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Comment: Re:The graphics were simply brilliant (Score 5, Informative) 374

What happened was they tried to go online more, and Uru happened.

Wonderful graphics and levels, with online bits and pieces (I don't know if it was really multiplayer, but there was some social component to it). But all this before most internet connections were capable of dealing with it (5 minute load times for zoning between sections was a really serious deal breaker).

It died, hard, and I think that took the wind out of their sails for a bit. Not sure they ever recovered much after that.

(I was in the early beta and stuck with it pretty much through that, and it was never ready for prime time at all. Last I checked I was still listed in the credits, I'll have to check that again some time).

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, this is illegal. (Score 1, Insightful) 247

by Cali Thalen (#43890823) Attached to: Activist Admits To Bugging US Senate Minority Leader

Totalitarian yet schizophrenic shit like this is what bugs me so much about the US. First you want total personal privacy (a good thing), yet you readily scream for the surveillance of others.

Seems to me like he wants people he likes (himself, liberals, etc.) to have total privacy to do whatever they want, but he wants people he doesn't like (republicans/conservatives) to be constantly recorded and harassed.

And BTW, that isn't remotely an American ideology.

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 558

by Cali Thalen (#43550183) Attached to: Average latency to

I'm in the same boat latency-wise, but something I've wondered for a long time...

(sorry to derail the comedy)

If I've got such a clear signal, why does it consistently take 2-3 seconds for /. to serve up the page? It's always seemed rather slow responding to me, whether I was in Cali at home (DLS), or at work (mega-corp intranet), or now from home in FL (cable).

I know lots of reasons why this CAN happen, but since it's been the same for me for years, I figure there's got to be a good explanation for it.

Comment: Re:Twitter should say... (Score 1) 335

Dear Twitter:

Please comply with French law. If any of the bits you send out on the internet could be in any way construed as hateful to any kind of person who might be a French citizen, please make sure those bits don't arrive in France. But all the other bits are fine, keep 'em coming.

Comment: Re:What an awesome place to live! (Score 1) 206

by Cali Thalen (#43058895) Attached to: Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability

Beats California.

Worked there for 23 years, never really very close to being able to qualify for a mortgage, even at the end with the crash, on a home within reasonable distance of work (reasonable being 90 minute commute). Maybe a condo that wasn't too big near the end of my stay, but not much of one.

Moved to FL this year, already have a largish house in a very nice neighborhood. The money I wanted to try to put down in California on a place (but couldn't qualify for the mortgage) covered closing costs and about 30% down. Not some cheap ranch shack either.

Granted, that down payment probably could have bought a nice house outright in a lot of places, but the wife is an orthopedic surgeon, so nowhere better than south Florida for someone who does knees and hips.

Comment: Re:Your government $$$ (Score 1) 235

by Cali Thalen (#42997403) Attached to: 'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

If someone hacks something the government cares about then they manage to find that person.

Random, usually broke, teenager, can't fight back, so easy to get a win. Also, national security, national response.

Call around a couple of times and threaten schools and/or officials and they can find you pretty quickly.

Criminal, with little hope of skirting that particular law, easy to get an arrest and conviction. Little work, also people's lives are being directly threatened and/or 'think of the children' :P

A Random company robo dials 1/2 of the continental fucking U.S. and all of a sudden these fuckers can't seem to figure out where they are coming from or what the hell can be done about it.

Potentially vague civil law, with a defendant that probably has lawyers and enough money to get more. Not much payback in political or financial capital, so no one who cares about those things will make the effort.

Seriously, great examples of 'the path of least resistance' that most government-types (particularly the elected kind) follow.

Comment: Re:Sort of interesting, but... (Score 1) 214

by Cali Thalen (#42996737) Attached to: The Hacker Who Found the Secrets of the Next Xbox and PlayStation

I suspect that any network admins worth their pay would be able to tell 1) if the exploit / entry method the guy was talking about was true, and 2) what he did when he got in there. If not, they have bigger problems.

I sympathize with the views here, on both sides. Yes, this guy did something wrong, and at least in some cases seems to have been genuinely grey (if not white) hat about it. But if a system as a flaw big enough, how do you want the company to find out about it, this guy or Anonymous/Lulzsec?

Honestly, he's in a no-win situation, and he put himself there, so it's hard to feel too sorry. But I'd hope that there would be a way for people like this to constructively use their skills, since there seems to be no end of backdoors and holes that need to be fixed. Aside from companies understanding the situation, you're taking your freedom into your own hand when you poke around like this.

Comment: Re:It's their search engine/payment mech., etc. (Score 2) 347

by Cali Thalen (#42937149) Attached to: Google Looks To Cut Funds To Illegal Sites

To clarify a little for you...

Google doesn't need a court, government, or anyone else to determine who it can do business with. If it wants to refuse to do (ad) business with download sites, legal or otherwise (or any other kind of site for that matter), it can and should be able to make that call for itself.

While I detest the idea that 'big brother' can tell me what kinds of sites I can run or view, I just as much detest the idea that 'big brother' can come into my business and tell me I don't have any choice on how I run it.

I'm not saying there wouldn't be consequences for those decisions. Let Google do business with or without whoever they feel like...and if they make stupid choices and piss too many people off, the 'next Google' will learn from that and maybe do things differently.

Comment: Re:Almost? (Score 1, Informative) 409

by Cali Thalen (#42909127) Attached to: Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

Too busy right now to research, but compared to the speed this meteor was supposedly moving (33K mph?), and what I remember as the speed of a typical intercept missile (up to 10K or so mph maybe?), doesn't it seem pretty unlikely that it could have actually have been a hit?

Going from very hazy pre-coffee memory here, so my numbers may be *just* a tad off...

Comment: Re:It's called pop (Score 1) 283

by Cali Thalen (#42899211) Attached to: I Get Most of My Caffeine Through

Regional distinction here, lots of places (including where I grew up) call it 'pop', but it depends on where you're from. Personally, I've never run into a place where 'coke' is used as a generic name for it, and I haven't a clue what falls into the 'other' category...

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.