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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Talderas Re:Didn't it include SecuROM in the first place? (221 comments)

Well, I'm guessing you don't know the offer they're making. You can get The Sims 2 free if you enter a promotional code (which is only good for one week) when purchasing The Sims 2 in Origin. So the copy of the game is simultaneously available for $X and $0 depending on whether you enter that code. It doesn't make sense to re-engineer it out, when the same copy is being distributed to people using the code and people not using the code and the code will become invalid in August.

13 hours ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Talderas Re:Anybody know? (221 comments)

No. ESPESCIALLY for free games. Why add copy protection to free stuff anyway? It's free to begin with! No one needs or wants to "pirate" it. Unless of course you need a "pirated" copy of the game to keep the negative SecuROM effects from your system.

Because everyone and their mother didn't pay attention to what actually happened. EA provides The Sims 2 through Origin at a cost. They are currently giving copies of the game away, through Origin, if you use a redemption code which is only valid through July 31st. After that date, you will have to go back to paying for the game if you want to acquire it. You could also acquire the game right now without the redemption code, you'll just have to pay for it. So the game isn't permanently free, it's temporarily free, and it's using the exact same distribution method and version that the not-free version of The Sims 2 uses.

13 hours ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Talderas Re:maybe (496 comments)

War of the Third Coalition, 1803-1806.

yesterday
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Talderas Re:Vote (198 comments)

Would that be a recently cleaned toilet seat, one that's been used, or one that someone left a hot steamy load on?

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Talderas Re:Customer service? (877 comments)

I'm pretty sure this wasn't a stewardess. The guy is a preferred business customer so he gets to board before everyone else as would be marked on his ticket. His children were not and were supposed to board with their boarding group. Previously, other boarding agents had permitted him to board the plane with the preferred business customers and have his children board at the same time. This time the boarding agent didn't allow him.

So I'm pretty sure Kimberly S. was not a stewardess and in fact was a boarding agent. So the whole "not speaking to you during the flight" bit is completely off.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Talderas Re: Astronomy, and general poor night-time result (539 comments)

I have very small cataracts forming and my family has a history of cataracts. I could go for the cosmetic surgury now, but the cataracts are still likely to form. I could wait until those form then get a non-cosmetic lens replacement surgery. Granted, that won't likely happen at least for another 30 years so it might still be worth it but that is one reason to consider not getting lasik.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Talderas Re: Astronomy, and general poor night-time resu (539 comments)

It means the use a droplet that forces your pupils to dilate wide open. Normally your pupil isn't dilated very much unless it's dark and if a bright light would be shown in your eyes it will contract and narrow. The dilation allows them to widen your pupils while still using a bright like which allows them to see far more of the inside of your eye.

4 days ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

Talderas Re:If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

You pay with a credit card, at a location that has suffered a credit breach, for a gift card to a service like Sony, because you're concerned about security and credit card breaches at Sony?

Does that about sum it up?

5 days ago
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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Talderas Re:Poor Buzz (52 comments)

Pauly Shore.

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Talderas Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

What exactly are they supposed to offer?

There's two concessions that would grease the wheels to allow peace to happen. Either Hamas is barred from any government capacity in Palestine or Hamas recognizes Israel's right to exist. Barring either of those concessions, any cease fire will only last until something else relights the powderkeg. You cannot negotiate with a party that doesn't recognize your existence unless you have leaders in that party that can see the forest for the trees like Anwar Sadat following the Yom Kippur War who was, incidentally, assassinated by Islamic jihadists for signing peace with Israel. That peace treaty also lead to Egypt getting kicked out of the Arab league until 1989.

Israel has demonstrated in the past that it wants peace. It has removed Israeli settlers from Gaza, forceibly. It returned the entire Sinai pennisula to Egypt once the peace treaty following the Yom Kippur War was concluded. However that requires that the other party will engage honestly in negotiations that are seeking lasting peace. I cannot honestly say that will ever occur with Hamas.

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Talderas Re:Postal is an Ideological Fanatic (454 comments)

The missile would be successful by the attacker's criteria. If Israel's criteria is that missiles don't land and explode in civilian centers then it is quite possible that the missile could be a success by Hamas's definition and an Iron Dome success by Israel's.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Talderas Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Damn. Who could stomach being a grandparent in their forties?

about a week ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Talderas Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Did they? Last I had heard the US was confirming the launch but not from where.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Talderas Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

Okay, let's go with that. Netflix is throttling it's own traffic. Verizon can't control where the traffic is coming in. Netflix chooses which provider it sends out its traffic. It could engage in load balancing among multiple providers, like other CDNs, so that all it's traffic isn't going out across one provider.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Talderas Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Sequence of events may make it possible to identify where the missile struck the plane. If that is the case that may be able to limit the trajectories from which the missile could have approached the plane. All sides are denying culpability right now.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Talderas Re:Blog post gone? (390 comments)

I'm not willing to go so far as to suggest that the same % utilization in L3 and Verizon suggests that Verizon could handle the additional traffic. First of all, it's a percentage and not an absolute number. 50% of 500 Gbps is different from 50% of 100Gbps (just used numbers that probably don't reflect actual values). So it's actually very likely that L3 is carrying drastically more traffic than Verizon. Second of all, the utilization is almost certainly network wide and has no bearing on the interconnect between Verizon and L3. 100% of the traffic they carry is not isolated to just between them. There's going to be traffic between L3 and Cogent, for example, which would be included in Cogent's figures and there's going to be traffic between Cogent and Verizon, which would be included in Verizon's figures.

In order words, the diagrams are relatively meaningless.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Talderas Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Netflix paid for more direct access which means directly between Netflix and Verizon rather than using an intermediary like L3. Upgrading capacity between L3 and Verizon would not satisfy such an agreement.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Talderas Re:Blog post gone? (390 comments)

Verizon's diagram shows a 46-56% utilization. L3 was suggesting doubling the number of interconnects between L3 and Verizon which would jump their capacity from 40Gb to 80Gb. You're absolutely right. The effects of doubling the amount of available bandwidth on their most congested interconnect are not going to be easy to determine. There's going to be other downstream upgrades that will likely need to occur. This is why Verizon wants a settlement for upgrading.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Talderas Re:I disagree (390 comments)

No. Absolutely not. Costs should be driven by the sender of data and not the recipient.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Talderas Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

What you're doing is using a VPN connections which has an different inbound interconnect than the one which the majority of Netflix traffic comes in on. Verizon is 100% correct. There's no throttling going on because the connection that is being "throttled" as you put it is actually at 100% utilization and congested causing dropped packets and bad performance.

about two weeks ago

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