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Comment Re:It's all fun and games... (Score 1) 61

Because of things like stalking. I'm well aware that we don't have specifics on exactly how Pokémon Go will work, but with Ingress the abundance of automated tools and worldwide activity monitoring allowed people to track the movement of individual players in the game with frightening accuracy. This is creepy at best and extremely frightening when you have someone with malicious intent using them to chase down players and follow them around or even to their homes. This was bad enough between adults, now imagine that some tryhard is following your children home because of something they did in a phone game.

Comment It's all fun and games... (Score 5, Interesting) 61

...until you realize that there are people who are unable to separate games from real life. What ruined Ingress for me was the continual harassment and bullying from people who forget that it's a game and that there's limits to what is acceptable behavior in a social setting. Shit-talking in a video game is one thing; you generally have a way to squelch unsavory people or otherwise ignore them, but you can't ignore the psychotic tryhards who threatens to shoot you in person if you take their couch portal and they're crazy enough that you're not sure whether they're joking.

If Pokémon Go has PvP (which it seems to, from the trailer material), then I can't wait to see what happens when some neckbeard threatens a little kid over losing a fight or steals/breaks their phone.

Comment Re:ISPs and Net Neutrality (Score 5, Informative) 338

At least in the case of Provo, Google Fiber is the ISP. All of the former iProvo customers on Veracity have been given notice to transfer their service by signing up for new Google Fiber accounts (which can be regular Google accounts) before Veracity dumps them completely.

Comment Re:But... (Score 4, Informative) 338

That's not entirely true, they amended their agreement to allow servers so long as they're not for commercial use. They also mentioned that they have commercial/business offerings in the pipeline that would bring back services such as static IPs, one of the few things that I will miss from Veracity.

Comment Re:The Dumbing Down Continues (Score 1) 254

I'm so sick of the idiots coming out of college now that only know Java, the way they look at you in horror when you say, "No, there is not a library for that. You have to write it yourself."

I can agree with the sentiment that someone who only knows how to put libraries together wouldn't be a particularly good developer (and by extension, a particularly good employee), but discounting someone who prefers using a pre-existing library instead of baking their own solution seems a bit of an overreaction. Software development is like any other aspect of collaboration: you won't get very far by reinventing the wheel every time, so what's wrong with building on the work of others in order to accomplish a goal?

Comment And here I was, reading... (Score 1) 57

Here I was, thinking that this might actually be an interesting insight into how each of these sides think, and then:

The MPAA is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1922 to [...]

Suddenly, I realized that there actually was nothing of interest here at all.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith