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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
37. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 02:28 LittleMe
 
beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:13:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:58:
Yes well it was local government regulation in their creation of local monopolies as a sacrifice for service. That was the dicatum presented to us that only a monopoly can provide a service. Now they are exploiting their government sanctioned monopolies but the whole issue has been blown out of proportion and people are now hysterical for NN.

So ... you are saying ... that local government cutting sweetheart deals with Comcast and its army of corporate lobbyists is what created this problem?

And that's why ... you don't want the federal government to step in and intervene in these monopolies?

I don't want federal intervention, as you put it. Correct. Local governments created the problem, they should solve it. I fully support local communities altering the terms of these monopoly (franchise) agreements with full NN wording.

There are several reasons why I don't want Federal involvement. That's the subject of a several book as far as how corrupt and controlled they are. Let me just say that a "one size fits all" solution won't work but it's much more complicated than that to me.

beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:13:
The rest of the world has much better internet service, at cheaper rates, than we do in the U.S. And the rest of the world--particularly in Europe--places heavy regulations on those ISPs and cable companies to stop them from gouging their customers.

Okay but we're not Europe, but yes more and more we're becoming as they are. So yes I think similar what you are saying will happen here. Healthy competition has already been destroyed here and a highly controlled Internet infrastructure will result.

When I was a kid we criticized Europe for it's antiquated and poor quality telecommunications. Now we idolize them. They have earned some of that but a lot of our admiration of a very controlled/regulated Internet is undeserved. I'm not talking about price or access here. I'm talking about rapid technological advancement that can't happen in a highly regulated and controlled (monopolized) market.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
36. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 02:14 LittleMe
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:05:
Take it over? What are you even talking about? Do you have even the foggiest idea what Title I and II are?

Okay I'm not saying literally as in seizing the physical properties as has been done in the past in other countries (in other industries), no of course not.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
32. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 01:58 LittleMe
 
beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:53:
Yep. Over regulation (is there any other kind?) by the Federal Government and our Commissar in Chief is what led to all the problems with internet monopolies.

Yes well it was local government regulation in their creation of local monopolies as a sacrifice for service. That was the dicatum presented to us that only a monopoly can provide a service. Now they are exploiting their government sanctioned monopolies but the whole issue has been blown out of proportion and people are now hysterical for NN.

beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:53:
If they just totally deregulated the internet, and let THE FREE MARKET DECIDE, then there would be NO MORE MONOPOLIES!

Again the government created the monpolies. how many times do I need to say that this is a government-created problem? All your minds have been conditioned by years of government education where they taught you to love the government!

beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:53:
Just look at what deregulation did for the savings and loan industry.

And the banking industry. Repealing the Glass-Steagall Act was a great idea, right? No problems there.

Yes I see your sarcasm and strawman arguments. Please reread what I said with consideration of the warnings I gave.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
27. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 01:35 LittleMe
 
PropheT wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:55:
A law would need to be passed. That's what the president was asking for. That is not king-like behavior, because the executive branch does not create and pass laws; he is calling for these measures to be enacted, not decreeing to all his vassals that from now henceforth the land shall have net neutrality.

No, no he wasn't. Here's the quote:

Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility.

Nothing there about congress. It does look like a decree do me, and an unlawful one at that. I think especially since that the Internet is so proving so key to nearly everyone's hour-to-hour modern lifestyle that the FCC, on it's own decision, could effectively take it over is scary. I find that notion repugnant. And yes you've not seen any written regulation or law so presume the worst. They could really harm the Internet with Verizon, Comcast, etc writing nearly whatever they want in there as a "compromise".

PropheT wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:55:
As for a free-er market solution, I don't know how you can think this when there is already obvious and tangible proof that the exact opposite of what you're saying is already true. There's even examples provided in the Oatmeal link. We have a free market in place right now, and the providers have used it to give themselves monopolies over coverage areas, control pricing, enact bandwidth limitations, and so on because the necessary regulations preventing them from doing so do not exist.

The whole local internet service is very anti-free market with antiquated mid-20th century local 'franchise agreements' that are the foundation of how the vast majority of local Internet service is provided. These franchise agreements are just kind words for government granted monopolies. THAT is the core problem here - that being, very limited consumer choice and minimal competition.

"When the leader of the free world says the Internet should remain free, that's a game changer," said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.
That's pure self-serving propaganda. Read between the lines. I'll rewrite it since you guys can't interpret that statement. "A narcissistic power drunk attention whore says he's going to do you a favor and expects you to sit back and trust him with one of the greatest inventions of human-kind. The corporate controlled government says it's going to do a 180 degree turn and if you believe that you deserve what you'll get. If it turns into a nightmare don't worry, police with guns will show up and arrest you if you interfere."

