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Comment Let this be a lesson (Score 2) 75

I've been a fan of physical game carts/discs that are 100% playable offline. Getting a new PS4 or Xbox One that "bundles" a download code for a game is a rip off if you have to download the game and have it call home every time you want to play. So when the online component is down, you can't download or play the downloaded game since it can't phone home. That's ridiculous. I skipped the Xbox One and PS4 for reasons like this. Even more so: 10 years from now when the authentication server goes offline, your Xbox One or PS4 game is dead. Whereas, I can still pop in my favorite NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, PSOne, Saturn, DreamCast, GCN, and PS2 games without any worry for an internet connection. (And select PS3 and Xbox 360 games.) Vote with your money, people.

Comment Remember: Space is hard (Score 1) 140

The miracle and wonder behind celebrating successful space missions is realizing that going to space is hard and a lot had to go well to get things to turn out right. Even with decades of satellite launches under humanity's belt, each launch is a challenge and a learning opportunity...

...some more costly than others.

Comment 3D Blu-Ray Player (Score 4, Interesting) 99

I lost interest in mainstream console gaming after the SNES/Genesis and the Saturn/PS1 eras. The way gaming was going on consoles (Xbox, PS2, GCN) just turned me off and I spent more time playing MMOs on PCs. So when the 360 and PS3 came out, I bought a PS3 only to serve as an easy-to-firmware-update Blu-Ray player that can play my PS1 games and, perhaps, any PS3 game that catches my eye (SF4 for example) and retro collection discs.

The killer app for me was when 3D Blu-Ray capability was added. For me, the PS3 will continue to have it's honorary position in my entertainment scenario, so long as it can play Blu-Ray movies and allow me to play Symphony of the Night on the big screen.

If my PS3 breaks while they're still making them? I'm not sure I'd buy another. I'd just get a cheap 3D-capable Blu-Ray player and play SotN by other means.

Comment Remember free Dial-Up Providers from the 1990s? (Score 2) 273

In the 1990s, there used to be tons of free dial-up ISP providers that gave you free access so long as you agreed to surf the web through their branded version of Internet Explorer that framed websites in ads. Some providers required you to click the ads so many times within a certain interval of time or get disconnected.

I'm sure these frames and banner ads "violated" the design of websites that were browsed by these users, but since the websites themselves were not hacked or damaged and displayed correctly on the computer screen of those not using ad-managed ISPs/web browsers, there is probably not a tangible copyright issue.

Hotel Wi-Fi is just the modern version of this same model, albeit without using software or requiring ad clicks.

Comment No. (Score 1) 273

1. The websurfer agrees to a Terms of Service that allows the ISP to make changes to inbound website page requests.
2. The websurfer proceeds to request pages from a remote webserver. The ISP injects ads as the customer consented.

No where in this was the remote webserver compromised or hacked. The website still loads as the content owner designed on computers accessing the website through ISPs that have not adjusted the content. Since the customer is agreeing to allow the ISP to alter his web browsing experience in exchange for Internet Access, this is permissible. Unethical, perhaps, but permissible. Certainly not compyright infringement.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb