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Comment: Re: Is MtGox Bitcoin? (Score 1) 232

by Xordin (#46355109) Attached to: Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

A bank going broke is a bad thing because it hurts people who are unrelated to the bank's behavior. For example, a plumber could lose his pension; a butcher could lose access to his current account; a big payment to a hospital could be lost.

An economy runs better it has a trustworthy financial system. We should share the cost of bank failures so we all sleep better.

Comment: Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (Score 1) 253

by Xordin (#46344105) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

First, when you buy the new expansion, you get a level boost to 90 for free. You only need to buy it separately if you want multiple characters at 90.

Secondly, being good with your class is now only required for Flex level raids and higher. You can see all of the game without knowing how to play your character. Blizzard has at times re-introduced minor difficulty in 5-mans (heroic 5-mans at the start of Cataclysm, Icecrown 5-mans) but while some people liked that, most of the players didn't.

Thirdly, you say you'd be "mad to pay" $60. I could easily see myself having $60 worth of fun trying out another character class. What other things can you buy for $60? You can easily spend more just eating out in a good restaurant, and that'll give you only two hours of fun.

Comment: They deliver different things (Score 1) 712

by Xordin (#46296245) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Google has had a huge positive influence on people's lives the last decade. Search, Android, Maps... wow. They took a lot of real risk and made the right choices.

Banks are basically part of government. I'm not quite sure what JP Morgan does, but I don't think they made many people's lives better. They also don't take any real risk (they're government backed, after all) and ... they did not make quite the right choices.

The numbers are too large, but I do not doubt that Google's number should be larger.

Comment: Re:Distaste of C++ (Score 1) 476

by Xordin (#42377469) Attached to: GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

Totally agree. I've maintained a couple of C++ codebases in my time. It would take weeks to expand my C++ knowledge to where I could understand the favorite language patterns of the old maintainer.

Running old C++ code through Valgrind is hilarious. It's hard to believe how many things even experienced C++ coders get wrong.

Comment: 6 months is normal (Score 1) 341

by Xordin (#42312057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

Big companies tend to negotiate long payment periods. We're I work we don't pay anyone within 6 months. We also make it a point to dispute invoices.

Our suppliers have professional salesmen that make a living trying to rip us off.

That's the environment. Play the game- charge more for your next contract, keep trying to collect your invoice, and above all,stay on friendly terms.

Comment: They'll have to compete on network quality now (Score 1) 228

by Xordin (#36380486) Attached to: Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law

Telco's are basically searching for a way to get a share of Google's profits. The plan was to introduce new subscriptions that would allow them to block Google. Unless Google agreed to pay them per search.

This wouldn't work if there was real competition. But there are just 3 telco's and they're all hurt by decreasing income form voice and sms.

This law will encourage telecoms to compete on bandwidth and network quality instead of financial trickery and monopoly abuse. Should be a good thing for consumers.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Halo 2 Online Preservation Effort Ends 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-show dept.
A couple weeks ago, we discussed news that some dedicated Halo 2 fans were keeping the game's multiplayer alive after support for online play was dropped. Now, a few days shy of a month after support ended, the last users have been knocked off the server. "[A user named] Apache N4SIR outlasted everyone. 'May 11th @ 0158hrs I was FORCEFULLY REMOVED!!' he wrote on the forums at 'I thought I'd be the one turning off the lights but that was done for me. Good night everyone, my Elite needs a rest.' His last comrade in arms, Agent Windex, was still signed on, as spotted by Kotaku at 4 p.m. US Pacific Time on May 10, but their adventure, which began on April 15, ended after Windex announced 21 minutes later that he had been removed from play and Apache N4SIR suffered a similar fate hours later, as he described in his post."

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"