* Posts by Kevin 6

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

Kevin 6

as someone who works 12 hour shifts I have to ask are the people in charge of this completely out of their fuckin minds?

Everyone I know at work once we hit hour 9-10 our concentration drops faster then a penny off the Empire state building hell people also start having issues keeping their eyes open(work night shift), and the toll is quite high stress wise. Now add in the stress of having to be alert non-stop... honestly they should be in 6 hour shift rotations at max 4 days one week, and 3 the next. Sure they would need more pilots, but the results would be drastically better.

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If hackers can spy on you all then so should we – US Senator logic

Kevin 6

What we really need is a law that prohibits the ability to staple some other law to a piece of legislation which has nothing in common with the law they are trying to pass..

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

Kevin 6

Re: The view from Silicon Valley

I'm not really sure what IT people have against Macs - it seems to be that they cause fewer user headaches, so less support burden. And, for whatever reason, they seem to get less infected by bad crap (again, lower support burden), the hardware is usually better quality and it retains it's value/usability for a longer period of time.

Try repairing them.

Hint they are not fun specially the new ones where every single damn thing is glued together.

Where I used to work we had Dells if one failed dell sent us a board to swap out so we could get it done fast. Actually they sent us a few extra boards as we had hundreds of laptops which when one died we sent the board back, and they sent us a replacement on the side. All in all if the MB failed on the laptop it took me maybe 15 minutes to replace it so the laptop was down for under a half hour(including diagnosis).

Try that with a new mac book as to dismantle them you need a heatgun, but good luck getting parts for repair you have to send it to apple which can take a week or so.

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Kevin 6

Yea my web server/file server (it does dual roles) which runs XP is so unusable that the last time it went down was when there was a power outage, and the time before was another power outage (something like 1 year prior).

My current PC with windows 7 I think has crashed 1-2 times in the past 3 years, and that was strictly due to the software having issues that I was using at the time.

Windows 8 I'll give you that sorta works as it's a royal PITA to get to do anything.

Your IT support sounds mediocre, and needs replacing.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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wtf

"Other games omitted were The Oregon Trail Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog, both of whom were nominated but didn't quite make the cut based on their lack of impact on popular culture. "

They are saying Pokemon had a lack of impact on culture? It had way more impact then Doom

Wolfeinstein 3d more deserved to be in then Doom as wolfeinstein pretty much started the 3d shooter craze.

Hell I could ask a pile of people who play games if they ever heard of Doom, and they would say no, but ask about pokemon everyone knows that.

WoW I can only imagine should be in it for going from an epic game to a money grubbing pile of crap in record speed.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

Kevin 6

What?

"The consequences could have been dire," Pasco County school district spokesperson Linda Cobe told WTSP. "If he was jamming the signal so 911 calls can't be made. It would affect an emergency in the school."

Last time I was in a school working which was 5 years ago they had something we call LAND LINES which could dial 911 in case of an emergency, and even dial the parent when the idiots would act up...

Lets face it if anything did happen we all know the kids wouldn't call 911, and instead be tweeting it, throwing it on instagram, and uploading video to youtube...

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FTC to scavengers: Radio Shack corpse doesn't include customer data

Kevin 6

Yea the telephone dealer really irked me I used to shop there often, but got fed up with being asked if I wanted a new phone, and being pestered by employees who didn't know anything. Then there were the insane prices I remember once paying $5 for a friggin blue LED when I needed one at the last minute. Online I was able to order them after that 100 of the same LED for $6 shipped...

Then they reduced all their part inventory to one friggin drawer system... that was when I really stopped going as I had to order 80-90% of the parts I needed from places online anyways why not order all the stuff, and save $10 while I'm at it.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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Flame

Wow were getting physical robots that will scour for info instead of what could be done with automated scripts?

Seriously any web programmer could make a script that will scour AP for news, and run a thesaurus on a few words(something a good chunk of journalist don't bother) to change it up a little, and repost it as theirs.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Kevin 6

sounds like a guy I knew in highschool in the 90's I remember he blew his bathtub up trying to make something out of the book

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

Kevin 6

So does it change search engine settings, button layouts, and basically fuck up every other setting known to mankind like most the prior updates in the past few months?

