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News Comments > EA Investigating Incorrect BF3 Bans
8. Re: EA Investigating Incorrect BF3 Bans Jun 23, 2014, 13:12 Creston
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 13:06:
Out of curiosity, does Punkbuster make money for it's developers in a flat one time license fee or does it make money over time based on amount of users or is it something else?

I have no idea. It's so terrible that I can't imagine anyone paying money for it, but publishers are realllllllllllly fucking dumb, so who knows. I don't put it past EA to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fees for a completely broken product.
 
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
37. Re: MS: Jun 23, 2014, 13:10 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:50:
So why does Microsoft keep recommitting to PC gaming? Because some poor asshole has the job of doing so. Microsoft needs its hands in PC gaming somehow. They need to keep making quality versions of Direct3D, and they need to dabble here and there.

Why? Why do they need to? There's no money to be had there, so why do they feel they NEED to? I mean, they obviously do for whatever weird fucked-up reason, since they keep paying some jackass money to bleat this kind of fairy tale once every six months, but WHY do they do it?

Maybe it's a Milton scenario. They've forgotten they have the guy on the payroll, and so he just keeps saying something every six months to sorta justify his job.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
15. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 13:04 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:58:
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:06:
Comcast users can use it for free. Anyone else can connect to it, and then has to sign up through a portal page and pay whatever it is they're charging. It's undoubtedly not cheap.

That definitely changes my opinion some. I thought it was exclusively for Comcast customers.

It just makes it worse, imo. First Comcast charges you for your internet package, probably 40-50 bucks a month. They charge you rent for that fucking modem, what, probably 5 or 10 bucks? And then they use the equipment you pay them for, to put up a free wifi network (free for them), so they can get some more fucking revenue from it.

The 11% of American people that are in favor of Comcast and TWC merging have to be brainwashed or something.
 
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News Comments > EA Investigating Incorrect BF3 Bans
6. Re: EA Investigating Incorrect BF3 Bans Jun 23, 2014, 13:01 Creston
 
Fucking punkbuster shit. Far Cry 3 recently reinstalled it on my system for God knows what reason.

The only reason devs still use it has to be because it costs a dollar to implement or something. It doesn't do shit for its intended use, and instead just causes crap on a frequent basis.
 
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News Comments > Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins
18. Re: Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins Jun 23, 2014, 12:59 Creston
 
InBlack wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 05:40:
This guy is a riot, quote from Reddit:

Question, how many copies have they sold?

Alex:
Steam doesn't want me to say, so I can say we've sold over one hundred thousand so far

And he's not in the top 10 in sales. That's why I keep saying that the belief that Skyrim only sold a few million copies on the PC is ridiculous, because the top sellers on Steam are selling hundreds of thousands of copies per polling interval (a week, I believe?)

Sorry, kind of a tangent there, but in any case, this guys is awesome.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2014, 12:54 Creston
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:27:
You can easily disable the hotspot service on your cable modem, just not as easily as most people would expect or like.

And you're a tech-savvy guy, or at least I assume you are. 99% of Comcast's customers will have no clue this is even being turned on, or that there is an option to turn it off again, which is exactly what Comcast wants.

And Cutter, it SHOULD be illegal, but it's not, because apparently if you do business with (or are a customer of) a corporation in the US, that means said corporation is free to all-but-rape you, since it says so in the EULA. (and it's likely not legal, but nobody has the desire or the money to challenge this kind of horseshit in court.)

 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
10. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 12:51 Creston
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:24:
Or, it could be that there's a more complex critical path, involving platform certification (not required on PC), scheduling a much larger (and therefore more difficult to reschedule) physical media order, and much more costly financial penalties (updating marketing) if you miss a date on the console side?

So if they can manage all that, why can't they do the easy-peasy PC launch at the same day then?

Ubisoft delays the AC games because they believe it will help curtail piracy. Whether it does or not is not a discussion I find at all interesting, but that's why they do it.

