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Comment Re:Call the whaaaambualance (Score 1) 250

They do, but that means they're also playing with only the local people on that servers.

We have similar issues on MOBA type games where people from various places with crap pings login the western N America hosts and then either end up dropping or just screwing up the game in general with lag. It's one of the reasons for the massive DOTA hate on Peru.

But this is realistically a problem without a good solution? Sure they could add servers in Hawaii but then you're going to have a smaller pool of people to actually play with if using that local server.

Comment Re:fraud ISP = obama internet (Score 1) 65

Canadian broadband really depends on where you live, but in my experience while it's quite expensive everywhere, it's fairly fast and reliable in Western Canada and much less so in Eastern Canada.

At least that's my personal experience with BC vs Ontario
* Bell=Suck
* Rogers=Suck
* Shaw=Good, though not cheap
* Telus Fibre=Good (though Telus tech support is kinda suck as they love to blame you for issues on their end)

Comment About time (Score 2) 85

I've been wondering for quite a while when we could have something like this. The question is how the processing works for the card, for example
a) Does it process against a chip in the card which allows the card to pass information to the pin-pad or not (good to prevent use of stolen cards)
b) Does it process against the pin-pad allowing a transaction to be verified (good to transactions from cloned cards)

The first choice is good to reduce the more immediate impact of card theft, and better from a privacy perspective. The second is more effective against somebody cloning your card - which around here is more common - but it means that your CC company presumably needs your biometric info. It also allows the use of fingerprints as a password replacement (pin-pad)

Comment Re:Contact (Score 1) 1222

Interesting thought. I've read the book series (well, all the books I could find locally, they're a bit hard to track down) and watched the various Stargate series, but never really connected the two. There are similarities in the backplot, but I'm fairly sure that alien parasites is a not uncommon concept and wormholes for travel is similarly common in sci-fi.

Good books, though.

Comment From a fingerprint, no (Score 1) 166

Honestly, while it isn't possible for a smartphone to do a quick-and-dirty disease assessment from a fingerprint, I wouldn't be surprised if mobile devices in the future come with attachments or accessories that could do blood analysis or more given the right software.

I'd imagine that a device that takes a sample and sends it to a medical professional for diagnosis isn't that far in the future at all, if it doesn't already exist.

Comment Re:Turnabout is fair play (Score 5, Funny) 143

I want to know why the fuck he chose to attack a company he voluntarily resigned from.

To this day (wow, has it really been 50 years?), I still don't know why Number Six resigned. Perhaps the reason he was kidnapped and taken to The Village, was that the government had serious concerns about what he was going to do next. Until you know why he resigned, it's really hard to guess anything else.

Comment Re:People are more worried about jobs (Score 1) 423

And rightfully they should be. Not being able to download an illegitimate copy of content shouldn't be a major issue for most folks.

What *is* an issue is that services we're paying for are being scraped for our personal information - which is often not securely stored - for their own profit, massively under-deliver from what is promised, are anti-competitive to the point where the established players sue to maintain their monopoly, and that we have demonised legitimate methods of transferring information because some people mis-use them.

Net neutrality often only *makes sense* to the techies, but I guarantee you that crappy performance, high bills, and unavailable content etc all affect the average person, the problem is that they don't correlate the evil behaviour of ISP's and gov't in this arena to the rising affordability of daily life. Until DRM meant you can't fix your John Deere, most people didn't care, and while concern over some of this is growing it's still often restricted to small segments where the effects are obvious.

Comment Re:I'm a really worried longtime Linux user (Score 1) 191

It's even less bad than that! It's no badness at all.

Even with Ubuntu, you can run whatever desktop you want to. The switch to GNOME means nothing, just like the past switch to Unity meant nothing. (Did anyone really use Unity anyway?) Complaining about which desktop it uses, is like complaining about which text editor gets installed by default. If you don't like it, install one of the other ones, and it isn't as though you aren't still running Ubuntu.

I don't have any passion (or even a side) in the systemd debate, and yet, that's way more of an important aspect of Ubuntu than the default desktop is.

Comment Re:Market failure (Score 1) 575

Sure, if you're talking long distances. And it really depends on your particular situation..

Agreed. Ok? :-)

(It has become apparent that my jetsetter/snob remark could have used smilies; getting lots of confused feedback on that one. I'm not really a "jetsetter" like a 1950s movie star, and as for the snob remark, I refuse to move beyond the implied smiley!)

I'm really confused here. From your tone, it sounds like you're identifying as a "jetsetter," but then you say "NOW we see" only from the present story that overbooking is a serious thing?

It's not like I'm flying every week, like some people here. But I do it sometimes, and it's always gone fairly well; the worst reliability problem being a few hours lateness.

As it happens, I have never been bumped. I've gotten offers to get bumped, but always declined and watched people eagerly run up to the desk to volunteer. This particular story is the first time I ever heard of someone being bumped involuntarily. Maybe it happens often, but I hadn't heard of it.

Until this story, overbooking never presented itself as a reliability problem. So, it wasn't a "serious thing." It was merely an amusing game that certain people played with the airlines to get freebies.

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