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Comment: Re:Down the line.. (Score 1) 113

by Alok (#49230065) Attached to: UK ISPs Quietly Block Sites That List Pirate Bay Proxies

> Things like invasive DRM that stops infringers for all of about one day but annoy legitimate users until the end

So true, reading about Sony rootkit, Spore DRM etc. just made me more scared to buy legal games - meanwhile, game torrents install and run without any problems.

Of course, then I buy Diablo III, am happy the DRM isn't causing computer problems; and find out its my turn to get frustrated at game design instead :P

Comment: Re:Country spies on other country (Score 0) 158

by Alok (#44865109) Attached to: Belgium Investigates Suspected Cyber Spying By Foreign State

why the fuck should belgium honor american intellectual property rights for example if america doesn't honor even basic property rights?

America has more economic & political influence, as well as more nukes and a vastly larger army that needs to justify its upkeep - that's why. Belgium should just be happy they aren't an oil rich country that doesn't have US oil contracts ;-)

Comment: Indian stats (Score 1) 322

by Alok (#44645861) Attached to: Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

Even with very low enforcement, India has stats slightly lower than China and also comparatively lower to many countries with far higher enforcement. Which made me happy, till I realize we probably have potholes to thank for this - hard to have traffic fatalities when everyone is inching along slowly on bad roads in high traffic!

I'm guessing they are trying to show correlation before traffic enforcement and deaths per capita - wish there was also a version that showed obedience of road rules & deaths per capita, i.e. when traffic stays in its own lane and doesn't cut signals, does that significantly reduce the fatality rate? I know, its a more subjective area so there can't be any good statistics for it - but imho just staying in lane properly would greatly reduce the 'speed' related deaths atleast, and maybe for some other categories too.

Comment: Open source? (Score 1) 322

by Alok (#44645675) Attached to: Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

Reading MapBox's site, they stress open source a lot - their Javascript API, iOS SDK & design studio are all 'open source', and they're using OSM for the backend data. Other than a list of plans which seem very similar to other commercial offerings, I don't see any indication of which open source licenses apply here - is it one of the popular ones like GPL or BSD, or some custom version?

Comment: New Paragon system will make HC a joke (Score 2) 137

by Alok (#44635053) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion Announced: <em>Reaper of Souls</em>

Anyone who gets to level 60 (or I guess its now level 70) can now work at getting Paragon levels, and use the points for Vit on ALL characters? This means that HC has far less risk for those who have a whole lot of extra Vit compared to the plebs who don't have a higher level char.

Of course, there's already big differences depending on what equipment you can afford or got lucky to find, but I wonder if this could make people lose interest in the HC scene (or conversely, some will buy the expansion just so that their alts start off with a lot of advantages)

Comment: Re:Fool me once...maybe I'll be back in ten years. (Score 2) 137

by Alok (#44634989) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion Announced: <em>Reaper of Souls</em>

EQ Next is going to be free 2 play, so what is the harm in trying it out? It looks really interesting, I definitely plan to play - never played EQ at all so it will be a completely new world & lore for me. If they start pushing microtransactions heavily etc., its not a big loss to stop once the game is no longer fun.

Comment: Re: cell based = low caps with high overage charge (Score 1) 162

by Alok (#44576439) Attached to: Datacenter Gives Internet To 70 Percent of Navajo Nation

With low population density (i.e. user base) over a large region, its far more cost effective to run a few high bandwidth lines and provide wireless service. Cellular network bandwidth isn't that bad, e.g. people use their mobiles as hotspots - in city areas, which have a far higher density of wireless signals (leading to more interference, and also less available per person).

Comment: Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (Score 1) 624

by Alok (#39116491) Attached to: Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

If everyone continues to be 'smart' about such voting, it may well end up in some elections that 75% of the public would have supported a 3rd candidate but just vote for the same pair of idiots as always :-). Just vote for whichever candidate you like, are you really going to be happy if you vote for the 'lesser of two evils' and he does get elected? Ok, maybe if the other guy has proven himself to be really dangerous & way worse, but I hardly think this is true for most elections.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.