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

Kevin 6

Now only if they would make it illegal to have data caps as I see with the upgrade in speed will be a downgrade in the already ludicrously low data caps a lot of ISP's already got.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Kevin 6

Re: Is it getting worse?

Rimpel in the same boat.

Been reading the news here for many years, and think maybe its time to find a new news site as this place seems to have lost touch with the people who read it.

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Kevin 6

Re: El Reg Redesign

Even if the giant pictures actually were for the article, but no they usually are some crap picture they just flung on for the fun of it that has nothing at all to do with the article.

Perfect Example the Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked on the side why in the fuck do we need a gigantic picture of a pikachu from pokemon? Its not funny, it has absolutely nothing to do with the article.

Or even the one on printing from a chrome book do the writers here think we have no fuckin idea what a printer looks like?

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Re: How's this for irony:

Yea thought that was pretty ironic

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Re: I'll check back later --> Mine protects me from Pron

sadly almost find that layout better then the shit they put up here

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Re: Crap Crap Crap Crap

Barry PLEASE don't give them any bright ideas.

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Looks like crap

Should fire the guy who did it. Preferably out of a cannon into a brick wall.

Hell do the same to the person who suggested it.

I thought the site got pwned by some ha><ors when I first saw it, but then thought they usually have better layouts.

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Alleged Silk Road boss's lawyers want murder-for-hire evidence blocked from trial

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Re: Drug trial

Agree

Only reason I can see them trying to bring the hitman side into the drug trial would be to show what kind of character he has, but still it should not be allowed as it has nothing to do with the current trial.

The attempted murder trial they could use the drug trade side though as evidence as to why he did it though.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

Kevin 6

Re: MEH!

if you look at the pic though in the linked article it looks more like someone was driving it, and more likely hit one of the toilets that were raising, and probably went flying into the guy waiting to take a piss as that kind of damage wouldn't be caused by it falling 8 feet.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

Kevin 6

Re: I feel sick

I think he's scared that the Demos might lose the presidency with how red the country went the other week so he has to do something to not seem like suck a huge fuckup that he is.

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BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

Kevin 6

Re: Simple comment...

I remember about 9 years ago a place I worked IT in we had a nasty outlook e-mail virus going around. We spent almost a solid week removing it from the network (we had over 2k computers) right after we finished Our IT director sent out an e-mail to all users saying DO NOT OPEN ANY LINKS IN E-MAILS YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING OR KNOW THE SENDER to all the users.

5 minutes later the idiot opens an e-mail attachment marked IMPORTANT OPEN IMMEDIATELY, and reinfected the entire network... We only know this as the admins installed tracking software, and were actively monitoring who was infecting the network, and it all pointed at the IT directors computer...

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Unbundling required in the US

I have stand alone internet from comcast, and honestly its not that good, and I keep getting comcast calling, and harassing me at least once a week(even though I told them not to call back) to up my subscription cause for $15 more(for 6 months then $50 more for a year and a half after due to contracts) I could get cable TV I'd never watch, and 10Mbps faster download...

If more places do this like HBO I see comcast enabling the currently disabled data cap(and lowering it), and feeing people up the ass for not taking cable through them.

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Qik as mud: Skype adds self-destructing video messages years too late

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"Users can also records five-second GIFs, dubbed Qik Flik, to use if they are offline as an answering service of sorts. But you can only use these on Android and iOS – apparently it's going to take a couple of months to get this sorted on Windows Phone."

I find that funny that they can make it easier for their competitions platforms then their own. That should maybe throw some red flags up at MS about their own mobile OS.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

Kevin 6

Re: Salary

IMO it also doesn't help that to get a job in a science field in the US you are expected to be an unpaid slave for a few years as a research assistant to get some of the typical 5 years of experience any place in the US wants from recent grads for that mediocre pay(that is unless you know someone then that is ignored).

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Kevin 6

God this episode was crap

As someone who loves all forms of scifi, and am very used to suspending disbelief to enjoy a story, but this had so many issues on the fundamental level it wasn't funny it was down to the turn off your brain completely, and look at some crappy action level that even most B rated SciFi movies don't get down to.

1st issue as other pointed out they are on a shuttle in space, and have gravity prior to getting near the moon...

The shuttle has nukes... The question is WHY? seriously they were complaining about how the egg hatching would destroy the moon, send fragments of the crust flying at the earth devastating it, and the mass loss would affect the earth, but they came to the moon with nukes to blow it up... seriously?

