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New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

spathi-wa Re:They need a legit homebrew option (258 comments)

... truth is that a large part of any console's cost is recovered by content, and without that cash innovation will die and/or consoles will become more expensive. Nintendo always owns a part of the Wii - they paid for it...

Not true, not in this case. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has never sold Wii consoles at a loss, not at launch and not now.

e.g. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6157690.html

more than 4 years ago
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Study Claims $41.5 Billion In Portable Game Piracy Losses Over Five Years

spathi-wa Re:A pirated game is not always a lost sale. (316 comments)

The GP is talking about actual piracy of GBA games, i.e. bootleg cartridges manufactured by unauthorized/unlicensed agencies, sold at rates lower than retail, of which the copyright owners get nothing. This is the real piracy which anyone would support laws against. Unlicensed distribution that involves no gains to the distributor i.e. most p2p and 'warez', are copyright infringement, not piracy.

Both are illegal but they are not the same thing. It may be said that actual piracy could have a direct correlation to lost sales without the logical fallacies of equating illegal uploads/downloads with lost sales.

more than 4 years ago
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Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

spathi-wa Re:Obstruction of justice (597 comments)

but who knows how many more folks these assholes intimidated that night, or how much more damage they did?

Not you, for sure.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Your Car Tell You To Put Down the Phone?

spathi-wa Re:Better to warn everyone else. (349 comments)

Or a blue-tooth enabled testicular clamp.

Because only men use their cell phones while driving! And all women are good at multi-tasking!

more than 4 years ago
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Sound Generator Lethal From 10 Meters

spathi-wa Re:Want this in my car! (314 comments)

Have you read the page you just quoted? Below the table appears:

The Uniform Vehicle Code states:

Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic ...

Note that this law refers to the "normal" speed of traffic, not the "legal" speed of traffic. The 60 MPH driver in a 55 MPH zone where everybody else is going 65 MPH must move right. Contrast Alaska's rule, 13 AAC 002.50, allowing vehicles driving at the speed limit to use the left lane, and Colorado rev. stat. 42-4-1103, prohibiting blocking the "normal and reasonable" movement of traffic.

Emphasis is mine. It's almost as if the author of that page is responding directly to your GP post...

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

spathi-wa Re:Oh, look! (888 comments)

I agree with you, and furthermore would like to point out that soldiers are well aware of their chances of survivals, while terrorism victims are exactly that - victims.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

spathi-wa Re:Oh, look! (888 comments)

I find it quite logical... sending 200000 soldiers to war, and if 5000 die, that is indeed a "minimal" casualty rate.
Deaths resulting from terrorism, are all unacceptable, where 10 people dying is a large number and anything more than 100 can be termed a huge number of deaths, simply because the lowest "acceptable" level of casualty in terrorist attacks is zero.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Patches Flaws In Trusted Execution Tech

spathi-wa Re:Readme.TXT (84 comments)

I don't agree that this will solve anything. People who are likely to double click on cute_cat.jpg.exe are just as likely to not know the difference between song.mp3.exe and songmp3.exe.

"it says mp3 right there in the file name"

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chandrayaan Find Organic Matter On the Moon?

spathi-wa Organic only means carbon based and nothing more (141 comments)

The logic jump from there being possible organic matter on the moon, to the near-assumption that this organic matter is life-based or life-supporting was apparently made by the writer of the original article http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_indian-scientists-detect-signs-of-life-on-moon_1322785

While a lay person such as the reporter may claim ignorance of the difference between "carbon-based matter" and "carbon-based matter that supports or has come from live organisms", I am truly surprised at just how many non-humorous posts we have here on /. about life in space/on the moon/new intelligences etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking

spathi-wa Re:That's pretty evil. (802 comments)

I'm sure the germans have *some* humour, but I guess they wont have many puns.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking

spathi-wa Re:Yes... (802 comments)

We will never really know if his going nuts was an effect of joining the CoS or the cause of it.

more than 4 years ago
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Future Blu-ray Movies To Come With Playable Game Demos

spathi-wa Re:I see some Success here (170 comments)

.... without wasting their money on District 9.

I disagree, IMO District 9 is well worth the money

more than 4 years ago
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India To Put All Citizen Info In a Central Database

spathi-wa Re:It isn't as bad as it sounds (132 comments)

India will always be referred to as being a Third world nation. This is because Third world does not mean what you think it means.

more than 5 years ago
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Software Bug Adds 5K Votes To Election

spathi-wa Re:How hard is it for a computer to do addition? (239 comments)

As stated by the GP, the "desire" for association is an auditing requirement and not really a personal request of the voter.

If you had access to the vote db such that you could take my unique identifier and associate it with my vote, would any kind of system be able to stop you from doing that? Your point has merit, but it is far from the current discussion.

more than 5 years ago
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Software Bug Adds 5K Votes To Election

spathi-wa Re:How hard is it for a computer to do addition? (239 comments)

It's quite simple really.

Voting machine shows UI requesting the user's (voter's) vote. User chooses candidate. Voting machine registers an additional vote for user's candidate into the votes table. This vote is assigned a unique identifier. This identifier is printed onto a paper receipt which is provided to the voter. This can be later used to confirm that user's vote for candidate A was indeed registered for candidate A.

Just how hard is that?

more than 5 years ago
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Cotton Swabs are the Prime Suspect In 8-Year Phantom Chase

spathi-wa Re:CSI to the rescue (344 comments)

whoosh

more than 5 years ago
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Supreme Court of India Comes Down On Bloggers

spathi-wa Re:Slumblog Millionaire (131 comments)

India didn't win 8 oscars. A. R. Rahman won 2 oscars. Resul Pookutty won 1 oscar with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp.

The other awards did not come to India.

more than 5 years ago

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spathi-wa spathi-wa writes  |  about 8 years ago

spathi-wa writes "(I have no idea how to categorize this)

According to several news sites, Hans Reiser was arrested earlier today on suspicion for the murder of his wife Nina Reiser. His wife has been missing since September 3. The police have been quoted as saying "biological evidence that puts the missing woman in a car her husband had access to is a strong part of the circumstantial case against him. They would not say what the biological evidence is, but the term usually includes blood, hair or other body fluids." Apparently Nina Reiser's friends "have told authorities she would never had voluntarily ridden in a car with him.""

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