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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Ogive17 Are account regions locked? (158 comments)

I can't check until tonight when I get home from work but are account regions locked? I know mine currently shows the US but when I travel to Japan next month, will it update?

The reason I ask is if VPN could get around this. For example, getting the NHL (ice hockey) package cost $150 in the US. My friend noticed that the cost through a European IP was only $100. He saved $50 just by masking his IP and there is no need to mask his IP when streaming the games live.

I am curious if something similar could get around the Steam issue.

2 days ago

Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Ogive17 Just travel (447 comments)

I've traveled to Asia 4 times and have visited areas that get very few foreigners. I get the stares, sometimes no one will sit next to me on the train, once I was even denied an advertisement being handed out on the street when the woman looked up and saw me.

People who are different attract attention. It's a natural human reaction. I've never been insulted (to my face) and I take as many precautions as I can to do what is socially acceptable.

P.S. - If you want a unique experience, be the only white guy at a Japanese onsen.

4 days ago

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Ogive17 Re:No thru traffic (594 comments)

At least where I live, most of the road maintenance funds for residential roads comes from local taxes. So unless you live in that community, you really aren't contributing to those roads.

Now of course some projects get state/federal funds but most do not, including normal maintenance.

5 days ago

Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Ogive17 Re:About fucking time (233 comments)

That's not fair to the coaches. Looking back at my youth, I can remember two instances that were probably minor concussions. Once my brother and I were playing and bashed heads pretty good. Another time was playing soccer and I took a ball off the temple. I blacked out for a few seconds but never left the field. Neither time did I report the incident to an adult.

Unless it's a serious concussion, I think most still go unreported.

about three weeks ago

Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Ogive17 breath test? (342 comments)

They don't need a breath test, just the sheet of paper test.

Have the suspected person grab a piece of white paper. if they leave an orange residue (likely from doritos, cheetos or some other ____os) they are high. If the paper comes back clean, they are good to go.

about three weeks ago

First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Ogive17 Re:Summary of Trailer (390 comments)

First thing I thought is that the wielder of the hilted light saber would be more likely to cut off their own hand. Maybe not with the saber work in the original trilogy but the prequels definitely had fancy fighting that would lead to self-severing.

about three weeks ago

Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Ogive17 Re:Mistaken Western-centric thinking about China (128 comments)

I was in China last month, our hotel had CNN. As soon as it reached the segment about Hong Kong, the channel just blacked out. About 10 minutes later it came back on as if nothing happened.

Why be scared of external opinions? You do not see that as censorship? Suppressing history is censorship.

You are basically calling the Chinese populace a bunch of idiots who would not know how to make decisions for themselves.

about a month ago

Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Ogive17 Re:Hydrogen is a nice alternative (194 comments)

Honda has had the Clarity out for about a decade. Honda already has worked on a system to use sunlight to help produce hydrogen to fill up a fuel cell vehicle.

Basically you're not taking a risk by saying such systems will exist in 10 years.

about a month ago

President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Ogive17 Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

It is Monday after all, but I only see 8 countries on your list.

Who is having a worse case of the Mondays, you or me?

about a month ago

Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Ogive17 Perfect reason for canceling cable (164 comments)

The downfall of Discovery Channel was a main reason I "cut the cord" about 2 years ago. They use to be one of my go-to channels when I had some free time. After the success of the crab fishing show (which names annoyingly escapes me right now), they basically switched direction and turned themselves into a reality tv channel.

On the bright side, I am saving $1020+/year for not having cable.

about a month and a half ago

New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

Ogive17 Re:Social media (228 comments)

A lack of access to birth control helps terrorists breed even more terrorists.

about a month and a half ago

The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Ogive17 Re:motion sickness (286 comments)

I just got back from China (12+ hrs from Beijing to Chicago). On the way over I was in the middle section, i.e. no window. I didn't miss anything. On the way back I had a window seat and only looked out for 10-15 minutes in a vain attempt to see the Great Wall after departing from Beijing.

Only a minority of people actually get window seats as it stands, and most people who I know travel frequently prefer the aisle seat.

It's just a hunch, but I believe many of those that prefer a window seat would give up that option if it meant their own seat was wider and/or had a little more leg room.

about 2 months ago

2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Ogive17 Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

My alarm clock had a blue hue, even on the dimmest setting it was enough to illuminate the room after a few minutes when my eyes adjusted to the low light level.

Maybe instead of being a terror, my cat was actually trying to give me a better night's sleep by chewing through the cord rendering it useless.

about 2 months ago

Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Ogive17 Re:Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (423 comments)

Climate change or not, do you feel that we should aim to minimize our impact on earth... our home?

Personally, I feel it's irresponsible to pretend we have no impact. I don't care if it's a large or small impact, it still exists. It's embarassing that we reject change that could make the lives of many people better, because we've got to protect a few profits.

about 2 months ago

Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

Ogive17 Re:I wish McCain would retire (242 comments)

The NFL has reached a stage that the blackout rule will have almost no impact on sales.

about 3 months ago

Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Ogive17 Re:Hai! (111 comments)

While technically "hai" means yes, in conversations it's more of a "i understand" or "ok". Subtle difference but I've been corrected in the past.

I rode Tokyo to Nagoya, it is so nice. Also rode the Eurostar from London to Paris. I wish we had a good rail system here....

about 3 months ago

Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

Ogive17 Re:online internet jobs (37 comments)

The investment to make these scan spam accounts probably makes it worthwhile if they only have a clickthrough rate of 1/1000. Most netizens see it for what it is however many people do think that replying with anger is going to solve the problem. It's easier to report and ignore (when those functions are available)

about 3 months ago

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Ogive17 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

Personally - I've only ever replaced one CFL and that was because I broke it with a broom handle by accident.

9 years a home owner with roughly 20 CFLs throughout the house (and 1 CFL in the lamp post light out front which survived one of the coldest winters in Ohio). I always get the bargain CFLs too.

about 3 months ago


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