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News Comments > H1Z1 Early Access Next Month
5. Re: H1Z1 Early Access Next Month Dec 8, 2014, 20:58 LittleMe
 
Nice statement. I'm hopeful for H1Z1. Can't wait to see what they've done.

Regarding DayZ:SA... I strongly disagree with the focus that has plagued it for too long. It should perform well and focus on immersion and should not be a MinecraftZ. It's a shooter game first and foremost. The times the crafting does work is with the vehicles. Need to play it again now to see what's been improved lately. I dread even loading it up because I will get 20fps in cities with an overpowered rig.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
1. AT&T hates telcoms regulations, except when it insists on them. Dec 7, 2014, 18:00 LittleMe
 
Every time someone gets the government to regulate their hypothetical "solution" a corporation responds this way with their own favorable regulations. Action/reaction spiral.

Regulations don't solve much in the long run because they're not a solution. Solving problems involves, you know, actually solving the problem in the first place instead of outlawing it by mandate and then years later realizing it didn't solve it and so then adding more regulations and more regulations on top of ad hoc 'solutions' and then getting infuriated when someone comes along and says the whole system is retarded and says lets start over from scratch.

 
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News Comments > Runemaster Cancelled
3. Re: Runemaster Cancelled Dec 5, 2014, 14:14 LittleMe
 
I was looking at this with interest too. Hopefully they'll try again with a different angle. Glad they didn't shovel a poor product on us.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 2, 2014, 22:45 LittleMe
 

The letter describes Netflix’s support for regulating ISPs as utilities in order to prevent them from charging content providers for “fast lanes” and then accuses Netflix of creating fast lanes for itself

Oh! So Net Neutrality was self-serving corporate propaganda all along? Who'da thunk it?! Let's turn a blind eye to that special case there because NN gives us a free bandwidth lunch. After all who doesn't want free stuff and more regulations! Regulations good! Profit bad! Duopoly good! Competition bad!

1. Netflix invested in these servers because the ISPs had weak infrastructure with poor caching.

2. Netflix servers in the ISP does not preclude any other company from doing the same.

JD that's very true but now it's not 'neutral' or fair! No traffic should have priority and that includes special caching or application servers. Microsoft providing .NET servers gives that traffic priority too, that's evil. /sarc

One size fits all does not work. The Internet was never supposed to be neutral to traffic irregardless of destination. IMO, the problem is a lack of local competition among ISP's, a lack of choice and a lack of bandwidth but not a problem of neutrality to traffic. Yes it could become a problem of neutrality of traffic if the duopoly is allowed to continue to abuse their government-granted position of authority. So lets remove that authority.

 
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News Comments > The Crew Ships; Day One Patch Released
5. Re: The Crew Ships; Day One Patch Released Dec 2, 2014, 14:39 LittleMe
 
I was tempted to buy it but after watching the gameplay it looks too arcadey, repetitive and immersion is poor. If it was immersive like Virtua Racing... Not at full price anyway. I think I saw it on G2A for $30.

 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 1, 2014, 14:23 LittleMe
 
People are deeply programmed, biologically speaking, to want jewelry. They'll pay far above it's actual value. The reasoning I believe is that jewelry elevates one's social status and we are highly social creatures. In primitive times, social status was tied to the most desirable breeding, food, shelter, protection, etc.

 
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News Comments > The Crew Reviews Delay
8. Re: The Crew Reviews Delay Nov 25, 2014, 12:19 LittleMe
 
NewMaxx wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 11:50:
Personally, I believe some serious reform is needed in the gaming industry, but it's not going to come from "voting with your wallet" as a lot of people like to believe. Allowing the "free market" to present an alternative is also a false promise because advertising dollars coupled with publisher exclusives are the bottom line. The gaming industry, while perhaps ostensibly in decline on the console side, is a massive industry that sooner or later must face additional regulation.

Their soured reputation is market forces working. They're not extorting us. Just don't buy their products if you don't want to.

I don't call it 'free market' because we don't live in one. We do have choices and countless competing products. You're cherry picking the data you want and then using that to proclaim your moral superiority and poorly guided good intentions over the entire industry. I can already see more Federal Fail coming to a theater near you.
 