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
25. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 01:12 LittleMe
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 00:22:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:37:
But last January, a federal appeals court struck down the regulation because the court said the FCC didn't technically have the legal authority to tell broadband providers how to manage their networks.

The proper way to go about this sort of thing would be to pass a law. I saw no such language in the article. So it appears the pres doesn't care about the rule of law but his supposed authority over the FCC to enforce a 'rule' already found to be not within their lawful authority. This is how kings operate.

The government can only do so much here. This is where a free-er market would give consumers what they want - Internet access without being under the thumb of government-sanctioned monopolistic internet providers. Obama just loves to be the center of attention here as usual. It's superficial flair with no substance.

There is a law -- the Telecommunications Act -- and it is the whole basis of the current state of the Net Neutrality discussion. You don't seem to understand the difference between legislation and public administration. Law cannot, does not, and will not ever, describe every detail, with precision, of how the government does its job; this is the difference between law and administrative rules, a difference which should be civics 101. The Congress writes laws, but the Executive branch determines how to "execute" and administer those laws. For example, the Congress passes the Clean Water Act, a law mandating improvement in water quality and authorizing the EPA to administer those mandates; the EPA, in turn, studies the requirements, brings their own expertise to bear, determines the exact regulatory rules necessary to implement those legislative mandates, determines the details of how to enforce those rules, and establishes metrics to measure how well the new regulatory regime is actually achieving the goals set down in law by Congress. Again, this is Civics 101. In the case of Net Neutrality, the FCC has the authority to classify broadband Internet as a Title II Public Utility under the Telecommunications Act. As a regulatory body responsible for the actual implementation of said law, the FCC has administrative discretion on whether or not broadband Internet should be so classified, and whether or not the rule making authority granted by such a classification should be used to write rules which enforce Net Neutrality. The President, who is the head of the Executive Branch, of which the FCC is a part, has come out in favor of classification of broadband Internet as a public utility subject to Title II regulatory authority. This is how government is supposed to work. It's called separation of powers. The Executive branch makes the administrative decisions which actually implement laws, and whether or not broadband Internet is a Title II utility or an information service is one such administrative decision. If Congress determined the precise details of how to run government, government would cease to function because a deliberative body is completely ill suited to solving administrative problems; imagine if the management at your company took a company wide vote on any decision no matter how minute.

Thank you for your reply. Well I meant in the context of the article which stated in the quote I pasted that it was found outside of their authority by a court, much to your chagrin apparently. I'm not sure what you say is true as far as them classifying them as a utility is within their purview. So you and other passionate NN supporters say it would fix the issue (of the monopolistic ISP's paywalling or stymieing the Internet).

I agree with the notion that Internet access should be open and free (as in freedom) but I don't believe that government action such as NN as it is currently being advocated will do much to help and it would do a lot of harm that is never talked about by NN advocates. The FCC is a corporate controlled entity. That in and of itself should give us great cause for concern as to the deceptive magic show they are about to put on.

There are often real unintended consequences of expanded government authority. Also, corporations often want regulations. Why? So they can create a costly and bureaucratic regulatory hurdle too high for new competitors to enter the market. It's modern mercantilism. Corporations are now writing their own regulations. The new competitors can and would help the consumer with better products, services and prices but are denied because they aren't as politically connected, etc...

Even so, the very nature of the Internet is for free and open communication and the Internet will, by its adaptive and dynamic nature, fight those regulations.

NN wouldn't fix much at all as it is being advocated now. I feel that you and other NN advocates have far too much trust in the government to solve the problem that they themselves created in the first place with the duopoly (not possible without government regulations of local service).

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. tougher Internet regulation. Nov 10, 2014, 20:37 LittleMe
 
But last January, a federal appeals court struck down the regulation because the court said the FCC didn't technically have the legal authority to tell broadband providers how to manage their networks.

The proper way to go about this sort of thing would be to pass a law. I saw no such language in the article. So it appears the pres doesn't care about the rule of law but his supposed authority over the FCC to enforce a 'rule' already found to be not within their lawful authority. This is how kings operate.

The government can only do so much here. This is where a free-er market would give consumers what they want - Internet access without being under the thumb of government-sanctioned monopolistic internet providers. Obama just loves to be the center of attention here as usual. It's superficial flair with no substance.

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News Comments > New NVIDIA WHQL Drivers
5. Re: New NVIDIA WHQL Drivers Nov 10, 2014, 19:30 LittleMe
 
There have been some AC:U twitch streams from xbones. It looks like the same thing so far.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Announces Overwatch
43. Re: Blizzard Announces Overwatch Nov 7, 2014, 18:48 LittleMe
 
What is wrong with you people!? Did you see all the hat variations in that?!?!  
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
76. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 14:58 LittleMe
 
I read the first two pages of comments here but feel that Ubisoft is within their right to do this. I don't see this as a black & white 'greed' issue. It's a risky business for Ubisoft to develop these games. It's their money and time. Of course you have no obligation to buy their games.

