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Comment: Re:Nice but pointless for me (Score 1) 377

by PatientZero (#46503079) Attached to: Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With <em>Titanfall</em>

You're not missing out. After being intrigued by the trailer showing the solo campaign and the pretty cool gameplay and graphics, I bought it Saturday and let it download overnight. Installed it this morning and started it up, but the tutorial crashed. Restarted it (remap the keys again because it didn't save them) and launched the campaign mode . . . which is online and multiplayer only. WTF?

Apparently, "campaign mode" now means "goal-oriented multiplayer modes with no story" like conquest while "classic mode" means "standard multiplayer games with no story" such as team deathmatch or capture-the-flag.

Twenty-four hour return policy activated, and good riddance. You'd think with all the cash EA has they could produce an online store half as good as Steam (much as that raises ire for some people), but alas that is not the case.

BTW, that browser extension was the server browser. I have no idea what it bought them to write a bunch of C code in a browser extension rather than packaging it up into a regular executable, but the major downside is that every time you join a server the entire engine has to be loaded and initialized. If these were the good ol' days of 2 second startup times it would be no problem. I gave up on BF4 pretty quick as it got so tiresome waiting for the game to reload every time you switched servers.

+ - Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband-> 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at Muninetworks.org and GigaOM"
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Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 582

I prefer a hostsfile myself.

Blocking at the router means that I don't have to tweak several hosts files, plus it covers my Android devices that don't have easily accessible hosts files, but do have pre-installed Facebook apps that call home every night with huge permissions that send who-knows-what, and can't be uninstalled. (When I finally rooted the tablet, I did some cleaning.)

Comment: Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 582

I refuse to use Facebook and block it at the router. If that means that I can't use some idiot's site that requires it, so be it. So far, I think it's been a net improvement on my browsing experience. On many of these sites, the comments are the content. I'll take my content elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 582

I blocked Facebook.com at the router. I'm sure that they have other methods, but all the pages I access that make little tracking fetches from Facebook are sucking mud. (It's the same with doubleclick: Is it the end of time yet? No? Stay blocked! I don't care who owns them now.) It does mean that I can use Facebook or see the fascinating pages of other people. Oh noes!

Even the simplest home router can do that. They usually have a parental site blocking feature.

Comment: That's the wrong lie (Score 2) 470

by PatientZero (#43668581) Attached to: <em>Ender's Game</em> Trailer Released
The military command lied to Ender by pretending he was still in a training exercise, but they did not lie about the need to "end them." Without communication with the aliens, there was no way for the humans to know that the queens had realized their mistake and were perfectly willing to live in peaceful coexistence. Given the sheer luck that allowed Razer to win the previous battle for Earth, they were reasonably certain Earth would never survive another attack.

It was only later that Ender was able to communicate with the remaining queen and learn the full story. He was upset about being lied to and having caused so much death, but I think he understood why they lied to him. He didn't like it, mind you, but he understood it was the only way to get him (or anyone) to do what he did.

I put up my thumb... and it blotted out the planet Earth. -- Neil Armstrong

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