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Comment: Re:Sinking ship... (Score 1) 93

by GTRacer (#47414645) Attached to: Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard
Ha, ha... I saw this yesterday but didn't get round to commenting then. Hope you see this ^^

There's a lot wrong with me actually. Only some of it is FF and/or MMO related. But that said, XI provided an online team-building experience I've yet to duplicate. People cared because they HAD to care. Not sure if any current / modern MMOs require such closeness.

Comment: Re:Sinking ship... (Score 1) 93

by GTRacer (#47407033) Attached to: Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard
I played FFXI for 5 years and switched to XIV when Beta III opened (the first phase I could join as I only have a PS3 and no PC). While the art style's general realism versus WoW's colorful palettes appeals to me, I wouldn't say it has a perceptible effect on maturity.

Honestly, since the PS4 client went live in February, I'd say the otherwise higher maturity level has dipped. And I'm saying that as a PS4 player lol. My biggest gripe is the ability of a committed player to solo or PUG almost anything in the game, meaning relationships of trust and teamwork aren't required as they were in XI or older WoW. There's your maturity issue - anyone can be a childish jerk because they can just reform the party or queue up for a random assignment...

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 682

by GTRacer (#47399831) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
Hm. I've seen the same "TSA gets to go tech shopping" sentiment several times here. But one question - wouldn't anyone who had their phone taken report it as stolen and get the IMEI flagged as bad?

Yes, I get that we're talking about The Gub'mint here but do you really think AT&T, Verizon, et al are gonna let the TSA sticky-fingers activate stolen phones? Assuming they don't have the NSA making the activation request on their behalf?

Comment: Re: I don't get it. (Score 1) 69

by GTRacer (#47375695) Attached to: Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"
Simple. Many of us don't get paid lunches and for me at least, the nearest branch or ATM is nearly a mile from where I work. On foot, at good speed, that would take about half an hour just for the walk. And given that we're in summer here, I'd be a wreck when i got back to work.

So, a half hour or so not eating and not getting paid. *That's* what's wrong.

Comment: Re: I don't get it. (Score 1) 69

by GTRacer (#47375669) Attached to: Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"
How often do you need cash? I assume you mean more than 5 bucks? I'm interested in how other people handle banking nowadays.

On average, more of my ATM visits are to DEPOSIT checks, not take money out. And my credit union just rolled out mobile depositing, so there's that done. Generally, if I need cash less than $50, I just grab it when I check out at Target or the grocery store. No fees, no extra trip. Though your supermarket visits may be less frequent than ours - we seem to go go about once a week to keep the 3 kids fed.

But even then, none of my bills are paid by cash - all but one are autopay or e-pay. And everywhere we go for fun or business takes debit or credit. Cash is for the odd times I need a soda at work (cash only)...

Comment: Re:Definition of publicly (Score 1) 484

by GTRacer (#47318565) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service
Googled the code, read link; still confused. Aereo's conceit was that each antenna / paid stream was a single performance to a single person. I don't see what your line regarding the antenna wire passing any number of anybodies has to do with it.

I'm no Supreme, but I saw it like this. Am I allowed to receive OTA broadcasts in my market? YES. Am I allowed to time (see Betamax) and place shift (see Cablevision) my reception? YES.

Is the real issue that Aereo made money off this rather than me personally finding a nice rooftop and willing landlord to put my own antenna on? I'm so disappointed by this...

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