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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Metaverse
10. Re: E.U. Criticizes Microsoft Plan to Remove Jun 13, 2009, 08:16 DG
The EU is saying all MS will do is:
- on store bought Windows, have IE download as an update,
- do deals with Dell etc for them to "choose" to pre-install IE. Deals like "you don't get your bulk discount unless you pre-install IE".

Their point is MS's move appears to be nothing more than an attempt to get around technical wording while not complying with the spirit of the judgement.

What they want in the store-bought OS is to have users prompted to install a browser and then be given a choice. When someone buys a Dell or whatever, they want Dell to have a completely free hand in what they install.

Microsoft did everyone a favor by making IE free and part of the OS. The market demanded it and showed that a web browser can be done for free (Firefox too)
Internet Explorer did not make web browsers free, they started out free a decade before IE came into existence, a decade where MS thought the internet was a "fad". Including a web browser with the OS was and still is IMO necessary, but choice can be given.

If the EU wants every browser to be installed on every PC sold there, they need to tell the PC makers, not Microsoft
This is part of the problem, MS has substantial control over what the PC makers put on the PC's through licensing and deals.

If Firefox and Opera and Chrome and whoever else want to compete, they could start by, you know, being businesses. If they want success, they make a good product and they make it known
Competition is what the EU is trying to facilitate. The problem is MS bundling the browser with their monopoly operating system - exploiting one monopoly to try to create another.

FWIW, Ford isn't a monopoly, and secondly Ford probably doesn't even make heaters - they install someone else's.

he EU didn't pay for the research and development costs of Windows 7, so who the hell are they to tell Microsoft how to run their business?
You would be surprised who pays for what. Regardless, the EU represents MS's customers in the EU. They intervene because MS has monopoly power - consider looking up for what means, it will change your perspective in so many ways.

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News Comments > Legal Briefs
3. Re: Are downloads really killing... Jun 12, 2009, 08:02 DG
Good article.

Shadowcat, I think you're mostly correct but seem to be missing the point of the "pirates are under served customers" approach.

The point is some pirates aren't going to buy no matter what so they are irrelevant and should be ignored. Some people, however, may be convinced to buy the product and this is where the anti-piracy efforts should be focused.

The "under served customers" approach thus focuses on giving these guys positive reason (carrots) for making a purchase. DRM is thought to be ineffective because these guys already do not consider the product worthy of their money.

Worse still perhaps, carrots help get sales from non-pirate under-served customers and improve relations with paying customers. Meanwhile DRM can only possibly harm these people.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Saints Row 2 DLC Jun 12, 2009, 06:52 DG
the Xbox 360 download is currently restricted to those that have a premium Xbox Live Gold membership
If there's one thing that pisses me off about my 360, it's the noisy fans. Uh, I mean, it's the Gold shit.

I really hate the idea of paying to play online, I hate even more that they restrict discounts of XBLA titles to Gold members but restricting free content that a developer has made is just disgusting.
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News Comments > Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword Patch
3. Re: Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword Patch Jun 11, 2009, 06:52 DG
IIRC several of the earlier Civ patches were based on the unofficial, fan-made ones (usually with several additions). Cheap way of having after-sales support maybe, but everybody wins and it's the benefit of making a game from the ground up with modding in mind.

Oh and according to Civ Fanatics, "After installing this patch, the CD is no longer required to start up and play the game."

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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Confirmed
32. Re: Battlefield 3 Confirmed Jun 10, 2009, 19:10 DG
BF is one of those few things I reserve a special loathing for.  
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News Comments > No Free DDO in EU
24. Re: No Free DDO in EU Jun 10, 2009, 19:03 DG
In the end, the people in both countries wake up in the mornings, have breakfast, go to a job they probably don't like, where they're under-appreciated and underpaid, then go home and sit down and watch TV.
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News Comments > No Free DDO in EU
4. Re: No Free DDO in EU Jun 10, 2009, 11:25 DG
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News Comments > Metaverse
4. Re: FF Speed Blast Jun 9, 2009, 07:48 DG
Still can't beat adblockplus
I see this over and over again any time I see discussion on browsers, and couldn't agree more. Password manager is the other thing, I have no idea what many of them are (I don't even know my Bluesnews password, and without it I can't change the now-defunct email address).
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 8, 2009, 19:05 DG
PD was better than Goldeneye in every way except for two: it wasn't a shock, and it wasn't James Bond. I don't mean that to trivialise it, Goldeneye really was amazingly good and it really was fun to play as James Bond. PD had lots of significant improvements and cool stuff but everybody expected it to be great so it didn't have the wow factor.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 8, 2009, 16:12 DG
Coming from the UK I find the US digital switchover problems a little surprising.

