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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Google does have the power to dictate who rises and who falls.

Well, I'm putting my account on the line once again to bash a large monopolistic company.
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

Pokemon Battle Revolution: The revolution of Pokemon or just n00b####?

First of all, I have to state a warning about this post. This post contain some uncharacteristically strong language and may not be suitable for all ages.

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.

Horn Drill.

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.

About Me

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.