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Re: Net Neutrality

I don't necessarily think monopolies are really a rural v. urban phenomenon. In my experience living in rural areas I found that there were more options than the urban areas in the same state. Now I live in a different state and the urban areas have a lot of selection. I've lived in red and blue are...

Re: Net Neutrality

I would encourage you to contact city council reps, county reps, and state reps about ISP monopolies. Because "call your [relevant representative]" worked so well with NN? Not saying you shouldnt do it, i just doubt how useful it is to call your local representative about breaking monopolies (which...

Re: Net Neutrality

I think Tal's situation with Windstream (and I've had similar experience with them in the past) shows the damage ISP monopolies can cause. While net neutrality is an important issue that needs to be debated and discussed, ISP monopolies are also a very important issue that I think isn't addressed en...

Re: Net Neutrality

Net neutrality doesn't allow for ISPs to charge more to companies in order to boost their speed. What ISPs will likely do is charge more to sites like Netflix to keep their speeds high. Netflix will pay the higher fees because it will not want to have a poor user experience due to low speeds that wi...

Re: Net Neutrality

There is so much misinformation in this thread that it would take far more time than I am willing to invest to address all of it, but I'll give my (abbreviated) 2 cents as someone who is in law school and is studying this area. Those in favor of net neutrality generally do not trust ISPs (corporatio...

Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda

Happy 10th N7 day to all fellow Mass Effect fans. Unfortunately, today feels more like a funeral for the franchise than anything else. Was truly hoping for a remaster to be announced today, but I shouldn't have expected that knowing how out of touch EA is and how inept their marketing department is.

Re: Stellaris

Dunno. Personally, if I started a game and discovered I was stuck, I would restart the game. The fact that I never felt the need to restart because of start position was one of the things I liked about Stellaris. Unlike Civ, where the game could actually be won during the initial loading screen, I ...

Re: Stellaris

They clearly made this choice for multiplayer people, which is fine, but as a single player person, I really dislike the change. The multiplayer crowd is obsessive about balance. Anyone who has played a lot of Paradox games should know that balance isn't typically a main concern. I feel that they've...

Re: Stellaris

@Triggerhappy Yeah, the response has been pretty passionate from people who don't like hyperlanes. Personally, I have disliked every hyperlane-based space 4x game I have ever purchased, and I would not have bought Stellaris if it was all hyperlane from the start. I feel like they really screwed over...

Re: Stellaris

I'm extremely disappointed in the direction of this game. I'm planning on not updating. I've disliked every hyperlane-based space game I've ever bought, and I'm not happy that they are turning Stellaris into one well after I bought it. To me, it's too big of a change to be making after release. Whil...

Re: uncontrolled piracy (you should really open these maybe very good questions)

This might have already been addressed somewhere else, but will the NPCs have any sort of "morality score"? For example, an NPC with a low score might be more likely to resort to pirating and raiding than NPCs with high scores. Also, will NPCs choose to join factions, or will NPCs simply spawn alrea...

Re: uncontrolled piracy (you should really open these maybe very good questions)

From an economic perspective, I would say that it would be impossible for piracy to expand infinitely. At some point, there would be no producers left because A) There were all destroyed, or B) There is no incentive to be a producer anymore. Without production, there is nothing to pirate. Productio...

Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda

@Zanteogo, thanks for posting that video. Mass Effect hasn't been quite the same since EA bought BioWare partway through the development of Mass Effect 2. The influence of EA on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 was far less than in ME3 and Andromeda, and that's why the first two are generally considere...

Re: uncontrolled piracy (you should really open these maybe very good questions)

From an economic perspective, I would say that it would be impossible for piracy to expand infinitely. At some point, there would be no producers left because A) There were all destroyed, or B) There is no incentive to be a producer anymore. Without production, there is nothing to pirate. Production...

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