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Closed Internet

…No one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

It is a blatant lie however. The last time I checked the Federal Communications Commission was an independent agency of the United States government. Furthermore the FCC exists to regulate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Now however you can add the internet. Just so we are on the same page, regulate means:

vt reg·u·late\ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt\
reg·u·lat·edreg·u·lat·ing
1
:  to control or direct according to rule or law <regulate the testing of experimental drugs>
2
:  to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
reg·u·la·to·ry\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, –ˌtr-\adjective
So there, no one except the US government or rather the FCC should be able to control the internet–that is wrong. It is doublespeak.
Any edict, which is what this is anyways, coming from the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler should be looked as suspect. The man is a former lobbyist for telecom companies–cable and wireless. He is also a major campaign contributor to Barack Obama giving $38,500 from 2008-2011. It is already been stated that the only reason that this is taking place is because, “Obama told us to do so.”
So let us get this straight:
  • The FCC will control (regulate) the internet.
  • No one from the public or Congress was allowed to read the regulations.
  • FCC did this because Barack Obama told them to do it.
  • FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, a former telecom lobbyist, Obama contributor enacted this.

This is supposed to be great? I think this may force people to get licenses to operate websites, tax per website, megabyte, or gigabyte–maybe all these.

Closed internet–lest you are taxed and pay the tax.

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Radiation…it’s here.

I think people are downplaying radiation popping up around the USA and other parts of the world. – dmotion, 27 March 2011

The time for downplaying is over. This is a disaster getting worse. There is snow in Missouri with double the radiation and in San Francisco a beach with five times the normal radiation.

You have Japan sending in homeless people on basically what I consider a suicide mission to ‘clean up’ the spill. Not to mention steam rising from reactor 3 and its origin yet unknown.

There is no sense of alert or urgency in the international community or outrage for the obvious misleading of the radiation levels.

Then there’s the crew of USS Ronald Reagan which

…sailed straight into a plume of radioactivity, which entered the ship’s water supply. Crew members washed, brushed their teeth and drank potentially contaminated water. […] active duty and former sailors are suffering from cancer, blindness, impotence, and fatigue as a result of the radiation exposure.

At what point is the international community going to wake up and see that this disaster is trying to be swept underneath the rug?

You also have certain inauspicious movements by The Department of Health and Human Services in the US ordering 14 million doses of potassium iodide to be delivered in the beginning of February 2014.

All of these things are a harbinger–of a horrible situation that can be that much less horrible if dealt with now and not when all there is to do is hope.

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Playstation 4 and 4 Steps back…

 

So I just found out that the Playstation 4 won’t have  DLNA support; which I’ve been using on the Xbox 360 with my Samsung Note 2 frequently (I haven’t touched my Playstation 3 since January). No MP3 support, no CD playback support and out of the box won’t support Blu-Ray playback, multiplayer as well as all the other features touted for this ‘next-gen’ console till you download a 300mb patch…?!  Oh and apparently no external drive support. Even the Xbox 360 recently gave in towards this!

Seriously this is something that I could have seen Microsoft do, pull back and fix it. Sony just made their console ‘next-gen’ as in for the other generation that wasn’t born when the Playstation 3 was released.

At $399 I expect this thing to be plugged in and do what it is touted to do and to improve on the features from its predecessors not get rid of them. I was leaning on purchasing a Playstation 4 in late 2014. …Whenever game publishers stop publishing on Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 or I finish play my game queue, which ever comes first.

But with this development I’m not sure. True it’ll be almost a year till I pull the trigger on the either an Xbox One or Playstation 4 but it’s looking like I’ll know pretty soon where I’ll lean to.

111 Days of Xbox 360

I’ve been an extremely late adopter to the Xbox 360 and 111 days later I can tell you I’m impressed.

I got my Xbox on a whim on eBay for a whopping $40 with literally nothing–no hard drive,  no power cords, no a/v cables et cetera. It took me a couple days to find the 12.1amps power adapter to fit the “Jasper” Xbox I had obtained.

I went to an electronic parts store, bought the power adapter and picked up the original composite cables. I looked up the serial # and found it had a warranty till January 2013 and wasn’t banned. I was overjoyed. I had originally planned to purchase an Xbox at the time of the release of  “Splinter Cell: Conviction” and the bundle it came with back in April 2010.

 

Then I decided to wait to see if  Ubisoft ported it to the PS3 at a later date. However they didn’t and I argued one game for one console…eh… –but for $40 why not?

I already had “Splinter Cell: Conviction” Collector’s Edition.

 

 

I was fortunate though I had purchased the game via OnLive and had been playing it for a year on the service having logged 137 hours on Splinter Cell. The quality for OnLive games varies on one’s bandwidth and other variables as well however the picture displayed is surprisingly very good. I am not to fond of the keyboard controls–at least for this game and opted to buy a wired Xbox 360 controller to play via OnLive. (I think Microsoft should acquire OnLive and implement it’s infrastructure to the console. They can afterwards polish it up. The subscription playpack would be paid for by Xbox live and the on demand games would truly be on-demand playable within seconds.)

So when I obtained the Xbox 360 I had a controller and one game.

After acquiring it I decided I would play solely the exclusives on the System and that I did. Previously I had desired to Play Fable II and Fable III  having seen the adverts to it…same thing for the Gears of War trilogy–soon to be four.

I have played the Xbox more in 3 months than I have the PS3 in a whole year.

