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Comment Re:Loss of Couch CoOp (Score 1) 32

The last POS I bought was Destiny. CoD, Resistance 3, Crisis, MoH, etc are ok games. But I just can't get the feeling out of my head that I had more fun 8 years ago. The last fun games I played were Lost Planet 2, Army of Two, and Gears of War.

I just replayed LP2 on PC because it was recently on sale, holy crap it's so much nicer playing with a mouse and keyboard, shock amazement. As it turns out, LP3 is pretty good too. Not as good as you would have expected a sequel to LP2 to be, but the production value is very very high.

Comment Re:Makes a lot of sense (Score 1) 62

What method did you use to confirm that anycasting wasn't being used and what were the exact results?

I don't run Windows 10 and I'm not responsible for any of the experiments regarding what network traffic it sends where. But advanced wizardry known as "traceroute" shows me that my traffic from the US to 94.245.121.253 crosses the Atlantic.

  . . .
  5 ae-2-52.edge2.NewYork2.Level3.net (4.69.138.227) 19.296 ms 19.289 ms 19.270 ms
  6 ae-2-52.edge2.NewYork2.Level3.net (4.69.138.227) 19.108 ms 19.011 ms 18.997 ms
  7 MICROSOFT-C.edge2.NewYork2.Level3.net (4.71.190.2) 16.850 ms 16.932 ms 16.798 ms
  8 ae0-0.lon04-96cbe-1b.ntwk.msn.net (204.152.141.190) 84.723 ms 84.726 ms 86.469 ms
  9 ae11-0.lon04-96cbe-1a.ntwk.msn.net (207.46.44.154) 84.502 ms
10 ae12-0.lon04-96cbe-1a.ntwk.msn.net (207.46.44.162) 84.467 ms
11 ae11-0.lon04-96cbe-1a.ntwk.msn.net (207.46.44.154) 87.672 ms
  . . .

The destination isn't accepting ICMP traffic, so the trace dies there in a hail of ^H, but the jump from New York to London is rather obvious. You're more than welcome to post a trace showing that your own traffic to that IP stays domestic.

Comment Let's cut to the important bits (Score 2) 32

Always-on copy protection that keeps the honest player from playing for the first month or two while it doesn't bother those copying it illegally again? Or something sane for a change.

Cut to the important parts that decide whether or not someone with half a brain even ponders looking at what the game is like before he dismisses it as "do not want".

Comment Re:Tell that to Bejing (Score 1) 49

I think you mean India.

Car sales are up 4000 percent in India, and as a result, you can't see a thing.

Time to end all fossil fuel subsidies and exemptions, including depreciation and fleet discounts.

That said, hybrids don't help if you drive further distances, or burn up fuel while not moving.

Comment Re:Are there better uses for this technology? (Score 1) 105

As I recall compressing and storing hydrogen is a very expensive process. One problem is that hydrogen likes to destroy most metals. Any piping, compressor, or container must be made of expensive metals or lined with glass or something.

While this is true, the really expensive part is the high-pressure tank. It has to be fairly extreme to actually hold the hydrogen, let alone the issue of sealing it against the gas which is basically a solved problem. We already are using expensive alloys for common engines now that gasoline direct injection has become common. The big difference in practice now is that a gas tank is stamped out of sheet metal and costs basically nothing, and a hydrogen tank is made out of carbon fiber and titanium or aluminum and costs a bundle.

I might be mistaken but hydrocarbon liquids can store hydrogen in a much smaller space than any compressed gas.

It's true. The problem is, burning them produces undesirable emissions. When you burn hydrogen gas you get water vapor and heat out the other end; the emissions truly are cleaner than the intake air. When you burn gasoline you get soot and carbon monoxide. You can minimize the CO, you can reduce the soot, but you can't make them go away. When you burn diesel you get less of everything but NOx, but then you get NOx. So what do you burn? Probably the "best" thing would be methane. It has similar energy density problems to hydrogen, but it has dramatically lower pressure requirements and it doesn't require exotic alloys. Any gasoline engine can be converted to run on it fairly cheaply, at least in theory. (Doing it very cheaply requires automaker cooperation and a vehicle with a reprogrammable PCM, but you can do it "from scratch" without much cash outlay to carbureted vehicles as well — and basically turn them fuel-injected in the process, or you can just use a vacuum-controlled gas regulator which behaves like a carb. Both approaches are commonly used in propane conversions. Methane vs. propane means a very slightly different working pressure, and different injector timing or regulator adjustment.

Comment Re:Good for France. (Score 4, Insightful) 99

So what do you do when laws in different countries are contradictory? Example: Certain speech being illegal in country A, but protected in country B?

I suppose you have two real choices,

1) block the speech from being seen in country A and allow it to be seen in countries B..Z

2) remove your business operations from country A

Take a look at Google, they've used both strategies in differing countries. Facebook itself is dealing with Belgium's ruling that they're no longer allowed to use cookies to track people who haven't signed up for the service.

My primary point is that Facebook does everything it can to minimize its tax liability in the US by shuffling money around, pretending to be based in Ireland and Luxembourg, etc. That's all well and legal for now, but in doing so, you're no longer an American company and should not have any claim to force overseas legal complaints into American jurisdiction.

Comment Re:"It's unclear what exactly causes the issue..." (Score 1) 137

But Apple never signed the Temporal Convention of 2237. Their CEO Steve21 even laughed at the threat the he'd be confined to the limits of his own mainframe, citing something along the lines of "that's 90% of all virtual space anyway, dorks!"

Why would they even bother with something like that?

Comment Good for France. (Score 5, Insightful) 99

At a very basic level, here's the deal. If you're going to operate as a multi-national company, and you're going to offer and promote your services around the globe, then you need to be responsible for and liable to the laws of the land in each of those territories. If you operate in France and you violate the law in France, then you should be subject to penalty in France.

You don't get to shuffle all of your American tax liability through a double Dutch Sandwich with an Irish muffin, or whatever the hell it is, and simultaneously force French legal complaints to be arbitrated in California. You can't have it both ways.

Comment Sure, why not? (Score 1) 223

I know people who carry old fashioned pagers, and have done so for years. Yes, they also have smart phones, but cell service in many places is shit, and pagers have been part of the support infrastructure forever.

And, believe it or not, people still use land lines too. I know it's shocking to the kiddies, but it's true.

Do you people all think this technology became obsolete because you can get a freakin' app?

Where I live your chance of cellular coverage is iffy, and I'm in the burbs, just in a spot with bad coverage.

My wife's stupid fucking pager? Still keeps working.

What you have to ask yourself, is do you want to get paged in the middle of the night, and just how much do you plan on charging for that privilege? Everyone I know who carries one is getting a premium just to have it, and an hourly rate in the event it goes off.

Otherwise, carrying one is the stupidest idea you can imagine, and people just assume you work 24x7. If you do that, well, you're a sucker.

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