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News Comments > Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Early Access
2. Re: Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Early Access Nov 24, 2014, 20:27 LittleMe
 
Well that's often a good way to develop a game, no? I guess it depends more on execution than how early it goes into heavy play testing.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 12:20 LittleMe
 
Is it gamer slang or is it just slang? I think that use goes back tens or maybe even hundreds of years.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2014, 23:38 LittleMe
 
Don't underestimate the globalized finance industry and it's psychopathic stranglehold on governments including the EU. Also, they want some degree of chaos (riots, wars etc) since that gives them control. They make money from the interest.

 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Crash Workaround
9. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Crash Workaround Nov 21, 2014, 13:50 LittleMe
 
Another issue with both Unity and DA:I is the non PC versions of the game you need a potato to play.

 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
5. Re: Morning Interviews Nov 21, 2014, 13:39 LittleMe
 
Fion wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 12:44:
Personally I prefer that they are zones. Loading up a new zone means that zone can have its own art assets, color palette, textures, etc. The truly open world games generally have to settle on one specific style with little true variation because without a true loading screen the game cannot dump the texture memory from your video card, or on occasion simply does so much more slowly. It's why you start getting crashes when you set ugrids too high in Skyrim.

It's for this reason that the 'zones' in DA:I are incredibly diverse. Besides it loads pretty fast on a SSD.

+1 this. I must say from what I've seen so far of the first zone it is a very skilfully created region with lots of detail even beyond the level of Skyrim.

 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: Morning Interviews Nov 21, 2014, 13:35 LittleMe
 
Julio wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 13:29:
I would think they'd be more worried about the claims that DA:I is wrecking SSD drives...

At first I was concerned about that too, but it turns out to be a disreputable claim by Russian crackers. Read the comments in that thread. Also TB talked about it in his performance review saying it wasn't a credible claim.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Patch and Workarounds
14. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Patch and Workarounds Nov 15, 2014, 15:03 LittleMe
 
Good that they're working on fixing this. It's supposed to be a good AC game, more along the lines of AC1/AC2.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 13:20 LittleMe
 
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:33:
I found my new favorite metal band, Allegaeon that way. Most exciting metal band in years.

Cool! Which of their albums do you recommend most? Just started playing Elements of Infinite now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 12, 2014, 21:39 LittleMe
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 21:09:
AT&T resorting to blackmail? When they were paid 20 years ago to lay fiber in the first place? No surprise here.

Whole books can be written how these welfare queen corporations have screwed us over. Don't question the duopoly or suggest that we need more competition. Lets tell ourselves that a NN law will fix this much bigger problem of being under their thumb for too long already.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
44. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 03:25 LittleMe
 
PropheT wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 03:15:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:35:
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.


There's nothing about congress in there because it IS NOT NECESSARY.

The president called on them to enact this sort of reform because he can't do it himself. He can't create laws necessary for that to happen, therefore he needs to call on lawmakers to do that. Calling on lawmakers to enact legislation making these changes is doing exactly what you are saying he isn't.

I guess at this point it's semantics.

PropheT wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 03:15:
Because the providers are able to make those agreements and create their own monopolies by area with no impedance or penalty from government. They create the deals with local municipalities in exchange for non-competes with other providers in many cases because no regulation exists to prevent them from doing so.

I've done a fair amount of work at a local government level with this over the last ten years or so. Anyone who has done the same will immediately acknowledge that smaller communities are hamstrung when making these deals because there is no regulation that protects them. The lack of regulation leaves us with all but a take it or leave it approach to negotiations, and when changes or alterations outside of the agreements take place there is often little or no recourse for the communities affected.

I don't expect it to help much, because many of the problems we encounter are with general cable service as much as internet service, but separating the two from a legal aspect would give us ground to ensure stability and options that as of right now aren't available. In practice, that should lower the cost for subscribers and increase the number of available customers for providers.

Yes this is correct I've heard these stories too and believe it. However why do these local governments need to think that they should deliver a turn-key solution? Why can't they just create a legal framework that empowers people to build their own Internet infrastructure on their own? In my mind that's the true role of government - to empower people to solve their problems.

