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Comment: Backbone an issue? O_o (Score 1) 120

by saur2004 (#33180494) Attached to: What Are Google and Verizon Up To?
Why the heck is the backbone even an issue? I used to work for a (now-defunct) company that made fiber optic equipment and I know first hand how much dark fiber is out there and how much optic equipment going for pennies on the dollar. This is just the owners of the buried fiber trying to work up the case against net-neutrality and squeeze as much mon.....987(^&^ [connection lost]

Game Endings Going Out of Style? 190

Posted by Soulskill
from the to-be-continued dept.
An article in the Guardian asks whether the focus of modern games has shifted away from having a clear-cut ending and toward indefinite entertainment instead. With the rise of achievements, frequent content updates and open-ended worlds, it seems like publishers and developers are doing everything they can to help this trend. Quoting: "Particularly before the advent of 'saving,' the completion of even a simple game could take huge amounts of patience, effort and time. The ending, like those last pages of a book, was a key reason why we started playing in the first place. Sure, multiplayer and arcade style games still had their place, but fond 8, 16 and 32-bit memories consist more of completion and satisfaction than particular levels or tricky moments. Over the past few years, however, the idea of a game as simply something to 'finish' has shifted somewhat. For starters, the availability of downloadable content means no story need ever end, as long as the makers think there's a paying audience. Also, the ubiquity of broadband means multiplayer gaming is now the standard, not the exception it once was. There is no real 'finish' to most MMORPGs."
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Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-reading-this-you-bequeath-me-all-your-possessions dept.
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."

Comment: Re:All cookies are always used with consent. (Score 1) 447

by saur2004 (#30100004) Attached to: "Breathtakingly Stupid" EU Cookie Law Passes
Ya but I think its a dam shame that I have to keep a database, 5 figures in length of sites for which I want my browser to say "SHOVE YOUR COOKIES WHERE ONLY YOUR PROCTOLOGIST WILL FIND IT", because of idiotic corporate jar heads like the poster of this story.

I don't think the EU proposal goes far enough.

Comment: Couple of examples of pay software I use (Score 1) 891

by saur2004 (#29405197) Attached to: Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives
I use UltraEdit instead of Notepad++. UltraEdit has a much cleaner column mode and actually does a regular expression "end of line" replacement (with no other characters) correctly. Notepad++ has a really clunky and unusable column mode and just will not perform something like "s/$/end/" in its replacement correctly, and it has been that way for a very long time.

I use RealVNC instead of TightVNC. TighVNC just has way too many bugs when using its video driver. If running Excel through TightVNCs video driver, you constantly get a "Not enough system resources" popup. And, if you edit anything with high ascii characters in it, the rest of the text goes invisible. The RealVNC video driver just works correctly immediately after you install it.

Now before you all call me a trator ;P note that I have TRIED the above packages, and tried to live with them for quite sometime, but I just could not live with the bugs.

Comment: I wouldnt mind paying (Score 1) 821

by saur2004 (#28476713) Attached to: Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing
I quite seriously would not mind shelling out 299 for the full professional if it weren't for that pesky little thing in my head called morals.

It is morally reprehensible that INTEL was literally crucified when they came up with the idea of a processor ID and yet Microsoft gets away, fairly unscathed when they implement a hash of hardware data as part of WPA. To me, there is zero difference.

Comment: Not a big fan. (Score 1) 488

by saur2004 (#27447415) Attached to: VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better
I never have been a big fan of VLC because I think its interface is clunky at best.

I'm going to list out what I don't like and who knows, maybe some ./ers can tell me the solutions and I'll become a fan.

1.) Repeating. VLC uses the clunky "A to B" strategy and one can not just check a "repeat all" check-box.

2.) Shoutcast radio lists. Right-click + Open-Folder on a folder, does not work and if you double-click on a folder, it opens the first station in the list and starts playing it. (ug) Also, you have to click "Title" twice if you want the channels in alphabetical order after opening up a folder. (ug)

Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.