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US Plummets On World Press Freedom Ranking

theantipop Re:No shit! (427 comments)

Do me a favor and extend your hypothetical back to the 1800s and see how it changes your hypothesis.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launched, Fastest GPU Tested

theantipop Re:This would be really cool... (281 comments)

You've been able to get a 6850 for darn near $100 for some time now. It's a pretty good deal unless you only buy high-end GPUs, which honestly seems like a waste anymore. My 4 year old 8800GT is just now starting to feel inadequate. I'm looking for the second coming of the 8800GT to emerge from this generation so I can hold on to it for another 4 years.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

theantipop Re:I used to be a Firefox fan (585 comments)

This is almost always an addon issue. I only use a few addons and have never seen Firefox use much more than 400mb in versions 5 & 6. With 7 it hovers in the mid 200s.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Llano APU Review - Slow CPU, Fast GPU

theantipop Re:Perfect for Bitcoin mining! (184 comments)

What kind of computer are you running that draws 500W from the wall?

about 3 years ago
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Twitter As Realtime Sports Reporter

theantipop High school sports (47 comments)

I've been using Twitter to get realtime high school sports scores for a year or so. It's really the only way I've found to do this because even local news websites don't post scores until hours after a game is over at best, and usually not until the next day.

more than 3 years ago
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Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

theantipop Re:Nothing to do with Portal (235 comments)

Episode 1 was not originally sold in a box set. The Orange Box included Ep1, but I think the GP meant he bought it standalone when it was first released.

more than 3 years ago
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Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

theantipop Re:half life expansions not by valve (235 comments)

And while OpFor may still be the best FPS expansion ever, I seriously doubt Valve would give up control like that anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

theantipop Re:Nothing to do with Portal (235 comments)

It was priced like a full length game.

I don't know where you live, but here in the US it was $30 compared to the normal $50.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

theantipop Re:the tax is too low to pay for smoker health car (978 comments)

Federal taxes nearly doubled last year. Not only that but they are closing loopholes for loose tobacco so the overall effect will be more than double the amount of federal tax collected. Add to that the outright banning of most types of flavored tobacco because somehow menthols are really roping in the kids (won't someone think of the children!), and you can see government is going nuts over the issue.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fiber Comes To Kansas City

theantipop Re:I wonder how long (162 comments)

Google tries to making using the internet faster and easier because that generally means more people will use existing Google products that serve ads and mine data. This doesn't mean Android or GoogleISP will be pulling an NSA and DPI-ing every last bit that flows through their devices. And really if you're worried about that, who can you trust because your existing ISP or mobile phone manufacturer can pull the same stunt.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

theantipop Re:Just use the hardware you have (898 comments)

1. the laptop is 2.5 years old. The battery will be almost gone and there will likely be other HW issues developing.

I have a 2006 base model Macbook and thus far I've replaced a failed hard drive and it still runs wonderfully. The battery lasts about 2 hours unless you start playing lots of video. It's much more than I can say about any cheap windows laptop I've ever seen except for older IBM-made Thinkpads.

more than 3 years ago
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Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

theantipop Re:CDOs weren't the problem (732 comments)

You forgot about the finance guys who set up a system where anyone could buy insurance on the CDO's (even ones they didn't own) so there was such a top-heavy system of people betting against them that it became impossible for any company to have been able to pay out the policy. Also the finance guys that didn't disclose they were doing this to their investors. Saying the finance guys were not primarily to blame is like saying it's your fault for standing in the way of my knife as I swing it wildly in your direction.

more than 3 years ago
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Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

theantipop Re:"If we litigate, we have a chance to win.'" (346 comments)

What? So when I pay for a chunk of data every month, my ISP should make me pay more for a method of utilizing the service that allows me to use that chunk faster? What?

more than 3 years ago
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Futurama Renewed For 7th Season

theantipop Re:Futurama Vs Venture Bros. (173 comments)

Heh, I love VB but don't understand the appeal of Archer at all. Every new show the Sealab guys do gets worse and Archer finally dropped below the acceptable quality for me. It seems far too obsessed with the cheap laugh, although it may have gotten better than the first few episodes.

more than 3 years ago
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USPTO Gives Google Patent For Doodles

theantipop Re:idiocracy tag? (150 comments)

Well at a certain point it's just not feasible to continue to search regardless of the quota. Besides, if the claim is obscure that's all they're getting legal coverage for anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Multiplayer Mode Predictably Controversial

theantipop Re:Here we go again (344 comments)

Because this game comes out soon. Just wait for the next GTA game to near release and you'll hear all about it again.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

theantipop Re:Fair enough. (1251 comments)

I read a story about a (probably fake) former boss who, upon receiving a stack of applications for a job position, immediately threw half of them in the trash saying, "I don't want to hire anyone who is unlucky."

more than 3 years ago
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Revisiting Ebert — Games Can Be Art, But Are They?

theantipop Re:Another Expert's view (278 comments)

Moreover, I don't think you should have to separate the elements of the game from the game itself to consider it art. Do we consider only the writing that goes into a movie to be art? The music? The moving pictures? It's ridiculous that because games have an element of interactivity, that you control some nontrivial part of the experience, that the work suddenly loses status.

more than 3 years ago
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Revisiting Ebert — Games Can Be Art, But Are They?

theantipop Re:Another Expert's view (278 comments)

I see your point, but I think that is just allowing the argument to be shifted to an area you can't win. If someone says anything less than an arbitrary amount of quality isn't art, then that becomes a statement you can't refute because that line is unable to be clearly defined. Ebert said in no uncertain terms that video games cannot be considered art, that we can debate (well, not with Ebert himself because he seems absolutely unwilling to consider anything other than his own nascent view of games). The guy in TFA is just being apologetic.

more than 3 years ago
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Revisiting Ebert — Games Can Be Art, But Are They?

theantipop Re:Games Are Not Art (But Contain Art) (278 comments)

No painting has ever touched my soul (whatever that means), so I guess those are out as well?

more than 3 years ago

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theantipop theantipop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

theantipop (803016) writes "It would appear that Stanford has not taken a liking to being on the MPAA's top 25 worst offenders list. Last week the university issued notice of a new policy in which students are charged a reconnection fee, ranging from $100 to $1000, after they are the victim of a DMCA complaint. The policy is to take effect September 1 last this year. As a show of "good faith" they are graciously allowing all students to start at the $100 fee level for subsequent notices."
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theantipop theantipop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

theantipop (803016) writes "Ars Technica has a story about the Terrorist Hoax Improvements Act, a bill introduced recently by the Senate. The bill aims to "amend the federal criminal code to include a number of new clauses meant to up the ante on wasting government resources. The amendments include extensions to the prohibitions on the spread of false information and mailing threats, increases to maximum prison terms, and allowances for civil suits so that local and federal governments can attempt to recoup expenses related to an incident." This is undoubtedly a result of the Great Mooninite Scare of 2007."

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