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Google and Verizon In Talks To Prioritize Traffic (Updated)

tehSpork Re:Get ready to Bend over America (410 comments)

The Gulf of Mexico didn't "break Aunt Hilda's internet." Were Google to simply stop providing service to Verizon customers due to the way Verizon was doing business I guarantee you they would have half their customer base marching on the nearest customer service center.

more than 4 years ago

Can Transistors Be Made To Work When They're Off?

tehSpork Re:Not news (89 comments)

Same here. I took VLSI Winter 2009 and we spent an inordinate amount of time studying and working on sub-threshold designs. Part of our final project (and final exam) was to produce a simulated and laid-out circuit using a sub-threshold supply. It's not very complicated, you just lower your clockspeed and source voltage, most of your existing circuits work just fine. The major problem is that they are now working at very low clockrates (KHz as opposed to MHz) which doesn't make too many people very excited.

more than 4 years ago

Rapidshare Trying To Convert Pirates Into Customers

tehSpork Re:This will fail (227 comments)

I passed over both Assassin's Creed II and C&C 4 due to the DRM (both of which resulted in canceled preorders). After hearing the horror stories about the more recent DRM "innovations" the vast majority of my gamer friends have followed suit.

Personally I won't purchase Assassin's Creed II until a crack or patch is released that resolved the DRM problem. If that means waiting until the game is a $5 steam special I'm fine with that, I don't have to play a game the instant it comes out.

What is so annoying about this entire affair is that I am not a thief, pirate, rampant violator of intellectual property, etc. I just want to be able to use the software I purchase without my crappy Comcast connection compromising my single-player gaming experience. Is this too much to ask?

more than 4 years ago

Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

tehSpork Re:Hell no! (512 comments)

How do you explain something like Mirror's Edge then?

I love how people keep trotting this out as an example of how EA is not really as "boring" and formulaic as the community makes them out to be. That is the exception, not the rule. And they're making another one, so really EA just gained another formula to churn through every so-often.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Allows Release of Full 4004 Chip-Set Details

tehSpork Re:Awesome! (124 comments)

Unfortunately the Intel 4004 is much less sophisticated than even the simplistic models I studied as an undergrad. Not to mention that real chips suffer from real compromises and real problems, something our academic fantasy-land models never had to deal with. The simple models allow the students to learn the important concepts (such as multi-cycle instructions, pipelining, caching) without having to worry about why it was implemented a certain way, the concepts are what counted.

In my computer architecture classes we at least looked at the IA32 architecture but it was more of a space-filler and not a primary focus, our professor was heavily into MIPS.

more than 4 years ago

Patch Re-Enables PhysX When ATI Card Is Present

tehSpork Re:Incomprehensible? (130 comments)

Sarcasm much?

about 5 years ago

Best Tablet PC For Classroom Instruction?

tehSpork Re:Do NOT get a HP TX. (176 comments)

The tx2xxx series also tends to ship with Broadcom wireless cards that have an alarming failure rate, we've had to replace untold numbers of these.

Between this and the problems with most of the rest of the HP laptops we see coming in at work my opinion of HP has gone from bad to worse in the last couple years.

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Offers Look Inside WoW at GDC

tehSpork Re:Should I Be Concerned... (188 comments)

Even more worrying is the American Express website - they have a 6 - 8 character limit and disallow special characters. They had better lock people out after a few bad tries as there are a frighteningly limited number of passwords you can come up with that fit those restrictions.

The websites both have terrible usability issues as well but you would think that they would at least be a little concerned about security.

more than 5 years ago

RAID's Days May Be Numbered

tehSpork Re:Bogus outdated thinking (444 comments)

The problem is IT guys and PHB's that think RAID=Backup.

Bullshit. If that's true where you work then you'd better be looking for some new IT guys. In my time in IT I have never seen a RAID without a tape jukebox or some other backup system behind it.

