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Mithrandir

Member Since 13 Sep 1999
Offline Last Active Dec 29 2012 03:00 AM

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Draconian DRM means you get screwed, pirates don't

09 March 2010 - 08:55 AM

So the inevitable happened. The honest people who bought Assassins Creed 2 cannot play their game because the authentication servers went down. Meanwhile, the pirates have been able to play the game with no problem, since it's been cracked since the day it was released. Dear Publishers: DRM SUCKS. I don't buy your games anymore because of this and their shitty quality anyway. But feel free to keep tilting at those windmills anyway.


Birthers

29 July 2009 - 05:35 AM

So back when Obama first announced his intentions to run for President of the US, a fringe group of people suggested that he was born in Kenya and was not actually able to run for president. Obama released his birth certificate, Clinton, McCain, and the Republican Governor of Hawaii all verified it and accepted the proof, bam, problem solved. I didn't really hear anything major about it again for a while. I chuckled a little everytime I saw someone mention it because I was sure than in more than a few cases, it was just someone trying to be funny, and the other cases were just the lunatic fringe rabble rousing, similar to the truthers. But this month, birthermania has heated up again for some reason. I am absolutely confused at where this is all coming from again suddenly. For example. Woman goes nuts on a congressman, screaming about Obama's birth certificate. When she finished I expected the crowd to laugh at her, but instead it goes full retard and... applauds... with loud screams and clapping. I mean wow. Then the congressman actually says that Obama is a citizen, and the crowd starts booing him... what the hell? Now it seems everywhere I go, the newsmedia is reporting on the "controversey" behind Obama's birthplace. There's even some moron offering $100,000 for "proof" that Obama was born in America, except he won't accept the Birth certificate as proof. Last week Rush Limbaugh even joined in the insanity with this gem: "Barack Obama has yet to have to prove that he's a citizen. All he has to do is show a birth certificate. He has yet to have to prove he's a citizen. I have to show them 14 different ways where the hell I am every day of the year for three years.". I always knew Limbaugh was crazy, I just didn't think he was padded-wall crazy. So why is this suddenly becoming an issue again? Why are there so many people who suddenly, beyond all rational thought, believe that Obama is an illegal Kenyan immigrant? Is this going to cause some insane nut out there to try to assassinate him, reasoning that he's being patriotic and killing an illegal president? Furthermore, why isn't the Republican party leadership putting any effort into distancing themselves from these nutjobs?

Don't let the door hit you on your way out, Texas.

16 April 2009 - 05:56 AM

So the texans are threatening to secede again. I say good riddance. If this is your reaction to losing an election fair and square (and let's not forget it was someone from YOUR STATE who fucked the world economy up), we're not going to play along with your silly crybaby games. Go take your ball and go home. We'll do just fine without you.

What do we do about the drug problem?

