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Comment: Re:Straight Talk (Score 1) 273

by PincushionMan (#46447985) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up
From what I understand, it depends on the area of the country you live in. So it is possible to be on "T-Mobile" Straight Talk in some areas and "AT&T" Straight Talk in other areas.

In my area, it was possible (for a while) to run locked AT&T phones on straight talk. They've stopped, because some folks were taking the pay as you go smartphones, using them maybe a month, and quickly switching to Straight Talk.

Comment: Re: Innovation? (Score 1) 361

I know I shouldn't feed the troll Woosh, etc... Ah, what the heck

Spoken like someone who never had the original one. Even while the thing was in it's heyday (late '80s), it had all kinds of issue starting. After about two-three years of heavy use, they would start with the flashing power light upon inserting a cart. Everyone always assumed it was the cart's fault, because if you took it out and blew on it or tried another one, it would work. Problem was with the female end inside the unit, the jaws would splay open after too many insertions.

That said, I'll give the parent a break — since I never owned a top loader, he may be right. My N64 still works (for now), but my SNES only starts its games about 1 in 10 times recently.

Comment: Libraries = No Privacy (Score 1) 149

by PincushionMan (#45142333) Attached to: Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future
Historically, the list books you check out from a library have been protected. However, with the way the government is thinking about it, it is just metadata, since it isn't the books themselves. At this point, I'd honestly be surprised if they weren't mining that data also.

Power Corrupts
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Knowledge is Power

Absolute Knowledge Corrupts Absolutely

+ - American Bankers Association Claims Copyright On Bank Routing Numbers 1

Submitted by 192_kbps
192_kbps (601500) writes "Greg Thatcher's website publishes bank routing numbers, the nine-digit numbers appearing at the bottom of US checks identifying the issuing bank. The American Bankers Association's lawyers issued a takedown notice, on follow-up claiming "These advances in the ABA Routing Number were the result of significant effort and creativity by the ABA." Techdirt has an analysis, and a petition supporting Thatcher has been created."

Comment: Free-To-Play === No DRM? (Score 1) 464

by PincushionMan (#41089901) Attached to: Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%
I have to disagree with you. Free-To-Play is the ultimate DRM. Your game only exists as long as that game cloud is running. As soon as it becomes unprofitable, they'll pull the plug in a heartbeat. Just like that, your game is gone.

From the publisher's point of view, this is the best possible solution. Turn everything into MMORPG, MMORTS, or MMOFPS and start raking in the dough. As soon as v2 comes out, pull the plug on v1. Or better yet, make expansion1 that makes those playing the vanilla version lose every time. I can see more powerful guns in FPS-type games (like the Double-Barrel shotgun in Doom2), more powerful units in RTS games (like Krogoth in Total Annihilation:Core Contingency), and Monty-Haul Loot Drops (TM) in MMORPGs (like Dust of Disappearance in Curse of the Azure Bonds - that stuff rocked!)

Point is - I can still play Curse of the Azure Bonds more than 20 years after it was made. Yes, I still have a floppy drive in my computer, and an emulator is required. The Free-To-Plays will probably last 5, perhaps 15 if they are a runaway success. Future generations may not have access to them. Now where did that Adventurer's Journal run off to, I need to read Entry 37.

Comment: Re:Done before (Score 1) 210

by PincushionMan (#34913064) Attached to: Man Tunnels Into GameStop, Steals Games
Don't forget Nesticle_Love's fast running, arcade stomping big brother, Callus_Love. He loved those Capcom games, back in the day. We should also have some consideration for Callus' cousin, Retrocade_Love. She was easy on the eyes - too bad she stopped running when Windows became an eXPerience instead of a year. She's really let herself go.
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."