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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650

unr3a1 Re:Are you insane? (160 comments)

At $650, the GTX 780 costs less than one monthly rent payment for me.

about a year and a half ago
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Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass

unr3a1 Re:From the likes of EA, sure.... (74 comments)

Of course the original purchasers stopped playing.

He doesn't have the game anymore you twit.

Think of it this way. Say I am the one millionth person to purchase a game to play online. If I sell or give my copy to someone else who goes to play online, I have stopped playing since I no longer have the game. The person who got the game from me is now the one millionth person online. Doing some arithmetic, 1,000,000 + 1 (the player I sold the game to) - 1 (being me the person who stopped playing) = 1,000,000. Math shows that you had one million players before the game got sold second hand to someone else, and that after the game was sold, you still had only one million players online (not one million and one).

What this looks like is a developer/publisher looking to get paid TWICE for ONE game license. And if that second person decides to sell it second hand to a third person, then that's the developer/publisher getting paid THREE times for ONE game license.

As a developer/publisher, you already sold that copy of the game. What the customer does with that game copy, either selling it or giving it away to someone else, as long as he/she didn't copy it, is not doing anything illegal or ethically wrong and frankly it's none of your business.

about a year and a half ago
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Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

unr3a1 Re:so... (365 comments)

It's an anecdote—an extremely well known anecdote I might add; meant to be used to convey an idea, not represent scientific facts. So first thing, get off the high horse.

Secondly, from a legal perspective, states maintain databases such as the one suggested, through DMV records. Obviously that requires a level of voluntary acceptance by the populace, since nothing forces you to maintain a state ID or driver's license.

Thirdly, the federal government in reality probably already has a national database derived from DMV records and passports. The clause being included in this bill is nothing more than a formality making a current practice officially legal.

My original comment still stands.

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

unr3a1 Re:Right of suicide (856 comments)

No where in his post does he touch on someone's "right" to suicide. He is talking about the rate of suicide in relation to the prevalence of a deadly mechanism. There is no relation, is what he was saying. Not once did he talk about suicide rights.

In response to your question though, I will ask you a question. What do you think the people that tried suicide but were stopped by a friend or family member would say about it? Those that are happy about it at least. Don't fool yourself into believing that out of the people that were attempting suicide or plannining to, none of them feel grateful for the individuals who stopped them from doing it. I can't give exact percentages, but there are people who have attempted to kill themselves and were stopped—against their will at the time—who are glad someone was there who cared about them enough to save their lives.

Suicide is a permanent "solution" to temporary problems. Yes, there are people who genuinely want to off themselves, and the fact that nothing would help them from seeing the value in their lives is sad. The people who fail, whether by their own failure, or who are forced to live by others do still have to live with the depression. Well, they can always try again.

But if we did what you would seem to suggest, which is "just let people off themselves at will with no intervention of any kind", people who truly didn't want to kill themselves will, because they had no one to try and stop them.

about a year and a half ago
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Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

unr3a1 Re:so... (365 comments)

I am sorry, but this is extermely short-sighted and naive. If an individual or entity has a history of abusing powers granted to them, you do NOT set up a system that makes it easier for them to abuse power.

>If the US were going to turn into "papers, please" it would've done so already

This is flat out false. The ideals of freedom are so deeply rooted into our culture and society, if it were to just switch from freedom to police state, yes, that would cause problems. But that is not what is happening. The federal government is gradually expanding it's powers.

To use a well-known, simple analogy, think of boiling a frog. Drop the frog into already boiling water, and it will jump out. Put the frog in the bottom of the pan and slowly heat up the pot to a boil, and the frog will boil.

It's a slow expansion of power, and almost always granted to help increase "security".

about a year and a half ago
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Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

unr3a1 Re:Not surprising. (232 comments)

Yes and no. The 360 was used in the last few years more of a 'proof of concept' and to stay competitive with things like AppleTV. I predict the 720 will include a "wealth of new features" that includes Microsoft Office, and full IE integration. Launch accessories will include wireless keyboard and mouse, and the Kinect (or next iteration of) will be utilized for the Metro interface that the 720 will most likely carry.