04 March 2009 - 07:12 AM

Two of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels have reached a combined force of 100,000 foot soldiers, wreaking havoc across the country and threatening U.S. border states, the U.S. Defense Department told The Washington Times. My gut instinct is to agree with drug criminalization. Drugs destroy lives. I have personally seen this happen to several people whom I care for. Marijuana proponents like to say that it's a harmless drug, but I've seen it destroy the life of formerly productive people, sap their very essence and destroy their motivation to do anything but smoke weed. Job lost, family torn apart, home lost. No one can deny that drugs, and especially the harder ones, have a profoundly negative impact upon people. But I'm finding that increasingly, reality doesn't really agree with me on the benefits of drug criminalization. Clearly, anyone who wants to get ahold of these substances is able to. The situation in mexico and the southern US is getting ridiuclous. The other day I read that Phoenix Arizona now has over one drug-related kidnapping per day. Cartels from Mexico are invading and kidnapping people for ransom to provide funding for their operations. Tijuana is rapidly becoming a warzone, with thousands of people being murdered there due to the drug trade. 1 in 31 American adults are in prison, where the majority of offenders are there on drug related charges. Yes, more than 3% of our population is in prison. I think this situation has become a complete and utter failure of our current policies. I commonly hear that the solution to this problem is decriminalization, but honestly, I cannot agree with that. Decriminalization will have some benefits. I don't think anyone can disagree with that. The bootlegging gangs of the 1920's during prohibition died fairly quickly after prohibition was repealed. But to me it feels tantamount to throwing in the towel. Alcohol is one thing, and not nearly as dangerous as some of the harder drugs out there like Meth or Coke. Hundreds of Millions of people are able to function in their daily lives while enjoying alcoholic drinks on the side. But on the other side of that, millions of lives are destroyed by alcohol abuse each year, and as I said before, it's not nearly as dangerous, mind-altering, or addicting as some of the harder drugs. Decriminalization will have the effect of lowering prices and increasing availability of these drugs. Those of us who are smart will obviously be able to live our lives without being addicted to them. But that's a pretty selfish view. Just because you are smart enough to avoid drugs doesn't mean you won't be affected by a loved one who succumbs to the temptation. My friend who lost his job/home/wife because of pot didn't lose those things because of the price of it, he lost them because of the demotivational effects of the drug. The high black market price only served to deplete his savings faster, which meant in the end he was forced to kick the habit faster since he could no longer afford it. Cheaper weed would have made his addiction that much easier (yeah cue the "pot isn't addicting" crowd; that's nonsense. It may not be physically addicting like alcohol, but it is mentally addicting, which in reality turns out to have the same exact effect), and recovery that much longer. Ok so that brings us to violence. Many of the harder drugs' addicts', once their supply is cut off, will then turn to violence to obtain more of the drug. Clearly a very bad thing. Clearly caused by black market prices for a banned substance. This will possibly decrease if the drug is legal and cheaper. But will it really? I theorize that there will be more addicts of hard drugs if they are legalized. More supply, less stigma, lower prices. It's only natural that more people will try the stuff out. More people will become addicted, and more people will ruin their lives by constantly being high on this shit. Then they lose their jobs and have no income. So we reach the same situation as before, people addicted to a drug, and desperate to find more. I think that they'll still turn to violence to obtain it. The lower prices may mean they need to steal less to obtain more, but I feel that the higher number of addicts is likely to negate that "benefit". Then we'll have to put up with more people driving around in cars while high on drugs. I'm not naive enough to pretend that this doesn't already happen, but simple math tells you that if you've got more people addicted, then you'll have more people driving around while high. I think the best case scenario for decriminalization would be if hard drug use were minimized due to social stigma, much like where cigarette smoking is heading today. In the 50's they used childrens cartoons to advertise smoking, and everyone thought it was cool. Now most new college graduates I meet at work either do not smoke or have never even tried it. I'm at my first job ever where not a single person in the office even smokes. So I don't know. There are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue. We'll save billions of dollars in government by not locking up drug users anymore. We'll lose billions of dollars in economic productivity by having more addicts. We won't have organized cartels running a black market. We'll have corporate or government cartels promoting drug use to profit off of substance addiction. I'm beginning to believe that this is a problem that doesn't have a solution.

Can we please ban private prisons now?

16 February 2009 - 05:38 AM

I feel like screaming. I warned that this would happen years ago when BushCo decided that privatizing everything was an Awesome™ idea. It'll save the taxpayers so much money and be very efficient, the supporters said. I said it'll lead to nothing but corruption, waste, and destroyed lives. A prison, run for profit?! Bullhockle! Economies of scale necessitate that they'll do everything in their power to keep the prisons full!!! But alas, I couldn't persuade them. And so they built private prisons that operate for profit. And so two judges in Pennsylvania were given millions of dollars in kickbacks in return for keeping a private juvenile detention center full. And so thousands of lives were destroyed for the sake of profit as I was proven correct. It's times like these that make me think perhaps we should bring back drawing and quartering. Certain things should never be run for profit. Profit is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some things turn into disasters when profit is the only concern. Hope you're proud of yourselves now.

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