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Homepage http://www.speedmatters.org/cwatest
Signed On Nov 5, 2001, 00:47
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News Comments > Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners
42. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 22, 2012, 19:17 Paranoid Jack
 
Creston wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 12:28:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 21:22:
The original poster decried the lack of commitment in the US to increasing the availability of fast data services. He referred to such services as "infrastructure." I simply pointed out the differences in scale between SK and the US, and (sarcastically) that the definition of "infrastructure" today is "anything I'd like to have, but want other people to pay for." Data service is NOT "infrastructure" ... it is a luxury. And it is a luxury that the American people don't seem to want to pay for. If they did, Verizon wouldn't have stopped converting old copper to FIOS. There's no interest among large groups of Americans to create a high-speed network for everyone with their disposable income. So, what is the other funding option? Force people to pay for something they don't want (but you do) through the government's forcible confiscation of wages, under the guise of "infrastructure." Well, sorry, but that doesn't fly...

Verizon didn't stop rolling out FIOS because there was no demand. They stopped rolling out FIOS because they'd done their most dense markets, and didn't really care about the less dense ones. There's plenty of people who'd LOVE to get FIOS, and Verizon doesn't care to roll it out to their neighborhood.

So... is that the customer's fault, in your opinion?

And actually, the government has this wonderful initiative in place that gives subsidies to Telcos to deploy high-end data infrastructure to rural areas. (It used to be just phones and they use the same thing for "broadband" internet access now.)

Sadly, like with all things government does, all the initiative does is pay out money to AT&T and Time Warner and its ilk, and they just put it in the bank while rolling out exactly zero meters of fiber to any rural area.

So yeah, there is actually funds available to get more of America connected in a decent fashion. It's just not being used that way because the government is fucking incompetent and the Telcos are just thieves.

Creston

As far as I remember none of the large NA telcos took that carrot. They took not one red cent of the Obama Stimulus Package... or whatever it was being called when our government printed trillions of dollars and gave it to large corporations/banks for the so called trickle down theory. So the only reason that they (large telcos) would roll out broadband to rural areas if there is a perceived market there. Remember they spent millions pushing out DSL to some rural areas and they never recouped that money. You think they will do it again on an even more expensive network?

Also why pay to put FTTN or FTTP in when the customers are constantly jumping ship? The only thing the customer cares about is who is giving me the best priced package. I see it all the time. The customer will give you the lamest reasons why they switched to the other provider put up with shitty service until the promo was up then switched back. Funnier still is when they switch back they expect the entire install to be FREE? After they had the VOIP provider come in and butcher their inside phone wire. So then they bitch about how much the fees are to fix it. Fast forward... six months later... they are jumping to another provider again. It is a never ending cycle with the low income customer. They see the savings on the monthly bill and that is all that matters.

That is their prerogative. Freedom of choice and all that jazz. And I would love to tell you that we are in a fantasy land here in the US where the company with the best customer service wins in the end. Fact is poor service doesn't matter to people anymore. Most get poor service because they are poor customers. They expect it. Seems they love it... because it has gone viral. I can't tell you the last time I was given great customers service outside of a sit down non fast food restaurant.

Times have changed and not for the better.
 
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News Comments > Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners
17. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 21, 2012, 13:43 Paranoid Jack
 
Alamar wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 13:35:
Interesting... what games have a need for a 'collector edition version'?

-Alamar

None have a "need" for the CE but if you have the means and want the extras you have that option. Just like getting those low profile tires and the sports package when you're buying a new car. If you can afford it and/or want it... get it.

edit: Diablo III CE @ Amazon.Com
It appears the market is over saturated at the moment.

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week
3. Re: Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week Jun 21, 2012, 13:29 Paranoid Jack
 
Yeah, I am getting tired of this type of testing too. Last Beta event I was out of town and the one before that I was working so I missed it entirely. These short stress tests during the normal workday seem to be more intended to catch the public's attention and/or just a PR stunt.

I pre-purchased and am wondering why they don't allow us to beta like everyone else. Unless something has changed in the last month or so... I know for a fact they have had an ongoing beta for more than six months now since I know several people who are in and are allowed to play pretty much when they want to.
 
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News Comments > Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners
13. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 21, 2012, 12:57 Paranoid Jack
 
Flatline wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 12:29:
I wish we had that kind of vision here in America. However, here innovation means "figure out new ways to charge you more for less service or product!"

That is spot on. I can't remember the last time I called in or contact a company via e-mail and received a prompt sensible response. The tech support/help line/customer support in this country has gone to shit. It was never great... but comparing five or so years ago to today's standard... back then, it was stellar. I'm not just talking about computer software tech support. Everything from ordering services from a local provider (cable/Internet/phone) to applying for unemployment (not me). I hear it from almost every customer I visit and pretty much anyone else I talk to that had to call somebody for support concerning a service or product. Yet, these businesses wonder why the public hates them?

