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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

ArhcAngel Re:Awkward (118 comments)

once the aliens show up (the floaty section in the alien mothership in particular goes on for far too long).

Great! I just started playing and you go and ruin the WHOLE thing for me.


Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

ArhcAngel Re:Complexity (201 comments)

SOoooo...shouldn't the first link in the regular search be a link to the results from Google Scholar?


Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

ArhcAngel Re:What? (200 comments)

Hrmmm...choose the business model that makes them money or the one that bankrupts them? That isn't a choice so yes they are in fact barred from doing it. Just because you and I want it doesn't mean they can afford to do it. So your use of banned vs barred financially is a red herring. Sorry you don't like the truth and you think you can change the truth by choosing a different word to describe it but it doesn't in fact change anything. Disney, Viacom, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, Verizon, et al are all cartels with too much power but in this argument Disney has more power than Comcast and Comcast has to pay the piper to keep the power they have. I hope this changes soon but I'm sure as hell not holding my breath.

5 days ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

ArhcAngel Re:What? (200 comments)

You win at failed reading comprehension...

about a week ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

ArhcAngel Re:What? (200 comments)

The contracts the cable companies sign stipulate a minimum viewer base so they pay whether their customer purchase the bundle or not. So to make sure their costs are covered they simply force these bundles into the base tier of programming.

about a week ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

ArhcAngel Re:What? (200 comments)

The carrier may be required to "buy" ESPN 2-54 if a subscriber has ESPN 1, but I've never seen where the subscriber must "pay" for ESPN 2-54.

WTF? Yeah, I'm gonna eat the cost of purchasing the whole lineup so my customer can get 1 channel! They would be out of business in less than 6 months provided their shareholders didn't sue them for financial suicide.

Disney requires that ESPN be in the base tier of programming and they also own:
Military History
Crime & Investigation Network
A+E Networks International
A+E Networks Consumer Products
A+E Studios
A&E IndieFilms
A+E Films
A+E Networks Digital
Lifetime Entertainment Services
ESPN on ABC - formerly ABC Sports
ESPN Classic
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Films
ESPN Classic
ESPN Original Entertainment
ESPN Pay-Per-View
ESPN Regional Television
ESPN International (see for complete list of channels)
ESPN America
TSN (20%)
ESPN Radio
Mobile ESPN
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN Books (an imprint of Disney's Hyperion Books)
ESPN Home Entertainment
ESPN Outdoors
If you want A&E you gotta get all of those as well.
Trust me they have studied every possible revenue model and they like the one they have.

about a week ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

ArhcAngel Re:What? (200 comments)

They (Disney) are still extracting payments from the cable companies by requiring bundling of their media properties. If Comcast, Verizon, AT&T want ESPN they must carry ALL ESPN channels. It's one of the main reasons we can't get A La Carte programming.

about a week ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

ArhcAngel Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

Reminds me of the stories of panhandlers begging at intersections who get picked up by their chauffeurs at the end of the day to go back to their mansions.

about a week ago

Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

ArhcAngel Re:New Microsoft CEO (137 comments)

In the past Microsoft may have had an NIH approach, but over the past few years they have significantly changed from that in the developer area - switching from the Microsoft Ajax tools to jQuery, using Json.Net etc etc etc.

I'm not sure either the OP or this one understand what NIH means. It's part of the EEE philosophy. Look for a hot new technology in the consumer space. Identify the leaders in that space. Purchase one of the leaders and modify the technology so that it is no longer 100% compatible with anybody else's version of the tech. Market the hell out of your version and destroy the competition. Internet Explorer was licensed from Spyglass and all version of IE up to 6 were based on that code. In this case Microsoft was so desperate to beat Netscape they gave Internet Explorer away for free which really pissed Spyglass off because their license was based on revenue from sales of IE. In the end it worked too well and the industry was stuck with dependency on IE 6 for over a decade. If Microsoft can figure out a way to integrate Blink or Webkit and make it work I don't see why they wouldn't as long as they can monetize it in some way.

about a week ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

ArhcAngel Re:We need to talk about your TPS reports (369 comments)

It seems that you did not put the new cover letters on them.

Actually I did. I just used the economy ink setting so you have to squint really hard to see it.

about two weeks ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

ArhcAngel It's called Emperor Fiber (115 comments)

It's the stuff they made the Emperor's clothes with.

about two weeks ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

ArhcAngel Re:What about (234 comments)

This is fiber. I don't have Verizon myself, but in general everything people complain about in regards to ISPs goes away once you're fiber. They'd have to have some pretty serious congestion issues for FiOS to start having trouble.

It matters not how fast your download speed from your ISP is if said ISP's connection to the content you are requesting isn't able to deliver it.

Along that same line though, I've no idea why they had asymmetric on fiber to begin with. The point to ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) has to do with crosstalk on the copper lines in the DSLAM. This isn't an issue, at all, for Fiber. So it makes little sense to have asymmetric fiber service other than for marketing purposes.

Consumer ISP's are all about getting content to you. They don't want you throwing up a server at your house to stream data to the ethers. They want you to stream media from them. So much so most have U NO RUN SERVER clauses in their TOS. An asynchronous connection allows them to advertise higher bandwidth "download" speeds and keeps those nasty server runners with paltry pipes to get their filth up to the internet.

about two weeks ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

ArhcAngel Re:This is news? (217 comments)

Yeah, our banks don't have that but our cable providers do if you want to watch streaming video from ABC, CBS, NBC or HBO GO.

about two weeks ago

Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid

ArhcAngel Definition of Intelectual Property (45 comments)

"Data in its ethereal, non-physical form is simply information that does not fall under any of the categories of eligible subject matter under section 101,"

Intellectual property is ownership of ethereal, non-physical ideas so couldn't this be used to combat IP across the board?

about two weeks ago

Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

ArhcAngel Re:Apple refutes China but stays mum on... (134 comments)

You mean that metal with nickel in it might cause people who are allergic to nickel to have a response?

How shocking.

I don't think any shorts were reported so shocks were not responsible for the rashes.

about three weeks ago

Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

ArhcAngel Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (134 comments)

Or...the security holes in iOS are big enough to drive a Mac truck through so no request was ever needed.

about three weeks ago

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

ArhcAngel Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (132 comments)

You forgot that I must be racist because I disagreed with you...Oh well so much for civilized discussion. Enjoy

about three weeks ago



ArhcAngel ArhcAngel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArhcAngel writes "My stepson's laptop was stolen recently and the person who stole it knew exactly where to look. I'm pretty sure he is acquainted with the person who stole it and they go to college together. My question for /. is since I have the MAC address of the laptop and I know where the kid goes to school is there a way to have the college IT dept. flag that MAC address when it hits the schools network? Has anyone ever done something similar and what kind of help or hindrance was the IT dept. in assisting in this kind of request?"


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