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I think I just found the world's most masochistic gamer. VirtualVictory on Steam doesn't care much for CastleMiner Z. His/Her review presented an enormous laundry list of issues that s/he has with the game, and s/he gave it a thumbs down.

VirtualVictory has logged 180 hours playing CastleMiner Z on Steam.

Oof...

You can see VirtualVictory's "most helpful" review for CastleMiner Z at http://store.steampowered.com/app/253430/
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Today I read a  recent article from a North Carolina based news organization called News & Observer. The article contained a misleading quotation which was a blatant attempt to spin the news being reported and to confuse readers and consumers. Following is a letter that I sent to the editor in response.

To whom it may concern

I just read an article by John Murawski published on May 9, 2013 entitled 'Law would stop Tesla electric car sales in NC' and which is available at http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/09/2883125/law-would-stop-tesla-electric.html. I was disappointed to see the following quote:

"'We care about the franchise system,' said Robert Glaser, president of the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association. 'The whole point of the retail system is to protect the consumer.'"

This is a blatant misrepresentation of the auto dealer association system. It doesn't even make sense assuming a modicum of critical analysis. The point of this association of dealers is to protect the interest of its member dealers, and generally these interests are diametrically opposed to those of consumers. Here's the primary, though not sole example of this: a dealership's goal is to extract the maximum amount of money from a consumer for a sale while a consumer's goal is to get the most while letting go of a minimum amount of money. Those are diametrically opposed goals. In general, dealership associations ardently pursue several anti-consumer policies. These pursuits are the primary reason for, for instance, the extreme lack of price transparency in the auto market. Price transparency is a pro-consumer feature vehemently opposed by dealership associations.

Even the proposal being reported on is extremely anti-consumer. Consumer Reports, an /actual/ consumer advocate organization, said of the Model S in their video review, "This car performs better than anything we've ever tested before. Let me repeat that. Not just the best electric car, but the best car. It does just about everything extremely well." The Automobile Dealers Association is trying to remove this vehicle from the market, not because it hurts consumers that it is available, much to the contrary, but rather because it hurts the Automobile Dealers Association.

Clearly The Automobile Dealers Association does not exist for the benefit of consumers. I believe that printing a quote like this that is clearly /intentionally/ misleading, and by any reasonable interpretation factually inaccurate hurts the journalistic credibility of your publication. It is common for journalistic organizations to claim that it is their responsibility to present both sides of every story. I would amend that. It is a journalistic organization's responsibility to give each side of a story an opportunity to give a reasonable interpretations of events being reported in a way that is not factually inaccurate. If one side of a story refuses to offer an interpretation that clears this low bar for publishability when given the opportunity, then it is the journalistic organization's responsibility not to publish that side's interpretations.

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Shawn Furyan
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Do you want the US intelligence Agencies to need a warrant to read your email conversations like they do to listen to your telephone conversations? Then oppose CISPA!
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I just saw her playing for a minute again. This time one level of abstraction had been popped off the stack as she was watching someone fishing on the game. By days end, I fully expect to catch Ting with a fishing pole and waders :D
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This is a great compendium of healthy foods and general nutrition. It gives detailed profiles of up to date scientific research regarding each food included in the list including extensive citations. It also describes in detail around 40 nutrients and what functions they each play in body functioning and or desease prevention, and for most of those gives the top 5 or so foods that have the best concentration of that nutrient per calorie. It makes great use of graphs and tables to present all of this data in a concise, intuitive and actionable manner. It also has several tools to aid in making eating and meal planning decisions, and analyzes the quality of many popular dieting schemes. It's even fairly attractive. Great resource all around.
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Man, it took me some time to get into the new Fiona Apple album... It's really raw, and primal, and disconcerting, and meandering, and repetitive, and often unmelodic. It's fantastic. I can't get it out of my head, and with the way the songs just meld into one another and are more about discreet moments rather than coherent songs (musically anyway, the songs all tell a single story), there are innumerably more memorable moments that my mind keeps wanting to revisit than just about any album I can recall.

Media coverage of the album, named The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, indicate that its title length is it's most interesting aspect. This is emphatically not the case.
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I can't imagine why the W3C seems to be trying to squelch debate on this important issue with non sequitur arguments about h.264. Patent-encumbered algorithms are an entirely separate issue from supporting unspecified DRM in HTML. At least h.264 is not closed, it just must be licensed in certain situations, and those situations can be broadened in the future. h.264 is not a potential proliferation of unspecified black boxes being supported by a standard that purports to be open, but that's exactly what EME is.
#HTML5 #DRM #EME #W3C
 
Shame on the W3C: today's standards decision paves the way for DRM in the fabric of the open web.
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Gotta stay vigilant on these things.
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In the hospital waiting room with Ting while she waits to have some routine labs done. I watched her play The Sims 3 on her laptop for a bit, and near as I can tell the game is about watching people watch fishing shows, and sending them in the wilderness to talk to trees. In short, it's no wonder this is the best selling game franchise of al time :)
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