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Comment Re:What if you exceed your data cap? (Score 1) 204

In Canada, under the Wireless Code of Conduct mandated by the CRTC (roughly the Canadian equivalent of the FCC) since December 2013, once you go over your plan's data bucket allowance, carriers can only legally charge at most $50 for domestic overage, or $100 for international overage, based on their insane rates. It's usually $0.01/MB - $0.05/MB for domestic overage depending on the plan, and even more outrageous for US and International usage that you wouldn't believe.

After you go after that amount of overage in usage, most carriers will block you from further data usage until you contact them and consent to further overages.

To my knowledge there is no such carrier in Canada that does a more sane approach of throttling your data speed once you exceed your cap, and allow to buy more 'fast data', like it's possible with some prepaid plans with other providers in the world. The only exception is with Roam Mobility, but they operate as an MVNO for carriers in the US to provide cheap roaming for Canadians travelling to the U.S.


Submission + - Senator Introduces Bill To Stop Warrantless GPS Tr 1

bs0d3 writes: Right now the police and FBI are using gps tracking devices, stingrays, and other tracking technologies... without a warrant. They can read your personal emails without a warrant, they can recall your phone call history, all without a warrant. These are clear violations of the fourth amendment but time and time again the courts are ruling that the fourth amendment doesn't protect people who use modern technology. That's why Senator Ron Wyden is acting now. This week Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jason Chaffetz (D-UT) announced a bill with bipartisan support. The bill: The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS), provides sorely needed legal clarity for the use of electronically-obtained location data that can be used to track and log the location and movements of individual Americans. G.P.S. is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, Constitution Project, and Electronic Frontier Foundation. The full text of the bill can be read here.

Submission + - Apple: People Want To Be Controlled (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's Tim Cook made quite an astonishing statement during the company's Q1 conference call: Apple users appreciate if the company tells them what is good for them and what not. Given Apple's near $25 billion quarter, that is a loaded statement and might be fueling a new debate between Apple's integrated app model and Android's open model.

Submission + - FTC: "Video Game Self Regulation Works" (

Itesh writes: Following an established trend, a Federal Trade Commission undercover shopper survey found that video game retailers continue to enforce most vigorously the ratings governing age and content that were established by the entertainment media industry. Music CD retailers lag far behind movie theaters, as well as movie DVD and video game retailers, in preventing unaccompanied children under age 17 from purchasing entertainment intended for mature audiences.

Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year 199

donniebaseball23 writes "Microsoft has raised the annual price of Xbox Live Gold to $60, which is a price hike of $10. The new price goes into effect on November 1, but gamers can lock in the current Xbox Live price by renewing now. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich is not surprised by the move, nor does he think it will really have much impact on the Xbox momentum."

Comment Re:Carts used to have coprocessors and other add i (Score 1) 277

Carts used to have coprocessors and other add in chips in them.

I agree, it is the main advantage I see with the cartridges of old: the add-on chips extended the hardware functionality of the system, like the Super-FX, Cx4 and SA-1 chips in some Super Nintendo games, and all the memory mapper chips in the NES. They provided all kinds of neat affects.

Unfortunately, I think that unless the manufacturing costs become at least as low as optical media (ha, good luck), we'd be back to old days of seeing $80+ games (at least as they were up here in Canada) and considering a lot of people think $60 is expensive for a new game now, I don't think it would work out that well.

Comment Re:I think you gave your own answer there (Score 1) 462

I think you gave your own answer there. The problem isn't with the number of hours per se, but basically with making a 10 hour game and padding it to 60 with 50 hours of dumb repetitive filler or with boss fights that you need to try 20 times to get to the next chunk of actual story.

The bolded part is what I felt was a big issue with Final Fantasy XIII to a slightly lesser degree. It seemed like it would have been okay as a 20-25 hour game, but it just dragged on and on for 55 hours.

Comment Re:Sudden persepective. (Score 1) 193

I personally know Billy Mitchell and while he is a bit pompous, he is nothing like he was portrayed in the movie.

You're right, he's even more of a dick in real life, since Seth Gordon had to cut out the darker stuff while he filmed it. From this interview with him:

...The way we painted Billy and his actions is so much gentler that we could have, that it makes it hard for me to stomach the tiny little details that they are choosing to fight about, because his true actions were so ugly that we couldn’t use the complete truth, meaning we didn’t show him as dark as he really is.

But hey Mr. Coward, believe what you want.

Comment Re:He's wrong (Score 1) 415

Do you *really* think the Canadian government stands firm on the high moral ground of solidarity in the matter of privacy?

Facebook breaches Canadian privacy law: commissioner

Can you not see that the end result of this conflict would not be Facebook cleaning up their act, but rather Facebook banning Canadian users?

They already did clean up their act, actually. There was even a slashdot story about that too, even.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 1) 104

Seriously, the problem is your TV. Processing lag is a real problem that most TV manufacturers are effectively ignoring, and the only way to know how bad it is with a TV is to do a special setup that dual outputs a timer to the screen being tested and a screen known to not have processing lag.

I believe the the newer Guitar Hero and Rockband games also have a calibration test that you can use as well to determine what the post-processing lag on your tv is like to see if it's acceptable or not.

Comment Re:Does anyone really believe the scores ? (Score 1) 169

Demos can be very misleading and give you an entirely wrong impression of the game. So you may end up spending money on the retail game based on certain expectations of the demo, but then see the full game is not at all what you thought it would be. The Brutal Legends is quite bad in that regards.

Comment Re:Srsly? (Score 1) 643

I'd probably watch it, and maybe even yell at the TV screen. ;-)

Yeah, Sunday round-table programming is like low-impact aerobics for me; my respiration and heart rate go up dramatically from all that yelling, and my upper body get a nice workout from pounding my chair arms.

Not great for my blood pressure though.

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