The group has been too exposed for that, both to us viewers and to the investigators in the show. I suspect Jack is going to take down Tony and the impersonator-chick, plus her contact in the Group by the end of the season. Following their takedown, the rest of the group disassembles and never meets again. Or Chloe manages to bypass the anonymity of the network and traces every computer involved, leading to big arrests.
Quote from: brettmcd on April 28, 2009, 08:36:22 PM
You posted what you called legal uses of pirates bay to say its only used occasionally for illegal purposes.
No I did not. Read my post again. I don't deny that The Pirate Bay's main use is as a source of pirated material. What I said was that there was the occasional pirated torrent among the searches I posted ("among the searches above" really should have hinted pretty strongly at this). What YOU said was that you didn't believe that The Pirate Bay is used extensively for legal torrents. I proved you wrong by making simple searches that turned up hundreds of legal torrents, almost all of them with seeders and leechers (ie. uploaders and downloaders). Yet you completely dodged this fact in your replies, hoping that nobody would remember your mistake if you brought attention to something else.
Quote from: brettmcd on April 28, 2009, 07:51:41 PM
Occasional?!?!? Ive looked multiple times at the list of the most recent torrents on there, and the vast majority of what is there every time is stuff that is not legal to download. I think you need to learn and maybe understand the word occasional before you use it in such a wrong way again.
Thank you for illustrating your trolling by not responding to a single point I made in my post but instead going off on a tangent in order to provoke a reaction. That's the end of my discussion with you in this thread.
On a different note, I'm surprised nobody has replied to the post I made earlier in this thread about how the record and movie companies are going to use this trial to escalate their censoring on the internet, initially against ISPs. Is nobody here actually worried about this? Is it just me?
Quote from: brettmcd on April 27, 2009, 07:26:35 PM
I dont believe for a second that pirates bay was used 'extensively' for legal means, as its just not true. So no new arguments need to be brought.
Then stop being a knucklehead and go there to search for yourself. The site is up. You don't have to speculate or believe anything. The proof is available to anyone who is actually interested in serious discussion and isn't just participating in the thread in order to be trollish.
But wait! I'll do it for you, since you're obviously going to search for something like "The Dark Knight DVD rip" and complain that you're not seeing any legal results.
These were all generic searches, and with the exception of WoW I didn't search for a particular product. Yet all those search results are overflowing with legal torrents. So much for the "Pirate Bay isn't used for legal stuff" argument, eh?
Yes, you'll find the occasional illegal result among the searches above, just like on Google. If you absolutely have to go for a counterargument, please try to be more clever than using that one.
Quote from: brettmcd on April 27, 2009, 06:18:24 PM
Gee and I guess the only thing google can be and is ever used for is torrent files. Cute little thing this person did here, too bad is has zero relevance to what the pirate bay was doing.
So what you're saying is that torrent files are bad, and that a website that focuses its searches on nothing but torrents should be punished? Did you completely miss the parts of this thread where it was pointed out that torrents are extensively used for legal means?
Let's not repeat the same arguments over and over. Try bringing new ones to the table.
I just hope getting a platinum trophy in Uncharted 2 isn't going to require multiplayer shenanigans. I always hate it when games that are primarily singleplayer force you to jump online just to get some obscure (Kill a Rock Star in GTA4) and often ridiculous (10,000 kills in Resistance 2) trophy.
There have always been solo instances, and you get access to your first before you hit level 10. They are always story instances though, with the exception of the item enchantment quests available in Moria.
Sure, psychohistory is theoretically possible in a distant future. It's not an accurate form of prediction though.
Major Foundation spoilers below:
Spoiler for Hiden:
It also turns out even psychohistory's founder didn't believe it would work on its own, so he introduced a society entirely dedicated to "correcting" future events so that they would lead into what he had predicted.
This thread is an oxymoron btw. You're essentially asking: "Please predict if we can ever predict the future".
Quote from: metallicorphan on April 19, 2009, 03:45:55 AM
didnt Richard give Locke a Compass to give back to him(this season) in the past when Locke would leap back in time?..i wonder if that was the same compass from the test?..(in the test he asked Locke to choose which objects were already his)
Yes, it was the same compass. It seems Richard Alpert didn't fully understand how Locke was significant, so he expected him to recognize the compass already as a kid. When he realized that Locke didn't, he left disappointed.
