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North Korea Halts 3G Internet Access After One Month

Looker_Device Dear Leader to premiere 10G network soon! (63 comments)

Dear Leader only wanted 3G to show all how weak and stupid western 3G network is compared to Strong, Valiant Korean 10G network, coming soon!

about a year ago
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Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

Looker_Device Watch your clauses, people! (450 comments)

The dispute started when the spam-fighting group, called Spamhaus, added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam.

I think what they meant to say here was: "The dispute started when the spam-fighting group Spamhaus, which maintains a blacklist used by e-mail providers to weed out spam, added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist."

about a year ago
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BioShock: Infinite Released

Looker_Device Re:I've been playing it since yesterday. (149 comments)

I suspect that Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3, and a lot of other recent games will be ported to the PS4/Xbox-Durango not long after launch. Of course, they'll slap a "Special Super-Duper Edition" label on them so we consolers will get the privilege of paying for them all over again.

about a year ago
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BioShock: Infinite Released

Looker_Device Re:I've been playing it since yesterday. (149 comments)

Man, I hate checkpoint systems. *Why* do developers keep that old system around? It was perfectly understandable back in the days when there was very limited system memory available to maintain saves, especially on consoles. But we left that era behind 15 years ago, yet developers still keep it around. Their nostalgia for the old ways has me wanting to throw my controller at the wall every time I have to replay through a whole level just to get to the ONE PART that I'm having trouble with--OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Not only that, but, as you mentioned, a save anywhere system let's you experiment and have fun a lot more--trying different approaches to situations.

And the WORST offender is the game that not only has checkpoints, but only one save slot to boot (Dead Rising, I'm looking in your direction). Get caught at a checkpoint in bad shape and you could easily end up having to replay through the *whole game*.

about a year ago
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BioShock: Infinite Released

Looker_Device Re:I've been playing it since yesterday. (149 comments)

The Bioshock storylines have always had the subtlety of a freight train. In the first one it was libertarianism = bad. In this one, I gether it's racism = bad, and/or intolerant religion = bad. I kind of respect the first one more, though. It's a lot more artistically gutsy to present a failed libertarian utopia (especially as popular as libertarianism is amongst many these days) than to present a failed racist/bigot utopia (ooh, real gutsy to criticize racism, guys!). But again, subtle these games aren't.

about a year ago
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BioShock: Infinite Released

Looker_Device Re:What about DRM? (149 comments)

one thing I loved about the first 2 was how the AI and character models...I don't know, they just had this kind of unnerving quality to it that I thought they did very well. The way the disfigured football jock would talk and move like he was talking to some unseen authority figure

-very mild spoiler alert for the few who have yet played the first Bioshock-

One of my favorite parts in the first one was near the beginning, when you go into the bathroom, and one of the mutants comes screaming out of the toilet stall yelling "I'M NOT A BAD PERSON!" as he's attacks you. That was truly unnerving. Even better than the surprise doctor reveal later, IMHO.

about a year ago
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BioShock: Infinite Released

Looker_Device Re:What about DRM? (149 comments)

Pfft and spend a few hundred bucks buying a console for a vastly inferior experience? Right.

So you want no DRM, but only on your platform of choice too?

Do you have any other demands? If so, please list them in an angry rant on the internet.

about a year ago
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Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

Looker_Device Re:You dirty rotten criminal! (255 comments)

Ripping a tag off a mattress is only illegal if you then try to sell the mattress afterwards.

Oh, I did more than *try*. But that's just how we roll where I came up.

about a year ago
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An Instructo-Geek Reviews The 4-Hour Chef

Looker_Device Re:Reviewer FAIL - That's not what cookbooks are f (204 comments)

Cookbooks are to provide ideas and get you to try new/unfamiliar techniques. They aren't to give you a step-by-step guide for making specific dishes.

