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Linode Hacked, Credit Cards and Passwords Leaked

MaineCoon Re:Capital One - not in my wallet! (112 comments)

Switch to Chase, they're very good about this. Recently, someone got hold of my CC# and was trying to buy gas with it several states away. They emailed me immediately, and I saw this notification within minutes and called them up. They went over recent charges with me, marked them as fraudulent, then asked me if I saw any other suspicious charges (I spotted one other from 2 weeks before), which they also immediately flagged. Then they closed out the card and sent me new cards via overnight courier, and informed me if when I check my statement if I see any other bad charges to let them know.

about a year and a half ago

Larry Sanger Tells FBI Wikipedia Distributes "Child Pornography"

MaineCoon Re:No conflict of interest there (572 comments)

Only if you're an idiot (and the same to those who modded this insightful).

There are many legal ways to get money that does not harm anyone. You can't say the same about child pornography.

There is a huge difference between a demand for something that can be generated legally and without harm, and a demand for something that can only be generated through illegal and harmful means.

more than 4 years ago

Review: Dragon Age: Origins

MaineCoon Re:Black Isle (452 comments)

The base game comes with codes for 2 of those DLC items. They are also available for purchase separately for anyone who gets the game second hand and wants them.

None of them are necessary in any way to play the game.

more than 4 years ago

"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

MaineCoon Re:great (600 comments)

Did you mean "2220"? Might want to doublecheck the headline!

To be fair though, on first glance I thought it said 2020 as well.

about 5 years ago

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time Offers New Gameplay Mechanic

MaineCoon Re:Braid & quick-save/quick-load (106 comments)

You fail at reading comprehension.

Braid did far more than just rewind - which was one of its constant mechanics. Other features include:

Some levels the direction of time of everything else in the world depends on the direction you walk.
Some levels featured entities that were 'immune' to time rewind
Some levels featured the interactive 'shadow'
Some levels combined multiple of the above

An example of this is one level where you actually let an enemy fall onto you, so that you 'die' and the enemy bounces off your head, then you rewind and play it forwards, again, this time jumping on the head of the enemy as it bounces off your 'shadow' previous self, to reach a high platform.

more than 5 years ago

Why Games Cost $60

MaineCoon Re:Always been this way (536 comments)

I remembering buying some SNES carts for $60 to $70 (like Killer Instinct) 15 years ago.

The article also doesnt cover the fact that Microsoft and Sony have licensing fees and development costs are higher (expensive devkits and software required in addition to regular hardware and software). These are the reasons why PC games are $10 cheaper.

As the move to downloadable games, you wont see significant drops in prices - hosting and bandwidth costs to deliver the goods still exist, and inflation continues. Additionally, market exposure is significantly less, so sales will be lower on digital-only titles. This means $50 will be the new 'cheap' (from the developers perspective) even for downloadable-only titles.

more than 5 years ago

Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD

MaineCoon Re:Component Cables, S-Video. (221 comments)

Works great for 1080i too. I imagine 1080p would be fine as well, if my TV supported 1080p via component (only via HDMI on mine, sadly).

more than 5 years ago

The Rocky Road To Wind Power

MaineCoon Re:Dirigible. (281 comments)

It seems to me that most airplane crashes with fatalities have near 100% fatality rates.

2/3s of the people on the Hindenburg (62 out of 97) survived.

The Akron was a deadlier crash, with only 3 out of 86 surviving. That crash was deemed to be operator error. More might have survived if it hadn't been over ocean in a storm.

R101 was 6 out of 54 survivors. The R101 suffered from equipment failure, resulting in the loss of a gas bag. The crash may have been avoided (or less deadly) except for a design flaw. The airship itself also had many problems, which were covered up during construction.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Update Means Palm Pre Can No Longer Sync With iTunes

MaineCoon Re:What does this get them? (841 comments)

(Assuming you are in the EU, which I thought I read in one of your other posts in this subthread)

more than 5 years ago

Apple Update Means Palm Pre Can No Longer Sync With iTunes

MaineCoon Re:What does this get them? (841 comments)

You may have missed it in your small attempt at wit, but "America" IS part of the name of the country.