I've been thinking a bit more about this, and remembered more precisely why I'm so disturbed about the whole thing:
This ruling has opened up for other cases to be ruled in the same way. The record and movie companies have already stated intent to use the ruling to go after ISPs and force them to censor websites with illegal material. The consequence could be that pages like The Pirate Bay or even abandonware sites wouldn't even load for customers of the ISPs that have been forced to censor those sites. With the court ruling in hand, the RIAA or MPAA could even go to Google and tell them to either filter out illegal torrents from their searches or remove the possibility to search for torrents altogether.
The question is: Who decides what should be censored on the internet, and are you really comfortable with it?
This is not idle speculation. As I said above, intent has already been stated publicly that they want to force ISPs to censor what their customers can and can't see.
And here's a little headache for you: If you've paid attention to internet traffic, you'll know that more than 75% (at least. I'm erring on the side of caution here. The actual figure may be closer to 90%) of all web traffic is file sharing (and most likely illegal). ISPs know this, and they willfully and knowingly offer their customers faster and faster internet connections, fully knowing that the vast majority of the speed will be used for illegal downloading. When the copyright owners come to the ISPs and ask them to stop a specific IP from filesharing, the ISP tells them no, go to the police instead. With this and the Pirate Bay ruling in mind, would you say that what the ISPs are doing is now illegal? Why or why not? (extra credit: Sweden has some of the fastest private internet connections in the world readily available to anyone, with just as much bandwith available for uploads as downloads. Isn't this encouraging users to set up filesharing servers?)
There are some really scary opinions in this thread, and particularly from you Razgon. I don't think you've really thought through this closely enough.
@Wonderpug - how can I tell the difference? Well, the listings on the frontpage - "Movies", "Games", "Music"...
How does this show a difference? If you choose Movies, you have access to all kinds of movie trailers, game trailers and legal movies. Just because the pirated movies are more popular and thus appear higher in searches is irrelevant. Legal stuff is available, and in large quantities. For music, there's tons of legal music available out there. I should know, some of the music I've composed can be downloaded as torrents. Sites such as OCRemix commonly post their music collections as torrents as well, and these are very popular. Sites like The Pirate Bay give their music greater exposure, something they appreciate. As for games, you do realize there are more kinds of games out there than AAA titles, right? You can find collections of free Flash games, game demos, shareware titles, mods, patches... pretty much anything that is game related and of more size than makes it practical to put on a web server.
I get the impression a lot of you think torrents are by their very nature illegal. This is just a result of your media exposure to the phenomenon. Torrents are actively used for legal means, for example by companies like Blizzard who prefer that their customers use torrents to download patches since it saves them bandwith on their own servers and allows download speeds to remain high even during times of vast pressure (such as a WoW patch release day).
How many movies are shared legally? How many games? through torrents?
Did you even look for legal torrent material before you posted this? You'd be amazed at how much legal stuff is available. Try installing Azureus Vuze for example. They use the start page for their application to promote lots and lots of legal torrents.
and of course, as I mentioned, its very clear WHAT it was used for, if you check out their top 100 downloads...
So what? It's clear that Google is heavily used for porn if you look at their top search words. Should this make Google illegal in countries where porn is prohibited, or even worse, force Google to manually filter all their search results to censor out all porn for that particular country?
You see, as I understand it, its their site, and when people have easy acces to wares from it, they are liable to suffer from it, and if it was never the intent to make these things avaiable, they should remove them. How you say? I have no clue, but then again I dont need to, its not my site.
When you present as strong opinions as you do in this thread, you should at least have a small idea of how your concept of justice should be implemented in real life. I have no idea how a non-profit search engine of any kind could survive if they had to filter their search results to avoid all illegal content. What defines "illegal" anyway? this varies from country to country.
Lets face it: If you're going to demand that all torrent search engines filter out illegal content, you'll end up without any torrent search engines at all. That's like making it illegal to drive cars because most people break the speed limit from time to time.
