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Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

autoevolution Not Unreasonable (430 comments)

A couple years ago I would have been against a company like Verizon trying to traffic shape. But since working in the telecommunications industry my perspective has changed due to my better understanding of how things really work. Verizon owns a good portion of the network infrastructure in north america but not ALL of it. If they were to traffic shape, it would only be on lines and nodes which they own, which would very well probably affect you since if you talk to a remote server somewhere in north america there is a high probability that somewhere along the way, you will go through a verizon network. You must also understand that ISPs and Carriers are not always the same thing. Carriers are companies which own, operate and maintain the actual infrastructure, while ISPs sell the service. Sometimes they are the same company but sometimes they are not. In the end, the Carriers are the ones with the most power since they are the ones who are doing the purchases of everything else. Everything that is done in terms of network equipment industry and mobile phone industry is driven at least in part by the Carrier. If you work in the telecom or mobile phone industry, your ONLY customer is the Carrier. In the mobile phone industry including iphones, android etc, products are not created to interest you directly as the consumer, they are designed to interest the Carrier. Carriers buy mobile phones from Apple, HTC, Samsung, etc, NOT you. You buy from the Carriers. Say you work hard every day and acquire a large sum of money over a long time and through great effort. You build a communications system using a lot of money so that your friends around you can talk to each other. You never change their messages, however sometimes you prioritize the messages of users you think deserve a higher priority. This is all that traffic shaping is, lower priority packets still eventualy get delivered, just slower. Remember you are the one who owns this communications network. You built it, and you maintain it every day. Net neutrality to you would mean having no control over something that YOU own. If you wan't net neutrality, then the infrastructure should ideally be owned by the government instead of multiple private organizations. As long as the infrastructure is divided among multiple private organizations, the policies of one Carrier affects the whole group of users using the communications network. And as long as the Carriers own, operate and maintain the infrastructure on their own, it's not unjustified that they would want at least SOME control over how traffic flows through THEIR network.

more than 2 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

autoevolution Solution to DRM (375 comments)

Make online games? You can't pirate a game and expect to be able to play online. Look at starcraft, people are still buying that to play on battle.net. I don't buy single player games because there isn't a single player game that doesn't get boring after a couple days.

more than 4 years ago
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The Problems With Video Game Voice Acting

autoevolution Decent voice acting (251 comments)

Freespace 1 and 2

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down

autoevolution Re:LOL (634 comments)

Actually, there is a non-trivial to crack DRM. A game called "Steel Beasts" uses a hardware dongle. The company hosted hacking competitions for numbers of years to crack the dongle but it was never cracked.

more than 4 years ago
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How Packing a Gun Protects Valuables From Airline Theft

autoevolution Re:the gun (52 comments)

I'm pretty sure thats a mateba, an auto-revolver, like a revolver, only automatic.

more than 4 years ago
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EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

autoevolution Anyone remember that gif? (538 comments)

Reminds me of the man without a face, the one that tried to commit suicide by shotgun to face, but failed. He was alive all right, but he literally had no face, his jaw, eyes, cheekbones, cheeks were all blown to bits. He had a large gaping hole in his head for a face. I'm too lazy to look up the article but the gif image of him after he blew up his face was pretty gruesome, almost made me puke so be warned before you go off searching for it.

more than 5 years ago
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EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

autoevolution Re:"Committed Suicide?" (538 comments)

I think if the people who wrote the bible saw how terminally ill people suffer extended periods of medical treatment before they die in modern times they would have written the bible differently. Back then you didn't need to commit suicide when you were terminally ill because you would die quickly enough that it didn't matter.

more than 5 years ago
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EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

autoevolution Re:"Committed Suicide?" (538 comments)

Death is a complete unknown. Rather than face the pain he knows, clinging to another few years, days, hours with loved ones, he instead walked headfirst into what could very well be worse pain and debilitation (think any religion's hell), yet clearly in a desire to avoid the pain and debilitation that he knew.

Back in the day when the bible was written if you got a terminal disease, you would die quickly. Today we have hospitals and medical treatments that drag on the process. The people who wrote the bible back then probably lived in a world where suicide was mostly done by people running away from things not related to health, therefore they despised those people who committed suicide. People back then simply didn't commit suicide because of health problems because they would die shortly anyways if they got a disease. I think if they saw how people with terminal diseases have their lives dragged on by medical treatments wouldn't have wrote that you go to hell for suicide.

more than 5 years ago
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Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

autoevolution The point of fiction is... (832 comments)

The point of fiction is that you can make up anything you want and people will like it if its entertaining. No one cares that the stuff isn't realistic, you don't see people arguing about poor design in ghostbusters. Also, star wars copied stuff from an older similar style movie which I forget the name of.

more than 5 years ago
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New Hitchhiker's Guide Book "Not Very Funny"

autoevolution Total waste of time for the author (410 comments)

