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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

radicalskeptic Re:Why? (109 comments)

Well, close. I wouldn't technically call it a dictatorship because the power is spread out around various people and groups, including the Standing Committee, former members of the Standing Committee and the military. But you're on the right track. 1) China is communist only in name. 2) Even if they were fully communist, that's an economic system, not a political one per se. The word that you and the grandparent poster is looking for is 'authoritarian.' BTW I lived in China for three and a half years and IMO they are getting the government they deserve. Freedom, truth, and Classical Liberal ideals are not high on their list of values.

about 2 months ago
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What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

radicalskeptic Re:Nothing, but NOTHING, says FUTURE (322 comments)

screw flying cars, why don't we have plastic books?

We do, my friend. They're called tablets and e-readers. But while I certainly am no luddite, I have to admit that reading words on a glowing screen is no substitute for the experience of reading from printed book. There's something about reading a book on a tablet I find unsatisfying.

about a year ago
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China Says Its Internet Policies Are Open and Clear

radicalskeptic Re:Open and Clear despotism (181 comments)

"The Chinese are notoriously obvious liars when it comes to their government statements." It's not just the government, friend.

It's not racist to point out that a culture has flaws. What I think a lot of Westerners don't understand about China is that it's not just like this government was created in a vacuum; the corruption, lying, cheating and general lack of ethical and moral scruples are facets of modern Chinese culture that also happen to manifest themselves in their government.

more than 3 years ago
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Building a Gary Gygax Memorial

radicalskeptic Re:Hall of Fame (136 comments)

Maybe it's because in a computer game no one ever gets into character and brings pathos to the role. Sure, the mechanics and special effects of computers are great, but nobody really gets emotionally attached to their character (beyond how much time they spend levelling up) and...the storytelling just isn't there.

Roleplay-enforced MUDs might be right up your alley.

more than 3 years ago
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Sir Isaac Newton, Alchemist

radicalskeptic Re:Science (330 comments)

For a fairly entertaining examination of this idea, someone might want to check out out Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle books. I've only gotten through the first (Quicksilver) but it takes place during Newton's lifetime and Newton himself is one of the more major characters, along with Leibnitz and other less famous "natural philosophers."

more than 4 years ago
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Activision Wants Consoles To Be Replaced By PCs

radicalskeptic Re:Bobby Kotick again (344 comments)

Yes, Mr. Kotick is one of the most hated people in the industry for good reason. Check out this extremely detailed and disturbing post on Teamliquid.net about how little he cares for his developers and the games produced by the studios under Activision.

Personally, I blame him for the deluge of bad decisions coming out of Blizzard regarding Starcraft II, including:
-No LAN play
-No cross-regional play
-Fees for tournaments and a more centralized, locked-down system in Battle.net 2.0

Most or all of these features were available in the Starcraft, which was released in 1998! I expect some or all of the features that the community is clamoring for will be introduced eventually--for a subscription fee. Because that's all Kotick sees in the Starcraft community: a bunch of passive cows who are just begging to be milked of all their worth.

And the worst part is, I pre-ordered Starcraft II anyway. Sigh.

more than 4 years ago
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4th of July to me mostly means ...

radicalskeptic Re:What about Canada? (489 comments)

Wow, I see you're already getting used to acting like an American. You'll be ready in no time! :) --note to sensitive moderators: the smiling emoticon means it is a joke.

more than 4 years ago
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Second Straight Rocket Failure For South Korea

radicalskeptic Re:No need to worry (143 comments)

Since when does an ellipsis denote sarcasm or irony? It just seemed like you were trailing off.

more than 4 years ago
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Second Straight Rocket Failure For South Korea

radicalskeptic Re:No need to worry (143 comments)

South Korea doesn't even have nukes. That's North Korea. And even if they did have nukes, their "arch-enemy" is right across the border.

more than 4 years ago
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China Rejects US Piracy Claims As "Groundless"

radicalskeptic Re:As compared to what? (302 comments)

MAYBE, but in your country you walk a block to the local DVD store and choose from a selection of thousands of pirated DVDs, each selling for the equivalent of 1.25 USD per disc? That's what it's like living in any city in China. It's probably impossible to buy a NON-pirated DVD in China (I for one have never seen one!). Technically these shops are breaking the law, but the relevant laws are not enforced.

Another example of the higher level of piracy is Baidu's music search. Baidu is the Chinese equivalent of Google, and using mp3.baidu.com you can find pirated mp3s of pretty much every song you'd want to hear. They block some of the files if you are accessing it from a foreign IP address, though. Check this search I just did (from inside China). Can you imagine if Google had a site like this? It would be sued into oblivion (although blogsearch.google.com can get pretty close!)

