184 posts • joined Tuesday 26th February 2008 18:46 GMT
Pay to Play and no one cares?
In all this excitement there has been no mention of Sony now charging to play online.
Even if it allows non-gaming access free of charge this will now result in $50 per year(more if it is per account like XBL) for any kind of gaming goodness.
So it is not all good.
It's these kinds of artificial unjustifiable toll-bridges that make people angry.
I've paid for the console,the broadband access and the game disc.
But I still have to pay on top for online gaming?
No wonder EA retired the online pass model. They knew this was coming.
More than a B5 Ripoff
John Michael Straczynski (JMS) who created B5 actually pitched the idea to Paramount. Key ingredients like a politically neutral Space Station with a wormhole/jumpgate were pitched in detail as well as plotlines and arcs.
Paramount politely declined and then shortly after DS9 appeared.
JMS confirmed at the time that this happened and that the similarities were in no way co-incidental.
"The Apple 1, one of only a handful still in working condition, originally sold for $666.66"
Forbidden knowledge always comes with a price tag.
No guessing who Steve turned to for a 'little' help.
If you think that "It's for huge companies to keep new entrants out of their markets" then the Patent System is working perfectly.
I bet Steve Coogan will be chuffed.
BA Staff:"Knowing me BA, knowing you Steve Coog.. oof"
Ian R.Crane predicted a fake alien invasion staged for this year.
Sad thing is that he made this prediction back in 2007 at the Glastonbury Symposium that it would happen in 2012.
This would explain all the 'predictive programming' in the media this year (MIB3, Avengers Assemble etc) all depicting the above event.
Re: We should all lead simple lives...
"90% reduction in the population"
You've been looking at the Georgia Guidestones again
"The argument that "waah, I don't watch the BBC so I shouldn't pay for it" is stupid"
I think the stupidity lies in comparing television output to Education/Transport and Medical cover. Even if you do not make use of a specific road in Wigan chances are you have made use of roads at some point in your life.
Television is at best informative and at worst entertainment.
The BBC's model of funding is an unfair immoral unethical tax in this day and age. It should be no different than paying for any other non-essential item or luxury. i.e. A personal choice.
For the record the rest of the worlds media content generation does not work off this model quite happily.
If the BBC did not pay Ragdoll Productions for its childrens output(Teletubbies etc) they would simply have got their funding elsewhere.
In this day and age the £145 can be better spent.
Re: Why not?
The car is a good example.
Same goes for houses/toys and everything in between.
The point is that a warranty/maintenance/repair etc makes more sense for a car where mechanical wear and tear is the norm.
The same does not apply for CD/DVD sitting in a wallet.
As for passing the saving on to the End User this is a myth.History shows that every company will keep the boost in profits for shareholders and bonuses.
"A series of programmes on biology will help get a small number of people interested in medical sciences who then go on to produce products which help many people."
I find the above to be highly dubious.
So there was no such thing as doctors in the UK pre-BBC or anywhere else in the world where there is no Beeb.
People have always been interested in biology and the effect by the Beeb is negligible.
The Discovery Channel is not a BEEB tool.Seems to be doing fine.
It's been done before
A feeling of Deja Vu?
The fractured D-Pad has been a bane for most of those 20 years with no diagonal option.
Executing a diagonal press by trying to press two directional buttons simultaneously has been an exercise in frustration esp with fighing games(Tekken,SF) that use diagonal or Quarter/Half circle rolling movements (Down,Down Foward,Forward etc) to execute combos.
The problem also plagued other games and the thumbsticks do not allow D-Pad functionality in the same way(i.e. Double tap forward or backward).
Still not fixed :(
"We don't whore off members of our own family."
Makes you wonder where the expression "Give away the bride" came from.
Israel has never defined its borders.
How would you expect neighbouring countries to recognise a country that does not specify where it ends and others begin?
Arabs 'invaded' in 1948.Seriously?
Arabs set the borders?
What about the 3/4 million refugees(1947) still living in open air prison camps like Gaza and the West Bank? Their land was taken. Their home and villages were erased from the map.
When Jews were being persecuted during the Inquisition most fled to the ME for protection.
"Fluid mechanics was the research area that led to Dyson's innovations with vacuum cleaners..."
Dyson admitted on a TV he stole(sorry was inspired by) the idea whilst walking past a Sawmill. The conical fan used to pickup all the sawdust was doing the same job for decades if not longer.
JD then 'ran' home and used a kitchen oil funnel in tandem with a normal vacuum cleaner.
In summary he just reduced the size.
Mediocrity borrows.Genius steals
"I really don't get this whole "they're only making it up to get money" thing."
It's not the scientists that are direct beneficiaries. Rather it is those that sponsor them that have a Vested Interest.
The scientists benefits by having grant money and the opportunity to indulge in their experiments.Money is not their driver but rather accolade/recognition and acknowledgement.
Their sponsors moneterily benefit by having their industry validated and approved, and then blessed with business.
Go research the Club of Rome 1991 Report.
Quick show of hands.
How many people think Oskar Schindler should have been arrested/charged with treason/tortured and executed for saving victims from an oppressive regime?
How about Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg for attempting to remove Hitler from power(and potentially shortening the war) ?
Extremely well put
Generally the point is there are 2 main types of dictatorship.
1) Overt and visible - Stalin, Adolf,Gaddafi etc
2) Covert and invisible - UK/US/Western Democracies
This is sophisticated in that this true dictator never presents themselves directly but elects 2 candidates to dual one another to provide the illusion of democracy, whilst retaining loyalty and control using finance and power and privilege to keep the candidates in line.
Whenever a candidate wears out his/her welcome and the public becomes disenfranchised a new 'leader' is elected giving the impression of change. The true dictator of course never loses his power and never becomes tainted.
Option 1 almost always get overthrown at some point or another.
Option 2 never results in any true revolution and sufficiently divides the public to prevent any concerted assault on those in true power.
A simple question is this. If you lived in the USA for the past 10 years and you wanted to vote for a party opposed to war who should you have voted for?
Since both parties have fully supported the war the answer is neither choice would have given what you wanted.
Of course if a true 3rd candidate appears (Ross Perot) they are quickly threatened with death (or in the case of Ross Perot) his daughter as well. A quick on-line search will yield further information on this.
What they mean to say is
We cannot spy easily on you if you are not online.
We cannot generate consumer profiling if you are not online.
We cannot degrade existing face to face services and re-direct you online websites...
We cannot get you to spend more money online esp. gambling.
If anything the straw man argument is on the other side.
Truth does not need (nor has ever needed) a law to defend it. It is self evident.
If anyone attempts to introduce a law(enforcable via a Prison Sentence) to enforce a view you can be sure something is being suppressed.Think Galileo vs the Church
Why is there no law against believing in UFO,aliens,vampires,re-incarnation etc?
As for dumping 9/11 truthers, creationists, holocaust deniers into a collective bucket is insulting. I would love to see you 'overwhelming evidence' for non-creationism.
I would also visit Architects and Engineers for 911 before commenting further and let me know the exact 'pseudo science, quote mining, nit picking, putting undue weight on less trustworthy results' of which you speak.
Not good enough
The only point you pickup on is that I should have said years before instead of months before even though both statements are chronologically accurate?
The point you so deliberately avoid is to highlight that UBL's death was announced and it was removed from broadcast or any kind of exposure.
But please google for Sir DF's original interview and see the reaction when he hears the line which he very quickly goes on to ignore.
A degree of sophistication
The only difference is that the BBC operation is much more sophisicated in its execution, maturity and bias.
Did you know that Benazir Bhutto admitted in a live interview to UBL(Tim Osman) being murdered?
Her revelation came 10 days before she was assasinated.
