Sunday, December 19, 2010
People have been complaining about how TSA mandated searches and scans violate their rights to privacy. First off, privacy is technically a privilege, not a right, and when homeland security is concerned, it's a privilege that can be temporarily revoked when the need arises, such as at a security checkpoint at an airport. Second, a security checkpoint is like Vegas. No, you don't go there to gamble, but what happens there stays there (usually). Finally, if you don't want to go through a security checkpoint, that's fine - don't fly. You aren't flying until you are confirmed not to be a threat to homeland security.
I've also heard complaints about how packages over 1 lb are restricted to ground transport or subject to "oppressive" scans. I wouldn't want a bomb mailed to my door, and I'm sure you wouldn't either.
Ultimately, the whole TSA issue wouldn't arise if people actually had common sense.
Keep an open mind and please, please stick to common sense,
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Remember when I said "Monopolies are just as bad as big government"? Well, Here's the proof you've been waiting for.
You see that chart? That's the 2009 fourth quarter market share for search advertising. What's wrong with it? Google is red, Yahoo is yellow, and the newcomer from Microsoft, Bing, is blue. Why is that bad? Most of the chart is red. That's 75% in the US alone.
And you thought Microsoft and Apple were bad...
Why does this matter to anyone besides investors? The fact that Google is the dominant search engine by far means that they basically control the internet. They chose what businesses do well and what businesses go out of business. If they wanted to, they could essentially kill the entire world economy by re-prioritizing their search engine's results to display random Blogger pages and Youtube videos first, burying relevant businesses.
It's a noose that Google has around the world economy's neck, and they can open the trap door any time they wish.
It's a threat that needs to be eliminated. No one group or individual should have that kind of power, whether in business or government.
Keep an open mind and stick to common sense,
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Now, back on topic. I was playing Pokemon Battle Revolution on the Wii a few hours ago, and I was at battle 2 of the master's battle set 2. The battle started off horribly, with my Gyrados being taken down with a boosted Double Hit second turn, and my Electivire not being able to attack due to the evasiveness boost on Tenticruel due to accupressure.
Accupressure... that's total n00bshit. Why would anyone spam that worthless piece of shit move? I know it raises stats, but you don't know which one. And on top of it, it's illegal under the Smogon ruleset, which my team is built on top of. No self respecting gamer of my caliber or better would ever use an evasiveness boosting move, so none of us are prepared to handle it.
If you think that was a bad start, wait until you hear what the finisher is.
The most n00bshit move in the game. 30% accuracy is bad, but it's an instant kill move that can hit any pokemon, no matter the type (except Ghost due to type immunity). There's got to be some sort of catch. Unfortunately, it still hit first time, OHKOing my usually unstoppable Umbreon (who usually lasts a few turns even with its back against a wall).
Nintendo, you never cease to amaze me with your n00bshit. Grow up and stop feeding the n00bs, or you'll be the one eating crow.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Now... Back on topic.
What I'm about to say will both enrage and excite Mac fanboys and sadden traditional PC gamers. When I say PC, I'm referring to both Windows and Linux powered computers, more often called IBM compatible PCs. I'm including Linux in this because the only way I know that Linux users can gain access to non Linux games is through WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator).
I was playing Team Fortress 2 on my Windows 7 AND Ubuntu 10.04 powered Gateway PC when the server I was on, HKCentral TF2 Newbies Only #2, "crashed". I use crashed in quotes because in reality, the server was still online but most of the users clients crashed. I was lucky enough to disconnect before my computer was damaged, but others were not. Two members were still online. I can confirm that they were not bots. HKCentral doesn't use bots on empty servers. I logged back in. The two users left had the earbuds unlockable - the one thing that shows that a player is a Mac user. there were only two players on the server who had them before the server crashed.
Why would the PCs experience the effects of a server crash when the Macs didn't? I know TF2, CS:S, and other source based games are undergoing an experimental phase during which players are the captive beta testers, but if they weren't due to compatibility issues, wouldn't they be global and non-platform specific?