How would you like to be called a "EUian"?

more than 5 years ago

Square Enix Facing Class Action Suit Over FFXI "Hidden Fees"

MaineCoon Re:Horrible billing (76 comments)

$5m would be excessive, if it was for single person. This is a Class Action lawsuit, and 'all players for the past 4 years' are the plaintiffs. Therefore any award or settlement would end up paid out mostly to the laywers, and all of those players might get a dollar each.

more than 5 years ago

What Free IDE Do You Use?

MaineCoon Re:Not Free, but... CodeWarrior (1055 comments)

I used to be a Mac game developer, and ported a handful of commercial titles to the Mac (including Baldurs Gate 2 and Icewind Dale; didn't work on the expansions, though)

Never, ever, again will I use a Mac.

more than 5 years ago

What Free IDE Do You Use?

MaineCoon Not Free, but... CodeWarrior (1055 comments)

Not free, and also no longer sold for Windows, but it's my favorite IDE of all time. I still use CW9 on Windows for anything that doesn't require absolute latest C++ compiler/libs (mainly, my MUD, which I do my dev on Windows, but run it on a Linux server).

CodeWarrior has a feature no other current Windows-based IDE has - independent free floating edit windows without being locked into an MDI container with grey backdrop. I'd gladly pay a few hundred dollars for a modern, actively supported editor that had such a feature (I hear SlickEdit has been planning it, but they have yet to deliver).

more than 5 years ago

RIAA MediaSentry, Dead In US, Is Alive In Australia

MaineCoon Re:Angels and Demons (305 comments)

So because the system is imperfect and the content creators don't get the bulk of the money, you would support cheating the system so that not even content creators get any of it?

Fine logic there.

more than 5 years ago

Gamefly Complains of Poor Treatment From USPS

MaineCoon Re:That's why I quit (269 comments)

There are a lot of games on there from the last 5 years, even up to today (Codemasters was talking about simul or near simul releases of their catalog).

I was playing and beating the Sam and Max episodes on Gametap 2 weeks before they were available for general purchase; played the whole season and my 1 year subscription cost less than buying them (after I beat a game I don't play it a second time).

Only the old games are emulated, at that. They use a virtual disk system and streaming method for prioritized and on-demand disk segment delivery - download the parts necessary to get started playing, then stream the rest as you play.

more than 5 years ago

Bethesda Talks DLC Size and Limitations

MaineCoon Re:I find it amusing... (93 comments)

Games generally have to be content locked a month to two (depending on PC vs console and lead times on manufacturing); during this time the majority of the development team is freed up. This time can be spent on making some new content for release as DLC. Sometimes the content had seen some effort earlier on in the development cycle, then was cut from the game before it was finished.

That said, I've worked on a couple teams that make maps during development that were later released as DLC. Usually the content was made as an exclusive for one of the big retailers (GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart), as they all want their own little perks, and then was later released as DLC for all.

more than 5 years ago

No More D&D PDFs, Wizards of the Coast Sues 8 File Sharers

MaineCoon Re:[Don't] Profit! (501 comments)

Savage Worlds (by Pinnacle Entertainment Group) is even more flexible and adaptable, easier to learn, and in my experience offers more roleplaying and more combat options.

It has many good things going for it, including many 3rd party publishers jumping on board:

* Core rulebook is $10 small-format full color book, has rules for nearly any situation, and these rules all follow the same core concepts. Also includes basic equip and monsters for several generic settings (its easy to make more).
* Easy to learn, yet offers a lot of depth and variety
* Easy to GM
* Combat can be tactical w/ minis, or not, at your discretion; it goes fast even if there are lots of combatants.
* Pinnacle sells all of their products as PDF as well; the Settings books are offered in Full and Player Only versions, and have site licenses granting permission to print copies for your players
* Lots of 3rd party publishers are jumping on board Savage Worlds; the next Cthulhu RPG will be Savage
* Lots of homebrew settings available, and it's pretty easy to make one

more than 5 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

MaineCoon Re:it rocked (852 comments)

Throughout the show they only ever conversed with real-Six and real-Baltar. The concept of 'God' was something that the real counterparts they were influencing could easily understand and latch onto; portraying themselves as guardian angels in a way. It made them more malleable.

more than 5 years ago

I saw Watchmen, and I thought ...

MaineCoon Re:Never heard of it.. (523 comments)

It also gave me something to look forward to - having read the book, knowing the movie had a different ending, I was curious to see what it would be/how they would do it. It made the movie better for me in the end.

more than 5 years ago


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