They will do so again with Unity. They've been promising this "no, no, it will launch at the same time!" thing since Revelation, and a few weeks before launch, they'll put out an announcement that says they need some extra time to 'polish' the PC version.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 12:16 Creston
 
nin wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:04:
Vocabulary test. 86% - Yes to 86% of existing words, Yes to 0% of nonwords.

80% here. Yes to 83% of the existing words. Yes to 3% of the nonwords.


I got 72%, but several words where I said it wasn't a word, they pretend it's a word, even though they spell it wrong. Eveningwear, for example, is two words. It's "evening wear." Putting them together doesn't somehow make it an actual word. Their 'scientific' study is definitely well thought out.

But it's from a university in Belgium, so what can you expect. :p
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 12:06 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:56:
I guess it would make sense that it's one access point. It just seemed like something beyond Comcast's competence to do that. But it's definitely rolled out here, as I mentioned, I see it mixed in with all the other routers in my building.

Okay, yeah, then you just see the one router. (the nearest one to you.) All others are access points and are hidden by default.

As for Comcast being able to do something that technical, it probably helps that that's just the default behavior for a wifi network with multiple access points.


And you can use it with no account? I thought it was for Comcast users only?

Comcast users can use it for free. Anyone else can connect to it, and then has to sign up through a portal page and pay whatever it is they're charging. It's undoubtedly not cheap.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Why is that patch 10GB? Jun 23, 2014, 11:52 Creston
 
"blablabla nonsense blablabla bonus for players blabla lazy progra... shit. Look, DLC, okay? IT'S DLC!"

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:46 Creston
 
In other sports news, can you believe that poor kid that was trying out for the NBA draft, only to get told he has some kind of one in a billion genetic disease that's going to make his cells lose cohesion?

Holy shit, how do you even process something like that?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:41 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:37:
actually, germany (west germany at the time) were the ones who instigated the current method of having the final group games played at the same time. in '82 they went into their final game with austria knowing they had to win 1-0 to advance. austria would still advance in that situation. they scored early, and then the rest of the game was 80 minutes of 22 dudes trying not to look like they were colluding to advance.

that was a fantastic game though. can't believe the horrendous defending at the end - bradley for coughing up the ball to create the counter, or cameron for just plain whiffing on the cross or picking up the attacker. which was funny because overall our defense was really good and played well as a unit. it just came down to individual gaffs that led to both portugal goals.

Okay, but now you're talking like 25 years ago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 23, 2014, 11:39 Creston
 
Pigeon wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 10:25:
That is one shitty $1,099 computer.

Apple hardware is never worth the asking price, but imbeciles buy it anyway BECUZ IT'S APPLE!
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:34 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:17:
Actually I don't know, but I do know that I live in an apartment serviced exclusively by Comcast and I pick up one public router. Which is odd. Maybe it's a slow roll-out, or is it all the same network name so it's essentially a "cloud?"

I don't know if it's been rolled out in your place yet, but I doubt any of those routers will show up as individual access points. You'd probably just see the network with a certain strength, and the routers would be hidden. It's also only one particular type of router that has the functionality, so it would depend on how many people in that area have that particular router. Even so, you'd only need a few of them in a large apartment complex to cover the entire complex.

In the long run I really don't think this will be a much used feature, regardless of anything. Do you know your username and password for your cable company? I'd wager the majority of the public does not.

I do, but I know I'm not the majority in that. However, people don't know their username/pw because's there's no point in them knowing. Your router never asks you to authenticate. If you can get free wifi throughout your town with it, why wouldn't you know?

This isn't to say "it's all ok, then," more "this is a stupid thing to turn on by default and ruffle feathers when Comcast really gets no benefit out of it."

Comcast hopes that people will just start using it while they have no account, so they can be charged per MB of data used at the usual overage rates. And they roll out a free wifi network on the backs of their own customers, who have to RENT that fucking router.

