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New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

jaraxle Re:Obsoletes Older XBox 360's - Thanks Microcrap! (176 comments)

Yah well, they may call the newer XBox 360's -' XBox 360's' but they aren't the same and the games being made now aren't the same either - I have an older XBox 360 and it flat out won't play the newer games.

Umm... what? I would really like to know what games your XBox 360 won't play, because I have an original Arcade (replacement for the Core system) as well as a newer but still discontinued Pro (just 2 years old) and both of them play every game I've tried recently without issue. Not to flame you or anything, but you really should cite not only what model/revision of 360 you have as well as what games it will not play, and what it does instead of playing them.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Woman Jailed For Starting Office Fire To Leave Work Early

jaraxle Re:There's a backstory (136 comments)

Did they not let her listen to the radio at a reasonable volume?

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Emergency Dispatcher Fired For Facebook Drug Joke

jaraxle Re:no (631 comments)

"Soldiers can't be charged with conduct unbecoming for bad behavior unless they are in uniform, so why should it be different?"

Absolutely, 100% wrong. They can. The fact that the individual works for a public service and not a private corporation is actually worse for their case, not better for it.

Correct. I work for a police organization and there are a great many things I simply cannot do in my private life (that could become public knowledge) that I could do while being employed by a private organization. With government/police/paramilitary organizations (and especially the one I work for) perception is everything, and you can get in serious shit for even small things if the perception of the thing gets out of proportion.

What I do on my own time no longer can only be considered as to what could be embarrassing to me, but also the organization I work for. It's unfortunate, but I've come to live with it (and it's not like I go out of my way to do stupid shit, particularly being a family man with teenage kids now).

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Activision Hit With $500m Suit From Modern Warfare 2 Devs

jaraxle Re:Corporatism in Action (77 comments)

As a consumer, all I care about is that the stuff I buy is good value for money and doesn't punish me too much as an honest user

Uhm ... and what is a reasonable punishment as an honest user? It is a kick in the balls?

Yes, yes it is.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Germany Warns Against Using Firefox

jaraxle Re:Responsible reporting (509 comments)

Note as well that the headline of this writeup appears to be misleading. I read the article and nowhere does it say the German government is actually warning AGAINST using Firefox, they are simply warning the public of a security issue in the browser.

Specifically, the article states that the government is also warning people against switching browsers "willy nilly" every time a security hole is found because you never know what you'll be getting into. They're saying to be cautious if you're using Firefox and patch your browser with the security patch as soon as it's available.

Very responsible indeed on their part.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Bans Sexy Apps, Developers Upset

jaraxle Re:This Is Not Censorship At All (492 comments)

Nor are you restricted to using an iPhone as your cellular/handheld device.

You got an iPhone knowing that Apple has sole control over what you can and cannot put on it from their app store (jailbroken iPhones notwithstanding) so the onus is on you as a consumer at that point. There are numerous other choices to pick from with respect to cellular/wireless devices; just because you picked the one most locked down doesn't mean it's suddenly Apple's fault that you can't get apps that they don't approve of.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Bans Sexy Apps, Developers Upset

jaraxle Re:This Is Not Censorship At All (492 comments)

This is pretty much similar to Blockbuster "censoring" porn in their video rental stores.

You can get porn from other video rental stores, but it's Blockbuster's decision to not provide it from their stores. How does this infringe upon your rights at all? Don't like their stance on what they choose to carry in their own store? Don't provide them with your business. It's as simple as that.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Code Review of Doom For the iPhone

jaraxle Re:Classics never die (161 comments)

He actually meant only 6 pages of worthwhile content. The other 5 pages worth are nothing but ads.

Isn't that how it's done these days?

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

jaraxle Re:Dear FSF (1634 comments)

Since when is a 5 digit UID considered low? :)

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access

jaraxle Re:Ubisoft? Pfft (497 comments)

If someone like Ubisoft does it, and it's just one more reason for people not to buy their crap, and they go under, maybe it will make other companies think twice before trying similar stupidity. Maybe.

No, it will just cause a failed Ubisoft and other game companies to scream "Pirates!" all the louder. What other reason could there possibly be for declining sales of the PC versions of their games? Certainly not the horrific methods they use to combat piracy causing problems for legitimate users... oh no.

Regardless of the reason for them potentially going under, namely their own stupidity, they will never cede that point. From here onward, the bogeyman will always be piracy.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points

jaraxle Re:Deja'vu (107 comments)

However, as stated above, when you "redeem" your purchased Microsoft points on XBL to download something, if that download fails for whatever reason you can always start it again later.

If your internet connection goes down halfway through a download and doesn't come up until two days later, you can always go back to the XBL Marketplace, locate what you were downloading, and choose the option to download it again. WITHOUT paying more MS points for it. I really don't think MS can be held accountable for this, nor should they be.

