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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
22. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 01:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
TangledThorns wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 00:45:
The Oatmeal cartoonist must be pissed about last week's election to post that kind of garbage. That being said he has no clue on how the Internet is run as not all data is the same. The key words he is missing is 'paid peering.' Content providers like Netflix is taking up a lot of bandwidth and its costing ISPs a lot of money to keep up so Netflix should pay. Also, the Oatmeal claims Comcast is Cruz's buddies but in reality they're very close pals of Obama and the Democrats, see MSNBC.

All that data that Netflix is "taking up"? That's data requested by Comcast. They sell their customers a certain amount of bandwidth. Then they balk at providing the interconnects necessary to deliver it and want to charge at the other end as well. Netflix was delivering the data to Comcast's door, but Comcast doesn't want to provide a door big enough to fit the data that their customers are requesting through it. They want to make Netflix pay for that too. This kind of stuff shouldn't be allowed to happen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
19. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 00:50 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 00:26:
I can see this issue eventually making its way to the Supreme Court. In the event that it did, would the Supreme Court ruling be the final word on the matter? While I do understand how government works I have to admit I too get confused when it comes to independent agencies like the EPA, the FDA, and FCC.

Verizon is going to sue no matter what happens.

It's what they do.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
17. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 00:44 Wowbagger_TIP
 
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.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at your ignorance of 8th grade Civics, given your complete ignorance of how the Internet developed and how Net Neutrality does and does not relate to government regulation and the free market, but I guess I'm just galled that someone who is always first to pipe up on political topics doesn't seem to know much about government.

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Was about to deliver some of the same info. Glad I read down first, since you explained it more thoroughly and with fewer expletives than I would have
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
27. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 10, 2014, 09:33 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Alamar wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 01:29:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 9, 2014, 23:39:
I'm thinking about picking up CoD, but I think I'm going to wait for a sale. Don't really want to pay full price for it. Maybe 20-30% off would be ok. Same with Mordor really.

But everything is nearly always 20% off on GMG...
I seem to always miss the codes for GMG when they get posted. I can wait for the Holiday sale. I'm still finishing up Wolfenstein right now, and have Transistor and a couple other things on deck.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 9, 2014, 23:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I'm thinking about picking up CoD, but I think I'm going to wait for a sale. Don't really want to pay full price for it. Maybe 20-30% off would be ok. Same with Mordor really.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Announces Overwatch
63. Re: Blizzard Announces Overwatch Nov 9, 2014, 01:48 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Osc8r wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 17:49:
Even the trailer looked unbalanced. Oh look, i stealthed into a group of players and clicked one button and killed 5 players.

Sounds like a MMO trying to be a FPS.

Yay?

Like FPS's need to be more accessible or dumbed down. But hey, thats blizzards specialty!

No idea how easy or likely that is to happen. I'm sure the spy would look seriously OP if you didn't have the context to understand how to counter them in TF2. We don't have nearly enough info to determine much of anything about the balance in this game. Seems silly to rip on it before at least seeing some actual matches played.

Besides, there are more than enough non-stylized or pseudo-realistic shooters out there already. A lot more of those than there are of this sort of game anyway.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Announces Overwatch
59. Re: Blizzard Announces Overwatch Nov 8, 2014, 15:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 09:11:
It's TF2.5 with Pixar style cinematics. It's not even close to as innovative as TF2 was for its time.

Have we even seen nearly enough to know whether it is innovative or not? Really, how innovative was TF2? It was just a well-polished and pretty well-balanced team shooter with a fun art style. This one looks to be much the same in the visuals and gameplay concept, but beyond it being a team shooter with more classes than TF2, we don't know much. Definitely a wait and see thing, but it looks promising.

 
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News Comments > Blizzard Announces Overwatch
54. Re: Blizzard Announces Overwatch Nov 8, 2014, 00:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I'll give this a try. Looks pretty TF2-ish, but I liked TF2, so that's not really a bad thing. Not sure what some people have against stylized characters. They seem like they'll be pretty interesting and fun to play.

I like the verticality of the game, which is something we didn't get enough of in TF2. The grappling hooks and other abilities should add a lot of variety to the gameplay. I haven't been much into MP shooters for a while, so I'll probably get my ass handed to me, but hopefully it'll be fun anyway

Just hope they don't make a mess of this one the way they did with D3!


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News Comments > Morning Interviews
15. Re: Morning Interviews Nov 4, 2014, 16:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
The game looks terrible, and seems to rely on shock value and an appeal to more immature gamers. That said, I don't see how it's really any different than any of the numerous torture porn movies we've seen in recent years. I don't see very much in the way of calls to censor those. Maybe I don't visit the right media outlets for that?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2014, 11:59 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 11:40:
Wow and the FCC shafting consumers continues unabated.

Yeah, that headline needs a very large asterisk after it. Justifying the reversal of their position on deregulation should be a rather simple matter of explaining that they underestimated the levels of ISP douchebaggery that would result from it.
 
