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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

techsimian Re:good (393 comments)

How about a car analogy?
10 mechanics examine a vehicle to determine if it is overheating. 9 of them agree (after running diagnostics) that the water pump is failing. One says everything is great, in fact, the engine is supposed to run hot, hell, it'd be better if it ran even hotter!

Consensus is built around the data, not people.

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

techsimian Re:Suuure (698 comments)

Mine's a flowerpot...with a wilted daisy

1 year,1 day
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Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

techsimian Re:LOL Tesla (375 comments)

San Francisco in the '90's, every time the 49'ers won the Super Bowl there would be dozens of car fires.

about a year ago
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Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

techsimian Re:Arson! (104 comments)

The building wasn't built specifically for the internet archive...it was a Christian science reading room (and church if memory serves)

about a year ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

techsimian Re:I have to laugh at complaining about devices... (169 comments)

The "doesn't work with" comments aren't because the device cannot stream the show, it is because the provider (not the manufacturer) has actively blocked access to a particular show.

The players that use the hardware are written by the service provider (as in Hulu, not Roku nor MS/Xbox). It is correct for people to be irritated with a subpar viewing experience that they pay for.

And lastly, who cares what IE users bitch about? Special code to support IE is wasted code.

about a year ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action" Says CEO, Adding New Content

techsimian Re:As a US-only service (169 comments)

They claim it is a licensing issue, but it is curious that a show will air 5 episodes streamable via any hulu supported device, then become "Web Only" when the have their audience. Another aspect is the fact that Hulu is owned by the licensors. Given their past claims about tethering Hulu to cable, it seems more likely that they are trying to prop up their aging business model by driving viewers to their "channels".

about a year ago
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Sizing Up the Viral Threat

techsimian Re:Vaccines... (78 comments)

The anti-vax movement is not a good example. Vaccines are produced by the medical/pharmaceutical industry and are administered by the healthcare industry.

What you describe is a trend whereby some in the population see any challenge to their world view as a conspiracy. It isn't enough to say they disagree, they concoct an expansive conspiracy against which they will make their heroic stand.

about a year ago
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Prankster Calls NSA To Restore Deleted E-mail

techsimian Re:Anonymous Troll (221 comments)

Typically the testing is only when a property is sold.

As for regulations...most came about because private industry did not provide adequate oversight. Whether a particular regulatory body is still needed is another matter.

about a year ago
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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

techsimian Re:Reminds me of Linux (381 comments)

DIE!! grammar fascist!

about a year ago
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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

techsimian Re:harden the fuck up (381 comments)

Fair point...my desire for vague anonymity is more to do with company policy regarding public (as in real name) commentary related to gaming industry as pertains to company.

I'm free to spout off about general game production click-bait articles and pick on the be-pimpled keyboard rage fiends.

about a year ago
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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

techsimian Re:harden the fuck up (381 comments)

I suppose you are THE Anonymous Coward. Most of this thread filled with words of wisdom from AC's seems pretty hypocritical...

Your advice to man-up is pretty lame considering you can't even post using your fairly anonymous internet handle.

about a year ago
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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

techsimian Re:The real problem (381 comments)

So...games go from being able to show 20 sprites at a time to 10's of millions of polygons, screen resolution quadruples and you think the budgets should stay the same? Maybe you think the budgets should go down. It's clear you have no idea what you are talking about. I'm not saying that to be mean, but there are some pretty obvious reasons for the budgets growing like they have and they have been known since the "CDROM" game collapse.

1) Development cycles have stayed roughly the same 18-24 months-ish
2) Game asset creation is significantly more complex with each new console generation
3) To accommodate the unchanging development cycle more people are added to offset the compressed schedule
4) Games used to fit on a 400K floppy, now game discs are 40 gigs..that is a significant amount of content increase
5) To add to #4, that content requires people to create it, it requires tools to manage it, and innovation to wrangle evolving tech.

I like indie games too, but they will never "take over", they live and die in the puddle made by the hoofprint of the game industry. They exist because there is a larger industry in whose shadow they can stand. I think you have a nostalgic view of the 90's games. I enjoy retro gaming, but I'm always surprised at how my memory of a game does not jive with the reality of the game.

All of that is to say, the game industry needs all the players. If you, Anonymous Coward (way to stick it to the man...anonymously), don't like the mainstream games industry, don't buy their games.

about a year ago
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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

techsimian Re:The customer is wrong I guess.... (381 comments)

Maybe not opening your screed with rectal insertion comments, might... just might save your comment from being redirected to /dev/null.

about a year ago
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NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

techsimian NSA-National Storage Agency? (634 comments)

Can't we use FOIL to recover lost files? I have a couple of directories I would like to recover.

At least people would see some value from their tax dollars...

about a year ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

techsimian Re:Sigh. (339 comments)

Supportive of what exactly?

Being from the US you probably don't see the xenophobia for what it is. I moved to the US in the late 70's and the common response to anything not American was that's communist. Now it's probably more along the lines of that's socialist, but the vibe is the same. I see it as fueled partly by fear (of the unknown) and ignorance with a dash of idiotic national pride.

Consider taking a stand against that sort of stupidity and acknowledging your detractors might have a point. It isn't a sign of weakness to admit fault.

about a year ago
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McAfee Exaggerated Cost of Hacking, Perhaps For Profit

techsimian UPDATE: (105 comments)

New study proves peanuts cause cancer...

about a year ago

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