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Comment: Re:combining micropayments with hefty sticker pric (Score 1) 468

by mog007 (#48409777) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Full Disclosure: I'm a beta premium backer of the game

You can only purchase ships with in game currency. At least, as of right now that's the way the game works.

Most of the early backers, as well as kickstarter supporters, will get a free second ship when the game launches, but it's an Eagle, a bit of a sidegrade to the default Sidewinder. The only other advantages for people who paid early access is the ability to play the game sooner, which means more practice before things launch, and a better insurance rate, which reduces the amount of in game currency to replace your ship after it blows up.

There are micro-transactions for paint jobs for the ships you fly in the game, but it's purely cosmetic.

Comment: Re:What rhymes with "douchebag"? (Score 1) 306

by mog007 (#48376889) Attached to: AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Comcast is being very friendly (sort of) to the announcement, because they want to cozy up to the FCC.

If the FCC approves their merge with TWC, Comcast is closer to becoming the biggest lumbering monopoly since Standard Oil, and it would only require the FTC's sign off.

Comment: Re:In other words. (Score 2) 127

by mog007 (#48367225) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

The rules that the FCC implemented that prevents someone from saying "fuck you" on the radio, or broadcast television, came about from a single complaint back in the 70's.

Thirty years later, and four million times more complaints were filed about net neutrality, and they're still dragging their feet.

THAT should put some perspective of democracy into this.

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 1) 194

by mog007 (#47362801) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

There was a big industry behind copyright when the constitution was being drafted. It wasn't authors, or artists. It was map makers.

Map makers spent a lot of money ensuring that their maps were accurate, and they wanted to ensure that people wouldn't be able to seize their maps and build on them before they made back their initial investments.

Comment: Re:Well now you've gone and upset my digestion. (Score 1) 458

by mog007 (#45938963) Attached to: Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

Then you have the new breeds

(of Republicans)

, you have the rand pauls and ted cruzs, the small government anti establishment types.

The entire Republican party was like that before Reagan became president. Reagan turned them into a bunch of religious lunatics hell bent on overspending to keep the military budget inflated.

Comment: Re:Is this important? (Score 1) 396

by mog007 (#45130939) Attached to: DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

he 4th Amendment doesn't cover foreigners engaging in war against the US or our allies, and the NSA is supposed to be looking for things like this.

Case law on this is very clear. When you have an expectation of privacy, a warrant is required. If you were on the phone in a public place, it's legal to record your half of the conversation, because you're speaking loudly in a public place. If you're at home, a warrant is required to record the phone call, because you have an expectation of privacy in your home.

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