Now were you to qualify that as "the unqualified scabs doing IT for most small businesses" that could be a different story.

more than 5 years ago

Green Cement Absorbs Carbon

tehSpork Re:Less CO2 = $Green$ (213 comments)

An alarming lack of airborne greenhouse gasses leading to a dangerous trend of global cooling?

more than 5 years ago

Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

tehSpork Re:Spend your money right (377 comments)

I am not saying your current games are bad - I have no experience with them

You've saved yourself some money and hours of crappy gameplay then. Assassin's Creed was almost enjoyable (if it hadn't been so buggy), other than that I haven't really enjoyed an Ubisoft title since Chaos Theory (released in 2005). I had been looking forward to Splinter Cell Conviction, however with the way they keep delaying it and changing things by the time we get it I doubt it will resemble the original franchise at all.

A note to game developers: Just because a franchise is successful doesn't mean that it will survive a substantial change in gameplay like we got with Double Agent. Furthermore, after a bomb like Double Agent it would be wise to return more towards the style that popularized your game in the first place before branching out in new directions. I'm not asking for EA Games Madden-esque repetition here and not saying that taking franchises in new creative directions is not good, but when you fail so badly take it back to base before you try again.

Also: If you notice game sales going down it probably has a correlation to your games sucking, regardless of the actual effects of piracy. Since the industry has pretty much stopped offering demos often times the only way to try a game is to download it first. If it sucks why would you bother purchasing it? "Better" DRM isn't going to help you on this front, however games that don't suck would. =)

more than 5 years ago

Social Networks As Gaming Platforms

tehSpork Re:Bullshit from the "industry pundits" (52 comments)

The general market is easily entertained and companies will sell to them as much as possible. Why spend big $$$ to please the /. geek living in his mother's basement when you can pay a college dropout next to nothing to develop a series of pointless little web games that will appeal to a much larger (and less discerning) audience.

This is the same logic used in the film industry, though in all fairness the film industry is at least starting to realize that there are more geeks than previously thought and trying to compensate for it (see also: LOTR, Batman, Watchmen).

more than 4 years ago

Social Networks As Gaming Platforms

tehSpork Re:Let them screw up if they want to (52 comments)

I find it disappointing that the game industry has moved from the model where they kept having to innovate to stay one step ahead of the competition and into a realm where they simply churn out the same game over and over without really adding much or even bothering to differentiate their game from the competition. Unfortunately the game industry has figured out that a large portion of the videogame market is easily entertained, just as is the case with film audiences (Transformers 2 anybody?). If they keep stamping Madden 20xx on the cover of a game odds are they'll continue making money, regardless of the actual quality or content.

Maybe I'm just getting old but I've gone from being an avid gamer to barely touching games at all, mainly from lack of interest. There just aren't many good new games coming out.

more than 4 years ago

The Imminent Demise of SORBS

tehSpork Re:No big loss! (290 comments)

It's worth noting that pointing the extortion racket out during communications intended to get you removed from said blacklist will result in you never hearing another word from the people at SORBS. Funny thing though: After referring (numerous) complaining customers to SORBS as the source of all their woes I found myself removed from the blacklists in short order. Odd how that works.

more than 5 years ago

Tales From the Support Crypt

tehSpork Re:Family Provide Our Best Stories (855 comments)

We have had issues with users taking our OS CDs/DVDs from our helpdesk either accidentally or intentionally. A few months ago we set out to create custom labels for all our discs to make it quite clear that we didn't want them walking off.

A user walked in a couple weeks after we had fixed her computer and stated that they wanted very much to use their optical drive but she was afraid to take out the disc labeled in large font "DO NOT REMOVE."

more than 5 years ago

Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax

tehSpork Re:Astoundingly stupid (713 comments)

My Oregonian insight on the matter is to confirm that Gov. Kulongoski is indeed a stark moron.

Perhaps one of these days we'll actually elect a Governor based on their merits instead of based on the fact that they are the Democratic candidate.

more than 5 years ago

Favorite Utensil

tehSpork Re:Missing option: Chop Sticks (576 comments)

I for one welcome our spork wielding overlords.
Thank you, thank you very much.

more than 6 years ago


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