Even on TV, pirating is rampant. Talk shows and reality shows often take their background music the soundtracks of popular films like the Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, and something tells me they aren't coughing up royalty checks for that.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

radicalskeptic Re:Still a Firefox user (570 comments)

I figured as much, and I still use Chrome for light browsing, but as I said, my computer is aging and it does have to swap to disk frequently. :-/

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

radicalskeptic Re:Still a Firefox user (570 comments)

I actually have been using it up to and through the latest version 5 update. It is better before but I'm still getting the same bugs (albeit more rarely now).

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

radicalskeptic Re:Still a Firefox user (570 comments)

But look at this from the other angle: the browser is not cutting edge, it is mature and stable.

On my aging Mac, I started out with Safari, then switched to Firefox when Safari started getting buggy as hell for no apparent reason. A couple months back I switched to Chrome just for kicks, but after a while started noticing it wasn't as stable or bug-free as Firefox (specifically, Flash would die and my Youtube vids would have to be restarted, also when I have lots of tabs open some pages appear to be blank even though they have loaded and are supposed to display content on them). So I switched back to good ol' Firefox. Sure, maybe it's not the fastest, the sleekest, or the most advanced browser on the planet, but it's damned reliable and eminently useable!

more than 4 years ago
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How Valuable is an Graduate Degree Earned Online?

radicalskeptic Re:Ask your employer (4 comments)

I have no clue who my future employers might be (I suppose that would depend on which field I get my degree in), but I could definitely ask some people who have management and HR experience. The reason I posted this to Slashdot is because it is like asking 100,000 people at the same time. Seems more efficient. :)

more than 4 years ago
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How Valuable is an Graduate Degree Earned Online?

radicalskeptic Fire Me (4 comments)

"How valuable is an graduate degree earned online?"

Oh, the irony. Maybe I should become an hero.

more than 4 years ago
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StarCraft II Mac Client Beta Available

radicalskeptic Re:requirements? (123 comments)

And I'm sorry for my rude reply; I was out of line.

more than 4 years ago
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Final Fight Brings Restrictive DRM To the PS3

radicalskeptic Re:If you don't like it don't buy it (240 comments)

Good idea. Don't forget to tell them why you didn't buy it.

Here's a link to the developer's (Proper Games) contact page: http://www.proper-games.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=35&Itemid=55

And here's one to the publisher's (Capcom) contact page: https://shop.capcom.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayContactFormPage&SiteID=capcomus&Locale=en_US&Env=BASE&resid=S9FRGwoBAiMAAFFzqmEAAAAD&rests=1272009021063

more than 4 years ago
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This Is Apple's Next iPhone

radicalskeptic Re:iPhone - NOT (492 comments)

If you'd actually read the article, you'd know why they consider it to be a next gen Apple phone (many parts inside branded APPLE, in a case designed to make it look like a 3G iPhone, behaves just like an iPhone when you connect it to a Mac, uses the Mac proprietary dock connector, etc, etc). Are you saying that everyone at Engadget had been fooled, or are you saying they are playing a late April Fools joke on us? Frankly I don't think either is very likely.

more than 4 years ago
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About X% Of My Daily Co-workers Are Remote.

radicalskeptic Re:Remote how? (206 comments)

I'm pretty sure they meant remote as in "Look, good against remotes is one thing. Good against the living? That's something else."
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Remote

They make pretty good coworkers, I guess. They never seem to get tired but sometimes they float over and start zapping me. Usually when that happens I just put the blast shield down on my helmet and curl up into a ball.

more than 5 years ago

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How Valuable is an Graduate Degree Earned Online?

radicalskeptic radicalskeptic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

radicalskeptic writes "In 2008 I graduated with a bachelor's degree, and two months later I boarded a plane to China and began a career teaching English. For several reasons, I would like to expand my education and earn a master's degree. However, my Mandarin isn't good enough to attend the local universities, and while I'm planning to return to the U.S. eventually, I would like to remain in China for another couple of years. Another option is online education. While in theory something I learn at my laptop should be just as useful and applicable as knowledge gained in a brick-and-mortar building, some obvious questions remain: do employers consider online degrees as valuable as ones received at traditional schools? If not, why not? Will I learn as much? Are there any other pitfalls someone considering distance education should be aware of? What were your experiences with online education like?"
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Radiohead allows fans to decide on price

radicalskeptic radicalskeptic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

radicalskeptic writes "Radiohead, a band known to be unhappy with other music download services, has decided to release their next album, "In Rainbows", in two formats: a £40 boxed set and a digital download. What's the catch? Customers who purchase the digital download are able to name their own price for the album. This is the first Radiohead release since their contract with EMI expired. As "The Majors" continue to lose relevance, can we expect more of this type of experimentation and flexibility from independent artists?"

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