I have a theory. I know it sounds crazy, but it's just a theory and I can't prove it yet. I'm not saying it's fact.
These experimental updates might be designed to cause the game to crash on systems other than Mac OS X, in order to make the myth that Macs never crash seem true.
I know two Mac users, and they swear by their Macs blindly. I asked one of them to try Ubuntu, but she refused, saying that it would be too hard to learn how to use and that it would get viruses. I use Ubuntu myself as a backup OS, and I have had fewer issues with it than even the tried and true Windows XP, and it feels easier to navigate than even Windows 7.
I worry that Valve has been enthralled to the monopolistic entity known as Apple.
As I said before, is it really capitalism without competition? Can you call it a free market if there is only one supplier in an industry, whether if it is the government or not?
As I write this, I add yet another enemy to my "book of grudges", as it would be called in Warhammer.
I hope to resolve these grudges before the end of my life.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
First, I would like to let you know that I understand that physical property =/= intellectual property, but that statement puzzles me. Does that mean intellectual property isn't really property? If so, then no one can own intellectual "property", since it isn't property at all. If it is property, then why can't I buy it, but yet huge mega-corporations can freely buy, sell, and trade it? Is it because I don't have a right to it? If that's the case, then why? Are the owners of huge mega-corporations the only true people and everyone else is inferior?
To understand why I am bringing basic human rights to a battlefield where everyone else is using copyrights and the DMCA as their weapon, one must first understand the point of view I am using.
I am the youngest son of the former president of a well known industrial contracting company and the brother of his successor. I have an inside viewpoint. I also have an outside viewpoint as a disgruntled consumer and a supporter of open source and customizable software. Note that I didn't say free software. Not all free programs are open source, and not all open source programs are free. I prefer Trackmania United Forever over Trackmania nations Forever. The first one is customizable, the second one is free.
Now, You may be wondering why I'm confused about this when the obvious answer is obvious. The answer isn't what you think. It isn't because it's an idea or self-expression, because that's governed by the 1st amendment of the US constitution and makes it even more open to being copied. It's because software is intangible. Software can't be held. Software can be copied, transmitted, given new form, and all this without destroying the original.
Companies don't get that software can be protected in the same way as patented inventions. The GNU General Public License basically does this. Let me put up a chart to compare patent law, the DMCA, and the GNU General Public License.
|Allows use of product||Yes||Yes, with limitations||Yes|
|Allows for access to blueprints/source code||Yes||No||Yes|
|Allows redistribution, both for free and for sale, provided that credit to the original creator is given||Yes||No||Yes|
|Allows public exhibition||Yes||No, except when covered by fair use||Yes|
|Allows changes to be made by third parties as long as the original product is kept intact||Yes||No||Yes|
|(The Big Shocker)Can be sold||Yes||Licensed||Yes|
As you can see, the GNU General Public License is just like patent law, and it works. So really, why do companies use the DMCA and create their own proprietary instead of the GNU General Public License? They have power that they want to keep. They're afraid of losing that power.
Honorable, they are not.
Keep an open mind and open ears,
P.S. I'm sorry if I went off on a tangent, but in a few weeks this will all be tied together. Check back often.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I have just recently purchased a new Gateway FX Desktop, and when I brought up the Command Prompt I noticed the following version number.
The six is the main version number, with the one being the version update number and the 7600 being the build version. A friend of mine had his laptop, running Windows Vista, on hand, and I asked him to bring up his command prompt.
Compare these two numbers:
Remove the build number:
And remove the update number:
The same can be done with Windows XP and Windows 2000
Remove the build:
And the update:
Do you see what's wrong with this picture?
Windows 7: 6
Windows Vista: 6
Wouldn't Windows 7 be version 7.0?
This basically shows that Windows 7 is running the same Kernal as Windows Vista, just like Windows XP was with Windows 2000.
