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My view of touchscreen laptops:

shoemilk Re:Thought... (359 comments)

That's no good, half the population is out on that...

about a year ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

shoemilk Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

Remember, for hundreds of years, the greeks and romans knew the world was round and revolved around the sun. Then some group with an agenda came and said otherwise and people stupidly believed them.

Almost every antidote has an opposite.

about a year ago
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Possible Graphene Alternative Made From Hemp Waste

shoemilk Re:Ugh, potheads (212 comments)

Dear Alanis,
This is irony. Zadaz is replying to a story about scientific research done with hemp, which he won't read because of his prejudices. He then sums up with if people want him to changes his prejudices, they should produce some scientific research done with hemp.

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

shoemilk Re:California and New York are in a battle... (856 comments)

Okay, back again. You seem to have not actually read the second amendment. No where in it does it say that anyone anywhere can carry a gun they bought thirty seconds ago at the Kwik-e Mart. In fact, it's the only amendment to use the word "regulated". One man walking down the street is not a militia.

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

shoemilk Re:California and New York are in a battle... (856 comments)

Dude, I was going to go into how I can't stand your points, but I think the thing that bothers me most is the level of your rhetoric. "police" "extreme" "invasive" "utopian liberal fantasy". Tone it down some and you might make some decent points. Currently, you just sound like a Fox News sound bite.

Damn, as much as I tried, I can't stop myself.

By your examples of CA and NY and the "liberal" at the end, you seemed to be under the impression that conservatives don't want to do the exact same thing. Which party is the one that keeps trying to pass laws about what you can and can't do in your bedroom again?

Ahh cigarettes. That was a hard fought battle. Fortunately, public decency won. I currently live in a country where there's no regulation in restaurants. Some do have separate rooms, some have the "invisible wall", others don't even have that. If people want to smoke, have at it. If people want to smoke while I try to eat, I hope they don't mind if I shit on their plate while they try to eat. See, smoking isn't a right, it is a privilege. If you want to buy pre-packaged ready to smoke cigarettes, you pay for it. But you know what? There is no regulations on growing your own.

As to the concealed thing? Let me just say good. It makes me happy to know not just any moron can carry a gun.

about a year ago
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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

shoemilk Re:It's a Catholiban terrorist dictatorship (390 comments)

Prude much? Or just ignorant of ummm culture? Or just dumb?

It always comes up, this, in discussions about porn. Sex is normal and healthy. What could be wrong about looking at depictions of a couple engaging in this healthy, normal act.

And if that's what porn was about, I'd agree. But a great deal of porn is about transgressive acts, and nasty attitudes.

A great deal of people talking is about transgressive acts and nasty attitudes. Should we ban talking from places? Seriously how is "Pizza's here - open the box to my cock - fucking" worse than two frat boys talking about beating the shit out of someone else or wanting to? Or two girls trash talking another?

Rape fantasies are common. The notion that "no means yes" is common.

define "common". If you mean it to be more than 50% umm, then I'd like to see some citation. 30% isn't common. Even then this needs a big fat [citation needed]

The notion that all women turn into sluts when you scratch the surface.

Wait, I thought porn was about rape? Which is it?

Getting pleasure from spitting, slapping and insulting someone (or I guess from being subjected to that).

People don't need porn for this. People insult other people on a daily basis, if not more. I've seen 5,000 times more slapping on run of the mill TV shows than I have in all the porn I've seen. If you're that offended by spitting, do yourself a favor and never ever go to China. Or hang out near prepubescent boys.

And of course, body parts of abnormal size.

Fuck you and your holier-than-thou attitude on how people should look. So some people like fat porn. Oh, wait, you're talking about 18 inch cocks? So what am I not supposed to go outside anymore? Or are you talking about girls with big fake tits? If so, don't watch any sort of South American TV.

Most adults can tell the difference between fantasy and reality (although, possibly, fewer than you'd hope -- especially when there's the 'gonzo' genre that masquerades as amateur). But children find it more difficult.

You're so right. We need to get on banning Harry Potter before more children think they're wizards. Non-fiction is hereby banned because kidz iz dumbz.

So we have boys growing up with these unpleasant ideas about what it's OK to do to women, and girls growing up with these harmful ideas of what society expects of them.

From porn?! Men beat their wives because they watch PORN?! Girls have weight issues because they watched PORN?! You're dumb and so are the retards that modded you insightful.

(I'm talking about hetero porn, because that's what experience I have).

I have experience with it all and well, I can tell you 95% doesn't have any of the shit you've been spouting in it. Except for that German stuff. Freaky~!

Sure, there *is* porn in which two people are mutually attracted and have mutually enjoyable, considerate sex.

You mean like most of it?

But it's not all that common,

Inconceivable! You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means.

and consumers tend to shift up to something more interesting (i.e. more extreme and transgressive).