Back on topic. I've been out of town most of the past month and a half so I am finally thinking about opening my CE D3. Though I am hesitant to do so.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch: Error 37 Gains Infamy
28. Re: Diablo III Launch: Error 37 Gains Infamy May 15, 2012, 23:32 Paranoid Jack
 
Tumbler wrote on May 15, 2012, 23:19:
Heh, I had an hour to play Diablo 3 tonight while the wife is at the Gym. I think it worked for 20 min now I'm not able to login.

The game performance this evening is kind of hilarious. You can see how much of this game is online and when things aren't working well it's painful. The attack animations just stop working. I'm a wizard and at times the attacks will lag and I'm realizing that everytime I click attack it's asking the server if I'm allowed to shoot this fireball. When I get disconnected it stops working. There will be a time between disconnect and an error popping up where you can still move around but everything stops working. My little wizard will swing her sword but she can't shoot her arcane missile or use her laser beam.

The game tonight is behaving like it's a buggy mess. The game stutters often and rather than it feeling like lag the game feels like it's just poorly made. Earlier today when I was playing, around 1pm, it was great. Ran very well, being online was barely noticeable, until they turned the game off...but tonight it's pretty sad how much of the functions of the game depend on talking to the server. The glowing doorways between zones even stopped working. The map will show there should be a door you can enter but if you go over there you can't use them.

I'll be surprised if they don't add an offline mode similar to starcraft 2 at some point in the future because so much of this game requires communication with the home office that I am guessing it's taking immense amounts of bandwidth and power to keep everyone up and doesn't it become not cost effective to go to all this trouble at some point in the future?

Maybe this is just a paranoid crazy action to try and force people to pay to play for at least a month? Make the game unplayable without connecting to us and everyone will buy it! (side note, game will be unplayable for everyone from time to time but we're fighting piracy here! They'll understand!)

Protip: Get Diablo 3 for free and it's easy to just laugh at all of this! (trade ins)

Trade Ins = FREE ?
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch: Error 37 Gains Infamy
25. Re: Diablo III Launch: Error 37 Gains Infamy May 15, 2012, 23:26 Paranoid Jack
 
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 23:16:
I just don't understand the big deal here. People on this site are talking lawsuits for fucks sake. Over a game not being playable for part of the first day??

Surely I can't be the only one who thinks that's over the line from being legitimately annoyed way down into crazytown.

Won't you take me to crazytown?

@Cutter Mmmm... Strongbow.
 
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News Comments > Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month
11. Re: Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month May 15, 2012, 23:12 Paranoid Jack
 
nin wrote on May 15, 2012, 23:00:
Which sickness?


LoL, I pictured a bunch of older people in a jazz bar smoking, drinking, and listening to that version.
 
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News Comments > Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month
7. Re: Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month May 15, 2012, 22:47 Paranoid Jack
 
Hate to sound like a shill... but from what I got to see and play I am down with the sickness. The game is good fun and all with no monthly fee. I pre-purchased with no regret. While I sit here trying to decide if I should open or e-bay this Diablo 3 CE.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
40. Re: Morning Previews Apr 30, 2012, 21:47 Paranoid Jack
 
I had a blast. After the initial hiccups the game ran great. Well good enough for me. It's not a FPS... yet I understand. People who have bleeding edge hardware still the game has a lot of slowdowns... I know it can be irritating.

I was very happy with what I saw. Not a revolution but an evolution of the genre. I can't remember having this much fun since the days of old playing Asheron's Call and then Dark Age of Camelot.
 
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News Comments > TERA Headstarts Today and Tomorrow
14. Re: TERA Headstarts Today and Tomorrow Apr 27, 2012, 23:53 Paranoid Jack
 
I have to agree the few minutes I was able to play GW2 it did look, feel, and play better than TERA but at least TERA wasn't constantly disconnecting and crashing my controls. I was in GW2 for ten minutes or so turned in my first quest and was disconnected. Tried to log back in but now it crashes or locks up my PC every time... and the only way to exit the game since it breaks the mouse drivers is to shutdown or log off. Did they test this on W7?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Apr 25, 2012, 21:58 Paranoid Jack
 
Sessler is not the only reason G4 works. But for me he was the main reason G4 worked. I trust some of the other hosts to give a fair review of products/games but Adam was the best at it. I have no doubt that he was a real gamer. Some of the others I'm not too sure of. I'm curious to see who takes his spot. Whoever he is better be good or I can see the ratings falling off for the over eighteen male demographic.