I wouldn't be surprised if eventually Windows is fully utilized on the 720 at a later date if it's not included outright.

about a year and a half ago
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Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

unr3a1 Not surprising. (232 comments)

So here begins service based computing. This is the direction Microsoft is trying to bring the computer industry, and it's all starting with the next Xbox. I know it's a futile hope, but I still hope the Xbox 720 fails, or at the least has significantly less adoption like Windows 8. This is the opportunity consumers have to try and stop Microsoft from taking computing in this direction. I doubt it will happen, but I do hope.

about a year and a half ago
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Defense Dept. Directed To Disclose Domestic Drone Use

unr3a1 Re:And remember, (190 comments)

His point is, that there is a wealth of information that SHOULD be getting told to the people, but doesn't because government knows that the people aren't truly interested. Since when we do find out when the government has overreached it's bounds or violated the Constitution, people don't give a shit. Which is sad, and stupid on the part of the people.

about a year and a half ago
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Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

unr3a1 Let's hope so. (436 comments)

I certainly hope so. The last 3D film I went to was Tron: Legacy, and the reason it was my last was before the movie started, there was a disclaimer that said that all scenes were not in 3D, but to keep the glasses on. If everything is not in 3D than what the hell am I paying an extra six dollars for? I also never liked 3D anyways since I do not enjoy having to wear an apparatus to view it.

about 2 years ago
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NZBMatrix Closes Their Website

unr3a1 Re:Too many people... (144 comments)

That's not really the point. Yes, Usenet is old, but it was generally unknown to the majority of your average computer users. For years, the MAFIAA has been going after torrenting, with seemingly no knowledge of the capabilities and common use for Usenet. Now all of the sudden, NZB sites and Usenet providers have been getting hit with the DMCA notices. Again, seemingly it's apparent that the MAFIAA has only recently become aware of Usenet, so spagthorpe was using a funny and appropriate movie reference to point out that a lot of people couldn't keep the Usenet secret to themselves.

about 2 years ago
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Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments

unr3a1 Precisely the problem. (233 comments)

This is one of the fundamental reasons why we have the issues we have. Including amendments or clauses that have absolutely nothing to do with the main content of the bill itself should not be allowed. It has historically and currently used to sneak in laws that are not openly discussed with the public in order to pass those laws without public knowledge. This is because they know it is harder to eliminate a law after it has passed than it is to block a law before it passes.

While arguments could be made that legitimate laws that should be passed would take too long to get passed, this ability is abuses far more frequently than being used for legitimate laws. And for that reason, things like this need to stop.

more than 2 years ago
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Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

unr3a1 Re:Why is it... (298 comments)

Well, as a provider, they are not legally allowed to ban customer owned eqipment. By law they are required to let customers use their own equipment. But all the services are still controlled by the provider.

Unfortunately, it's not a violation of DMCA since as a customer, you are allowed to suspend your DVR service. That doesn't require a different box, the provider just eliminates your access to DVR functionality. If that doesn't violate DMCA, why would blocking the ability to FFW through commercials? Sorry to say, it doesn't.

You also should try to keep in mind that a lot of your service functionality is not decided on by the service provider, but instead contracts with the content providers (NBC, CBS, Viacom, etc).

Which is why Dish network put themselves in hot water with the network companies over their Hopper dvr box, which allows customers to skip commercials on recorded programs all together.

That doesn't directly apply in this specific case, but it could also be what is pressuring TWC to do this. Either way, it's not a violation of DMCA.

Source: I work for a major service provider. We suck, I know, but unfortunately everything I said is true.

more than 2 years ago
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Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

unr3a1 Re:Why is it... (298 comments)

Because you don't own the equipment or its software. And per the subscriber agreement you agreed to upon activating service, your provider retains the right to alter their service features and pricing.

more than 2 years ago
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Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs

unr3a1 A lot of hostility.... (298 comments)

There is a lot of hostility against TWC for this. Let me be the first to say, just because TWC got this patent does NOT mean that they will be utilizing it. If anything, they are doing consumers a favor, because now in order for any other provider to do it, they would have to pay royalties to TWC. There is absolutely no indication that TWC will actually implement disabling fast forwarding on their DVRs.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama's Privacy Bill of Rights: Just a Beginning

unr3a1 Re:You are incredibly naive if you believe Obama h (222 comments)

Since when do we need any privacy bill of rights? The first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution already applies here. Or at least they should.

Also, calling it a "bill of rights" is extremely deceitful about what a bill of rights is. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are rights that protect the PEOPLE from the GOVERNMENT. This 'privacy bill of rights' conveniently EXEMPTS the GOVERNMENT from it's protections. So in reality what this is doing is conditioning people into falsehoods regarding privacy, and the bill of rights.

1. Privacy is only applicable to private institutions, and the people should not expect privacy from the Government.

2. A 'bill of rights' again does not apply to the Government, but instead private entities. This is extremely important when the Government decides to pass laws that are in direct violation of the Bill of Rights. To say it won't happen is naive, as it already has happened (PATRIOT Act and NDAA being two examples).

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

unr3a1 Re:Drastically reduced profits? (438 comments)

Yes, the percentage that fell is specifically their profit margin. And while 43.7% to 42.2% is only a 1.5% difference, that is a 1.5% difference in millions of dollars. Since their business practices are centered around huge profit margins, this decrease is pretty significant for them. Please don't think of me being sympathetic towards them, I am not. I could care less if they only made $250 million dollars last year rather than $260 million (these numbers are not based in fact, just using it as an example).

However, when their business model is dependent on them making $260 million, they either have to scale back some where or raise service rates in order to compensate for the $10 million that they were expecting to be there but isn't. Where it gets ridiculous, is that for tax purposes, they are actually able to write off this $10 million as a "loss". Even though in reality they didn't lose anything instead they just made less than what they were expecting.

more than 2 years ago
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ISPs Will Now Be Copyright Cops

unr3a1 Re:Massive Respect for Wendy Seltzer (338 comments)

I decided to look for more info about her on Princeton's website, and she definitely deserves massive respect. You can read a bio about her here: http://wendy.seltzer.org/shortbio.html

She works in support of the internet users, even heading up a website that helps internet users understand their rights when they receive cease and desist threats. I like her too.

more than 3 years ago
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Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

unr3a1 Re:Horrifying (397 comments)

That, of course, is not the intended purpose to freedom of religion. You are speaking more along the lines of freedom FROM religion, which is not guaranteed nor mandated by any federal or state document (thankfully).

more than 3 years ago
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Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

unr3a1 Re:Horrifying (397 comments)

But there is a very fine line between socially vilifying a group of people and violating their rights (whether it comes from the left or the right); and very few people can walk that line without crossing it.

more than 3 years ago
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Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

unr3a1 Re:Horrifying (397 comments)

Apparently "freedom of religion" doesn't mean anything to you. Thankfully, the Bill of Rights disagrees with you.

more than 3 years ago

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Update: Google and Verizon In Talks To Prioritize

unr3a1 unr3a1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

unr3a1 (1264666) writes "Update: Endgadget writes: Phew... we think. Google's Public Policy Twitter account just belted out a denial of these claims, straight-up saying that the New York Times "is wrong." Here's the full tweet, which certainly makes us feel a bit more at ease. For now. "@NYTimes is wrong. We've not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open internet."

Verizon's now also issued a statement and, like Google, it's denying the claims in the original New York Times report. It's as follows:

        "The New York Times article regarding conversations between Google and Verizon is mistaken. It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose. As we said in our earlier FCC filing, our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority, while maintaining investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.""

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Time Warner Cable to not roll out DOCSIS 3.0

unr3a1 unr3a1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

unr3a1 (1264666) writes "Recently, Time Warner Cable pulled it's plans to roll out bandwidth caps to customers in Texas, North Carolina, and New York after receiving pressure from consumers and New York Congressman Eric Massa. As a result, Time Warner Cable is now considering halting it's plans to roll-out the new super-fast broadband standard, DOCSIS 3.0. According to a NY Times article , the new standard will not cost more than the current DOCSIS 2.0 standard. Is Time Warner Cable trying to punish customers because they fought the tiered pricing plan?"
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Time Warner to Offer Unlimited Bandwidth for $150

unr3a1 unr3a1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

unr3a1 (1264666) writes "In response to a slew of criticism over its plan to cap customers' bandwidth allowance, Time Warner Cable announced new price tiers for a three-state trial. On top of a 5, 10, 20, and 40-gigabyte (GB) caps, the company said this week that it would offer an additional 100GB tier for heavy users. Prices (so far) would range from $29.95 to $75.00 a month, with users charged an extra dollar for every GB more they download, although that charge is also capped at $75. An "unlimited" bandwidth plan, therefore, tops out at $150."
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Time Warner Cable May Lose MTV License.

unr3a1 unr3a1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

unr3a1 writes "Time Warner Cable's license to broadcast 19 channels owned by Viacom which includes MTV and Nickelodeon is set to expire tonight at midnight, and may be forced to make those channels go dark. Viacom is currently asking for three times more money in order to renew the license, and is so far unwilling to grant an extension on the negotiations. If no extension is granted, Time Warner Cable will be forced to take 19 channels in its standard lineup off the air while the negotiations continue. Customers are being informed of the situation by a scroller at the bottom of some channels. Viacom is making it appear to be Time Warner's fault if the channels go dark, by urging customers to contact Time Warner and beg them to agree to Viacoms demands."

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