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  • Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:52am

    Re: Common MMO problem...

    EA does not 'let' players host their own shards, players just do it with a hacked code base and if any player run shard gets to big (or starts charging) EA quickly shut it down (they don't bother with smaller ones as to much effort is required)

    Plus that ignores a major issue with persistant MMO's, it's all about time/effort invested. Starting afresh and losing what can be many years worth of investment is not most people's cup of tea, might as well get a new game instead

  • Dec 21, 2012 @ 02:48am

    Re: Punishment has steeply diminishing returns, anyway

    " But, quite frequently, that does little to actually get people to stop. "

    Or alternatively just kick the people out as they do in most other country's. And because of that "no tolerance" attitude other country's have far fewer problems with mobile phone users in cinema's

  • Nov 07, 2012 @ 11:25am

    Re: Re:

    Have a razor naga and while the device hardware works fine it will be last razor product i buy when this ones gets replaced in the next 6 months, which is a pity as really need to replace my battered belkin nostromo and the razor version looks a lot better designed.

    Besides the registration issues (it's not the first time their registration server has been down, remember it being also down first time i used my mouse about a year ago) and until very recently the auto patcher forcing OS reboots on every single patch (what is it? still the age of windows 95?), i just find the whole "settings in the cloud" on hardware devices to be a feature only useful to a tiny fraction of consumers on very limited occasions while having far to many downsides for everyone else

  • Jun 01, 2012 @ 02:22pm

    Re: Re: Don't understand AC's arguement here...

    Overall the U.N. is corrupt and useless.

    And many, especially those outside the US view the US government as corrupt and dangerous in regards to the internet (and other things), especially after the actions of the last few years

    I'm not sure why you don't support U.S. ownership of the internet instead of the U.N

    Either one is a bad choice, problem is someone needs to be in charge to to keep things in order. After the last few years it's starting to look at lot better to many people to have a useless UN in charge instead of a US government who is abusing their control

  • Mar 23, 2012 @ 02:10pm


    Or they just found a pet judge to rubber stamp them all

  • Feb 01, 2012 @ 06:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "The drawback of the waiver program is that it can be denied for any reason whatsoever. And when it does get denied you are automatically an illegal alien."

    Actually that is not something unique to the visa waiver program, it can apply to any visa if the low paid, poorly educated and poor trained immigration official decides you have broken the terms of your visa. No arguing,no higher authority, no appeal, nothing but either jail or next plane to where you came from

  • Feb 01, 2012 @ 05:58am

    Re: Re: Re:

    At a guess he was there under the visa waiver program, they asked him "business or pleasure?" he said "for work" (as was there on a work business trip) so they booted him (even though that visa is program is valid for such things)

    Even though for most people that would be the same thing and if in doubt one or two questions could resolve any confusion, that would require actual thought and effort on behalf border officials, something that is outside of their job description.

    Their job is plain and simple, to find reasons to deny people entry, sometimes i suspect they have actual quotas of denied entry's to reach

    Crap like this is pretty common with US borders offcials, hence why multinationals/international businessmen now try to arrange to meet anywhere except the US if they can

  • Jan 18, 2012 @ 01:39pm


    Managed to find the fore mentioned articles (really it just the one article re-posted on different sites)


    Basically, out of some 90,000 editors they found a few who disagreed with the blackout (out of that many people would not be hard to find someone who disagree's that "water is wet") But note none say they agreed with SOPA, just that they disagreed with Wikipedia taking a stance on anything, and none are quoted saying they are leaving

    So mike has chosen to ignore a total non issue/meaningless news article

  • Nov 13, 2011 @ 06:33am


    Honestly not really news if this article was posted in 2005, this kind of misunderstanding about copyright and the internet and resulting disclaimers like this were very common around this period.

    To put things into perspective, this was also the period when there was a whole debate regarding the legality of a browsers cache

  • Oct 07, 2011 @ 10:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lock in

    ", it integrates properly with EVERY 3rd party enterprise tool out there."
    Think you are putting the chicken before the egg there. More accurate would be "EVERY 3rd party enterprise tool out there integrates properly with it"

    Subtle but important difference, yours is saying MS is the best at 3rd party integration because of MS, later says 3rd party developers make sure their products work well with the most used software...and it's the latter that is correct

  • Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:37am

    Quick search shows most likely reason they used her photo (http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Read-Lattimore/27412303 )?always thought those people (perfect but also ordinary hair/skin/teeth/smile) in stock images were so heavily photoshoped that one would be hard pushed to recognize the real person. But seems they do exist

    Most of it seems straightforward to me

    Photographer broke the model release with her. Pretty clear cut case with him
    Match.com just got caught doing false advertising, breaking licensing agreements and depending on were/how photo was used her lawsuit for defamation and misappropriation of likeness could be appropriate (if they used it on one of their fake ad?s then they best settle fast)
    As for Health Central, Using an unknown persons photo in an article about coming out as homosexual?.they need to be just taken outside and shot for stupidly

  • Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:27am

    Re: Re:

    "main themes seem to be "get government out of our private lives" and "stop corporate welfare."
    A group was started with those themes in the US but was rapidly co-oped by the corporates and the message was changed to "get government out of our corporate regulation and into our reproductive rights instead" and "death to the poor"

    That groups name was the Tea Party

  • Sep 09, 2011 @ 04:03pm

    Re: Re:

    "It looks like he bought the domain with the intention of raking in revenue from any "moron in a hurry" who tries to go to that domain."
    Logical... until you realize he bought the domain before morons had anything to be in a hurry about

    Someone jokingly points out below he would have a case against summit for infringement, but actually truth be told, he would have a stronger case against them than they would have against him...just become you become bigger/more famous does not give you greater rights than those who came first and this guy was "first"

  • Aug 24, 2011 @ 03:20pm

    Actually, considering most (all?) ISP's charge by bandwidth to their customers (aka both bushiness and end user will either have a pay by usage or a cap on unease in their plan) you could argue the network providers are already double dipping for data transmission, akin to charging both the maker and receiver of a telephone call.

    But then this is something Americans are already used to

  • Aug 03, 2011 @ 07:37am

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Aug 3rd, 2011 @ 3:33am

    "See, Apple, from all current approached I see lately, is no longer trying to give the customer what they want, but instead is trying to tell the customer what they can buy."
    There is no "current" to this way of doing things, it is how apple have always acted.

    Just sometimes what they tell the customer they want is actually what customer wanted (knowingly or not) and apple profited greatly, especially if their competitors took a long time to catch up (decent looking desktops, portable music players, smart phones)

    But, just as many times they get it really wrong (but never admit it or change direction) and even when they get it right their competitors have learned to catch up fast (large part due to Android).

    No serious ipod competitor ever appeared
    Took years for a serious iphone competitor to appear (and many now surpass it technically)
    Only took about 6 months for multiple ipad competitors to appear and would say in about 6 more months many will be surpassing it

    Apples undisputed "tech king" title that it has had for roughly the last 4 years is past it's peak and the only direction for it now is down

  • Jul 27, 2011 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re: I actually disagree this time

    Exactly this, pretty much every TV show is on torrents within minutes of it being aired on TV and with a 2/3MB connection you will download it in about 20 mins and what's more it will be ad free.

    Artificial release delays, more ad's, higher prices is not how you compete against this

  • Jul 13, 2011 @ 06:27am

    Re: Re: I don't understand the UK

    It does not work both ways even technically.

    Basically Bush and Blair signed this treaty after 9/11 to be able to extradite terrorists back and forth but both knew from the get go that the American part of the treaty (aka obligation to expedite extradition of US citizens to the UK) was 100% unenforceable under US law and would always remain so.

    But Blair signed it anyway (he always was Bush's b*tch) and since then only ever heard of this "anti terrorist" treaty being used against bankers, hackers and torrent tracker owners

    Though got a feeling the treaty will be scrapped by the British within the next year or two, quite a few politicos have spoken out against it recently

  • Jul 05, 2011 @ 03:09pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Visa and Mastercard process for porn sites. However, they do so with many restrictions, and they do carefully review sites before granting processing. They do not want to be involved in processing for sites that could be illegal (child porn, bestiality, etc), which could create liablity for Visa."
    And porn is the perfect example that highlights what was wrong about Visa/MC's actions.

    Porn is legal in america, not in many others. Yet both process payments for it with no restriction beyond that it complies with US law.

    KKK is banned in many european country's, yet both will process payments for it

    See the problem for many people here is Visa/MC/Paypal only seem to care when it is US law being broken (or when people say it is even if it was not as was the case with Wiki leaks), never anyone else's, even when following US laws would break the laws of other counties

    If they had really wanted to play "fairly" they would have done what they did with gambling. US citizens with cards based in the US and only US citizens blocked.

    Thus no attempt to impose US "law" on the rest of the world.

    Personally i hope MC/Visa/Paypal get royally spanked over this and either one of following things happen

    a) They stop acting like financial weapon for the american government and just become impartial greedy payment processors

    b) If they won't stop then get kicked out of the rest of the world and local alternatives are nurtured and grown

  • Jun 21, 2011 @ 05:09am

    Running a file sever is not THAT hard. In fact, I could slap together an HTTP file server in Python with about 10 lines of code (or run "python -m SimpleHTTPServer" if I'm feeling stupid), but I'm sure there are more robust and user-friendly ways of doing it (apache?).
    So could i, but would it be secure as something a multi-million/billon dollar company, whose main business is providing those services? Not even close

    And that?s before costs come into play, power, connection, time spent keeping it patched, so forth, in majority of cases for individuals/small business a cloud provider will be cheaper and more secure once all factors are taken into consideration due to the economies of scale, thus making it the right choice for them

    Now for medium or large business/enterprise... that's a whole different kettle of fish and companies of that size considering the move to an external cloud provider need to have their IT management head?s examined

  • May 16, 2011 @ 04:58am


    Think because many people agree that this is the type of case where injunctions should exist is exactly why the judge has tried this.

    Lot harder to attack a judge for defending a dying woman and her family than it is to attack a judge covering up famous persons affairs

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