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Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

Khisanth Magus Re:At&T (300 comments)

Probably less, because more than likely a lot of these are from areas that at&t has spotty coverage at the best of times, so more than likely there wouldn't be any dropped calls because the people with at&t couldn't get a signal to even make the call.

more than 3 years ago
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EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use

Khisanth Magus Re:another Obama disappointment... (559 comments)

And facism is a RIGHT WING movement. Big improvement there.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox 360 Jailbreaker May Need Real Jailbreak

Khisanth Magus Re:What kind of law? (359 comments)

Yes, because people only steal games from big companies. How about the little video game shop that is just trying to get by, particularly the one trying to get by without having to sell out to one of the video game giants.

Then we have the Japanese Anime industry here in the US, which has been collapsing for some time under the weight of theft. Several large companies have already folded, companies that almost certainly could have kept going strong if people had actually paid for stuff instead of just downloading it. The industry has never publicized horribly inaccurate numbers like the MAFIAA has, but it has become apparent that downloading is hitting them very hard

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox 360 Jailbreaker May Need Real Jailbreak

Khisanth Magus Re:What kind of law? (359 comments)

What kind of approach would that be? Every single thing that any company has done to try and reduce the number of copies of their product that has been stolen has been vilified as evil DRM that is oppressing the masses. I dislike disk checks as much as anyone, and often use cracks for games I legally own on my laptop for convenience sake. I can understand why they do it though. It at least stops a small portion of the population from just making copies of the disk and giving it to all their friends/classmates/random people on the street.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox 360 Jailbreaker May Need Real Jailbreak

Khisanth Magus Re:What kind of law? (359 comments)

If they didn't have that check, what is to stop you from just going and renting every game you want to play, put it on your hard drive, and return the disk. Repeat until you have gone through the 360 section of the nearby rental place.

more than 3 years ago
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Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life

Khisanth Magus Re:Oh, snap! (486 comments)

The person in question had a malignant tumor on their breast, it was just caught before it started to spread uncontrollably. How in the heck is removing a breast to get rid of malignant cancer cells preventative care?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers

Khisanth Magus Re:What is with you losers? (246 comments)

Design an open system without copy protection, raised the price of the console slightly and drop the price of the games to $20.

Wait....what? Are you serious? So developers are no longer allowed to recoup the millions of $ they are spending developing games? Either the company that made it, the company that published it, or the company that sold it are going to make no money if you try and sell the game for that cheap, or at least not enough to justify it.

more than 3 years ago
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President Obama To Appear On Mythbusters

Khisanth Magus Re:They've already busted that twice now (795 comments)

Using modern materials in a extremely complicated setup that made it ineffective as any kind of weapon, only in ideal conditions. Yes, they so "proved" it.

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

Khisanth Magus Re:wrong OS? (1348 comments)

And that right there is the main problem for most users. 90% of computer users don't want to have to do "a little jigging" to get every single thing they want to do to work, let alone know how to do it.

more than 3 years ago
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IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?

Khisanth Magus Re:I'd rather make peanuts telecommuting (470 comments)

As an IT person who has moved to the "boonies", married to someone who has lived here her entire life, I think you guys have a bit of an outdated idea of what life is like out in the country.

Perhaps it is different in the bible belt, but here in Iowa pretty much every girl in a small town goes on birth control as soon as she enters high school. Girls who are already on birth control bring any of their friends who they find out isn't to a place like planned parenthood so they can get it. They are also not as stupid about STDs as you people seem to think.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story

Khisanth Magus Re:Lessons not learned (235 comments)

WO showed no signs that it was ever going to be ready. It had gone way over budget and way past the deadline that Mythic itself set...then past the new deadline...then past the new deadline. EA Louse even admitted that they kept slipping. So EA should keep shoveling money into a project that showed extremely bad mis-management and was just becoming a huge money sink?

