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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

RivenAleem Re:You mean... (236 comments)

You really are missing the whole point, I'm sorry to say. Here in Europe, I have fibre internet and when I pick a show to watch on Netflix, it starts in under a second. When I use VOIP there's no latency. When I video conference, the image is crisp and again, there's no stuttering or lag.

US ISPs have convinced you there is a problem here that needs solving, and that the only way to solve it is to charge you or Netflix to prioritize one type of traffic over another. If someone tried that here, all their customers would move to another ISP that had their shit together.

US ISPs have refused to invest their profits into infrastructure and are going, instead, to use "Fast Lanes" as a win win situation. They _still_ don't have to build infrastructure AND they get to charge people to put up with a deteriorating service.

2 days ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

RivenAleem Re:No trouble finding single player games.... (291 comments)

Interesting about your list, is that some of them (from my experience) are EVEN better in multiplayer, Civilisation, GTA V, Torchlight.

I'd also add Terraria and Borderlands to your list of games that are great single player, but also have the bonus of multiplayer mode.

2 days ago

Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

RivenAleem Re:Shades of... (93 comments)

When marketing accounts for a greater than 50% of the development costs (One figure I read said $180Mil and $100Mil on top for marketing) then yes, there's going to be huge hype of an average game. What happens when the marketing budget is tiny compared to the development costs? You get a cheap, great game but it might take a bit of searching to find it (Example: Terraria and many many other indy games)

4 days ago

Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

RivenAleem Re:Call it what it is... (93 comments)

Aardwolf and others are still going strong. I'm still writing code for one to this day (not Aardwolf) and it's a lot of fun taking things that were good in MMOs and easily incorporating them into a MUD.

4 days ago

Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

RivenAleem Re:"console shooter" (93 comments)

GTA V would be one of those, but the shooting aspect of it was never that tough with Aim Assist.

4 days ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

RivenAleem Sounds like... (100 comments)

It was said to sound ominously like clapping.

about a week ago

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

RivenAleem Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

But for your 4 examples, the car would have plenty of advanced warning and if no response came from the driver, the car would be capable of stopping in time. The tests they were passing with the DMV was to allow them to do further testing in more conditions. They were not trying to get ubiquitous permission for autonomous driving, just an assurance that it would be safe for other road users for Google to perform more testing.

about a week ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

RivenAleem Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (534 comments)

Right, but it's still an utterly stupid policy.

If America had just allowed free trade with Cuba the inflow of US culture into the country would've long turned it into a pro-US state - it's the policy of isolation that's keeping it hostile in the first place.

You'd swear nobody in the White House had played Civilisation V.

about a week ago

Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

RivenAleem Re:uuuummm... (262 comments)

Why not fit the guns with cameras?

about two weeks ago

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

RivenAleem Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

Depends, how do you feel about being run over by cops?

about two weeks ago

Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

RivenAleem Re:Yeah, good luck with that (78 comments)

More likely it will be a public statement about how, after a thorough examination in the courts, they found the phone company not guilty and how pleased he is with the result.

about two weeks ago

Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

RivenAleem Re:Isn't that cutting it kinda close (101 comments)

I would love to see footage from the time between discovery, and plotting it's exact trajectory. I wonder how many times they ran the numbers to be sure.

about two weeks ago

New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

RivenAleem Re:Interesting, if optional (137 comments)

Who's going to propose that in the face of lobbying? Can you outbid the lobbyists?

about two weeks ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

RivenAleem Re:Too simple (588 comments)

+1 Graphic

about two weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

RivenAleem Re:People like you... (643 comments)

Slashdot would die overnight if people were forced to wear cameras at work.

about three weeks ago

BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

RivenAleem Re:Daleks did it? (186 comments)

I can just imagine the Daleks trundling into the office screaming "D-C-M-A!"

about three weeks ago



Duncan Jones (Moon) to direct Warcraft Movie

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "The Hollywood Reporter released info on the new director for Legendary Pictures adaptation of the MMO World of Warcraft. Having directed low budget Moon ($1 million) and not so low budget Source code ($35 million) Duncan is expected to have upwards of $100 million to spend on the new movie.

Also, Charles Roven (The Dark Knight Rises and upcoming Man of Steel) to produce with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Production is expected to start Autumn 2013 with a 2015 release."

Link to Original Source

EA/BioWare Servers Hacked?

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "I received an email this morning:

We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security. Please visit this (snipped weblink) to reset your password immediately.

If your link has expired, click here to generate a new email.

We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at or contact Customer Support at the phone number above.

Aaryn Flynn
Studio GM,
BioWare Edmonton VP,
Electronic Arts

But I don't recall ever being on the NWN forums. I do however have an EA account for Mass Effect. So just what was hacked? Is this email being sent out to everyone who has an EA account? How much of the compromised information is really harmful to me?"


Seems China liked Avatar afterall

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "Despite a previous story of China pulling the 2D version of Avatar from cinema leading people to think that they were, in some way, making a statement of dislike of the movie's theme, China has given the movie quite an honour by renaming a mountain after it.

A photo taken by a Hollywood photographer of the Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province became the inspiration for Pandora's landscape, and will be renamed the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

It is hoped that the renaming will boost tourism in the area on the back of the movie’s success."

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