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French ISP Blocking Web Ads By Default

rotide Re:Network Neutrality Violation (317 comments)

I'm going to totally agree with you. It appears slashdotizens are totally fine with their ISP's filtering data as long as it's something they don't like. Amazing. I'd rather use Adblock or another method to filter out ads if I don't want to see them. I don't want my ISP filtering anything for me, thank you.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?

rotide Re:BurstNET (375 comments)

BurstNET always had really awful oversubscription issues. Half the time I would take 20%+ Packet Loss and the rest of the time I would have severe IO issues that would just slow it to a crawl. I've moved to BuffaloVPS and have been very happy with them!

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

rotide Re:the pro in pro sports (257 comments)

I wasn't trying to trivialize it. People just take the art (yes art, I'll give you that) and skill of throwing a ball and turn it into a holier than thou profession. It's sickening. You're a professional ball thrower and personality on TV. The problem is, it seems as though most of them see themselves as the latter. Everyone just needs to realize they are nothing more than professional kids in the sense that they play the same game kids do, just with more rules and structure. Not to mention multimillion dollar contracts.

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

rotide Re:the pro in pro sports (257 comments)

I can't watch pro sport due to multiple reasons. First, it's basically nothing but a bunch of prima donnas complaining all the time. Everyone thinks they are gods gift. News flash, it's a game. Yes you get paid, but you're throwing a ball around a field, get over yourselves. Second, the fact that they are nothing but commodities in and of themselves now. Hell, the teams themselves are practically traded like baseball cards. Not to mention the non-stop and constant advertising. But what really gets me is the sheer fanaticism about it. People get so offended if you bash their quarterback, or root for the rival. There is nothing fun about it. Just a bunch of prima donnas on TV and people who idolize them for no reason. All the while you're being sold everything from beer, to deodorant, to cars. Hell, the Super Bowl is almost better known for it's advertisements!

more than 2 years ago
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German Court Issues Injunction Against iPhone & iPad

rotide Re:He who lives by the sword... (349 comments)

Actually, wasn't it Thermonuclear War? So they use them like nukes?

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Stops T-Mobile Merger Bid With the FCC

rotide Money will go back... (169 comments)

tinfoilhat

There is enough money here to buy some politicians or at least make them want to look the other way.

I have a feeling AT&T doesn't mind "paying" T-Mobile as in the future (near?) they will simply get that money back once they do finally merge.

/tinfoilhat>/p>

more than 2 years ago
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Weaponizable Police UAV Now Operational In Texas

rotide Military Industrial Complex (416 comments)

Really is amazing to watch just how far and wide the military/state is invading citizens lives.

I know there is a happy medium between no security and full blown police state, but I'm sure we passed that line and we're accelerating towards the latter. I also know that _every_ great nation has fallen. Maybe they don't totally die, get conquered, etc, but they certainly become shadows of their former selves. Are we on the slide down now? Are we past our prime? Can we recover? I understand that anything is possible, but does it look likely or even plausible given our political climate in the US? What would it take to make things "right" again (yes, I know there are multiple views of what this means)?

Am I just rambling and making no sense after just waking up on a Saturday?

more than 2 years ago
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TSA's VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, and Ferry Passengers

rotide Re:Ron Paul 2012! (658 comments)

I hate to admit it, but his crazy ideas start looking a little less crazy every day. I do respect him for sticking to his ideals but he takes a sledge hammer to things that really need a little more precision.

more than 2 years ago
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US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

rotide Re:Mr.? (386 comments)

Interesting, ok. My mistake. It just looked really odd after a while with all the "Mr. Obama"'s in that article.

more than 2 years ago
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US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

rotide Mr.? (386 comments)

I don't particularly have a lot of love for the President, but why do they continually call him "Mr. Obama"? If they can't respect the man, that's fine, but at least respect the office. Hopefully I'm not being overly pedantic...

more than 2 years ago
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Legal Tender? Maybe Not, Says Louisiana Law

rotide Re:Craigslist? (655 comments)

That's anti-theism, not Atheism.

more than 2 years ago
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Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

rotide Re:Brilliant Games especially SpaceChem (276 comments)

I'll second this. Extremely addicting. The hours just melt away with this game. For better or worse, the game is extremely challenging. Some of the levels just tie my brain into knots!

more than 2 years ago
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US House 'Creator' of TSA Wants To Kill It

rotide Re:"privitize" (681 comments)

Pre 9/11 it was nothing more than a security guard sitting next to a metal detector. Walk though while he sits on a stool. Catches obvious weapons like knives, guns, etc and doesn't hold everyone up. It did what it was designed for and cost very little I imagine.

about 3 years ago
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DoT Grants $15M To Test Car-To-Car Communication

rotide Re:Giant SUV's (263 comments)

That argument works fine if it's just 3 cars on the road, you, the guy in front of you and the one guy who is going to slip into the safety zone. Now put 10,000 impatient fools on the same road and try to leave a safe gap without each and every driver within reach trying to fill it. The horrible truth is, either you leave the smallest possible gap you can (within _your_ safety margin) or the car in the next lane will force themselves into your safe gap.

about 3 years ago
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DoT Grants $15M To Test Car-To-Car Communication

rotide Re:Giant SUV's (263 comments)