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News Comments > Dreadnaught Trailer
9. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Oct 17, 2014, 01:05 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Looks like a really slow DOTA-ish type of gameplay. Basically each ship has certain skills and you mostly just need to learn to use them the way you would in DOTA, except in 3D. Seems like it would be much the same, with attempts to gank the enemy and such.  
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News Comments > Hatred Announced
6. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 16, 2014, 21:16 Wowbagger_TIP
 
siapnar wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 20:47:
Techie714 wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 19:38:
WOW! That's pretty brutal. I've played some violent games in my time but this one I'm not really comfortable with...
Yeah, seems pretty unnecessary.
You could easily come up with a better reason to have similar gameplay.

I like the birds eye view.
Reminds me of Dead Nation on PSN, which was awesome.

Agreed. Wow. I'll pass on this one. They could do something cool with the foundation of that game though.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen CitizenCon Trailers
19. Re: Star Citizen CitizenCon Trailers Oct 16, 2014, 17:38 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 17:23:
BobBob wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 16:51:
Whatever the criticism the game's development gets, it's providing people employment.

That doesn't mean diddly of 1000s of trusting consumers get burned. 38 Studios provided employment and the taxpayers of RI still aren't happy about it.
They might learn not to be so trusting. Everybody wins!!
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 15, 2014, 15:41 Wowbagger_TIP
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 13:23:
iCar will be announced. It will be all electric, have a 30 mile range, and cost $100,000. It will only come in white.

But next year's model will also be available in gold, and people will beat each other to death to get one!
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
5. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 8, 2014, 21:21 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Task wrote on Oct 8, 2014, 20:47:
I have a Windows Phone, one of the small lumia models with the flashy backplate in blue. People always ask what kind of phone it is, since none of them rarely have seen or used one - at least where i live anyways.

A few guys I work with have them.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
17. Re: Game Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 16:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Verno wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 15:29:
So, broken AI on the one hand, great dynamic AI on the other? One of these two is lying.

Or the AI is very dynamic and people are having varying experiences with it. I find some of the Ars writers to be pretty poor "gamers" and often their complaints seem like scapegoating bad player habits. It's quite possible Sam at Ars was making mistakes he didn't realize or to be fair, perhaps the guy at PC Gamer is fluffing it up because he didn't understand the interactions that well.

The PC Gamer comments about the AI seem like they're ripped directly from developer interviews. I don't trust PC Gamer at all anyway. Will definitely wait a while on this one and see if people like it a couple weeks from now.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailer
7. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 09:40 Wowbagger_TIP
 
walrus1 wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 19:46:
Loopy wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 19:07:
Looks like a few of those weapon models, like the AK, P416, and flamethrower, even came from FC3 (not a bad thing).

They also gave us a mortar! I didn't play FC2 for very long before Left 4 Dead fever set in, so hopefully the FC4 mortar is as fun as the FC2 one was reported to be.

I was going to say the same thing about most of FC4. As for FC2 You really should go back and play its quite the overlooked jem.

FC2 was pretty annoying. If you think FC3 was repetitive, it's probably only because you haven't played FC2. There was a solid game at its core, but they really screwed up on a few aspects, which made it ultimately more frustrating than fun as you got farther into it.
 
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News Comments > Gold - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
19. Re: Re: Gold - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Oct 2, 2014, 11:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 08:52:
I don't mind paying 60 bucks for more Borderlands - I love the series with all of my shriveled-up, emotionally dead, and barely functioning heart. I'm going to wait until the game ships though to make sure it isn't a buggy crash fest before I buy.

I'm just now playing through the Dragon Keep DLC. I think I can wait for a sale on this. Too much other stuff to play right now anyway.
 
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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Drivers
10. Re: New AMD Catalyst Drivers Sep 30, 2014, 20:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 14:04:
it's not just his card. I have a Sapphire Vapor-X 290. I was also having the BSOD's and I troubleshooted it down to playing hardware acceleration in web browsers caused them.

So in firefox disable hardware acceleration for videos and such. Also disabled it on flash.

So watching youtube and such looks shittier but at least now I get zero bsods. so at least now I never crash.

I'm assuming these drivers don't fix the underlying problem?

Hmm... I may need to try that. I got an Asus R9 280X, and I've been getting BSODs with that, often during flash playback. Of course I also get serious artifacting problems in games now and then too. Not sure if that's heat-related or not yet.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Boasts 7M Players
27. Re: Path of Exile Boasts 7M Players Sep 27, 2014, 12:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Icewind wrote on Sep 27, 2014, 10:55:
shinchan0s wrote on Sep 27, 2014, 10:08:
I like PoE. The materia system took some getting used to, but it does add a ton of depth and customization. My beef? The drops. D3 drops a legendary every 5 minutes, but PoE is 2x stingier than D2. At least low-mid level uniques/gems are obtainable through trading - they're very cheap in standard league - so the game is a lot of fun to someone who just wants to blast through the 3 act campaign on Normal and Cruel by themselves.

PoE's writing/story (or lack thereof) is also 10000000000000000000000000000x better than D3's.

2x? Try 50x

Plus the legendaries you get are usually far below your level.
My level 71 Maruader has to rely mainly on generous friends who give him good loot and crafting to get anywhere. Thankfully, that crafting system is very easy to exploit, since I have a chest armor piece with 6 slots (4 linked and 2 linked) that has 1200+ armor thanks to OCD-leveling tweaking.

Were it not for that crafting system being so beautifully broken, I don't know if I'd still be playing since the drop rate is so abysmally bad.

How is it broken? Crafting seems like one of the game's stronger points.
 
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