Umm, you're full of it. I've got over 20+ years of pron watching experience and I'm not into BDSM, skat, snuff, beast, or anything more than guy-meets-girl guy-fucks-girl. Hell, I'm not even fond of anal. People like what they like. They don't start liking shit because they're bored. Again, you are stupid.

I don't know the answer. I'm opposed to censorship. But neither am I dumb enough to say that porn is harmless.

No, you're just dumb. I'm surprised you didn't say anything in there about going blind or hairy hands. The rest of the drivel you spouted sounds just the same.

about a year and a half ago
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Explosions at the Boston Marathon

shoemilk Re:On TV now (1105 comments)

Were any of those explosions at a huge international event where tens of thousands of people were gathered?

about a year and a half ago
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GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June

shoemilk From the horse's mouth (57 comments)

There seems to be confusion here because the story is a news article and not the direct update from PlayJam. Here's what they told their KS backers

Huge Momentum.

When we started this project we were unsure how successful it would be. Our expectation was that we would do an initial run of a few thousand units and then go from there. What happened next was a whirlwind. We’ve now got 27 retailers around the world engaged and placing orders for our micro-console. We have GameStop in the US and Game in the UK as our lead retail partners, but with over 5,000 stores between them we are in a remarkable position to scale this project.

With your support and backing we have created something that quite literally could help re-shape the games console industry. Quite a feat if we get it right.

Dev units shipped.

Key to making this happen is getting developers behind us and so far over 600 developers have signed up, including many great indies and major studios. We’re working on bringing some great titles to the TV and over the coming months we will make some announcements on some of the awesome exclusive content we have in development. We’ve also signed strategic deals with companies like Amlogic and ARM which will help us promote our network throughout their huge eco-system. To harness this potential we have started shipping out the GameStick DEV units to our developer partners and will ship out the remaining units this week and next. One batch has been held up in customs because of the current issues around the use of air-freight to transport lithium batteries which exist within our controller. Hopefully this batch will be released next week.

Using your feedback on these units we have already begun to make refinements on the final production model. We have adjusted the movement on the shoulder buttons, changed the analog stick assembly, moved the LED configuration, re-designed some of the buttons, changed the texture on the analog stick hats and put a mechanical door on the back of the controller so that when GameStick is being used the slot in the back of the controller is closed. We’re looking forward to getting further feedback from you all.

Main Production Run.

The main production run has gone from a few thousand units to tens of thousands of units. This has meant that we have had to change production methods and move to high volume tooling.

Initially, we planned on demand for around 1,000 units so we were going to use silicon molds, which is what we have used for the GameStick DEV units. These don’t take much time to make, but they also cannot cope with the high volume production that we now need. As a result we have had to move to much higher end tooling which is being made in both China and Germany. To create these tools takes around 3 months and is a huge investment for us – one we can only afford to make once. Whilst this work has been underway for a while we have had to slow things down a bit to ensure we can get the final controller amendments prototyped and tested before the final tools can be finished.

Initially we had hoped to deliver GameStick to you at the end of April. We now expect to complete mechanical tooling about 4 weeks later at the end of May. Then the units are assembled, tested and assuming there are no issues, packed prior to shipping to each territory. We expect to ship around the 10th June. The volumes are now too large for us to be able to afford to air-freight them, which was our plan, so now we are going to have to use sea freight to deliver them. That's going to take around 2 weeks. Then we have fulfillment in territory – which we estimate will take between 1 and 5 days depending on where you are located. This means we think the likely date of arrival of your hand crafted GameStick will be at the last week of June.

Whilst we would have liked to ship earlier, we are, to a large degree, victims of the success we have created together. It is so rare to get the opportunity to deliver a project of this scale and we need to ensure we don’t trip over ourselves. We’ll give you a weekly production update going forward so that we can share the ups and downs of pulling together the numerous threads of a developing a new ecosystem for console gaming. As ever, thank you for your support.

The GameStick Team

about a year and a half ago
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GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June

shoemilk Re:It doesn't add up... (57 comments)

As a backer, I can see the updates on KS. Here is what they said:

Initially we had hoped to deliver GameStick to you at the end of April. We now expect to complete mechanical tooling about 4 weeks later at the end of May. Then the units are assembled, tested and assuming there are no issues, packed prior to shipping to each territory. We expect to ship around the 10th June. The volumes are now too large for us to be able to afford to air-freight them, which was our plan, so now we are going to have to use sea freight to deliver them. That's going to take around 2 weeks. Then we have fulfillment in territory – which we estimate will take between 1 and 5 days depending on where you are located. This means we think the likely date of arrival of your hand crafted GameStick will be at the last week of June.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStick Kickstarter Consoles Delayed To June

shoemilk Re:I still don't get it. (57 comments)

Yeah! Tell him brother! CORPORATE WHORES! You can pry my iOS, no... Windows Mobile, ummm Windows WTF?... errr fuck, what's some mobile platform that doesn't suck on the balls of some fat corp?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

shoemilk Re:Go to the f-ing library (561 comments)

At the University of Iowa or any state school? I went to a large state university and worked at the library for four years. Granted, that was ten years ago, but the last time I was there (4 years ago) visiting my old bosses, it was the same. Unless people are chugging beer in the stacks, go in there. All of the university libraries I've been in have had desks in the stacks. My school's library even had private, insulated rooms inside the stacks. Look harder, AC

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

shoemilk Re:Go to the f-ing library (561 comments)

Buy this and move are the only things people have been suggesting.