They complained how the extra mass was causing issues... but like others said making kentucky fried dragon would magically change its mass? Also how was that slight increase in mass adding full earth gravity to the moon?

One other thing on the nukes how did they magically know they had enough nukes to even hurt it? Lets face it the creature was some space bearing animal... Wouldn't its skin be pretty damn thick to survive solar radiation? Hell the nukes might have been more akin to feeding it then anything, but nope 3 last astronauts (even though they stopped training astronauts many years prior) were sent with nukes that could just been launched from earth without the shuttle, and hoping the people carrying them survive bit...

Then there was the issue I had with the annoying school girl... Why in the world did she have a spray bottle of disinfectant? Was that actually ever explained? do school kids in England all carry bottles of spray disinfectant around with them?

Hell even the spray bottle not working later on theoretically as the best I can figure out when Clara needed it while on the moon surface it should still work as a ball valve pulls the water liquid up... just the contents should have boiled out due to how liquids act in a vacuum, but this should have happened by the time it was 1st pulled out though as it was already exposed to space. But instead the Dr says no air...

Throw in some crap about abortion....

Finally back to the moon hatching... Why did the shell vaporize? Last I looked when things hatch the shells don't magically disappear. Also what was that crap about things don't destroy the nest? There are plenty of creatures that destroy what they are laid on/by hell a good number of things that hatch FEED on what they are laid near. Just look at insects.

How does something newly born reproduce asexually, and lay an egg bigger then it

Then there was the generally poor script on top of all of it... I've seen better scripts on B-rated horror movies.

1 of those thing sure, maybe 2, you could suspend belief enough, but the script writer couldn't even be arsed to look up how much the friggin moon's massis, and multiply it by 6 to even get a believable number.

I think I'll give this 3-4 more episodes then if it don't pick up just quit watching it as the script writing is abysmal.

Sory if I just went on, and on to a rant, but seriously this episode just was idiotic.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Time for guests to sue

IMO they should have been forced to refund all their past guests the fees for internet usage they paid from when they started this scam on top of the 600k fine.

This fine is more a slap on the wrist like BAD were only gonna take .1% of what you made off this while the common people get cheated.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

Kevin 6

Its Boeing they probably have a pile of politicians paid off that will cut NASA funding unless NASA passes over Space X's bid for some idiotic reason.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

Kevin 6

Ditto. Went in so many times looking for something simple like a simple SPST switch, a common resistor, or a capacitor just to walk out empty handed as they reduced all their electronic parts to 1 drawer system that is mostly empty, or had 1 of anything in it.

Then IF you find any parts you have to get bothered why they try and sell you a cell phone during check out...

I found ebay very nice for parts, and usually 1000% cheaper for almost anything. I remember when I needed a single white LED Radio shack wanted $5... I got 100 from china for $10 WITH 100 resistors shipped...

Needed a soldering iron as my old one(which was a radio shack brand) crapped out after 13 years of service they had one damaged one on the shelf that looked like someone stepped on it...

It also drove me nuts how they would tape up parts people opened or returned.

Wish I could say its sad to see them go, but they pretty much been trying their best to go under

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Kevin 6

I actually have a similar experience I bought 2 B's a few months ago(seriously would have held off if I knew the B+ would have came out 2 weeks later...), and the one keeps corrupting the OS install every few boots which I find is quite aggravating(I use it in a 1/9th scale arcade machine).

I know its not the SD card as I ordered 3 of them at the same time, and my model A has had no issues with the same card(or others in the past), the other B I really am not sure on as I set it up to function as a NAS that I've yet to leave online for any time.

And once I reinstall the OS its all good to go. I've had SD cards corrupt, and go bad so I know how to tell a bad card as they would not work like normal which the card that keeps getting corrupt allows.

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

Kevin 6

Re: good job they are doing this in Canada

Nah some local police would have thought it was a bomb, and called in the bomb squad to blow it up in a controlled manner. In my city a few months back a homeless guy forgot his bag, and they cordoned off the neighborhood for 4 hours before the bomb squad saved us from a homeless guys clothes...

hell look what they did to Aqua Teen Hunger Force art back in 2007 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_bomb_scare

That or it would be thrown in a scrap yard by some junkers who will pick up ANYTHING that looks like it made of metal.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

Kevin 6

My Samsung Tab 2, and Galaxy Tab 3 act as remotes for our Samsung TV's ;)

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

Kevin 6

Re: Doesn't that CO2 stuff give ya cancer?

Reminds me when Penn and Teller got a pile of people at an Earth day fest to sign a ban for Dihydrogen Monoxide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi3erdgVVTw

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

Kevin 6

Question is if he fabricated this why would they care what he does or where he is?

The US says one thing, but all their actions scream the opposite (like always)

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Kevin 6

Here is a question

Where I live the street lights a good amount of times are burnt out so say there is a red light, but then the green is burnt out does the car just sit there?

Also the times there are power failures that take street lights out how would it react? Will it just be like hey there's no stop light, and no stop sign so I can cruise clean through ignoring traffic?

Or something that would terrify me is it going to use directions provided by google? http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/10-dumbest-google-map-fails.html That site is a case in point. So what about when a blind person asks to be driven somewhere, and the thing instead drives off a bridge, or strands them in the middle of nowhere.

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

Kevin 6

Would be a bitchin controller to play lunar lander with

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

Kevin 6
Joke

Brilliant marketing

Its brilliant the marketing Microsoft done here.

Name the personal assistant after an AI character in a game that appeals to a lot of kids in the 8-14 age bracket, then say they can't use it just making them want it more.

Couple that with parent who don't give a crap about what their kids do, and will buy them anything to shut them up. I predict win 8 phones will start flying off the shelves due to this.

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AT&T dangles gigabit broadband plans over 100 US cities

Kevin 6

So whats the point?

Knowing AT&T they will charge $2000 a month for 50 gig data cap, and then $20 per 10 gigs after. I base this on my old shit DSL I had from them which they were socking me $90 for 1 Mbps(it started at $25 a month for 1.5Mbps unlimited).

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Joke

Holy crap

Its a Dragon Ball Z scouter

Wonder if it will give energy levels :D

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

Kevin 6

Re: .... their service is no way worth $25 a month

bleh I meant $25 per year at the end of that comment I missed that when I re-read my post prior to it being un-editable I mixed it up when I said I could host my site for $2 per month, or $24 a year in retrospect. In my defense I had it right the 1st time I said their price though ;)

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Kevin 6

Was a great service (up till about a year ago) have been missing it for awhile as I used it to redirect my domain to my web server which runs on dynamic IP.

Been thinking of looking for another service since. If I wanted to pay $25 a year I could just pay a cheap web host $2 a month to serve the page and just take my personal web server offline... $5 a year I would have considered, but their service is no way worth $25 a month

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Kevin 6

Maybe

Just maybe its down 11% cause 11% of the people's taste evolved to where they don't see the point to downloading the crap music that is put out today.

Honestly its been ages since I bothered with downloading any music, and even then I never touched a torrent as the same reason why I didn't touch CD's why should I get 1 tracks of complete and utter crap for the one song I wanted. Was always so much easier to type in the song title .mp3 and get the one song ;)

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

Kevin 6

Wow...

To me Wow is dead, and died the day Mists of Pandaria came out.(well actually prior to that, but I decided to look at the festering corpse for 2 months longer)

They dumbed character builds down even farther then they did prior in Wrath(or was it the exp prior I forgot). In Wrath they removed the option to put say 5 points in one tree, 10 points in another, and whatever in the last where you could be a pure hybrid which worked well for certain classes to where you had to pump one tree to max then you could put a few points in another to as they put it at the time give players more options, which was by limiting their choices(yea the logic makes no sense).

From that dumbed down edition they went to what I deemed the mentally handicap choices where you got to choose one skill out of 3 every 15 levels... and those skills only one was of any use, and the other 2 were essentially complete crap to as they put it give players even more flexibility... Yea more flexibility by completely forcing the builds so players are carbon copies of each other.

Then they claimed prior to pandaria they were removing the rep grind, just to make the rep grind even more tedious, and time consuming then before. So yes I will really believe blizzard when they say that the instant level 90 for $60 is not a sign that they are not going pay 2 win(was stated in another story I read last week)

The game got so fun that the guild I was in which had over 50 members, after one month of Pandaria we were down to only 15 logging in as the others quit, and I dunno after that cause me, and my buddy who was a guild officer canceled out subscriptions and never went back.