In protest I am going to the DVR now to stop the recording of X-Play.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
13. Re: Morning Previews Apr 25, 2012, 01:17 Paranoid Jack
 
Congrats, I'm still being told my log in failed or that my password is incorrect. Sure glad they didn't e-mail everyone at once. The beta should be over by the time I am able to finally download the client.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
11. Re: Morning Previews Apr 24, 2012, 23:37 Paranoid Jack
 
too funny...

nin, that is the exact same e-mail I have got.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
9. Re: Morning Previews Apr 24, 2012, 22:41 Paranoid Jack
 
Thanks for the info nin, I was going to start looking for forum posts but I can't even log into that.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
7. Re: Morning Previews Apr 24, 2012, 21:50 Paranoid Jack
 
Been trying for hours to log in to start the GW2 client download and their servers are not working at all or are down. I can log into GW and the accounts are already linked but trying to log into the GW2 website or the download site comes back with a bullshit message telling me my password is incorrect. I updated the password twice and received e-mail confirmation from the same site that is repeatedly telling me my password is incorrect.

Got a feeling this is going to be a very rough launch, beta or not...
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Open Beta Weekend
137. D3 Open Beta Apr 21, 2012, 13:23 Paranoid Jack
 
D3 is entertaining to a point but also lacking considering it's been in development for damn near twelve years. When I finished my first play through of the Beta I had no great desire to start a new character. I had to ask myself what is missing? For me it's several things.

First the skill trees of D2 added so much more to the growth of your character. Doubt we are going to see that here. Yeah, the ruins were added with their latest scramble to retool the game. Still its not enough. On my last Wizard play through I had dozens of runes yet it didn't add much to the excitement of my character's growth. It just feels like the game has been streamlined.

Second even though this is only Act I the loot drops for the Wizard were horrible. I think I found three items that were different/somewhat better than the items I already had. Everything else was for the other classes and/or repeated drops of the same old stuff over and over again. I know this is all random it just seems less exciting to play when you know 99.9% of what you are picking up is just junk to your character. I quickly got to the point where I'd only pick up the magic items just to sell off in an attempt to level up the Blacksmith. Which brings me to my next point.

Third the Blacksmith... I unlocked him to the second to last level yet he could only make marginally better items than those couple I had already found. I spent thousands and thousands of coin upgrading him and that is all he could make for my class? What a let down. I know its a fine line between balance and better loot but this was just another let down on top of the others.

After playing through with a Wizard twice, a Barbarian once, a Witch Doctor once, and partial with the Monk and Demon Hunter I'm thinking the CE is going up for sale soon after I walk out of GameStop. It saddens me because I loved the first two games and have waited for a decade for this?
 
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News Comments > TERA Open Beta Weekend
3. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:43 Paranoid Jack
 
Did they change the date? I thought it was suppose to kick off this Friday.  
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News Comments > TERA Open Beta Weekend
1. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:24 Paranoid Jack
 
Isn't GW2 doing a weekend beta test also?

I need to check this one out too.
 
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2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 12, 2012, 16:07 Paranoid Jack
 
A game this good for this cheap should be illegal?  
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News Comments > Arma III Animations Trailer
25. Re: Arma III Animations Trailer Apr 8, 2012, 11:50 Paranoid Jack
 
From the look of it the animations are better but at a minimum they need to have several walk animations. Not just one with two speeds. It shouldn't be that hard (or expensive) to add half a dozen upper body stances. So that not every squad member is walking with the same posture. Several different positions with arms holding guns differently and also several gun types. Maybe that is in there and they just made a bad choice on the video? I must say I'm impressed enough to buy this one after skipping their last one.

Still I just can't believe they are not fixing the command dialog system to be smoother. The talking robot squad mates and robotic commands gets old really quick. I know that real world soldiers speak clearly and slowly often repeating communications but at least their voices don't sound robotic. Just saying...

Also the player movement can get a little stale at times. It feels clunky. I know it varies and depends on the characters load. And before you say anything I've played old school tactical shooters. I own every Rainbow Six and the original Ghost Recon series with all expansions. I enjoy slower more realistic movements. But again smoothing them out to feel better not faster. I don't want it to be a overly fast paced shooter. Maybe it's just the camera that makes it seem clunky but I doubt it I remember that feeling well while playing the first couple games. Even if this studio only was involved with the first release.

And I agree when it comes to tension these games have it. They're not corridor shooters on a small map. You have a huge open game world. I'm in just hope they smooth a couple of the rough edges to make this a AAA title. It looks better and better the more videos I see. Go check out youtube if you haven't already.
 
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