It was time to cut their losses and just get something out the door to try and recoup what little they could out of the cluster-**** that the project had become

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Khisanth Magus Re:Or...versimplification (477 comments)

I don't read slashdot as regularly as I used to, so I have no clue what article you are talking about. I just know that one month my keys racked up $30 in data charges for me.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Khisanth Magus Re:Or...versimplification (477 comments)

The main times I've had "bill shock" is times when I had my phone in my pocket, it got unlocked somehow or another, and the button to open up the web browser got accidentally pressed. Then I start racking up data charges without knowing.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks

Khisanth Magus Re:"Homebrew", right... (336 comments)

Unfortunately the inability to play games you have paid for from backups is a casualty of the war against video game theft(I refuse to call it piracy, because it is outright theft in this case). Of course, being able to make backups of your own games has been a capability that has never existed on consoles.

I normally don't care whether people call it theft or piracy but since you're making the distinction I feel the need to as well. When you "buy" a game you're buying permission to use a copy of it. You're not stealing a game by having an unauthorized copy, you're using it without permission. Theft is depriving someone of physical property against their will; the only way you can steal a game is to take it off the shelf or take it from someone's house without permission.

Does piracy cost developer money? Yes, but no one knows how much. Does piracy cause some people to buy content they wouldn't otherwise? Yes, but no one knows how much. Do I, as a legitimate consumer, care about that pissing match? No.

If someone is able to come up with a way that would somehow allow legitimate customers to play backups of legally purchased games but not allow people to download games without paying for them, great. I'm all for that, as long as it isn't too intrusive. Until then, backups are a casualty of the war to prevent video game theft.

I have no interest in being a casualty of the war on (insert item here). If I have to resort to unauthorized methods to make perfectly legal backups I will continue to do so.

So if I get hold of your bank information it is alright if I drain your accounts, right? After all, I'm not depriving you of physical property, so it isn't theft.

about 4 years ago
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Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks

Khisanth Magus Re:"Homebrew", right... (336 comments)

And it is disingenuous itself to not point out that those same hackers jailbreaking the other OS is why it got removed. Make no mistake, this is a war, and legitimate users are the collateral damage. Neither side is blameless, Sony nor the hackers.

This is exactly the point I wanted to make.

about 4 years ago
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Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks

Khisanth Magus Re:"Homebrew", right... (336 comments)

Unfortunately the inability to play games you have paid for from backups is a casualty of the war against video game theft(I refuse to call it piracy, because it is outright theft in this case). Of course, being able to make backups of your own games has been a capability that has never existed on consoles.

If someone is able to come up with a way that would somehow allow legitimate customers to play backups of legally purchased games but not allow people to download games without paying for them, great. I'm all for that, as long as it isn't too intrusive. Until then, backups are a casualty of the war to prevent video game theft.

about 4 years ago
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Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks

Khisanth Magus "Homebrew", right... (336 comments)

As in "homebrew" pirated games, yes? Do you honestly think more than 10% of the people who "jailbreak" a ps3 are doing it so they can run Linux or play homebrew games on it? Of course not, they are doing it so they can download games and not pay for them. Given the fact that one of the first things that seemed to be released with the new "jailbreak" were ways to play "backups", I think it is pretty obvious what people really want it for. Stop pretending otherwise. Sony is well within their rights to stop people from stealing games. If you are mad at Sony for taking away your ability to play Linux or whatever on it, maybe you should get mad at the "pirates" who feel they are entitled to play games they haven't paid for, because they are the reason Sony has to take away the capabilities.

about 4 years ago
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ISP Owner Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order

Khisanth Magus Re:Troubling (404 comments)

A fine is different from 5 years in jail when you have a family to support.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Selling Faulty PCs

Khisanth Magus Re:LOL (484 comments)

Motherboards leaking fluid from capacitors and catching on fire can cause data loss.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Vote Marks Effort To Take Greater Control of the Web

Khisanth Magus Re:In before... (323 comments)

Personally I'd rather not have some regular old Joe Schmoe digging around near my telephone/fiber/cable/power/sewer lines without knowing what in the heck he is doing, just so he can stick it to the man by providing internet service to 10 houses.

more than 4 years ago

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