We switched over in half - some spectrum covers analogue, some digital. So everyone ran out and got the very cheap Freeview boxes so they could get all these extra free channels (even if half of them are the old channels on a 1 hour delay). There are occasional grumblings, but there's much more from people wanting them to get on with the full switchover.

The Sky/Cable companies here in the UK do the same shit BTW Ecthelion. I think an additional reason to those kanniballl states are they need people to pay a certain minimum amount or it's not worth their custom.

I hardly watch TV now, just BBC News while eating breakfast and dinner plus there's usually a single show I make an effort to watch (currently Big Bang Theory). I do get some stuff through BBC iPlayer but I get most of it through internet DVD rental. Can really get into these shows when I don't have to wait a week between episodes, and can schedule it at my convenience. Very much looking forward to Hulu.

Bit of a shame in some ways though, previously every now and then there'd be some show that a bunch of us would sit down and watch together then talk about afterwards. Band of Brothers is a good example, my flatmates always got together for that one and after a few episodes the neighbours (and more) would start turning up with some random excuse shortly before it started. The fixed schedule played an important part in turning that into an event.
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Interview
37. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Interview Jun 5, 2009, 14:16 DG
People are annoyed because they're not getting what they were promised, arguments that played a part in convincing them to part with their cash. They're annoyed some more because they went around saying that and selling the game to other people, and now they learn they have been misled into telling something that's not true.

Compounding that is Valve is probably the main thing leading PC gaming to a good place right now. Most other major players ran away or turned to DRM, but Valve talked about how the business works better if you service customers well. The L4D2 announcement is seen as back-pedalling on that.

Being annoyed is justified. Sure there's been massive overreaction but welcome to the internet.

Personally I've easily had my sale-price money's worth of L4D, but it's still a little galling that they're not doing what was promised when all I'm tired of in L4D is the same old maps. I think they could have managed this better - the reaction would have been different if they'd released what they are still doing for L4D plus released a new campaign and THEN announced L4D2 with a slightly more respectable time gap.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 5, 2009, 13:27 DG
Lets face it, there's on so far you can go wrong with deep frying flour, water and sugar then adding more sweet stuff. It's all awesome.

Though prepared doughnuts just don't compare to freshly made.
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News Comments > Dante's Inferno Protest Faked
14. Re: Dante's Inferno Protest Faked Jun 5, 2009, 13:18 DG
Looked like parody to me, albeit weak likely due to an intent to avoid actually offending anyone. The AP doesn't quite spell it out but I read it as implying they weren't trying to fool anyone.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Trailer
14. Re: Mass Effect 2 Trailer Jun 4, 2009, 16:23 DG
music reminds me of 28 Days Later theme  
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Interview, Clip
29. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Interview, Clip Jun 3, 2009, 17:37 DG
Invent some sort of device that warps space-time so that three cohorts and I could stand in the exact same place
wut? It's just standing in a group, say a foot apart, with your back to the corner so that they can only come at you from limited angles. I've never seen anyone do a finale by running around and still be alive by the time the first tank spawns. OK you can stand literally in the same spot but 1 foot or 0 foot it's pretty much irrelevant, other than looking silly, but why not just, you know, make people solid?

I'm not saying corner camping is awesome all the time. A moving crescendo sounds like a great idea, when you have a map for it. But in L4D every event is designed for camping, and they even go one step further by putting a closet in a great spot just in case you didn't quite get the hint. Now they complain about people using closets?

