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Weekend tech reading: US anti-piracy bill to cost taxpayers millions

By Matthew · 12 replies
Aug 21, 2011
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  1. Anti-piracy bill set to cost taxpayers $47m to 2016 PROTECT IP, the U.S. government’s legislation to target individuals and domains connected with allegations of copyright infringement, is set to cost millions of…

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  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Those PSP specs do look impressive, especially the OLED screen. Price seems very good considering how much unsubsidized smartphones cost. Let's just hope there's some decent games!
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    "DICE?s Alan Kertz has confirmed that in order to switch servers, you have to exit Battlefield 3, and use Battlelog to find another server and join."

    I guess I should be happy I don't have to reboot the computer while I'm at it.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,014   +1,409

    I'm still teaching people how to use Ctrl+P, C and V for print, copy and paste. :p
  5. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    How retarded of an idea is this? Seriously?
  6. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    I concur raswan, WTF are they smoking? I have to completely log out of BF3... to switch servers, that's a load of BS. So, what is stopping the consolers from rage-quitting? I don't like having to open my browser to play a game that should have an icon on my desktop to play... to much like BFH and BFP4F.

    I use ctrl+f all the time! especially when searching for some decent porn... or looking for specific phrases in an Army Regulation. Have you read those thing!? So many over 700 pages long! I don't have time for that.
  7. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Where do I start?

    Make the people who don't care about the profits of already rich industries pay to make sure their profit threshold does not go below what they wish it was rather than what would keep them afloat, and in the process milking more money of would be customers who prefer to make sure they're getting what they are going to pay for? Sounds like a good idea. I can't wait to pay for a $50 PC game only to find out the story mode is only 6 hours long and the multiplayer barely works, then be unable to return it! (I'm looking at you, Front Mission Evolved.)

    I've been warning everyone I can about BF3. All this, "focused on PC" non-sense is nothing but a ruse to get PC players to hand over their money. BF3 is like any other console shooter ported over to the PC, EA has been lying their socks off for more than half a decade, expect nothing they say to hold true.

    I guess the "Law of Windows" will hold true, then. Buy one, skip one, Buy XP, Skip Vista, Buy 7, Skip 8. Let's hope W8 bunks over and dies so Microsoft can get back to making stable operating systems instead of gimmicks marketplaces and tunring computers into cellphones.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,296   +375

    Windows 8 is so last week what about windows 9?

    The politicians can always agree on one thing, to vote the way of the lobbyists who paid them millions to get them elected. Score one for the entertainment industry at the cost of the american tax payer. What the hell really were paying for the enforcement of a law that most people don't even want enforced. I'd bet my life that if it went up to vote the people would strike down that 46 million dollar lobbyist scandal.
  9. DeliciousPie

    DeliciousPie TS Member Posts: 39

    This is my favourite part of the translated page:

    "Mhhh! Well apparently she knows just play the console on the kacklappen! I know (me included) so people react abnormally and are aiming that sausage is really whether there someone playing with mouse and keyboard!"
  10. Having played the Alpha, I can tell you that the In-browser setup is ALOT better than the server browser in Bad Company 2, BF2 etc...
    You can fully administrate your profile from the Battlelog, and there are way more options for the server sorting. You can sort by ping <100, 4 spots free, game mode, map all at once rather than one or the other. Takes about 12 seconds from browser to in game on a Phenom X4 965, 4GB 800mhz and an old Samsung F1.
    This was a smart move by DICE!
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    "Battlefield 3 PC version won?t have in-game server browser"

    ***** ***** ******** *** ****** ********'* *********.

    There i just saved the admin some time.
  12. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    EA Defense Force is a go!
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +52

    Windows 8 still aint looking or sounding convincing for me.

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