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Comment: Re:Different Objectives for Dividing Responsibilit (Score 1) 433

by Kpau (#34829760) Attached to: Disempowering the Singular Sysadmin?
You know, the "problem" these "solutions" are meant to address rarely occurred back when the company didn't think it was "okay" to treat their vital personnel badly. That really wasn't that long ago (before late 80s-early 90s). But with the "B Ark" people firmly in charge... so it goes.

Comment: Re:Why do they need to do traffic shaping? (Score 1) 705

by Kpau (#34647768) Attached to: Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?
I have two choices... but one is Hughes Satellite (which isn't a choice if you have any clue) and the other is a mom'n'pop wireless ISP (which is rather fragile). My useless land line caps out at 26.4kbps (yes, KBPS) because the CO equipment and the stuff in between hasn't been updated since the 1980s. There is no cable at all in my area. Do I live in a wilderness? No, I live a couple of miles from a major Intel Corp. campus in a mixed suburban/rural use area. Verizon steadfastly refused to even provide me ISDN (required by state law)... and recently they've sold the whole thing to Frontier and skedaddled for Brave New Lands.

Comment: Re:No competition or no cheap competition? (Score 2) 705

by Kpau (#34647700) Attached to: Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?
Exactly.. its always been regulated. And it wouldn't need additional regulation if the CORPORATIONS (telcos) continued play fairly well as has been done up through around 2000. What has changed is not the "cry for Net Neutrality", what has changed is the big ISPs committing felonies (man-in-the-middle-attacks), lying about service, and now trying to DOUBLE-charge for packet transfer (since sources and sinks both ALREADY pay for their internet connections). The WSJ piece is exactly that -- a sound-bite clustered piece of shit written by a shill for those would balkanize the Internet and return us to the days of AOL's prison-wall gardens.

Comment: Re:I agree in general, but I do understand (Score 2) 515

by Kpau (#34636576) Attached to: Recording the Police
Maybe you should visit some modern large corporations..... where cameras record all employee activities. Here we're talking about being constantly recorded and monitored for poor productivity or petty theft. I know a pharmacist (who technically can also kill people) who works in such a place ... the Big Brother Eye is, of course, to protect the corporation's liability and interests. POLICE have firearms and can kill or seriously injure people... but here we have posters arguing they shouldn't have to worry about being watched, observed, or held accountable by the public that hired them. The instant I hear a cop say "civilians" instead of "citizen" ... its a clue they've lost that little connect-the-dot that they work for the public

Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec 439

Posted by Soulskill
from the sorry-about-your-luck dept.
Frank Gibeau, label president for EA Games, recently spoke with Develop about the publisher's long term development strategy. Gibeau thinks developing major games without multiplayer modes is a passing fad: "’s not only about multiplayer, it’s about being connected. I firmly believe that the way the products we have are going, they need to be connected online. ... I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing. They’re very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services – as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you’re out. I think that model is finished. Online is where the innovation and the action [are] at."

Comment: Re:Of course it ignores today's reality. (Score 1) 763

by Kpau (#34156488) Attached to: Obama Says Offshoring Fears Are Unwarranted
But the company executive who proposed the idea of outsourcing to "save money" got a promotion and/or bonuses and scampered off to the next debacle. You see, it isn't people worried about the stockholders or the long-term viability about a company - its people who are the modern version of snake-oil dealers who pad their own pockets at the expense of the corporation. And they've got the game rigged so they're rarely held accountable.

Comment: Re:Why people distrust pollsters (Score 1) 478

by Kpau (#33587346) Attached to: 72% of US Adults Support Violent-Game Ban For Minors
I was actually part of that poll. I, of course, wrote in the margins loudly that the question was loaded and necessarily opposed the idea of such a law. And yes, I have kids. It would be interesting if the poll was directed at parents who are actually gamers themselves rather than the "mundanes".

Comment: Re:The positive side... (Score 1) 508

by Kpau (#33392142) Attached to: Wired Youths In China & Japan Forget Character Forms
Hmmmm, I've been doing tech stuff since the 1970s, no problem. I'll admit I may be unusual (as are most of the people I work with). I'll still say many youth are utterly screwed in their skills set -- cue the "Idiocracy" meme. We're too busy lowering standards so everyone can feel good about themselves instead of improving themselves.

Comment: Re:We live in a multimedia word (Score 4, Insightful) 414

by Kpau (#33137144) Attached to: Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play
Agreed. But you're watching the intellectual death spiral that is the result of two generations of parental fail in a large percentage of the population (at least in the US). Side note: its very interesting to sit in the kids section of Barnes&Noble and do a little anthropological observation. Watch which families head for the shitty books that squeak and squawk and are mostly pictures. Listen to kids far too old hate on "chapter books". Watch them simply screw with the displays and misbehave ... Now compare this versus the families that sit and read together quietly and put books back that they aren't going to buy. There's about an 80/20 split... hard to sell books to an Idiocracy. This percentage has substantively changed in the last 25 years or so. Yeah, there are pockets of goodness but it rather reminds me of a sociological version of entering a dark age.

Comment: Re:he's right, but.... (Score 3, Insightful) 322

by Kpau (#33133390) Attached to: No, Net Neutrality Doesn't Violate the 5th Amendment
"The paper pretends, instead, that broadband networks are 100% private." This is something I call "lying" rather than "pretending". The networks are no more "private" than the roads - both built with massive government (i.e. taxpayer) assistance. Of course, the "public airwaves" are also something the communication corporations like to pretend are their private channels as well.

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