Julia Childs must be spinning in her grave to read this, at precisely 2409 rpm.

about a year ago
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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Digital Card Game

Looker_Device Re:The addiction continues (79 comments)

Warcraft: The Flamethrower.

about a year ago
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Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

Looker_Device Re:You dirty rotten criminal! (255 comments)

Fortunately, this particularly blu-ray was region 0, so there was no need for me to become an evil criminal to view it. I have, however, ripped many a tag off a mattress and jaywalked more than once in my life. So I do have a bad-boy side.

about a year ago
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Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

Looker_Device Re:enjoy your socialist wonderland, suckers (255 comments)

If my knowledge of Australia is any indication, they're not socialist. They're either a vast wasteland where people in dune buggies fight over gasoline, or the place where young Einstein learned to party. One of those. Either way, I know they all carry VERY large knives.

about a year ago
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Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

Looker_Device Regional licensing agreements? (255 comments)

I don't know if this applies to software, but I know that music and movies have been seriously hindered by archaic regional licensing agreements going back to the days when physical media was the only means of distribution. It's why a certain DVD may be available in a certain region at price x, while completely unavailable or at a different price in region y (with a different distributor or even with a completely different edition of the movie/song). This old system has become a HUGE annoyance in the modern streaming era, particularly if you're trying to watch Netflix outside the U.S. (since those movie licensing agreements are still such a goddamned mess, even in an era when streaming crosses every old national and regional border). It's also why I have to import my blu-ray of "More American Graffiti" from the UK instead of being able to buy it here in the U.S.

This may also explain why these weird prices apply specifically to the standard physical boxed sets of Adobe products, and not the newer cloud versions or student editions (as per the article). It may also explain why Adobe is so reticent to talk about it. If they have some long-standing regional licensing/distribution agreement in Australia, they may be reluctant to bad-mouth their local licensees/distributors (who have jacked up the retail prices for whatever reasons).

about a year ago
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Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate

Looker_Device Re:Should be collected by the feds (434 comments)

Making merchants deal with 50 different tax codes is onerous.

I dare say that's exactly the point. Why do you think brick-and-mortars are so happy about it?

about a year ago
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Apple Yanks "Sweatshop Themed" Game From App Store

Looker_Device Re:Game Dev Story (184 comments)

Obviously, you've never worked at EA.

about a year ago
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Apple Yanks "Sweatshop Themed" Game From App Store

Looker_Device Re:Port it to the Mac (184 comments)

How hard would it be to port the game to the Mac and offer it for download?

Not as hard as it would be for iPhone and iPad users to carry around Mac laptops in their pockets just to play this game.

about a year ago
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BBC Twitter Accounts Hacked By Pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army

Looker_Device Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (129 comments)

f the anti-Assad rebels are radical Islam and anti-western, why would the western powers be pursuing a defamation campaign against Assad?

Because the West is, by and large, oblivious to what's really going on. Western intelligence agencies still seem more geared towards the Cold War than towards really understanding the Middle East. They see Assad as an ally of Russia and somewhat anti-Israeli and label him an enemy, Then they see a rebellion against him and make the false assumption that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," ignoring the very strong radical Islamist bent of these (and other Arab Spring) rebels. They mistake a pro-traditionalist Islamic social/religious movement for a pro-democratic political movement. As in Iraq and Afghanistan, the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies have no fucking clue what's really going on among these strange foreign people, and don't seem particularly motivated to try to understand (or capable of it).

And all that is exacerbated by a Western press who love a good "David vs. Goliath" freedom-fighter story, and seem to look at everything in terms of "good guys vs. bad guys." So the press in the West have cast the Arab Spring rebels as the "good guys" in their fictional narrative, instead of realizing what's going on in REALITY. That's why they and their governments are so caught off guard by events like the Libyan embassy attacks, or other attacks on Westerners in these "liberated" countries.

about a year ago
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Post "Good Google," Who Will Defend the Open Web?

Looker_Device Re:Like Politics (133 comments)

The EFF has been pretty consistent over the years. Perhaps they lack the clout, but they certainly have remained pretty steadfast for a long time now.

about a year ago

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