimean Russians in a way comparable to how Yugoslavia acted against Kosovan Albanians.

about a month ago

In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up

poity You don't notice the "so what, USA did it" posts? (256 comments)

It happens every single time another country is in the negative spotlight.
They speak as if USA invented meddling.

You'd be hard-pressed to find these so-what-if-x-does-it-y-did-it-too arguments back in 2002 and 2003. I don't believe any of these people brought up Soviet/British invasion of Afghanistan to dismiss criticism of the US, so the only conclusion one can draw is that they are not actually concerned with morality, just with who is violating the morality.

about a month and a half ago

Chinese Gov't To Tighten Internet Controls Even Further

poity Re:at least they're honest (162 comments)

Is this why you love the GOP over the Democrats? They're pretty honest in comparison, if recent history is any indication.

about 5 months ago

Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World

poity Re:Socialism vs. Capitalism (445 comments)

How many times will misinformed people trot out this crap? Scandinavian countries are, to the last one, all capitalist free market economies. Capitalism and the laws that protect private property enable those countries' people to generate the excess wealth with which to fund their social welfare programs.

Scandinavian countries are actually examples of "capitalism and philanthropy" being "better at addressing woes"

about 5 months ago

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

poity Re:Remember when... (752 comments)

What does this have to do with Communism?

Sweden is a successful free market capitalist country, and has benefited greatly from advantageous geographic/demographic makeup which gives it abundant land and ocean resources for a low population, along with geographical isolation from both domineering regional players and low skilled immigration. It funnels a few more percentage points of GDP into social welfare than its contemporaries, but that inflow of wealth would not have been possible without the entrepreneurial spirit and private property laws which are antithetical to Communism.

about 5 months ago

New Leaks Threaten Human Smuggling Talks and Lead To Hack Attacks On Australia

poity Re:Not the leaks (304 comments)

I think those modding down cold fjord might be overlooking some things. There is the backroom persona for politicians and there is the press room persona. Indonesian politicians are not stupid, and being not stupid they should know, even without evidence, that countries whose interests intersect with theirs, whether supportive or adversarial, will conduct espionage. They also should know that their base of power comes from a fickle and often nationalistic public whose eyes are always on them.

If we assume that the act of espionage has chilled relations, then it actually speaks of Indonesian naivety and incompetence. It is difficult to believe that national leaders, whose careers are built on guile and exploiting opportunity, would not assume the very same characteristics in their counterparts. So, what this really says is that Indonesian government leaders, fully cognizant of espionage, are doing their best to cover their behinds domestically in light of media focus and to head off popular uproar on the issue. Rather than espionage chilling relations, it is the revelation of espionage has made career-wise politicians take up a tough facade and sooth a resentful public with feigned outrage.

Think back to the leaked embassy cables a few years ago. It revealed that the Yemeni government had great enthusiasm for US drone strikes inside their borders. They were enthused for a very practical reason -- it allowed someone else to fight internal radical opposition with little cost to themselves. But Yemeni politicians could not show that face to their public, else they would risk destabilization, and so what they said to the press and to the public had to be completely different from how they actually felt.

There is more than one layer to this onion.

about 5 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

poity Re:Hangings (1160 comments)

I'm pretty sure juries only decide guilt or non-guilt. Punishments are decided by legislators who write the laws and the governors who enact them. Sentencing is determined by the judge. If anything, the legislators and governor should pull the trigger. Even the entire voting public is collectively more culpable than the jury.

about 6 months ago

Huawei Using NSA Scandal To Turn Tables On Accusations of Spying

poity Re:Prepare for Slashdotters... (183 comments)

The American Slashdotters actually seem to me more objective than their European counterparts. If you would look at the history of political discussion on this site, self-criticism is far far more likely to come from an American than from a European. You will also find that whataboutism is heavily relied upon in comments to articles about non-US countries, especially concerning Europe, whereas for stories about the US that sort of excuse-making is hardly ever seen. It leaves the sense that Americans actually care, whereas Europeans are more fond of judging and deflecting.

about 6 months ago


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