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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

prehistoricman5 Re:Can't help plugging Atwood (410 comments)

If you actually bothered to read her works you'd realize that she does not fault science. In the Madd Addam trilogy (Oryx and Crake, The year of the Flood, Madd Addam) she creates a world where science has run amok, but does not blame science for the disaster. Instead she pillories the hubris of the scientists, who sought to make themselves gods, and capitalism run amok, which has completely unmade the modern class system we have today and reverted it to the more stratified system of centuries past.

about a month ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

prehistoricman5 Slashdot editing standards (131 comments)

Have they fallen so far as to ignore proper spelling in the title?

about 4 months ago
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Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle of Negative Feedback

prehistoricman5 Re:BS (293 comments)

Downvoting over disagreement is the flaw of any vote-based system (and upvoting based on agreement too). I also haven't run into too many egregious abuse cases on Slashdot. The vast majority of -1 content seems to be flamebait and spam. I agree with you that anonymous moderation is bad - it fails to discourage frivolous moderation, but I wouldn't call the Slashdot moderation system anonymous. Although individual moderation actions are anonymous, you can consider the moderator to be "the community." There are far worse moderation systems out there; compared to them Slashdot is paradise.

about 6 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

prehistoricman5 LAPD apathy (664 comments)

My sister's friend had her phone stolen recently and when she called the LAPD about it, they also refused to do anything about it and pretty much told her that it was not their policy to go chasing after stolen phones. She later attempted to confront the fence that stole her phone and ultimately was unsuccessful in recovering her phone.

about 7 months ago
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Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK

prehistoricman5 Re:New ChomeCast Device ? (104 comments)

Support for HDMI-CEC events would actually solve the problem of the display updating; it would know when the tv is powered off or it ceased to be the active source and could disable updating the background until it becomes the active source again.

about 10 months ago
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

prehistoricman5 Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (568 comments)

I'm not too familiar with the supreme court decision however my guess is that because you are not forced to use library internet it is acceptable. That would not apply to a municipal network.

1 year,29 days
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

prehistoricman5 Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (568 comments)

If local officials decided to add filters to their municipal internet "for the children" they could expect first amendment lawsuits that they will lose.

On the other hand a private isp could do that with zero legal consequences.

1 year,30 days
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

prehistoricman5 Re:Kinda batshit of the NRA (531 comments)

If I transport you back in time and drop you in the middle of some cavemen and Ug decides he wants to kill you he will not hand you a club to defend yourself with first; he will simply bash your skull in. Rights are a societal concept. For example I believe that all people have the right to be treated equally. While many would agree with me, that "right" is in fact a relatively modern invention.

Also if the Constitution simply codified natural rights and the right to own a gun was an extension of the right to self defense then gun laws today would be much more strict. There are many legal firearms today that are obviously meant to serve a much more offensive purpose. The whole Bill of Rights was designed with one purpose in mind - to keep government tyranny in check.

As for your idea that guns are the best self-defense tool, read this: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/160/10/929.full

about a year ago
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NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

prehistoricman5 Re:Kinda batshit of the NRA (531 comments)

I see gun ownership as a natural right, not a legal one.

When you say things like that I can see exactly why Bentham called natural rights "nonsense on stilts." Guns have not always existed and so therefore your argument is flawed right there. The right to gun ownership is conferred through the second amendment of the Constitution so therefore it is a legal right.

about a year ago
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My ISP...

prehistoricman5 Re:ISP is ok-ish, Mobile ISP is bad (290 comments)

I've got a virgin mobile phone...where I am the network is so lousy that I cannot see anyone hitting the 2.5 GB "cap" without going insane.

about a year ago
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The Free State Project, One Decade Later

prehistoricman5 Re:I am not from USA (701 comments)

Ah yes but when your employer fires you for joining one there will be no government to protect you. Go look up yellow dog contracts.

about a year and a half ago
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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison

prehistoricman5 The typos; they're spreading! (50 comments)

From the article:

"There was no ice at the polls, no glaciers, and a lot more carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere."

Dear editors, please do something to stop the spread of typoitis. This terrible disease continues to horrify the grammar nazis among us and I've had it with their moaning.

about a year and a half ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

prehistoricman5 Re:Interesting comparissons (509 comments)

Nope. I was tempted to go find a pirated version just to see the gimmick in action. I'm certain I'm not alone.

about a year and a half ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

prehistoricman5 Re:Interesting comparissons (509 comments)

And where did I attempt to make a moral argument about piracy? Piracy will always exist - morally correct or not. You can bitch and moan about it or you can attempt to do something about it. The percentage of pirates who would have bought a legit copy is meaningful because it lets you gauge how effective your anitpiracy method was. If your game flops and you want to blame it on piracy you better have some hard numbers to back yourself up with. It doesn't matter whether the pirates were in the right or wrong; if you make it easier to get a pirated copy, piracy rates will go up and it's your fault.

about a year and a half ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

prehistoricman5 Re:Interesting comparissons (509 comments)

And what % of the 3130 people that pirated it actually would have bought a legit copy? Had they not provided a "pirated" version for free on launch day would a pirated version even have existed? The game obviously has a niche market (game development sim - not something I would spend money on). There's too many confounding factors to say that piracy caused the game to tank and if anything they got hoisted by their petard.

about a year and a half ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

prehistoricman5 Re:Interesting comparissons (509 comments)

Hardly.

With only 3344 total users I'd argue that they either need to advertise more or make a better game. Furthermore the gimmick in the pirated version may in fact drive up the piracy rate.

about a year and a half ago
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Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control

prehistoricman5 Re:Duh. (424 comments)

The 'muricans have violated the jihadi's values.

Conflict is easy to manufacture.

about a year and a half ago

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