Bottom line is that they're the same system with different GUI's.
This isn't a bad thing, Windows XP was a decent improvement over Windows 2000, it just means that Windows 7 isn't an entirely new OS as Microsoft claims.
I'm not accusing Microsoft of false advertising, but I believe that the world should know this since it will help with avoiding a few headaches when they find that a certain program made for Windows Vista isn't listed as being compatible with Windows 7.
Go ahead and install that older program. It will work fine and you'll save money by not having to buy the new version.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Getting used to racing with "lulz hackers", as I refer to them as, is hard at first, but you eventually learn to laugh with them. Those who say that lulz hackers should be banned are either whiny noobs that should be playing Halo or Modern Warfare 2 (where they're actually tolerated), or are people with no sense of humor and would rather win a World Record (or thirty-two) than have fun. It's not fun when you are at the top because no one can give you a challenge. Trust me. I've been there many times.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I know what you're thinking, I'm going to rant about how hackers screw people up and stuff, but that couldn't be further from the truth. My Youtube friend and one of the 4TB guys, Mr.BeanVR35000, arranged the 17th CTGP, a Grand Prix just for hackers. This Grand Prix is different from other online tournaments in that every track has been custom made. Yes, every track was developed not by some dude at Nintendo sitting behind a computer who probably will never play the game he's making, but by people like you and me, except for one difference - the courage to stand up to Nintendo's (completely illegal) control over what software can and can't be used on Nintendo systems.
As of this post, I have never hacked a Nintendo game (besides a few N64 titles, a bunch of Stage Studio Brawl stages, and one or two theme based hacked pokemon), but I have other reasons about why I haven't. The main reason is because I haven't the means, but that's besides the point. I'm approaching the issue of Wii hackers from a second person view, yet I am defending them like I'm one of them. Why would someone like me (someone who hasn't hacked a Wii) be defending people like them (people who Dr. HAX of Garry's Mod fame would throw computer monitors at if he had the chance)? Because I have seen the other side to hackers - the creative side.
I'm not saying I don't have a problem with hackers, people like EvilReba who abuse their powers and hack only to win can go and jump off a cliff, but I have seen what Nintendo doesn't want people to see, and I am now showing it to the world.
Watch the video and see for your self.
Keep an open mind and stick to common sense,
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Before I start, I would like to inform you on normal property law in the USA (not "intellectual" property law a.k.a. the DMCA). Basically, if you bought it, you can do what ever you want with it. You can sell it, you can keep it, you can take it apart, you can modify it, and no one can take away those rights. Yes, modify, as in change it.
Anyway, Joe Haxor had installed the Homebrew channel and several custom tracks for Mario Kart Wii on his Nintendo Wii. He connects to Nintendo WFC so that he can catch up with his friends who had done the same, but he gets an error code.
He tries to reconnect.
He tries a third time.
He looks up the problem in his Wii's user manual, but it isn't listed. He looks online.
"Error Code: 20102
This error code indicates some type of unauthorized activity has occured in an online feature of a Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection game.
What to do:
Please call 1-800-895-1672 in the USA or Canada for more information."He calls the number, waits 30 minutes to speak with a person, and when he finally gets someone, he tells them the problem. He is told that they had detected the Homebrew Channel on his system and there is nothing they can do to fix it. Before he is able to ask any more questions, the service operator hangs up on him.
What is wrong with this story? He was banned because he had the Homebrew Channel on his system. Why is it wrong? The ban violates property laws, yet Nintendo got away with it.
It's one thing to be banned for doing something, but being banned due to an "unauthorized" modification? Now I know that it can void warranties, but Wi-Fi privileges have no connections with warranty status, and he never intended to use his modified Wii to cheat on Wi-Fi or to pirate games.
Basically, he modified "his" Nintendo Wii without permission of the real owners: Nintendo.