I oppose all kinds of censoring on the Internet. It always becomes political, no matter how "obvious" it is that content should be removed.
Quote from: Brendan on April 17, 2009, 06:00:33 PM
Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 17, 2009, 05:51:59 PM
Quote from: Razgon on April 17, 2009, 05:49:31 PM
There is a pretty big difference. Google = user have to commit themselves - Piratebay = its right there...
No, that's a tiny difference. Both Google and TPB will get you what you want. One of them makes it a bit easier, is all.
And....what does the Swedish law say about the distinction?
Nothing, and that's the problem with this case. The only thing you can say for certain is that if The Pirate Bay had the pirated files stored directly on their servers, they would be in clear violation of the law. From what I've heard, the idea has been to convince the court that the people behind the page not only knew that it is used for piracy, but that they actively encouraged it. They can't jail them for the piracy itself.
Edit: Oh, and the most important part is that they tried to prove that the owners actually earned money on the site, thus making them indirectly and knowingly earn money on piracy. That is a very clearly illegal activity by Swedish law.
Quote from: brettmcd on April 17, 2009, 02:54:46 PM
I dont believe the 80% number for a second, but even if that is true, they still would be breaking the law 20% of the time. I have no problems with this decision, they are gettng exactly what they deserve.
No, their users would be breaking the law 20% of the time.
I'm somewhat torn on this whole thing, but overall I'm worried about the consequences of this verdict should the later trials keep it unchanged. Lawyers could easily use this verdict as a basis for suing Google and forcing them to censor their search results to get rid of anything that could be pirated. And does anyone really think a torrent site would be sustainable if the owners would have to filter thousands of files every day in order to discover pirated material (which could be obfuscated it seemingly innocent files)? There are lots of legal files on The Pirate Bay. Try searching for a game for example, and you'll find demos, trailers and additional content along with the pirated versions. Look for a movie and you'll find trailers and promo stuff as well as the full movie. Not to mention that the RIAA and MPAA often posts fake files that appear to be pirated in order to fool pirates.
Quote from: raydude on April 06, 2009, 02:23:25 PM
Yet she wipes out someone on her own staff who doesn't agree with her, wipes out everyone in the facility that was doing something with terminator alloys, John Henry insinuates that she wiped out several employees who are recorded as having left the company, and she hints that Ellison may be wiped out if he outlives his usefulness.
She also hints that the survival of the little girl is inconsequential to the survival of John Henry. It doesn't sound like an entity who is too concerned with whether everyone dies or just mostly everyone.
The show is quite obviously drawing strong parallels between the liquid terminator and Sarah Connor. They both have a "son" that in their eyes is absolutely vital to the surivival of the human race, and they are both willing to do absolutely anything, up to and including killing anyone in their path, to make sure their destiny comes to pass. I'm surprised I'm the first one to point this out, as I didn't feel it was done very subtly.
I'm happy the show is over and that it ended on a strong note. The entire middle part of the season has been really really weak, and I'm afraid a third season would have been as well. It also doesn't help that Terminator Salvation completely ignores the events in the show, which would just confuse new fans looking for a continuation of the movie's universe.
I also have to say that I'm pleased that Skynet was introduced so casually, and that there was nothing the Connors could have done to stop it. It was just there, and we got no clue about how it was built and what it really is, nor at what stage of its development it was at.
I live in Norway and love our nationalized healthcare. About a month ago I had an accident while downhill skiing that led to me completely tearing off two major ligaments in my right knee. This happened outside my hometown.
So far I've been in an ambulance twice, I've had four checkups, I've been bandaged twice, I'm wearing a device to support my knee while walking, I have my own crutches, a taxi drove me to my hometown in the middle of the night, I've gone through three packs of painkillers, I take a taxi to and from work every day, I've gone through an MR scan... It's all gone pretty damn smooth considering the seriousness of the injury, and all at a total cost to me of about $1000 (of which most was for taxi services) over the last month due to me not being quick enough at filling out the requisite forms. Even so, I'll get about $800 of those back as soon as I make a few calls.
I have a regular doctor to visit who knows who I am and has all my medical journals. Everyone in Norway is required to have a doctor in this way. Up to 4 times a year I can freely pick another doctor from a large list who will from then on become my new regular doctor. This costs me nothing.
