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Comment: Will it work? (Score 1) 162 162

Can any BT subscriber comment on weather your average deck-hand will have any trouble getting around the block? I know it's quite easy for the black-beards and peg-legs, but what will it mean for the average user? Do TPB crew have enough experience bypassing blocks that most wont even know it's been blocked?

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 408 408

I respectfully disagree, for a number of reasons. 1) The cold war taught us that the one-upmanship of weapons proliferation as a defence is a bad idea. (The more missile defense are built, the better the weapons become to counter that defense.) 2) The insane budget required for these systems could be used for {'homeless', 'healthcare', 'foreign aid', 'research',...} 3) Some long drawn-out & pointless argument about weather the US could sustain a war against China...

Comment: Re:$60 games? Luxury! (Score 1) 435 435

How does Australians making double their American counterparts justify an equivalent price increase on an identical product? It sounds like what you're implying is a secondary exchange rate available for game publishers. The problem is quite simple. If I buy Skyrim on Steam, I get exactly the same product as my Canadian friend, but at double the cost. Tell me where the justification for the increase comes from...

Comment: Re:300 Acceptable? (Score 1) 396 396

As long as our nationwide fiber network stays on track, I'm optimistic we'll be able to game at much lower latency's than now. I friend of mine lives in one of the test suburbs for the fiber network and he averages 40-70 ping to American servers (from Melbourne, AU) so if that's anything to go by, things are looking great. Although typically I wouldn't thought pings were as bad as 300-400, I know it depends on a lot of things, but I'd say around 200-250 is my average ping to the US on my ADSL connection.

Comment: Re:corporate responsibility (Score 4, Insightful) 334 334

If apple is a leader in worker exploitation (and I'm not saying they are), they should also lead in cleaning it up. At any rate, which ever way the fanboys or haters spin this, I'm just stoked & hopeful that it will raise the quality of working conditions for the employees at Foxconn.

Comment: Re:And Apple's Worried? (Score 1) 286 286

While we're at fantasising about Applies demise, imagine if the Chinese Govt. took control over the manufacturing of Apples products in China, effectively destroying Apple but allowing their products to continue to be sold in China and parts beyond. That would be hella funny.

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