The fact that you were able to put most advice into two broad categories doesn't magically invalidate it. Pretending that it does makes you a liar.

I never said they were invalid. Spending money on things when there is a perfectly good free option available is a waste. Also, I didn't lump all the advice into two broad categories. If you took the time to read my second sentence, it specifically mentions something that is neither one of those. Who's the dishonest one here?

GO TO THE F-ING LIBRARY!

This falls into the "move" category. So not only are you a liar, you're a hypocrite as well.

When I said "move" it wasn't the meaning of "motion" but as in people were suggesting he put all of his belonging into boxes, find a new room and relocate all of his stuff to it. I understand perfectly well that you're just trolling me because you're trying to prove that I lumped all the solutions into two broad categories (though I didn't and at the time of my posting, aside from the somatic processing advice that's all there was: different suggestions for voice canceling headphones and people telling him to pack up and relocate).

You will now inadvertently prove me correct by further displaying your dishonesty. No other course of action from you is possible.

Your trolling aside, it still doesn't invalidate my point that the easiest, cheapest and simplest solution is for him to take advantage of living on campus and use the resources already available to him. Go to the library.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

shoemilk Go to the f-ing library (561 comments)

Buy this and move are the only things people have been suggesting. One guy did have interesting advice about the somatic voice processing center of the brain, but I can't believe not a single person has suggested that you leave your room, walk across campus and go to the freaking library. Need a computer? There are computer labs everywhere, too. Seriously, I thought this was one of the worst ask slasdots and expected half the answers to be "Go to the f-ing library". But no one?! let me say it then.

GO TO THE F-ING LIBRARY!

about a year and a half ago
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China Using 'State Secrets' Label To Hide Pollution

shoemilk Re:This will only work (149 comments)

I only reply because there are mods as clueless as you.

[The one-child policy] restricts urban couples to only one child, while allowing additional children in several cases, including twins, rural couples, ethnic minorities, and couples who are both only children themselves. In 2007, according to a spokesperson of the Committee on the One-Child Policy, approximately 35.9% of China's population was subject to a one-child restriction.(wikipedia)

Granted, when the population is in the billions, 35.9% is a lot of people, but still it's not as far reaching as you are thinking. I'm too lazy to look up the numbers, but it wouldn't surprise me if 35.9% didn't equate to the number of one (or no) child households in western countries.

about a year and a half ago
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In Defense of Six Strikes

shoemilk Re:There always is the alternative... (354 comments)

There's a tort called vexatious litigation. It's common law.

That's nice and might have baring were this a law of the land and not law of a company.

There is also a possible penalty under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 11, for signing your name to a legal declaration that you have not investigated and, thus, do not have good reason to believe that it is true. The judge, essentially, gets to make up any penalty they think is appropriate (within reason).

What judge? What Federal Rules? Those don't matter in the slightest here. This is about a private entity making up misguided rules when they should be dumb pipes.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

shoemilk Re:Card's gone over the deep end (1174 comments)

Dude, you obviously didn't read the Homecoming series and it's batshit insane fifth book.

about a year and a half ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

shoemilk Re:I'm not even a fan, but (1174 comments)

You and the story poster really really really need to go back to school and beef up on your reading comprehension. Card's personal views are evident all over the place. Empire was painfully filled with them. Everything in the Bean series. All of his non-SF is littered with it.

If you want to read a very well written and thought out argument as to why Ender's Game is one of the worst books for adolescents to read, check out John Kessel's thesis. He's not like one of those that says Card didn:t even write Ender's Game

about a year and a half ago

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Japan criminalizes downloading pirated content

shoemilk shoemilk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shoemilk (1008173) writes "On June 15th, with an overwhelming majority, the Japanese Diet passed a law criminalizing ripping DVDs, and updated an existing law criminalizing downloading pirated materials. Starting in January of 2010, downloading pirated content was made illegal but without a stated punishment. This law has been updated to set a penalty of up to 2 years in jail or up to 20 million yen. (Link to Japanese article http://japan.cnet.com/news/business/35018227/)"
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Innovations in Sports Games

shoemilk shoemilk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shoemilk (1008173) writes "ESPN Page 2's Patrick Hruby has created a list of the best and worst sports games' innovations. Some of the good include Instant Replay, Franchise Mode, the Wii-mote, and the "Duck Hunt" dog. Some of the bads are Unlockables, Licensing, and Sweat.

It's an interesting take on games from someone outside of the nerd/ gaming community."

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