This is exactly my problem. I would love to leave a nice safe gap in between me and the car in front of me so if _anything_ happens, I have time to stop gracefully. The problem is that if I do that, some schmuck will just slide right in. Sounds fine, why not just leave ample space behind the new guy? Because someone else will do the same, and then another, and another. If I were to leave a few second gap each time someone slid right in, I might as well just park because I'll be slowing down every few seconds. While I love the freedom of driving (purposely drive stick just because I like to have _more_ control, not less) I welcome fully automatic controls. The stress of dealing with tons of morons during my two rush hour drives each day isn't worth the "freedom" to avoid them anymore.

about 3 years ago
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Starz To Pull Content From Netflix

rotide Re:Next up: tiered pricing (314 comments)

Again, think it through. If all you want is the "Stars Package" do you really believe Netflix will let you pay only $9.99 for just that portion? More likely than not, they will follow the example Cable has laid out and charge you $9.99/mo for general Streaming and then another $9.99 on top of that for Stars. Then if you want the Stars stuff in HD, you'll have to pay an additional $6.99 on top of that. The whole point here isn't that Netflix wants to be the cable company, but those with all the goods are going to force Netflix into taking that model to stay in business. It's honestly coming down to, "Charge what cable charges or you will have zero content". I don't blame Netflix for this, but they sure will stop getting my money if they start with tiered packages.

If you don't believe me, Netflix already went from allowing you to pay something near $10/mo for streaming AND DVD(s). It's now $10/mo for one _or_ the other. You have "choices" now, but if you want both, you pay double. Which isn't a choice, it's taking out something you had before and charging you for it.

For the record, I rarely watched Stars content. There were a couple movies, but I can live without Stars. The writing is on the wall however.

about 3 years ago
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Starz To Pull Content From Netflix

rotide Re:Next up: tiered pricing (314 comments)

You're not thinking this through. They aren't going to _drop_ the price of the current plan, they would _raise_ the cost to get the additional stuff, even if it's the _same_ stuff you had before. In other words, exactly like cable/sat. Oh, you only want the basic channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS), that will be $15/mo. Oh you want extended basic to get TNT, FX, etc? That'll be another $15. Oh, you want the HD tier with Discovery Channel, etc? That's another $30. With the content owners holding all the cards and slamming Netflix with higher rates, expect this to happen to Netflix as well. Basic movies? $9.99. Oh, you want the TV show package? That's another $9.99/mo. Oh, the Stars Package? Another $9.99 a month. Now you're paying $30 for the same thing we have today. Wait, watch, and see.

about 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting

rotide Re:Sadly, I think Apple might win on this one (656 comments)

At some point you have to ask yourself _why_ people have so much "junk" installed on their computers. I'd wager at least part of it is due to the users wanting to install anything they want yet not knowing how to weed out the bad from the good. Saying that the solution (and the one the user wants) is to take that freedom away just seems, silly. If the solution to my family not installing malware/viruses/etc is to totally wall up a garden and only allow them to install pre-approved apps.. you can count my family out, and I'd guess a lot more users as well.

There are times I like to just install small apps that help out with little things (mythtv remote, vlc remote, stock ticker, etc) on my phone. That's fine. Heck, I don't even want to do much more than trivial things on my phone and that works great. But to suggest that that is the only experience I, or even most users want from all computing devices, including their PC?

Sure, many tasks might be replaced by a tablet, or even a phone or console. But for everything else, there is a PC. Unfortunately, with great power comes great responsibility. The PC tool can do a lot and a lot can be done to it (maliciously even) and you have to be educated enough to use it, at least properly. But ok, for those that have no need for one and don't really care about what's going on in the wonderful world of software, a walled garden, Angry Birds experience can also be had.

But I would agree there are quite a few people I know that _should_ be in a walled garden _all_ the time. They simply can't be trusted to not click every single pop-up that says they won something, etc.

more than 3 years ago

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EA Sanctions Gambling in Battlefield Heroes?

rotide rotide writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rotide (1015173) writes "The EA title, "Battlefield Heroes", may be attempting to attract new buyers to their games store. Today they have released "Supply Crates" of which cost 105 Battlefunds (EA credits which are purchased with real money) and may contain a prize worth much more than the purchase cost.

"So feeling lucky? Want to have the chance of obtaining an item of greater value within these drops and possibly end the war once and for all?" (Source: http://www.battlefieldheroes.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=106605)

Some purchasers are reporting on the official game forums that they are finding 1 day XP boosts while others are finding permanent "uber weapons". Is this a new marketing strategy to get players to hop into their microtransaction based game? Is this EA sanctioned gambling for real money?"
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EA restructures BF:Heroes pricing; fans enraged

rotide rotide writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rotide (1015173) writes "EA has attempted to join the "Free to Play" online game scene with the fun and ambitious Battlefield: Heroes online shoter. Unfortunately they appear to have fallen short of their own goals as they now feel it necessary to force their customers to purchase in game weapons to stay competitive on the battlefield. Not selling items to give you a distinct advantage was once their Cardinal Rule, but it appears even those rules are expendable when there is profit to be had."
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