For reference, if I need to have surgery for my knee it will cost me about $30 and I shouldn't have to wait more than a month at the most. As for quality, my late encounters with Norway's healtcare has been a pleasant experience.
I pity those of you who have to get insurance. Hopefully you can find a system in the end that will work out better for you.
The "New Locke = Jacob" theory has been aired in other places as well, but it doesn't make all that much sense with our current information. Why would Jacob need Ben to jump through so many hoops to meet the Monster when Locke is right next to him and could serve the same function (assuming Jacob and the Monster are the same entity, which is likely)? Also, think back on all the times we've seen dead people appear before the living earlier in the series. In all of those situations, something was "off" in a major way with how the dead people acted (such as Alex making no attempt to hide the fact that she's actually the Monster in this latest episode).
Christian was once asked if he was Jacob. He replied that he wasn't, but that he was allowed to speak on his behalf. I believe Locke's situation may be the same, particularly considering that Christian and Locke both arrived at the Island in a coffin.
The reason you have for killing people and taking their minds should be obvious if you've read any of the previews. You're trying to figure out who did this stuff to you and why, and all the while they're attempting to take you down.
Hodges clearly told his men during the last episode to move the cannisters that were ready for deployment. In other words, the FBI may know where the original weapon cannisters are, but they don't know where the missiles are. They are probably nearby, but there's no way for them to know.
Man, I was completely crushed. I don't think I won a single round. AmazingZoidberg is way too fast for me, and I'm not very good at SF4 to begin with, despite hours and hours of practice. I guess I just suck at this game.
I enjoyed the game and will purchase the second one once it hits the European PSN store.
As for the difficulty, I found it frustratingly difficult at first too, until I realized that the game strongly encourages you to use lots of items during every fight. You'll be swimming in items, so don't be afraid to use them. Something like a molotov cocktail or a stick of dynamite against hobos, or a fruit against the robots, will help a lot. Also don't forget your supporting characters.
Quote from: metallicorphan on April 03, 2009, 02:49:48 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
i am not saying they will repeat it,i am saying they will set themselves up for their actions in past episodes,they are mainly all working for Dharma now...so why do you think Locke knew the combination to the chess puzzle in the dharma station no one else could crack,and how Charlie knew the code to the underwater dharma station...we know Locke is gonna come back,not sure about Charlie though
and Hurley saying dont think too much about it is exactly what Basil said to Austin Powers when he was about to go back in time...and that goes for you at home too
I don't see the point in putting this discussion in spoiler tags, but I'll keep yours hidden.
I'm not so certain that Locke will come back. In fact, I can't see why he'd need or want to. I'd rather expect the Losties stuck in the 70s to return to the present. From a purely cinematic perspective, it also wouldn't be very exciting to see any of them create the passwords they would later break, so I can't imagine they're planning to show it.
And Charlie is definitely dead.
If you insist that the passwords were rigged for these specific characters, it might make more sense for Ben to have added passwords that would be easy to crack for the right people, since he would want them to do so in order to go back in time and meet him. It's all just idle speculation though, and I doubt the show is going to bother doing this as it's too "mundane" and the idea of manipulating their future selves has already been explored thoroughly with Ben.
Quote from: metallicorphan on April 03, 2009, 03:53:35 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
we all knew they were all gonna go to the past,same as we know that Locke will turn up in the past..because he knew the way to beat the chess computer in season 4,because he was the one who put the chess password there in the first place,just didnt know it
i am wondering when Charlie will appear so he can program the Beach Boys tune into the underwater station thing,that ultimately killed him...we all know the island has healing properties,like Christian(Jacks dad)..and eventually John
Uh, I think you're a bit confused about how time travel works in the show, in the same way Hurley is. Don't think too much about it; the Losties have just traveled back in time (which means there are now two versions of some of them in that era, the young and the older). They aren't going to eventually repeat their actions from the first seasons again.
If that's even what you meant. If it isn't, your statement makes even less sense.