Instead we went to Guild Wars 2 which I find not as good as wow was back in the day, but way better then it currently is, and best of all has no monthly fees.

Diablo 3... Another huge disappointment, and a blatant cash in. IMO the game was designed around the Real Money Auction House as the gear that dropped was never good enough for the area you were in. I got halfway through Inferno before quitting, and never going back. Got sick of farming the same boss for days at a time to hopefully get an item that was useable at my level, or gain enough gold to buy one of the AH... Will say my friend lucked out as he sold one of the items he picked up on our farming sessions for $120 on the RMAH which he jokingly threw up there(and almost crapped his pants when it sold).

Even StarCraft 2 game was worth no where near what they charged, I found WoL so poorly done I didn't bother with the zerg one.

I used to be an insane Blizzard fan, and honestly loved every single game they had, and sank a good portion of my life into playing them non stop, but the past few years they just lost their touch. Maybe its Activisions presence that destroyed them as that was around the time they seemed to drop in quality.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

Kevin 6

Damn

I wish the Googleian overlords would hit up my city I'm paying $70 a month for 3Mbs...

Hell their FREE speeds is faster then I get at $70 a month from comcast... And yes I know Google is evil, but are they more evil then comcast, or AT&T(where I was paying a year and a half ago $80 a month for heavily capped 1Mbs...)?

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

Kevin 6

I got some questions

Whats a flappy bird, and why in the fuck is it newsworthy?

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

Kevin 6

Re: You know how far the US has fallen...

Agree mark

Where I am (one of the big cities in the US) I have the choice of Comcast (which I have) where I pay $70 a month for 20Mbs, or ATT where I was paying $65 a month for heavily metered 1.2Mbs... yup great choices...

Comcast while fast I find WAY less reliable, and any calls to their technical support are about as helpful as talking to my brick wall as their workers are about as intelligent as a dung beetle(I do feel sorry for insulting the dung beetles), or one of our insanely corrupt politicians.

For the past 3 months I've been having connection issues, but hey since I'm stuck in a contract they can treat me like crap as I have to pay.

There were a few other companies which were great to deal with, but they all went under or were bought out by the 2, and closed up.

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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

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Yea...

Yea like that other killer Android console Ouya has even remotely dented the 3main ones.

Only thing it put a dent in was Nintendo's VC sales on their console.

I dunno it feels like the articles on the reg have been slipping as of late as some of them sound more far fetched then the stuff in the Onion.

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Nintendo: We didn't just slay Wii Fit 'troll', we've now gobbled its patents

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Re: Re: Partial Repayment. cvomment made at 10:33 GMT

Did you look even at what Nintendo was sued for?

they were sued for EVERY SINGLE WAY TO CONTROL THE Wii

Wii motes, and all. Looking at this companies patents the products they were suing Nintendo for stealing look nothing like what Nintendo even made. Hell how does that contraption that looks like it has a gamecube controller glued to it look like the Wii fit board even? Or what is that seat thing that semi looks like some car seat supposed to be that Nintendo made?

They also made a sub company that had absolutely 0 things made which the patents were transferred to just to sue Nintendo.

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Speeding cops, fearsome drops and Death Star shops

Kevin 6

Re: Developers take note!

yes they do

and scary thing is people do it

one freemium game I'm quitting to win events you need to buy items at $1 a pop (or take a year + to accumulate free ones)

I've seen events where after I did the math in ONE DAY people blew over 2-3 thousand of the $1 items...

playing free I've only come in 5,000th place or so

to buy units for the game they were offering guaranteed high level units for $50 a try... on my in game "friends" list (aka use each other list) 5 people on it bought 4 of them...

Other freemium game I played had a big event like that where people poured hundred of dollars in, and the day the event ended they announced they were discontinuing the game...

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

Kevin 6

Re: One of my favorites...

Used to use that one on WOW when in the Battlegrounds to clear the scrubs

Its scary how many people fell for it day in and day out

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Exciting new BRAZILIAN PUSSY FINGERED by overjoyed boffins

Kevin 6

Re: Pictures please

log on as a co-worker 95% of the times people I've worked with passwords were 12345, or 54321

I've done it on multiple occasions at places I've been ;)

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