While I enjoy kicking MS a bit as much as the next /.'er, this seems spurious at best. On top of that, how many people use XBL to download game addons/demos/videos/etc without any problems whatsoever? I highly doubt that poor download connections over XBL would be the fault of Microsoft in this case. I realize this is only anecdotal, but honestly some of the best download rates I've gotten are either from MS websites or over XBL (torrents notwithstanding).

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons

jaraxle Re:DND had it's issues (189 comments)

The same can be said for any recreational activity, not just D&D.

Gambling, alcohol, video games, even sports. All of them can either be used in moderation with no detrimental effects to whomever is participating (and even be cathartic), or can be taken to extremes and take over your life. I could have taken your post and replaced every reference to D&D related activities with either WoW or slot machine references and the context would be exactly the same.

The problem isn't with the activity in question, it's with the person participating. Sorry to break it to you.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons

jaraxle Re:But unfortunately... (189 comments)

Get off my lawn, you damn kids!

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What?

jaraxle Re:It's actually worse than doing nothing (258 comments)

Just saying "I won't play" doesn't change it, what matters is that you don't pay.

This is what gets me in just about every MMO that has balancing issues and players feel that their class is somehow disadvantaged compared to everyone else. I'm glad to hear that at least you try to stick to your principles, but for every person who actually cancels a subscription due to a game moving in a direction they don't agree with, there are at least 1000 others that will continue paying.

Typically their mantra is "If you don't fix class X then I will stop playing my class X and play my class Y instead." How does that possibly enact any change when your subscription is still being paid and the game developers are still receiving your money? It doesn't.

I'll play but I won't like it seems to be a fairly common sentiment among gamers, and anyone who decided, for instance, to boycott MW2 for whatever reason and actually stuck to their guns is in the minority.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business"

jaraxle Re:It's life Jim, but not as we know it. (180 comments)

Much like you, I remember the developers of games as well.

I remember Origin Systems, Westwood Studios, and Mythic Entertainment (granted, still around but "rebranded" to EAMythic). I also remember the publisher that effectively destroyed them and the works that they created; Electronic fucking Arts. Granted, Mythic is not yet destroyed but their latest flagship product, Warhammer Online, didn't truly start sinking until the merger with EA. Take into account the gutting of the studio with last years Q4 layoffs and it's doubtful WAR will recover without some serious TLC.

Let's see how EA handles Bioware now that they've been assimilated. Time will tell of EA forces them to push Old Republic out the door too fast without it being finished thereby guaranteeing MMO failure, or if they actually learned from the mistakes they heaped upon WAR and let Bioware just do their job.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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A Decade of Dreadful Microsoft Ads

jaraxle Re:Gates and Seinfeld? (220 comments)

I remember watching a roast of Jerry Stiller (Ben Stillers dad, the obnoxious loud father of George Costanza on Seinfeld) and Jason Alexander was MC'ing the deal. When asked where Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were and why they weren't there for the roast, Jason's only reply was (and I paraphrase):

They're resting. Their shoulders are sore after holding Jerry Seinfeld up for so many years.

While I really enjoyed Seinfeld as a show, I can't say that I found Jerry Seinfeld himself all that funny. It really was the writing/ideas (no doubt mostly from Larry David) and his supporting cast that gave the show most of its humour.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Founder's Pictures Go Public

jaraxle Re:too funny (219 comments)

Oh my god, you use Usenet?

/goes off to post some drivel about "Culture20 on FIDOnet...

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago
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New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances

jaraxle Re:Old (342 comments)

And this is something that SoE at least did right. While EQ and EQ2 all have multiple servers per game, same as WoW has, you can easily communicate across servers by appending the server name to the character name when you send a /tell. As well, you can create player-channels cross-server in similar fashion.

In fact, you can even communicate cross-game between EQ and EQ2 by appending the game name in front of the server name. While it's not as easy as EVE, since EVE is one server total, it's still better than nothing. Never mind the fact that their latest game launcher includes a sort of IM client that allows you to talk with friends in-game without being in-game yourself (even includes voice chat for guilds). I really can't believe other multi-server MMO's haven't implemented something like EQ/EQ2's cross-server messaging.

~jaraxle

more than 4 years ago

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Canadian Marijuana Party Leader Facing Prison

jaraxle jaraxle writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jaraxle (1707) writes "Canadian Marijuana Party leader Marc Emery is facing jail time for selling marijuana seeds to Americans. Charged with conspiracy to grow marijuana and allegations of money laundering, Emery has made a deal with U.S. prosecutors to serve a minimum 5 years in jail to keep his two friends who were also involved out of prison. Sadly, if Emery and his "co-conspirators" were extradited to the U.S. and found guilty, they could each face up to 10 years in prison, which Emery believes could be the end of his life. Strangely enough, Emery seems to have fully played by the Canadian governments rules by paying taxes on his income, and ensuring that the Canadian Post Office knew what he was delivering across the border."
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