Is my bottom line that Nintendo still owns that Mac-White or Jet-Black Linux-Powered IBM Power PC, and the $249.99 that you payed for it was just to purchase the rights to have it sit in your TV cabinet? No, my bottom line is that Nintendo is essentially breaking every property law in the book, except the DMCA. If either economic system, capitalist or communist, had the checks and balances to keep whoever is running the show from abusing their power like this (the large scale international corporations and the government, respectively), then that alone would make my day.
Legal Notice: Any demands to take this post down will be fought in court, and an automatic removal will force my hand to the point that the constitution will get involved. Long live the first amendment!
P.s.: Phew... that was a lot. If you are wondering why I am suddenly so politically active, it's because I'd rather get it out now instead of keeping it bottled up, only to release it all on some random forum.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I left a comment on his article on which I responded to, telling him to check my response and comment or else be considered a windbag. Guess what - he never did, and I think taking a look at my article is enough proof of that. Even if he's offline at the moment, this still proves my point as who would go offline for no reason if they are such activists? I can back up my absences simply because my internet died for 6 months, and then I had serious computer issues for another 2.
Anyway, this will (hopefully) be my last post for the day. I had a lot on my mind to say this time, and I had to let it out.
I've reported that my account is inaccessible due to a linking error, and all I got were two links to some "relevant" posts that would "help" but obviously didn't. Since then, I have been trying to request help, but to no avail.
I would like to see some more activity on YouTube's end, but apparently, like Nintendo, Google has shut its customers out to fend for themselves in a sea of unfriendly faces that, in this case, is the internet.
I can only assume the worst has happened to my account, that a hacker has taken it over and is waiting for the right time to strike against some group or another, not caring if it gets banned and not realizing (or caring) that someone owns that account and their very presence on YouTube hangs in the balance.
This is a shout-out to everyone on the internet! Please help me and everyone else who has lost their YouTube accounts to neglected server equipment and software retrieve their accounts before it's too late!
EDIT on 12/19/2010: Well, I bit the bullet and created a new account, Super40KEndgame.
I have recently been reading several accusations directed towards Reginald "Reggie" Fils-Aime, most of them stating that he was the one responsible for the cancellation of several Nintendo franchises, including F-Zero and Earthbound/Mother, as well as the "murder" of several other franchises to make room for more Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Wii-specific games. However, I doubt he has that kind of power within Nintendo.
"Reginald "Reggie" Fils-Aime (pronounced /ˈfiːzɛmeɪ/) (March 1961) is President and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, the North American division of the Japan-based video game company Nintendo. Prior to his promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer, Fils-Aime was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He gained celebrity status among gamers following his appearance at Nintendo's May 2004 E3 press conference."
Note that it says "President and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America". I don't see how he could have any sort of power over what is going on in Japan, never mind which franchises survive and which ones fall.
I believe it was mentioned in Nintendo Power that Satoru Iwata is the current President of Nintendo, after Hiroshi Yamauchi, and would obviously have more control over the company than Reggie. Wikipedia can once again back this up:
"Satoru Iwata (岩田 聡, Iwata Satoru?, born December 6, 1959) is the fourth president and CEO of Nintendo, succeeding the long-standing previous president of the company, Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002. He was responsible in great part for defining Nintendo's strategy both before and during the release of its Nintendo GameCube video game console in 2001, a vision which helped Nintendo generate a forty-one percent increase in sales at the end of the 2002 fiscal year.
I believe quite a few people might need to apologize to poor Reggie. He's been through quite a lot of abuse at your hands.
Reggie Fils-Aime: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Fils-Aime
Satoru Iwata: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satoru_Iwata
Monday, June 28, 2010
40KEndgame (40K): I am appalled by what Alexander Cornswalled has said about one of my friends at Bulbagarden
Alexander (ALX): "I Recently received a comment to my article about the history and origins of Pokemon. The young man who made the comment clearly did not realize I was writing about the card game that predated the computer games. I've decided to respond to his comments here."