I agree, it's retarded. The insane pretention that "it's a separate network, so there's no danger of being hacked" is truly ludicrous. When a signal hits your router from outside, it can be hacked. Period.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:24 Creston
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 10:41:
The best possible result for both USA and Germany is a draw, because that puts them both at 5 points, while Portugal and Ghana can't get 5 points even with a win. The US will still probably advance as long as they don't get blown out, or Ghana and Portugal keep it close.

Previous world cup matches where such a scenario occurred were terrible, as the teams would just agree beforehand to draw, and then they'd spend 90 minutes just meekly passing the ball from defender to defender without ever bothering to do something.

I think FIFA has drawn up some kind of rule to outlaw that behavior now, so if it looks as if you're actively not trying to win, something something something. No idea what they did anymore. Make both teams forfeit the 1 point? I can't be bothered to look it up.

In any case, Germany's usually never too keen on such things, so I doubt that will happen. (They might still tie, of course, but I don't think it'll be deliberate.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:22 Creston
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 09:50:
Yakubs wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 09:44:
The entire sport is sketchy. Bunch of grown men with 10 pounds of gel in their hair pretending that a gust of wind broke their leg.

Better than 2 dozen grown men needing breaks and pauses every 20 seconds for 3 minutes... just to carry an egg over a field.

Rolleyes

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 11:20 Creston
 
Mystery? What mystery? It USED to be that way, where nobody had any idea how much time was added, and crooked refs abused that badly. Now, though, the ref indicates to both coaches how much time will be added, and it can't exceed five minutes. So just prepare to play for 50 minutes a half, and voila. (Edit, just realized you're probably being sarcastic. :p )

It was the latest goal in World Cup history, but I've seen goals even later than this in Dutch competition. In Holland, the ref indicates when something is the final possession (ie, you basically get one more shot, or you lose possession), and I've seen Ronald Koeman score twice with the final shot of the game with an absolute bullet to the cross section.

Imo, it just makes it more exciting. Teams get a lot more daring in extra time if they're down.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
3. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 11:15 Creston
 
It's not going to ship at the same time. It just isn't.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:06 Creston
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:02:
Why should Comcast customers have to pay for the extra electric costs when passers by use said customers router? The extra traffic would certainly raise the electric bill even if only a little. The increase in electric usage would be significant when looked at across all combined routers. How are these people being compensated? Has anyone else even considered this aspect?

No, but the Comcast fanboys (incredibly, they exist) are all bleating as loud as they can that you're talking "maybe pennies a year," because they're all geniuses who can accurately predict such things.

As for the hacking issue, when you mention that it's nothing but crickets.

Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:05:
2) Most of these routers will never really be used, because they're in people's homes.

Do you have any idea how far a wireless n connection reaches these days? I can pick up two other wifi routers in my house, and my nearest neighbor lives well over a hundred yards away. And IIRC, they're using these routers as combined access points, so in essence it's this massive blanket field if you're in a decently sized town. (such as Houston, where they've rolled it out already)

People are going to use it. And sure, it doesn't count against your cap (miraculously, it being Comcast and all), but it's still traffic going over your already heavily overloaded neighborhood connection. Iow, speed in your home is going to go down.


And then the GM app. Ah GM. Developed on taxpayer dime, and will lead to plenty more car crashes. (Bonus for GM, since you buy a new one? :p )

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 23, 2014, 00:55 Creston
 
shinchan0s wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 21:53:
DangerDog wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 16:21:
I understand you need skyrim's dlc for the mods, I'm not really interested in playing the dlc that much.

Don't know of any "must have mods" that requires the DLCs. I still play off the base game with around 30~ currently updated mods.

Quite a few do. Most of my mods at least have extra options for Dawnguard and Dragonborn, and several mod authors just get tired of having to maintain multiple versions, so they just update the all DLC version only.

But it's not a dead-set requirement, no.
 
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