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Quiet Victories Won In the Loudness Wars

spyder-implee Re:The what? (251 comments)

Not as fast as adblock apparently...

more than 2 years ago
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BT Starts Blocking the Pirate Bay

spyder-implee Will it work? (162 comments)

Can any BT subscriber comment on weather your average deck-hand will have any trouble getting around the block? I know it's quite easy for the black-beards and peg-legs, but what will it mean for the average user? Do TPB crew have enough experience bypassing blocks that most wont even know it's been blocked?

more than 2 years ago
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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

spyder-implee Re:Bloody really?!?! Another one? (233 comments)

I'm wondering if we are witnessing the beginning of the end of Slashdot?

more than 2 years ago
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U.S. Missile Defense Against Iran Makes China/Russia Mad, Might Not Even Work

spyder-implee Re:Yes. (408 comments)

I respectfully disagree, for a number of reasons. 1) The cold war taught us that the one-upmanship of weapons proliferation as a defence is a bad idea. (The more missile defense are built, the better the weapons become to counter that defense.) 2) The insane budget required for these systems could be used for {'homeless', 'healthcare', 'foreign aid', 'research',...} 3) Some long drawn-out & pointless argument about weather the US could sustain a war against China...

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

spyder-implee Re:$60 games? Luxury! (435 comments)

How does Australians making double their American counterparts justify an equivalent price increase on an identical product? It sounds like what you're implying is a secondary exchange rate available for game publishers. The problem is quite simple. If I buy Skyrim on Steam, I get exactly the same product as my Canadian friend, but at double the cost. Tell me where the justification for the increase comes from...

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

spyder-implee Re:$60 games? Luxury! (435 comments)

Yep. We're getting ripped blind and as long as people don't force the publishing companies to explain themselves they will keep getting away with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is an Acceptable Broadband Latency?

spyder-implee Re:300 Acceptable? (396 comments)

As long as our nationwide fiber network stays on track, I'm optimistic we'll be able to game at much lower latency's than now. I friend of mine lives in one of the test suburbs for the fiber network and he averages 40-70 ping to American servers (from Melbourne, AU) so if that's anything to go by, things are looking great. Although typically I wouldn't thought pings were as bad as 300-400, I know it depends on a lot of things, but I'd say around 200-250 is my average ping to the US on my ADSL connection.

more than 2 years ago
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China May Restrict Genetically Engineered Rice

spyder-implee Re:Greenpeace. (183 comments)

Strongly agree. Greenpeace and Monsanto may appear at the opposite ends of a spectrum, but they're equally as biased when it comes to their own agenda.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple-Approved Fair Labor Inspections Begin At Foxconn

spyder-implee Re:corporate responsibility (334 comments)

If apple is a leader in worker exploitation (and I'm not saying they are), they should also lead in cleaning it up. At any rate, which ever way the fanboys or haters spin this, I'm just stoked & hopeful that it will raise the quality of working conditions for the employees at Foxconn.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

spyder-implee Re:Dev (647 comments)

Hahahaha so true.

more than 2 years ago
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Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America

spyder-implee Steam (281 comments)

I wonder if this would set a precedent for those who wanted to sell games they owned on digital distribution services like Steam?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Could Lose $1.6 Billion In iPad Lawsuit

spyder-implee Re:And Apple's Worried? (286 comments)

While we're at fantasising about Applies demise, imagine if the Chinese Govt. took control over the manufacturing of Apples products in China, effectively destroying Apple but allowing their products to continue to be sold in China and parts beyond. That would be hella funny.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Supreme Court Sees Game Objects As Goods

spyder-implee Sheldon (136 comments)

Sheldon would be very happy with this ruling.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Pirate Bay

spyder-implee Re:Awesome (156 comments)

Shotgun!

more than 2 years ago
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US Embassy Sanctioned Lawsuit Against Aussie ISP iiNet

spyder-implee Re:Wow. Get a load of that. (263 comments)

It totally should, although until then I think that iiNet's court victory coupled with the un-earthing of the clandestine activities of the record company & US embassy will hamper any cases brought by the recording industry in the near future. Or is that just wishful thinking?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

spyder-implee Re:Bubble? (761 comments)

The workers committing suicide in their Chinese factories know what's going on there...

more than 2 years ago
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Programming Prodigy Arfa Karim Passes Away At 16

spyder-implee Re:Reading the early comments... (536 comments)

I thought so too at first, but most of the tasteless comments have been modded down pretty quickly by the rest of the community. The asshole group isn't representative of the rest of us, they just post quick.

more than 2 years ago
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Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame

spyder-implee Re:bad data source (309 comments)

My thoughts exactly! How the hell is flickr data useful unless you know what percentage of all photos taken are uploaded to flickr in the first place? If they actually *could* get that data, and it turned out to be something like 80%, well then that might be different. FTA: "(Admittedly, the number of images on Flickr is about 5% of that on Facebook. It would be interesting to repeat this analysis using Facebook data, but there is no reason to believe the results would be substantially different.)" BS article FTW!

more than 2 years ago

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GTA4 teaches seriousness of road accidents

spyder-implee spyder-implee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spyder-implee (864295) writes "On August 27th, 11-year-old Audrey Plique and her family were riding in their 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee when all of a sudden it swerved off the road, hit a guardrail, and flipped four times, caving in the roof and knocking out the back window. Her mother, Karen Norris, believes Audrey's experience as a gamer aided her in this unexpected incident. "She just knew, from playing Grand Theft Auto. She saw on there that when a car rolls over, it can blow up. She knew that could happen to us." Norris adds, "She showed the kind of bravery and courage you don't expect from an 11-year-old. She stayed composed. She sounded upset, but she knew the things she had to get done to help her parents and siblings.""
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