40K: What are you even referring to? Unless you're talking about that discontinued unrelated garbage TCG that came out in the 70's, you're making no sense.
Ryuutakeshi (RYU): "Have you ever played a pokemon game? If not, then you have no right to bash pokemon"
40K: By your logic, you don't have that right either.
ALX: "I prefer the ability to make moral judgments to the kind of chaos and destruction you seem to be advocating."
40K: Please explain how saving a fictional universe from destruction is destructive.
RYU: "As there are only 493 different pokemon, I'd like to know where your 3000 come into play"
ALX: "The text was meant to say 'a 3,000 year old pagan religion.' Thank you for noticing the typo."
40K: I have no problem with fixing typos, especially when they help clear things up.
RYU: "As far as I know, people really jsut buy coins to get Porygon. I don't know anyone who ENJOYS the slots."
ALX: "The original article was written about the card game, not the computer game. At the time I wrote the article, there was a significant gambling component to the card game. I was, in fact, the whole POINT of the game. The only ways to gain more Pokemon was to buy cards or win them in the game. It sounds like the gambling component of Pokemon was reduced for the computer games that came later, but replaced with virtual slot machines."
40K: Reread my response to your first comment. Unless you're referring to that old garbage from the 70's again, in which case the two are completely unrelated, you're making no sense what so ever.
ALX: "I find this abhorrent. The card game teaches kids to find card gambling to be fun, while according to you the computer games teach kids to favor 'one armed bandits'."
40K: I haven't heard that term in a long time... "One Armed Bandits" brings back memories of before the internet was free and when Bill Clinton was president. I remember when I first heard Yosemite Sam from Loony Toons use that phrase in a casino themed episode...
Oh... sorry about that. Anyway, those "One Armed Bandits" aren't even an important part of the game, so why would there be an impact. I remember stepping into the game corner in Pokemon Yellow for one reason - to kick the criminals running the place out of town.
RYU: "Pokemon is short for pocket monsters and that is the official, and truthful, explanation."
ALX: "You're half right, It is the 'official' definition."
40K: It sounds like your great grandfather, twice removed, was a member of the Spanish Inquisition, because you seem to like to dictate what the truth is and what isn't.
RYU: "This is Ryuutakeshi, the Dragon Warrior, signing off.
Ryuutakeshi: Vice President of his forensics team, actor in seven plays thus far, black belt in Taekwon-do, Harry Potter trivia master, and all around nerd.
Pokemon hasn't harmed me. How has it harmed you?"
ALX: "I've bolded a few portions of your comment above. I don't think I need to do more than that to counter your claim that Pokemon has done you no damage."
40K: In Japanese, Ryuutakeshi (his username) means "Dragon Warrior". I guess misunderstandings like that happen when there is a language barrier. Besides, what if I called you evil for sharing a name with Alexander the Great?
Actor in seven plays? Most likely they were school plays since Ryuutakeshi is only 18.
Harry Potter trivia master? What's wrong with knowing about the series? I'd call myself a master of computer trivia (knowing about the workings of a computer), do you have a problem with that? It's the same thing.
All around nerd? You're making no sense again. Tell me your definition of nerd because the definition I know is someone who is know for intelligence and mild quirkiness, and I share those traits with him.
Anyway, I'll give you the link to his article. If you have any flak for him, post it there. Flak for me stays on this page, and any flak for Ryuutakeshi will be printed out, deleted, and pressed into a paste to replace my minty-fresh toothpaste.
Anyway, it's 3:15 here and I need some sleep.
- Sean McCartin
- Sean McCartin, or 40KEndgame as he is known online as and perfers to be called on the internet, is a High School Senior with more than enough experience in science and engineering and a talent for debate and negotiations. He has also competed in two national level RC racing events, the most recent being the Futaba Nitro Challenge. On 7/28/2010, he caught a 7 foot Sailfish while fishing on a charter boat named the Whipsaw off the coast of Wrightsville Beach, NC.