Ridiculous, people need to learn to not drag on something that is done and over with. If you're a good author you don't continue a dead guy's novel series which he ended, you write a new story with new ideas perhaps drawing inspiration from hitchhikers guide. Continuing a series that was ended is just a total waste of time. The series was completed, get over it! (also fans of hitchiker need to reed dirk gentlys wholistic detective agency if you havnt already)

more than 5 years ago
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Jumpgate Evolution Dev Talks Class Balance

autoevolution This would make the best space mmo (86 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SubSpace_(video_game) This game + 3d graphics and joystick controls + newtonian physics ( as in, once you start spinning, you keep spinning and once apply thrust, you keep moving ) would be spend-money-worthy. Actually any space game with newtonian physics would buy spend-money-worthy. There was something like this made by the guy who made X-Plane that you can download for free but that isn't really a game although you can fly around and shoot asteroids with a ship that handled like the space shuttle. With a joystick the setup would be your joystick 3d movement ( the 3rd "d" being twist / rudder ) would control the rotational thrusters, meaning that if you thrust in one direction you'll keep going in that direction until you thrust in the opposite direction to stop rotating. The " " axis would control rotational thrusters meaning if you push the joystick -----> you would spin clockwise and ---- would be counterclockwise. Pushing and pulling the joystick would control attitude, the rudder / twist would do the same thing that an airplane does, turning left and right. The hat-switch would be used to control lateral thrusters. I played the above mentioned game made by the guy who made X-Plane ( Austin Meyer I think? ) with this setup and it was quite a robust and awesome way of controlling a space ship. It's a little more complicated than controls for a plane like vehicle since you now have the option of using lateral thrusters to control the way you move, an analogy would be like saying a plane gives you 3 degrees of freedom but this setup gives you 6 degrees of freedom, well the analogy is not entirely correct but if you play that game mentioned by Austin Meyer or "Orbiter" or any space-flight simulator you will notice the difference. I think this kind of physics / control system would be just pure awesome in a multiplayer combat environment as there are pretty much boundless diversity in ways you could maneuver such a space ship. Also realistic weapons the behave like real lasers and gatling guns found on fighter jets with realistic spread would be cool. Also the fact that the velocities of the bullets would be added to relative velocities and that kind of realism, also the fact that moving fast through a debris field would make relative velocities of debris fast enough to damage the ships etc etc blah blah blah you get the idea...

more than 5 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Is Being Sued Again

autoevolution What about all the other torrent websites? (224 comments)

Is TPB the only torrent tracker? I'm pretty sure that there are lots of torrent websites out there that either link to websites and serve as a torrent search engine or host their own torrents but I'm not sure how many trackers there are. What about mininova, isohunt, torrentz, demonoid, etc etc. A lot of torrents have TPB as a tracker even though they are downloaded from different sites. If I download a torrent from mininova, and TPB goes down, is there a chance the torrent wouldn't work because TPB is down?

more than 5 years ago
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Company Awarded "The Patent for Podcasting"

autoevolution Whats the point of podcasting? (2 comments)

I consider myself pretty lazy to the point where I use launchy to launch all apps in windows and don't use mouse or touchpad, instead I use the blue pressure sensing thing that doesn't move in the middle of they keyboard. But having a program do all the stuff mentioned in the summary seems overkill, oh wait a sec, maybe its not laziness, maybe its just idiots who cant figure out how to use torrents? The people who subscribe to podcasts should just go live off life-support.

more than 5 years ago
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US Supercomputer Lead Sparks Russian Govt's Competitive Drive

autoevolution Re:In soviet russia... (74 comments)

Interesting, but I don't think there are any botnets that are capable of distributed computing.

more than 5 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Is Being Sued Again

autoevolution A good plan... (224 comments)

Keep saying you'll sell TPB to some company and just keep delaying it so it never actually gets sold, say "we don't own the site, its being sold to company X". Meanwhile TBP doesn't change at all and we are all happy :)

more than 5 years ago
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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

autoevolution Re:Descent! (1120 comments)

Descent was good but Descent: Freespace and Freespace 2 were great too. In particular the epic storyline, intrigue, unpredictability, immersion and voice acting, I feel, is unrivaled even compared to todays games. The missions would start off with really detailed briefings planning how everything should work, making the player think that everything will go according to the briefing, then nothing goes as planned, just like in real life. There were missions where you don't even win or aren't expected to win, whereas nowadays your games are like this "heres the missions go do it, oh you succeeded horay!".

more than 5 years ago
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English DJ Claims Wi-Fi Allergy

autoevolution Could be worse (515 comments)

At least he doesn't live on a ticonderoga class cruiser, the phased array radar plates produce dead birds in the vicinity and can hard boil eggs in seconds.

more than 5 years ago

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