Well in my experience, 18 years as a network engineer, you simply don't know what you're talking about. Network equipment doesn't just magically "allocate the bandwidth". It gives you everything it can 100% of the time, unless you tell it otherwise. And of course being able to tell it otherwise requires network equipment that has the manageability to do so. That simply isn't the case with the vast majority of consumer network equipment.
This is simply not how networking works. At all. If someone in your home is streaming video at say 5Mb/s... and someone else gets on and tells say their Steam client to download a 15GB game... that Steam download will use up every available Mb of bandwidth available it can. Guess what happens to the video stream of the first person? That's right, stutters and stops.
If you increase your bandwidth from 50 to 75Mb it will not help this problem. It would only make the game download go a little faster.
In order to prevent this from happening you have to take other measures on the network, such as throttling the Steam client to use less bandwidth than the full amount you have available. Or configuring Quality of Service to prioritize specific packets.
So increasing your internet bandwidth will not, in of itself, in any case ever, make your netflix streaming "smoother". Unless your max bandwidth to start was something very low like 1Mb.
I've been a gamer since the mid 80's when I was a wee lil lad. Mid 30's now. You're going to see things like this start to take off now (in the U.S.) because my generation has been gaming for the last 30 years, and those younger than me have become even more entrenched in video games.
Tournaments like this are already HUGE in the Asian markets. They treat their top gamers over there with higher regard than our top "sports" athletes we have in the west.
I've known of and about DOTA2 since it came out a couple years ago. I know the basics of the MOBA genre of games and the strategies involved. I had never watched any tournament like this for entertainment until this last one which just finished. I found I actually enjoyed watching the matches. I was surprised.
The fact anyone is going to sit here and argue what a "sport" is or isn't... is just stupid. It's all entertainment. Either you find it entertaining or you don't. Same goes for any of the traditional "sports". I don't make fun of or talk down to anyone that chooses to watch baseball/golf/chess/poker etc.... so why would you do the same to someone over competitive video gaming?
no wonder they have to resort to such desperate and disreputable means of meeting on the inertnet tubes
You mean like, the millions upon millions of non christians that use the same means and methods of meeting others through sites like match.com and others? I don't get it, your argument is illogical and self defeating.
Or like when atheist groups demand that monuments that have been in place for many decades that are christian in nature be removed because it goes against their faith in atheism...err I mean some mythical separation of church and state in the Constitution.
1. Atheism requires just as much faith if not more so since they have no "proof" that their belief in evolution and anything not "creation" related is true. Feel free to prove there is no God. Better yet, stop feeling so threatened by a God you're so sure doesn't exist. 2. Constitution states that the federal government will not establish a state mandated religious institution that all civilians must follow (ie... church of England est by Henry the 8th). 3. Having any type of religious based monument at a government facility does NOT meet the requirement of point 2 (first amendment).
Re: "a nationwide Google expansion would be prohibitively expensive"
Idiot. Techdirt's agenda has been and always will be to post stories for "out_of_the_blue" to comment on. People can't have a good laugh and feel better about themselves if you're not posting in the glorious fucktardedness only you can manage. Can't believe you haven't figured out this conspiracy yet! Oh that's right, the first word of this post.
You are soon to be obsolete. The educated consumers thank you for expediting this by pulling game launch snafus such as this.
In case you have not heard, small game developers are making decent games people actually want. They're doing it because they love games and want to treat other gamers how they want to be treated. I'm sure some worthless exec is sitting there saying "Bah! what does this idiot know?!"
See a little story here about how a sequel to an old school RPG met it's $900,000 funding goal in less than 6 hours on Kickstarter.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: But I thought the push was for everyone to have a gun
I didn't realize there was a code of conduct that all home invaders followed stating they weren't allowed to invade someone else's home with a gun, they must attack with melee weapons only.
Oh yeah, that's right, there isn't. All the baddies out there that will invade your property, steal your possessions and kill your family all have guns. Guns they appropriated through non-legal channels that gun control laws do nothing for. Yeah, cowards indeed. I'd call you trolls, but wouldn't want to insult the trolls that harshly.
I'd be pissed too if some news paper who hates the second amendment posted my personal address/name on an interactive map saying "look at these people, they own guns, they're obviously going to murder our kids... go get em!"
Well if you are moving the mouse to another computer and require use of the onboard stored profiles you'd require the installation of their software anyway. So just export/copy the profiles over. OR, have the "cloud" storage as an "option" (note, not required) and pull them down from there. There are many ways to skin a cat. I'm just saying if the main excuse is wanting to cut costs by removing flash memory from the mouse, you can do so without pissing everyone off.
Open your mind. Understand you don't have all the numbers.
The level of stupid here isn't worth a response.
There are young kids who don't know how to pirate and will try to share the DVD.
What decade are you living in? DVD? Sharing physical media? I'm sure this is number one on their list to "stop" with DRM.
This will stop them.
No it won't. Congratulations, wrong in one again.
Reddit is the tiny, tiny, vocal minority.
No it isn't. But even if this were to be true, who do you think people go to for word of mouth about whether a game is good or worth getting? Their grandmother? No, their geeky friends who frequent the intarwebs, such as these particular people that were on Reddit.
Do you know Diablo 3 sold over 8 million copies and has always online DRM that couldn't be cracked?
Congratulations on pointing out something that means nothing. So what? It sold about 7.5 million of those copies on name alone. If it wasn't saddled with online only it probably would have sold 10-12 million copies. Guess what else... the game sucked. Out of those 8 million "copies" about 15 people still play it that aren't korean gold farmers or chinese bots. How many "copies" do you think any expansion or sequel will sell? I bet you A LOT less.
So, I already boycott any product with the name Ubisoft on it. EA and Blizzard have recently been added to the list of publishers I will no longer support by buying anything from them.
And by boycott, I also include pirating the same products. I refuse to even pirate it because I don't want to give them any more reason to claim "piracy". There are plenty of decent games out there to buy at good prices that aren't full of DRM and/or Online only requirements.
Also, I refuse to use that crapware EA is pushing as a competitor to Steam.