I think in most cases people can and would solve the problem (wire their communities), especially when it comes to the Internet and how it loves decentralization.

PropheT wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 03:15:
All I'm seeing is that you don't like it because Obama said it. When you're not declaring our system a monarchy, you're arguing for the same things that people who are happy about this are.

If Bush said it I'd be just as concerned. I didn't say monoarchy but I did say that it read as a decree and I keep seeing this pattern from our presidents. Bush did it too and I felt the same then as now about it.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
42. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 03:06 LittleMe
 
beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:35:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:58:

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

You got the sarcasm part right, but calling something a "strawman argument," does not make it so.

How were my examples in any way "straw men?"

Thanks, I take your asking as genuine curiosity of where I stand on that.

Banks were never fully de-regulated or 'free market' they just sloppily removed critical parts of regulation because they finance industry has far too much influence of our government. The house of cards that all regulations are, crumbled quickly. Instead of taking it as an example that regulations can be dangerous, many people seemed to take it as the opposite.

We haven't had free market monies or finance here in a very long time. Much of the regulatory infrastructure was still there but many people labeled 'bad regulation' as 'free market' in order to demonize it. It's socialist rhetoric that comes from media corporations who are financially connected to oligarchs who benefit from the entire system. Play their propaganda game or they destroy you. That's the predatory rule.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as FDIC were all regulatory entities as well as HUD all had their part to play in the many failures. Also the Fed was deeply involved because they kept interest rates low for far too long.

It was a domino effect of course. Politicians wanted to parade (Clinton/Bush) around saying they saved our economy but their goal was do distract us with illusionary wealth while they built a vast warfare+welfare state.



beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:35:
You are one of those "Let the Free Market Decide!" guys. I gave you examples of exactly that: the deregulation of particular industries all of which led to total disaster. The last--the deregulation of the financial industry--badly damaged the global economy and we in the U.S. are still suffering from the after effects.

We disagree on the causes of what happened. Yes ending glass-stegal under bush and one under Clinton (forget its name) were very bad ideas.

beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:35:
As for your "warning" ... it seems at best nonsensical to me. Like I said, you are "Pro-free market," at the same time that you rail about "corporate controlled governments." And when the government gets out of the way and lets the free market decide everything, those same corporate overlords, free of their regulatory fetters, are going to ... What? Treat all consumers with respect and give us the best possible service out of fear that we will spend our dollars elsewhere?

Really ... ?

Because corporations use government to their ends and that's anti free-market. It's called corporatism. We don't live in a free market society at all. That notion is a dogma or myth. It's a modern equivalent of mercantilism. These corporations love to be regulated nowadays. They write the regulations. Your presumption that the government is in between us and the corporations is false.

The government is out for its own ends, as are you and as are the corporations. It's a triangle of interests more than a one dimensional line with us on either ends.

So in my mind, when government gains authority, both good and bad things happen. However those who wanted more authority are blind to how power operates and are delusional in thinking that some new regulation or program is going to be some sort of utopian dream. Instead a new institution is created and that institution is actually out for its own preservation more than anything else (FCC in this case). That's because almost all people in power are materialistic and selfish - the ego mind state.

I've seen this at play in the real world at work. Government employees selfishly fighting over the scraps as wolves do over a deer carcass.

are going to ... What? Treat all consumers with respect and give us the best possible service out of fear that we will spend our dollars elsewhere? Really ... ?

Voting with our wallets gives us far more influence than begging the FCC and living under the thumb of Comcast/Verizon. Vote with your wallet. It doesn't take much for them to change their policy even for just 10% of their customers they will not bring the ire of bad reputation if their customers can go elsewhere. Yes consumer choice is far, far, far, far more powerful than government regulation.

edit: because consumer choice is dynamic and ever changing. People who write regulations can't predict the future so they are very limited. When we act as a consumer and make a choice we are taking our inalienable right and god-given power! Conversely, taking our choices away with Internet duopolies is denying us our human right and the consequences are not being properly dealt with by NN advocates such as you.

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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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