Oddly Sir David Frost who was conducting the interview did not bat an eyelid or ask any follow up question but completely ignored it.
When the Beeb retransmitted the interview they edited that one line out.
This all happened months before UBL purportedly died.
Other stories not covered by the Beeb include
- State sponsored trade in organs illegally from Palestinian prisoners.
- Al Qda cell caught in Palestine was undercover Mossad team.
and plenty others.
The Beeb censors stories by omission rather than distortion.
Lets not forget that George Orwell worked for the Beeb. Wonder what he saw?
Hence the Online Passes
This is why these passes are introduced.
They are artificially introducing "dings","dents" and "scratches" to an electronic pristine product in order to make the product less attractive to buyers.
As mentioned this will result in less money flow all round.
To those that mention your single player game is not impacted , its worth bearing in mind that many games have only a token single player experience and are really designed to be played online. FPS's,Fighter's,Racers etc
You're missing the point
XBox Live Subscription *is* the Pass.
See how many games you can play online without XBL. AFAIK none.
To add injury to insult almost all on-line multi-user games are hosted on your own XBox along with the cost of bandwidth to support the game. So MS do not even provide dedicated servers (except for GOW3).
MS offer a glorified matchmaking service and charge you a premium for the service. There is no alternative so no competition.
To make things worse XBL is user based not machine based.
So if four of your kids want to play (say) SF4 online then four separate live accounts need to be paid for.
Even though they can only play one at a time so there is no extra cost network or hardware wise.Even the Family pack is a mockery. XBL should be machine based.
e.g. 1 user x 1 hour per day : Cost $60 per year.
2 users x 30 minutes per day = 1 hour : Cost $120 per year.
Why the price differential given the same usage?
As for this ridiculous myth of covering the cost of Hosting that's a decision MS made. They could have easily allowed a PC Server model such as Quake/Unreal/HL Servers being hosted by whomever desired it when they desired it. Alternatively if the games are peer-hosted then a Server is not even necessary.
As a monopoly they can charge what they like on their own terms.
Shame about Kubrick
Just as he was exposing aspects of Freemasonary(Eyes Wide Shut) and its grip on the World he "passes away".
A mere 10 days after a private showing of the above film in an uncut original 4 hour presentation to studio heads.
Wonder was was left out of the released version.
All of Stanleys work is full of Freemasonry imagery.
The All seeing eye in a Pyramid in the Clockwork Orange poster should have been enough.
Look like the Register too has joined the Freemason ranks with the Facepalm icon.
The point is
It can be done in realtime (Do not have to go home/elsewhere to add effects) and upload to the net.
If you do not own a computer.
If you do own a computer but are not au-fait with GIMP
If you do own a computer but do not own an Editing package like Photoshop.
The Bush angle
No-one mentioned that George W. Bush used the site to host his own content.
Typical William the Conquerer tactics
Let everyone think you are outclassed and outmatched and they will be arrogant and overconfident in a real situation.
All you have to do is get the enemy to give up their high ground and break ranks based on lies and innuendo.
I'lve lost count of the number of times this tactic is used.
I love the way the HDTV "revolution" has downgraded audio so now in addition to paying a premium for an HDTV you can now pay £330 to get sound you should have received in the first place. And an extra power source needed as well.
At least with CRT TVs you received decent sound for the most part with latter models bundling in SRS 3D and WOW. External speakers have now become almost more of a necessity than a luxury.
How on earth can it be called a documentary with all that fiction about steel buildings collapsing due to fire, or the lead hijacker's passport surviving the entire collapse intact and on top of the debris.
Richard Gage would be proud of you.
"...what its stance is on such things as "flourine in water""
Is this enough evidence for you?
Wolf at the door
Interestingly enough, before his death, Stasi number 2 Markus Wolf was linked to the US government...
Bang. There goes the rights
Get used to deregulation as rights will be reduced to match China and others.
This is only the first step.