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Comment Re:How long can they fight it (Score 1) 348

"But I guess if Google were being a search engine only for warez and illegal content, they would be shutdown quite fast too." Yeah, but... ThePirateBay is not a search engine only for warez and illegal content. In fact, it's considered "the" torrent site, that "everyone" uses. As such it's totally loaded with peoples' own content, even high profile users such as Nine Inch Nails releasing their content via ThePirateBay. Not to mention countless numbers of independent bands, record labels, software companies, people sharing old documents and obscure stuff that would be otherwise hard to find.. etc. etc.. it's effectively the Google of Torrent sites. I know people who run net labels who distribute their entire discography via torrents on all the popular torrent sites. I know an author who posts his books on TPB and other torrent sites. It's THE distribution model for today's internet, basically. And it's not inherently "piracy" or "illegal" or "warez". It's just a totally killer awesome digital distribution model which gets a bad rap for not upholding the copyright laws of many countries. :P

Comment Re:Oh wow, it gets worse. (Score 1) 142

What do you mean? Did they develop the game for Win/Linux on 500mhz Pentium IIIs? If they can't afford a $1000 Mac, they can't afford a $1000 Windows PC. Since you can run OS X on Intel x86, these guys could be theoretically running OS X on the very same machine they're developing in Windows on. There's just no longer the argument that "We can't afford Macs, so we can't make Mac software"...

Comment Re:Oh wow, it gets worse. (Score 1) 142

So, basically, what you're saying is... It's just as well that it's not succesfully ported to OS X? :P Sounds like usability epic failsauce, to me.

Maybe if they hadn't ignored the Mac platform and checked out some of Apple's industry-leading guidelines on usability, UI and "UX", it wouldn't have turned out that horrible. Seriously, I believe strong adherence to good guidelines will make every aspect of your software of a higher quality.

Then again, I wager this game was developed by coders, with graphics/audio and "design sense" (thus usablity/UI) taking a back-burner position.

Comment Do this stuff ANONYMOUSLY as possible (Score 4, Insightful) 467

Well, not that I mean to be insensitive, but when you're messing with that kind of stuff, you want to be as anonymous as humanly possible.

Like, purchasing hosting somewhere else in the world, with a one-time VISA/MasterCard cash card that you bought at a corner store with cash. You know? Uploading everything from your laptop while you're chilling at a coffee shop well distanced from your home.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but man, I would not be dealing with this kinda scenario where people are getting killed in the night and shit, unless I was doing it ultra un-traceable style. Because I would absolutely anticipate this kind of harsh backlash from the same crazy fuckers that are doing the same thing in Iran.

I actually considered setting up an anonymous web-form -> twitter gateway, but it was just not worth the hassle to set that kind of thing up with the kind of anonymity I would require to be OK with doing that. :P

Comment Re:Worst beta I've ever been in (Score 2, Informative) 44

"I've been jumping into every MMO beta I could ever since asheron's call, and frankly TR had the worst quality beta and launch I've ever seen."

Damn.. did you play Hellgate London beta? I thought it was freaking horrible. I was honestly surprised that the game I was playing, was one that was supposed to be launched/live in like 2 or 3 weeks. Wasn't even slightly surprised when I heard the servers would be getting shut down...

Comment Re:RTFA (Score 1) 628

Man, that is freaking hardcore. I consider it to be excessive if I have more than a few lattes (or variants like mocha/etc.) in a day. I can notice the difference in energy/alertness on weekends where I don't really have any coffee. Did you work 7 days a week? Otherwise you must have been totally out of it or zombie-style on the weekends!

Comment Re:Apps! (Score 1) 476

It's worth noting that Boardmaker is available for OS X as well. ;) Of course that family with the 11 year old son could always make their own "tags" using clip art off the net. I've seen it done firsthand as an alternative to using apps like Boardmaker. It's not as convenient or elegant, of course.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Halo 3 to offer 2-4 player co-op over Xbox Live (bungie.net)

FMTA writes: "Even after it was previously speculated that Halo 3 would lack multiplayer co-op over Xbox Live, Bungie has now announced that Halo 3 will allow up to four players in online co-op games. "Of course we were working on it, but we were also working on something better. Not two player co-op. Not three-player co-op, but up to four player co-op. Online. On Xbox Live, or sure, System Link if you prefer." This comes as a pleasant surprise after being disappointed by statements to the contrary. However, split-screen games are still limited to two players on your local Xbox. An additional one to two players can join via Xbox Live or System Link."

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