Yes I had updated, and no, I didn't have the DLC. DLC and expansions will never count against Platinum on the PS3, so don't worry about that. There are many more games out there that are the same, such as Little Big Planet and Burnout Paradise. Only the original trophies are needed.
Yeah, great match! Sorry for breaking the rules about keeping characters. I thought it was the other way around (that the winner had to change his character between fights). Doesn't matter now though, since you won anyway.
Now if only I could get the fightstick I've ordered so I don't have to struggle with this PS3 D-pad. Actually, I did use the thumbstick for a few moves, such as Fei-long's leap kick.
RE5 really got its hooks into me this weekend. I've been playing it non-stop, unlocking more and more stuff until finally I started challenging myself with the Professional difficulty (that you have to unlock) where any hit is lethal, almost without exception. Even using Magnums with infinite ammo, it gets really, really difficult. I'm now only 2 trophies away from a platinum, and it's been one hell of a ride.
Quote from: Glycerine on March 27, 2009, 05:36:53 PM
My friend is returning from his trip early and has promised to return the game post-haste. I should be down for a match early next week.
I also wanted to see what the pros around here think of the Street Fighter IV FightStick from MadCatz? I was thinking of picking one up, but have heard horror stories about a washer on the inside of the stick rubbing against some contacts on the board, which will eventually cause it to fail. Has anyone bought one of these, or heard about this issue?
Since TiLT and I haven't played yet, why don't you guys get your game in?
Quote from: leo8877 on March 26, 2009, 03:05:06 PM
I am in ch 4 now and it seems pretty clear to me that they want you to go back and replay levels to get gold and ammo. I'm a long time RE player and I know they make ammo scarce (except Re4). I shoot for knees and try to melee. I try and get headshots, I group up enemies for big attacks. I've upgraded my weapons to have tons of dmg. I swear though every time they throw a bunch of stuff at me, I blow all my ammo trying to kill them. It's nuts. And I still maintain the AI is crap. Even on attack mode Sheva does little to nothing and mostly just gets in my way.
You aren't attempting to play through it on Veteran, are you? That difficulty is intended for those who've already upgraded their weapons somewhat, which could explain why you're so notoriously low on ammo. I have no idea why some reviewers recommend people play on Veteran their first time through.
Quote from: skystride on March 24, 2009, 07:56:46 PM
Are Bounty Hunters really supposed to be "jedi killers"? It seemed like even their best was no match for a Jedi (Boba vs Luke).
No, they aren't supposed to be Jedi killers. This is something Bioware has made up for the game. Jango Fett and Boba Fett are good examples to look at since they were among the absolutely best bounty hunters in the Old Republic (right before the Clone Wars) and the Empire respectively. Yet even with their experience, their reflexes and their tools, they were no match for the Jedi they fought. On the other hand, they are able to at least prolong their inevitable defeats at the hands of a Jedi.
It's just something we'll have to accept. Bioware already did a LOT of bending of the accepted history of Star Wars through the other KOTOR games.
Quote from: Destructor on March 23, 2009, 09:37:37 PM
That said, a friend and I have been playing the entire game on co-op - we really haven't had any ammo issues, but we're also both pretty crack shots. Our main issues are with the bosses, and not knowing how to kill them. Makes the game quite interesting at those points.
Yeah, the bosses are some of the best parts of the game. The ones you meet towards the end of the game are extremely epic and makes the bosses from RE4 feel like wimps.
I went through the entire game from start to finish without having any major ammo problems, so I don't think you're supposed to go back and scrounge for ammo by design. It's an option though, which is better than being stuck with an unwinnable save.
You know, tying my shoes actually became a significant milestone for me this week. Last weekend I managed to seriously injure my knee while skiing, which leaves me with a very limited (and painful) degree of motion in it. Sometime during the middle of the week I was able to bend down enough to tie my own shoes, which I needed help to do up until then. Victory!
Quote from: The Grue on March 23, 2009, 07:10:42 PM
1) Sheva will, at times, stand there and do nothing. My wife was watching me play and she said, "Is she ever going to shoot anything?"
That's because you've ordered her to cover you. This can happen a lot during boss fights. If you want her to actually do something aggressive without your direct help, tell her to attack. Otherwise she'll stay back and conserve ammo.