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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Negotiation (192 comments)

Here's my solution: AT&T can have their fast lanes and extort Netflix, but the. top of their monthly bill has to print "Of your $10/month Netflix bill, we are extorting from them $2 (or whatever) a month or we will slow them down. Also, we told you a particular speed for you in your contract with us but we are miserable, fraudulent liars."

4 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (232 comments)

> At least before voice chat you could close the text box or put it out of your
> mind. Now, if I decided to partake, I'd have to deal with 8-year-olds telling
> me how they fucked my mother in the ass and how she moaned

How would an 8 year old kn...say, what's your mother's address anyway?

5 hours ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Remind me of Quake 3 (232 comments)

Eh, Quake II single player had jumped the shark anyway, abandoning the fantasy monster model for a dreary grey-and-brownmetal sci-fi affair. Screw up the cool grappling hook so it's a mealey-mouthed humming POS. Get rid of rocket jumping because it's "wrong", then half-assedly add it back under protest with a hack rather than it falling out naturally from the physics. Turn the grenade launcher grenade from a cool thing that bonk bonk bonked around into a horrible orange sweet potato that bounced precisely twice then stopped for "easier placement".

Whoever was in charge obviously got lucky with Quake I in spite of their best efforts.

5 hours ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Not surprised (56 comments)

Here in Rome we don't fear our great generals. So let's just give one some emergency power to one to solve a problem scary to our democratic sensibilities. We can take it away later.

6 hours ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Time for new terminology (547 comments)

Estimated deaths for various future scenarios:

- Accidentally inducing an ice age (which can happen in as little as a year or two) from amelioration efforts: billions

-Successful amelioration efforts backing off GW, with attendant damage to economic dynamism, leaving us with 2050 tech in 2100: hundreds of millions to billions

-GW with slow sea rise but continued powerful economy: Baseline against the ungodly losses of the other two scenarios, but level 2100 tech with its marvels (consider vs. 1900vs today)

yesterday
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Time for new terminology (547 comments)

I recall this conversation:

Environmentalist: CO2 bad, mmmm'kay?

Me: Ya know, if CO2 is bad, we should get rid of bans of yard waste in landfills, and requirements labdfills biodegrade. Lawnmowing was a great sequestration method already in-place, before leftover 1970s innumeracy about running out of landfill space illogically gained sway.

Environmentalist: (has mental conflicts like Nomad after Kirk is done with it). No because CO2 isn't a very important greenhouse gas anyway.

yesterday
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Time for new terminology (547 comments)

50 years ago (much less 100) tech was way behind where it is now.

If we care about the future, we should maintain a strong economy, which drives technology forward fastest, through direct investment and smaller government investment, which relies on a strong economy for sufficient tax base.

A planet with slowly rising seas will leave a better legacy for great grand children with more advanced tech.

Would our forebearers in 1900 have done us any favors grinding industry to a near halt and leaving us with a mildly nicer environment (prolly not noticeable) and, say, 1960-level tech today?

Thanks fer nuthin'. I'll take year 2200 virtual reality, autodocs, robots, and so on on a floating city over any freaking alternative, and as fast as possible. Disagree? Thou mass murderer slowing things down.

yesterday
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:So-to-speak legal (396 comments)

Everything interacts with everything if you look hard enouh. To use that as justification for government interference ignores why massive restrictions are on government in the first place -- because it is misused by people in power to stay in power and enrich themselves.

Yes, this means you, them playing you like a fiddle to jump to their power grab tune. The more things they can legislate, the more idiots they can promise things to.

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:First world problems. (577 comments)

My Aldiko eBook app came with a free Jack London book. FUCK YOU ALDIKO EWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

yesterday
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

Impy the Impiuos Imp A little bit softer now... (100 comments)

> capture the softest sound ever made

Scientist 1: "Data incoming...recording...recording...got it!"

Scientist 2: "Ok, now amplify it. What does it sound like?!?!?"

Computer speaker: "Hssssss ssss sssI'm popular on Slashdot. Will you go out with me?"

4 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Of course they don't need the full spectrum (79 comments)

Apparently you and I lived through completely diffent 1970s.

The only thing superior about analog TV was figiting with the horizontal hold to un-twist scrambled naughty broadcast signals at 1 in the morning.

4 days ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Also poutine is superior to fries with ketchup on them. It also edges out mayonnaise, popular in Europe and also vastly superior to kerchup.

about a week ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I've had "content blocked in your country" on YouTube here in the US. I assume it's blocking copyrighted stuff where they can sue and not in countries where they can't.

about a week ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:A tepid defence (184 comments)

And what if some content doesn't exist for purchase by them? Throw together some shit on the cheap with Canadians in it? Woo hoo, thanks government!

User clicks on a movie. "We're sorry, your government has decreed you must first watch this first hour episode of Canadian Trashbinpickers" before we are permitted to show you evil American cultural imperialist dog movie.

about a week ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Again? (95 comments)

I do not see these other people as having a right to have their stuff shoved in front of my face to the exclusion of Google.

They can pay for ad space, maybe Google puts Google ads up there, too. Otherwise fight for page rankings like everyone else.

If Google is claiming fair rankings and bitchslapping competitors down in the normal (not paid) search results, that's fraud.

about a week ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

"Intellectual property" is called property for a reason -- it is protected by legislation from copying, which is akin to stealing. You are stealing potential wealth from people who may chose to sell copies.

That's why it is called property: because taking it (via copy) is stealing, thabks to legislation. Do not devolve into semantics. because it "works around" the word "stealing".

There is no point there you are trying to make.

about a week ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

Most US prisoners are for drug crimes. We have a vigorous debate going on about legalization.

Many (most?) Soviet prisoners were political prisoners. Criticism of that got you added to it.

Your parallel is silly and an obvious nod towards what issues in the US you consider paramount at the moment. At least normal blame America firsters (nice cold war reference there!) tie something the US did as, normally ludicrously, heavily controlling over some other nation. You simply skip that part.

about a week ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:It doesn't have to work perfectly. (185 comments)

All three of your citation neededs are asinine. Anyone who has been remotely paying attention to these things over the years and decades knows them the same way they know New York is on the east coast. Repeated references to same.

Go do your own homework, see that he is right, and come back and apologize.

about a week ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:User Errors (185 comments)

Yeesh, what brought that on all of the sudden?

about a week ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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