Valve making %30 of sales could make more of Ubi's games than Ubi. As was said before, they are spending a truckload of money on marketing/advertising so they shouldn't be beholden to Gabe.

Alternatively Ubi could mark the Steam price up by %10 to 20% over the Uplay price to reflect the excessively high Steam cut of the sales. Sounds like a good idea to me. You could have the option to buy the game off Uplay website and then enter the activation code in Steam and have it there too (no %30 markup cost to activate an already sold game I think). If would be nice if we had that option. That might happen.

 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer
4. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer Nov 5, 2014, 22:12 LittleMe
 
siapnar wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 20:40:
JeffD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 20:00:
...I need a new video card.
Yep, that's why I'm glad the new 970 is reasonably priced. I'll grab one after xmas or early next year

The 970's are freaking amazing for the price! I see no compelling reason to buy another model.

Question is, is this game capped at 30fps on PC? Is it going to be a quality port/experience on PC?

 
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News Comments > Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots?
4. Re: Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots? Nov 5, 2014, 11:38 LittleMe
 
nin wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 10:05:
Ok, that's an 8 out of 10 on the troll scale. Impressive!

edit: I'm curious why you post, frankly, when all you do is bitch. Is your life really that bad? Do you actually enjoy gaming, or is it more about throwing a turd in the punch bowl at any opportunity?

I feel sorry for the kids you mention in some of your posts. It must really suck to have such a downer in their lives.

ROFL well said. Nin were you originally from Panau?

edit: agreeing with Creston too.

 
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News Comments > Fallout: Shadow of Boston German TM [Updated]
17. Re: Fallout: Shadow of Boston German TM Nov 5, 2014, 11:07 LittleMe
 
Cool. You know it will have lots of sloppy artwork+assets+writing+coding and have a lifetime's worth of bugs that are never patched, but it will be fun to play and sell very well. Also it will ignore what the modding community has repeatedly done to greatly improve the gameplay. It will have horrible mouse acceleration and mouse lag for sure!

 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
61. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 4, 2014, 23:12 LittleMe
 
Yeah that looked fantastic. Huge improvement over 3rd person. The shooting mechanics looked far and above IV's. As was said before, if they do indeed nail the first person experience that's worth the year's wait. So much could go wrong, but if they nail it - WOW it's worth every penny indeed.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 4, 2014, 11:37 LittleMe
 
BitWraith wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 09:40:
"Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability"

Greed?

No, lack of competition. That's also what the article says. Did you read it?

The duopoly is antiquated and is often doing a disservice. All of those who support Net Neutrality and complain endlessly about slower speeds at higher prices do nothing about trying to bring more competition but instead complain about greed as a way to appear morally superior. Lot of good that will do us.

 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Nov 3, 2014, 23:14 LittleMe
 
Yeah I think they dropped it to $10 to compete with CoD:AW, especially since it seems like AW borrowed some ideas from it (also BF+CS).

Was considering it for that price but decided against. It's a baited hook. If you want to play with most players I think you'll need to buy the DLC and that'll run a lot more than the game itself.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
53. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 3, 2014, 23:08 LittleMe
 
Okay so I've watched some MP gameplay and found it offensive. Planetside 2 is a far better game to me just because there's a much bigger+evolving picture going on and it has a better teamwork element.

edit: not saying PS2 is the pinnacle of PC gaming but... Slightly similar gameplay style, but much better overall.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
44. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 3, 2014, 16:55 LittleMe
 
Yeah I find myself tempted to get it for the MP but should know better. Does it encourage teamplay or is it more like a bunch of people soloing around pew pew pewing? Time for me to youtube it.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Preorders
7. Re: Far Cry 4 Preorders Nov 2, 2014, 00:17 LittleMe
 
I haven't been too psyched about FC4. It seems like they've tried to improve on FC3 but still kept it as a console game. Will we at least get a server browser for MP? FC3 felt very repetitive.

FC2 was a great game held back by some really bad choices and a some glaring problems that were never addressed. The map editor was win!

 
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News Comments > Dead State in December
9. Re: Dead State in December Nov 1, 2014, 15:42 LittleMe
 
It's getting 81% favorable on Steam user reviews. Go read those for more balanced and peer reviewed reviews.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
6. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2014, 15:40 LittleMe
 
EricFate wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 12:09:
They USPS article says "sustain public confidence in the mail" as if such a thing even exists any more. It hasn't existed for nearly a decade anywhere except for in the bureaucratic layer of the USPS itself. People use it because it is convenient and still the cheapest way to get physical media from point A to point B. But if it contains secure information or needs to get there overnight -- then that crap is going to FedEx or a private courier.

This. Just walk into your local usps office and it looks dirty, messy and not very organized.

 
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