Games I’ve Recently Played:

The multiplayer match-ups, the xbox party features and UI aesthetics have  left me repentant as to why I had not purchased one sooner.

My only gripes would be load times are longer (at least you don’t have the mandatory install thing like PS3)–the pop up/in graphics, the occasional hiccup freezes and how loud the Xbox is in general.

Although these things I have easily accustomed at the beginning were annoying.

Also the achievements make playing video games, games in and of themselves. Yes, PS3 has trophies but they are not as evident or spotlighted.

I am happy to say that in these few short months the Xbox has become my console of choice and I’m looking forward to playing some of the upcoming titles:

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The Pacquiao/Bradley Facade

Fixing Fights–arranging fights seems to go hand in hand with boxing and ever apparent since the infancy of boxing.

The fight of Pacquiao vs Bradley was very forward about the fact that Bradley would (did) win; very oblivous to any other factors apart from a knockout (–I’d hope…who am I kidding?)

Ever since the shocking conclusion of the fight there has been evident disinformation.

The ‘love’ of money being the obvious root of ‘evil’ but understanding the reasons is the interesting story.

Let’s look at this fight by looking at who is involved:

Promoter, Top Rank co-Founder: Bob Arum

Fighter, Timothy Bradley Jr.:

Fighter, Emmanuel Pacquiao

Now with just the tidbits mentioned you can imagine a multitude of reasons why the fight decision went the way it did given the factors…

If not some speculations of (‘fictional’) scenarios:

1) Afraid of Pacquiao departing in 2013 Pacquiao is advised that if he decides to leave he may have a two loss blemish on his record–therein ending propects of a Floyd Mayweather fight as a free agent.

To assure this case, an unknown fighter who is struggling and needs a payday is signed. He is assured that he’ll be in the clear so long as he lasts all twelve rounds. A ‘favor’ with the Nevada Athletic Commission is called for the misunderstanding years back–assuring one judge verdict. Another judge verdict with an offer.

2) Due to selling business ventures, Pacquiao short on cash asks for an advance of two million.
Advance is given under condition that the judges will rule aganist him but in return will profit greatly with the rematch.

3) To stop prospects for a Mayweather fight. An inhouse Mayweather is ‘created’

4) Judges were not paying attention to the fight.

5) Mayweather anxious to put a stop to the urgency of a Pacquiao fight sets up Pacquiao for a loss.

6) Truly badly called.

However how bizzare it is that a  poster was made:

and such assurance vetted by Bob Arum:

Tim Bradley is so confident that it’s scary.

You don’t say…

I mean, he is absolutely 100 percent convinced that he’s winning the fight.”

Well, I’ll be…Then:

…what?

Post Fight Press Conference you’re in a wheel chair–if you hadn’t had the feet problem you had been more mobile? …Mobile–you serious–more than you were? Any more mobile and you would have been with the fans.

“I’m real slippery. I’m in front of you and you [still] can’t hit me, said Bradley.”

It’s because you’re holding on to the opponent–clinching and well, that’s why they can’t hit you…

“When I set foot in the ring, I’m home. As soon as this guy hits me with his best punch and I eat that motherfucker, the fight’s over.”

What a self fufilling prophecy. He had great defence. He ate every best punch Pacquiao had with his face–er, mouth.

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Nostalgia

I typed on My Hermes Rocket Typewriter the other day.

Funny I did it because I don’t have a printer(–yes, its bad I know. In this day and age…). Yet it made the process of typing all the more worthwhile. Insomuch I actually posted something. Madonn.

I love my Hermes Rocket. If one day computers ceased (…yes, the horror) I’d be fine typing away on my typewriter.

Which reminds me I need to finish typing my novel on it. Anyways…

Which brings me to this…I bought a Motorola Razr…

No, not that Razr.

This Razr:

–The Motorola Razr V3 Matte Black. Although the Droid Razr is very nice, its rather a wee bit large for my taste. Beside all other things I’d like to have it but probably Verizon won’t let me. Even if they did I don’t much like the $299.99 price tag. Who knows, maybe in six years I’ll buy it! Look at the price drop of the V3 Matte Black:

Indeed .

“Why?” you ask would I purchase such device in 2011–almost 2012…probably for the same reason I bought the Hermes Typerwriter.

Nostalgia.

Yeah, I’m going to use it. I like the fact that it’s a GSM Quad Band phone–although that fact may not be so useful as before as I am no longer employed by the airline and don’t travel outside the Continental USA that much anymore. Although if I go to Canada or even Puerto Rico again (although my Virgin Mobile phone worked perfectly there. Oh, I miss thee Puerto Rico). But overall it’s form factor and nostalgia.

Plus I’m kind of tired of the whole smartphone thing too. I totally blame the iPhone and AT&T for that. Mostly AT&T–yeah,  AT&T. As I couldn’t even use the phone part of the iPhone 85% of the time.

I was going to just use my iPhone 3G on T-Mobile but that wouldn’t be as much fun. Maybe I’ll have to buy an iPhone 2G. ^_^

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iPhone 5 Prepaid

I think it’s a long time coming.

If the iPhone 5 comes out with the option of being prepaid it will be impressive to see the sales along with the usual contract sales which in and of themselves will be impressive.

I’d even think about getting an iPhone despite my turn off by AT&T and the whole experience I had.

It’s definitely unsailed waters.

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