I like the defensive approach to L4D, but I kept expecting DLC to introduce a new gameplay mode that should be very easy to code and yet forces a very different way to approach the game. Something entirely unlike Survival which is a whole lot more camping, with occasional change of camp spot. But evidently they were too busy doing other things to add a line about the army dropping a MOAB, removing the blocks at events and adding a timer (even if it's just to beat your own times, rather than to beat a set time).

I'm not sure what pistol ammo has to do with corner camping, especially since it's about the most efficient use of ammo possible (since they don't let you just run away). But hey, if infinite ammo is daft how silly is it that you can't stuff a bundle more ammo into a sack, or a second grenade in a belt? Why can't you move a stash?

Oh no I'm too tired to shove people! Better get the axe out...

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News Comments > Fallout 3: Point Look on June 23
5. Re: Fallout 3: Point Look on June 23 Jun 3, 2009, 14:06 DG
for those with this game on the 360, does the DLC fall into the regular game or do you load it separately? In other words, can I go around doing vanilla stuff then do say some Anchorage mission then go straight on to a Pitt mission or whatever, without going into a menu?  
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Interview, Clip
24. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Interview, Clip Jun 3, 2009, 13:47 DG
One of the things we look at with people playing online, are people playing the game--the stacking in the corner.. that sucks.
In Co-op, it's fun and exactly what you'd do in the situation. What do they want, to approach it all Rambo style, like it's DOOM or Quake? Any time there is a horde the game is engineered to have you play this way. Serious Sam has hordes (mobs) that you tackle out in the open but it's set up for that by sending them in from a distance and allowing you space to manoeuvre.

L4D players are playing that way because it's fun - the moment a dev thinks their players are taking an approach that "sucks", they've stopped thinking about the game as something players use to have fun.

Also looks like they've put the melee fatigue in co-op now aswell.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 2, 2009, 13:11 DG
so US Coke is... Diet Coke?

Capella, in future try to get him using Adblock plus a hosts file. Adaware + Spybot will do a lot but it seems the real buggers often need a dedicated removal tool (often with manual stages). If it's a work machine it's maybe time to call in *gasp* Norton. Or have a second machine for non-work stuff.
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Announced
34. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Announced Jun 1, 2009, 16:04 DG
Just glad to see more campaigns, had a ball with L4D and easily got good value from it (ok ok I bought on half price sale, but full would still have been worth it).

It is a shame L4D didn't get another campaign though, the game is crying out for it and it does feel a bit short (polished, but short). Bit cheeky to finally fix the other two maps for vs only recently too. Also a bit weak to finally get the SDK out... 6 months before the next in the series.

But you can't compare to TF2, it gets a huge amount of content, it is the exception not the rule. Start expecting that to be the norm and you'll be disappointed. Anyway, who doesn't wait for sales now? Last game I bought for full price was GTA IV, and before that probably Civ IV. Get the stuff you just cant wait for now and try the other stuff when it's cheap, that way you'll find yourself trying out a lot of fun games you never would have touched, and it can be more fun too because you just extract the most fun out of them instead of grinding through the crap out of determination to get value for your $60.

Will I buy it on release? Well I expect to be studying so hopefully I'll get a decent break sometime after a sale

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: new Halo Jun 1, 2009, 14:14 DG
major nelson as a thingy, live text feed

- Beatles Rock band
- FF XIII shown running (due Spring 2010)
- Tony Hawk
- Modern Warfare 2
- 360 exclusives: (well several are also PC)
EPIC have an XBLA game Shadow Complex
Joyride "whole new way to play on xbl" cartoony racer free to play but microtransactions (bought racetracks can still be played with friends who havent bought it)
Crackdown 2
L4D 2 (that rumour was 100% spot on)
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Forza Motorsport 3
HALO3: ODST due Sept 22
HALO Reach
Alan Wake due Spring 2010

- LAST.FM partnership, will be free for gold subscribers
- Netflix improvements; or Sky TV for UK people
- video service relaunched as Zune Video, instant streaming, full 1080p, 10 more countries participating
- videos can be joined with friends via XBL (?)
- Facebook partnership, Twitter too, due fall
- Metal Gear Solid Rising "I didnt say anything about solid snake", "completely new MG experience"
- Project Natal: motion capture & voice recognition - control without a controller, will work with all 360 games; tech demos look like its attacking Wii market?

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